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Daily Archives: October 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Woodlands union feels government loan will stabilize mill, forest industry

Farm Focus
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The president of the union representing timber harvesters and silviculture workers employed by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper thinks any money coming from the province should be spent on the company’s infrastructure needs. ?Lindy Vincent, president of Unifor Local 60N, was reacting to the imminent agreement that will see the provincial (Newfoundland & Labrador) government give the paper company financial assistance to the tune of $110 million.

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How a mill lost its town

Concerned residents pore over 6,000 pages about OSB plant
Dawson Creek Daily News
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Greg Hammond knows the problems Peace Valley Oriented Strand Board has had in honouring its environmental commitments better than anyone. He owns land directly south of the particleboard plant, and says his land has been flooded twice “that we know about” with contaminated water, causing damage to the property. … Due to the fruits of a long-delayed Freedom of Information request, a group now has the information to help explain why the land may have changed, and how Peace Valley OSB repeatedly ran into major problems with British Columbia’s environmental regulations while the land was changing.

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Tembec reorganizes leadership team and business groups

Canada NewsWire
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec announced today that Dennis Rounsville, Executive Vice President, Forest Products Group, is retiring. Chris Black, currently Executive Vice President, Paper and Paper Pulp Group, will take on additional leadership responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Forest Products, Paper and Paper Pulp Group. Christian Ribeyrolle remains Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose Group and operations for this business group are unchanged.

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UFPI Q3 2013 Earnings More Than Triple; Sales up by More Than 22 Percent

Business Wire
October 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Universal Forest Products, Inc. today announced third-quarter 2013 results, including a 22.2 percent increase in net sales to $651.8 million, up from net sales of $533.4 million in the third quarter of 2012. Net earnings for the third quarter of 2013 were $14.1 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $4.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the same quarter of 2012. Universal saw strong sales growth in each of its markets. “I am very pleased with our third-quarter results and especially with our people, who drove strong performance in the quarter and made us a better company than we were a year ago,” said CEO Matthew J. Missad.

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Timber land sale benefits schools

WTAQ.com
October 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CRANDON, Wis.  – Plum Creek timber company is selling a thousand acres in Forest County to a state agency. BCPL – or Board of Commissioners for Public Lands – is buying the land for one and a quarter million dollars. BCPL manages timber lands to fund a loan program called the School Trust Fund. The interest on those loans goes to school libraries. BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the purchase will help consolidate the group’s nearly 20-thousand acres of existing holdings in Forest County.

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Pulp and paper giant gets $1.8B loan from China for Indonesia’s largest mill

Mongabay.com
October 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) secured a $1.8 billion loan from China Development Bank (CDB) to finance the development of what will be Indonesia’s large pulp mill, according to a statement released by the company. The total cost of the new mill, located in South Sumatra and run by APP affiliate OKI Pulp & Paper Mills, will be $2.6 billion. It will will have an annual capacity of 2 million metric tons of pulp and 500,000 tons of tissue paper, potentially South Sumatra’s pulp production by 36 percent.

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Pulp mill dispute: Uruguay rejects Argentine ultimatum and doubles the bet

October 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

On Tuesday Foreign minister Hector Timerman set an ultimatum calling on Uruguayan president Jose Mujica to ‘immediately’ roll back the UPM pulp mill production expansion authorization, otherwise “Argentina would be forced to again appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague”.The several pages letter sent by Uruguay’s Foreign minister Luis Almagro to Timerman accuses Argentina of ‘pre-judging’ and ‘putting obstacles”, and strongly defends the decision to authorize the UPM production expansion detailing extensively the different steps taken by Uruguay in compliance with the River Uruguay statute,

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Converge 2013 panel “Preference policies: When promotion becomes legislation”

Journal of Commerce
October 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Veniez’s presentation was called “Wood First: Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences.” He called himself the “wood guy” but said he thinks the wood first policy is a bad one. Historical problems in the forest industry are well documented, Veniez said. Profit margins were negative or below the cost of capital, and no new capital meant a constant erosion of productivity. Collective agreements were inflexible, he said, and there was an onerous industrial tax property burden. Boards and managers also weren’t willing to make tough decisions or invest in technology, Veniez said.

Converge 2013 form panel on integrated materials selection for best performance from The Journal of Commerce

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Rare is normal at A&M Wood Specialty

The Record
October 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAMBRIDGE — You don’t have to look very far to find the rarest of woods. That’s what happened about four years ago at A&M Wood Specialty in Cambridge, where the warehouse is routinely stocked with 120 exotic and expensive species such as ebony, purple heart and zebrawood. The 40-year-old company at 357 Eagle St. regularly receives calls and emails from Africa, Asia or South America, inviting offers on a log or two

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Wood Groups Protest EPA Proposed Formaldehyde Rule: ‘Jobs Killer’

Woodworking Network
October 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Federal formaldehyde emissions regulations proposed by the EPA are being criticized by a number of wood industry groups for their inclusion of laminated products and the ban on adhesives containing urea formaldehyde. Calling the proposed regulations a “jobs killer,” the groups say EPA’s proposed emissions regulations ignore the directive by Congress and instead go beyond the scope of the formaldehyde rules set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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Future looking up for wooden buildings

Capital Press
October 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The lumber industry is looking to get more large commercial projects built with wood, which is strong, light and flexible — a good combination in earthquake-prone regions. Builders of wooden construction projects are looking up. While lumber has traditionally been the material of choice for low-rise buildings, architects and engineers are increasingly looking to it for vertically oriented projects, experts say.

