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Business & Politics

Domtar Corporation reports preliminary second quarter 2013 financial results

Canada Newswire press release
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation today reported a net loss of $46 million ($1.38 per share) for the second quarter of 2013 compared to net earnings of $45 million ($1.29 per share) for the first quarter of 2013 and net earnings of $59 million ($1.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2012. Sales for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to $1,312 million.

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Log haul truck training coming to GPRC

Daily Herald-Tribune
July 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’re looking for a job or just looking for a career with steady full-time hours, Grande Prairie Regional College may have the answer for you. In partnership with Alberta Human Services, Woodland Operations Learning Foundation, Ainsworth Engineered Canada LP, Grande Prairie Log Haul Trucking Driver Alliance and Weyerhaeuser Canada, the college will be hosting free courses to help unemployed or underemployed residents get into the truck driving field for the forest industry and will be providing training and scheduling in order to complete the required material.

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Rise in U.S. home sales good news for B.C. lumber industry

As sales go up, building new homes becomes more attractive, analysts say
Vancouver Sun
July 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sales of U.S. new homes rose in June to the highest level in five years, signalling confirmation that B.C. lumber producers can expect continued increases in demand, industry analysts said. “Our mills are hiding their smiles behind their caps right now, because it’s looking pretty good,” said Keta Kosman, publisher of Madison’s Lumber Reporter. “For B.C. lumber, this is a leading indicator there will be new home building.” U.S. home sales are not yet high, but “reasonable,” Kosman said.

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If a job falls in the forest, does it make a noise?

David Campbell (blog)
July 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The reduction in employment in Canada’s forestry industry has been profound in the past two decades. In 1992, there were over 77,000 people working directly in the forestry sector (not including downstream processing, transportation, etc.) and now it is down to under 39,000. In New Brunswick, the decline – on a relative basis has been slightly less steep but because we started with a higher base it’s actual impact has been higher. As shown below, in 1992, there were nearly 18 workers in the forestry sector for every 1,000 in the economy as a whole.

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Miramichi mill closure requires action ‘really fast’

Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup criticized for silence on Miramichi mill closure
CBC News
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A northern lumber mill is slated to close on Friday and political leaders are calling on the Alward government to find a solution to keep the 110 workers in Miramichi on the job. Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. announced last week it will close on Friday because it can’t get enough Crown wood. Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors, the Progressive Conservative MLA for Miramichi Centre, said on Tuesday Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup was taking the pending mill closure very seriously. “The minister of natural resources went right to work on that, and he’s giving me support on this here, and I think that opportunity’s going to be realized,” Trevors said.

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Buyer kicking the tires on Domtar Lands

July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — A potential buyer has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Domtar lands on Chaudière Island and the nearby Quebec shoreline, an area that has been called “the cradle of Canadian civilization” by one organization with an ambitious vision for the site. Stuart Lister, of corporate communications at Domtar, confirmed Wednesday a potential buyer signed the letter of intent earlier this month and has until September to complete “due diligence” on the historic, post-industrial site which is steeped in heritage and mired in complex jurisdictional issues.

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Rayonier Reports Second Quarter Results

4 Traders
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rayonier today reported second quarter 2013 net income attributable to shareholders of $87 million, or 67 cents per share, compared to $69 million, or 54 cents per share, in the prior year period. The second quarter results included a $16 million gain1 related to the consolidation of its 65 percent owned New Zealand joint venture (JV). Excluding this gain, pro forma net income2 was $71 million, or 54 cents per share, compared to $66 million, or 52 cents per share, in the prior year period, excluding discontinued operations.

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Bitterroot National Forest timber sale appeals denied by regional forester

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

The Bitterroot National Forest will move forward on a timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains after the agency’s regional forester ruled in its favor on three appeals. An ex-logger, a retired Forest Service planner and a local off-road vehicle group appealed the Three Saddle Project, which proposes to cut timber on 2,113 acres in the upper reaches of the Three Mile and Ambrose Creek drainages. The agency initially hoped to offer the timber sale in August or September, which would have allowed logging to begin this fall.

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Central Ore. man killed in mill accident

Idaho Statesman
July 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Crook County sheriff’s officers say a 27-year-old Redmond, Ore., man was killed when a 1,500-pound metal press fell on him Wednesday at the Fontana Wood Products mill northwest of Prineville.  KTVZ-TV says Deputy Ryan Seaney identified the victim as Joshua Lee Ketchem.  The deputy says Ketchem had been working alone underneath a large metal press, supported by a forklift, when the press fell on him.

