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Daily Archives: June 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber – Supercycle or Not?

The Motley Fool
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

After years of being completely ignored, the lumber/forestry sector has been top of mind for many investors of late. Thanks to a bottom being found in U.S. housing, and a potential recovery underway, this sector’s been hot. This morning’s Globe and Mail however offers up a conflicting view of the industry’s future prospects. In one article, a recently published bullish argument from a sell-side analyst is summarized. In another, one of this country’s most respected financial companies is reducing its exposure. What’s going on?

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Forestry firms not sharing wealth, say loggers

As B.C.’s biggest timber businesses rack up record profits, pay for small logging contractors remains frozen at recessionary rates
Business in Vancouver
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s 2013. The Americans are building houses again, and the good times are back for B.C.’s major forestry companies.  But for independent logging contractors, it might as well be 2008, when everyone in the industry was waiting out the depths of a severe downturn. …”The whole supercycle that people are talking about and these increased profits that seem to be going on with the licensees aren’t making it down to the contractors,” Dwight Yochim, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), told Business in Vancouver.

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AFPA reports good start to 2013

HQ Grande Prairie
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some significant growth in the market to start 2013 is very good news for the forestry industry in this province. The Alberta Forest Products Association reports first quarter numbers this year showed a 23-percent increase in the value of production over the same time last year, to $671-million. The value of lumber produced is up 55-percent from a year ago; for panelboard, that increase is 35 percent.

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Weyerhaeuser Dimension Lumber Mill in $23 Million Upgrade

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

DRAYTON VALLEY, AB – Weyerhaeuser will spend $23 million for production upgrades at its dimensional softwood lumber mill in Drayton Valley, Alberta in Canada. The 18 month project will results in a 35% increase in volume, says Weyerhaeuser, allowing it to cash in on the resurgent North American housing market. Weyerhaeusers says it wants to continue to expand as export demand remains strong. “These upgrades are game-changers that will bring the mill to a new level,” said Weyerhaeuser’s unit manager Doug Wessel in announcing the investment.

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Tolko staff saddened by death of BC teen caught in conveyor belt

Young man killed in Okanagan mill identified as 18-year-old Lumby resident
Vancouver Sun/Canadian Press
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The head of Tolko Industries said the company is extremely saddened by the death of an 18-year-old employee who became entangled in a conveyor belt at a planer mill in Lavington, near Vernon. Brad Thorlakson said knowing that a family has been forever changed by the tragedy is devastating, and no words can convey the pain of the heart-wrenching loss. He said a shift supervisor who found Bradley Haslam freed him from the equipment and, along with two other workers, administered first aid until an ambulance arrived early Saturday morning.

Tolko responds to teen workplace death from Global News
Teen killed at mill near Vernon identified from CBC News

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Dropping lumber prices agrowing pain analyst says

CBC News
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A report from TD Economics shows North American lumber prices are down 25 per cent since the middle of April — and that’s a significant drop, observers say. Economist Dina Ignjatovic said when prices hit a nine-year high earlier this year, production climbed and inventories were rebuilt. Now buyers are “more willing to sit on the sidelines and wait to see how far prices will fall.” Jamie Lim of the Ontario Forest Industries Association called the drop “a growing pain,” as the industry continues to rebound from the recession.

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Province considers demolition of Grand Falls-Windsor mill

CBC News
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The former paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor may not be there for much longer, according to area MHA Susan Sullivan.  Sullivan told the CBC on Monday that the former AbitibiBowater buildings pose safety risks. “The buildings pose a certain security issue, so we are looking at the possibility of removing those buildings … it’s a matter of speaking with engineers, it’s a matter of speaking with consultants as to how that process will happen,” said Sullivan, the MHA for Grand Falls–Windsor—Buchans. Sullivan said there is interest in the timber rights, but not the buildings themselves.

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Weyerhaeuser rises on new CEO, other news

The Associated Press
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser’s stock climbed Monday as the lumber company named Doyle Simons as its new CEO and announced a deal to buy Longview Timber LLC. for $2.65 billion. It also said that it was exploring strategic options for its real estate company that could include a merger, a sale or spin-off of the business and announced a quarterly dividend increase. THE SPARK: Weyerhaeuser announced the news on Sunday. Simons’ appointment is effective on Aug. 1. He’s served as a director of the Federal Way, Wash. company since February 2012.

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Weyerhaeuser signs ex-Temple-Inland CEO as new boss

Memphis Commercial Appeal
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

NEW YORK — Timberland owner Weyerhaeuser Co. has agreed to buy Longview Timber for $2.65 billion, including debt from affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management, in the third-largest forestry acquisition in North America. Separately, former Temple-Inland Corp. chief executive officer Doyle Simons will take over as CEO of Weyerhaeuser. Simons was chairman and CEO of cardboard packaging maker Temple-Inland for four years until its acquisition last year by Memphis-based International Paper Co. Weyerhaeuser said Simons will take over Aug. 1 from Dan Fulton, who will retire this year.