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Forestry

Join the Forest Certification Movement to Meet Your Sustainability Goals

Triple Pundit
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Most people treasure healthy forests and want to ensure that they are around for future generations. One of the best ways to do that is to promote responsible management of working forests through a powerful tool called forest certification: providing landowners with a rigorous, science-based standard of responsible forest management and verifying compliance through independent, third-party audits.

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New woodlot licence available near Skookumchuk

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CRANBROOK – The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot licence in Skookumchuk, a move that will eventually generate new job opportunities across the region, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot licence covers approximately 1198 hectares of Crown land along the Camp 14 Forest Service Road (also known as the Larson Lake FSR and Lower Lussier Road), on the west side of the Lussier River, south of Canal Flats.

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Outdoor centre of choice for educators

Barrys Bay This Week
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre is fast becoming the outdoor destination of choice for educators in the Ottawa Valley, and this role has been secured thanks to a new partnership with local school boards. …Under it, the existing Shaw Woods trail system has been expanded, viewing platforms constructed at places of interest, and in time a central office will be built, all in the name of educating students and visitors about sustainable forestry and good stewardship.

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Timber harvest: More data needed on Daines bill

The Missoulian
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is sponsoring the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. This bill increases timber harvest on nine Montana National Forests from 62.5 million board feet to 380.5 million board feet every year. Some questions need to be answered. Are there enough mature trees to sustain this level of harvest? In recent years, hundreds of millions of trees have been killed by beetles; this wood is now too rotten to be used. 

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Lightning sparks above-average wildfire season

The Associated Press
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Lightning and drought spread wildfire to more state-protected land in 2013 than any year since 1951, and sent spending $30 million over revenues, according to a report from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The 162 square miles that burned on state, private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry was eight times the 10-year average, and nearly half the 325 square miles that burned overall in Oregon.

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What’s That Sound?

Evergreen Magazine
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…In Oregon, where I live, 53 percent of all land is federally owned and thus not taxable. This means that the burdens associated with funding schools, local governments and police and fire departments areborne by the 47 percent of our land base that is taxable. To understand this inequity – and its’ crippling impacts – imagine for a moment that the federal government also owns 53 percent of Manhattan Island. What might be the impact on New York City’s public sector services?

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Sierra Madre works to contain tree-killing beetle

Pasadena-Star News
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SIERRA MADRE >> The city is taking precautions after the likely discovery of the polyphagous shot hole borer, a tiny beetle capable of killing an entire tree. “The number one priority at this time is containment. We’re trying to get them not to spread,” said James Carlson, management analyst for the city of Sierra Madre’s Public Works Department. “There is no real treatment that is widely approved,” Rebecca Latta, an independent arborist, made the discovery on Oct. 3 outside Mary’s Market and Cafe, 561 Woodland Drive.

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Hamsterley Forest officials support campaign to boost trade in British wood products

The Northern Echo
October 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HAMSTERLEY Forest officials are supporting the national Grown in Britain movement which aims to boost trade in British wood products. The Forestry Commission, which maintains Hamsterley, said it backs the drive to increase demand for British wood products from overstocked forests and woodlands. Sir Harry Studholme, Forestry Commission chairman, said: “Understanding that tree felling and replanting is good for woodland health, biodiversity and our economy should encourage more people and businesses to buy and supply wood grown in Britain.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

National Bioenergy Day Underscores Key Renewable Energy Resource

October 17, 2013 marks the first-ever National Bioenergy Day. Events will be held across the country to celebrate bioenergy and its many environmental and economic benefits on the local, state and national levels. 
25×25 Alliance
October 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

…To raise awareness about the benefits of bioenergy and help celebrate the contributions made to our national energy strategy by this renewable natural resource, biomass, forestry, and pellet companies are tomorrow joining trade associations, schools and universities in 13 states and Canada to hold 25 events, all part of the first-ever National Bioenergy Day. In addition to serving as a domestic energy source and supplying tens of thousands of jobs, bioenergy companies and their related interests work closely together to keep American forests healthy and put organic byproducts like forest trimmings, industry byproducts and agricultural residuals to good use.

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General

Pulp mill dispute: Uruguay rejects Argentine ultimatum and doubles the bet

October 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

On Tuesday Foreign minister Hector Timerman set an ultimatum calling on Uruguayan president Jose Mujica to ‘immediately’ roll back the UPM pulp mill production expansion authorization, otherwise “Argentina would be forced to again appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague”.The several pages letter sent by Uruguay’s Foreign minister Luis Almagro to Timerman accuses Argentina of ‘pre-judging’ and ‘putting obstacles”, and strongly defends the decision to authorize the UPM production expansion detailing extensively the different steps taken by Uruguay in compliance with the River Uruguay statute,

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