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Daily Archives: October 9, 2013

Business & Politics

Financial results of forest companies still solid in the second quarter

CFS Selective Cuttings
October 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The quarterly results of the largest publicly traded Canadian forest sector firms indicate that the financial performance of the sector continues to be strong. In Q2 2013, the ten largest publicly traded Canadian forest companies (including Domtar, Resolute, Cascades, West Fraser Timber, Canfor, Tembec, Norbord, Mercer, Catalyst, and Western Forest Products) reported a net income of $177 million. Though it was down 18% from last quarter, it actually more than doubled the $77 million net income reported in Q2 2012. For the first 6 months of 2013, the total net income of these companies reached $392 million, up 530% compared to the same period of 2012.

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Chinese group considers Kootenay opportunities

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first potential rewards for sending a delegation of the region’s representatives to Korea and China may be on the horizon as a Chinese delegation visited Cranbrook last month to tour lumber facilities. Mayor Wayne Stetski and city staff arranged for the delegation from Taicang, China to meet with representatives from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Galloway Lumber and Canfor September 24 and 25.

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Local MLA heads to Asia to expand BC lumber sales

AM1150
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson will lead a group of BC forest industry executives to Asia next week. The goal is to expand BC lumber supplies to both Japan and China, two of provinces largest offshore markets for BC wood products. Thomson says the 10 day mission is jam-packed. “Meeting with the development community, government officials, looking at what is happening in the market over there with the industry. These have been and continue to be very, very important markets for the British Columbia industry.” 

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Western Forest Products Announces Closing of the Secondary Offering by Brookfield Special Situations

Market Wired
October 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–Western Forest Products Inc.  and Brookfield Special Situations Management Limited (“Brookfield”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management , today announced that they have closed the previously announced bought deal secondary offering, through which Brookfield sold 46,000,000 units (the “Offered Units”) at an offering price of $1.45 per Offered Unit (the “Offering”) for aggregate gross proceeds to Brookfield of C$66,700,000.

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Growth in wood exports to China set to slow

But analysts say B.C. foothold in Asian timber market will reap long-term benefits
Business in Vancouver
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Successfully cracking the Chinese timber export market was what helped British Columbian forestry companies limp through the housing market crash in the United States and the subsequent global recession. Now experts say the meteoric growth in exports to China during those years is over – but that the market will continue to be a mainstay for Canadian timber. “There’s been concern as the U.S. housing market comes back and prices rise, that means the end of the Chinese market,” said Bob Flynn, director of international timber at Boston-based research firm RISI.

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Weyerhaeuser says its Kenora operations staying strong

Kenora Daily Miner and News
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Business at Kenora’s only operating lumber mill remains strong despite the hardships it has endured in the years since the collapse of the U.S. housing market in 2007. Weyerhaeuser, the company which runs the laminated strand lumber mill on Jones Road, held a meeting with politicians and business people from across Kenora on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, to provide an update on operations at the plant. “We recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of us pressing our first product. We’re very happy to have made it to 10 years after the worst crash in the housing market in U.S. history,” said the manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Kenora plant, Bill Candline.

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Ear Falls Sawmill to Re-Open

Net News Ledger
October 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

EAR FALLS – Business – The Unifor Sawmill in Ear Falls is set to re-open in 2014. The announcement comes as a result of a new long-term labour deal between EACOM and Unifor. EACOM which operates the mill has announced that it will re-start the Ear Falls Sawmill in the spring of 2014. The sawmill has been idled since December 7th, 2009 during the height of the housing crash in the United States.

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TAYLOR: I predict big win for N.S. economy

Herald Business
October 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The election is over and it really doesn’t matter who the winner is. Nova Scotia’s economy is set to rebound. There was little indication four years ago to hint about what was coming down the pike, although looking back now it seems pretty obvious there was trouble brewing in the forestry. But now, following the near demise of papermaking at the Strait of Canso and the end of the Bowater Mersey paper mill in Queens County, the Port Hawkesbury Paper-owned mill at Point Tupper is back making paper and reported to be making money. 

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New Sawmill coming to California!

Calforests.org
October 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HILT, California – Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS), a California agricultural supply cooperative, with timberland holdings in California, Oregon and Washington, announced today that it plans to build and operate a small log mill in Yreka, California, should it ultimately acquire appropriate property. The current plan is for the mill to process small diameter logs (down to 4”) into lumber for use in the manufacture of pallets, as well as for use in other agricultural and non-agricultural applications. The mill will employ between 30 and 40 people.

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Nordic paper maker Stora Enso says third-quarter earnings above expectations

Associated Press
October 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

HELSINKI – Nordic paper maker Stora Enso Oyj says its earnings in the third quarter were above expectations thanks to an improvement in the renewable packaging sector, wood supply and investments. It said operation earnings — which exclude one-time costs and taxes — will be 180 million euros ($240 million), above its expectations of about 124 million euros. Stora’s share price rose more than 3 per cent to 6.33 euros in afternoon trading in Helsinki.

