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Daily Archives: November 1, 2013

Froggy Foibles

The Guardian ranks Romanian forest among Europe’s scariest places

Romania-Insider
November 1, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The Hoia-Baciu Forest surrounding Romanian city Cluj-Napoca has been named among the top 10 spookiest European holiday destinations by British newspaper The Guardian. Encouraging readers to “really spook yourself” on Halloween, the piece, presented a mixture of ancient sites to visit. Among them, was the Hoia-Baciu Forest, with the author telling tourists go to the “creepy forest” for a genuine thrill rather than visiting the more “kitsch” Bran Castle near Brasov, which was a “Dracula-themed cash-in”.

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Business & Politics

Ainsworth Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.  today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. …Sales of $114.3 million in the third quarter of 2013 were stable compared to the third quarter of 2012. During the third quarter of 2013, the average U.S. benchmark price for the North Central and Western Canada regions decreased by 19% and 26%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2012.

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Norbord Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

Canada Newswire press release
November 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. today reported EBITDA of $45 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $66 million in the same quarter last year and $102 million in the second quarter of 2013. North American operations generated EBITDA of $36 million in the quarter versus $58 million last year and $92 million in the prior quarter. European operations generated EBITDA of $12 million in both the third and second quarters of 2013 versus $10 million in the third quarter last year.

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Resolute Forest profit beats expectations as pulp demand rises

Reuters
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported a better-than-expected profit for the fourth consecutive quarter as demand for its pulp products improved, sending its shares up 15 per cent in early trade. Resolute, the largest newsprint maker in North America, has boosted pulp production, sold non-core paper producing assets and cut jobs since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2010.

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Another Mill Shutdown Announced

250 News
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Moricetown, B.C. – It’s more unwanted news in the forest industry. The Moricetown Development Corporation has announced the temporary closure of the Kyahwood finger joint plant. Calling it an extremely tough decision, the corporation says the shut-down will leave 71 employees without work, 99% percent of them are from Moricetown. Officials put the blame for the closure on the lack of money to service debt and the cost of trucking wood from Houston to Moricetown.

Kyahwood Forest Products mill closes from The Prince George Free Press

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Pallan Group in midst of restructuring

Campbell River Mirror
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s business as usual says the president of the Campbell River-based Pallan Group as the company goes through restructuring. “We’re doing business every day,” Derik Pallan said Wednesday. “We’ve been doing business here for 50 years and we’ll be here for another 50.” On Wednesday, a legal notice in the Mirror announced that KPMG of Vancouver had been appointed receiver of the limited companies: Pallan Timber Products, Pallan Holdings and Howe Sound Forest Products. …Pallan said they are working with KPMG and the bank to restructure their corporation which includes forestry, lumber sales and real estate holdings.

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Sawmill safety checks will focus on dust buildup

Canadian Press
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Inspectors are heading back to 150 B.C. sawmills over the next three months to ensure the operations are doing everything possible to reduce the buildup of potentially explosive wood dust. WorkSafe B.C. says a team of 10 officers will inspect the mills between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, as a continuation of the drive to reduce dust levels aggravated by the processing of the pine beetle-killed timber.

WorkSafeBC Starts New Round of Sawmill Inspections from 250 News

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Plan to swap B.C. timber harvesting rights will get competition bureau review

The Globe and Mail
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s Competition Bureau will review plans by two forestry companies to swap timber harvesting rights and close two sawmills in the B.C. Interior. Canfor Corp. announced last week it plans to close its Quesnel sawmill next March, while West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is aiming to shut down its Houston plant by next May. The deals would also entail West Fraser keeping its Quesnel mill open, aided by acquiring Canfor’s Crown forest licence for the area in an effective change of control.

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Strong Operational Performance Allows Western to Deliver $27.6 Million of Adjusted EBITDA in the Third Quarter of 2013

Market Wired
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- – Western Forest Products Inc. (“Western” or “the Company”) today announced results for the third quarter of 2013. The Company reported adjusted EBITDA of $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to adjusted EBITDA of $44.9 million for the second quarter of 2013 and $8.5 million for the third quarter of 2012.

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Stakeholders meeting requested

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An emergency meeting for all stakeholders in the Riverstone Plywood Inc. mill in Miramichi, New Brunswick was requested when city council met Oct. 24. Heath Stewart spoke on behalf of the former mill workers who filled the council chambers. He said, ‘“The purpose of the meeting (we’re requesting) is to strategize how we can keep our wood on the Miramichi River and ensure jobs are kept on the Miramichi to keep families together,’” the Miramichi Leader reported.

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IBRD announces $1.65-million loan for Jamestown plant

Farm Focus
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new lumber treating plant in Jamestown (Newfoundland & Labrador) is the result of a loan from the provincial government. Charlene Johnson, minister for innovation, business and rural development, made the announcement in Jamestown today (Oct. 30), along with Mike O’Donnell, president of plant owner Marwood Ltd., and Glen Little, MHA for Bonavista South. The Marwood plant began producing pressure-treated lumber in September.

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CN Rail, union reach tentative 3-year labour deal

Reuters
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canadian National Railway Co, the country’s largest rail operator, agreed to a new labour contract for some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic co-ordinators represented by the Teamsters union, the railway said Thursday. The tentative three-year deal, the details of which were withheld pending ratification, comes after a week of talks with government-appointed mediators. It averts the possible disruption of a cross-country network that ships goods ranging from lumber to crude oil.

