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Business & Politics

Brookfield’s $3.68-billion sale spotlights new interest in lumber sector

Globe and Mail
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. has reached two deals to sell forestry assets for $3.68-billion (U.S.), making moves that underscore a long-awaited recovery in North America’s forest products market. Toronto-based Brookfield said Sunday that it struck a $2.65-billion agreement to sell Longview Timber LLC to Weyerhaeuser Co. of Federal Way, Wash.

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Lumber supercycle could spell opportunity

The Globe and Mail
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Investors should always be on the lookout for a long-term financial trend, take a position early, and then ride it for all it’s worth. Such an opportunity could now be emerging in lumber, a long depressed commodity that could be on the cusp of better things. RBC Capital Markets’ forestry analyst Paul Quinn believes that lumber is about to enter a “supercycle,” or a lengthy period of buoyant prices.

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Weekly lumber market update and overview

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber and panel traders of all types this week expressed continued frustration at recent very muted sales volumes and subsequent falling prices in the majority of solid wood commodities. A small amount of relief was felt throughout the North American lumber market as prices lost less ground than they had in each of the past few weeks. That prices dropped by a smaller degree this week was little consolation during a discouraging downward trend precisely in the season when lumber sales are traditionally the highest of the year.

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Construction on Babine Mill well underway

HQPrinceGeorge.com
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction on the new Babine Forest Products Mill in Burns Lake is moving along smoothly. Concrete has been poured and equipment is being moved in for the mill to reopen in early 2014. Hampton Lumber CEO Steve Zika says much of planning and engineering into the mill’s rebuild is done and being put into effect. ‘And stacker back end of the sawmill type of thing,” says Zika, “its just starting to see the equipment go up, but a fair amount of workers there and a lot of activity.”

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Tolko saddened by workplace death

Vernon Morning Star
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries is heartbroken over the loss of a young employee. An 18-year-old man was killed while working in the Lavington planer mill at around 2 a.m. Saturday in an area near a conveyor. On its website, Tolko’s Rob Fraser, the company general manager for the Southern Interior, said the company was extremely saddened by the accident. “We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and loved ones,” said Fraser. “We are currently assisting WorkSafe B.C. and the B.C. coroners officer with the investigation of this unfortunate accident as well as conducting our own internal review.”

18-year-old dies after becoming tangled in conveyor belt from the Canadian Press

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Former BC sawmill employees learn new skills after devastating explosion

The Canadian Press
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, B.C. – Seventeen former employees of a sawmill that blew up in Burns Lake, B.C., have learned some new skills that will help them find work. The workers from the Babine Forest Products mill are among 21 graduates of a pre-apprenticeship skills program run by the College of New Caledonia and funded by the provincial government. The 19-week program gave students theoretical and practical experience as millwrights, heavy-duty mechanics and construction work, allowing them to graduate with industry certification in several trades.

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Woo living Green Dream

Vernon Morning Star
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Products Association of Canada is tapping into social media for its latest recruitment initiative. Waiting on the other side was Coldstream’s Jeremy Woo, who earned one of seven paid four-month summer intern positions as part of the Green Dream internship contest. Woo, an 18-year-old who won a Governor General’s Academic Medal as the top graduate at Kalamalka Secondary, is working with Tolko Industries’ HR department where he is helping the company develop an employee orientation program.

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New Brunswick paper plant’s bid to impose random alcohol tests at work shot down by Supreme Court

National Post
June 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says an employer who wants to impose random alcohol testing on unionized workers in a dangerous work environment must show it is a reasonable move. The court ruled that a mandatory random alcohol testing policy imposed by Irving Pulp and Paper at a Saint John, N.B., kraft mill in 2006 was unreasonable and was properly rejected by a labour arbitration board. In a 6-3 decision on Friday, the justices sided with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, which brought a grievance against the Irving policy.

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West coast log and lumber exports decrease

Coast River Business Journal
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND — Log and lumber exports from the West Coast plummeted in the first quarter of 2013, according to a Forest Service research economist. Log exports dropped 33 percent: from 362 million board feet in the first quarter of 2012, to 242 million board feet in the first quarter of 2013. However, the total value of log exports increased more than 27 percent, from $232 million to $297 million. Meanwhile, lumber exports dropped by 91 million board feet in the first 3 months of 2013 compared to the same time last year.

