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Daily Archives: September 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Forestry industry launches program for greener future

The Western Star
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CORNER?BROOK — The forestry industry has experienced some rough times over the past few decades, but it is beginning to restore the previous wealth in the industry in recent years, says David Lindsay. This, in turn, is opening doors for more youth to become employed in the forestry sector. Lindsay, executive director of Forest Products Association of Canada said at the annual conference and general meeting of the Canadian Institute of Forestry on Monday the industry is transforming itself through investment in new technologies and new equipment, which is ultimately leading to the creation of new products.

Turning Forest Pulp into Lipstick and Clothing interview with David Lindsay from CBC Radio

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Canada July Factory Sales Rise 1.7% on Energy and Lumber

Bloomberg News
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian factory sales rose at the fastest pace in five months in July on gains for makers of commodities from crude oil to lumber to fabricated metals. …Petroleum and coal sales rose 2.4 percent to C$7.03 billion, the highest since February, as prices rose. Fabricated metal sales climbed 5.9 percent to C$2.81 billion, and wood products gained 6.3 percent to C$1.97 billion, bringing the gain over the past 12 months to 14.7 percent.

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Canfor workers vote to strike

Business in Vancouver
September 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

United Steelworkers members in Prince George hope a 97% vote to strike will spur Canfor to meet their demands for wage increases. “We had a couple of [wage] increases in the past couple of years, but before that we had a couple of years with zeros,” Bob Matters, wood council chair for the United Steelworkers, told Business in Vancouver. “Not to mention that between 2006 and 2010 a whole pile of our members lost their employment altogether and a whole bunch of them only worked part time.”

United Steelworkders at Canfor 97 percent in favour of strike action from Energetic City
Canfor Steelworkers vote 97 percent in favour of strike from the Prince George Free Press

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Fire at Canfor’s sawmill

Prince George Citizen
September 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire at Canfor’s Prince George sawmill on Landooz Road, near the end of Northwood Pulpmill Road, saw Prince George Fire Rescue respond Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 15 firefighters and four trucks. Mill workers and a sprinkler system kept the fire in check until fire crews arrived. The fire was contained to an exterior wall and adjoining roof structure. Fire crews were on scene for just over two hours, extinguishing hot spots and checking for fire extension.

Fire at Canfor Mill from 250 News

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Guide lost in legal battle, province argues

Prince George Citizen
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George-based guide outfitter and trapper is not owed a “duty of care” to ensure his business interests are not harmed by harvesting activities on Crown land, the provincial government says in a response to a civil lawsuit. The government also says the plaintiff, Harvey Chingee, took the wrong legal route when he filed a lawsuit in late June against the provincial government and a long list of sawmill operators and logging companies. “The plaintiff does not take issue with the method of harvesting but with the fact of harvesting itself,” the province said in a response filed Thursday at the Prince George courthouse.

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West Fraser increases sales, rebuilds pulp inventory in second quarter

Hinton Parklander
September 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The parent company of Hinton’s pulp mill and sawmill reported increased earnings of $85 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to last year. West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. released its second quarter results over the summer, reporting earnings — profits after taxes and interest — of $109 million for the months of April to June. The company earned $24 million in the same time period last year.

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Logyard roadblock lifted

Terrace Standard
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A roadblock at the YaoRun Wood Ltd. log yard has been lifted, at least temporarily. The owner of McPherson Trucking, Vic McPherson, said that YaoRun Wood Ltd. has promised him payment by Monday. “They said they got my cheque underway, and phoned four times last night and asked me to please move the truck. I said if I don’t get a cheque by Monday it will be right back there,” said McPherson. This week’s roadblock is the second this year at the Chinese-owned lumber yard.

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New jobs heading to Atikokan with return of two mills

TB Newswatch
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An estimated 120 new jobs are heading to Atikokan next year. The work comes to the Northwestern Ontario community as two mills are expected to be up and running. One is located in Sapawe, at the site of the former Atikokan Forest Products, while the other is located in Atikokan and is now being retrofitted by Rentech. Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown says its great news for the town after a string of bad news forestry headlines that began hitting the town in 2008.

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Tom Marshall in support of renewable resource development

The Western Star
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Tom Marshall knows the success of the forestry industry is directly related to the expertise employed. “Our forest management issues will not be resolved by investments alone — we cannot succeed without the professionals who understand the forestry practices,” Marshall said of the Canadian Institute of Forestry meeting.  Marshall gave an address to help open the conference Monday. He
highlighted the prosperity of the province since becoming a “have”
province. The Natural Resources minister said Newfoundland and Labrador
was second only to Saskatchewan in percentage of economic growth last
year.

