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Business & Politics

Cathay Forest Products settles class action lawsuit for $1.9 million

The Canadian Press
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Cathay Forest Products Corp. says it has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by a group of shareholders. The lawsuit alleges the company’s financial statements for the third quarter of 2009 and the first two quarters of 2010 were false and misleading. The company says the settlement must be approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice at a hearing on Nov. 22. Cathay says the settlement is a compromise on disputed claims and not an admission of guilt on the part of the company. The company was delisted from the Toronto Venture Exchange in February 2012 after having been suspended from trading for a year. END


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White River sawmill reopens, more hiring ahead

White River Forest Products says it wants its experienced workers back on the job
CBC News
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After sitting idle for years, the sawmill in White River is running once again. About 70 workers are there this week, including Carole Proulx. She and her husband were among the 250 employees who lost their jobs back in 2007. “It’s been tough. My husband’s been out west for five years now,” she said. “I’m here now, working back at the mill. He’s not coming right away. We’re going to wait and see if the mill stays open and if everything goes to par then he’ll be back home as well.”

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As wood fiber costs have fallen substantially in the West, pulp mills in the region are becoming more competitive with Southern mills

Wood Resources International
September 13, 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.

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Forest Regulations Hurt the Housing Market

Real Clear Policy
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The housing market’s strong rally is welcome news for construction workers, whose industry was one of the hardest hit during the recession. Unfortunately, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is hampering the recovery, helping to drive up the price of timber and ship American jobs and dollars overseas. The organization’s ill-conceived double standards are yet another example of well-intentioned regulations killing jobs while doing little to actually protect the environment.

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Packaging Corp. buying Boise for about $1.27B

Independent Record
September 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Packaging Corp. of America is buying Boise for about $1.27 billion, acquiring additional containerboard needed to support its growth. Shareholders of Boise Inc., a maker of packaging and paper products, are being offered a 26 percent premium to their stock price on Friday. Shares of the Boise, Idaho-based company jumped in premarket trading on Monday. If the deal is completed, Packaging Corp.’s containerboard capacity will rise to 3.7 million tons from 2.6 million tons. Its corrugated products volume will increase about 30 percent.

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States laud lifting of ban on hardwood by China

China Daily
September 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

China’s lifting of a total ban on hardwood logs from Virginia and South Carolina will “re-energize” log exports from that US region, wood-products industry officials said. “This is exciting news because it always is beneficial for American landowners and forest products companies when other countries lift restrictions on our products”, said Tom Inman, president of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc, a North Carolina-based trade association.

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Wisconsin logging company disputes claim about forest fire

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The logging company accused of causing Wisconsin’s largest forest fire in three decades on Thursday disputed claims by the Department of Natural Resources that the company withheld information during the investigation. Ray Duerr Logging of Rib Lake said a news release issued by the DNR this week contained “inaccurate and incomplete statements” and that the company has fully cooperated with authorities since the fire burned 7,442 acres in Douglas County on May 14-15. 

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Plans for large sawmill still moving ahead, official says

Times and Democrat
September 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

South Carolina – Plans for a large lumber mill north of Rowesville are still moving forward, according to Orangeburg County’s lead economic development official. “We are still in the process of going through a memorandum of understanding” Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson said… Klausner Holding USA plans to construct a lumber mill that would create more than 300 jobs and produce upward of 700 million board-feet annually of dried lumber and by-products, such as bark, wood chips, sawdust and dry shavings.

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Higher pulp prices and lower wood fiber costs improved pulp mill profitability

Lower prices for pulplogs and wood chips and a strengthening U.S. dollar lead to the improvement
Troy Media
September 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics

Lower prices for pulplogs and wood chips in some major markets, and a strengthening U.S. dollar resulted in lower wood fiber price indices in the 2Q/13. Over the past two years, hardwood fiber costs for the pulp industry have declined more than softwood fiber prices. The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index has fallen every quarter except one, during this period. In the 2Q/13, the HFPI was US$100.46, which was 3.1 per cent lower than the previous quarter and 14.8 per cent below the all-time high in the 3Q/11.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Rules for LEED buildings hurt Oregon

Mail Tribune
September 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The decline of employment in the timber industry — both in Oregon and America — deserves careful scrutiny as to how this has occurred. Are trees less plentiful? Have workers moved on to other, higher-paying, jobs? Or are government policies making it harder to survive in the forest-products industry? Though forestry contributes over $3.8 billion to the state’s economy each year and supports tens of thousands of jobs, the last several decades show a downward trend in the total number of residents working in the wood-products industry, even though our state’s population has grown.