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Timber executives donate to initiative weakening public employee unions

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

Two of the state’s most politically active timber executives — Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller and Rob Freres of Freres Lumber Co. — have written sizable checks to a controversial initiative dealing with public employee unions. The proposed ballot measure, dubbed the Public Employee Choice Act — would prohibit unions from requiring that public employees they represent either join the union or pay in-lieu dues to help with bargaining costs. Miller gave $6,000 to the campaign while Freres wrote a $5,000 check.

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Stora Enso to cut 2500 jobs

Pulp and Paper News
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

On 23 April 2013 Stora Enso announced new plans to simplify and streamline its operations to focus its different businesses, simplify its operations and enable greater focus on growth in value-creating businesses. The potential EUR 200 million annual Group fixed cost reduction from actual costs in year 2012 to second quarter 2014 run rate will include the earlier announced EUR 30 million streamlining of the Building and Living Business Area.

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Chinese investors sought for sawmill

The Dominion Post
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Chinese investors are being sought to back a huge sawmill project in the central North Island. The concept of a “mega-mill” is being floated to a potential consortium of investors by Taupo District Council and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. The council has sister-city links with the Chinese city of Suzhou. Will Samuel, the council’s business development manager, said talks were “still exploratory” and the council’s role was purely as a facilitator. All regions across the central North Island were asking how they could get more value out of the flood of logs leaving the country, he said.

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Tasmanian forestry contractors using loophole to continue work after being paid to leave industry

ABC News
June 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Senate inquiry has heard extraordinary allegations that Tasmanian forestry contractors who were paid by the Government to leave the industry are using a legal loophole to continue work.
There are also allegations of widespread rorting, and the Australian Federal Police is considering a request to investigate. The forestry industry has been shrinking rapidly in Tasmania over the past few years, and successive governments have made almost $100 million available for contractors to leave the industry.

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Russia to Close Paper Mill on Lake Baikal

Associated Press
June 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that authorities will shut down a paper mill on the shores of Lake Baikal, which environmentalists say is a major pollutant threatening one of the world’s largest fresh water lakes. …Environmentalists said that the mill threatens the lake’s unique species of plants and animals. Lake Baikal, which contains more fresh water than all of America’s Great Lakes combined and is the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume, is home to some 1,500 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Vancouver architect Michael Green is pumped for his address to Ideacity

The Province
June 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

For years Ideacity has literally been a meeting of the minds. The Toronto-based conference, now going into its 14th year, brings together 50 presenters from around the globe. And this year you don’t have to travel to Toronto to take in the dialogue as Vancouver’s Rio theatre will be streaming the conference and playing it on the big screen June 19-21… One of the speakers on the slate is Vancouver architect Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture. A fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Green is an innovator who champions the Tall Woods concept of building highrises out of wood.

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Wood Surfboards Make Summer’s Top 50

Woodworking Network
June 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wooden surfboards get a nod from environmentally concerned surfers – who worry that synthetic boards give off chemicals, VOCs, and add to the harmful waste stream. The Wall Street Journal put wooden surfboards in its top 50 summer must-have items – showing off Grain Surf Board’s CI Biscuit surfboard. Invented in ancient Hawaii, (papa he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language, notes Wikipedia) they were made from local trees, such as koa, and were often over 15 feet in length and extremely heavy.

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NC Senate signs off on compromise bill to allow LEED public projects

Charlotte Business Journal
June 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A compromise bill that rewrote proposed N.C. legislation that threatened to end the use of the LEED rating system for state projects won favor from N.C. Senate members Monday night. N.C. Senate members agreed 45-1on a major overhaul of House Bill 628 originally would have ended the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s third-party rating system for sustainable building for state projects. The revamped bill even got a new title — to “Protect/Promote Locally Sourced Building Materials” from “Protect/Promote NC Lumber.”

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Wood wars: SC, other states fight green-building group over lumber standards

Associated Press
June 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

SAVANNAH — A building supplier phoned Pollard Lumber Co. about providing wood for a large government construction project in Georgia, but the deal broke down over a single question about how the family-owned sawmill has committed itself to environmentally friendly practices. The mill in rural Appling holds certification by a national forestry group to verify it uses timber harvested in a sustainable manner. That wasn’t good enough to get the government job two years ago.

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Forestry

BC must find ways to reduce risk of wildfire hazards

Opinion: Post-beetle forest floor in Manning Park presents a significant threat
Vancouver Sun
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

E.C. Manning Provincial Park is a ticking time bomb and one of these years it’s going to go off. …In the decade since the epidemic began, many of the trees killed by the beetle have fallen to the forest floor. The post-beetle forest now presents a significant wildfire threat: very large accumulation of fuels on the forest floor; fuels staying dryer longer because they are not in contact with soil or grass; the forest floor receives much more direct sunlight resulting in higher temperatures and lower relative humidity; and, fewer trees means higher winds at the level of the forest floor drying out the fuels.

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Lightning strike sparks wildfire

Castanet
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Kelowna fire crews are in the mop up stage of a wildfire that began in an area above Smith Creek. The blaze is believed to have been started by a lightning strike. A three person attack crew made it to the area first and formed a guard around the fire. They had to hike a couple of kilometres up a ravine to get to the fire.  The flames had already burned ground cover and a few logs by the time
the crew arrived, but they were able to stop the fire from climbing
trees.

