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Daily Archives: October 11, 2013

Business & Politics

Chats don’t create jobs

Alberni Valley News
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas seems mainly to rely on hope and cosy chats with cabinet ministers for economic development. He shows no understanding of economics, infrastructure, or transportation, a new highway and a container terminal being cases in point… They then can be shipped back to Nanaimo, which is now developing a new container facility… And what Island products would be shipped from here by containers? Certainly not our major export, raw logs, nor much lumber, nor any coal.

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Corner Brook mill loan jumps from $90M to $110M

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathy Dunderdale said the (Newfoundland & Labrador) government will lend Corner Brook Pulp and Paper $110 million. And she said that’s been the plan all along, even if the government has only acknowledged plans to lend the embattled paper mill $90 million up until now. Speaking to the media following Wednesday (Oct. 9) morning’s cabinet shuffle, outgoing Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall said nobody ever said the government would lend only $90 million to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.

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Fort Frances Keeps Making Paper on #7

Net
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES – BUSINESS – Resolute Fort Frances Division and Unifor Locals 92 and 306 have now agreed to extend a July manpower agreement allowing the #7 Paper Machine to now run up to December 15, 2013. The mill in Fort Frances has 275 employees according to Resolute. Unifor National Representative Stephen Boon said, “The original manning agreement was expected to conclude next week, but after a number of meetings with Resolute management over the last few weeks, both Unifor Locals have now agreed to extend the original manning agreement by two months to assist the company in filling additional paper orders.”

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Idle blades

The Packet
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The saws at Sexton Lumber in Bloomfield remain idle this week, after the company shut down from a shortage of logs it blames on the government. Tom Marshall, the minister of natural resources, says government offered the company more raw material and Sexton Lumber turned it down. On Sept. 30 Sexton Lumber stopped producing and temporarily laid off 79 of its 100 employees, citing an inadequate supply of logs.

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Riverstone Plywood Inc. waiting for permits

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

At press time Jean-Yves Cardinal was still waiting for approval from the New Brunswick government to start up Riverstone Plywood Inc. Cardinal told the Miramichi Leader Oct. 2 that he had hired a team this summer to start the former Atcon mill in Nelson. The Quebec businessman planned to hire 100 workers at the mill and 200 or more in the woods. The newspaper said in September the Department of Economic Development rejected Riverstone Plywood Inc.’s business plan, which had been approved by RBC Canada and Grant Thornton LLP.

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Longlac mill reopening still in the works

CBC News
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recent mill re-openings in northwestern Ontario have some people in Greenstone wondering when their turn might come. Residents of Longlac have heard rumblings for months that Buchanan Lumber is trying to re-open its sawmill. Longlac sawmill owner Ken Buchanan has told CBC News he’s tried to get a wood supply for the mill for the past five months. But Natural Resources minister David Orazietti said Buchanan hasn’t completed all the paperwork.

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Further rise in US softwood lumber prices till early October

EUWID
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Although the upward trend identified on the US softwood-lumber market since June 2013 was still underway at the beginning of October, the rise appears to be gradually losing some of its momentum. According to information from market players, as the end of the year is approaching, buyers are acting with increasing caution as re-gard their orders, placing them at very short no-tice and strictly as their needs dictate. US buyers are avoiding additions to stocks at the moment.

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Softwood timber market remains uncertain in France

IHB
October 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The French sawyers doubt whether the upward trend will confirm in the third quarter, after they have discovered, in the course of the summe,r an improved volume of orders and increased prices for softwood timber. Nothing is less certain, especially since the sawmills themselves are unable to foresse how the market will evolve. ”In early September, we were able to see some price increases, particularly at carpenters, but the markets still behave very differently and it is very difficult to identify trends,” says Guillaume Cretin, sales manager at Clerc, a medium-sized sawmill in Doubs.

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Timbercorp investors face $470m bill

Sydney Morning Herald
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Investors in failed forestry scheme Timbercorp could be forced to repay more than $470 million in outstanding loans to liquidators after the Victorian Supreme Court threw out an appeal by one of the investors. Allen Rodney Woodcroft-Brown led the class action against Timbercorp to recover more than $300 million from its finance arm, Timbercorp Finance.

