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Daily Archives: November 14, 2013

Business & Politics

Lower rates for B.C. loggers bad news for forestry: report

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

Consolidation in British Columbia’s coastal forestry sector has put the squeeze on independent logging contractors, resulting in less investment in aging equipment and problems attracting workers, according to a study released November 12 by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA). The study was written by Harry Nelson, a forestry professor at the University of British Columbia, and commissioned by the TLA, which represents independent logging contractors on B.C.’s coast.

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Fortress Paper says Chinese duties will harm Canada’s pulp sector

The Canadian Press
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper says dumping duties being imposed by China will increase short-term demand and prices for dissolving pulp used primarily to make clothing, but pose a serious danger long term for the sector in Canada, the US and Brazil. Chief executive Chadwick Wasilenkoff said viscose producers have let their stocks of dissolving pulp deplete in anticipation of the announcement of duties, including the 13% levy applied to Fortress, Tembec and two private Canadian producers on the East Coast. 

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Idled Wawa mill to produce wood pellets

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

The province says an idle mill in Wawa will re-open and create about 40 jobs in the process. Rentech Incorporated will convert an idle mill to an industrial wood pellet production facility. The province says production is set to begin next fall, and the machine will have an annual production of 360,000 tonnes of pellets by 2016. …The company has a contract to export pellets to a power generating facility in the United Kingdom which is converting from coal-powered generation to burning biomass fuel.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. poised for wave of hiring in Longview

The Daily News Online
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. officials said Wednesday they are hiring new employees across all sectors of the company’s Longview operations to meet rising domestic and export demand and to replace an aging workforce. At a community leaders’ forum at the Cowlitz Expo Center, company and timber industry leaders said nationwide housing starts are improving, Asian demand for logs remains strong and the recession appears to be in their rearview mirror.

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Port of Port Angeles projects 46% revenue increase from log exports in 2014

Peninsula Daily News
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — The Port of Port Angeles’ log yard is going gangbusters, with exports to China and South Korea expected to continue into 2014. The port’s preliminary 2014 spending plan projects a 46 percent increase in log yard revenue compared with 2013. The logs are grown on privately owned growing grounds. The trend is consistent with across-the-board projected increases in revenue for the junior taxing district. The plan foresees the busy Marine Drive log yard generating $1.8 million at its location west of the port’s Boat Haven.

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States Industries cuts back workforce

The Register Guard
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

States Industries, a Eugene wood products company, laid off about 10 percent of its 331-person workforce on Monday, according to one of the laid-off employees, Damon Wilson. Wilson said he asked for a written layoff notice and received one that stated “To whom it may concern, due to economic conditions on Nov. 11, 2013, there were curtailments made at States Industries. Unfortunately, Damon Wilson was one whose position was curtailed due to lack of work.” Company President Mike Taylor was traveling and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Associated Hardwoods Building $8.7 Million Sawmill

Woodworking Network
November 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GAFFNEY, SC – Associated Hardwoods SC, Inc., secured $8.7 million in funding through a New Markets Tax Credit allocation secured from CEI Capital Management, LLC. Associated Hardwoods will use the funding to build and operate a sawmill in Gaffney, SC. The company projects that bill, with an economic impact of $14.7 million estimated during the first four years of the project. Tax Advantage Group managed the funding process. Wells Fargo Community Investment Holdings provided the investment and leveraged debt for Associated Hardwoods, to build a rural sawmill.