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Forestry

Looking for a “Green” Summer Job? Enter the Green Dream Internship Contest!

Canada News Wire
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Students will be able to compete on-line for 15 paid summer Green Dream Internships in a social media contest launched today through TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the forest products industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country. The contest requires students to submit a resume, a photograph and a short paragraph explaining why they would be perfect for a Green Dream Internship and then solicit on-line support. Applicants receiving the most votes for their photographs and explanations will be shortlisted for the paid summer 2014 positions.

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Environmental Excellence in Metchosin Presented to TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance

Ancient Forest Alliance press release
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The Metchosin municipal council has given Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner and photographer TJ Watt official recognition for his exceptional contribution towards environmental sustainability. Watt is the recipient of the 2013 “Friend of the Earth” Award, an environmental award presented each year for over a decade to a Metchosin resident whose contribution towards conserving the province’s natural beauty has been particularly outstanding. The award was presented by Metchosin councillor Moralea Milne on Sunday during the annual Metchosin Day festival.

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Meeting with forests minister stirs RDCK board

Nelson Star
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The chair of the Regional District of Central Kootenay is defending his attendance at an invitation-only meeting between the forests minister and an industry group. John Kettle was one of several local politicians present at the session last month in Fruitvale between minister Steve Thomson and representatives of several local sawmills. In July, the RDCK board agreed to request such a meeting at this week’s Union of BC Municipalities convention following a presentation from the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association, which is seeking greater and easier access to timber. However, Kettle says in the meantime local mills arranged their own meeting with Thomson, who was in the area, and asked certain local politicians to join them. 

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The Journey of a Log — Day 2: The harvesters (Video)

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Along with his colleague Eric Kishkan, Mike Sakakibara is part of a timber cruise to determine the value of the forest we are hiking through. It is old-growth, and to the casual eye, it looks healthy. But it is a troubled landscape. The Douglas fir trees, stout giants that have been growing on this site two kilometres away from the Fraser River, are infested by a bark beetle — not unlike the mountain pine beetle — that specializes in burrowing into fir.

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The journey of a log, Day 1: Rebirth and regeneration (with video)

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

QUESNEL — Mountain pine beetle and fire forge the next generation of woodlands in a biological struggle that is as old as the Cariboo region itself. On the Eastern edge of the Chilcotin Plateau, in a landscape dotted with the tangled and blackened stems of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle, forester Eric Kishkan has a decision to make that will decide the future of this stand for the next 200 years. If he feels the company he works for, West Fraser Timber, can get even one two-by-four out of these blackened snags, then it is worth sending a logging crew in, cutting what remains of the standing timber, and replanting the site — beginning the cycle of renewal.

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Research project studying potential of biochar on regreening

Northern Ontario Business
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An applied research project being undertaken at Collège Boréal could enhance the way regreening is done in Sudbury, while creating opportunities for value-added products for the North’s forestry companies. This summer, the college started testing the properties of biochar—a fairly new word used to describe charred organic material leftover from the burning process at lumber mills—to see if it can be added to soil to reduce its acidity.

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Forest, jobs bill depends on Daines, Tester agreement

The Missoulian
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Supporters of the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act have new reason to hope that action will soon be taken on this important legislation. For one, a Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee held hearings on the bill in late July. For another, the bill’s primary sponsor – U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. – says his fellow Congress members are showing a growing understanding of the FJRA and its benefits. It certainly helped increase the bill’s stature when U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., signed on as its co-sponsor in February.