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Pulp mill controversy: “Only God sets an ultimatum” Mujica tells Timerman

Merco Press
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At the same time Mujica ordered his officials to maintain silence on the matter until Foreign minister Luis Almagro returns from an official visit in Japan. …Last Wednesday, Timerman urged Mujica to “retract his decision” authorizing an increase of the former Botnia paper plant production, and requested him to “return to dialogue”. Otherwise in coming days Argentina would take the case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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Timber industry welcomes paper dumping probe

ABC Rural
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber industry has welcomed an investigation into the alleged dumping of Chinese office paper in the Australian market. The Federal Government’s Anti-Dumping Commission will look into whether paper has been sold in Australia at prices below what it would fetch in China. Ross Hampton, of the Australian Forest Products Association, says there’s been a surge of cheap Chinese paper being sold in Australia over the past 18 months and it’s affecting local paper production.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why OMCA will not support wood building policy

October 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Masonry Contractors’ Association (OMCA) is comprised of contractors who install masonry systems and refractory materials. The CCMPA (Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association) are our partners in a number of masonry industry initiatives and their members are major material suppliers for the work we do. Recently the CCMPA placed ads in major newspapers that gave a broader perspective on Wood First and what it really means, and there are those that take exception to those ads. Ignoring all the opposing rhetoric stemming from these ads, OMCA’s position is very simple.

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Forestry

Our Forests – Our Roots: Join the Conversation

Coast Forest Products Association
October 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s time to start telling the full story about BC’s coastal forest industry and Coast Forest Products Association along with its member companies are doing just that. With more than 38,000 people whose jobs and livelihoods rely on a healthy coastal forestry sector, it’s clear that forestry is an integral part of the fabric of coastal communities all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and up to Haida Gwaii. What’s also clear to me is that there are not enough of us sharing our stories and experiences that demonstrate the significance of our industry – and importance of a healthy and modern coastal forest sector.

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Lumby forest work begins

Vernon Morning Star
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trees are finally falling in the long-anticipated Monashee Community Forest. Tender was recently awarded for the 21,596 cubic metre community forest – a co-operative between the Village of Lumby and Splatsin First Nation. “I’m looking forward to getting some trees on the ground and some money in the coffers,” said Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton. “This is going to be a milestone for Lumby.” The area borders the village and Silver Star Provincial Park and then goes north to Putman Creek (Trinity Valley).

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Alberta draft conservation plan aims to mix industry, nature

Plan lists water security, coal mining, conservation among priorities
CBC News
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

he province has released a draft of its southern Alberta conservation plan and while it will expand park territory, it also allows for more industry and development. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan outlines land and water use, as well as mining and extraction policies for the next 50 years. As part of the plan, Alberta would add to existing provincial parks — but also permit forestry companies to cut trees within some of those new areas.

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Seeing the boreal forest for the trees

McGill
October 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

McGill’s Nigel Roulet part of international science panel calling for complete preservation of half of Canada’s boreal forests. When the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel (IBCSP) released Conserving the World’s Last Great Forests is Possible: Here’s How in July, the report earned a lot of media attention, including stories in the Globe and Mail, CBC News and the Vancouver Sun.

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Shutdown hinders logging in Idaho

An Idaho sawmill owner says Congress and Obama are victimizing people like him in the fight over health care.
Idaho Statesman
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service sent Brad Jensen, of tiny Ovid in Bear Lake County, a cease and desist letter Tuesday, telling him he has seven days to pull his logging crew off of a timber sale south of Soda Springs. The agency has sent similar letters to loggers and mill owners across Idaho due to the partial shutdown of the government that started Oct. 1. The timber was killed by mountain pine beetles and has to be harvested this year. Jensen said it is crucial he get the wood cut this fall. “We have to get the logs in or we can’t get through the season,” said Jensen. “That will put us out of business.”

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Timber sale to pay off Clackamas County’s Stone Creek Golf Course ahead of schedule

The Oregonian
October 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The Clackamas County Parks Department is expecting to be free of debt on the county-owned Stone Creek Golf Course within a couple months. …In March, County Forester Dan Green said the market for timber was exceptionally high and received the highest bid for the trees in memory. The acres greenlighted for sale were about 70 years old, which exceeds the 50 that the county usually shoots for. A county parks and forest plan calls for the harvesting of about 55 acres of timber each year.

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Horse logger clears hazard trees at Bridle Trails State Park

King5.com
October 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A volunteer horse logger is helping to protect Seattle’s electricity supply. Wes Gustafson, owner of The Wood ‘n Horse Company in Snohomish, is using a team of Belgian and Shire horses to skid logs up to 20 inches in diameter along the City Light transmission line corridor to the horse arena at the park. “It’s an opportunity to show people that there’s more to logs than just firewood,” said Gustafson. Gustafson, along with “Clyde” and “Java,” started work Saturday and expected to finish the job Sunday.