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Kimberly-Clark Australia wins FSC supplier of the year

Pulp and Paper News
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Kimberly-Clark Australia, marketer of the Kleenex, Viva, Kleenex Cottonelle, Huggies, U by Kotex, Poise and Depend brands, was awarded the FSC Supplier of the Year award at the annual 2013 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia Excellence Awards held in Melbourne. This marks the third prestigious sustainability award that Kimberly-Clark Australia has won this year, adding to Banksia Award for Leading inSustainability for large Organizations and The Australian Business Award for Environmental Sustainability.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Boyd receives 2013 wood champion honours

Daily Commercial News
November 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Wood WORKS! has presented its 2013 Wood Champion Award to Steve Boyd, vice-president of Newmarket-based Quaile Engineering Ltd.  “There are some very special champions in practice who consistently support wood in projects, who continue to overcome objections to building with wood, leading the way for others,” Wood WORKS! said in a release. “This year’s wood champion has not only put much effort into providing engineering solutions in wood for projects like the G8 Summit Centre in Huntsville, the Wilmot Recreation Complex in Baden, and the Ontario Pioneer Camp in Port Sydney.

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John Wardle Architects wins Robin Boyd Award for second successive year

The Australian
November 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A BEACH house on a ridgeline above the Great Ocean Road in Victoria has clinched the country’s most prestigious residential architecture prize for a second year in a row for John Wardle Architects.  The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House last night. …In contrast to the green-grey of the zinc cladding, the interior is completely lined in timber, to form an enclosure for living that completely immerses its inhabitants.

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Forestry

It’s a love trap, baby: Synthetic pheromone helps scientists provoke pine beetle mania

Edmonton Journal
November 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The mountain pine beetles destroying Canada’s boreal forests may be eradicated by luring them into deadly love traps. Scientists at the University of Alberta are using pheromones as bait to capture the lovesick insects before they can ravage strands of lodgepole and jack pine. “When the female releases a pheromone, hundreds of beetles congregate,” Nadir Erbilgin, an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology, said. “It is a very effective tool for communicating.”

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Daines’ bill is no good

Helena Independent Record
November 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Representative Steve Daines co-sponsored a horrible bill, H.R. 1526. Please ask Sens. Tester and Baucus to kill H.R. 1526 in the Senate. . …Currently, Montana has two good forest bills awaiting Senate action, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act. The majority of Montanans support these bills. Please urge Rep. Daines to unite with our Senators and pass these bills now.

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Emerald Ash Borer Discovery In Colorado Prompts Emergency Tree Quarantine

The Huffington Post
November 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s a new beetle in town, and it’s put a large chunk of Colorado under an emergency tree quarantine. The state’s department of agriculture said Tuesday that the discovery of the Asian Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado marks the western-most discovery of the insect in North America, and that the pest poses a serious danger to the state’s ash trees. “This insect … makes all other insects look beneficial,” Longmont City Forester Ken Wicklund told The Denver Post.

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Sprayed Trees Being Attacked By Pine Beetles

Associated Press
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says landowners who had their pine trees sprayed this year to protect them from mountain pine beetles have noted that trees are still getting lost. State forester Ray Sowers says some landowners that had dozens to hundreds of trees sprayed by commercial services have reported tree losses from mountain pine beetle attack at anywhere from 20 to 60 percent or more. That’s much higher than what the department has seen in the past. A normal loss from spraying is anywhere from 0 percent to 3 percent.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant remains a hot topic in Chase

About 220 people show up at public hearing
Kamloops Daily News
November 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHASE — If the turnout at a second public hearing and number of written submissions are any indication, the controversy surrounding a wood-pellet plant on Aylmer Road has not subsided. About 220 people attended the hearing at the Chase Community Hall on Tuesday night. Many blasted the proposed $40-million project on grounds of noise and dust pollution. Mayor Ron Anderson and his four councillors listened to each person as he or she took the microphone. On the desk in front of Anderson was a binder full of more than 400 written submissions from residents.

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California issues first forestry offset credits for CO2 market

Reuters
November 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California businesses covered by the state’s cap-and-trade program will soon be able to use forest conservation projects to offset the carbon emissions from their plants and factories after the state issued the first batch of credits on Wednesday. The state issued 1.2 million offset credits to the 19,000-acre Willits Woods project, which was developed by Coastal Ridges LLC. The project is located in Mendocino County, about 150 miles north of San Francisco.

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