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Daily Archives: July 26, 2013

Business & Politics

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results and Quarterly Dividend

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

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. today reported net income of $7.6 million, or $0.11 per share, for the second quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $10.9 million, or $0.15 per share, for the first quarter of 2013 and net income of $3.0(1) million, or $0.04(1) per share, for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company’s net income was $18.5 million, or $0.26 per share compared to $13.0(1) million, or $0.15(1) per share for the six months ended June 30, 2012.

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Downie Timber tunes up for market pick up

Revelstoke Times Review
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

U.S. housing construction starts have shown significant signs of revival since they collapsed in 2008, helping push up cedar and timber prices. The new activity has breathed new life into Downie Timber Ltd. after years of losses. Owners, managers and workers at the privately-owned Revelstoke mill hope equipment upgrades completed in the approximately five-year hiatus from profit-making will better position them for an anticipated revival. The number of shifts have increased, workers have been re-hired, and the forestry office is plotting new, more ambitions harvesting plans.

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Tolko to make significant investments at Soda Creek and Lakeview divisions

Welcome to Williams Lake
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

To help ensure its mills in Williams Lake are ready to compete in today’s ever changing marketplace, Tolko will make significant capital investments at its Soda Creek and Lakeview divisions. “These are critical investments that will allow our mills to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible and position them for long term success in a competitive market,” said Mark Stevens, General Manager, Cariboo Lumber.

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Canfor Reports Results for Second Quarter of 2013

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Canfor Corporation today reported net income attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net income”) of $110.3 million, or $0.77 per share, for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $61.9 million, or $0.43 per share, for the first quarter of 2013 and $2.6 million, or $0.02 per share, for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company’s shareholder net income was $172.2 million, or $1.21 per share, compared to a shareholder net loss of $15.4 million, or $0.11 per share, reported for the first half of 2012.

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Miramichi mill doesn’t need to close, Northrup says

Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup encourages mill to harvest its remaining allocation
CBC News
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup says there’s no need for the Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. sawmill to close on Friday. The northern lumber mill announced last week it would be temporarily shutting down on July 26 and laying off 110 people, saying it’s getting only 40 per cent of the wood from Crown land that it needs to survive. But Northrup contends the mill has plenty of allocation it hasn’t harvested yet.

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Lumber operation gets go ahead from province

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

A new pressure treated lumber plant operated by Marwood is slated to open in early August in Jamestown at the site formerly operated by Jamestown Lumber. Back in early April the community held a public meeting with close to 100 residents from Jamestown expressing concerns to Marwood representatives. Fire safety, traffic, water usage and environmental issues were among the concerns raised, but a show of hands at the night’s end showed most were in favor of the proposed operation.

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Brooklyn Power sale closes, protecting jobs, forestry link

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

[Halifax, NS] – The sale of Brooklyn Power Corp. in the Region of Queens Municipality will ensure an important player in Nova Scotia’s forestry industry keeps operating and that jobs are protected. The province announced Thursday (July 25) the sale between ReNova Scotia Bioenergy Inc. and Emera Energy Inc. is complete. This plan was announced in December following the province’s decision to purchase Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. from Resolute Forest Products Inc. and change the name to ReNova Scotia Bioenergy Inc.

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Weyerhaeuser Q2 Profit More Than Doubles – Quick Facts

RTT News
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Co. ( WY ) reported that its second-quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $196 million, or $0.35 per share, up from $84 million or $0.16 per share in the same quarter last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $0.30 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Net earnings before special items for the last year were $47 million, or $0.09 per share.

Weyerhaeuser Posts Solid Results, Fails to Impress Investors from 247Wallst.com

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Seeley Lake sawmill gets $650K loan for new employees, equipment

The Missoulian
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEELEY LAKE – Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. plans to bump production as much as 10 percent with new equipment bought with a state revolving fund loan. “We’re the third loan since all these funds started revolving,” Pyramid Chief Operating Officer Loren Rose said on Thursday. “For our industry, we all have to keep up with technology, doing things a little more creative to get more production per man hour.” The $650,000 loan will pay for upgrades to two parts of the sawmill while a third project will help the Seeley Lake company turn some of its leftovers into valuable products.

