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Daily Archives: July 23, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Portland tries to break tree-hugging record (& video)

KGW.com
July 22, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND – On Saturday, nearly 1,000 tree lovers gathered at Hoyt Arboretum in an attempt to break the world record for tree hugging. People gathered around the park’s Douglas firs and redwoods, hugging the trees for at least one minute. The total tally of participants was 951 people. If confirmed by Guinness, the event will officially break the world record for the most people hugging trees at the same time.  Organizers said the Guinness World Record confirmation process could take several months.

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Business & Politics

Historical context for lumber prices

CFS Selective Cuttings
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

While the 142% increase in the benchmark Random Lengths softwood lumber composite price from November 2008 to April 2012 has indeed been welcome in an industry still recovering from the collapse of the U.S. housing sector, an inspection of North American softwood lumber prices since 1981 suggests that this price increase has neither been particularly rapid, nor reached new heights.

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June and Early July Bring Seasonal Slowdown in Exports

Woodworking Network
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American hardwood exporters and foreign buyers reported slower activity in June and early July than in May. Most attributed the slowdown to normal seasonal factors, including month-long holidays in Europe and Ramadan observances in several Middle Eastern and Far Eastern countries. The key Chinese and Vietnamese markets were also quieter, as many buyers have met inventory goals and started to ease off on new purchases.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

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: Activity levels remained strong enough in the SPF lumber market to push prices higher again. Futures gains following the expiration of July’s contract assisted the market’s fluidity. Summer shutdowns at mills in eastern Canada placed limits on supplies…

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West Fraser Timber’s Q2 results affected by lumber volatility

Business in Vancouver
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser Timber reported second-quarter earnings of $109 million, up from $67 million in the first quarter. But the company reported weaker results for its lumber operations, generating $103 million in Q2 operating earnings, compared with $122 million in Q1. The company said its profits were affected by a dip in lumber prices this spring. After rising to record highs in the early months of 2013, prices fell sharply in April and May. The price of wood started to stabilize in early July as the U.S. housing market continues its gradual recovery.

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New sawmill will be ‘specialized, future-looking’

Prince George Citizen
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new Lakeland Mill is designed to be an industry leader in environmental and safety features. Mill officials and dignitaries all lamented the tragic reason for rebuilding the 50-year-old operation, but in the spirit of honouring those who were killed, injured or affected by the 2012 explosion and fire, pledged to make the new facility the best of its kind. Even before reconstruction got underway on Monday, environmental stewardship was in effect. “Ninety per cent or more of the materials [on the site after the blast] were recycled or reclaimed for use in the new facility,” said the mill’s maintenance superintendent Garth Turner.

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Dix pushes for more info on Babine investigation

Prince George Citizen
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The NDP spent most of Monday’s Question Period pressing the governing Liberals to release more details from an investigation into last year’s explosion at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake. Opposition Leader Adrian Dix, along with two of his colleagues, called on Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond to release more information from a report prepared by the BC Safety Authority. To date, only a 10 pages from the report have been made public.

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Work starts on new sawmill at site of deadly Prince George explosion

Prince George Citizen
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George Mayor Shari Green acknowledged Monday “there are broken hearts” in the breaking of the ground at Lakeland Mills. Dignitaries, mill employees and loved ones gathered to watch construction get underway on B.C.’s newest mill. It will replace the mill that was destroyed in a deadly explosion and fire 15 months ago today. Greg Stewart, president and CEO of Sinclar Forest Products, principal owners of the Lakeland operation, made a solemn declaration to those employees.

Lakeland Re-Construction Starts from 250 News
Work begins on replacement for exploded BC sawmill from The Globe and Mail

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Help free up Kootenay timber, industry group asks

Nelson Star
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of local forest companies say their economic viability is threatened as it becomes harder and harder to find enough wood to operate their mills. The Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association is hoping for a high-level meeting with the provincial government to press its call for a timber supply review in the Kootenays. “If you go back 15 years all the mills were running with two or three shifts. Now fewer mills are running, and most of us are on one shift,” said Ken Kalesnikoff of Kalesnikoff Lumber in Thrums.

