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Daily Archives: November 12, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber sellers benefit from strong demand, low inventories

Stockhouse
November 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Strong demand continued for sellers of North American solid wood products this week, to the surprise of many players, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter http://madisonsreport.com. That inventories in the field are extremely weak has become apparent to all as sawmill order files extended to between two and four weeks for almost all producers, regardless of region or commodity. Historically the Canadian Remembrance Day holiday arrives as the business of manufacturing and shipping lumber and panel products is already well into its seasonal slowdown.

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Manufacturing at a glance: The Canadian lumber industry, 2003 to 2012

Statistics Canada
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada produced 54.5 million cubic metres of softwood lumber in 2012, up 5.0% from 2011. Softwood lumber accounts for almost 98% of Canadian lumber production. While softwood production rose in 2012, hardwood lumber production declined 13.2% to 1.3 million cubic metres. While Canada is home to a variety of species, the spruce, pine and fir species accounted for 90.0% of the nation’s softwood production.

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Rebuilding from summer floods in Alberta helps Stella-Jones Q3 lumber sales

Canadian Business
November 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones Inc. says rebuilding from summer floods in Alberta helped boost treated lumber sales in the third quarter as the company’s profit soared 34 per cent to $27.7 million. The Montreal-based concern earned 40 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, one cent short of analyst expectations. It earned $20.7 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Trade missions are integral to new markets

Letter by Don Kayne, CEO Canfor
Vancouver Sun
November 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Since 2003, the British Columbia forest industry has shipped more than $4.7 billion of lumber to China. This figure is even more striking when you consider that before 2003, lumber shipments to China were minimal. China is now B.C.’s largest offshore market for forest products, and this market was built over the course of a decade through exceptional collaboration between the B.C. government and the forest sector. One of the key elements of that market development plan has been and continues to be governmentled trade missions…The outcomes of these trade missions have brought real, tangible benefits to British Columbians. International trade is far and away the single largest determinant of our prosperity.

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Forest industry wants next-gen tech funding

Northern Ontario Business
November 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is calling on Ottawa to “renew and replenish” the Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program to help the struggling sector develop innovative technologies. FPAC is asking for IFIT to receive an additional $500 million over the next six years, starting with a modest $25 million next year and then scaling up to $150 million for the final two years of the program. “The sector has to do the heavy-lifting but we still need to partner with government to de-risk innovation and help bring new technologies to the final stage of commercial readiness,” said Catherine Cobden, FPAC’s executive vice-president on Nov. 7.

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Resolute pulls plug on Iroquois Falls paper machine

Northern Ontario Business
November 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products will permanently shutting down a paper machine in Iroquois Falls in six months. The machine shutdown will impact 70 workers, but the northeastern Ontario mill will continue to make newsprint on its remaining machine. Resolute said the machine was operating at less than 60 per cent of its annual production capacity, producing 30,000 tonness of specialty and construction grade papers. The company said markets for these products have been declining and are expected to keep declining.

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Roseburg Forest Products plans Missoula mill improvements

The Missoulian
November 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Roseburg Forest Products’ Missoula mill will see significant improvements next summer… The changes should allow the particleboard plant to grow from three work shifts to four, although Allen said it was uncertain if that would also mean more jobs. The plant currently employs 96 hourly workers and 16 salaried staff.

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Domtar Corp : We Energies biomass plant begins commercial operation

4-Traders
November 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. — We Energies announced today that the biomass-fueled power plant on the site of Domtar Corporation’s Rothschild, Wis., paper mill was placed into commercial operation Friday, Nov. 8, after testing and commissioning activities were successfully completed. Wood, waste wood and sawdust are being used to produce up to 50 megawatts of electricity; steam provided by the plant is also supporting Domtar’s sustainable papermaking operations.

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Forest contractors associations merge to survive

From clogs to clogs in three generations….. the proverb equally could be ‘logs to logs’.
ABC News, Australia
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

… The Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association has just marked its 50th anniversary, and the Association is not what it was. At it’s peak in about 1990, the association boasted over 200 members and had the backing of the major forest products companies. Economic downturn spurs on association merger. The contractors association membership has been decimated since the global financial crisis of 2009.The revenue base has collapsed and forced the Tasmanian and Australian Forest Contractors Associations to merge, under the national banner.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood mid-rise bill heads to committee

