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Daily Archives: October 22, 2013

Business & Politics

Kamloops-area suppliers join lobbying for lower taxes

Victoria TimesColonist
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regional suppliers of heavy industry in Kamloops are telling the City that a fairer and more competitive industrial tax is critical to the future of their operations. The companies — suppliers to Domtar’s operations — have made written submissions in support of a heavy-industry lobby to reduce their tax load. Tolko, Domtar, Lafarge and Arclin representatives are expected to appear before council at Tuesday’s regular meeting to lobby for a further reduction in taxes.

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Ontario’s sawmill industry sees ‘resurgence,’ says union

CBC News
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northwestern Ontario’s sawmill industry is on the rebound, with mills opening their doors again and workers collecting paycheques, says one union official. “We lost so many, especially in the sawmill industry,” said Stephen Boon, national representative for Unifor, the union representing thousands of workers across the northwest. “Almost every mill in Ontario at some point was down. But you definitely are starting to see a resurgence, especially in the sawmill sector,” Boon said.

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Tolko’s PM upgrade will produce stronger kraft paper

Daily News
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tolko’s strong drive for innovation and the market demand for stronger paper has led the company’s paper mill in The Pas, Man., to concentrate on further enhancements to its kraft papers. Known internationally for its SPK and SPX brands in the sack manufacturing markets, Tolko’s Manitoba Kraft Paper Division is focusing on increasing the cross direction and machine direction strength of all its paper grades, providing the advantage of a higher balanced tensile energy absorption to customers worldwide.

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Domtar: How the paper industry overcame the ‘sins of its past’

GreenBiz.com
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montréal-based Domtar Corp. brands itself “The Sustainable Paper Company.” It is fast becoming a wood fiber innovation engine using sustainability as the foundation of its business transformation. David Struhs, Domtar’s vice president of sustainability, explains how co-generation, new manufacturing and attention to market niches are some of the ways the company is pursuing this vision. David Kiron: You use the phrase “virtuous circle of sustainability” in talking about your strategy. That’s a good phrase. Do you see giving younger workers something interesting to do as contributing to their wellbeing?

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Boise Cascade third quarter profits down

Mail Tribune
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade, whose Western Oregon operations include mills in Medford and White City, reported a reduced year-over-year profit in the third quarter despite increased sales. The Boise, Idaho-based wood products firm reported net earnings of $15.9 million in the third quarter, or 39 cents per share, compared to net earnings of $23.5 million, or 79 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2012. Boise Cascade said its third quarter sales of $878.0 million topped last year’s revenue by 15 percent above the same quarter in 2012.

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European sawmills triple softwood logs and timber exports to China

IHB
October 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After a slowdown in 2012, China’s expanding housing market has driven up its demand for logs and timber this year. Even if Russia, Canada, US and more recently New Zealand are the major suppliers for China, the European sawmills are beginning to make their presence felt on the Chinese market. According to the latest Eurostat figures, in the first seven months of 2013, EU’s softwood logs exports to China more than tripled over the same period of 2012. Romania has the lead, with a share of 28% of all European exports (and a 224% increase yoy), followed closely by France (27,9%) and Lithuania (22,9%).

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber confirmed as the best

NZ Timber Industry Federation
October 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The New Zealand Timber Industry Federation (NZTIF) has welcomed confirmation that timber is the best construction material for coping with New Zealand’s seismic conditions. Experiments carried out in June by BRANZ, (Building Research Association of New Zealand) on behalf of the Ministry of Education, have shown that timber framed buildings can cope with stresses three times that of the Christchurch earthquakes, and still remain standing. The Ministry of Education commissioned the tests in order to establish how much force its school buildings could withstand in an earthquake.

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Forestry

Logging truck rules need review, says union chief

Current system puts drivers and public at risk
CBC News
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The union representing a majority of the province’s forestry workers is calling for an industry review of logging trucks after a fatal accident on the Sea-to-Sky Highway on the weekend. At around 2:30 p.m. PST on Saturday, a logging truck overturned near Whistler, spilling its load and killing a 65-year-old motorcyclist, who was crushed by the logs.

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B.C. must end grizzly bear trophy hunt

Dr. Faisal Moola, Phd David Suzuki Foundation, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
Vancouver Sun
October 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Re: Conservation officers seeking information on grizzly believed illegally killed near Lillooet, Oct. 17 — B.C.’s grizzly bear populations face a perfect storm of threats: habitat loss from logging, mining, fracking and other industrial activities; the cascading effects of salmon collapse and climate change; and human-caused mortalities as a result of sport hunting, collisions with trains and vehicles, and the inevitable challenges grizzlies endure because of careless human behaviour.

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Stable forestry sector key to Ontario’s economic prosperity: FONOM

SooToday.com
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Ontario municipalities are increasingly concerned about the lack of progress between environmental groups and the forestry sector in Northern Ontario, particularly as discussions elsewhere have led to agreements. The breakdown in talks has caused increased uncertainty for Ontario’s forestry sector, and the Province’s leadership is needed immediately to protect the viability of resource development in Ontario.

