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Daily Archives: June 12, 2013

Business & Politics

Mercer International Price Target Lowered to $9.00 at Raymond James

Watch List News (press release)
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Equities research analysts at Raymond James reduced their price target on shares of Mercer International to $9.00 in a research note issued to investors on Monday, StockRatingsNetwork.com reports. Raymond James’ price target points to a potential upside of 31.20% from the stock’s previous close.

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Lumber prices drop but forestry still a strong bet: analysts

A rusty supply chain will contribute to uneven growth and continuing volatility in the sector, but industry watchers are confident that prices will rebound
Business in Vancouver
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was one story in 2013’s first quarter: lumber prices zoomed to meteoric heights, triggering the reopening of shuttered mills and increased production in Canada and the U.S. But in the second quarter, the tale has taken a twist as prices dropped precipitously. Once nearing $450 per board foot, prices now sit at $348, nearer to the $343 lumber fetched one year ago. Industry watchers are calling it a price correction and say market fundamentals are still strong for forestry.

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MP REPORT: Support takes root

Colin Mayes is the MP for Okanagan-Shuswap
Vernon Morning Star
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

…We allocated in past budgets, $127 million to help the struggling forest industry during the economic downturn to find new markets and develop new products with wood fiber. This has resulted in a turn-around for the forest industry. Now, the new markets in the Pacific Rim have revived the industry. In budget 2013-14, your government budgeted an additional $92 million, over two years, to support innovation and expand markets.Governments do not create jobs, business does.  

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Pat Bell weighs in on new cabinet

HQPrinceGeorge.com
June 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

It may be no surprise to some, but former Prince George Liberal MLA Pat Bell likes the look of Premier Christy Clark’s new cabinet. “Rural BC in particular was very well represented by Premier Clark’s choice of Minister’s. Fully 9 of the 19 Minister’s are from the non “604” area, mostly rural BC.” Bell says he’s thrilled John Rustad will enter cabinet for the first time as Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation and says Shirley Bond will be great as Jobs Minister.

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Madawaska paper mill company sold

Bangor Daily News
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MADAWASKA, Maine — The purchase of Twin Rivers Paper is complete, Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday. New York-based Blue Wolf Capital Partners and Atlas Holdings LLC has bought the company, which owns facilities in Madawaska and New Brunswick. Twin Rivers is a major employer in northern Maine, with more than 620 working in its Madawaska mill. The company produces specialty paper and lumber products, including the uncoated printing paper used as pharmaceutical inserts in North America.

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Superior Choice CU Forecloses on Logging Company Shown on Reality Show

Credit Union Times
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Wisconsin Woodchuck LLC, a logging company featured on the “Ax Men” reality television show, is set to be foreclosed on by its lender, Superior Choice Credit Union. The company received a foreclosure judgment for nearly $843,000 last Wednesday, according to several media reports. The move comes after the $238 million Superior Choice CU in Superior, Wis., initiated foreclosure proceedings in November 2011. In December 2011, the logging company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Georgia company Ecoshel relocates to Aroostook County sawmill, plans to hire 78

BDN Maine
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ASHLAND, Maine — A company from Georgia is setting up shop at the former Levesque sawmill in Ashland and will hire nearly 80 people to manufacture cedar shingles. For the past two years Ecoshel has been in “beta production” of a patented cedar shingle system in Gainesville, Ga., according to Bryan Kirkey, Ecoshel’s CEO. It’s moving its headquarters to Levesque Mill Road, where Fraser Papers closed its sawmill in early 2008, laying off about 70 people.

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Metso signs multi-year agreement to manage mill maintenance at Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill

Marketwired
June 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The agreement covers maintenance operations for three pulp lines and five paper machines. Metso and Australian Paper have signed a multi-year agreement for Metso to manage the mill maintenance operations at the Maryvale Mill in Victoria, Australia. Metso will manage all maintenance systems and procedures at the mill and be responsible for optimizing maintenance costs and developing maintenance quality. The agreement became effective on June 1, 2013. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

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Export demand pushing up NZ timber prices

New Zealand Herald
June 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Strong overseas demand for New Zealand logs is putting pressure on the local supply and pushing up timber prices for consumers. According to the Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand has experienced strong demand from China for its logs in recent years and this is expected to continue. While good for export values, the increased demand means people at home are paying more for timber as wood processors here try to secure supply.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architect says new era dawning for wood products

Michael Green envisions day when skyscrapers are built out of wood
The Guardian Charlottetown
June 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver architect Michael Green considers himself a champion of wood. He often wonders why buildings made of wood are only a few storeys high when trees found in nature are astounding for their height. Green tried to convey his passion for wood at the 74th annual Maritime Lumber Bureau convention in Charlottetown last Thursday where he was the keynote speaker. Green isn’t just an average architect. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is recognized around the world for his award-winning buildings. He believes in championing the shift to new ways of building that will complement the intersection of man’s greatest building challenges.