Northern Ontario Business
November 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Construction of mid-rise wood frame buildings in Ontario could soon become reality. Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced that his private members’ bill — Bill 13, the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act — passed second reading at Queen’s Park with all-party support. “This is a huge step forward towards providing a much-needed boost to the Northern Ontario economy,” said Fedeli… The bill aims to amend the Ontario Building Code to allow wood frame construction of buildings of up to six storeys instead of the current four. Fedeli’s bill garnered from the Ontario Home Builders Association, the Canadian Wood Council and Northern Ontario municipal groups

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Greenbuild expo slated for Philadelphia

Daily Commercial News
November 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In a few weeks, approximately 30,000 people from all over the world will descend upon the city of Philadelphia for the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which features three days of extensive educational programming, workshops and showcases of the latest green products and services. Presented by the U.S. Green Building Council and owned and produced by Hanley Wood, Greenbuild, which takes place from Nov. 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

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Wegmans Food Markets Achieves Two Green Globes

Perishable News
November 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR – The Green Building Initiative™ (GBI) announced that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. recently received a two Green Globes certification for their Germantown, MD store. The Green Globes building assessment and certification program awards qualifying buildings one through four Globes based on environmental achievements. Green Globes, a user-friendly alternative to LEED, is administered in the U.S. by the GBI. 

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Colorado Springs builder recycles trees destroyed by wildfires in new homes

The Gazette
November 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

When Andy Stauffer’s company, Colorado Timber Homes, was rebuilding a Mountain Shadows home destroyed during the Waldo Canyon fire, he had an idea for linking the old and the new… Lately, his company is rebuilding homes that were destroyed in the recent Black Forest fire and he’s creating new mantles from burned pine trees that he’s recycling from his clients’ lots. And seeing all those thousands of acres of burned trees prompted him to think how he might recycle more of the wood, rather than see it all of it simply lost to the chippers.

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Forestry

Wildfire prevention lagging in national parks, environment commissioner says

Canada.com
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Parks Canada is throwing cold water on a new report by the federal environment commissioner that says the agency isn’t doing enough to prevent wildfires in its national spaces. The issue is “fire targets,” which are meant to help ensure forest eco-systems remain healthy. Parks Canada is expected to do controlled burns through certain areas in order to recycle nutrients into the soil and encourage new plant growth. The burns also help prevent spontaneous fires from breaking out.

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High school forestry program highlights B.C. skills-training overhaul

The Globe and Mail
November 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The skidder rumbles to a start around 9:30 a.m., the purr of its engine breaking the quiet of the B.C. bush… The day’s activities are similar to those of any other forestry operation in B.C., with one exception: The workers are 16 and 17 years old. On this chilly day in late October, a dozen students from Charles Bloom Secondary School’s forestry program are at the woodlot in Trinity Valley, about a 20-minute bus ride from the school in Lumby. Bloom is one of two high schools in B.C. with its own woodlot – the other is Nechako Valley Secondary School in Vanderhoof – and the only one with active logging equipment. While the school has operated the woodlot for about a dozen years, the forestry program has taken on new significance as B.C. begins a dramatic overhaul of its curriculum for kindergarten through high school in pursuit of a new skills-training agenda.

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Open house focuses on forest management initiatives

Dailyherald Tribune
November 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mountain pine beetle infestation continues to dictate a pine-focused harvest for forestry companies operating in the Grande Prairie area. In managing the little critters, Alberta Environment Sustainable Resource Development will continue to run its Level 1 management program, while Level 2 treatment facilitated by the industry, puts harvest priorities on the most susceptible stands, said Bernie Morin forestry supervisor, with Canfor Corp… “We want the public, if they have any concerns about how we’re responding to the mountain pine beetle or anything else, to have a one-stop shop. All the players are in the same room,” said Christine Kreibom Quinn, silviculture forester with Canfor.

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Should forest service road directional signage improve?

Arrow Lakes News
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… West Arrow Park resident David Coleman thinks the Ministry of Forests should improve the signage on the west side of the Arrow Lakes, since the roadway serves as a vital link for residents and a detour for many who encounter unreasonable waits at the ferry crossings. He feels better signage could have helped avert the tragedy that led to the death of Kyung Chun, a Burnaby mushroom picker who died sometime in September or October. Chun’s van got stuck while trying to turn around on a logging road, after he turned off the main road.