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Prince George sawmill explosion injures 1

Small fire at Carrier Forest Products mill
CBC News
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One person has been sent to hospital with minor injuries after an explosion at the Carrier Forest Products sawmill in Prince George. “The initial reports found the explosion was limited to a small area inside the facility,” said RCMP Cst. Kristopher Martin, adding that the fire, which broke out just after 4 p.m., was quickly put out. “All employees are accounted for. We know that one person was transported to the university hospital with minor injuries,” he added.

One injured in Carrier Lumber explosion from The Prince George Citizen
Pipe blast injures one employee at Prince George Area lumber mill from The Canadian Press

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Forestry firms eye $1B in spending, J.D. Irving Ltd. says

Investments include upgrades to the Saint John pulp mill and smaller sawmills
CBC News
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd. and other forest companies are willing to spend $1 billion on mill upgrades and silviculture if the provincial government will guarantee the companies enough long-term access to Crown land, according to an official. Mary Keith, the vice-president of communications with J.D. Irving, said the Saint John-based company and “other partners” have assembled plans for possible investments in the forest sector, which could add up to $1 billion.

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Miramichi mill dismisses Irving plea for more Crown wood

Miramichi Lumber Inc. executive says official says, ‘Everybody wants more wood’
CBC News
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd.’s lobbying for more wood supply from the province’s public forests is not getting a sympathetic hearing in Miramichi, where an independent company is shutting down its sawmill. …Hal Raper, the chief financial officer of Miramichi Lumber, says Fornebu, the Norwegian company that harvests wood on the Crown licence around Miramichi, is sending a lot of that wood to J.D. Irving Ltd.’s sawmill in Chipman.So Irving’s request for more wood isn’t getting much sympathy from him. “Everybody wants more wood,” Raper says

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Miramichi calls for emergency meeting over mill closure

Miramichi Lumber Inc. will close on Friday, forcing 110 people out of work
CBC News
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Miramichi council is calling for an emergency meeting with the provincial government to discuss the pending closure of the Miramichi Lumber Inc. sawmill in the northern city. About 70 people filled the public gallery at Miramichi city hall on Monday night, mostly mill workers who are now facing an uncertain future. The locally-owned company just started to ramp up production this spring and is now in danger of shutting down.

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Resolute Offers Lumber to the Lac-Mégantic Community to Assist With Reconstruction Efforts

Canada Newswire press release
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL- Resolute Forest Products Inc. has offered the municipality of Lac-Mégantic a significant volume of lumber to help rebuild the downtown core that was devastated by the recent train derailment and explosion. In a letter to Lac-Mégantic Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche, Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Forest Products, announced the donation to the community for the reconstruction of public and community buildings.

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Boise Cascade Company Reports Second Quarter 2013 Net Income of $10.4 Million

Press Release
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company today reported net income of $10.4 million in the second quarter, or $0.24 per share, on 43.2 million weighted average shares outstanding. Second Quarter 2013 Highlights: Total and single-family U.S. housing starts improved approximately 17% and 14%, respectively, from the same period last year. The July 2013 Blue Chip consensus forecast for 2013 reflects 990,000 total U.S. housing starts, a 27% increase from 2012 levels. Total housing start levels remain below the historical average for the last 20 years of approximately 1.4 million units per year.

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‘Time to talk true on the future of timber industry’

Namoi Valley Independent
July 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson, are to be asked to meet with the owners and the workers at Gunnedah Timbers over the future of their industry.  Councillor Gae Swain told last week’s monthly meeting that both National Party members should be invited to Gunnedah “as a matter of urgency”. Cr Swain said the “flawed process” that currently governs the timber industry can no longer be allowed to continue.

