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Business & Politics

B.C. produced more than half of Canada’s softwood in 2012: StatsCan

Business in Vancouver
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than half of Canada’s total softwood production in 2012 was in British Columbia, according to Statistics Canada data released November 12. B.C. produced 29.1 million cubic metres of softwood last year, representing 53.5% of the country’s production (54.5 million cubic metres), followed by Quebec (20.1%) and Alberta (15.0%). The survey found that 83.1%, or 24.2 million cubic metres, of B.C.’s softwood production was spruce, pine and fir. When spruce, pine and fir are excluded, 90.1% of Canada’s softwood was produced in B.C.

Canadian lumber production on the rise, but it’s no 2004: StatsCan Report FromiPolitics

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Fortress Paper Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results

Marketwired
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2013 third quarter EBITDA loss of $7.3 million. The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated EBITDA loss of $6.6 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA of $1.6 million. Corporate costs contributed $2.3 million to EBITDA loss. Fortress reported adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $15.6 million, or diluted loss per share of $1.07 for the third quarter of 2013 on sales of $53.2 million.

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Catalyst results reflect improved operations

Several factors drive balance sheet improvements in third quarter
Powell River Peak
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation posted improved results in the third quarter of 2013 with higher sales revenues and production volumes, less maintenance-related downtime and the positive impact of a weaker Canadian dollar balancing the impact of underlying structural changes in the industry. Net earnings for the third quarter were $5.2 million ($0.36 per share) with a net loss before specific items of $3.5 million. This compares to a net loss of $28 million with a net loss before specific items of $18.1 million in the second quarter of 2013.

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Babine Mill looking towards early 2014 start up

HQ Prince George
November 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rebuild construction at Babine Sawmill in Burns Lake is expected to be completed in the next three months. According to Hampton Affiliates website, concrete pouring is expected to be done soon as the company works towards an early 2014 start up. Initial commissioning of electrical equipment started last month and the trimmer, sorter, and stacker line has been set up.

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New Zealand is a small market with big potential

Vancouver Sun
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The province exported close to $87 million worth of goods and imported $164.7 million. Topping the list of items sent to New Zealand was almost $16 million worth of sulphur, salt and lime, followed by just over $13 million worth of wood and wood products. The bulk of the wood sent to New Zealand is red cedar, about $11.8 million last year. “New Zealand, although small in population, has the largest per capita use of western red cedar,” said Jack Draper, managing director of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. “It’s certainly not our largest market but it’s a significant one and has been for a number of decades.”

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Pine beetle leads to future timber harvesting reduction in 100 Mile House region

Business in Vancouver
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the recent market upturn for forestry, the consequences of the mountain pine beetle epidemic continue to be felt in British Columbia’s Interior region. The B.C. government announced changes to the 100 Mile House timber supply area today, stating the amount of trees that can be logged will stay the same for now, but will be cut in half in the next five years. The current annual allowable cut for the 100 Mile House timber supply area will remain at 2 million cubic metres for the next five years.

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Local aboriginal business recognized for joint ventures

The Chilliwack Progress
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Chilliwack venture has been named ‘Joint Venture Business of the Year’ by the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards next month in Vancouver. Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe Management Ltd. has evolved from its roots as mainly forestry-based business a decade ago, into a multi-faceted management services provider representing seven First Nations communities in Chilliwack. “We’re flattered to have won this award,” said Matt Wealick, chief operating officer for Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe Management.

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Re-opening of Wawa mill brings welcome forestry sector jobs: NDP

Wawa News
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha says months of hard worked have paid off, as Rentech Inc.’s plans to reopen an idle mill in Wawa will move forward. The mill, which will be converted to an industrial wood pellet production facility, will employ 35 workers and support an additional 200 forest industry jobs. “I have been working closely with Rentech over the past 18 months while ensuring the government was aware of the importance of this project,” said Mantha.

Click here to read the press release from Ontario government.

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EarthFix Conversations: What Chinese Demand For Logs Means For NW Mills

OPB
November 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

China’s new demand for logs may be blunting economic troubles for timberland owners and logging crews, while making things worse for Northwest sawmills. A strengthening Asian export market for raw logs has ports up and down the coast interested in getting back into the business. In 2011, almost a quarter of the logs harvested in the Northwest were shipped to Asia. In recent years, China has displaced Japan as the top buyer of logs from the Northwest.

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Building buy-in at Plum Creek

Florida Trend
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The undeveloped land owned by Plum Creek Timber in east Alachua County is four times bigger than the borough of Manhattan. Currently, the company — the largest private landowner in the country — leases most of its 65,000 acres to hunters who prowl for deer and turkey. Alachua County officials knew the property wouldn’t remain undeveloped indefinitely. Eight years ago, officials asked the company, which primarily operates its holdings as timberland but also sells and develops some parcels, what it intended to do with its land.

