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Daily Archives: October 15, 2013

Business & Politics

Dust season turns to mud season in Youbou as TimberWest ponders its next move

Cowhichan News Leader
October 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest is not prepared to comment yet on its next move in the Great Youbou dust storm controversy. But plenty of others have no such reservations. As the rains come, and the dust problem changes to mud and water spray, residents continue to push for an answer to the problem of logging truck dust billowing and mud splattering on the main road and residential properties, local officials continue to pressure the province to do something.

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International Forest Coverage Initiated at National Bank Financial

WKRB
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stock analysts at National Bank Financial assumed coverage on shares of International Forest in a report issued on Friday, Analyst Ratings Network reports. The firm set an “outperform” rating and a C$14.50 price target on the stock… Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of C$13.69.

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Conifex Timber Coverage Initiated by Analysts at National Bank Financial

Ticker Report
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

National Bank Financial began coverage on shares of Conifex Timber in a report issued on Friday, AnalystRatingsNetwork.com reports. The firm issued an outperform rating and a C$10.50 target price on the stock… One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of C$10.50.

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Canfor fire started by malfunction in debarker machine

Energetic City
October 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows reports the fire at the Canfor sawmill on the Swanson Lumber Road today was sparked by a malfunction in the debarker machine. The flames were controlled by the sprinkler system in that part of the mill, and didn’t spread beyond the machine. The fire department responded just before 11:45 a.m. and was on the scene for approximately an hour and a half extinguishing the blaze and dealing with the smoke.

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Prince George lumber companies represented on Asian forestry trade trip

HQ Prince George
October 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week’s forestry trade mission to Asia will see some Northern BC interests brought up. The President of Innerex Forest Products Bruce Pollock will be participating in the Japanese leg of the tour. Innerex represents Carrier and Dunkley Lumber in Prince George. Pollock says one reason for the trade mission is for market access and development.

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Unifor strikes mill agreements with Eacom, Resolute

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

Eacom Timber’s Ear Falls sawmill in northwestern Ontario will restart next spring with a new long-term labour in hand. Unifor announced Oct. 9 that it reached a deal with the Montreal-based forestry giant that will start up the mill that has been idled since December 2009 after the crash of the U.S. housing industry. The mill employs 125 unionized employees and up to 175 in harvesting and hauling operations on the Trout Forest.

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More good news for forest industry

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

A deal has been reached on the recall of paperworkers in Fort Frances. Union spokesman Steve Boon says it’s more good news for the industry. Obviously, our idea situation is we get a permanent, full-time recall for that machine, but in the meantime this is the next best thing. The fact that it’s still running and picking up orders. You know, we’re now looking at running for the whole second half of this year. That’s definitely a positive,” he says.

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Domtar Corp. PT Raised to $100.00 at DA Davidson

Northforkvue.com
October 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Equities researchers at DA Davidson lifted their price target on shares of Domtar Corp. from $85.00 to $100.00 in a research report issued on Monday, American Banking News reports. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. DA Davidson’s price target points to a potential upside of 17.15% from the company’s current price… Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Domtar Corp. presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $92.00.

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Is The U.S. Housing Market Back On Track?

By John Whitefoot
ETF Daily News
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The best time to look at certain sectors and stocks is when investors are running for the exits. Unfortunately, the U.S. government shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline have sent investors scurrying in every direction. Still, one area that will be negatively impacted should the U.S. government shutdown continue and the debt ceiling limit not be raised is the slowly rebounding U.S. housing market. That doesn’t mean investors should shun the U.S. housing market and homebuilder stocks altogether; if anything, the current lull is the perfect time to take a closer look at this sector. Both the shutdown and debt ceiling will eventually be in the rearview mirror and the wheels of economic progress will sputter back to life.

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Timber sale in SE Idaho falls victim to shutdown

The Associated Press
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho sawmill says it’s being booted off a logging project on federal land because of the ongoing government shutdown. Brad Jensen of Jensen Lumber Co., in southeastern Idaho’s Bear Lake County, says his crews were ordered off a timber sale by the U.S. Forest Service. The Idaho Statesman reports the beetle-killed timber in the Caribou-Targhee National Forests must be harvested this year. If he can’t get the wood to his sawmill, Jensen says, it will put him out of business. 

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Lumber related employment up in Coos County

KCBY.com
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COOS COUNTY, Ore. — A recent report of labor trends on the South Coast showed a rise in payroll employment across several industries, but one industry that’s seen a great rebound since the recession is the wood product manufacturing industry. An Oregon Employment Department Report shows wood manufacturing jobs in Coos County have grown by nearly 200 since December of 2010.

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Timber counties want to close money gap

The Associated Press
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies on the road, but local Oregon officials say the money is a fraction of what they need, and in one cash-strapped county the infusion has sparked fears that it could do more harm than good. The federal payout will bring about $100 million to the state. Some has been earmarked for schools, some has been set aside for roads, and for parts of Western Oregon, some is available for law enforcement.