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Areas hardest hit by forestry downturn miss out on grants

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

Three mayors from Central Highlands, Southern Midlands and Tasman Council areas have spoken out to voice their concerns at missing out on the forest peace deal grants. The three councils were amongst 12 regional councils in Tasmania which put in submissions for the funding from the forest agreement. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday arrived in Tasmania to announce the 31 projects which gained funding from the $90 million available.

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State inquiry hears more claims of forest industry exit scheme rorting

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

A state parliamentary inquiry has heard more allegations of rorting of the forest industry exit program. The inquiry is examining the Commonwealth’s $45 million scheme to compensate contractors who left the industry. There have been numerous allegations of rorting. Witness David Bessett told the committee many contractors who won grants were still working in the industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Portland entrepreneurs launch Yana, a balsa wood surf board company

The Oregonian
July 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

But Zehr is wading into the world of surfboard manufacturing, confident he is correctly timing the market to introduce an ecologically-themed balsa wood board that will be marketed with years of e-commerce knowledge. About a year into planning, the launch of Yana surfboards has the creative backing of a Portland advertising agency co-founder and has already signed a surfing celebrity….Zehr says balsa wood may appeal more to a Baby Boomer-age consumers
because the boards have a softer environmental impact, because they are
derived from wood and not oil and can biodegrade.

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Forestry

Barriere: a decade later

The Kamloops Daily News
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Marking the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Barriere wildfire isn’t something to celebrate, like a wedding date or a birthday. It’s not a happy occasion to remember; it’s not an excuse to revel in memories that provoke smiles and laughs. It was a devastating, far-reaching event with serious impacts. Looking back after a decade has passed gives us a chance to see how a community has proceeded after the fires caused physical destruction and emotional distress; more than 26,000 hectares burned, 72 homes were lost and a mill that provided 180 jobs fell to ash.

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Yes to truck wash, no to public money

Letter from Tara Daly
Cowichan Valley Citizen
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The responsibility of maintaining a clean paved road through Youbou should be the responsibility of TimberWest and the Department of Highways and Infrastructure. Director Weaver (as well as previous directors Kuhn and Hodson) has worked tirelessly to bring a solution to the disgusting mess of the main thoroughfare through Youbou. I do not, however, believe that an offering of $5,000 is the route to go. According to Director Weaver, Timber-West wants assurance that the “CVRD is in favour of putting in the truck wash”.

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Thunderbirds vital to Alberni Valley

Alberni Valley Times
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a crew of 20 men and women constantly training during the summer near the Alberni Valley’s airport. They are training for what many regions surrounded by forests, just like this one, fear the most – a wildfire. They are the Thunderbird Unit Crew – seasonal workers who applied for a job from a few credentials. They are the lucky ones who won out from a field of thousands of applicants. So what do they do? “They respond to fires,” said Coastal Fire Centre information officer Donna MacPherson, “and they respond appropriately to fires.” But these firefighters are different from the run of the mill fire departments and from three-person initial attack crews.

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Small town, big heart: port mcneill lives up to the aphorism

By Stephen Hume,
Vancouver Sun
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gerry Furney is the kind of guy who puts his money where his mouth is.  This, presumably, is why he’s working on his 38th year as mayor in the small resource town of Port McNeill, whose roughly 3,000 inhabitants live on the remote north end of Vancouver Island, about 450 kilometres northwest of Vancouver. …First, he persuaded his town council to commit a dollar for every citizen of Port McNeill to help Lac Mégantic rebuild. While he acknowledges the role of federal and provincial governments in providing funds for physical reconstruction, Gerry says Port McNeill is sending its financial help to assist with the psychological and social rebuilding of the devastated community.

