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Business & Politics

B.C. wood products exports poised for strong rebound in 2013

Business in Vancouver
July 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Diversification appears to be paying off for B.C.’s forestry sector. According to BC Stats, rising demand from key global markets for B.C.’s wood products is boosting the province’s total export figures thus far this year. For the first four months of 2013, B.C.’s wood exports have risen 50.8% to the U.S., 31.9% to China, 15.5% to Japan and 5.2% to the European Union compared with the same period in 2012. Overall, total wood products exports have increased 34.8% to $2.5 billion from $1.9 billion last year.

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Western Forest Products Announces $100 Million Substantial Issuer Bid and Initiates Regular Dividend

Marketwired
July 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. announced today a substantial issuer bid to repurchase up to $100 million of its outstanding voting common and non-voting shares, and the commencement of a regular quarterly dividend of initially $0.02 per Share. “Western’s operating and financial performance has continued to improve as our business strategies have driven strong results. Since January, 2011, Western has generated significant cash flow from operations and proceeds from non-core asset sales. The Company has invested in growth and productivity initiatives and repaid all of its outstanding debt.

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B.C. forestry’s U.S. growth puts production closer to markets

Business in Vancouver
July 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Interfor has become the latest B.C. forestry company to look south in its quest for timber and markets. In June, the company announced it had hired its first vice-president of U.S. operations following the acquisition of three mills in Georgia this March and a fourth acquired in May. “We’re very strategic about our acquisitions,” said Karen Brandt, director of public affairs for Interfor. “It’s about building on our assets in a way that complements our existing assets.”

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Fortress says pump failure will delay startup of cogen at Quebec cellulose mill

The Canadian Press
July 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper’s shares fell Tuesday after the company said an unexpected mechanical water pump failure will further delay the startup of a cogeneration facility at its specialty cellulose mill in Thurso, Que. Shares in the Vancouver-based company closed down 24 cents or nearly four per cent at $5.90 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Fortress said a failure of the high pressure water pump and backup pump means the cogeneration facility wasn’t completed by the end of June as expected.

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Thurso paper mill hits setback

Ottawa Business Journal
July 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

Fortress Paper’s shares traded lower Tuesday morning after the company said an unexpected mechanical water pump failure will further delay the startup of a cogeneration facility at its specialty cellulose mill in Thurso, Que. Fortress said a failure of the high pressure water pump and backup pump means the cogeneration facility wasn’t completed by the end of June as expected. The company expects the cogeneration facility will produce power by the end of July.

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Lumber mills buzzing again in Louisiana

Marketplace.org
July 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

…Now, some of these shuttered mills are being bought up and reopened. If only it were a flick of a switch. The whole supply chain was battered by the recession, including equipment makers who supply the sawmills. Rich Vlosky, director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center at Louisiana State University, says there’s a bottleneck right now in equipment orders. He expects a gradual recovery for his industry. The challenge is it’s hard to see into the future. “It takes some time — often a couple of years — to get a line installed or a new plant built,” Vlosky says.

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Log export spike

The Border Watch
July 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The number of softwood logs leaving the Port of Portland has escalated to record highs due to the downturn in the domestic housing timber market. Fuelled by a lack of demand in Australia, the number of softwood logs being exported at the deep-sea bulk facility could sustain another large-scale sawmill in Mount Gambier. OneFortyOne Plantations chief executive Linda Sewell revealed the rise in log exports at a Grant District Council meeting this week.

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New Forests Announces Final Close of the Tropical Asia Forest Fund with $170 million of Capital Commitments and Completes Fund’s First Transaction

Press Release
July 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Forests today announced the final close of the New Forests Tropical Asia Forest Fund (“TAFF”). TAFF has closed with a total of US$170 million in capital commitments, which will be invested in sustainable plantation forestry investments in Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. New Forests also announced the completion of the fund’s first investment, the acquisition of a majority interest in the Hijauan group, which includes the wholly-owned Hijauan Bengkoka Plantations and a 50% shareholding in Acacia Forest Industries.