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Montello company files closing notice

Wisconsin State Journal
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A Montello lumber and milling company has filed notice with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development stating that it will close by Jan. 5, 2014, if new business is not found to replace a major customer that pulled its business on Oct. 23. Glen Oak Lumber and Milling said four salaried and 21 hourly workers would be impacted by the closing. A week previously, the same company said it was cutting orders by 50 percent. At that time, Glen Oak reduced its payroll by one salaried worker and 17 hourly workers.

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Trott Lumber earns ‘outstanding logger’ award

Shelbyville Times-Gazette
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Forest Resources Association’s Appalachian Region and STIHL Incorporated honored Sam Trott of Shelbyville as the Region’s 2013 Outstanding Logger at its Annual Awards Dinner in Norton, Va. FRA’s Appalachian Region Chairman Brian Gingerich presented Trott, co-owner of Trott Lumber Co., Inc., with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque, and Mid-Atlantic STIHL’s Mike Preddy presented him with a STIHL MS 461 chain saw and a $250 check.

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Plans afoot to restart Vertaris mill

EUWID
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The liquidated Vertaris mill in France will possibly restart operations. Activapro, a Swiss investment company, is considering acquiring the site which has the capacity to produce 140,000 tpy of recycled pulp. Vertaris, former paper producer in the south-eastern French town of Voreppe that is under liquidation, is tantalisingly close to resuming operations.

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Finnish forest industry production volumes and exports increased slightly over a year ago

IHB
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In January-September 2013, Finland’s forest industry production volumes increased except in the graphic paper segment. “Despite the growth in production volumes, the Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness continues to suffer due to, for example, its high cost structure. The situation in the printing and writing paper segment continues to be especially difficult due to overcapacity across the European paper sector,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Six-storey wood frame building bill ‘premature:’ Ontario housing minister

Canadian Underwriter
November 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A bill that proposes to allow six-storey wood frame buildings in Ontario has been referred to a legislative committee, but the province’s municipal affairs and housing minister suggests that in its current form, the proposed law does not address the safety of homeowners. “At the end of the day, the bill doesn’t address something that’s important to firefighters and homeowners-safety,” Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey said Nov. 7 during a session at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

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Ontario’s best wood construction recognized

Daily Commercial News
November 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A select group of architects, engineers and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 13th annual Ontario Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto. The awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction across the province. “Wood design in Ontario is experiencing a renaissance,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project.

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Lawmaker decries green wood standards

The Hill
November 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Rep. Mark Meadows wants the federal government to make it easier for agencies to have a choice of woods to use to build new buildings. He says that competition among sustainable wood certification systems would be a boon for the economy and help create jobs. Increasing regulation, on the other hand, just sends business away from private forest owners and into other countries. “As we start to regulate it more, what happens is those jobs and that product goes where? It goes abroad,” Meadows said at an event on Tuesday sponsored by George Mason University.

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Forestry

Comment: Clayoquot legacy should shape the future

Victoria Times Colonist
November 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Clayoquot Sound remains in the minds of many as ground zero for large-scale, peaceful civil disobedience over logging of ancient forests on B.C.’s fabled West Coast. What happened 20 years ago has become synonymous with the widespread desire for the protection of intact ancient forests — too few of which remained then, and even fewer today.  …That summer when 12,000 people came together to protect the intact
valleys resulted in more than 850 arrests, the largest act of civil
disobedience in Canadian history.

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Company criticized for inadequate communication of Begbie Bench logging plans

Revelstoke Times Review
November 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stella-Jones communication for its plans to log in the Begbie Bench area was “inadequate” and “did not meet legal requirements for advertising,” says a new report by the Forest Practices Board on Friday.  “The licensee’s communication regarding its planned harvesting activities was inadequate,” the report states in its conclusion, adding it provided little opportunity for area residents to comment. …However, there was nothing illegal about the logging they undertook on the Begbie Bench, the report also finds.

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Safety experts warn against seven delusions

Prince George Citizen
November 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Central Interior Logging Association and the B.C. Forest Safety Council are hosting a lunch this month to share the latest views on getting forestry professionals home safe at the end of their work day. “World-renowned safety experts SAFEmap International will share with you seven delusions that impact safety performance,” said a joint statement from the two forestry agencies. Presenter Marius Jacobs said part of the problem is a corporate culture of safety that does not translate into practical safety measures in the field. The good intentions do not always link with the realities of working in the bush.

