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Daily Archives: September 12, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar shares soar as rival mill shuts

The Globe and Mail
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Domtar Corp. and its investors have caught a big break, courtesy of the company’s chief rival. International Paper Co. said on Wednesday it will close a major paper mill in Alabama, lopping 8 per cent from North American supply capacity and helping to rebalance a market in structural decline. Someone had to do it.

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Takeaways from RBC Global Industrials Conference

RBC Capital Markets
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

This document is a compilation of the notes published by eight RBC analysts with insight from one-on-one meetings with senior management from international industrials companies participating on Day 2 of RBC’s Global Industrials Conference held on September 11, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada… Forest Product Analyst Paul Quinn provides his ratings on page 20.

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With voting control gone, International Forest Products raises $75-million of equity in quick time

Financial Post
September 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It can’t be said with certainty but judging from their actions investors certainly liked what they were being offered in the $75-million equity deal announced after the markets closed Wednesday. …Three weeks later, the stock hit an all time high and the company inked a $75-million bought deal with a syndicate led by RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James. In the offering, 6.25 million shares were sold at $12 a share. At the time of the deal, the shares were trading at $12.48. The deal could end up 15% larger if the underwriters exercise an option.

Click here to view the press release from Interfor

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Alberni CEP ‘hopeful’ about new Catalyst man

Alberni Valley News
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If first impressions count for anything then officials with CEP Local 592 look forward to working with Catalyst’s new man. New Catalyst Paper Corp. CEO Joe Nemeth rolled through Port Alberni last week to see the new operation, meet civic leaders and have a sit-down with local union members. “We only met him briefly when he was here. It was more of an initial meeting and introduction,” CEP 592 president Jim Van Dusen said. “We do look forward to more in-depth talks later though.”

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‘B.C. needs to up its export game’

By Barbara Yaffe – Poll shows we must get used to trading with Asia
Vancouver Sun
September 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbians need to get a lot more enthusiastic about their province’s trade relationship with Asia.  A recent survey showing British Columbians and other Canadians are less than gung-ho about developing closer economic ties with Asia is generating a reaction from the business community.  The Business Council of B.C. notes more than 40 per cent of the province’s merchandise exports last year were Asia-bound – up from 23 per cent just a decade ago. …China is the world’s second-biggest economy after the U.S. And coal, oil and wood products are in great demand there. “Our (export) record is mediocre at best,” Finlayson says. “B.C. is far from being a standout performer.”

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International Paper to Close Alabama Mill

Wall Street Journal
September 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

International Paper Co. IP -1.76% plans to close its biggest paper mill, displacing 1,100 workers and citing shrinking demand for paper in an increasingly digital world. For workers at the Courtland, Ala., plant, the timing of the announcement could have been better: It comes a day after the company, whose sales and profit have been growing, boosted its dividend 17% and said it would buy back $1.5 billion of stock. With more consumers emailing, paying bills online and storing files electronically, rather than printing out reams of records, the market for copy paper and envelopes has been falling for the past decade.

International Paper to close Alabama mill, lay off 1,100 from Reuters

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Dorset group loses sawmill bid due to ‘bad timing’

ABC News, Australia
September 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Tasmanian development group waiting to receive a federal grant has lost its bid to buy Gunns’ former sawmill at Scottsdale in the north-east. The Dorset Renewable Industries group was promised $2.8 million in forest peace deal funding to develop an integrated timber processing hub at the Ling Siding site. Gunns’ receiver Korda Mentha has announced the asset has been sold but it will not name the new owner or disclose the sale price, saying that is up to the successful bidder.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood buyers and sellers meet in Whistler

Pique News Magazine
September 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest industry leaders from around the world were in Whistler last week for the Global Buyers Mission and Wood First Forum. The convention started Sept. 5 and continued to Sept. 7. Ahead of the forum, a few of the delegates toured the new Black Tusk Village fire hall to check out the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the construction of the new building. Brad Sills has been managing the fire hall construction. He showed the visiting architects and engineers from Japan, Korea and China around the construction site on Wednesday, Sept. 4. “Our fire hall was showcased along with Matheo Dürfeld’s new production facility… as examples of leading edge building systems,” said Sills.