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Forestry

British Columbia Truck Loggers cannot get out of bad marriage

Green BC Communities (blog)
July 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two magazines appeared in the mail box this week. One was from a Christian denomination and the other was from the Truck Loggers Association of BC. Both magazines had articles that outlined the problems faced by each organization and identified the need for some significant changes. Change is always difficult and it often requires thinking outside of the box or present paradigm. Both magazines also had articles from some leadership figure advocating the conservative course of more of the same diet responsible for the problems in the first place.

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Plans for Lynch Creek North move ahead

The Boundary Sentinel
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Work has started in Lynch Creek North, where 90 hectares of forests are slated for timber harvesting in the coming months by BC Timber Sales (BCTS). Of those hectares, 64 are near the Gladstone Forest Service Road, which is currently being upgraded to allow logging trucks safe access. The road is scheduled to be decomissioned once the logging is complete. This news is disappointing to the grassroots organization, Friends and Residents of the North Fork, who have been fighting to prevent logging in the Lynch Creek corridor.

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Fire ignites near Stirling Arm

Alberni Valley Times
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire in the forest near what appears to be a logging cut block is currently burning within a kilometre or the south shore of Sproat Lake’s Stirling Arm, and is being fought by at least one helicopter, which has been dropping buckets of water on it this morning. As of 1:20 p.m. Monday, the fire is 100 per cent contained, according to Coastal Fire Centre information officer Marg Drysdale.

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Logging in port alberni’s watershed is ‘ridiculous’

Letter by Larry Mannix
Alberni Valley Times
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Council tours TimberWest cut block to see affect it has on city watershed,” (Alberni Valley Times, July 11) This is concerning logging in the Bainbridge Lake Watershed, the source of drinking water for the City of Port Alberni. TimberWest representatives claim that they hire independent firms to audit its operations and adhere to provincially set regulations. That it is in their best interest. Logging in a watershed only looks at the interests of this forest company and the bottom line – the dollar.

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Rains quell forest fires in northern Quebec

QMI Agency
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Heavy rains finally beat back massive forest fires in northern Quebec that covered an area nearly the size of Prince Edward Island. The fires, located above the 51st parallel, were partially doused thanks to weekend rain. Four fires were still active Monday, including one blaze that led to the evacuation of Baie-Johan-Beetz, 1,200 km northeast of Quebec on the north shore of the Saint-Lawrence. Firefighters remained stationed along a regional road to fight the fire, which has burned about 50,000 acres.

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Crews mop up a few hot spots in Pacifica fire

Mail Tribune
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

All but a handful of firefighters have withdrawn from the Pacifica fire near Williams. Local contractors were transporting water and mopping up a few scattered hot spots Monday morning, according to Brian Ballou, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “We’re in pretty good shape,” he said Monday. “We had a lot of people working on the fire all weekend.” The blaze, which broke out at about 3 p.m. Friday, burned about 500 acres and threatened 150 structures.

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Firefighters attack blaze near Bonner as wildfire danger moves to ‘very high’

The Missoulian
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – A small blaze near the former Stimson Lumber Co. mill had firefighters busy Monday afternoon as fire conditions moved to “very high” in Missoula County. “It’s still pretty green up there, but it’s time for people to start paying attention,” DNRC spokeswoman Cindy Super said as two state helicopters ferried water buckets to a small draw across the Blackfoot River from the millsite. By early evening, the fire had grown from a half-acre to between 5 and 10 acres in size, but crews had stopped its forward progress.

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Forest Conservation Group Opposing Logging Rights Sale

WBIW.com
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

(BLOOMINGTON) – An auction by the Indiana Division of Forestry Thursday to sell logging rights in part of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest has sparked an outcry from a forest conservation group. WFIU reports, members of the Indiana Forest Alliance say foresters are not listening to the concerns they expressed during a public comment period on commercial logging in the Back Country Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest. The Division of Forestry held a 30-day comment period in May. And now plan to go through with the sale of timber.