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Plastic Wood Replacing Timber in Construction – Not Necessarily a Good Thing

21st Century Tech
June 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Ever heard of plastic wood? It is a composite material consisting of waste wood mixed with plastic. For environmentalists it represents a dilemma. Plastic wood is a substitute for lumber so it conceivably saves trees. But plastic wood during manufacturing is emission intensive when compared to the environmental impact of harvesting natural timber, cutting it and delivering it to your local lumberyard. In fact, collected data from the Washington State University in Seattle, suggests that greenhouse gas emissions from composites are up to 330% higher than timber harvested from redwood forests for use in decking and other construction.

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Looking back on twenty years

Letter by S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council
US Green Building Council USGBC
June 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

What were you doing 20 years ago? I was standing in front of 60 organizations, along side green building pioneers David Gottfried and Mike Italiano, at the first-ever meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council. As the three co-founders of USGBC, we were idealistic. We were nervous. And we had one very important quality in common with everyone sitting in that room: we knew, without any hesitation, that the journey we were about to embark upon was the right thing to do. 

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Bill targeting green building projects overhauled

WRAL.com
June 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Raleigh, N.C. — Legislation that would have precluded the use of LEED certification for state-funded buildings was rewritten in the Senate Tuesday morning to permit such green building projects only if they cut long-term energy costs and permit North Carolina building materials in construction. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage builders to use energy-efficient designs and materials.

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Forestry

Professional Reliance in BC Forests: Is it really the issue?

Forest Practices Board
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

This bulletin explores professional reliance in BC forest management, and suggests that perhaps too many expectations are being placed on it, detracting from a more important analysis and discussion of other elements in our provincial forest management framework. It is the third in a series of five new Forest Practices Board bulletins describing important issues for forest management identified in recent Board work.

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Comments invited on Kootenay Lake area visual quality

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

NELSON – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is inviting the public to review and comment on proposed visual-quality objectives and scenic areas in the Kootenay Lake portion of the Selkirk Resource District.

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It’s time to modernize B.C.’s Water Act

By Ben Parfitt, research associate UVIC POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
The Province
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Shortly after the 2009 B.C. election, a commitment was made to modernize the province’s century old Water Act to meet the challenges of a new century. It was one of the government’s most important environmental initiatives, yet remained unfulfilled as the last mandate ended and a new government was elected last month. Too often, British Columbians falsely assume that we have no end of fresh water. But we don’t. And there’s every reason to believe in the coming decades that our water resources will be under increased strain due to rapid population growth, major industries clamouring for more water and residents and businesses alike demanding more power from hydroelectric sources.

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Inoculation can protect ash trees from beetle

Owen Sound Sun Times
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GREY-BRUCE – If you own an ash tree, you might want to consider inoculating it against the destructive emerald ash borer. The tree-killing beetle is believed to be in southern Bruce County, and is expected to be much more commonly found in Grey-Bruce over the next five years as it makes its way north. “Eventually, the way the insect is moving, we’re going to have the emerald ash borer up here probably almost guaranteed within five years,” said Jim Penner, manager of forestry with Saugeen Conservation.

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Emerald ash borer dead trees overwhelm city workers Ottawa

CBC News
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workers who clear dead and fallen trees are overworked and that’s causing a rift between one veteran inspector and his boss at the City of Ottawa. Municipal forestry inspector Roger Reynolds said workers can barely keep up with the sheer volume of calls, with some jobs taking five weeks to address. On Tuesday morning alone, workers removed a tree on Glebe Avenue between Bank and Lyon streets and another on Somerset Street West between Cartier and MacDonald streets.

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Red flag fire warning for parts of Colorado

Summit County Citizens Voice
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — A wet spring has delayed the onset of critical wildfire conditions in parts of Colorado, but not everywhere. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for big parts of Colorado, including the entire southern half of the state, parts of the Western Slope and a strip along the Front Range from Colorado Springs through Fort Collins to the Wyoming border. According to the warning, the wildfire danger is “very high to extreme” in the Rocky Mountain foothills and South Park, where dry lightning storms could flare up this evening.

