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Daily Archives: October 1, 2013

Business & Politics

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
September 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: Market momentum carried over from the week prior prompted SPF lumber mills to increase prices early. Extended order files at mills prompted buyers to look elsewhere for coverage, which led to solid and steady sales at the secondary level but slower sales at mills. After a somewhat sluggish start to the week, Southern Pine lumber trading improved moderately, providing enough momentum to keep most dimension prices moving higher, although some discounts remained in the mix.

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Forestry group CEO to oversee ‘reengineering’

Prince George Citizen
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nobody in the forest industry has a firm handle on where the seminal B.C. industry is going in the next 10 years. It is general consensus around the Council of Forest Industries table that the tree business is about to grow in directions no one could have imagined even a decade ago, which is exactly why they hired James Gorman to be their new president and CEO. …”The caliber of people who applied for this job indicated to us just how alive and well this industry is,” said Arkle. “It was because we wanted a fresh set of eyes with the appropriate skill set, an aptitude and attitude, [that settled the hiring committee] on James.”

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Tembec launches British Columbia Land Sale Initiative

CNW Telbec
September 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tembec today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell approximately 1,875 hectares of land located within the Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia (BC), to Jemi Holdings Ltd. for a price of $4.2 million. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur on or about November 1, 2013. The Company owns approximately 64,500 hectares of land in the East Kootenay region. It is currently pursuing the sale of several parcels of land and has set an objective of realizing up to $75 million in land sales, including the previously noted transaction, by December 2014.

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City of Port Alberni and Catalyst Paper finalize agreement for wastewater treatment facility & land

Canada Newswire press release
September 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI, BC – The City of Alberni’s purchase of Catalyst’s wastewater treatment facility and additional lands completed as scheduled on September 30th, 2013 in accordance with the formal agreements endorsed by Council for the City and Catalyst. To mark the successful close of the transaction the presentation of a cheque representing the initial payment of $5 million will be presented by Mayor John Douglas to Catalyst CEO Joe Nemeth, at Port Alberni’s Catalyst mill site on October 2nd, 2013. The remaining $750,000 will be payable on the first anniversary of the closing date.

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Fortress Paper Provides Corporate Update

Marketwired
September 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Company is pleased to announce that on September 16, 2013 its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill successfully installed a new high pressure water pump for its cogeneration facility and synchronized the cogeneration facility with the Hydro Québec grid without issue. Since the successful installation of the new high pressure water pump, the cogeneration facility has generated 4,617 MW hours in cumulative power and averaged daily electrical output of 20.25 MW per hour.

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Boise Cascade completes $102 million purchase of wood products operation

Idaho Statesman
September 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade, a Boise-based wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor, announced Monday it has completed the acquisition of Wood Resources LLC’s southeast operations for $102 million. The acquisition includes South Carolina-based Chester Wood Products, which produces softwood plywood and veneer for various markets, and North Carolina-based Moncure Plywood, a specialty plywood mill that both hardwood and softwood panels.

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Italy’s timber federation Fedecomlegno predicts a softwood shortfall

Lesprom
September 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Italy’s timber federation Fedecomlegno predicts shorter softwood supply and higher prices from the autumn, as European Timber Trade Federation said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. According to Giampiero Paganoni, president of Fedecomlegno, the key factor behind tightening softwood imports is the raw material crisis facing Italy’s key supplier, the Austrian timber sector. “The main Austrian mils are struggling to find sufficient logs leading to capacity cutbacks and these are having a cascade effect across the wider Austrian timber industry,” he said.

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Wood Resource Quarterly, Points to East

Wood & Panel
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest survey findings by the Wood Resource International LLC reveal that the consumption of log and timber harvest has witnessed substantial changes. The extent of timber harvests, wood consumption, log trade and sawlog prices in the Central Europe have seen certain changes during the last ten years as the production of log and consumption has shifted from the western regions to the countries in the east. This new development has definitely impacted the log flows along with sawlog prices in the concerned region.