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Firefighters Battle Fire at Cass County Saw Mill

Northlands Newscenter
July 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Remer, MN – Firefighters from several departments around Cass County battled flames and smoke at Remer Cut-Stock Lumber late Wednesday. The owner, Dan Haggerston, told KBJR 6 & Range 11 Wednesday night on the phone the fire began after 9 p.m. in the east end of the facility.

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Plum Creek predicts surge for timber industry

The News Star
July 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

One of northern Louisiana’s largest private owners of timberlands said the industry is poised for a resurgence here and throughout the South. Steve Hanley and April Salter of Plum Creek, which owns about 400,000 acres in northern Louisiana, spoke to The News-Star’s Editorial Board on Wednesday about the timber industry and the company’s role in it. Plum Creek, which owns 6.4 million acres throughout the United States, employs 25 workers here with offices in Farmerville and Winnfield. It also contracts with 18 to 20 local loggers.

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China’s forestry output hit 1.9 trln yuan in H1

Ecns.cn
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The output of China’s forestry industry rose 34.5 percent year on year to 1.88 trillion yuan (305.2 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2013, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) announced Wednesday. China’s forestry imports and exports hit 61.8 billion U.S. dollars from January to June, up 7 percent from the same period last year, according to SFA data. China’s forestry output is expected to hit 4.5 trillion yuan in 2013 and 9 trillion yuan in 2020, according to an SFA forecast issued in late 2012. 

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Forestry to gain from PM’s peace deal funding carve up

ABC News, Australia
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest industry has received one quarter of a $100 million forest peace deal fund to diversify the state’s economy. Four hundred applications were received for a share of the funding which is aimed at diversifying the state economy in response to the forestry downturn. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has revealed the list of 31 projects to benefit from the money which will target displaced forestry workers. But he did not say how many jobs would be created.

Councils label forest peace deal funding pork-barrelling from ABC News, Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Check out these biodegradable utensils carved out of Canadian trees (video)

CTV News
July 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Caroline Barghout reports on the Wabauskang First Nation north of Kenora looking to bring its business model to Manitoba’s First Nations com

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5th International Hardwood Conference in Brussels

IHB
July 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The International Hardwood Conference is the key conference on hardwood and related issues. This year the conference is hosted by the Belgian federation of the sawmill industries, FNS. The conference will take place at the SOFITEL Brussels Europe hotel on Thursday 19 September. Around the conference an additional program has been set up for delegates and partners. The event will feature reports and discussions on market developments and trends within the hardwood markets, wood mobilization as well as marketing strategies and trends

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Forestry

There are practical ways to preserve Canada’s boreal region

by Alan Young, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative
Vancouver Sun
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

…Is this achievable? There are working models from across Canada that demonstrate that it is. In fact, even on a strictly economic basis, this balanced approach has shown itself to be more effective at bringing industrial projects on line, in cases such as the First Nations’ agreement at Voisey’s Bay, or eco-certified forest lands, for example. Aboriginal communities from British Columbia to Labrador are taking their stewardship responsibilities very seriously, creating land-use plans that allow for a balanced future for their territories — and some governments and companies are starting to work constructively with them.

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Yukon conservationists welcome report on boreal forest

Report calls for saving half of forest from development
CBC News
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Yukon Conservation Society is welcoming this week’s report from an international scientific group, urging protection for half of Canada’s boreal forests. The International Boreal Conservation Science Panel also calls on the Yukon government to accept the Peel Watershed Planning Commission’s final report. Karen Baltgailis, with the Yukon Conservation Society, said the report comes from a reputable scientific panel.

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Mission mayor in favour of barging on Fraser River

Abbotsford Mission Times
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While much of Mission’s waterfront is zoned for industrial activity, there are few places to load barges.  Now the district’s mayor wants to look at ways that could allow businesses to more easily establish docks for barges on the Fraser River – and the best locations to do it. …More barges would mean far fewer gravel and logging trucks rumbling through downtown Mission, lower shipping costs for resource operators and lower greenhouse gas emissions, said Adlem, who asked district staff to compile a report on the issue.

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British Columbia Truck Loggers cannot get out of bad marriage – Comments

Green BC Communities blog
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comment from reader Dwight Yochim, ED of TLA: Andrew combines two different issues — transition to more area-based tenures and oligopolistic control of the working forest — into one issue which I think confuses the situation. …To see full commentary please scroll below the blog to the comments section. 

