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Daily Archives: October 8, 2013

Business & Politics

Stella-Jones buying U.S. lumber preserving facilities for US$57 million

Canadian Press
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones is further expanding its North American network for supplying utility poles and railway ties with the purchase of wood treatment facilities in Oregon, Nevada and Arizona for US$57 million, including US$24 million in working capital. The acquisition of the Pacific Wood Preserving Companies is expected to close in November and be funded primarily from existing credit facilities and a US$7-million vendor note. The transaction includes a wood concentration yard in Texas but excludes operations in Bakersfield, Calif.

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Ainsworth Announces Consent Solicitation for 7.5% Senior Secured Notes Due 2017

Market Wired
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.today announced that it is soliciting consents from holders of its outstanding 7.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2017  to approve amendments to the indenture relating to the Notes. …Ainsworth is making the consent solicitation at LP’s request and
expense. Whether or not the requisite consents are obtained, promptly
following the consummation of the Acquisition, LP will unconditionally
guarantee the prompt payment and performance of the obligations of
Ainsworth under the Indenture and the Notes.

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Tolko Plywood Mills to Join APA

BuildingOnline
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tolko Industries Ltd. plywood mills in Heffley Creek and Armstrong, British Columbia, are joining APA – The Engineered Wood Association, effective Oct. 19, 2013, the company and APA announced this week. Tolko’s OSB mills in High Prairie and Slave Lake, Alberta, and Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, are already members of APA. The Tolko mills produce plywood for flooring, underlayment, sheathing, and specialty industrial applications. Tolko has been manufacturing plywood and veneer products for more than 50 years.

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Coulson turns attention to south to save jobs

Alberni Valley Times
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A deal with the State of Colorado might be the ticket to save jobs threatened by the announcement that the Province of B.C. is no longer going to sign a firefighting contract with Coulson Group of Companies. CEO Wayne Coulson said he was contacted by Colorado Senator Steve King and invited to do a presentation on what Coulson has to offer when it comes to the company’s total amount of firefighting resources and expertise.

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Strait area celebrates anniversary of paper mill reopening

Cape Breton Post
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — The Strait area is celebrating the first anniversary of the reopening of the Point Tupper paper mill. Mill development manager Marc Dube said mill is reporting a slight profit in its first full year of production. Pacific West Commercial Corp. bought the mill last fall for $33 million, after its previous owners went bankrupt. About 1,000 people were left jobless when the mill closed.

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All eight paper mill unions now have new labour agreements

The Western Star
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DEER LAKE The last of the eight unions under the umbrella of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s operations has reached a new labour deal with the company. Few details of the deal reached by Local 495 of Unifor Canada — formerly, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, which represents unionized employees at Deer Lake Power — were available as of press time Monday. The union did confirm it hammered out a tentative agreement with the paper company this past Friday afternoon and the contract was ratified by its 22 members later that same evening.

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Shutdown Saws Into Wood Industry

Woodworking Network
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal shutdown is taking a toll on secondary wood manufacturing and primary lumber and timber businesses, affecting lumber exports, SBA business loans, and activities at Commerce Department, USDA, EPA, and OSHA. While some companies complain about the invasiveness of Federal agencies – OSHA and EPA are frequent targets – activities that the woodworking industries rely upon, such as lower-cost SBA bank loans, which require review and approval by the Small Business Administration, are beginning to crimp firms that are in expansion and investment mode.

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Boyertown firms stumped after exclusion from lumber offer

Reading Eagle
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Three Boyertown logging companies’ representatives expressed disappointment at Monday’s borough council meeting that they had not been given the opportunity to bid on lumber harvested during a recent initiative. In August, the council sent solicitations to 13 lumber companies, hoping to gain an attractive sum for logs harvested during a pruning and thinning effort around the borough’s watershed. None of the companies that received solicitations were based in Boyertown.

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Finnish pulp exports to rise through 2014 -research firm

Reuters
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finland’s pulp exports are set to rise this year and in 2014 due to stronger global demand for packaging board and tissue products, a research firm said. The growth in demand for pulp is in stark contrast to the industry’s struggle to sell paper, as consumers shift from print publications and office paper to Internet and digital devices. Finland is home to Europe’s biggest pulp and paper producers, UPM-Kymmene and Stora Enso. The forest industry accounts for around 15 percent of Finland’s total exports.