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Russia’s forest industry Top 100 profit margin declined to 1.38% in 2012

What Wood
October 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In 2012, joint net sales of the 100 largest Russian forest industry companies that participated in the WhatWood rating declined by 0.87% to RUR 279.68 billion. Joint net profit of 94 companies of the rating who disclosed this indicator amounted to RUR 3.08 billion against RUR 13.14 billion a year earlier. Thus, the average rate of profitability of the Top 100 has decreased from 5.69% down to 1.38%.  The sales of the first fifty companies fell by 0.11% to RUR 271.66
billion, while the following fifty experienced a slump of 26.93% to RUR
8.02 billion. Among the last twenty companies, almost all suffered major
losses.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Minister Oliver and Mayor Sasaki highlight the successful completion of reconstruction project in Japan

Office of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
Government of Canada
October 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

OTTAWA, ONTARIO— The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today welcomed Mr. Isoo Sasaki, Mayor of Natori City in Japan, during his visit to Canada. Mayor Sasaki was in Ottawa to express his city’s gratitude to the Government of Canada for its contribution to the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project. …The Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project has supported the reconstruction of the Dunguri Ann Public Library and the Yuriage Public Market. The buildings were reconstructed with wood framing using Canadian wood products.

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Boutique sawmills provide eco-friendly option to urban tree removal

TheSpec.com
October 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Over 30 years ago a 16 year old boy decided to save the fate of a beautiful oak tree his uncle was planning to chop down on his property. With great foresight, the boy asked if he could have the tree brought to a saw mill where he had the tree cut into lumber. 30 years later he built a country inn and used that wood to create the stunning stair case that stands in the entry way welcoming guests. It is this same spirit that has led to a niche market in the lumber industry knows as “boutique sawmills”.

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New business aims to create lumber from downed trees

VictoriaAdvocate.com
October 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Texas’ long-standing drought has done more than dry up riverbeds and make for cracked, thirsty ground. For some Crossroads landowners, it’s also killed off trees. But one up-and-coming business aims to help. Father-son team Cleve and Allan Johnson recently ramped up Victoria Logs to Lumber, where they will – as the name implies – transform the downed trees into usable wood. The endeavor got its start after trees died on Cleve Johnson’s father-in-law’s Thomaston land.

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Forestry

Economist donates $250,000 to help aboriginal students at UBC

Vancouver Sun
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A renowned economist has donated $250,000 to UBC’s faculty of Forestry to fund awards for aboriginal students. Peter Pearse, a former University of B.C. resource economist, said he wanted to give back to the university that set him on his way so many years ago. “I feel very indebted to UBC for giving me my start, and I also feel very much indebted to Canada,” Pearse said, in a statement on Tuesday.

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Conservancy files for creditor protection

Donated North Thompson properties in question
Kamloops Daily News
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A conservationist who was on the brink of donating his own land at Wells Gray two years ago believes property accumulated by troubled Land Conservancy of B.C. won’t go on the auction block to pay debts. The Land Conservancy (TLC), a B.C. organization based in Victoria, entered protection of the Canadian Creditors’ Arrangement Act. Its holdings regionally include property beside Wells Gray Park, a 100-hectare ranch at Turtle Valley and three hectares at Avola, the latter donated by Weyerhaeuser in 2003.

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Grassy wants to manage forest

Kenora Online
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It isn’t just an expression for J.B. Fobister. When he says he’ll take it to the Supreme Court if he has to, he isn’t kidding. Of course, the Grassy Narrows member is talking about the fight to protest his trapline and the traditional way of life for his people. Last month, word came that his arguments against clearcutting in the Whiskey Jack Forest would finally make their way to the highest court in the land. However, he’s offering another way to settle the long-standing dispute over logging in the area. “Well, with us making the plans and managing the forest, I think we can see the change that we would like to see.

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Exploring Options For Reforestation

Blackburn News
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Chatham-Kent Council’s battle of choosing between enforcing a tree removal by-law or forest coverage policy looks as if it will continue for months. The Committee of the Whole has suggested council receive a by-law limiting tree removal and wait for staff to construct a policy surrounding the issue, before choosing between the two. This means laws surrounding woodlot clearing in Chatham-Kent will remain status quo for the time being.

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Port of Port Angeles commissioner candidates lock horns at Chamber of Commerce forum

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

PORT ANGELES — Port of Port Angeles commissioner candidates Del DelaBarre and Colleen McAleer clearly separated their stances on the Wild Olympics Campaign, waterfront development economic leadership, and ecological cleanup Monday. …In answer to a question posed by Brian Kuh, chamber president, DelaBarre stated his support for the Wild Olympics campaign. “I have looked into it and read the report commissioned by the port,” he said. DelaBarre said that he found that the vast majority of the timberland that would be restricted can only be harvested by helicopter. “In my analysis there will not any jobs lost in the timber industry,” he said.