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Owl habitat logging was legal

Report finds company’s communication lacking, enviros say don’t cut trees in protected areas
Chilliwack Times
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Practices Board says the company logging in mountain goat and spotted-owl territory in the Chilliwack River Valley has followed the rules, but its communication with residents was lacking. The report was issued this month in response to complaints about Tamihi Logging’s work-permitted by the provincial government- within a spotted owl wildlife habitat area (WHA) near Chilliwack Lake. The complaints, specifically, were that the company continued to log after a rare owl had been spotted and that the company did not honour a promise to log only between May 1 to Oct. 31 to accommodate mountain goats in their winter range.

Click here for report from BC Forest Practices Board

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Wildfire season getting longer

Statesman Journal
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX — Climate change and development of the West’s forested fringes could combine to overwhelm the nation’s wildfire-prevention and -suppression efforts, scientists and economists say. Slight temperature increases have extended fire seasons and boosted burned acreage, while housing encroachment into the forest has dramatically increased the cost of fighting fires. Analysts say 16 percent of the West’s so-called wildland-urban interface is now developed, and already fire suppression consumes nearly half of the U.S. Forest Service budget.

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Taking a different approach with wildfire

Helena Independent Record
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The idea of monitoring a fire burning in the wilderness understandably makes people nervous. …We understand the concerns of people in the communities along the front. Fires in recent years in this area are fresh in everyone’s mind and people are on edge with every passing lightning storm. However, 20 miles into the wilderness and within the boundaries of an old fire seems to be the appropriate place for a passive fire management approach. This will not only save money and resources and allow them to be deployed on fires with more immediate threats to life and property, but it also keeps firefighters from risking their lives fighting a fire that may actually accomplish some good things on the ground.

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New Maps Show Warm Springs Fire Bigger Than First Thought

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new assessment of the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire burning outside the town of Warm Springs shows that flames have scorched more than 45,000 acres. That’s more than double previous estimates. Fire managers say the fire is still growing, but the increase is largely the result of more accurate mapping. Officials are reporting 40 percent containment. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for much of Central Oregon.

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Forest fire season arrives in earnest

Portland Business Journal
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire season is, to the surprise of no one who’s ever dodged lightning bolts in a Central Oregon forest, upon us. And as our news partners at KATU-TV report, firefighters are battling two large fires in Central and Southern Oregon. Both infernos were started by humans. The Southern Oregon blaze was a suspected arson. The Warm Springs fire apparently started when a man didn’t tend to a campfire.

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Montana offers public look at firefighting’s parachute corps

Associated Press
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mon.— Fighting wildland fires is grimy, exhausting, dangerous and impressive. When smokejumpers do the work, parachuting in to wage the initial attack on fires in remote, rugged places, the wow factor is even stronger. The smokejumper training base in Missoula gives visitors a look at the preparation and skill required of men and women who work as smokejumpers. Throughout the summer, tours are offered six times a day at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center just west of Missoula International Airport.

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Gold Pan fire continues to burn as Bitterroot gears up for possible dry thunderstorms

The Missoulian
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Gold Pan fire put up a new plume of smoke over the southern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley on Wednesday. And Bitterroot National Forest fire management officer Rick Floch said that may be the case every few days for the rest of the summer. Burning in the steep terrain of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the fire put up a similar show a couple of days ago when it made it first run up through a steep hillside of heavy timber.

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Wildfire burning near Wyoming summer homes 47 per cent contained

Associated Press
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

 LANDER, Wyo. – Firefighters are making some progress against a wildfire burning near about 50 summer homes in Wyoming. The eight-square-kilometre Fairfield Fire was 47 per cent contained Wednesday night as crews patrolled containment lines around the blaze near Lander. Fire spokesman Andy Rothleutner says structures, including homes and secondary cabins, are still threatened.

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Federal court ruling delays timber sale

The BLM says it needs more time to study the June 26 U.S. District Court decision in a lawsuit brought by the timber industry
Mail Tribune
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has postponed a timber sale in the Applegate River drainage while it pores over the ramifications of last month’s federal court decision in a lawsuit brought by the timber industry. The agency has decided to delay the 2.3-million-board-feet Williams Thin timber sale originally scheduled to be sold at auction today to give it more time to assess the June 26 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., according to Jim Whittington, spokesman for the BLM’s Medford District.

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Monopolies are no good for consumers, not even in the woods

Washington Examiner
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Looming job losses should concern everyone, especially those in an obscure industry like forestry, which, though not as glamorous as, say, oil field wildcatting or tornado chasing, is nevertheless essential to the health of the U.S. economy. Forestry is a crucial industry for the obvious reason that it provides employment for hundreds of thousands of Americans who find, harvest and craft the raw material for homes, offices and so many other products. 