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Drone aircraft take flight for research project

Prince George Citizen
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When it comes to taking inventory of a forest, John Rankin believes drone aircraft equipped with high resolution cameras are the wave of the future and, with the help of CNC, he is out to prove it. The president of Prince George-based J.R. Canadian Mapping Ltd., Rankin has been flying a slow-flying drone, also known as an unmanned aerial device, over a small portion of CNC’s research forest, and in turn, the images are being handed over to students in CNC’s natural resources and environmental technology program for assessment.

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Ignorance in forest cannot continue

Letter by Peter Rueschmann
Alberni Valley Times
July 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “German tourist critizes B.C. logging,” (Alberni Valley Times, July 19) It amazes me that it took a tourist to take a look at our lousy corporate logging practices, to wake us up. It is geared for one thing, and one thing only – profit and greed. I have been in the backwoods many times, what I have seen is disgusting. Some of my friends who were loggers 30 to 40 years ago have said to me they have never seen anything like it. What a waste. It’s also amazing that all these corporate gangsters own the land.

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The Forest Service’s Mission Statement is Pure Fantasy

by Jim Petersen
Evergreen Magazine
July 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

.It is true that Congress created the Forest Service in 1905 and gave it responsibility for caring for a timberland base that today totals 193 million acres. But I have serious doubts about the rest of the claims the Forest Service makes in its mission statement. Even the agency’s leadership admits that about 80 million of the 193 million acres in its care are in such dreadful ecological condition that it will most likely burn to the ground before Congress musters the political courage to shut down the litigation machine that is destroying the nation’s federal forest heritage.

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Idaho forest fires following last year’s pattern

Early wildfire starts in central Idaho bode for fire until October-
The Wildlife News
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Stanley, ID. Forest fire season in Idaho used to be August and September with many years with no forest fires of note. Now the fires begin in mid-July and burn until mid-October. Like last year, fires have already broken out, such as the Road 210 fire near scenic Stanley, Idaho, and a half dozen larger fires are burning in the deep backcountry and Wilderness of central Idaho. Earlier we wrote an article that outdoor enthusiasts need to consider the month of June much more importantly than in the past because of the trend toward summer long fires.

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Fire blackens 720 acres near Frenchtown; hundreds evacuated

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

FRENCHTOWN – A wildfire sparked by a lawnmower northeast of here quickly spread to 720 acres on Thursday afternoon, displacing livestock and prompting authorities to issue evacuation notices to hundreds of homes. The Mill Creek fire started in tinder-dry grass before blowing up across a ridge into scattered timber and homes. Air support arrived quickly and in force, hitting the fire with water and slurry as evacuees ran for cover. As of 9 p.m. Thursday, the fire was zero percent contained.

Emigrants fire still uncontrolled, grows slightly to 450 acres from The Billings Gazette

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As Nature Intended

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Adusty red excavator rests at the edge of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. Behind it, the last half-mile of road in the wilderness — drivable by a low-clearance vehicle — is scheduled to be obliterated during the next few days. The rest of the road, which had been cut into a hillside in a thickly timbered Douglas fir forest, has already been worked over with the excavator, turning it into a gray, powdery ribbon, 30 feet wide, strewn with angular boulders, and contoured to the natural slope of this steep mountainside. In time, the road will completely disappear. As planned.

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Giant cedar draws looks, efforts to protect it

The Daily Astorian
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 286-acre parcel belonging to the Oregon Department of Forestry has drawn dozens of hikers recently after the discovery of a 152-foot Western red cedar, the largest known in Oregon. Estimated to be between 800 and 900 years old, the towering so-called Arcadia cedar has attracted attention and concern about the future of the Hugh Point parcel its stands on. The Clatsop County board unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday urging ODF to designate the parcel near Cannon Beach as a High-Value Conservation Area to “ensure its preservation as a state treasure.”

