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Daily Archives: September 6, 2013

Business & Politics

Canadian lumber stocks shoot up on Chinese demand

Globe and Mail
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Canadian equity market once featured some of the world’s most dominant paper and forest companies, but we’ve successfully sold most of them to the Americans. As a result, domestic investors are largely unaware that a recovery in Chinese timber demand and, to a lesser extent, rising U.S. housing construction, are creating a markedly positive outlook for what remains of the sector. There are now only three companies Canfor Corp., Norbord Inc. and West Fraser Timber Co. – in the S&P/TSX Composite Paper and Forest Products Industry Index, which has jumped 54.5 per cent over the past 12 months and 22 per cent so far in 2013.

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Poplar Exports to Vietnam Surge

Woodworking Network
September 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American hardwood exports grew solidly in August following July’s seasonal slowdown. Asian buyers were in the market for larger volumes of lumber, shipments to Europe increased for delivery in early September, and Mexican demand was solid. Overall business was steady in the Middle East and Africa despite political turmoil. “August export sales have been robust, much better than expected,” said one major U.S. exporter, echoing comments from several others.

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Ledcor officially opens Chilliwack cant mill – BC Forests Minister visits

CNW
September 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ledcor Resources and Transportation Ltd today officially opened its new cant mill, wood chip and bio-mass operation in Chilliwack, BC. The new facility was also toured by Steve Thomson, BC’s Minister Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “Today we are proud to officially open our Chilliwack cant mill and announce the addition of a second shift with 25 new employees to double its production capability,” said Paul McElligott, President, Ledcor Resources and Transportation Ltd.

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Ainsworth Lumber stock jumps more than 30 per cent on Louisiana-Pacific deal

Canadian Press
September 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stock in Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. soared more than 30 per cent Thursday, a day after U.S. forestry giant Louisiana-Pacific announced a friendly, US$1.1-billion takeover deal for the Vancouver-based maker of products used in housing construction. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Ainsworth shares rose 96 cents or 32.65 per cent to $3.90 in morning trading Thursday. That was above the C$3.76 per share Louisiana-Pacific has bid for all the remaining common shares in Ainsworth, itself a 30 per cent premium over the company’s closing price of C$2.89 on Sept. 3.

Louisiana-Pacific Ponies UP for Ainsworth Lumber from The Motley Fool

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Ainsworth deal lifts stocks of rival wood product firms

Reuters
September 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shares of Canadian wood product companies rallied on Thursday as investors bet that Louisiana-Pacific Corp’s purchase of Ainsworth Lumber Co pointed at the potential for further consolidation within the sector. The C$906 million ($864 million) deal, announced late on Wednesday, is also likely to trim the extreme volatility for the price of oriented strand board, widely used in home building. The North American forest products industry, which has idled vast amounts of capacity since the U.S. housing market crashed, is notorious for mismanaging supply.

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International wood buyers expected to snap up $48 million in B.C. product

Business in Vancouver
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province’s wood products makers expect to see $48 million in sales in three days at the annual Global Buyers Mission event. The trade show will take place in Whistler from September 5 to 7 and will host 240 buyers from 22 countries. Three-quarters of the buyers will be from Asian markets, such as Japan, South Korea, China and India, as well as emerging Asian markets like the Philippines and Malaysia.

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Catalyst incoming CEO impressed by Alberni

Alberni Valley Times
September 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although he is not yet officially the CEO of Catalyst Paper, Joe Nemeth was in Port Alberni on Wednesday to see how the local operation works. Last month, Nemeth was the new president and chief executive officer, but the position does not come into effect until Oct. 1. With a strong interest in the pulp and paper industry from a hands-on perspective, Nemeth said it was important to him to tour the operations and see how they run. Nemeth is originally from Victoria. Although he has visited the Alberni Valley, he never toured the local mill until this week. He left the tour impressed by both the operation and its employees.

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Miramichi Lumber reopens

Sawmill expects to operate for four weeks
CBC News
September 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Miramichi sawmill that shut down in July because of a shortage of logs from Crown land has temporarily reopened. Miramichi Lumber expects to stay open this time for four weeks. Hal Raper, the company’s chief financial officer, said it hasn’t been easy to keep the flow of work running smoothly at the mill. “It’s very difficult, obviously,” said Raper. “Without sawlogs there’s no work for the employees and it’s not healthy for the business either.”

