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Daily Archives: October 30, 2013

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Announces Shareholder Approval of Plan of Arrangement

Market Wired
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER — Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. is pleased to announce that its shareholders have approved the previously announced plan of arrangement… involving the proposed acquisition by Louisiana-Pacific Corporation of all the outstanding common shares of Ainsworth. The Arrangement was approved at the special meeting of Ainsworth shareholders held earlier today with approximately 99.9% of the votes cast at the meeting voting in favour of the Arrangement.

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CETA will make Canadians ‘hewers of wood’

Rabble
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…Take forestry, which has been touted as a winner with this deal. After all, Europe is not exactly known as a lumber producer. We most certainly are. It’s pretty much a one-way market. But in the big part of that market — cut lumber and newsprint — there are already no tariffs. Where CETA makes changes is with products such as plywood and oriented strand board. These have a limited market, so CETA will end up having little impact.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results and Quarterly Dividend

Market Wired
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. today reported net income of $9.1 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $7.6 million, or $0.11 per share, for the second quarter of 2013 and a net loss of $5.0 million, or $0.07 per share, for the third quarter of 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company’s net income was $27.6 million, or $0.39 per share compared to $8.0 million, or $0.06 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

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Emerging Markets: Expanding India attracts interest

October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jas Binning exported $25,000 worth of softwood lumber to India in 2006 with the hopes the move would compensate for a slowing North American market. “I started with small volume,” said the owner of Abbotsford’s Jazz Forest Products. “Now (we’re) shipping close to a half-million dollars every month.” With its huge, increasing population and growing economy, India has been identified by both the provincial and federal governments as a priority market for export growth. While many B.C. exporters agree, experts say distance, economic uncertainty and heavy government regulation mean it is still no easy task to break into the market, the world’s tenth largest by GDP.

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Harris says mining offers hope to displaced forestry workers

HQ Prince George
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dick Harris has reacted to last week’s announced mill closures including the one in his Quesnel riding. The Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP says while unfortunate it may offer opportunities in other sectors. “You know a lot of these jobs from the mills that are closing – they need millwrights at the mines, they need machinists and all sorts of tradespeople. So when these mines get up and operating, around four or five within the next five years, some even sooner, there’s going to be all kinds of vacancies.”

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West Fraser Timber CEO says U.S. housing market improving though slowly

The Canadian Press
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The head of West Fraser Timber warned Tuesday that demand for lumber can be volatile through the winter as the recovery in the U.S. housing market continues to be slow. Lumber prices were up in the third quarter, helping boost the Vancouver-based company’s revenue and profit, but West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim told analysts that he was wary. “Lumber demand has been relatively strong in October,” he said. “Nevertheless, we are still early in the recovery of the housing market and as such, we should expect some volatility in lumber and panel markets over the winter.”

West Fraser reports weaker earnings in Q3 from Business in Vancouver

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Catalyst donates motor to IHS

Alberni Valley Times
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A donation from Port Alberni’s Catalyst Paper operation is saving the Industrial Heritage Society a significant amount of money. The motor for the air compressor the IHS uses at the roundhouse, located behind Smitty’s Family Restaurant, recently stopped working. Faced with a repair bill of at least $700, members of the IHS decided to contact Catalyst to see if they had an extra motor available. Luck was on their side, because the paper mill had a number of spares, and they were willing to donate one to the society.

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B.C. sawmill shutdowns face ministry review

Globe and Mail
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government and the federal Competition Bureau will review plans by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Canfor Corp. to shut down sawmills in each other’s backyard….On Tuesday, the B.C. Forests and Lands Ministry said the proposed transactions were not preapproved for West Fraser to take over Canfor’s Quesnel harvesting rights, and Canfor to acquire West Fraser’s Houston rights. “The ministry found out about the companies’ plans when they issued their news releases,” ministry spokeswoman Vivian Thomas said in a statement.

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Timber firms, gov’t scramble in face of supply concerns

Prince George Citizen
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With last week’s news that two northern sawmills will be closed and two major forestry corporations will swap harvesting rights to keep two other mills open, forestry stakeholders are wondering how many more industry jobs will be lost. Last summer’s B.C. Legislature committee report on the province’s timber supply made 22 recommendations on getting the forest industry through the damage caused by the mountain pine beetle epidemic with as few jobs lost and mills closed as possible.