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Louisiana-Pacific expands into the Danish market

IHB
October 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) announced in a press release that LP Building Products has extended its product offerings into Denmark through SmartWood, who has begun stocking the LP SolidStart EWP product line. SmartWood, will be introducing laminated strand lumber (LSL) to the Danish construction industry. “In recent years, Denmark has shifted from building with traditional timber towards engineered wood products such as I-joists and laminated veneer lumber (LVL). Laminated strand lumber – LSL – is the natural next step as its technical properties fit perfectly with the Danish construction industry,” said Henrik Hviid Pedersen, SmartWood’s technical director.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

8,000 Pounds of Pine Wood: Guinness Record Picnic Table

Woodworking Network
October 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK – A 320-foot long pine wood picnic table set the Guinness World Record. Built to honor the Hellman’s Mayonnaise centennial, it weighs more than 8,000 lbs. and seats 450 people. …A Guinness World Records official made the official measurement that sets the pine table into its record book. Technically it’s 320 feet and two inches.

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Forestry

Trees, caribou and fair-minded science

The Globe and Mail
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The three-year-old Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement may have had its greatest success so far, in developing fair-minded scientific advice on forest industry practices and environmentalist contentions. The CBFA was entered into by most of the major Canadian forest products corporations and a group of environmental organizations – with particular concern for woodland caribou habitat.

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Tree planters allege camp conditions akin to slavery

Human Rights Tribunal for 50 Congolese immigrants began today
CBC News
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal heard the first day of arguments today in the case of 50 tree planters, originally from Africa, who allege that they were forced to work in deplorable conditions in remote camps throughout B.C. The workers say they were shuttled from camp to camp by Surrey-based Khaira Enterprises until their story emerged from a camp in the Golden area in the summer of 2010. …”What we are saying is the conditions were so bad they are akin to slavery,” Khan says.

Tribunal to hear racism allegations from the Province

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BC Timber Sales marks 10th anniversary

BC Government
September 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – BC Timber Sales celebrates its 10th year of operation and its support for economic prosperity in rural communities through safe and sustainable forest management. National Forest Week is an appropriate time not only to celebrate this milestone, but also to look ahead to BC Timber Sales’ next decade by examining its current role and effectiveness and identifying ways to improve this important provincial agency.

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Lawsuit proceeds against Greenpeace

Chronicle Journal
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products’ $7-million lawsuit against Greenpeace alleging the group hurt its international business by publicly criticizing its forestry practices is going forward following a legal victory for the company in Thunder Bay.  But the Toronto-based environmental group says it’s undeterred by Wednesday’s ruling and will continue to criticize the company, which has large pulp and paper complexes in Thunder Bay and Fort Frances. On Wednesday, Thunder Bay Superior Court Justice F.B. Fitzpatrick ruled the lawsuit can proceed, dismissing a motion by Greenpeace that it should be thrown out because it won’t succeed.

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Outlook is pessimistic for sensitive species

Letter by James Walker, Former assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Environment
Victoria Times Colonist
September 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: “Forests Ministry pushing grizzlies to extinction,” comment, Sept. 25. Anthony Britneff decries the inevitable decline of grizzlies in the southern part of the province, due to excessive logging and the lack of diligent stewardship by government. What else did we expect? When government agendas at both the federal and provincial levels are focused so totally and myopically on economic development to the exclusion of any other values, it is not hard to predict the future of our province’s wildlife.

Letter: Timber wins and animals lose by Vicky Husband in the Victoria Times Colonist
Letter: Grizzlies give early warning of forest health by Ray Travers in the Victoria Times Colonist
Letter: Province is protecting grizzly bears by Steve Thomson, Minister of FLNRO in the Victoria Times Colonist
Letter: Grizzly Protection plans not implemented by Margaret Steele in the Victoria Times Colonist

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Groups sue Ontario government over decision to gut species at risk legislation

Local2.ca
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Environmental groups are suing the Ontario government for its decision to exempt major threats to species at risk from the province’s Endangered Species Act (ESA). Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of Ontario Nature and Wildlands League, have filed a lawsuit in Divisional Court alleging that the Ontario government acted unlawfully by making a regulation that undermines the ESA.