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Weyerhaeuser To Explore Strategic Alternatives For WRECO, Its Homebuilding And Real Estate Development Business

PRNewswire
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives with respect to Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO), Weyerhaeuser’s homebuilding and real estate development business. The board intends to consider a broad range of alternatives including, but not limited to, continuing to hold and operate WRECO, or a merger, sale or spin-off of the business. “The board of directors and management team are committed to further enhancing value for all Weyerhaeuser shareholders,” said Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser president and chief executive officer.

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Building supply price jumps hamper home construction

Toledo Blade
June 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Just as interest in building new single family homes appears to be rekindling in the Toledo area, another hurdle is making potential new home buyers think twice. Prices of key building materials — framing lumber, oriented strand board, and gypsum drywall — skyrocketed this spring, sometimes adding several thousand dollars to the price of a home compared with a year ago.

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Oregon Lawmakers Could Act Soon On Timber County Rescue Plan

Northwest News Network
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A plan that would give state government broad powers to step in and bail out struggling timber counties could advance soon in the Oregon legislature. A House panel could vote as soon as Monday on a bill that could lead to a temporary tax hike in counties that are struggling to maintain basic services. A companion measure was approved in the full House Friday. The bill that passed the House would allow counties to ask the Oregon Secretary of State to basically run their elections, but only in cases of extreme fiscal emergency.

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Weyerhaeuser to buy Brookfield’s Longview Timber for $2.65-billion

Bloomberg
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co., a U.S. real-estate investment trust that owns timberland, agreed to buy Longview Timber LLC for US$2.65 billion including debt from affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in the third-largest forestry acquisition in North America. The deal will close in July and immediately add to Weyerhaeuser’s funds for distribution, the Federal Way, Washington-based company said Sunday in a statement. It plans to boost its quarterly cash dividend to 22 cents a share in September from 20 cents.

Weyerhaeuser Buys Timberlands and Weights Selling its Home-Building Unit from the New York Times

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Ga. timber industry sees signs of improvement

WSAV-TV
June 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The timber industry in Georgia shows signs of improvement after a slump brought on by the collapsing housing market. Forestry industry payrolls in the state peaked at nearly 68,000 jobs before the housing bubble collapsed during the Great Recession. When home construction trails off, so does the demand for timber. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the number of jobs in the timber industry fell to 43,425 after the burst and has slowly risen. But there are signs of improvement at the Interfor saw mill in Nunez, roughly 170 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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Weyerhaeuser names new CEO

Associated Press
June 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Weyerhaeuser Co., one of the world’s largest lumber companies, said Sunday that its board has named Doyle Simons as its new CEO, effective Aug.1. The company also said that it signed a deal to buy Longview Timber LLC. for $2.65 billion from Brookfield Asset Management. And in a separate release, the Federal Way, Wash.-based company said that it was exploring strategic alternatives for its real estate company that could include a merger, a sale or spin-off of the business.

Click here for a press release from Weyerhaeuser

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Conclusions of the EOS GA in Vienna

IHB
June 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry held its general assembly in Vienna on 4 June 2013. The meeting was hosted by the Austrian Association of the Wood Industries and the discussions were directed towards the main current trends in the sawn timber market. Due to the effects of the general economic and financial crisis and the low level of construction activity, coupled with low consumer confidence and tight wood availability with high raw material costs, the sawmilling companies have been forced to start restructuring their operations.

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EOS forecasts 2013 decline in timber demand

Timber Trades Journal
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

European sawn softwood production and consumption is forecast to decrease in 2013 by 1.1% and 2.2% respectively, a large gathering of sawmillers in Vienna has heard. Members of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry, meeting for the EOS general assembly, also heard that sawn hardwood production was predicted to increase by 1.2% this year, despite demand forecast to decline by 2%. “The European sawmilling sector continues to face challenging times,” said the EOS.

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Log exports expected to increase

Otago Daily Times Online News
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Record log exports are expected to underpin healthy export receipts in the year ahead, rising from $4.3 billion this financial year towards $5 billion by 2016-17. However, while logs are in strong demand, the outlook for sawn timber, woodchips and panels for export remain challenging. Some products face a decline in global prices, the Ministry for Primary Industries said in an industries outlook released this week.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

SOM Develops Timber Structural System For Skyscrapers

DesignBuild Source
June 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Challenging conventional building materials, architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill has designed a structural system for skyscrapers that uses mass timber as the main structural material and minimizes the embodied carbon footprint of the building. The globally renowned design firm has explored how timber stacks up to concrete as a building material through a Timber Tower Research Project, applying the system to the 395-foot Dewitt-Chestnut Apartments in Chicago, which were built in 1965.