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Emerging Markets: Expanding India attracts interest

October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jas Binning exported $25,000 worth of softwood lumber to India in 2006 with the hopes the move would compensate for a slowing North American market. “I started with small volume,” said the owner of Abbotsford’s Jazz Forest Products. “Now (we’re) shipping close to a half-million dollars every month.” With its huge, increasing population and growing economy, India has been identified by both the provincial and federal governments as a priority market for export growth. While many B.C. exporters agree, experts say distance, economic uncertainty and heavy government regulation mean it is still no easy task to break into the market, the world’s tenth largest by GDP.

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Birla preps for mill conversion

Northern Ontario Business
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new owners of Terrace Bay’s pulp mill say the conversion of the northwestern Ontario plant appears to remain on schedule to begin next year. Rayon maker Aditya Birla of India is planning to convert the former Buchanan pulp mill into a specialty pulp operation for use in its global operations to make rayon for textiles. The operation, known as AV Terrace Bay, gives the company access to surrounding woodlands to produce dissolving wood pulp, a critical ingredient for its viscose staple fibre (VSF) business.

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Kap’s Ouimette named VP for Tembec Ontario Operations

The Northern Times
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Times recently learned that General Manager for the Newsprint Operations for Tembec Kapuskasing, André Ouimette, has been promoted to Vice President, Ontario Operations. Ouimette has been with the company for 23 years, starting his career at Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company. Along with being responsible for the Kapuskasing Newsprint Operations, Ouimette is also in charge of the five sawmills located in Kap, Cochrane, Hearst, Chapleau and Huntsville as well as all the forest operations in Ontario.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Globes Wins GSA Recommendation

Environmental Leader
October 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In a big win for the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification program, the US General Services Administration (GSA) on Friday recommended the federal government use either the Green Globes or US Green Building Council’s LEED to gauge environmental performance in its construction and renovation projects. The GSA previously required LEED for its own buildings and recommended LEED for other agencies’ buildings. While the GSA will continue to use LEED for new construction, major modernization projects and existing buildings, spokesman Dan Cruz says, it recommends other federal agencies choose one of the two certification systems.

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Paper and the Untold Sustainable Forestry Story

By Teri Shanahan Vice President, Sustainability, International Paper
Triple Pundit
October 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Like most people on our planet, I care about forests. But until recently, I actually knew very little about forests other than how much I enjoy spending time in them. That all changed when I began this new role in sustainability in 2012. Since then, I’ve been researching to build my knowledge and engaged dozens of people in conversations to gain lots of different perspectives. The biggest thing I’ve learned? The story of sustainable forestry has not been told, and so it is dreadfully misunderstood.

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WWF lists 25 pulp and paper companies

Pulp and Paper News
October 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WWF recognizes the leadership in transparency of 25 of the world’s most important pulp and paper manufacturers, as demonstrated by their participation in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 2013. Companies voluntarily disclosed the ecological footprint of 40 product categories, more than doubling those evaluated in the 2011 index. The companies recognized for their transparency in today’s launch of the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2013 together produce 14 per cent of the world´s paper and board, respectively 28 per cent of the world’s graphic paper, 29 per cent of the world’s newsprint, 14 per cent of the world’s tissue and 6 per cent of the world’s packaging.

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Forestry

Controlled burn, wind ignites Cumberland-area forest fire

Comox Valley Echo
October 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A deer darts across a winding gravel road from ember-covered terrain to smouldering ground. All around, orange glowing light mixes with the violet skies of twilight, as firefighters battle a forest fire just outside of Cumberland, started by days of dry weather and a particularly windy day. “What happened was we had a controlled burn and then all of the sudden the weather got nice,” said Cumberland Fire Chief Mike Williamson, as he ushered his troops out of the Hancock Timber Resource Group-owned land to regroup Sunday night.

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Men killed in float plane crash well known in B.C. forestry

Victoria Times Colonist
October 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans are coming together for a memorial service to honour the life of Norm Slavik, one of three men who died in a float plane crash on West Cracroft Island last week.  Pilot Kevin Roger Williams, 40, of Lake Country, and Fred Wiley, 42, of Merville, also died in the Air Cab charter flight. …Norm Slavik and Wiley were both well known in the B.C. forest industry. Their unexpected deaths prompted TimberWest vice-president Dave Whiteley to issue a statement expressing “deep sadness.”