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Saving old pulp mill icons on Bellingham waterfront will be costly

Bellingham Herald
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BELLINGHAM – Turning old equipment from the Georgia-Pacific Corp. mill into monuments to waterfront industrial history won’t be cheap, City Council members learned Monday, Oct. 14. Tara Sundin, city economic development manager, told council members that it would likely cost between $1.1 million and $2.7 million to stabilize two big tan ceramic tanks, and to prepare enormous steel pulp digester vessels for use as industrial landmarks as the waterfront is redeveloped. For many years, port and city officials have said they would like to save the massive old industrial structures to acknowledge the waterfront’s industrial past as home to a pulp and tissue paper mill that employed as many as 1,200 people at its peak. 

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Sen. Risch meets with Forest Service chief in attempt to help Idaho sawmill

Idaho Statesman
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch met Friday with U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell to try to help free up the owners of a southeast Idaho sawmill from the claws of the government shutdown. Sawmill owner Brad Jensen of tiny Ovid in Bear Lake County got a cease-and-desist letter last week from the Forest Service telling him he has until Tuesday to pull his logging crew off a timber sale south of Soda Springs. The agency has sent similar letters to loggers and mill owners across the nation due to the shutdown of the federal government.

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Producers demand log exports despite concerns

The Jakarta Post
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Indonesia’s rising forestry product exports, with figures surpassing last year’s total annual exports, have yet to benefit the upstream industry, producers say. Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires executive producer Purwadi says the upstream industry is dying, seeing a dwindling number of active players in the past few years, with only less than 5 percent of existing forest concessions estimated to survive by 2017.

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Report: China illegally logs 80 per cent of Russian hardwood

Vedomosti.ru
October 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Chinese sawmills and their Western customers are destroying the last remaining hardwood forests in Russia’s Far East through illegal logging, The Financial Times reports, citing a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency. The question is whether a crackdown on illegal logging by developed countries will be able to affect the initial links of the criminal chain, which originate in the developing world, the paper notes.

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HON’s Process System for Paper Mill

Zacks.com
October 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Honeywell International was selected on Oct 9 to provide Experion Process Knowledge System for a new Russian pulp paper mill. This mill is wholly owned by Chinese firm Heilongjiang Xingbang International Resources Investment, but is built and operated by Russian North Star Pulp Industrial Complex. This will be the first greenfield pulp mill to be constructed in Russia in the last 35 years. The mill will begin work in mid-2015 and is expected have an annual capacity of 230,000 tons of pulp. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Montana’s Forest Products Week

By Julia Altemus
Montana Public Radio
October 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

This week marks the third annual Montana “Forest Products Week”. In 2011, the state legislature set-a-side a week every October, in order to recognize the value of Montana’s forest products industry, their contribution to the management of our forest lands, and to the stability of Montana’s economy… Montana’s appreciation week coincides with the National Forest Products Week established by a joint resolution of congress in 1960.

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Forestry

Wildfire mitigation work gets underway above Fairview

Nelson Star
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An effort to ensure fuel for potential wildfires is controlled at the city’s edge resumes this week. Wildfire Fuel Reduction Program continues on property bordering the City of Nelson, near Svoboda Road, Mary Hall and Mountain Lakes Seniors facility. “The area will be receiving a much-needed cleanup to protect the forest and City of Nelson residents from a substantial wildfire event,” said fire chief Simon Grypma in a news release. “This work will also provide increased protection to the nearby homes, schools and seniors’ residences.”

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The grizzly revealed: Bear’s natural history inspires both wonder and fear

Vancouver Sun
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…No other animal better embodies the spirit of the wilderness than the grizzly, an animal that has no natural predators — other than humans and others of its kind — and is also the object of such unrelenting attention that it has generated competing multi-million-dollar industries designed both to kill it as a trophy and to photograph it as living keepsake. …Bears may take advantage of logging clearcuts initially, but move away as dense second-growth forests take over. Logging roads also create higher levels of human access and traffic, leading to grizzly mortality.

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When Spruce Beetles Attack!

Mother Jones
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Since the late 1990s, mountain pine beetles have swept through millions of acres of forest in the Rockies, turning hillsides of trees a rusty red and then grey as they populate trees and kill them. In Colorado, this outbreak seems to have peaked in 2008 and 2009; but just as one species slowed, another—the spruce beetle—has picked up steam. A new University of Colorado study published in Ecology reveals how drought was the driver of the rise in spruce beetle activity and resulting tree deaths in Colorado’s high-elevation forests in recent years.

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Wilderness designation bill is a common-sense solution

The Missoulian
October 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bill 1526 that recently passed in the U.S. House, co-sponsored by Congressman Steve Daines, certainly has attracted a fair amount of negative response from the wilderness advocates. The overriding theme has been concern the bill addresses sustainable timber harvest and is silent on any wilderness allocation. I would doubt that the majority of Montanans would argue that the current lack of timber harvest on National Forest land is a good thing. Bill 1526 stipulates logging at 50 percent of the sustainable growth rate.

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California environmentalists, logging industry lock horns over burned trees

The Wall Street Journal
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new gold rush may be on in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, but this time the treasure is burned trees to salvage for lumber. The Rim Fire that charred a quarter-million acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park over the summer left an estimated one billion board feet of salvageable dead trees—enough to build 63,000 homes. The logging industry and its supporters are racing to get it, saying such work would provide jobs in the economically downtrodden region.