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Timber Construction Manual – 2013

Herald Online
September 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

DUBLIN — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Timber Construction Manual” book to their offering… Chapters cover the basic principles of working with timber, providing detailed information on subjects such as heat, noise insulation, fire protection treatment… The second part of the volume presents a large number of built examples which feature some “classic” structures but focus chiefly on more recent buildings. 

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Forestry

New woodlot licence available near Smithers

BC Government
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SMITHERS – The Province continues to expand forest opportunities for individuals, groups and First Nations with the offering of a new woodlot licence near Smithers, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot (W2105) includes 1,170 hectares of Crown land approximately 12 kilometres east of Smithers and has a proposed allowable annual cut of 3,297 cubic metres. Most of the woodlot is a mix of lodgepole pine, spruce and balsam.

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Bomber valuable to province and community

Letter by Bruce E. Hornidge
Alberni Valley Times
September 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elimination of the Mars waterbomber station in the Alberni Valley is an emotional pinch for the people of Port Alberni. A forest service staff bureaucrat telling the owner of Coulson Industries Group that, “it is none of his business why the government would discontinue a forest firefighting contract” is lacking respect. OK, so these planes lack someone’s opinion of maneuverability. This is a further example of the shredding of relationship that is rampant between rural B.C. and the big city valuation and Victoria governance model.

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Experimental burn to light up forest

Prince George Citizen
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The horizon southwest of Vanderhoof may have an added glow and haze this next week. Forestry and fire scientists are using the Carrot Lake area to do some experiments on forest fires. “The Carrot Lake research site was established in 2004 and is used to study how fire behaves in stands of trees affected by mountain pine beetle infestations,” said Brennan Clarke, spokesman for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “The site consists of 11 isolated blocks of lodgepole pine forest, ranging in size from one to four hectares.

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Board to audit forestry activities northeast of Princeton

BC Forest Practices Board
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forest activities of Ka-Bar Resources Ltd., along the Princeton-Summerland Road near Osprey Lake, on Sept. 16. Auditors will examine planning, timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture and fire prevention practices, carried out by Ka-Bar Resources Ltd. under six forest licences to cut, for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

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Killing the golden goose

September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Somewhere around July of 2005, the tourism sector in British Columbia, for the first time in history, outstripped the forestry sector in GDP—in fact it outstripped all sectors including oil and gas—and hasn’t relinquished that position. During the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the GDP of forestry only increased 6 percent while tourism increased 23 percent. Vancouver Island and Vancouver Coast and Mountains regions attracted most (79 percent) of that tourism activity for BC, so the hot spot is right here on the coastal islands. In 2011, tourism on Vancouver Island increased 4 percent in just 12 months alone, beating all other industries hands down.

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Council allocates $4M to industrial road’s first phase

Inflation increased cost by 60%
Alberni Valley Times
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After years in the planning, Port Alberni will get its harbour industrial road, which will keep logging trucks off residential streets. Council voted to allocate $4 million in the 2014 capital budget to build the first phase of the road, which will start at Ship Creek Road and end at the section of Harbour Road in front of the Port Alberni Port Authority. The road’s alignment will be mostly situated on Western Forest Products property, with some encroachment on Port Alberni Port Authority property. City manager Ken Watson said the road’s design was done in conjunction with the two companies.

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Walden supports forest bill

The Bulletin
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — To restore federal forests to a healthy state and reduce the risk of devastating wildfires, Congress needs to pass legislation requiring the U.S. Forest Service to authorize increased timber harvests in national forests, a handful of Republican congressmen said Tuesday. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and 10 other GOP House members gave brief floor speeches, trying to rally support for a pending forestry bill. The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support in July.

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Wildfire Season Not Over Yet In Pacific Northwest

Northwest News Network
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire season is not over yet, despite the widespread rains of the last couple weeks. Fire crews mobilized Tuesday to fight a big new range fire in south-central Washington. At last check, it threatened about 20 homes in the hills south of Mabton. Separately, Forest Service firefighters are on the scene of a lightning-sparked blaze east of Prineville, Oregon. It smoldered for days before it was detected and has now burned 200 acres of grass and timber.