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Timberwest To Install Truck Wash Station

by Sue Handel, Communications Manager, TimberWest
Cowichan Valley Citizen
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The condition of the roads near Youbou, and in particular those in proximity to residential areas, is important to TimberWest. This fall we are moving ahead with the installation of a truck wash station near Youbou. We have researched numerous options and expect that a truck wash will substantially improve road cleanliness and provide relief to the residents of Youbou. The truck wash station will be installed on a paved stretch of TimberWest private road west of Youbou.

Light emerges from Youbou’s 10-year dust cloud from Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

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Ganaraska Forest logging during bird nesting season ruffles feathers

Local conservation authority re-writing rules to avoid logging during nesting season
Durham Region
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CLARINGTON — Protests are rising over migratory birds, their nests and young being accidentally destroyed when the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority allowed logging during the spring nesting season.  “That’s just not acceptable, and it’s not necessary, that’s the most aggravating part,” said Clarington resident Jim Richards. …The problem with logging in the late spring and early summer is that migratory birds are mating, building nests, laying eggs and caring for young in those trees.

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Good Earth Power finalizes agreement for group to manage 4FRI operations

White Mountain Independent
October 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF — Good Earth Power (GEP) is proud to announce the appointment of The Campbell Group as the forest management company that will implement GEP’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) stewardship contract in northern Arizona.
Tates Service Allignment 2 Weel Box The Campbell Group will be responsible for managing forest restoration operations under the 4FRI contract and will work with GEP to achieve the project’s objectives.

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Greenpeace: APP making ‘encouraging’ progress on zero deforestation commitment

Mongabay.com
October 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), an Indonesian forestry giant once notorious for destroying rainforests and peatlands, is making ‘encouraging’ progress in phasing forest destruction out of its supply chain, reports a new assessment from Greenpeace, which until recently was one of APP’s fiercest critics. The review, released today, evaluates APP’s progress on its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which commits the company to exclude fiber sourced from logging of natural forests and conversion of peatlands, and requires it to obtain Free, Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) from local communities in developing new plantations.

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Warm winters let trees sleep longer

Science Codex
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the temperate zones, vegetation follows the change of the seasons. After a winter pause, plants put out new growth in spring. Research has now brought a new correlation to light: The colder the winter, the earlier native plants begin to grow again. Since warmer winters can be expected as the climate changes, the spring development phase for typical forest trees might start later and later – giving an advantage to shrubs and invasive trees that don’t depend on the cold.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

In Forests, Climate Change Brings Complicated Consequences

Darmouth Now
October 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Climate change is creating new challenges for forests and forest managers. Dartmouth researchers have responded with a resource that can help those managing forest pests and pathogens—an extensive review of nearly 500 papers going back to 1665. “This is a comprehensive cross-disciplinary synthesis of how climate affects North American forests by changing patterns of pestilence” says Dartmouth Postdoctoral Researcher Aaron Weed, lead author on the paper, which was published in the journal Ecological Monographs.

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Biomass plant to officially open today

Cape Breton Post
October 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Nova Scotia Power’s newest power generation plant, the Port Hawkesbury biomass plant, has begun operations producing both electricity and steam and will officially open today. The utility will host an official opening event and a tour of the plant, which is located at the Port Hawkesbury Paper site on Pulp Mill Road in Point Tupper.  The new biomass-fuelled Nova Scotia Power co-generation plant has been operating at full capacity since July. 

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Forest Service names Schwarzenegger as honorary ranger

Idaho Mountain Express
October 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will name former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the agency’s third honorary forest ranger for his leadership on climate change. According to an Oct. 29 press release from the USFS, Tidwell will honor the part-time Sun Valley resident during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Schwarzenegger, 66, a native Austrian who served from 2003-11 as California’s 38th governor, is the third honorary forest ranger in the agency’s history. …Schwarzenegger joins actress Betty White and Rolling Stones keyboard player Chuck Leavell as an honorary ranger.

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Delco students conduct research for global study on climate change

Springfield Press
October 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

An unlikely pairing of Penn State Brandywine Information Science and Technology student Jonathan Spross and Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Laura Guertin has resulted in a research project that could change the way scientists look at trees and climate change. In March 2012, Guertin, of Media, signed on to the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Tree Banding Project, a global initiative encouraging scientists around the world to measure the growth of trees in their areas from season to season.

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