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U.S.: Softwood and Panel Markets – Week 38, 2013

Random Lenghts Publications
September 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sales turned up a notch in most framing lumber sectors. Traders at all levels were generally encouraged by September’s activity to date, and some producers had already pushed shipment times through the month. Many buyers stayed cautious, with the second-quarter collapse in the market still fresh in their minds. However, that approach, combined with steady-to-active sales, meant they were forced to return to the mills more often for replenishment.

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Wood Chipper Co. Revives Forest Product Industry (& video)

ABC Fox Montana
September 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – The forest products industry is alive and well in western Montana once again, after multiple pulp and paper mills have closed in recent years. Earlier this year, three businesses partnered with local forest land owners and logging companies to produce wood chips in Bonner, creating more jobs and a boost to the Montana economy. Willis Enterprises log buyer, Richard Lane, said when the Smurfit-Stone Container pulp mill shut down in 2010, it left a gap in western Montana’s market for timber known as pulp wood. Lane said,

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Moves to help tree farmers hit by Gunns collapse

ABC News, Australia
September 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An assessment of the size of Tasmania’s privately-owned hardwood plantation estate has been ordered by the Tasmanian Government. The collapse of Gunns and managed investment schemes has left an estimated 200 landowners owed millions in annual lease payments. The Government is trying to find out just how many trees they are growing, and what kind. It has appointed a panel led by former Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to recommend ways to enhance the trees’ value.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Third-Party Wood Certifications on the Rise, Says SFI Chief

Woodworking Network
September 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Green building will be on the rise as the economy recovers, according to most experts. To find out more about certified wood and how woodworkers can use sustainable materials in their projects, Timber Products Company sat down with Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to responsible forestry. SFI is active in conservation research, community partnerships and third-party certification to SFI standards on approximately 200 million acres of forest land across North America.

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Canada Green Building Council and LEED support use of all types of certified wood in green building

Letter by Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Canada Green Building Council
The Hill Times
September 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

I am writing in response to the Sept. 9 op-ed about a proposed Canadian Chamber of Commerce resolution encouraging fair competition for domestic forest products, “Canadian Chamber of Commerce encourages fair competition for domestic,” (The Hill Times, Sept. 9, p.15). The op-ed and the resolution are based on inaccuracies about the LEED rating system and its recognition of certified wood. Contrary to the proposed resolution, LEED does not have an exclusive approach to sustainable forest certification or discriminate against any type of forest certification. In fact, forest certification and forest products from many certification standards are commonly used in LEED projects.

Click here to read the Sept 9 article referenced in this letter

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Forestry

Park deal a step closer for Quadra Island

Victoria Times Colonist
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new provincial park on Quadra Island is one step closer to reality after an American forest company has tentatively agreed to sell a chunk of waterfront land to the B.C. government. Merrill & Ring, a forestry company based in Portland, Ore., said it has reviewed offers for 395 hectares of waterfront land it owns on Quadra Island and decided to enter into a sales agreement with the government. The deal would preserve the land as a provincial park, linking it with Octopus Islands and Small Inlet provincial parks to form one large protected area.

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The journey of a log — Day 3: A family of loggers (Video)

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The livelihood of generations of Woollends is woven into the fabric of the Cariboo forests. As the long spring days of June dry out the heavy clay soils of the Cariboo, “Paradise Time” draws to a close for logging contractor Derek Woollends and his family. Paradise Time, explains his wife Amanda, is those weeks between breakup, when the spring thaw first sets in, until the sun has coaxed sufficient moisture out of the forests to make the land firm enough for the heavy equipment used in logging.

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Forest fires cut in half from 2012, MNR

Kenora Online
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The MNR say that the forest fire activity from 2013 is half of what burned in 2012. By September 2012 there was 617 fires with a burn area of 94,234.7 hectares in 2012. By this September there has only been 347 fires and a total of 41,523.8 hectares burned. The MNR have also said that the lightning caused fire from August that burned 30 hectares near Sioux Lookout has been declared out. The forest fire hazard is low in most of the region except the northwestern area of Red Lake and the northern Sioux Lookout Districts which are at a moderate fire hazard.

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Statesman Journal: Oregon Timber Fight Ahead?

Statesman Journal
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon environmental groups may push for increased logging restrictions in state and private forests if a federal bill aimed at boosting harvests on the Oregon and California Railroad lands passes Congress. “We’re definitely looking at it. Oregon has the weakest forest practices on the West Coast,” said Oregon Wild Executive Director Sean Stevens. “If we start logging federal forests, you might see a shifting priority for private lands, and some of these private forest owners might not like that but they have sort of been given a free pass.”