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Forestry

Environmental activists unite to further protect Clayoquot Sound

Globe and Mail
June 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The last time Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck teamed up on a big project, it shook the world. Now the environmental activists who, in 1993, helped organized one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Canadian history – the mass protests against logging in Clayoquot Sound – are back with another project.

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Thousands of hectares of NS wilderness to be protected under landmark conservation agreement

Global News
June 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — More than 5,000 hectares of precious wilderness in Digby County will be protected for generations by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The environmental protection group acquired the land, valued at almost $4 million, through a partial purchase and donation from J.D. Irving Ltd. “It’s one piece in a bigger picture, so we’re trying to build a natural heritage for the future, for your children and for my children,” says Craig Smith, Nova Scotia’s program manager for the NCC.

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Steve Thomson reappointed Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Steve Thomson was re-elected to represent the riding of Kelowna-Mission in 2013 and was reappointed as the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations June 10, 2013. Prior to being reappointed as Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, he served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations, Minister of Energy, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands. He previously served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations and Minister of Energy, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands.

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Barriers up, forest thinning begins at Bass Creek to ward of beetle attacks

Ravalli Republic
June 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Barricades barred Larry Creek Road and the sound of heavy machinery filled the air at the Bass Creek Recreation Area on Friday morning. The long-anticipated logging project at the second most popular recreation site on the Bitterroot National Forest is officially underway. Just north of the large parking lot that’s often filled with horse trailers this time of year, several large machines were cutting down trees marked with blue paint and peeling off branches to create the logs that will be hauled to Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co.’s mill in Seeley Lake.

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Ontario workers exposed to unsafe levels of Agent Orange

Panel concludes several hundred government workers were exposed to dangerous herbicide
CBC News
June 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An independent panel named by Ontario’s Natural Resources Ministry to investigate the province’s use of Agent Orange has concluded workers with three government agencies were exposed to unsafe levels of the herbicide. The panel was announced by the government in 2011 after former forestry and hydro workers said they had been exposed to the toxic herbicide 2,4,5-T — a dioxin-laced component of Agent Orange. Chaired by Dr. Leonard Ritter, a University of Guelph toxicology professor and expert, the five-member expert panel was handed more than 45,000 government files in some way linked to Agent Orange.

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Black Forest Fire News, Update and Maps : Fire May Not Be Natural Calamity, Maybe Arson Says Sheriff Maketa

Latinos Post
June 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… However, in a sudden turn of events, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says the fire could likely be started by someone. Maketa told reporters on Friday that as they look deeper into the cause of the devastating fire, more proofs show it isn’t that nature doesn’t have a hand on it. “I’m pretty confident that natural causes will be out the window,” Sheriff Maketa said, as reported by the Denver Post. “We didn’t have lightning in the area. Lightning is usually one of the contributing factors we first look at in the area when it comes to natural causes.”

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Waldo Canyon Fire victims to mentor Black Forest victims

Our Colorado News
June 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A program through which the experience gained by property owners affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire can be shared with people impacted by the Black Forest Fire is being developed by Colorado Springs Together, the nonprofit organization established to facilitate and coordinate the recovery after the Waldo Canyon Fire… “Over the last 12 months our community gained
more experience in fire recovery than any of us would have ever wanted,”
said Bob Cutter, president and founder of Colorado Springs Together.

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Caterpillars pitch tents in southern Arizona

Mohave Valley News
June 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TUCSON (AP) — An explosion of tent caterpillars, which spin slightly creepy-looking shelters on tree limbs, are leaving some Arizona mountain areas looking like science-fiction movies, scientists studying the region said. The Arizona Daily Star reports that thanks to a population increase the creatures are leaving an abundance of silky caterpillar tents in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson and other mountain ranges in Southern Arizona. And what’s the black stuff inside the tents dangling on trees? Scientists say that’s caterpillar dung. 

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Colorado: Black Forest fire 55% contained; some evacuees allowed to go home

The Denver Post
June 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thousands of people were allowed to return home Saturday evening after fire crews increased their hold on the Black Forest fire. Many more, though, remained displaced, and officials asked those blaze-battered residents for patience while firefighters finish the job. Rich Harvey, the federal incident commander managing firefighting efforts, said crews had success Saturday in problem areas of the blaze and expected to attack it with equal vigor Sunday.