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UM forestry students manage timber on Mount Jumbo for diverse benefits

The Missoulian
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MARSHALL CANYON – A team of University of Montana forestry students set down the trail in the low light of this canyon on Monday to showcase their work restoring a stand of outlying forest to an earlier time. While the saws lay quiet, their vision ran long, recounting a time before fire suppression became the Western way, and when this plot on Mount Jumbo appeared as a patchwork blend of meadows and forests peppered with trees of varying age.

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Lumber tax focus at annual conference

The San Diego Daily Transcript
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The beginning of this year brought a new law that requires a 1 percent assessment on purchases of lumber products and engineered wood products for use in California, based on its selling prices. The law, AB 1492, affects retailers of lumber products or engineered wood products and purchasers, including construction contractors. Last week, former state Sen. George Runner — who now sits on the state Board of Equalization, which administers the tax – spoke at the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association’s annual conference in San Diego. He discussed steps he’s taking to ensure the law’s fair implementation, some of the grievances he’s had with it and its procedure of implementation.

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Economic assessment of mountain pine beetle timber salvage

Phys.org
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recently published study by U.S. Forest Service researchers evaluates potential revenues from harvesting standing timber killed by mountain pine beetle in the western United States. The study shows that while positive net revenues could be produced in West Coast and Northern Rockies states with active timber markets, the central Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—which have the largest volume of standing dead timber—would not generate positive net revenues by salvaging beetle-killed timber.

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New world for Montana foresters: Speak Chinese, hobnob with celebrities, listen closely

The Missoulian
October 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The future looks fabulous for new foresters if they can do one thing, Pyramid Mountain Lumber’s Gordy Sanders told a roomful of forestry students Monday afternoon. “I want somebody who can walk on water,” Sanders said during a Montana Forest Products Week symposium. Speaking Chinese, top-notch writing skills and marketing savvy also compete with basic silviculture training. “It’s a little more complicated than 35 years ago when I stepped out of the pickup truck,” University of Montana Dean of Forestry and Conservation Jim Birchfield said at the gathering.

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National forest plans prescribed burns

Oregon Mail Tribune
October 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

More than 8,000 acres of prescribed burning is planned beginning this fall and through the spring on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Prescribed burning is intended to improve forest health by reintroducing the role of fire, improving habitat for wildlife and lessening the chances for a catastrophic wildfire by reducing the woody material on the forest floor, said forest spokeswoman Virginia Gibbons. All told, if the weather permits, the burning would include some 6,000 acres of hand-pile burning and nearly 2,400 acres of under-burning, she said.

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Forestry sector in softwood planting warning

The Scotsman
October 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SCOTLAND’S £1 billion forestry industry will come under threat from a lack of softwood if the Scottish Government does not raise support for planting, the sector’s trade body has warned. Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor, called for ministers to increase forestry grants from £36 million to £45m to incentivise landowners to plant trees – such as furs, pines and spruces – instead of taking common agricultural policy subsidies.

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Greenpeace slams palm oil giant supplying Oreo, Gillette

Global Post
October 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Oreo cookies and Gillette shaving cream are among products driving the destruction of Indonesia’s forests, Greenpeace said Tuesday, accusing agri giant Wilmar International for supplying “dirty palm oil” to make the grocery items. In its report “Licence to Kill”, Greenpeace said that Singapore-based Wilmar, the world’s biggest palm oil processor, was sourcing its oil from illegally cleared land and destroying the habitat of critically endangered Sumatran tigers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change action is essential risk management

ABC News
October 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

While the government is preparing to repeal the carbon price, the fires in New South Wales remind us that it is in Australia’s interest for the world to act on climate change – and that starts with a credible effort at home, writes Frank Jotzo. No specific incident like the NSW fires can be unequivocally attributed to climate change. But extreme weather – droughts, heatwaves, fires, floods – is exactly what we would expect to see much more of as a result of climate change.

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Fires not due to climate change: expert

9NewsNational
October 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Linking the bushfire disaster in NSW to climate change is “an absolute nonsense” and reducing fuel loads in the Australian bush is urgently needed, a leading scientist says. Retired Monash University researcher David Packham says global warming is a gradual process which doesn’t explain major bushfires. Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has been accused of playing politics by linking the NSW bushfires to the new federal government’s climate change policies. But Mr Packham says there is no link. “It’s an absolute nonsense,” he told AAP.

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Two-pronged approach to boost forest carbon storage

Phys.org
October 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

More carbon will sometimes be stored in forests if a bigger variety of tree species is planted along with key species – such as nitrogen fixing trees – that are known to contribute strongly to carbon storage, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. In a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change, Dr Kristin Hulvey from UWA’s School of Plant Biology and her team compiled and analysed data from existing forest studies to compare carbon storage in mixed tree plantings to carbon storage in monoculture plantings.

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