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Forestry Organizations complain that the EC is delaying the publication of the EU Forest Strategy

IHB
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nine European forest organizations have signed a letter expressing their concern that the European Comission has delayed publishing the new EU Forest Strategy. The organizations say that ”the European Commission is overlooking the importance of forests and forestry in EU policy by postponing publication of the Strategy, even though forests represent 40% of land use in Europe.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Link between LNG and forest carbon offset program raises environmental concerns

Green MLA questions whether reforestation offsets will reduce overall carbon emissions or merely be used as a way to advance LNG development
Business in Vancouver
July 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Greenhouse gas-emitting LNG projects in B.C. could drive demand for the B.C. government’s new forest carbon offset program, according to one of the program’s creators. …But critics say LNG producers buying the offsets won’t help improve B.C.’s carbon emissions performance.  “The worry is that this is going to be used solely as a ways and means of trying to plow forward maximally with LNG exporting and fugitive emissions, and try to get industry to offset – at a very high price to do so – replanting trees,” Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver told Business in Vancouver.

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Innovative biogas project on track at Millar Western

Whitecourt Star
July 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta government completed the third installment of the EcoTrust Grant agreement with a cheque for $3.5 million to Millar Western on July 16, 2013. The grant is part of a $17.5 million program to treat Millar Western’s effluent and convert it into a biogas product that can be used to generate electricity. George VanderBurg, MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne presented the cheque to Millar Western alongside Whitecourt Mayor Trevor Thain, to Dale Holloway and Mark Wright from Millar Western. “This is another great project by Millar Western,” Thain said.

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Pellet mill project delayed

The Hub
July 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A $12-million wood pellet project proposed to be built outside Enterprise has been delayed, but owner Brad Mapes is confident it won’t be for long. “We had hoped to break ground June 1,” Mapes told The Hub. “But we need forest resource agreements in place with the First Nations and Metis communities before we can move forward.” Those agreements are still under negotiation in the two biggest harvesting communities of Fort Providence and Fort Resolution. While a $6-per-cubic-metre access fee paid to the groups who own the land from which the trees will be harvested has already been accepted, there remains some debate about how much the additional harvesting fee should be.

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California’s next innovation: performance-based rainforest conservation

July 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West


Californians are known as innovation leaders, and once again, we are on the verge of demonstrating critical leadership. Only this time it isn’t about the Internet, social networking, reality television, venture capital or electric cars. It is about stopping tropical deforestation and supporting local communities. ‘What!?’ you say? How is the great state of California, home of bankrupt and massive, thirsty desert cities and Silicon Valley, a place that elected such juggernauts of history as Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, about to lead in avoiding tropical deforestation?

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California’s next innovation: performance-based rainforest conservation

July 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West


Californians are known as innovation leaders, and once again, we are on the verge of demonstrating critical leadership. Only this time it isn’t about the Internet, social networking, reality television, venture capital or electric cars. It is about stopping tropical deforestation and supporting local communities. ‘What!?’ you say? How is the great state of California, home of bankrupt and massive, thirsty desert cities and Silicon Valley, a place that elected such juggernauts of history as Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, about to lead in avoiding tropical deforestation?

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Central Louisiana making gains in biomass industry

The Town Talk
July 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Central Louisiana appears to have struck gold, and workers don’t even have to dig for it. It’s just lying on the ground.  The area has very quickly grabbed a significant share in the emerging biomass manufacturing market, with three large plant projects announced in the past 19 months. …All three projects are manufacturing plants that use wood products — mostly things that have been looked at as waste, such as leftover shavings or parts of the tree unsuitable for making lumber — in some way to create fuel that is more environmentally friendly than traditional fossil fuel.

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Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Climate Central
July 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In a sign of how swiftly and extensively climate change is reshaping the Arctic environment, a new study has found that the region’s mighty boreal forests — stands of mighty spruce, fir, and larch trees that serve as the gateway to the Arctic Circle — have been burning at an unprecedented rate during the past few decades. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the boreal forests have not burned at today’s high rates for at least the past 10,000 years, and climate change projections show even more wildfire activity may be to come.

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