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Touring the burn: Lawmakers visit Lolo Complex fire site to discuss prevention

The Missoulian
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOLO – How do you reconcile the fact that many private landowners in Montana are resistant to the government and local fire managers telling them what to do with their land when those same private landowners become outraged after a wildfire burns their property that wasn’t properly taken care of beforehand? That’s the question a group of state legislators grappled with when they met with Bitterroot Valley fire managers and Montana Department of Natural Resources forestry officials on Thursday to tour the remains of the 11,000-acre Lolo Complex fire that ripped through the Highway 12 corridor west of Lolo this past August.

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Auditors will check forest management of Swedwood Karelia

Lesprom
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

At the end of October this year, the company NEPCon will conduct an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) audit on all forest areas which are rented by Swedwood Karelia. They will screen the forest management and the Chain of Custody, as Forest-Karelia reported. Auditors will check how the company follows standards of FSC certification in the forests of Kalevala and Kostomucksha forestry areas. It is noteworthy, that auditing of forest management and the Chain of Custody of Swedwood Karelia will happen in parallel with an inspection by the Accreditation Services International (ASI).

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High stumps turn quickly into decayed stout wood

Finnish Forest Association
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Retention trees left on felling areas are meant to eventually turn into decayed wood important to many species. High stumps of several metres’ height decay fast. A group of greying high stumps stick out among a stand of saplings. Their bark has been peeled away by the Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus). The day’s persistent mist turns into drizzle. A good day to ponder on whether or not the high stumps are ugly. For many, the answer is yes. However, once you know why they are left there, the high stumps begin to grow in beauty by the minute: they increase the amount of decayed wood and thus biodiversity in commercial forests.

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Forestry heartens East Coast economy

stuff.co.nz
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry is delivering a massive economic benefit to the Gisborne region and, with an expected boom in log exports, by 2020 one in 10 people could earn a living from the sector, according to a new economic study. Forestry is worth more than $225 million a year in the East Coast region, overtaking sheep and beef farming, at $206m the other key sector in the region, the report by Waikato University shows. Including the spillover effect into other activity around the region there was a “flow-on” value of $383m from forestry.

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New forestry code to be passed in Romania aims to prevent forest plunder

Balkans.com
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new forestry code to be passed in Romania aims to prevent forest plunder and closely monitor the sale of lumber. Passed last week by the Romanian government, the new forestry code is to be passed by Parliament after an emergency debate. Almost 400,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in Romania since 1989, the loss amounting to over 5 billion euros. Bad management and in some cases uncontrolled deforestation have led to the destruction of forests.

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Budget Boost to aid tree disease fight

UK Forestry Commission
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The fight against a killer tree disease now particularly affecting all of Galloway has been given a £1M boost in the Scottish Government’s budget. The additional funding has been allocated to help Scotland’s efforts to tackle Phytophthora ramorum in Larch, which has progressed rapidly in the south west of Scotland since last year. The disease kills larch trees – its main tree host – and has spread to the extent that most of the larch trees in Galloway will need to be felled over the next two to three years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood Fired Boiler Suit Over Soot Filed by Seven States

Woodworking Network
October 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Tighter regulation of wood fired boilers is the subject of a suit by seven states against the Environmental Protection Agency. The case holds direct implications for firewood manufacturers and wood pellet makers. “EPA’s regulations simply haven’t kept pace with the proliferation of wood-burning devices or the availability of cleaner-burning units,” says New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. ” Smoke from residential wood-burning heaters poses a serious health threat.” Filed October 9 in Federal District of Columbia court, the suit asks EPA to require small wood-fired boilers to burn cleaner.

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General

Weyerhaeuser Company Declares Dividend

PR Newswire
October 9, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., — Weyerhaeuser Company WY +0.35% today announced that its board of directors declared a dividend of $0.22 per share on the Common Stock of the company, payable in cash on November 27, 2013 to holders of record of such common shares at the close of business on November 1, 2013.  Additionally, the company’s board of directors has declared a dividend
of $0.7969 per share on the company’s 6.375% Mandatory Convertible
Preference Shares, Series A, which will be payable in cash on January 1,
2014 to holders of record of such mandatory convertible preference
shares at the close of business on December 15, 2013.

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Why OMCA will not support wood building policy

October 11, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The Ontario Masonry Contractors’ Association (OMCA) is comprised of contractors who install masonry systems and refractory materials. The CCMPA (Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association) are our partners in a number of masonry industry initiatives and their members are major material suppliers for the work we do. Recently the CCMPA placed ads in major newspapers that gave a broader perspective on Wood First and what it really means, and there are those that take exception to those ads. Ignoring all the opposing rhetoric stemming from these ads, OMCA’s position is very simple.

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