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Timber merchant unveils £5m mill expansion plans

Scunthorpe Telegraph
July 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A HULL timber merchant has unveiled plans for a multi-million-pound expansion in the region.  SCA Timber Supply Ltd is to open a new £5m wood-planing mill in East Yorkshire, due to be operational early next year, as part of its plans to double the size of its operations in the UK. The company, which already operates an importing centre for its Swedish certified softwood products on Hull’s King George Dock, is looking at a number of sites across the region.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Conquering timber’s high-tech hurdles

A B.C. early adopter finds success in cutting-edge wood building business
Business in Vancouver
July 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s value-added wood sector makes a variety of products, from plywood to pre-fab homes to cabinets and furniture. But when it comes to making one of the most cutting-edge products in the wood-construction world, B.C. has only one manufacturer. Penticton-based Structurlam Wood Products makes cross-laminated timber panels, an engineered-wood product that is relatively new, and is only just now making inroads into the North American building scene.

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Rayon pulp plan on track

The Chronicle Journal
July 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

Terrace Bay’s resurrected pulp mill remains on track to switch to a new product expected to keep the plant running well into the future, says the operation’s new owner. Preliminary planning for the switch to produce dissolving pulp — an ingredient in rayon, a clothing product — is to begin in the next few weeks, AV Terrace Bay Inc. CEO Giovanni Iadeluca said Wednesday following the announcement of a new fibre-supply agreement with nearby Pays Plat First Nation.

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Wood High-Rise Would Soar 34 Stories

Woodworking Network
July 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

STOCKHOLM – A 34-story wooden skyscraper is Berg | C.F. Møller’s vision of the future for downtown Stockholm. …Berg | C.F. Møller said it chose wood because it has low weight, yet is very strong and becasue of its environmental benefits and sustainability. “Wood is also more fire resistant than both steel and concrete. This is due to 15% of wood mass being water, which will evaporate before the wood actually burns. In addition, logs get charred which protects the core.”

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Research suggests a wooden future for skyscrapers

Gizmag
July 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Skyscrapers dominate the skylines of our major cities, offering more urban density and greater flexibility than smaller buildings. However, concrete- and steel-based tall structures require huge amounts of energy for their construction, which comes at a significant environmental cost. This can be mitigated by incorporating technologies such as solar power, passive cooling systems and efficient lighting into the design, but what if we could go even further and build skyscrapers using sustainable materials?

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Forestry

Why emergency fire shelters aren’t used in Canada

Canada takes a much different approach to fighting wildfires than the U.S. does
CBC News
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

 …In Canada, fire shelters are no longer used at all. Marc Mousseau, chair of the fire equipment working group for the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, said they were never widely deployed, and B.C. became the last province to stop deploying them in 2005.  Lucy Tower, manager of B.C.’s fire equipment depot, told CBCNews.ca
Tuesday that the decision was made because the province’s firefighters
are never put in a situation where they would need to deploy a fire
shelter. Much of the terrain where wildfires occur in Canada is also
densely forested.

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B.C.’s eco-certification roadblock

Compared to Ontario and Quebec, B.C. lags behind in the amount of FSC-certified forest
Business in Vancouver
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC has more certified forestland than any other jurisdiction in the world – with the exception of Canada as a whole. At the end of 2012, 52 million hectares of forestry had been certified in the province. The race to certify forests as sustainable has been driven by customer demand and a rise in green building. According to EL Insights – an online source for sustainability data – the green-building market is currently valued at US$71.1billion.

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Maurelle Island logging to proceed in spite of opposition

Campbell River Mirror
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tourism operators are expressing dismay over a BC Timber Sales decision to green-light logging on Maurelle Island. “We’re very disappointed,” said Ralph Keller, spokesman for the Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group. “All we ever asked for was a temporary halt to logging in three critical corridors until all the local stakeholders could get together and work out a land use plan.” However, in spite of meetings with government forestry bureaucrats, BC Timber Sales went ahead and recently awarded two auction contracts to JWM Forestry to harvest cutblocks of 105,241 cubic metres and 47,833 cubic metres on Maurelle.