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Dozens evacuate as forest fire near Goldendale rages

KIMATV.com
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — A wildfire burning near Goldendale has burned 2,000 acres and forced dozens of homes to evacuate. Part of Highway 97 could be closed for a week while crews try to get a handle on this latest fire that’s being called the Mile Marker 28 Fire. The fire is burning 15 miles NE of Goldendale. It’s not yet clear where or how this fire started. Dozens more homes are at risk as more than 100 firefighters try to get a handle on the flames ripping through the forest.

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3 timber sales postponed, after agency ordered to sell more timber

Associated Press
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has postponed three Oregon timber sales, saying that it needs time to consider a federal court decision that ordered it to sell more timber in southern Oregon. However, a timber industry group has filed an emergency motion asking the judge to order the agency to go through with the sales, the Medford Mail Tribune reported Thursday. ..”The decision by the BLM to refuse to sell these timber sales is basically a slap in the face of the judge,” said Scott Horngren, a lawyer for the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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Forest peace signatory warns deal may die in Upper House

ABC News
July 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A timber industry group which signed Tasmania’s forest peace deal is concerned the historic agreement could be killed in the Upper House, because of the government’s handling of tied funding. The Federal Government is funding 31 projects under a $100 million program to diversify Tasmania’s economy. The announcement came less than a week after applications closed. Terry Edwards from the Forest Industries Association says the federal and state governments have ignored recommendations from peace deal signatories to slow down the process.

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Abbott slams forestry shut down cash

AAP
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has dismissed a $100 million package for Tasmania as a symbol of the federal government’s “hate” for forestry. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the carve-up of the funding on a visit to the state on Thursday. The cash is intended to help Tasmania’s economy restructure after a huge downturn in its forestry sector. It was fast-tracked by former PM Julia Gillard following an historic peace deal between environmentalists and the timber industry to cease their decades-long conflict.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott pledges to honour forest pace funding from The ABC News, Australia

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Indonesian forestry sector failing ‘green growth’ goals – report

Thomson Reuters Foundation
July 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s forestry sector suffers from serious mismanagement and the situation has only worsened in the past few years, costing the government over $7 billion since 2007, researchers at Human Rights Watch say in a new report. These failures are already harming the environment and human rights, and call into question the outlook for Indonesia’s “green growth” development plan, the study says.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NS looking for feedback on biomass regulations

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia is considering new regulations that would make it easier to maintain a sustainable wood harvesting industry and is looking for feedback.”As more bark and forestry byproducts are being used as renewable wood energy sources, we need to account for all of the new ways we use wood and wood byproducts in order to maintain a sustainable wood supply,” Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said July 24. “These proposed regulations would require some of those new users to plan and report on their consumption.”

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Hotter, Drier Climate Leads to More Tree Deaths from Fire

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

ARCATA, Calif. — Climate change is expected to amplify both droughts and wildfires across the western United States. A new study shows that the effects of drought and fire work in combination, such that forests experiencing drought will see more dead trees in the aftermath of wildfires. “There is a lot of research showing that climate change is already increasing wildfire frequency and fire spread,” says forest ecologist Phillip van Mantgem of the U.S. Geological Survey and lead author of the study.

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Forestry sector stands to gain major economic boost

Live News
July 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the announcement of a government and industry research study that could rejuvenate New Zealand’s forestry industry. The 14-month project will study the feasibility of making biofuel from the waste product of forestry harvesting and processing. Material including sawdust, bark and harvest residue currently has little or no value, but could be a valuable new revenue stream if it can be commercially converted into biofuels.

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Bioenergy Association encouraged by Govt support for biofuel

By the Bioenergy Association
Scoop Independent News
July 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The announcement by the Government of Primary Growth Partnership funding of $6.75 million) to investigate producing biofuels from forestry residues is encouraging and supports the forestry and wood processing sector strategy that identified that some emerging biofuel technologies can provide attractive additional revenue streams for existing businesses. Stump to Pump partners Norske Skog and Z Energy will match funding of $6.75 million, bringing the project’s total funding to $13.5 million.

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