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Forest Service, other workers learn traditional skills for wilderness

The Missoulian
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MONTURE CREEK – Want to know how to lift a 1,000-pound bridge span across a creek without messing up the wilderness? Ask a logger. “The majority of field skills we’re using here come from logging,” U.S. Forest Service traditional skills trainer Ian Barlow said as his students eased a 32-foot-long glue-lam beam across the Falls Creek embankment near the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness on Wednesday. “We’re honoring that industry.”

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UM-based wilderness institutes mark 20 years of research, training

The Missoulian
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The former chief of the U.S. Forest Service took the podium at the University of Montana on Wednesday to discuss the values of wilderness, and the moves he made 20 years ago to help establish a legacy that continues to grow. Jack Ward Thomas made it a top priority as Forest Service chief to bring the four wilderness management agencies under one roof to help share resources, science and information. The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center were born from that move in 1993, and they celebrated their 20th anniversary at UM on Wednesday.

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Winston logger survives lightning strike

NR Today
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thursday morning started out like any other day for logger Ricky Jones. “Things were going great. We were getting the logs out and had moved down the road where there was a hole,” he said. Then the improbable happened. The 25-year-old Winston man was struck by lightning. ..Jones was working in Coos County with his crew early Thursday morning. Thunderstorms had been off in the distance for a few hours, but were nowhere near their work site, he said. Then all of a sudden, the storm was all around them.

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No. Wis. forest fire damage more than $1M

Associated Press
September 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SUPERIOR — The timber company that owns most of the Douglas County land that burned in one of Wisconsin’s largest forest fires says damage will exceed $1 million. Lyme St. Croix Timber Co., executive Sean Ross says the fire damaged most of its 5,200 acres. He said the timber land was not insured for fire damage. The massive blaze last May consumed about 7,400 acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens of people to evacuate. The state Department of Natural Resources has billed the logging company that started the fire more than $600,000.

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Solomon Island landowners win logging injunction in court

ABC News, Australia
September 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Landowners in the Solomon Islands have successfully taken action in the High Court to stop logging in the country’s biggest conservation area. Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association has won an injunction to stop logging from starting until the court can decide whether the operations are legal. Ferguson Vaghi program co-ordinator for the landowners group in Western Province, told Pacific Beat the logging company had not gone through the proper procedures to obtain a logging licence.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USDA announces bioenergy partnership, wood energy grants

USDA
September 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation’s forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute. He also announced more than $1.1 million in grants are being awarded to five organizations to form state-wide teams that will stimulate development of wood energy projects.

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US Southern Forests Endangered by Wood Exports to Europe

Ring of Fire
September 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Utility companies in Europe have been converting their power plants to burn wood, or biomass, instead of coal and other fossil fuels, despite recent research that shows that burning whole trees in power plants increases carbon emissions relative to fossil fuels. In addition, this demand for wood has caused explosive growth in wood pellet exports from North America, endangering valuable forest ecosystems, EcoWatch reports. Forests act as carbon “sinks,” absorbing and storing carbon. Forests – trees – are one of our best defenses against a warming climate; in the US, forest sinks offset about 13 percent of our net greenhouse gas emissions every year.

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Climate change may speed up forests’ life cycles

e! Science News
September 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to higher latitudes. Instead, they’re staying in place — but speeding up their life cycles. The Duke University-led study, published online Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Global Change Biology, is the first to show that a changing climate may have dual impacts on forests.

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An unprecedented threat to Peru’s cloud forests

Phys.org
September 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Peru’s cloud forests are some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world… This massive array of underexplored biodiversity will face an unprecedented threat before the end of the century. Now, researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. have pieced together startling new evidence that shows rapid 21st century warming may spell doom for tree species in Peruvian cloud forests, with species losing 53-96 percent of their populations.

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General

Killing the golden goose

September 12, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Somewhere around July of 2005, the tourism sector in British Columbia, for the first time in history, outstripped the forestry sector in GDP—in fact it outstripped all sectors including oil and gas—and hasn’t relinquished that position. During the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the GDP of forestry only increased 6 percent while tourism increased 23 percent. Vancouver Island and Vancouver Coast and Mountains regions attracted most (79 percent) of that tourism activity for BC, so the hot spot is right here on the coastal islands. In 2011, tourism on Vancouver Island increased 4 percent in just 12 months alone, beating all other industries hands down.

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