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Western US pulp mills more competitive with Southern mills

Wood Resources International
September 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Wood costs account for between 50-55 percent of the production costs for pulp mills in the US. Historically these costs have often been substantially lower in the Southern states than in the Northwest, the two major pulp-producing regions of the country. However, this has been changing with the most dramatic regional price movements in North America happening in the US Northwest, where prices for softwood chips, the major fiber source for the region’s pulp mills, have fallen for five consecutive quarters. Chip prices in the 2Q/13 were down by a third from early 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber and Plastic Industries Want to Decide Green Building Standards

Care2
September 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

…Thankfully, we’ve now been hearing more and more about green buildings that are constructed to use energy as efficiently as possible and are made from locally sourced materials… Wary of how calls for green buildings could diminish their profits, multinational companies in the timber, plastics and chemical industries are trying to set their own standards for green buildings under official-sounding entities such as the American National Standards Institute, the Green Globes and the Sustainable Forestry Industry program.

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Forestry

B.C. crews sent to northern states

Less active fire season in the province in August frees up firefighters to help out elsewhere
Vancouver Sun
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s fire season has been significantly less active this year compared to previous years, allowing provincial fire crews to be sent to Idaho, Montana and Washington to help battle blazes there. A crew of 24 firefighters, including B.C.’s parachute attack crew, are still in Montana, 41 are in Idaho and a crew has returned from Leavenworth, Wash. The cost for these resources will be recovered from the jurisdictions where they were sent, said Kevin Skrepnek, a provincial fire information officer with B.C. Wildfire Management Branch. “We had a downturn in activity in August so we could free up resources and send crews to these other jurisdictions,” said Skrepnek Wednesday.

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Who’s Letting One of B.C.’s Most Imperilled Ecosystems Die?

by Dr. Peter Arcese
Huffinton Post
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coastal Douglas Fir zone (CDF) extends throughout the Lower Mainland’s Georgia Basin and is recognized by conservation biologists as one of the most biologically unique and lush landscapes in Western Canada. …Not large to begin with – it’s a 2,561 kilometres square area – the seasonally dry CDF ecosystem is now 49 per cent converted to human use with less than 3 per cent of its original “old growth” cover of over 145 year-old forest. There’s also less than 10 per cent of historic oak woodlands remaining.

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Provincial wildfire training centre officially opens in Merritt

The Daily News
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With a promise of an economic spinoff for Merritt and a state-of-the-art firefighting facility, the new $4.7-million provincial wildfire-training centre is now open for business. Forests Minister Steve Thomson opened the building — which also houses offices for the Merritt Fire Zone — along with Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart and Merritt Mayor Susan Roline on Thursday. Speaking with The Daily News afterward, Thomson said the event attracted everyone from ranchers to politicians and forestry personnel.

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Rare Tree, Dependent on Fire, to Leave Endangered Species List

Scientific American
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Natural forest fires were once an important part of the life cycle of the Santa Cruz cypress, a rare tree that today exists in just five mountainous groves in California. Fires cleared out competing plants from around the trees and, crucially, the heat caused their cones to release their seeds—the main way the species reproduces. Humans changed those fire cycles when they moved into the Santa Cruz Mountains. They built homes and businesses close to the groves, then added fire breaks to prevent natural fires from spreading.

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2,500 Lightning Strikes Help Spark Five New Fires in the Bitterroot National Forest

KGVO.com
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Despite all of the rain and humidity, a lightning storm on September 4 has kept fire crews busy in the Bitterroot National Forest. “We had quite a lightning storm that came through on Wednesday night,” said Bitterroot National Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Todd McKay. “Most of the activity was south of Hamilton, kind of in the Darby/Sula area. In fact, our Bitterroot Dispatch Center recoded around 2,500 lightning strikes with that storm system.”