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Sustainable forest management has deep roots in British Columbian economy

While B.C. ships mostly raw logs and sells less than $350 million in finished wood products, the annual sales of value-added wood products in [Ontario and Quebec] is close to $2 billion
Business in Vancouver
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging in B.C. boasts some of the longest commitment to sustainability of any modern industry in the province, with the government having regulated allowable annual cutting levels on public lands and the replanting of harvested areas since the 1940s. …Since the logging industry in the province relies mainly on export of
raw, unfinished logs, B.C. requires close to 1,200 cubic metres to
support one full-time logging industry employee. Reducing the allowable
number of trees felled in this model would necessarily mean less profit
and result in job cutbacks.

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Big Data lets you see the forest and the trees

GreenBiz.com
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mainstreaming of Big Data analytics is rewriting the rules of forestry management. Tree farmers, plantations and other groups managing forestry assets can dig up relevant insights in a matter of hours using software on desktop computers. The forestry industry has long used predictive modeling to forecast the environmental impact of planned harvests, controlled burns and other timberland management strategies. Traditionally, however, this sort of analysis has required dozens of individual, custom-developed spreadsheets, access to academic supercomputers and weeks of processing time.

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‘Now or never’ to save ash trees from beetle scourge

860,000 trees vulnerable to dying by 2017 unless they are treated this summer
CBC News
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Toronto’s “urban canopy” is under threat, with as many as 860,000 of the city’s ash trees projected to die within the next four years unless they’re treated this summer against the scourge of a green beetle from Asia. Volunteer and freelance writer Jane Clark has devoted her summer to protecting Toronto’s ash trees, which she said account for about 8.3 per cent — or roughly one in every 12 — of the city’s total tree population.

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Massive wildfire threatens northern Quebec Cree community

Parks Canada may use controlled burns to fight the fire near James Bay
CBC News
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The deputy chief of the Cree community of Eastmain in northern Quebec says a forest fire near there is gaining ground. So far, the fire has destroyed some 250,000 hectares of land in the area. The community of Eastmain lies on the south shore of the Eastmain River, at the mouth of James Bay in Quebec. The forest fire is roughly four kilometres northeast of the community. The deputy chief of Eastmain, Johnny Tomatuk, said the smoke from the fire is so thick, water bombers are having difficulty flying over it.

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Landmark forestry agreement

Deninu Ku’e First Nation and Metis in Fort Resolution sign memo of understanding
Northern News Services
July 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on forest management has been signed by two aboriginal organizations in Fort Resolution. The MOU was signed on June 21 – Aboriginal Day – by Deninu Ku’e First Nation (DKFN) and the Fort Resolution Metis Council, making it the first time the organizations have decided to co-operate to such a large degree. Kara King, president of the Metis Council, said the two sides have agreed to work together on forest management issues under a five-year agreement.

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Crews still battle fires in Labrador

Cape Breton Post
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A state of emergency remained in effect Tuesday in the western Labrador town of Wabush as firefighters continued to douse hot spots from forest fires that forced a two-day evacuation that ended late Sunday. Most of the town’s 2,000 residents have returned to their homes, but Mayor Ron Barron said another voluntary evacuation order could come if the wind shifts and the flames flare up again. “There’s no flames as such, but there’s still lots of hot spots in the area,” he said in an interview.

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Investigators to examine why 19 men died in Ariz. wildfire; were safety precautions followed

The Associated Press
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Shortly before flames engulfed his comrades, the Hotshot firefighters’ lookout radioed his team that the blaze had shifted direction with the wind and that he was fleeing for safety. The harrowing experience of the elite crew’s lone survivor was detailed Tuesday by a Prescott fire official, who also defended his department’s actions in the tragedy that killed 19 firefighters. The deaths raised questions over whether the crew should have been pulled out much earlier and if standard precautions would have made any difference in the face of triple-digit temperatures, erratic winds and tinderbox conditions.

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Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 firefighters

Associated Press
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… About 200 more firefighters arrived to the scorching mountains, doubling the number of firefighters battling the blaze, ignited by lightning. Many of them were wildfire specialists like the 19 fatally trapped Sunday — a group of firefighters known as Hotshots called to face the nation’s fiercest wildfires. With no way out, the Prescott-based crew did what they were trained to do: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves. But that last, desperate line of defense couldn’t save them.