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Conifer reforestation irks Thunder Bay cottager

CBC News
November 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A century ago, conifer trees played a more dominant role in Thunder Bay-area forests than they do today — but a local cottage owner says the replanting of those species is changing the landscape too much. Don Stacey says he appreciates the view of the trees and the hills when he looks out over Prelate Lake, southwest of Thunder Bay. But Stacey said that view will be destroyed when a logging company harvests the deciduous trees and replants the area with conifer trees.

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Logger Threatens Legal Action Against Government

VOCM
November 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owner of a logging company on the Northern Peninsula who has been locked in a nasty dispute with government about rules and regulations says he’s going to counter-sue. Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley says government had no choice but to turn the case involving GNR Enterprises over to the justice system. Company owner Ralph Payne denies the allegations, and says he has never had any problems in the 50 years he has been in the logging business.

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Skepticism Remains With News Of Added 4fri Contractor

Payson Roundup
November 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mystery land manager tapped to manage one of the largest, most complex logging operations in history turns out to be mostly a land broker that bundles timber sales. Good Earth Power last week announced it will contract with The Campbell Group to manage the first 300,000 acres of a thinning and forest restoration contract that could one day encompass some 2.6 million acres.  …Groups that have pushed the Forest Service to adopt the forest restoration approach to logging reacted to the announcement with wary
optimism.

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Groups seek decision on southeast Alaska wolves

Associated Press
November 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two environmental groups say the federal government is taking too long to decide whether a subspecies of gray wolf found in southeast Alaska old-growth forests should be considered for endangered species protection. In a letter Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether additional protections are needed for Alexander Archipelago wolves, which are found on Prince of Wales Island and are genetically distinct from other wolves in the Tongass National Forest.

Feds EA status review for SE Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolves 2 years overdue From Sit News

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Federal forest crimes may get new approach

The penalties for thefts, weapons discharge or trespass could be changed by the county
The Register Guard
November 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Residents who head into Lane County forestland to trespass and shoot up trees or steal firewood, mushrooms, bear grass, ferns, cedar boughs or other special forest products could be in for somewhat softer legal treatment from Lane County’s sole federal forest­land patrol officer under a proposed change. The change aims to make it quicker, cheaper and easier for the county to handle such cases, while at the same time giving the violator a lighter penalty. Currently, a county sheriff’s deputy, paid by federal funds, pursues federal forestland trespass, weapons discharge and forest products theft as crimes under Oregon law.

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Red Cedars Aren’t as Thirsty as We Thought, But They Still Suck

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

Eastern Red Cedar trees are bad for Oklahoma. The volatile oils they contain can cause the trees to explode during wildfires, spreading embers over hundreds of yards. They crowd out other plants, force wildlife off their habitats, and bogart rainfall — which is bad news during a drought. As The Journal Record‘s Brian Brus reports, it’s been said each red cedar can guzzle dozens of gallons of water each day…

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Province issues licence to wood pellet maker

Northern Ontario Business
November 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a forest resource processing facility licence to Rentech, to support the company in its conversion of a former oriented strandboard in Wawa to pellet production. The California company took possession of the former Weyerhaeuser mill last spring. The licence is required for all mills which consume more than 1,000 cubic metres of wood per year. It also defines how a facility can be converted to another type of operation.

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UM gets $1M for biomass study

Montana Kaimin
November 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The way forestry graduate student Lucas Wells sees it, there are two options when it comes to trees killed by mountain pine beetles. “Use it or lose it,” Wells said. “That pretty much sums it up.” Wells is one of three students working on biomass projects with Woody Chung, associate professor of forest operations in the College of Forestry and Conservation. The team just recieved $1 million to study how to convert dead, commercially useless trees into biofuel.

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Wood- An Imperfect Biomass

Canada Free Press
November 12, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The largest, so-called renewable fuel used in Europe is not solar power or wind power, but wood. As The Economist reports, “In its various forms, from sticks to pellets to sawdust, wood (or to use its fashionable name, biomass) accounts for about half of Europe’s renewable energy consumption. In some countries, such as Poland and Finland, wood meets more than 80% of renewable energy demand. Even in Germany, home of the energy transformation which has poured huge subsidies into wind and solar power, 38% of non-fossil fuel consumption comes from the stuff.

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Biomass: The Chain of Destruction

The Ecologist
November 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Our latest report, Biomass: The Chain of Destruction, just launched at a public meeting in London, includes the first detailed case study of a land-grab linked directly to Europe’s new demand for wood-based bioenergy. That case study, which was researched and written by Ivonete Gonçalves de Souza (Cepedes) and Winfridus Overbeek (World Rainforest Movement), focusses on the Baixo Parnaíba region of the Brazilian state of Maranhão.

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