NDP turn their back on Northerners, says Orazietti From Local2.ca

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National park, Forest Service, BLM workers prepare for shutdown

The Mail Tribune
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If the federal government is partially shut down over the budget battle Tuesday morning, don’t plan on a trip to Crater Lake National Park. “We would have to close the park,” said longtime park employee Marsha McCabe. “Most of us would be furloughed. A few staff members — law enforcement, a couple of maintenance snowplow operators and maintenance water utility staff — would stay on but the park would be closed.” She is among about 50 permanent National Park Service employees at the park along with about 20 seasonal workers expected to be sent home, casualties of the funding fight in Washington, D.C.

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Letter: U.S. Forest Service not doing its job

by Pete Dane
Statesman Journal
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With the recent news that $240 million was spent fighting Oregon forest fires this year, along with the tragic Yosemite fire in California, it’s apparent that the U.S. Forest Service is negligent in its fire prevention practices. The recent attempts by Oregon congressmen to allow limited timber harvest in rural Oregon counties was a “win-win” situation for the environment and economy. It would have minimized fire vulnerability in local designated forests and would have given some isolated communities work opportunities. That promotes a sustainable economy and environment.

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Release some national forests to logging

Letter from Paul Sagner
Statesman Journal
September 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I found the Sept. 22 Visual Viewpoint to be way over the top. The current timber bill in the U.S. House will restore a very small amount of timber when compared with all the federal timberlands in Oregon. Trees are a beautiful thing. They are renewable and provide us with a host of things we benefit from every day, including building materials and numerous other products. Think about that. Let’s release some of the national forests to logging and provide jobs and revenue for our counties and schools.

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Fee for fire-prone forest homes?

October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – People who live in wildfire-prone areas should be charged a fee to help pay for fire safety projects, a group advising Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday. The recommendation is one of many in the Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force’s report. Hickenlooper put together the group in January, before the state endured its second-consecutive record-setting fire season. The report’s release comes as Hickenlooper’s administration is focused on flood recovery.

More homes are built in Oregon forestland from the Statesman Journal

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Destructive tree pest detected in Colorado

Journal Advocate
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An invasive insect responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees in 21 states has been detected in Colorado for the first time. A suspect tree was spotted in Boulder County on September 23 by City of Boulder Forestry staff. Insect specimens from the ash tree were collected and sent to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Systematic Entomology Laboratory where the identity of the insects was confirmed. “The confirmation of these specimens as emerald ash borer (EAB) marks the western-most occurrence of this invasive pest in North America,” said Patrick McPherren, USDA State Plant Health Director in Colorado.

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Salvage logging bill sparks controversy

Recordnet.com
September 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN ANDREAS – Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, this week introduced a bill to speed salvage logging within the 400-square-mile burned area of the Rim Fire. McClintock says the bill is needed because lawsuits by environmentalists or regulatory hurdles could otherwise delay such logging so long that the wood inside dead trees would no longer be usable. At least one environmentalist, however, says he supports massive salvage logging.

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New joint plan released for national forest and BLM lands

Plan outlines new guidelines for 2.4 million acres in SW Colorado
Telluride Daily News
September 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The San Juan National Forest and the BLM Tres Rios Field Office have released a voluminous new comprehensive plan for public land management in southwest Colorado. It’s known as a Joint Management Plan, and it replaces a plan that has been in place since 1983, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release. The new plan has been in the works since 2004 and was released on Friday. It covers everything from oil and gas development to wildlife management. The plan was put together with public input and addresses the use of public lands and provides a long-term perspective on emerging issues such as climate change.