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Powerful winds may stoke deadly Arizona fire

CBS News
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wind more powerful than the gusts that swept an Arizona wildfire over the weekend, killing 19 members of an elite firefighting crew, were expected to whip up the flames Tuesday as crews work to corral the blaze feasting on tinder-dry vegetation. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Wallmann said powerful wind is forecast, with a worst-case scenario of 80 mph gusts. He also said possible weekend thunderstorms could complicate efforts, too. “The winds are going to be a serious factor for us today,” said fire behavior analyst Stewart Turner.

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County pine beetle work to be contracted out

Black Hills Pioneer
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DEADWOOD — In order to avoid another $250,000 hit in the workman’s comp. area, Lawrence County will contract its pine beetle treatment program out to independent contractors this fall. In his address to the Lawrence County Commission, Dave Heck of Lawrence County Invasive Species Management said that two different types of work will be sent out for request for proposals, following a meeting held with the forest service recently that outlines how to mark the trees.

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Australia Terminates Forest Deal with Ri

Jakarta Post
July 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australia has dropped a project in Indonesia to restore and protect forests and peatland in Kalimantan worth A$47 million (US$43.14 million) after it previously axed a $30 million project to protect forests in Sumatra for the carbon dioxide they store. In a small note on the AusAid website, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, the Commonwealth government has confirmed that a project to restore 25,000 hectares of peatland in Kalimantan will end before most of its major milestones are met.

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Peace deal progress report raises “dire” concerns

ABC News, Australia
July 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The first report on the progress of Tasmania’s forest peace deal says the restructure is being hampered by a “critical” shortage of wood. The report has been handed down by the special council overseeing the implementation of the historic agreement to reduce the native timber industry, negotiated by industry and environmental groups. The council says while the deal is on track to meet its environmental targets, there are already problems with the industry restructure.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NS Power’s Port Hawkesbury biomass facility now operational

Electrical Business
July 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Power says its newest power plant—a biomass facility in Port Hawkesbury—has begun operations, producing both electricity and steam.
“We are proud to be increasing our presence in the community of Port Hawkesbury. We want to thank our various community partners—including Port Hawkesbury Paper, the Mayor and Council and local residents—for their support, and we look forward to working with them,” said Port Hawkesbury Biomass plant manager Jeff Campbell.

Biomass plant now humming at full capacity from Daily Business Buzz

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Yes, wildfires are connected to climate change. Here’s how.

Treehugger
July 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The American West is currently suffering from a record-setting heat wave and deadly wildfires. Tragically, 19 fire fighters died Sunday in Prescott, Arizona fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the many fires that are currently burning through the west. As we’ve come to see following events such as this, people are asking if or how this is related to global warming. Below are some good explanations of how fires and heatwaves are or are not related to climate change.

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Forest landscape approach boosts global socio-economic benefits – experts

Forests News
July 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

World leaders must take a unified view of forestry, fisheries and agricultural management to boost food and nutrition security as the global population expands to 9.6 billion by 2050, said experts meeting at a policy seminar hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Center for International Forestry Research. Tackling the current “big five” development challenges — food security, climate change, biodiversity, a green economy and the post-2015 anti-poverty U.N. global development agenda — as part of a unified, landscape approach to forests is vital to ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods, said Peter Holmgren, director general of CIFOR.

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Wired Forest May Reveal How New England Forests Respond to Climate Change

Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming
Scientific American
July 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

… While the effects of warming on forests have been studied before, Templer’s experiment adds a unique and important twist. Her warming cables, buried 4 inches deep, will simulate what will happen to the forests in summer as the climate warms. Those cables snake through four of Templer’s six plots, which are about 40 by 46 feet in size, each with three red maples in their center. The cables will heat the soil by 5 degrees Celsius during the growing season. The maples, which are going to be measured for root growth and other factors, such as how well they take up nutrients from the soil, might actually like this warming, Templer explained.

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Cars powered by bark and wood residues

Finns present new biofuel produced at 60 cents a litre
Timber-Online.net
July 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Bark and forestry residues can be used in the production of high-quality methanol biofuel for the price of 0.5 to 0.7 € per litre. After a lengthy study and industrial piloting in Finland and the USA, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has broken the news to the motor world today. According to VTT, pressurised fluidsed-bed gasification of lignocellulosic biomass can generate transportable liquid fuels at a price which is on the same level with current pre-tax prices of fossil fuels, and cheaper than existing biofuels

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