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Oregon Forest Practices Act needs to be updated: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In their recent opinion column advocating more logging on public lands, James E. Brown, Hal Salwasser and Ted Lorensen argued that weakening environmental standards on federal public lands in Western Oregon to match Oregon’s weak state Forest Practices Act would produce better “…environmental and economic outcomes…” Missing from their argument was any mention of the clearcutting that takes place under the Act or the common use of toxic herbicides and pesticides. 

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WSU computer model uses Flathead County to examine fire policies

The Missoulian
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just as firefighters use hand tools, bulldozers and aircraft at a forest fire, land managers need a mix of methods to plan for wildfire defense. A computer model from Washington State University shows how different strategies play out – sometimes in counterintuitive ways. For example, adding highly restrictive zoning rules to new homes in the forest turned out to be less beneficial than applying more moderate rules. The project used Flathead County as its test subject.

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CU study ties drought to spruce beetles

Outbreaks also historically coincide with changes in North Atlantic surface temps
Daily Camera
October 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Drought in the high northern Colorado mountains, tied to long-term changes in ocean-surface temperatures in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, has been linked to a massive spruce beetle outbreak, according to researchers at the University of Colorado. “It is simply a wakeup call that shows that alarming trends are resulting in major changes in ecological disturbances, that are probably having significant changes on vegetation structure, vegetation patterns today,” said CU geography professor Thomas Veblen, a co-author on the new study published online in the journal Ecology. 

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Let’s set the record straight on diminished logging: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Andy Kerr’s memory of the events leading to the downsizing of Oregon’s forest products industry and his vision for its future (“Logging increase won’t lead to job boom,” Oct. 5) could benefit from a strong dose of truth and reality. First, the principal cause of the industry’s downsizing over the past two decades is the reduction of timber coming from our federal forests. Timber harvest levels in Oregon have been reduced by half as a result of the efforts of Mr. Kerr and his colleagues in the environmental movement. Nearly all of the reduction has occurred from federal forest lands.

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Tree disease threatening Missouri walnut industry

KSDK.com
October 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lincoln County — It’s an industry that brings millions of dollars into Missouri each year. Timber from The black walnut tree is among the most valuable in the world, and missouri is the world’s leading producer. But soon, the industry may be under attack. Bruce Beckmann owns a black walnut tree farm in Lincoln County. He planted his thousands of trees with his own hands and has put decades into caring for them. And he does the work so future generations can benefit. “It will be my grandchildren and great grandchildren that benefit from the proceeds of this effort,” said Beckmann.

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Phytophthora ramorum: Funds to fight larch tree killer disease

BBC News
October 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Funding of £1m is being provided to help fight the spread of a disease which is killing larch trees in south west Scotland. The Scottish government support will assist efforts to tackle Phytophthora ramorum which is having a particularly devastating effect in Galloway. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said he had seen the “dramatic impact” of the disease earlier this year. He said the funding could “ease the financial burden” of tackling it.

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Stone forest near Mataruska Spa more than a million years old

Independent News Serbia
October 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A stone forest near Mataruska Spa is one of the few phenomena of its kind in the whole world, but is almost completely unknown to inhabitants of Serbia. Deposits and calcified remains of wood originate from the Paleolithic period of time, and there are deposits older than a million years. There are about 30 sites like this one in the world, in Europe only 5 – in Czech Republic, UK, Greece, Ukraine and Belgium.

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Korea supports forest programs in Indonesia

Recreational forest, ecotourism projects among areas of cooperation
Korea Herald
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Korea is famous for its diverse forests. There are a number of recreational forests across the nation and unique programs using woodlands, such as ecotourism and healing forests. Now the nation is exporting those forest-related programs to Indonesia, one of the world’s most natural resource-rich countries. Following are excerpts from an interview with Korea Forest Service Minister Shin Won-sop about this project. Korea Herald: Korea and Indonesia concluded an MOU on cooperation in recreational forests and ecotourism during their summit this month.

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Giddings urges Tony Abbott to sign the Tas forest peace deal

ABC News
October 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Premier Lara Giddings says the Federal Government needs to act to deliver the $100 million promised for Tasmanian communities with the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. “Tony Abbott has said he will deliver it and we think he should be delivering it right now,” says Ms Giddings. Ms Giddings says she would like to know why the federal governments, both the previous Labor government and the current Coalition government, have put off delivering the money as promised and she says she’s done what she can to make it happen. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forests feeling climate change, researchers say

Washington Post
October 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Climate change is making North American forests more vulnerable to insects and disease but is helping some trees grow faster and increase their resistance to pests, a team of researchers from Dartmouth University said Monday. Researchers reviewed almost 500 scientific studies dating to the 1950s to produce what they called the most comprehensive review of the effect of climate change on the forests that cover about one-third of North America... which could have a positive impact on economies that depend on timber and wood pulp, and could help pull carbon out of the ecosystem. “We need to also start focusing on what could be — I don’t want to say ‘benefits,’ but the opportunities here,” said Aaron Weed.

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