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Timber Harvests And Log Consumption Have Been Shifting From West To East In Central Europe

Hakan Ekstrom’s Instablog
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber harvests, wood consumption, log trade and sawlog prices in Central Europe have seen substantial change during the past 10 years with a shift in log production and consumption from western regions to countries in the east, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. These developments have resulted in changes in log flows and a trend towards equalized sawlog prices in the region. Harvests of timber in Europe have remained practically unchanged for three years at around 370 million m3 annually, according to the UNECE.

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Forestry

Protect Horses from Dying Ash Trees and Wildfire Threat

Equine Disease Quarterly
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Horse owners recognize that fire prevention is critical on the farm, but might overlook threats from insect infestation on surrounding trees. The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmarie, is a beetle first discovered in 2002 in Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, and has killed ask tress by the tens of millions in North America. According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the beetle has been confirmed in 20 states as of Aug. 5, 2013.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative Announces Three New Board Members Representing Broad-ranging Stakeholder Interests

Canada NewsWire
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Three leaders have been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI®) Board of Directors, to fill positions in each of its three chambers, Environmental, Social and Economic. “SFI will benefit enormously from the wisdom, perspective and passion these leaders bring to our Board of Directors,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “By representing broad-ranging and balanced stakeholder interests, Bob Matters, Jonathan Haufler, and Jim Hannan will help continue the momentum SFI has built to ensure healthy, thriving forests for generations to come.”

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DWA calls for negotiations for longterm logging plan

Nelson Daily
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging activities concern all who live in the Six Mile North Shore area for potentially many years to come.  Ministry of Forests has given Kalesnikoff Lumber permission to log extensively in the Duhamel Creek Watershed and Six Mile area, and the Licensee states they are about to apply for another logging permit, in addition to the permitted Watershed logging project which is well underway. The Duhamel Watershed Alliance recently arranged an informal GEO Tec tour of the Duhamel Creek watershed and project site.

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African tree planters were served ‘nasty’ food not given to others, B.C. Human Right tribunal told

The Province
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Food given to a group of African tree planters at bush camps in British Columbia was much different than the menu for the rest of the workers, a B.C. Human Rights tribunal was told. The allegations of sub-standard food and deplorable living conditions were outlined on Monday at the tribunal looking into the conduct of Surrey-based Khaira Enterprises Ltd. African worker Amani Bahati in a tele-conference appearance as a key witness called the meals disgusting because “they didn’t know how to cook the food.

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B.C. increases size of Babine Lake community forest

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – The Province is significantly increasing the area covered by the Babine Lake community forest agreement, enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the region, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The Province added almost 2,344 hectares to the agreement with the Babine Lake Community Forest Society, an increase of almost 36 per cent. The society, which is a partnership between the Village of Granisle and the Lake Babine First Nation, requested the increase to help ensure the long-term viability of the community forest operation.

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Developing the Ring of Fire Could Transform the Region

Huffington Post
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Approximately 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, in the James Bay Lowlands, sits an estimated $30-50 billion worth of untapped mineral resources. When developed, this exciting discovery will potentially transform the region, create thousands of jobs and enhance the future economic prosperity for Ontario. Realizing the full potential of the Ring of Fire is an extremely complex undertaking, one that our government takes very seriously. We have to make sure that we get it right.

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Fleet has long history of wear and tear

Herald and News
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Eleven studies since 1995 have concluded that the Forest Service needs to replace its tankers. In 2009, the service sought $2.5 billion to buy 18 to 28 aircraft. The funding was denied by its parent agency, the Department of Agriculture. The department’s inspector general acknowledged that the Forest Service needed new planes but said the proposal was poorly prepared and did not include enough data. The Government Accountability Office reached similar conclusions last month.

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Time for Senate to pass bipartisan forestry bill

Capital Press
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Farmers know crops do best when they’re properly managed. Home gardeners know thinning plants and tending to pests in the family plot results in healthier crops. So why wouldn’t we fix federal policy to apply the same proven methods to our forests? For too long, the federal government has failed to actively manage our forests. As a result, our forests are overstocked, bug infested, dying and burning. It’s time for a change. When we actively managed our forests and selectively logged our lands, we thinned forests and replanted trees for the next generation.

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Forest firefighters not affected by federal shutdown, officials say

October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighting operations in California will not be affected by the government shutdown if wildfires ignite this weekend in hot, dry and windy conditions, fire officials said Friday. Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service, who would battle blazes that start on national forest land, are exempt from furloughs that have hit hundreds of thousands of other federal employees this week, said Daniel Berlant, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman.