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Green Diamond forest products firm names new president

Puget Sound Business Journal
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Green Diamond Resource Company, a privately held forest products firm whose roots go back to 1890, announced Wednesday that Douglas Reed will take over as president Jan. 1 after the retirement of the current president, Bill Brown. Board chairman Colin Moseley said the Seattle-based company is grateful for Brown’s “dedication and stewardship” since being named to the post of president in 2006. “Bill skillfully led the company through a very difficult recession with profound challenges for the company and the forest products industry,” he said.

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Sawmill Log Prices Up 30 Percent in Carolinas

Woodworking Network
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Sawmills in all producing regions reported rising timber and log prices. “There is no economic sense to timber prices,” said one mill owner in the Upper Midwest. Another in the Carolinas said log prices have increased 30% in the past year, and contacts elsewhere painted similar pictures. Landowners sitting atop the large Marcellus Shale formation in NY, PA, WV and OH are deriving more income from oil and gas leasing, and have less incentive to sell timber. Some mills have plenty of standing timber purchased, but are struggling to find loggers and trucks to get it to the mill.

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Gunns pulp mill permit for sale

AAP
November 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TASMANIAN Premier Lara Giddings is hopeful a pulp mill can still be built in the state with failed timber company Gunns’ permit going on the market. Gunns receivers KordaMentha have asked for expressions of interest in the company’s assets, which include the controversial pulp mill project’s permit and Bell Bay site. The assets also include several forestry businesses and 96,850 hectares of hardwood and softwood plantations. Gunns’ inability to attract an investor partner to build the $2.3 billion pulp mill is considered a major factor in the company’s collapse last year.

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Forestry

Scientists fear mutated white pine fungus could threaten eastern forests

The Associated Press
October 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

CONCORD, N.H. – A fungus targeting white pine forests has mutated and poses new threats more than a century after it first hit the United States, American and Canadian scientists said Thursday. A mutant form of white pine blister rust was discovered by Cornell University researcher Kerik Cox in 2011 in Connecticut. After two years of study, scientists now believe a large number of host plants — called ribes — previously thought to be immune to the fungus are susceptible.

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Watershed Moment

Northshore Outlook
October 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Will Koop and Paul Hundal reunite under a canopy of majestic western red cedar, hemlock and Douglas fir trees blanketed by an early morning mist in Capilano River Regional Park last Monday. They relish in quintessential North Shore natural splendor, knowing all too well the fragility of this second-growth forest. …In the early ’90s, the two thirty-somethings would routinely meet in a starkly contrasting environment — a sterile boardroom at the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s head office, where they would square off against bureaucrats in a deep-seated debate over logging the regional watersheds.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation’s anti-logging battle with province heats up

The Toronto Star
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation say Ontario’s logging plans would adversely affect forests in their community and worsen the mercury poisoning issues residents have been grappling with for decades. Chief Simon Fobister, “clan mother’’ Judith Da Silva, and band councillor Rudy Turtle met with the Toronto Star’s editorial board Wednesday and spoke out against the province’s long-term forest management plan for their area.

Grassy protests plans for Whiskey Jack from Kenora Online

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Southeast forest preservation projects announced

The Associated Press
October 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AWENDAW, S.C. — Lawmakers, businesspeople, conservationists and plain folks gathered Thursday as additional projects in a five-year effort to restore 200,000 acres of forestland in the Southeast were announced. Earlier this year, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper announced formation of the Forestland Stewards Initiative funded with a $7.5 million grant from the paper company. The initiative is granting money to restore and maintain forestlands in eight southeastern states from the Carolinas to Texas.

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Victoria cracks down on duck hunting, logging protesters

ABC News, Australia
November 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Government has announced a major crackdown on opponents of duck hunting and logging. …The Government has also created new offences for breaching an exclusion order in logging zones, with similar penalties.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Governor visits Stoltze’s co-generation plant

Flathead News Group
October 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Chuck Roady beamed as he stood at the microphone last week in front of the F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber’s new $22 million co-generation plant. The plant, which utilizes wood waste to heat the company’s mill, dry its wood and produce enough electricity for about 2,500 homes, was roaring behind him. “It’s a little loud, but we at Stoltze are darn glad, because it means its working,” Roady said. The facility has been operational since late this summer, but a grand opening on Oct. 24 drew a host of local dignitaries to view the plant in full production mode, including Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Redwood Trees Have Been ‘Recording’ Coastal Climate History For Thousands Of Years

International Business Times
October 31, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Redwood trees may shed light on coastal conditions thousands of years ago. According to new research by University of Washington climatologist Jim Johnstone, molecules in a redwood tree trunk reflect climate changes experienced throughout the tree’s lifetime. “This is really the first time that climate reconstruction has ever been done with redwoods,” Johnstone said in a statement about the study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. Redwoods, one of the world’s tallest trees, are native to California and Oregon.

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Forest waste to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors

Energy Harvesting Journal
November 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today’s activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost – and with environmentally friendly byproducts. “Supercapacitors are power devices very similar to our batteries,” said study leader Junhua Jiang, a senior research engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois.

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