Firefighters working to put out hot spots so more Colorado wildfire evacuees can return from the Associated Press

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Complete timeline of Black Forest fire events

Colorado Springs Gazette
June 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

1-2 p.m. Fire starts. County receives first calls of a fire near Shoup Road and Highway 83. Responders: City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Black Forest fire departments. 2-3 p.m. Colorado Springs area reaches 97 degrees Fahrenheit, the record high temperature since 1956. Relative humidity dips to 2 percent and a perfect storm comes as wind speeds get up to 37 mph, with gusts at 47. Traffic signs over I-25 read, “Fire at Black Forest – Do Not Report.” El Paso County Sheriff Maketa announces the fire on social media and refers residents to local media and #BlackForestFire for information.

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Mountain pine beetle outlook “bad to worse” for Black Hills

Newscenter1.tv
June 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Entomological Society of America is hosting its North Central Branch’s annual meeting in Rapid City this week. On Sunday, scientists from all around the world gathered to hear a presentation on the mountain pine beetle.  South Dakota’s forests continue to be affected by this bug that feed on pine trees in the area. By teaching other regions about this problem, members are hoping that it will help everyone combat this epidemic. …He also gave his predictions on what this summer will look like for the Black Hills. He plainly said it will be “bad to worse” than last year.

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Forests on Indian reservations underfunded, report finds

The Associated Press
June 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forests held in trust for Indian tribes across the nation are woefully underfunded by the federal government, according to a report issued Thursday by a panel of experts. The congressionally mandated report for the Intertribal Timber Council was released at the group’s annual meeting on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. It found that tribal forests covering about 28,000 square miles nationwide receive about half of the funding per acre provided to national forests for wildfire prevention, and about one-third of national forests’ funding rate for forest management.

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UMaine’s Jeffrey Benjamin honored for outstanding service to the Forest Industry

Bangor Daily News
June 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BREWER, Maine – The Northeastern Loggers’ Association recently honored University of Maine Associate Professor Jeffrey Benjamin as the recipient of its 2012 Outstanding Service to the Forest Industry Award. NELA President Dennis Allard presented the award to Mr. Benjamin at the Annual Loggers’ Banquet in Brewer in a ceremony attended by more than 200 members of the Northeast’s forest products industry.

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Battle to save world-famous tree collection threatened by lethal disease

Belfast Telegraph
June 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of the most important tree collections in the world is under threat after a virulent fungal disease infected tens of thousands at Castlewellan Forest Park. Around 25,000 Japanese larch trees are to be felled and 100 hectares of forest cleared after the highly infectious fungal pathogen Phytophthora ramorum — also known as Sudden Oak Death — swept through the forest. The area of forest which is being cleared is bigger than the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.

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Hope for logging end takes root

Sydney Morning Herald
June 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With an explosive crack, a whoosh of air through its branches and a thunderous thump, the last tree fell in the forest. Until that moment standing 45 metres tall and straight as a die, the stringybark eucalypt was cut down in the logging coupe Butlers 11C in central Tasmania. Its fall was softened by hopes this would be the last tree ever logged in the 30-year struggle over public forests fringing Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How climate change makes wildfires worse

Grist
June 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Last year, Colorado suffered from a record-breaking wildfire season: More than 4,000 fires resulted in six deaths, the destruction of 648 buildings, and a half a billion dollars in property damage. Still reeling, Coloradans are once again fleeing in their thousands from a string of drought-fueled fires. So what role is climate change playing in the worsening wildfires?

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Dartmouth Researchers Question ‘Greenness’ of Wood as Fuel

Dartmouth Now
June 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

“It’s not easy being green,” Kermit the frog tells us. This simple statement reflects the travails of life as an amphibian, and also holds true for choices we face as environmentally responsible citizens. Some among us have chosen wood as a power source, long considered a renewable resource and a desirable alternative to fossil fuels. However, Dartmouth’s Andrew Friedland raises the specter that wood also has serious drawbacks.

New evidence that cutting forests to burn for electricity is even worse for the climate than we thought from the Switchboard (blog)

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Forest Carbon Won’t Be Tradable Commodity, Climate Expert Says

Businessweek
June 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Emissions reductions created through forest protection never will become a tradable commodity, and private investors are beginning to realize that, a consultant for the Third World Network said. Forest carbon can’t be measured as accurately as CO2 discharges from industrial projects, Kate Dooley, who advises the environmental group on climate change issues, said today in Bonn. Under the United Nations’ Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program, or REDD, developing nations protect and manage their forests in exchange for funding from developed states to support their efforts.

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