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Daily Archives: June 24, 2013

Business & Politics

Premier gets schooled on wood products

Kelowna Correspondent
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark is just a little more knowledgeable of the softwood lumber industry in British Columbia, thanks largely to a visit to Gorman Brothers Mill in West Kelowna Friday morning. The premier, currently on the campaign trail locally as she attempts to earn a seat in the BC Legislature in the July 10 byelection, toured the busy facility for almost an hour Friday, offering numerous photo ops for hungry news reporters who accompanied her on the mill visit. “My objective today was to understand the business, to meet some of the folks who work in it, and to determine what we can do as a government to help out,” said Clark …

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White River sawmill to restart by fall

Company says up to 180 jobs could be created if the mill becomes fully operational
CBC News
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owners of the former Domtar sawmill in White River say they will reopen the mill by the fall. Stakeholders involved in White River Forest Products Limited made the announcement Friday and said work on restarting the mill has already begun. The mill shut down in 2007, throwing almost 250 workers off the job. A single shift is expected to start in the fall and a second shift could follow in the spring of 2014.

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Site for Atikokan sawmill acquired

Resolute Press Release
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. today confirmed the acquisition of a site to build a new random length sawmill in the Atikokan area. The $50-million (Cdn.) project, announced in late January, will create about 90 direct jobs at the sawmill, as well as secure or create additional in-direct positions related to harvesting and hauling activities. The site is located in Sapawe, 30 km from Atikokan, and was chosen in part due to its favourable access to raw materials, as well as rail and road transportation. Planning work for the project is largely completed, and the bid process for the civil and mechanical portions is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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US hardwood exporters branch out in China

Government plans to build 1 billion sq m of ‘green’ buildings
China Daily
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

United States-based hardwood exporters are boosting their growth in China’s furniture, decoration and eco-friendly building material markets as the nation pushes to accelerate the pace of its urbanization drive. Michael Snow, executive director of the American Hardwood Export Council, said that amid the continuing uncertainty in many Western economies, the growth rate of the usage of US hardwood across China and Southeast Asia has been stable over the past few years.

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National construction materials prices remain flat in May

Nerej.com
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Washington, DC- National construction materials prices were unchanged in May and have been flat during the past three months, according to the June 14 report by the U.S. Labor Department. Year over year, construction materials prices are up just 0.8%. Nonresidential construction materials prices increased 0.2% for the month and are up 0.3% from one year ago. Softwood lumber prices fell for the first time since October, dropping 8.2%—the largest monthly decrease in 33 years. However, prices are 16.8% higher than in May 2012.

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Weyerhaeuser in deal for timberland

June 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Weyerhaeuser Co. expects to significantly increase its footprint in the Northwest by taking over a competing landowner with 645,000 acres in the region. The company has struck a deal to buy Longview Timber in a deal worth $2.65 billion, increasing its land holdings in Oregon and Washington by one-third, to 2.6 million acres. “This is a one-of-a-kind acquisition. It is highly unlikely that the opportunity to purchase high value and high quality timberland of this magnitude in the Pacific Northwest will appear again,” said Tom Gideon, the firm’s executive vice president of timberlands, during a conference call.

Weyerhaeuser sends up some signals about what’s in its future from the News Tribune

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Franklin Lumber Plans $14.8 Million Investment To Reopen Former Virginia Sawmill

Area Development Online
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The former International Paper Franklin Sawmill, closed since 2009, has been purchased by Franklin Lumber, and will restart operations in Isle of Wright County, Virginia by year’s end. “This mill was originally designed to have the capability of manufacturing a variety of lumber products. We plan to take advantage of this by manufacturing a diverse product line that will satisfy a wide range of customers. Our focus is on quality,” said Franklin Lumber co-owner Perk Taylor.

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EOS report on the sawn softwood-hardwood market

IHB
June 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The recovery of sawn softwood production that started in 2011 did not fully continue in 2012. In the EOS member countries, total production of sawn softwood decreased by 75.7 million m³. The continuous pressure on raw material supply, high prices and an increased extra EU exports of logs is hitting the sector badly. For 2013, it is foreseen that production would drop by 1.1%. Developments in 2012 were not equal among the EOS member countries.