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Sexton missed mark on wildfire, timber industry

Mail Tribune
September 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In his recent guest opinion, George Sexton argues that managed private forests are somehow more vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire than unmanaged federal forest lands. Nothing could be further from the truth, and Sexton knows it. His opinion comes at an interesting time, especially as wildfires consume millions of acres of unmanaged federal forests across the West. His opinion ignores recent history in Southern Oregon, where wildfires have destroyed wilderness areas and other dense and overstocked forests.

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Massive Forest Thinning Project Gets New Contractor

NPR Radio
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday the intention to transfer the contract for an unprecedented forest thinning project to a financially sound company. Good Earth Power Global said it can handle the investment but it typically works in Africa, not forests of the southwestern United States. Good Earth Power CEO Jason Rosamond said on a media call today he has brought on people with forest experience in the southwest United States.

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Colorado’s evolving forests the subject of Summit County conference

Summit Daily
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forests are constantly growing and changing. But because of the lengthy period of time involved in forests’ growth, decline and recovery, many people view them as a static snapshot in time, said Tom Eager, with the U.S. Forest Service in Gunnison. That can lead to a false sense of what a forest really is. “As foresters we forget the average person sees a tree die and thinks it’s a catastrophe,” Eager said. “But a forester can see the young seedling come in — what a gift that is to see the big picture.”

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Adapting to new fire reality

Missoulian
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In an era when firefighting budgets cannot seem to keep up with wildfires, we seem to be crossing an important threshold, in terms of “acceptable loss.” Our nation continues to be faced with drought, deterioration of many western forests, and growth at the wildland-urban interface, resulting in catastrophic wildfires. Many of these are catastrophic fires; we are past the limits of firefighting effectiveness and the margins of firefighter safety. When we look back at many of the high catastrophic wildfires in Montana and the West, several observations deserve our attention.

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BLM considers logging on McKenzie River forestland

The Oregonian
September 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The federal Bureau of Land Management is considering conducting logging on parts of up to about 2,060 acres of forestland in the McKenzie River basin, in the vicinity of Vida.  The agency is seeking public comment on the preliminary proposal at a meeting Sept. 26, The Eugene Register-Guard reported Sunday.  The agency has not yet decided how much timber it might seek to log, and how much would be through thinning or clear-cuts, said Kristine Struck, a planning specialist with the agency’s Springfield headquarters.  …The BLM has sent notices to about 500 nearby property owners along with groups interested in logging and environmental issues, Struck said.  

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Burlington surveys ash trees for destructive bug

Muscatine Journal
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forestry experts from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are helping Burlington officials establish a plan for dealing with a destructive beetle that is expected to kill the city’s ash trees. The DNR sent 41 forestry staff members to Burlington Wednesday to assess tree health and help city staff determine which trees need to be removed, which may be treated, and those that can remain until additional funding is available for removal. The emerald ash borer, a small green wood boring beetle has been found in Iowa in Allamakee County in northeast Iowa, in Burlington, and Fairfield.

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Ash borer impacts Wis. forest economy

Superior Telegram
September 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SUPERIOR — In Wisconsin, where emerald ash borer has been spreading quickly in southern counties, the metallic-green beetle has largely affected urban areas. But now, the state is facing a new challenge with the discovery last month the bug made its way to Superior. That find placed the state’s largest county forest and its forest economy under quarantine. About 278,000 acres of county forestland with an untold economic impact – largely located in southern and central Douglas County – is now subject to special regulations designed to slow the spread of the beetle that killed 20 million ash trees in Michigan alone.

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Smallholder agroforestry plots may boost tree conservation: Report

Center for International Forestry Research
Forest News
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia – When natural forests are threatened by deforestation or climate change, the best hope for the survival of certain at risk tree species may be to include them in agroforestry plots managed by small farmers, according to new research. Tree species can be conserved in three ways, according to a recent review in Biodiversity and Conservation by scientists at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Can’t See the Forest for the Trees: The Climate Bomb

By Dr. Reese Halter 
Huffington Post
September 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Later this month in Stockholm The United Nations panel on climate change will release its long awaited report replete with predictions on our climate… By all accounts that we’ve seen the forthcoming report will err on the lowest ‘worst case scenario’ because economies of the world are teetering on recession. Earth’s remaining natural resources are being depleted faster now than ever before and our beleaguered environment and all the blatant telltales are being dismissed as meaningless by all governments, globally… Over the past decade, the unintended consequences of burning fossil fuels are highly visible across western North America — 30 billion dead pine trees. Instead of absorbing CO2 and storing it in wood, the finest CO2 warehouses to have ever evolved are decaying en masses bleeding gigatons of heat-trapping CO2 into the ever-rising atmospheric pool.

