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Daily Archives: November 15, 2013

Business & Politics

Canada: Softwood lumber production up 5%

SC/IHB
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

According to a report released by Statistics 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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Lumber Prices Surge, Saw Mills Expansion In Most Viewed Stories

Woodworking Network
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Chinese lumber buyers swarmed through sawmills and lumberyards trying, in vain, to lock in prices. Highly coveted American hardwoods are in demand around the world, report analysts at Hardwood Review. As a result, U.S. sawmills are tooling up, with Associated Hardwoods the latest to grow sawmill capacity to fill demand. Through a specialized federal tax credit program, Associated Hardwoods will open a sawmill in Gaffney, SC. The new markets Tax Credit program supports development of manufacturing in rural areas.

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Mixed fortunes for forestry (Video)

Business in Vancouver
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Paul Harris offers an update on B.C.’s forestry sector, with good and bad news for loggers.

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Maple Ridge Mill Fire not suspicious

CKNW
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A major silo fire was avoided this morning at the Hammond Mill in Maple Ridge, when the internal safety systems kicked in and cooled it down. When Maple Ridge fire crews arrived on a call about a dust fire, they initially thought nearby homes would have to be evacuated, but that was not the case. No one was hurt, and Ditton Street has been re-opened.

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Paper machine auctioned off

Kenora Online
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s a sad day in Dryden, as the Domtar Mill gets rid of their paper mill equipment. The mill had called in a third party to auction of the equipment, which has been unused since paper production ceased at the mill. Steve Boon of UNIFOR says while it’s a sad day to see the equipment leaving, there’s still bright future for the mill. …The Dryden paper machine was officially shut down in 2008. The downsizing of their operations led a a large decrease in the assessed value of the property. The city’s budget estimates took a large hit, following the reassessment of the mill which cost the city $1 million in tax revenue.

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Sappi announces change in leadership at Cloquet mill

Pine Journal
November 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The $170 million “Project Athena” is complete and Sappi Fine Paper Managing Director Rick Dwyer is retiring. Dwyer has been replaced by Mike Schultz, a former mill managing director who directed the recently completed conversion project, which transformed Cloquet’s pulp mill from producing hardwood kraft pulp to chemical cellulose. It was the largest capital investment in Cloquet since the $500 million former Potlatch mill expansion here in the 1990s. Schultz is excited.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Eco Red Shield Treated Lumber for Modular Homes in Sandy Rebuild

Woodworking Network
November 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Eco Building Products, Inc., a manufacturer of treated wood products, announced today the supply of Eco Red Shield protected lumber for modular homes in the Hurricane Sandy rebuild. Bruce Goodstein, President of Statewide Custom Modular Homes, has ordered seven modular homes from his Virginia-based producer, Nationwide Homes, all of which are to be constructed out of Eco Red Shield protected lumber. Statewide Custom Modular Homes currently has under contract a total of seventy five homes with intentions to supply all of them utilizing Eco Red Shield Protection.

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Forestry

PWB’s goal of 1M trees planed by 2020 in sight

Prince George Citizen
November 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pacific Western Brewery announced Wednesday that it is on target with its private silviculture program.  The Prince George company has invested in the planting of 200,000 trees since launching the forestry initiative, with purchases of Cariboo Genuine Draft linked to planting new trees. “British Columbians know how important our natural landscape is,” said PWB owner Kazuko Komatsu. “From the growing tourism industry to the world-class recreation so many of us enjoy, it’s the cornerstone of B.C.’s identity. But nearly a decade of vicious forest fires and the mountain pine beetle epidemic have changed the B.C. wilderness forever.

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Woodtech courts NIC for ‘niche’ Alberni campus

Alberni Valley News
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Officials hope that a new protocol signed between Woodtech 21 and North Island College will breathe new life and attract new blood to the Valley’s forest industry. Spokesperson Gillian Trumper announced Monday at the city council meeting that the protocol was actually signed in July. The memorandum sets out how the two organizations will work together on common issues. In particular, Trumper said she hopes they can work together to establish a series of programs dealing with forestry and wood.

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Forestry Accused of Holding Vendetta

VOCM
November 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A man protesting a logging permit in Port Saunders is accusing forestry of having a vendetta against him. Ralph Payne, a spokesperson for GNR Enterprises Ltd., has been protesting with workers for over two weeks outside the Natural Resources Building in the town. He claims he’s on a hunger strike, too, and has been going without food and water. The company lost their permit to cut timber, but the Department of Natural Resources says the company violated the Forestry Act and have to answer to charges in court.