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Running late, 4FRI plan gets new steward

Arizona’s ponderosa restoration project now in the hands of international company
Verde News
September 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Running a year behind schedule, the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is now experiencing a major shift. The unprecedented project intends to treat and restore ponderosa pine forests in the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests in Arizona. Now, the massive stewardship contract has been transferred from Pioneer Forest Projects to an Africa-based company, Good Earth Power AZ LLC.

Forest-work contract changes hands from AZ Central
Massive Forest Thinning Project Gets New Contractor from the KPBS.org

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Most of Boise and Payette forests have burned since 1985, report shows

Idaho Statesman
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wild fires burned 69 percent of the Payette National Forest and more than 50 percent of the Boise National Forest since 1985, a new report issued by the Idaho Conservation League shows. Most of the acres burned in six years of when conditions were dry and temperatures high, the report said. A nd 64 percent burned on the two southwest Boise national forests and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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Peru announces forestry partnership with University of Montana

The Missoulian
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The University of Montana is adding Peru to its international stable of forestry partners. Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth on Monday announced a cooperative agreement with UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation that will send American students to the woods and rivers of the South American nation and vice versa. …The idea, said UM Dean Jim Burchfield, is for Montana students to
cooperate on forestry-related research and education programs with
students from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, the national
agricultural university in Lima.

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Forest Jobs and Recreation Act: Thankful for renewed effort

Letter by Tim Bozorth
The Missoulian
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am glad to see renewed momentum to pass Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. It is long past time to resolve the gridlock regarding wilderness designations and forest management in southwest Montana. As the now retired BLM Dillon field manager, I know from experience the consequences of this stalemate. Twenty years ago, the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Interior sent our recommendations to Congress regarding the BLM’s Wilderness Study Areas in southwest Montana. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act will finally move these recommendations forward, protecting the wildest backcountry areas forever and releasing the majority of the small BLM WSAs to be managed for multiple use.

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BLM eyes logging near Vida

The agency has sent notices to property owners and groups interested in logging and environmental issues
The Register Guard
September 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

VIDA — 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 on Sept. 26. The agency has not yet decided how much timber it might seek to log, and how much would be through thinning or clearcuts, said Kristine Struck, a planning specialist with the agency’s Springfield headquarters. The forests in question are regulated under both the 1994 federal Northwest Forest Plan and the 1937 O&C Act, the BLM said.

BLM considers logging on McKenzie River forestland from The Oregonian

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Kentucky Forestry Officials Plan to Meet on Growing Emerald Ash Borer Issue

Kentucky Public Radio
September 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An ongoing insect infestation is causing both safety and aesthetic concerns at a well-known Kentucky state park. The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia but new to North America, was first seen in Kentucky just four years ago. Since, then it’s done serious damage to trees in 24 counties. State officials are especially worried about its impact on General Butler State Park near Carrolton. Now, state officials are planning a public meeting Monday night at the park’s conference center to discuss the matter. Forest Health Specialist Jody Thompson said there’s no quick and easy cure-all.

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Logging company disputes wildfire cover-up

WSAU.com
September 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RIB LAKE, Wis – The logging company that’s blamed for this spring’s massive forest fire in northwest Wisconsin said it did not withhold information from state investigators. Earlier this week, the D-N-R ordered Ray Duerr Logging of Rib Lake to pay the $630,000 cost of fighting the blaze from mid-May in Douglas County. The D-N-R said the company was negligent by not properly maintaining a tree-cutting machine which sparked the fire. … The logging company’s attorney issued a statement claiming the D-N-R made quote, “inaccurate and incomplete statements,” and that the firm fully cooperated with the state.

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Flare up over logging in forest near Lismore

ABC News, Australia
September 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protesters are trying to stop logging on private property at Whian Whian, near Lismore. Sue James, from the Crescent Moon Protest Group, says the state’s forestry corporation is not taking proper precautions to protect threatened species. Ms James says when logging resumed today, protesters risked their safety by running into the area. “Of course it was unbelievable, I was so scared and worried,” she said. “I said to the police, look you have to do something, this is a health and safety risk. “You have to stop them logging now.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Conifex Timber confirms $100 million deal to restart stalled bioenery project

Business in Vancouver
September 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber Inc. has secured $100 million of financing for its stalled bioenergy project in Mackenzie, B.C. The company halted work on the project in November 2012 when financing dried up, and Conifex has been searching for new funding sources ever since. The bioenergy project would see an idled newsprint mill transformed into an energy plant, fed by wood waste from two sawmills the company owns in Mackenzie. .

Click here to read the press release from Conifex

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General

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Crow’s Weekly Market Report
September 16, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Lumber: Another strong week of sales activity and limited availability at mills led to higher SPF lumber prices. North American demand influenced the market far more than any overseas orders taken. Increasing demand helped boost Southern Pine lumber prices higher and allowed other items, where prices had floundered, to gain more traction.

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