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$26 million for Ta Ann

ABC Local
June 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Federal Government has agreed to pay timber company Ta Ann $26 million in compensation for wood supply the company is giving up as part of the forestry peace deal. Under the agreement, Ta Ann will lose about 108,000 cubic metres or 40 per cent of its peeler log supply. Ta Ann says that means its mills in the Huon and at Smithton will now have to run at 40 per cent below the capacity their machinery is built for. The company says the compensation payout will ensure more than 90 employees keep their jobs.

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Pre-trial hearing for former Gunns boss winds up

ABC News, Australia
June 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A preliminary court hearing into insider trading charges against the former chairman of the collapsed Tasmanian timber giant Gunns has wound up in Launceston. John Gay has pleaded not guilty to two counts of insider trading. Gay allegedly sold three million Gunns shares two months before the stock price dived in 2009. At the final pre-trial hearing the day’s only witness was professional valuer Wayne Lonergan.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FSC Asks USGBC to Define ‘Approved Equivalent’ in LEED V4

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

As the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED version 4 opens up to voting by its members, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) encourages its stakeholders to vote yes on the standard, but also encourages the USGBC to “initiate a dialogue about a small but significant part of the standard, the meaning of USGBC-approved equivalent,” in a press release sent today. LEED version 3 awards points for the use of FSC-certified wood as well as any “USGBC-approved equivalent.” FSC argues that a certification system should have to be rigorous, comprehensive, consensus-based, verifiable and more.

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U.S. tax credits continue to pay out: CBPC and AFMTC

CFS Selective Cuttings
June 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Firms with U.S. kraft pulp operations are continuing to benefit from the ‘black liquor’ tax credit 4 years after the original credit was discovered. Currently, U.S. firms are reaping additional revenues through swapping credits between various tax programs. The original Alternative Fuel Mixture Tax Credit (AFMTC) was worth $0.50 per gallon of black liquor (a by-product of wood pulping process) produced in 2009. At least 21 publicly traded companies received a total of $6.5 billion under AFMTC at the time.

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A Battery Made of Wood?

Science Daily
June 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A sliver of wood coated with tin could make a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery. But don’t try it at home yet — the components in the battery tested by scientists at the University of Maryland are a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Using sodium instead of lithium, as many rechargeable batteries do, makes the battery environmentally benign.  Sodium doesn’t store energy as efficiently as lithium, so you won’t see
this battery in your cell phone — instead, its low cost and common
materials would make it ideal to store huge amounts of energy at once,
such as solar energy at a power plant.

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Vital tool to support use of timber in construction

Link2Portal
June 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Work has begun to create a free online information hub containing all of the environmental and design data necessary for project managers, designers and architects to specify timber as a first choice material. The hub will be called Wood First Plus, and has been organised by Wood for Good, the UK timber industry promotion and sustainability group, supported by Scottish Enterprise, the Timber Trade Federation, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Timber Research and Development Association.

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UC researching seismic design for multi-storey timber buildings

Voxy
June 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A University of Canterbury (UC) research team is investigating a new type of design for multi-storey timber buildings to successfully withstand earthquakes. UC researcher Andrew Dunbar says they are testing a combination of a low damage structural system with cross laminated timber. This is the first time in the world that anyone has done this. Cross laminated timber panels are a new product to New Zealand, which started up at a Nelson factory last year,’’ Dunbar says.

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Forestry

The importance of urban trees

Kamloops Daily News
June 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Parents of soccer or baseball players — soccer mom Julie Taylor is one of them — spend plenty of time at McArthur Island Park in springtime. In addition to her duties as a fan, however, Taylor roamed through the park for an estimated 1,000 hours over the past year, running tree-to-tree fixing damage to equipment, measuring rainfall, patching up her rainfall collection system and answering questions from the curious: just what are you doing with the silicone and tubing on that tree?

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Central Kootenay wildfire work needs more cash: study

Nelson Star
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the rate things are going, it could take more than 50 years to reduce the wildfire risk on high priority crown lands within the Regional District of Central Kootenay. That finding was presented to the board Thursday as part of a wildfire strategy that also calls for a door-to-door outreach program and bylaws to ensure new development doesn’t increase the overall fire risk. Consulting foresters Bruce Blackwell and John Cathro made seven recommendations and laid out three scenarios as part of a study of the regional district’s ongoing efforts to reduce its fire hazard.

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Merritt innovative forestry harvest levels increased

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MERRITT – Five companies in an innovative forestry practices agreement have had a combined increase of 373,000 cubic metres per year for their allowable annual cut, effective from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2015. The regional executive director awarded the increase after reviewing their application, forestry plan and timber supply analysis, as well as considering public and First Nations input. Continued innovative forestry practices, such as ongoing inventory work, supported the increase.