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Fighting for Forests on Vancouver Island

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CTV News
November 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

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No Logging Old-Growth on the Duncan – For Now

Boundary Sentinel
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The company that holds the forest license that would allow logging to two stands of thousand-year-old cedar deep in the Duncan River valley says that the trees will stay standing – for now. In September, a group calling themselves the ‘Duncan Defenders’ launched an offensive against potential logging of the two remaining old-growth stands totaling about 1,000 trees at 58 and 59 kilometre marks to the Duncan Lake Road north of Kaslo – after they spotted flagging tape on the trees earlier this year. Initially Kaslo-based Blue Ridge Timber, the company that is managing the forest license of the now-defunct Meadow Creek Cedar, told the Defenders that there were indeed plans to log the trees.

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Forest products contracts require boards’ approval

J.D. Irving had been doing direct sales with private woodlot owners
CBC News
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The power of New Brunswick’s forest products marketing boards to review and approve all contracts for the sale of wood from private land has been upheld by a provincial panel. In a recent decision, New Brunswick Forest Products Commission found, “the boards have jurisdiction to require all direct agreements …be reviewed and approved. J.D. Irving, has been entering into direct sale contracts with woodlot owners in New Brunswick instead of purchasing through the seven marketing boards.

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Forest Certification Monopoly is a Bad Deal for Consumers

American Consumer Institute
November 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released its latest ConsumerGram, “Forest Certification Monopoly WouldKill Jobs and Cost Consumers.” The report highlights studies from both ACI and other experts who warn against the negative economic consequences of monopolizing forest certification. Doing so would cost tens of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, while harming the environment. As previous research from ACI found, a Forest Stewardship Council monopoly of forest certification could lead to $10 billion in annual consumer welfare losses for domestic wood products markets and $24 billion annually for paper markets.

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Scientists Clone ‘Unclonable’ Tree

Critics thought John Muir’s famed giant sequoia was too old to clone
Newser
November 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CALIFORNIA – Big news in the world of horticulture—literally. Scientists have managed to successfully clone a genetic replica of a famed giant sequoia. Three reasons why this is a big deal: The 70-foot tree was planted by John Muir, who had a heavy hand in the founding of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks; the tree is being ravaged by an airborne fungus; and critics didn’t think a tree of this species could be cloned after its 80th birthday, reports the Los Angeles Times. This tree is about 130 years old.

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County leaders, scientists stake out positions

Mail Tribune
November 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The lead scientist for the Geos Institute, a conservation group in Ashland, is advising against salvaging timber in areas burned by last summer’s fires, while the Jackson County Board of Commissioners is adamantly in support. “The best thing you can do for these forests after they have gone through a fire is just leave them alone,” said Dominick DellaSala, a forest ecologist and chief scientist at Geos. DellaSala was the lead author of a letter signed by some 250 scientists sent to Congress on Oct. 30.

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Marbled murrelets discovered in Elliott State Forest, put land sale in doubt

The Oregonian
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The discovery of threatened marbled murrelet seabirds has cast uncertainty over a plan to sell state-owned land in the Elliott State Forest in Coos County. The protected seabird was spotted this summer by state surveyors and volunteers with Coast Range Forest Watch, a conservation group that opposes the sale. Before the discovery, when logging wouldn’t have been restricted, three tracts for sale in the forest were valued at $22.1 million. After the endangered species was found, the land’s value dropped to $3.6 million, according to state appraisals. Stands occupied by murrelets can’t be logged and are worth less.

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Maine Voices: Resilient forest economy evolves It’s not just about big mills anymore.

November 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

We’re on the cusp of a new kind of thinking in Maine and across the nation… Patrick Strauch is the executive director of Maine Forest Products Council. Katz called this the Third Industrial Revolution and stressed the need to bring manufacturing back to the nation and to Maine. But as people talk about bringing back manufacturing jobs, they should know that some of those jobs never left. There are some of the “greenest” jobs in the world in the forest industry… We are still the state’s leading manufacturing industry and its largest exporter.

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Maine Voices: Resilient forest economy evolves It’s not just about big mills anymore.

November 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

We’re on the cusp of a new kind of thinking in Maine and across the nation… Patrick Strauch is the executive director of Maine Forest Products Council. Katz called this the Third Industrial Revolution and stressed the need to bring manufacturing back to the nation and to Maine. But as people talk about bringing back manufacturing jobs, they should know that some of those jobs never left. There are some of the “greenest” jobs in the world in the forest industry… We are still the state’s leading manufacturing industry and its largest exporter.