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Missoula Arborists survey neighborhoods during tree census

KPAX-TV
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – There’s a team of people roaming around Missoula neighborhoods, but don’t be alarmed – they’re just checking out trees. The Missoula Urban Forestry Division is working on a tall task, literally and figuratively as they tackle a summer-long tree census. Three certified arborists, along with volunteers, will be counting nearly 600 trees a day, noting the size, species, and overall health. They want to identify which trees can be saved, pruned to prolong their lives, or replaced, in an effort to create a healthy cycle.

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2 wildfires burn structures in Colorado

Associated Press
June 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At least four major wildfires fueled by hot, gusty weather Tuesday burned along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, including two that together destroyed dozens of structures and chased people from hundreds of homes. Thick smoke visible for miles billowed from fires that destroyed homes near Colorado Springs and three structures near Canon City. Fires also burned in southern Colorado and in Rocky Mountain National Park to the north.

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LIVE UPDATES: Black Forest fire north of Colorado Springs

Fire consumes more than 7,500 acres; dozens of homes gutted
Colorado Springs Gazette
June 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

As sunrise approaches, firefighters are still dealing with burning homes. Every few minutes on the radio, firefighters are reporting a new structure fire. The fire is still throwing spots. Firefighters have been a desperate battle overnight to preserve homes that could be saved… The evacuation area stands at 55 square miles. Firefighters from around Colorado have been streaming into El Paso County to join the fight.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BC carbon tax is cutting emissions effectively

By Stewart Elgie, Professor of law and economics, University of Ottawa
Vancouver Sun
June 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Statistics Canada’s data says since the carbon tax came in, in 2008, B.C.’s per capita fuel consumption has dropped by over 16 per cent compared to the rest of Canada (counting those fuels covered by the tax). That is a very big improvement… These research findings will soon be published in a leading academic journal (the working paper is at sustainableprosperity.ca/article2864). To be clear, we cannot be certain that all of B.C.’s 16 per cent reduction in fuel use has been due to the carbon tax, but it is almost certainly responsible for a large part of it.

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Could Genetic Engineering Make Renewable Fuel Cheaper?

KCET (blog)
June 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Wood and straw are among the waste products our society produces in the greatest abundance, so it would be great to find a way to turn them into a clean-burning liquid fuel. There’s a fungus that breaks down plant fiber into sugar, but it doesn’t do so all that efficiently. Could genetic engineering change that? According to the Department of Energy, American farmers generate about 100 million tons of waste plant matter each year from growing grain crops alone.

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EBI Study Says Biofuels Will Play Integral Role in California’s Energy Future

Reduced Energy Needs and Cellulosic are Key to Success of Biofuels in Lowering GHG Emissions
Green Building Elements
June 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Biofuels developed from plant biomass and purpose-grown crops can substantially move California toward its ambitious energy goals, a new report says, but only through the wise allocation of feedstocks and the success of energy efficiency measures throughout the state… California has a policy goal of producing 75 percent of its biofuels from in-state resources. Biofuels can be produced using agricultural wastes, forest thinnings and harvest residues, municipal wastes, and purpose-grown energy crops such as perennial grasses and short rotation woody crops. 

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Wood not so green a biofuel

Dartmouth College
June 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Using wood for energy is considered cleaner than fossil fuels, but a Dartmouth College-led study finds that logging may release large amounts of carbon stored in deep forest soils. The results appear in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy (“Mineral soil carbon fluxes in forests and implications for carbon balance assessments”). Global atmospheric studies often don’t consider carbon in deep (or mineral) soil because it is thought to be stable and unaffected by timber harvesting.

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Climate change has effect on state’s economy

Kennebec Journal
June 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East

In the article “Climate Change Throws Forest Industry a Curve,” (May 12), North Cairn summarized the negative impact climate change will have on Maine’s forest products, which is our largest manufacturing industry. Cairn referred to a report on the effects of climate change on the state that was requested by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Climate change poses a major threat not only to Maine’s forest products, but also to our fishing industry.

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Explainer: how much carbon can the world’s forests absorb?

The Conversation
June 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

… The world’s forests are a net carbon “sink”. Each year they remove more carbon from the atmosphere by photosynthesis than they return via their own respiration, decomposition of dead roots, trunks and leaves, and by forest fires. That is how the growth and re-growth of forests around the world has slowed climate change in the past century. It has been estimated that between one-third and one-fourth of the total carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal, gas and petrol has been turned into wood and other plant parts through this process.

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General

Fire at pellet plant outside Show Low

KSWT-TV
June 11, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

SHOW LOW, Arizona – A fire at a pellet plant outside Show Low in east-central Arizona has led to the closure of a stretch of U.S. 60. The blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon at Forest Energy Corporation… Forest Energy Corporation manufactures wood fuel pellets and densified wood fire logs, among other products.

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