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USDA announces initiative to expand U.S. wood-to-energy efforts

Biomass Magazine
September 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The USDA announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of U.S. forests. The new partnerships include USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Pellet Fuels Institute. Ag secretary Tom Vilsack also announced more than $1.1 million in grants to five organizations to form state-wide teams that will stimulate development of wood energy projects in Idaho, California, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Alaska.

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California governor and Chinese officials to announce clean energy, climate change co-operation

TimesColonist
September 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

SAN FRANCISCO – California Gov. Jerry Brown and China’s top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a U.S. state and China that seeks greater co-operation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions… Under the two-year commitment, Chinese and California environment and energy officials will work together to find ways to share new low-carbon technologies, as well as research and policy innovations meant to combat climate change. China and the U.S. are the world’s top two greenhouse gas emitters.

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WSU Tri-Cities To Head New Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center

OPB
September 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes. Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell made the announcement Friday at the university’s new science labs in the Tri-Cities... The goal: Finding sustainable aviation fuels at commercial scale. The increasing cost and volatility of jet fuel could be a drag on America’s airline industry, Cantwell says. She explains the Northwest is uniquely positioned to become the hub of this research on how to turn crops and forest products into biofuel.

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U of I looks to wood chips to meet energy goal

Globe Gazette
September 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US West

After more than a decade of success with burning oat hulls as a source of renewable energy, the University of Iowa is now turning to a new biomass source: wood chips. The emphasis on biomass stems from the university’s ambitious goal, set by U of I President Sally Mason in 2010, of using 40 percent renewable energy by 2020. University officials have said the most effective and realistic way to reach the goal is by reducing its use of coal in favor of biomass. A February report found the university could meet the goal if it cut its 2010 coal usage by 60 percent.

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Scientists slam claims of cooler climate

Sydney Morning Herald
September 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australian scientists have rejected claims a multi-national climate change body is set to revise down its previous warnings about the rate of global warming. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is preparing to hand down the first part of a major report on the updated science of global warming in Stockholm next week. But a series of apparent leaks has sparked media speculation the IPCC’s highly-anticipated assessment could contain an admission it overstated rising temperatures. It’s a claim that’s rattled Australian scientists, who say such a finding is hard to believe given it contradicts decades of data and the draft version of the report hasn’t even been finalised yet.

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Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

Princeton University
September 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A unique housing arrangement between a specific group of tree species and a carbo-loading bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a Princeton University-based study. The findings suggest that the role of tropical forests in offsetting the atmospheric buildup of carbon from fossil fuels depends on tree diversity, particularly in forests recovering from exploitation.

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General

A look inside a forest fire

National Geographic Video
Wildfire Today
September 13, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, United States

This video from National Geographic’s site shows the interior of a forest fire that was shot in Canada’s Northwest Territory during the International Crown Fire Modelling Experiment… Franco Nogarin replied: “We burn this forest so that we can know exactly how fire behaves under certain conditions… The benefits are that we we have very precise information about how wildfire works, We know what prevention measures work and which don’t under specific conditions. These are not things we want to learn by trial and error in out of control wildfires.

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Forests are reviving after assault of the mountain pine beetle

Wyoming News
September 15, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Look up and the view is depressing: Nothing but gray skeletons of once-green pine trees. Red needles still cling to a few of the trees whose lives were devoured by mountain pine beetles. Even these will join the grey sentinels soon enough. But look down. There are yellow arnica, purple wild geranium and dense green snowberry. There are even young pine trees poking through the soil, ranging in height from just a couple inches to a couple feet. The undergrowth and the young pine trees are quite encouraging, said Frank Romero, Laramie District ranger for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

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