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Teegee talks land use and First Nations

Prince George Free Press
June 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When it comes to collaborating with First Nations on land management issues, there are both good and bad examples. Terry Teegee, chief of the Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC), shared some of those examples during his presentation at the Resources North conference this week, where representatives of stakeholders involved in land management issues came together to discuss ways to handle the process in a cooperative way, benefiting everyone while protecting the land that serves them all.

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B.C. Liberals turn backs on First Nations issue

Globe and Mail
June 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Six years ago, the Maa-nulth treaty was ratified by the B.C. legislature with a grand ceremony to mark the rare achievement of reaching a modern-day land claims settlement. But implementation – that’s a sticky thing. The treaty took effect on April 1, 2011, and still the province hasn’t gotten around to registering most of the land that has been promised. Of the 22,000 hectares that is to be handed over, only 15 per cent has been surveyed and legally transferred.

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ABCFP Responds to the Forest Practices Board Bulletin Professional Reliance in BC Forests

Associationof BC Forest Professionals
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ABCFP is pleased that the Forest Practices Board (FPB) has started this important conversation on professional reliance. And, like the FPB, we continue to hear comments that suggest there is confusion regarding the application of professional reliance… The problem is there are incompatible expectations from professions, employers and stakeholders regarding what outcomes professional reliance can deliver. We can provide four reasons for this. First, while we do have land-use plans in many areas of the province they do not provide clear objectives or public preferences at the regional or, when required, local levels. … Second, professional reliance is not the panacea for everything in forestry…

To read the FRB Bulletin click here

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When will companies learn that suing campaigners won’t silence us?

Greenpeace UK (blog)
June 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products, one of the most destructive logging companies in Canada, is suing my colleagues for $7 million. It thinks this will make them shut up about its destruction of Canada’s Boreal Forest. It won’t work – and I should know. Canada’s Boreal Forest, home to herds of endangered caribou, is under threat from Resolute, Canada’s largest logging company. Greenpeace campaigners have been trying to get Resolute to put down its chainsaws while a conservation plan can be drawn up that protects this valuable and vulnerable forest.

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UNESCO defers decision on world heritage bid for Manitoba-Ontario forest

The Canadian Press
June 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WINNIPEG – It will be at least another year before UNESCO’s world heritage committee decides whether to grant special recognition to a vast stretch of boreal forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary. At its annual meeting in Cambodia, the committee deferred a decision and asked Canada to refine its submission for the area, called Pimachiowin Aki (pih-MATCH-oh-win ah-KEE’). UNESCO advisory groups have raised questions about whether the area is unique enough to warrant a designation as a world heritage site.

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Forest Fire Still Burning in Labrador West

VOCM
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While some property has been lost, the immediate danger appears to have passed for cabin owners near Wabush. Crews are continuing to battle a forest fire, which is blazing out of control near the Trans Labrador Highway, about 4 km from Wabush. Fire Duty Officer Eric Young says the fire is moving away from the community and from cabins in the area. The full extent of property damage is still being assessed. Two waterbombers and three ground crews are battling the blaze, while a helicopter from Goose Bay is expected in the area later today.

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Fire rages, Colo. town braces for long evacuation

Associated Press
June 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DEL NORTE, Colo. — A colossal wildfire raging near popular tourist areas of the southwestern Colorado mountains more than doubled in size over the weekend, driven by winds and fueled by dead trees in drought-stricken forest, authorities said Sunday. The weather has prevented fire crews from making progress against the blaze, which Sunday night was estimated at 114 square miles. No structures have been lost in the fire, and no injuries have been reported. Sunday, officials said most of the intense fire activity occurred on unburned areas inside the perimeter of what are technically three separate lightning-sparked fires.

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If a tree falls in the forest, who talks about it?

Letter by Jeff Winslow
High Country News
June 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a fourth-generation Oregonian whose family has only minimally depended on the forest-products industry, I often find myself drifting far from zero-cut environmentalists on the one hand and industry cheerleaders on the other (“A New Forest Paradigm,” HCN, 4/29/13). … What struck me about the article, though, was something I’ve noticed for decades: Whenever the news media finds a person willing to go on record blaming everything on environmentalists, it’s always someone once removed from the action: a shopkeeper, a truck driver, a local politician.