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Timber production deserves equal treatment on public lands: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
October 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Oregonians consider ways to promote the sustainable use of the O&C lands and other publicly owned forests and provide communities with sources of jobs and income, we ask you to critically consider an important problem and a new idea to address it. Negotiated, place-based bargains, such as Rep. Peter DeFazio’s O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act, legislatively designate some lands as wilderness or similar “set-asides” (e.g., old-growth, stream buffers), while requiring timber harvesting on other lands. Although this may seem like a reasonable “trade,” in reality it is not equitable.

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Teanaway purchase creates state’s first community forest

Yakima Herald
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CLE ELUM — When the October clouds lift above the Teanaway River, the view stretches across miles of forest to fresh snow on Mount Stuart. This 50,000-acre forest, sandwiched between farmland and the edge of the Wenatchee National Forest, is now the state’s first community forest — a concept intended to protect forests while giving local groups a stronger say in how the land will be managed. If what happens here is successful, it could be a template for more such projects across the state.

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Forest firefighters not affected by federal shutdown, officials say

October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighting operations in California will not be affected by the government shutdown if wildfires ignite this weekend in hot, dry and windy conditions, fire officials said Friday. Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service, who would battle blazes that start on national forest land, are exempt from furloughs that have hit hundreds of thousands of other federal employees this week, said Daniel Berlant, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman.

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Microbiomes at the Roots: A New Look at Forest Ecology

Yale
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Not long ago in Guangdong Province in southeastern China, botanists were working to save the last remnants of an obscure tree species, Euryodendron excelsum. Fewer than 200 hundred individuals in the species are known to survive, and they are scattered around the most densely populated corner of the most populous nation on Earth. Woodcutting and land clearing are constant threats. Past studies had focused on the obvious biological and ecological aspects of these trees. But the species was still critically endangered.

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Scots scientists lead £4.6m tropical forest study

The Scotsman
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


SCIENTISTS at a Scottish university have been appointed to lead a £4.6 million international study into the devastating impact of human activity on the forests of the tropics. The experts at Aberdeen University will head a four-year study, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, which will be focussed on the tropical forests in Southeast Asia. And their findings will be used by policymakers, climate change researchers, and conservation organisations examining the impact of logging, deforestation and other agricultural practices on the ecology of the area.

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Scientists have grown an extinct tree from ancient seeds

GristList
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Get ready for the Jurassic Park of trees, because researchers managed to sprout a Judean date palm — extinct since 500 B.C. — from ancient seeds that were unearthed in the 1960s.
This species of palm, Treehugger writes, was destroyed more than 2,500 years ago, despite — and in some cases because of — its enormous cultural and strategic significance: From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament.

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Doing Utmost to Implement Creative Economy and Provide Forest Welfare

Korea Forest Service
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Korea Forest Service (KFS) is working on various programs for the development of leisure culture and welfare services for the general public with the importance of forestry and forest protection on the rise amid global climate change. At the same time, the organization is contributing to the implementation of the creative economy and job creation by opening its forest-related data to the public. Business Korea recently interviewed KFS Minister Shin Won-seop to hear about the Park Geun-hye administration’s forest policy.

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Thousands of diseased trees to be felled in Isle of Man

BBC News
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Thousands of larch trees will be felled in the Isle of Man after an “explosion” of a deadly tree disease, the forestry division has said. According to the Manx government around 50% of the island’s larch population is now infected by Phytophthora ramorum. Senior forester John Walmsley said the disease, first detected on the island in 2010, had “exploded” since March. About 40,000 cubic metres (1.4m cubic feet) need felling, equating to tens of thousands of trees.

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Labour calls for end to forestry ‘carnage’

Fairfax
October 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry owners should face corporate manslaughter charges if found to have not done enough to prevent workplace deaths, Labour says. Labour’s forestry spokesman Shane Jones says the “carnage” in forests needs to be fixed, with major forestry owners putting profits before lives. A total of 28 people have died in the industry since 2008, including six this year, and almost 900 were seriously injured, sparking calls for action from unions, MPs and families.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USDA Commits to Biomass

Biomass Magazine
October 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

In mid-September, the USDA made a public commitment to support bioenergy, including the biomass, pellet and thermal industries. At a press conference, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden signed a memorandum of understanding with Biomass Power Association and a few of our sister organizations. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who could not be there due to a last-minute emergency, expressed enthusiasm for the agreement. In a personal statement he issued, Vilsack said, “Today’s announcements will help us find innovative ways to use leftover wood to create renewable energy and support good jobs in rural America…

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