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Bark beetle and wildfires kill more trees in western US than logging

Envrionmental Research Web
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber! Every day an area of forest larger than New York City is felled to fuel our growing appetite for wood. This logging activity, along with deforestation, accounts for more than 15% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. But logging is far from the only threat trees face. A new study of forestry in the western US shows that bark beetle outbreaks and wildfires are killing more trees than commercial logging. Over the last few decades, bark beetles and wildfires combined have potentially released a staggering 9% of the carbon stored in trees in this region. Wildfires and insect outbreaks have wiped out millions of hectares of forest in western North America in recent years.

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Economies, forest health depend on timber industry

Julia Altemus writes on behalf of the Montana Wood Products Association
The Missoulian
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two recent opinions in a local newspaper highlighted the fact that Montana’s forest products industry continues to suffer from two tales of one industry. …French philosopher and writer Voltaire once wrote that “men argue; nature acts.” That was as true 400 years ago as it is today. As we continue to argue about active or passive or no management at all of our public lands, argue about the effects of climate change on the environment, argue whether America’s wood products should come from public forest management or loggers should be employed to harvest trees; nature is acting, and acting with a vengeance.

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SD County asks for military planes: Air Force plans to turn over C27 aircraft to U.S. Forest Service

ABC10News
October 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors called on the U.S. Department of Defense Tuesday to transfer as many as seven excess aircraft to the U.S. Forest Service for aerial firefighting in the region. Air Force officials plan to retire some C27 aircraft this fall and make the twin-engine, turboprop-driven cargo planes available to the Forest Service, which, according to Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob, has a shortage of firefighting planes.

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Survey Shows Oregonians Broadly Support Land-Use Principles

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

“Urban-rural divide’ not as deep as some believe Oregon’s contentious, restrictive, complicated land-use system is generally favored by urbanites but opposed by rural residents, right? A new statewide survey suggests maybe not. The Oregon Values and Beliefs Project, a survey intended to take the civic pulse of a wide spectrum of Oregonians, indicates even the much cited “urban-rural divide” is not as deep as the media and political activists sometimes portray.

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Elm Tree Making A Comeback In Vermont Forests

VPR
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The elm tree may be making a comeback in Vermont. The majestic shade canopy has been disappearing from American streets since the 1930’s, when a tiny beetle began feasting on its bark and spreading a killer fungus. Dutch elm disease has taken a heavy toll. But some arborists are trying to cross-breed more tolerant varieties. That’s especially important for colleges where big elms remain campus landmarks.

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Man killed in Tucker Co. log accident

The Intermountain
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A man was killed in a logging accident in Tucker County Tuesday, law enforcement officials said. The accident occurred around Thunderstruck 979, the area where the victim was working, off of Location Road near Parsons, according to Cpl D.W. Burge of the Parsons detachment of the West Virginia State Police. The man was working in the area when a tree fell on him, officials said. The incident occurred around 1 p.m.

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Contractor injured in logging accident near Lismore

ABC News, Australia
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A 55-year-old man is in a critical condition after a logging accident on the state’s far north coast. Police say a contractor working on private property at Whian Whian, near Lismore, was hit on the head by a branch that had been stuck in the forest canopy. He was pinned for some time, but has now been flown to the Gold Coast Hospital suffering severe head injuries. Protesters have been blockading the site for more than two weeks, claiming threatened species were not being properly protected.

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A future with broadleaved trees

Launching a strategy for the improvement of broadleaved trees in Britain and Ireland
UK Forestry Commission
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The nations’ broadleaved trees such as oak, chestnut, ash and birch are admired for their beauty – but they are economically, socially and environmentally important too. Now Future Trees Trust, Earth Trust and Forest Research, the research agency of the Forest Commission have come together to ‘improve’ Britain’s and Ireland’s broadleaved trees. By using genetic diversity we can ensure that seeds and trees in the future have a broad genetic base which could aid their resilience to pests, diseases and changing climate as well as producing higher timber yields.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Opinion: Future of cogeneration is green

Vancouver Sun
October 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

According to the International Energy Agency, power generation from non-hydro renewable sources including solar, wind and bioenergy will exceed gas and nuclear by 2016 and renewable power is expected to increase by 40 per cent in the next five years. “Combined heat and power, also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, such as natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal, waste heat, or oil,” reports the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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New Landowner Incentives for Forest Management in Effect

Forest Industry Network
October 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Effective today, landowners in Maryland have new incentives to plant trees and better manage their forests. Maryland’s Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which requires that the State stay at or above its current tree canopy of 40 percent, assists citizens and local governments who work to increase tree cover on their property with more tools and tax benefits. This first-of-its-kind legislation is part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, prevent further climate change and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

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