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In Colorado, wildfires may drive up costs of living in paradise

As Colorado wildfires set damage records, officials consider making building codes tougher and shifting fire costs to people who live in forests.
Los Angeles Times
June 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As five major wildfires rage at the onset of a fire season far from over, many in this state are saying the time has come to consider toughening building regulations and shifting some fire protection costs to those who live in danger zones. After the deadly 2012 Waldo fire — at the time the most damaging in state history, with 346 homes lost and two deaths — Gov. John Hickenlooper convened a task force to begin to look at ways to restrict or at least rethink how to build on forestland.

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LePage’s remark about loggers ‘crossed the line’

The governor apologizes, but Mainers with North Woods roots aren’t in a forgiving mood.
Portland Press Herald
June 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Paul LePage might not think that Maine’s loggers have much in the way of brains, but he may soon find that they have long memories. LePage voiced what many considered an unflattering characterization of northern Mainers – particularly loggers and foresters – during his diatribe Thursday against Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash, who gave the Democrats’ response to the governor’s latest budget proposal.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Marketing Mobiltext Inc. Enters into LOI to Acquire 100% of Blue Sky Biomass Inc.

Marketwired
June 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Marketing Mobiltext Inc. is pleased to announce it has entered into an LOI to acquire 100% of Blue Sky Biomass Inc., a company based out Denver, Colorado. The company is currently undertaking due diligence and will announce the signing of a definitive agreement in the event that one is signed. The company will be changing its name to Blue Sky Biomass (USA) Inc. The Company is a development stage company, and is seeking to focus in 2013 on the growth of sustainable forests located in the USA and the production of woody biomass pellets for export to European markets for use in power production.

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Facing climate change: Foresters see a future without elms, ash and maples

vtdigger.org
June 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Robert Turner isn’t panicking. He sees more foreign species invading our forests, more dying and downed trees and a shorter winter logging season. These are all things that could be attributed to climate change. But he’s not panicking. “It’s hard to talk about these things without feeling like the sky is falling,” Turner said. “I think that there are reasons that we as a society and culture ought to be talking about these things. But we’re not in a panic situation by any means.”

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Logging releases carbon locked deep in forest soil

New study helps quantify logging as part of the forest carbon cycle
Summit County Citizens Voice
June 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

… A research team led by scientists with Dartmouth College found that logging releases large amounts of carbon from the soil. The processes by which that happens aren’t completely understood, but the findings suggest that calls for an increased reliance on forest biomass should be re-evaluated.  Forest carbon analyses are incomplete unless they include deep soil, which stores more than 50 percent of the carbon in forest soils, said Dartmouth Professor Andrew Friedland, one of the co-authors of the paper recently published in the journal Global Change Biology.

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Could Climate Change Worsen Southeast Asia’s Forest Fires?

Wall Street Journal (blog)
June 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Southeast Asia could have to brace for more forest fires and clouds of smoke if climate change takes hold, a World Bank expert suggests. As temperatures climb, some parts of Southeast Asia will likely flood with rising sea levels while others face drought and heat waves. Drier jungles and peatlands in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and elsewhere could trigger more fires and spread more choking smoke across the region in the years to come.

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General

Weekly lumber market update and overview

Madison’s Lumber
June 21, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The extended doldrums of spring dimension lumber sales across North America so far in 2013 continued this week, despite several producers having announced curtailments and the U.S. National Association of Home Builders warning that field inventories are becoming dangerously low. Solid wood traders felt that the inexorable price slide of the past two months might actually start reversing soon. The threat of a potential return of softwood lumber export taxes in August only prompted Canadian traders to rush yet more wood across the U.S. border against this supposed ticking clock.

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Weyerhaeuser in deal for timberland

June 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The Weyerhaeuser Co. expects to significantly increase its footprint in the Northwest by taking over a competing landowner with 645,000 acres in the region. The company has struck a deal to buy Longview Timber in a deal worth $2.65 billion, increasing its land holdings in Oregon and Washington by one-third, to 2.6 million acres. “This is a one-of-a-kind acquisition. It is highly unlikely that the opportunity to purchase high value and high quality timberland of this magnitude in the Pacific Northwest will appear again,” said Tom Gideon, the firm’s executive vice president of timberlands, during a conference call.

Weyerhaeuser sends up some signals about what’s in its future from the News Tribune

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