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New Brunswick is covered by no-burn warnings

No-burning policy is covering 12 of 15 counties
CBC.ca
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Most of New Brunswick is covered by burning restrictions on Monday despite a rainier than usual June. A no-burn order is in effect everywhere except Madawaska, Victoria and Carleton counties until at least 2 p.m. on Monday. Burning is those three counties, however, is restricted to between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

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Beware of a Forestry Standard Monopoly

Forbes
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

… Negative economic consequences also results when policies transform competitive markets into a monopoly. In a May 9th Forbes column, we examined the benefits created by competition among forestry certification programs. Forest certification programs establish responsible management practices and standards. If landowners meet the standards of the program, then the forests are certified by that program, which communicates to consumers and businesses that timber products purchased from this landowner were harvested responsibly.

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Kudzu, wildfires and bark beetles

Delta Farm Press (blog)
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

How healthy are our forests? How vulnerable are they to fires, erosion and invasive flora and fauna? Well, consider that it’s early June and Western wildfires are already burning forests to a crisp. Just down the road from my house, in east Arkansas’ St. Francis National Forest, invasive kudzu has overtaken huge swaths of towering trees. On some hillsides, tree carcasses still stand, swallowed up by a choking tide of the vines. But kudzu is a slow killer compared to bark beetles that have, in recent years, been responsible for the destruction of literally millions of U.S. forestland acres.

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Steady rainfall aids fire crews in Colorado

The Associated Press
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With evacuees anxious to return, firefighters worked Sunday to dig up and extinguish hot spots to protect homes spared by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history. The labor-intensive work is necessary because extremely dry grass and trees could quickly ignite if wind stirs up hot spots in the densely wooded Black Forest near Colorado Springs. Firefighters did get some help from the weather as steady rain moved through the area Sunday afternoon.

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Investigators ‘zeroing in’ on Colo. wildfire start

Associated Press
June 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rain helped firefighters douse Colorado’s most destructive wildfire in state history, while a new wind-whipped blaze in California forced evacuations and threatened homes Monday near Yosemite National Park. Investigators believed Colorado’s Black Forest Fire was human-caused, and were going through the charred remains of luxury homes destroyed and damaged in it last week. Even though the fire was mostly contained and more evacuation orders were being lifted Monday night, officials were not letting victims back into the most developed area where there was concentrated devastation from the fire because the area was being treated as a possible crime scene.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Exportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a new record

Teatro Naturale
June 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

The wood pellet export industry in North America has grown exponentially in a relatively short period of time. The export value has increased from an estimated 40 million dollars in 2004 to almost 400 million dollars in 2012. This fairly new trade development is the result of Europe’s quest to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. Energy generation from renewable resources has, with varying pace, gone up in all countries in the EU the past decade.

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Break the Link Between Deforestation & Commodities: New Opportunity for Obama to Act on Climate Change

Huffington Post
June 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

There is a new opportunity for the United States to curb deforestation and slow climate change. Deforestation accounts for around 15 percent of the world’s global warming pollution – so any step to address this forest loss will go a long way in minimizing climate change. As it turns out, demand for beef, soy, palm oil, paper, and other commodities is a major contributor to forest loss around the world. A new partnership between major companies and governments – The Tropical Forest Alliance – could make a major dent in deforestation by helping companies and countries go “deforestation-free” in their supply chains – but only if the Alliance acts decisively.

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Woody Biomass Energy Database Upgraded and Expanded

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Greenville, SC – In 2010, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities announced creation of a one-of-a-kind database of industrial and selected community-scale users of wood-to-energy facilities across North America. Today the Endowment is unveiling major improvements in the database. The site — www.wood2energy.org — is a searchable database open to anyone with interest in the state of wood-to-energy conversion at a national, state/provincial or local operating level.

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Trade fears blocking progress on REDD+ at UN climate talks

Global Canopy Programme
June 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Negotiators at last week’s UN climate change negotiations in Bonn wrestled with the question of how to go about discussing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation – the source of about 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Central to this discussion are the strong market incentives, operating on a global scale, that currently drive the production of commodities in ways that destroy forests. That means discussing international trade.

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Novel Enzyme Could Prove a Boon for Biofuels Research

Today’s Energy Solutions
June 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers from the United Kingdom, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Kentucky have recently published a paper describing a novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble. Gribbles are biologically intriguing because they exhibit a relatively unique ability to produce their own enzymes instead of using symbiotic microbes to break down the biomass they eat.

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General

Update on restart at Kenora sawmill

Kenora Online
June 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Workers in the forest industry continue to be encouraged by a resurgence in markets. Mill manager Rod McKay from Kenora Forest Products offers an update on their plans for a restart. “Well, we’re continuing along to get the restart going. We’ve had a few hiccups along the way we’re just trying to work through (to) make sure we have our wood supply lined up and some of our marketing issues put to bed. I just want to make sure they’re all put to bed before we get it and start hiring employees,” he said.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
June 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report. Lumber: The need for SPF lumber mills to move volumes into a cautious and oversupplied market meant another week of downward pricing. The downward trend in futures continued to weigh heavily on the cash market.

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