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Costa Rica: Forest continues to grow

The Ministry of Environment expects to reforest 7,500 hectares in 2013 after recovering 48,034 hectares during the past seven years.
Infosurhoy.com
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The increase in forest cover in Costa Rica is a great step forward for the Central American country in reaching its goal to become carbon neutral by 2021. Costa Rica’s forest cover reached 52.38% of its territory in 2012 – or 2,676,618 hectares – an increase of 0.94% compared to 2005, according to the latest study by the National Forestry Financing Fund. Authorities are aiming to increase the country’s forest cover by 287,182 hectares by 2021, achieving the government’s goal it set in 2006 of becoming a carbon-neutral country during the next 15 years, according to the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

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European Union, Indonesia sign deal to halt trading of illegally logged timber

The Associated Press
September 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BRUSSELS – The European Union and Indonesia have struck an agreement to control the origin of all timber exports from the Southeast Asian nation to prevent illegal logging, which is devastating the country’s tropical forests. The European Commission, the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm, said Monday the deal will only allow the export of verified timber and timber products to the EU in the future. It says the EU is a key market for Indonesian wood and paper, with annual exports totalling about $1.2 billion, accounting for some 15 per cent of the country’s exports.

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South-East forest industries need to innovate for the future

ABC News
October 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Stage two of a state government report looking into forest industries says they need to look at the long-term to stay relevant. The Cellulose Fibre Chain Study has been exploring what can be done with trees beyond just using them to build houses or make paper. “We were trying to maximise the use of the resource so that we use almost as much of the tree as we possibly could,” says Tom Kenyon, Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tolko could fuel downtown energy

Castanet
October 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Kelowna is one step closer to having a downtown area powered by waste heat from the Tolko sawmill. The process, which has been in the discussion and planning stages for six years, is nearly complete according to FortisBC Alternative Energy Services (FAES) representatives who spoke to council Monday. FAES would provide the service. It is expected City Council will be asked to sign a formal agreement with FortisBC by the end of October.

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Pellet plant puts Chase at crossroads

Kamloops Daily News
September 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a weighty decision ahead for Chase council that could change the fabric of the community.   Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group is proposing to build a $40-million wood-pellet manufacturing plant on the site of a former sawmill operation that shut down in 2005. …But there is some strong — and well organized — opposition to the plant, residents who are concerned about dust, noise, traffic, environmental impacts and how having industry in the middle of town will affect their recreation-oriented retirement community.

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Cape Breton biomass research project recieves $45,000

The Cape Breton Post
September 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — A research project involving a Cape Breton University assistant professor and a Sydney company that deals in renewable energy products and technology has received a $45,000 grant from the research network Mitacs. Stephanie MacQuarrie, an assistant professor of organic chemistry at CBU, and Barrie Folek, the CEO of BW BioEnergy Inc. are researching the potential of biomass from three carbon samples developed from a local, renewable, cost-efficient hardwood feedstock to adsorb various industrial pollutants in the aqueous phase.

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Stobart Biomass announces Wales waste wood contract

letsrecycle.com
September 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Stobart Biomass has signed a 15-year feedstock contract for the 14.7MW Western Bioenergy Limited biomass facility in South Wales, which will see a ‘significant’ increase in the amount of waste wood processed at the plant. Around 150,000 tonnes of virgin and waste feedstock will be provided by Stobart under the contract, which will last for the lifetime of the facility and eventually see it accept around 55% grade A waste wood.

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Fisher International releases paper industry carbon emissions database

Pulp & Paper Canada
September 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The pulp and paper industry now has a comprehensive way to benchmark its carbon emissions. A new model, developed by the paper industry consulting firm Fisher International, can now show the carbon footprint of every pulp and paper mill in the world. The benchmarking tool has already revealed some startling comparisons across the industry, according to Stanley Okoro, general manager at Fisher International. “We are very excited about this breakthrough because neither the paper industry – nor any other industry that I know of for that matter – has a standardized global database that can analyze carbon emissions both at micro and macro levels worldwide.”

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General

Fee for fire-prone forest homes?

October 1, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

DENVER – People who live in wildfire-prone areas should be charged a fee to help pay for fire safety projects, a group advising Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday. The recommendation is one of many in the Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force’s report. Hickenlooper put together the group in January, before the state endured its second-consecutive record-setting fire season. The report’s release comes as Hickenlooper’s administration is focused on flood recovery.

More homes are built in Oregon forestland from the Statesman Journal

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