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UAM says farewell to forestry pioneer

My Monticello News
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of the reasons the University of Arkansas at Monticello has become world renowned is because of its forestry program and a pioneer of that program was laid to rest Saturday.  Dr. Timothy Tao Ku, 87, passed away July 15 in Plano, Texas. Dr. Ku, born in Taochung, China, was a pioneer of forestry education in Arkansas and a member of the Arkansas Foresters Hall of Fame. He joined UAM (then Arkansas A&M College) in 1959 after starting his career as a consulting forester for T.S. Coile, Inc., becoming a full professor in 1963. Dr. Ku was a Professor Emeritus in the School of Forest Resources at UAM, where he served for 38 years before his retirement in 1997.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Public input sought on new biomass rules

Herald News
July 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is seeking feedback on new biomass regulations. Under the proposed regulations, organizations that burn wood or wood byproducts to generate 250 kilowatts or more of heat or electricity would need to register with the province. Reporting requirements for those using less than 1,000 cubic metres would be less stringent than for larger users. To further simplify reporting requirements, those who have multiple businesses using biomass can submit one annual wood purchasing plan that covers all of the businesses.

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Timber is not the only asset in Oregon forestland sale

Companies weighing carbon offsets look at large forest properties
Mail Tribune
July 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE — Portland real estate agent John Rosenthal leans against the wooden railing of a fire lookout, gazing east toward the lonesome Mill Creek and Bridge Creek wilderness areas. Below the 80-foot structure spreads a rugged, 32,475-acre tapestry of a pine-fir-larch forest that Rosenthal plans to auction today in an unusual timberland sale. Rosenthal believes buyers will be as interested in carbon sequestration and recreational uses as they are in the timber volume of the huge stand belonging to Ochoco Lumber Co.

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Forest-thinning company hopes to make jet fuel

AZ Central
July 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

HEBER — Backers of the nation’s largest forest-restoration effort attempted on Wednesday to defuse concerns that it’s progressing too slowly, while an alternative-energy company declared it’s eager to accelerate the work by squeezing 40 million gallons of jet fuel a year from wood harvested in the four overgrown northern Arizona forests. A representative of Concord Blue Energy told an advisory group of university, non-profit and other organizations supporting the forest project that the German company is so confident in its plan that it will start building facilities even before it obtains state environmental permits.

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California’s Interest in Overseas Carbon Offsets Schemes Makes Some Greens See Red

July 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A plan by the state of California to include overseas forest conservation projects as part of its carbon offset scheme is drawing criticism from some environmental and Indigenous groups who say the effort will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If that weren’t confusing enough (for non-policy wonks), the controversy is further convoluted by the fact that partisans on each side of the issue can’t even agree on which programs are supposed to be involved. The confusion is emblematic of the how the entire offset infrastructure is less-than-transparent.

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Can cutting trees curb emissions and improve incomes in Mexico?

Thomson Reuters Foundation
July 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

SAN ANTONIO TUK, Mexico – Not far from the site of the Cancun 2010 U.N. climate change summit, indigenous people in rural southeast Mexico are doing their part to staunch global warming. They are perfecting Community Forestry Enterprises to establish long-term profitability through tree farming and related agricultural practices that protect the environment. “Climate change is a serious problem in the world, caused by bad habits,” says Miguel Cante Chuc, president of the Ya’ax Sot Ot’ Yook’Ol Kaab Environmental Service-Providers Network.

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General

Buyer kicking the tires on Domtar Lands

July 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

OTTAWA — A potential buyer has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Domtar lands on Chaudière Island and the nearby Quebec shoreline, an area that has been called “the cradle of Canadian civilization” by one organization with an ambitious vision for the site. Stuart Lister, of corporate communications at Domtar, confirmed Wednesday a potential buyer signed the letter of intent earlier this month and has until September to complete “due diligence” on the historic, post-industrial site which is steeped in heritage and mired in complex jurisdictional issues.

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California’s Interest in Overseas Carbon Offsets Schemes Makes Some Greens See Red

July 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A plan by the state of California to include overseas forest conservation projects as part of its carbon offset scheme is drawing criticism from some environmental and Indigenous groups who say the effort will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If that weren’t confusing enough (for non-policy wonks), the controversy is further convoluted by the fact that partisans on each side of the issue can’t even agree on which programs are supposed to be involved. The confusion is emblematic of the how the entire offset infrastructure is less-than-transparent.

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