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Applegate Valley residents petition Wyden about forest management

Mail Tribune
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 150 Applegate Valley residents signed a petition and presented it to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s staff in Medford today, asking Oregon’s senior senator to consider what they say are reasonable forest management goals on so-called O&C lands. The group also expressed opposition to the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act expected to be voted on by the full House later this month. The bill, which calls for some 1.6 million acres of O&C land managed by a trust for timber production, was written by Oregon U.S. Reps. Greg Walden, R-Hood River…

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Missoula friends carve forester statue for future Forest Service museum

The Missoulian
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Steve Weiler needs more than a 4-foot-diameter larch stump if he wants to see eye-to-eye with the forest ranger he helped carve.  The Bunyanesque figure in the Ace Hardware Store on Brooks Street stands 8 feet tall without his stump. Someday soon, he will stand at the entrance of a National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula. Store manager Weiler and friends Phil Bain, Jerry Covault, Chuck Kaparich and Alex McDonald spent every Thursday of the past two years carving him.

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Feeding tax dollars to forest fires

Millions are required to fight conflagrations such as the Rim fire in and around Yosemite. But what about fire prevention?
LA Times
September 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After years of living in Yosemite National Park, I learned that, contrary to the teachings of Smokey Bear, fire can be a welcome force for good. It rejuvenates the forest. It clears the way for richer, more diverse habitat. It is essential in the life cycle of the giant sequoia. And if you live in the mountains, surrounded by forests piled high with tinderbox-dry debris, nothing helps you sleep more soundly at night than being in an area that’s been burned.

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Hunter sparked massive Calif. wildfire that threatened Yosemite: Forest Service

NBC News
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The massive California wildfire that scorched Yosemite National Park and posed a threat to San Francisco’s water and electricity supplies was started when a hunter’s illegal camp fire got out of control, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service announced the alleged cause of the blaze, which ate up more than 237,000 acres — or 370 square miles — on Thursday. The fire is 80 percent contained. Officials have estimated that $70 million has been spent fighting the blaze.

US Forest Service: Huge Wildfire near Yosemite caused by hunter’s illegal fire from The Associated Press

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Idaho fires burn managed areas, defying stereotype

Associated Press
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildfires burned so hot this summer they scorched even intensely-managed areas, a sign climate change, hot temperatures and extremely dry fuels may trump even man’s best efforts to put a dent in forest blazes. The Idaho Statesman reports the Elk Complex Fire in August burned 6,000 acres of intensively managed state endowment forests, in addition to nearby Boise National Forest that had recently been logged.

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Federal judge rules in favor of threatened seabird

Associated Press
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has handed the timber industry another defeat in its effort to expand logging on the habitat of a threatened coastal seabird. U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in Washington D.C. said marbled murrelets will keep their Endangered Species Act listing, and rejected an argument that central California murrelets, which are doing poorly, should not be lumped in with the populations in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Bates also ruled old-growth forest habitat will remain protected during a three-year period when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service re-examines what it considers a flawed 1996 critical habitat designation.

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Our Opinion: Timber harvests will benefit city, state

Portland Tribune
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Portland-area residents have two shades of green at stake as the Northwest congressional delegation works on a plan to increase timber harvests in Oregon. There’s the perpetual green that comes from sustaining this state’s forests — and also the green that spends in the form of money. In our view, both the environment and the economy can be enhanced if bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader is approved in some form. This bill offers the first major opportunity in decades to do something about forest health while also improving the economy of rural Oregon.

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Barnegat Fire Company Lauded for Forest Fire Plan

The Sand Paper.net
September 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company is ranked second in the country by a national program, “Ready, Set, Go,” which helps prepare communities in developing initiatives to halt the spread of forest fires. John Cowie, the fire company’s “Ready, Set, Go,” chairman, said the program gets its name from the fact that communities first have to take responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a forest fire so homes are ready in case fire breaks out.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon credit plans move ahead

Pique
September 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A bid to sell carbon credits in the Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) is moving forward with a project validation process getting underway that’s expected to take between two and three months to complete. Ecotrust Canada, a charitable organization working to build a conservation-based economy, has been working with the CCF for the past seven years and has committed to the project. It believes it’s the best possible way to ensure a healthy forest for the region and to create a revenue stream that supports low impact forest management into the future.

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Wood could bring power to those without electricity

Biomass energy could be the answer for the two-million rural households that are not connected to the electricity grid.
Mail & Guardian
September 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The largest renewable source of energy being used in South Africa is one that has been used for millennia – wood. More than 10% of households use this as their primary source of energy supply, with 80% of these relying on firewood and charcoal to cook and warm their houses. A fifth of urban households and half of rural households are still not connected to the grid. This equates to over three-million households.

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