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Protester occupies forest treehouse to protect Leadbeater’s possum

The Sydney Morning Herald
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Perched 25 metres off the ground upon a mountain ash tree, Hannah Patchett’s new home lacks the luxuries enjoyed by most 20-year-olds. But the bright red treehouse, high in the Toolangi State Forest 80 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, was designed for a purpose – to highlight the plight of Victoria’s faunal emblem. The spartan treehouse is located in a small pocket of old-growth mountain ash forest that forms vital habitat for the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. gov’t hints at carbon offsets plan to counter massive emissions from LNG plants

Vancouver Sun
November 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Like the underground shale gas that Premier Christy Clark says will pave the way to a debt-free future, British Columbia appears caught between a rock and a hard place in balancing its hunger for a burgeoning liquefied natural gas industry and meeting its ambitious 2007 greenhouse gas pollution-reduction targets. If there is a definitive plan in place, the government isn’t laying it out yet: Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman says the Liberals’ LNG economic plan, which includes a tax structure developed with industry consultation, should be complete within the next 30 days. It won’t be introduced to the legislature until next.

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Climate change opens door to forest pests new to Great Lakes

Great Lakes Echo
November 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mimosa webworm was nowhere to be found on honeylocust trees at Michigan State University 20 years ago. But within the past decade, warming temperatures made the East Lansing, Michigan campus an appealing home for this destructive bug. “It was the canary in the coal mine,” said Deb McCullough, an entomologist at the university who witnessed the honeylocust trees disappear from campus as temperatures warmed and the mimosa webworm moved north into Michigan. It’s a phenomenon not confined to webworms and honeylocust trees as the Earth’s temperature rises and the variability of climate increases.

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USDA Awards Grant to Develop Beetle-Killed Wood as Sustainable Feedstock for Distributed Bio-Refineries

Cleantech.com
November 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a developer of small scale bio-refineries for the conversion of non-food biomass into biofuels and soil enhancing biochar, as a member of the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, was awarded a grant by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the scientific underpinnings for using beetle-killed wood as a sustainable feedstock for distributed bio-refineries. “Infestations of pine and spruce bark beetles have impacted over 42 million acres of U.S. forests since 1996, and a changing climate threatens to expand the threat from bark beetle on our forest lands,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

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Beetle juice? Trees killed by bugs eyed as biofuel for cars

NBC News
November 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Millions of acres of U.S. forest lands are carpeted with stands of unsightly reddish-brown trees that were killed by voracious beetles the size of rice grains. A $10 million, five-year research program launched this week aims to determine if the beetle-killed trees can be turned into biofuel for cars and trucks without breaking the bank or exacerbating climate change, which is aiding the beetle mania. “A crucial thing with biofuels is that we understand just how much greenhouse gases do we really offset.

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Creating bio-oil from wood chips a reality at Battelle

Biodiesel Magazine
November 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit converts one ton of pine chips, shavings and sawdust into as much as 130 gallons of wet bio-oil per day. This intermediate bio-oil then can be upgraded by hydrotreatment into a gas/diesel blend or jet fuel.

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ASU study: How to preserve tree species amid climate change

Arizona Daily Star
November 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

TEMPE — Two researchers at Arizona State University are aiming to help officials manage trees based on how different types are affected by climate change. Janet Franklin, a geography professor, and Pep Serra-Diaz, a postdoctoral researcher, are using computer models to study how quickly a tree species and its habitat will be exposed to climate change. That information is used to locate areas with specific elevations and latitudes where trees could survive and repopulate.

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Wood-burning power plants: Misguided climate change solution?

The Washington Times
November 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CHICAGO — Is wood the best fuel to generate electricity? Despite wood’s low energy density and high cost, utilities in the US and abroad are switching from coal to wood to produce electrical power. The switch to wood is driven by regulations from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other international organizations. These regulations are based on the false assumption that burning wood reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Wood has never been a major fuel source for electrical power… A switch to wood is not going back in time; it is adopting a fuel that was regarded as inferior at the dawn of the electrical age. Pound for pound, wood contains less energy and is more expensive than other fuels.

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General

Support still strong for Tester’s forest jobs bill

The Missoulian
November 9, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

… As Montanans active in forest-management issues, perhaps we’ve never matched the enormity of the impasse in Washington, D.C. But we’ve certainly learned that all-or-nothing generally leads to nothing… Our experience revolves around Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, a bill now making its way through the U.S. Senate… A large, diverse and bipartisan coalition is working together on this pragmatic, made-in-Montana approach to improving national forest management. At a time when nearly any issue divides many Americans, Montana’s FJRA partners are more united than ever. And so is Montana. Repeated polls show that more than 70 percent of Montanans support Tester’s forest jobs bill.

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