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Stop Roadless Area plan, return to multiple use in Tongass

by Frank Murkowski
Alaska Journal of Commerce
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Now Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack wants to significantly amend the 2008 Forest Plan by directing a 10- to 15-year transition to second-growth timber. …Amending the Forest Plan, as the Secretary proposes will cause the greatest harm of all. This is because the purpose of the transition to second growth is a blatant attempt to prevent entry into Roadless Areas, which the current Forest Plan allows. This policy will not only adversely affect timber, but renewable energy development, including hydropower and geothermal, and mining as well

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Elliott State Forest Land Sale May Go Ahead

Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The marbled murrelet may discourage timber companies from buying chunks of the Elliott State Forest, but that won’t necessarily stop the State Land Board from selling the land, a Department of State Lands spokeswoman said today. The State Land Board may sell 2,714 acres in Douglas and Coos counties to help offset losses to the Common School Fund caused by lawsuits that have blocked logging in the 93,000-acre state forest.

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Steve Daines: Whose side is he on?

Letter from Gabriel King
The Missoulian
November 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Will the real Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., please stand up? …Sadly, Daines appears to be falling into the camp with the partisan radicals.  Case in point: Daines has recently signed on with a radical national forest management bill being forwarded by tea party favorite Doc Hastings. The bill is a fantasy of those with a simplistic, narrow-minded view of national forests. …Across Montana, folks from sawmills, conservation groups and sportsmen’s organizations have hammered out real, practical visions for bringing people together and getting things done on the land.

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‘Zero net deforestation’ goals may harm natural forest – experts

Thomson Reuters Foundation
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Efforts by countries and companies to achieve “zero net deforestation” may be having the unintended effect of rainforests being replaced by less valuable plantations, a review warned on Thursday. “People probably think they’re doing the right thing,” said Sandra Brown, director of ecosystem services at Winrock International, a U.S. environmental services firm. But such targets “don’t necessarily produce the outcome desired”, said Brown, co-author of an article published in the journal Science.

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Ash dieback fungus might have mechanism to define territory and combat viruses, research shows

UK Forestry Commission
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The fungus which causes Chalara dieback of ash trees has the potential to defend itself against virus attacks, research by British scientists has shown. Plant pathologists Dr Joan Webber, from Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, and Professor Clive Brasier found that the defence mechanisms which the Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea) fungus uses to defend its territory could make it more resistant to virus-based control methods. Their research findings have been published in the journal Fungal Ecology*.

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Forest change mapped by Google Earth

BBC News
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth. The interactive online tool is publicly available and zooms in to a remarkably high level of local detail – a resolution of 30m. It charts the story of the world’s tree canopies from 2000 to 2012, based on 650,000 satellite images by Landsat 7. In that time, the Earth lost a combined “forest” the size of Mongolia, enough trees to cover the UK six times.

New High-Resolution Forest Maps Reveal World Loses 50 Soccer Fields of Trees per Minute From The Huffington Post

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PEFC International Recognizes Global Leaders

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
November 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. was recognized this week for the greatest increase in forest certification of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) national members at the PEFC General Assembly. SFI is one of 38 PEFC National Governing Bodies representing forest certification standards from around the globe at the PEFC General Assembly this week in Malaysia. SFI-certified area has grown to just over 100 million hectares in North America, representing 25 percent growth since last year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Fort St. James biomass project on track with financing

Power plant expected to be on the grid by 2016
Vancouver Sun
November 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of four wood-fired power plants approved in 2011 under a BC Hydro program to use mountain-pine-beetle-killed timber in British Columbia’s interior has lined up construction financing, aiming to deliver electricity onto the provincial grid by the summer of 2016. Fort St. James Green Energy LP, a partnership between Dalkia Canada Inc., a subsidiary of a French power firm, and Fengate Capital Management Ltd. said Thursday that it had closed a $175-million debt financing to support construction of the 40-megawatt, $235-million biomass power plant outside of the interior town it is named for.

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Forest industry calls for carbon tax abolition before global climate change talks

Australian Forest Products Association
November 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Australian Parliament resumes just as the 19th round of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks commence in Warsaw Poland, otherwise known as the Conference of Parties 19. Chief Executive Office Mr Ross Hampton, who will be travelling to Warsaw to represent the Australian forest and forest products industry, said, ‘The Coalition has a clear mandate to remove the carbon tax and replace it with the Direct Action policy. ‘It is in our national interest that businesses have certainty and that our political and departmental representatives sent to negotiate at COP 19 have policy clarity at home.

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General

Port Hawkesbury Paper fighting U.S. company in lawsuit

Paper company says it did nothing wrong
CBC News
November 15, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Port Hawkesbury Paper is denying it breached a contract with American company Bengal Paper and says it will continue to fight the legal battle. Lawsuits and counter suits have been filed in the lawsuit between the two companies. According to documents filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Port Hawkesbury Paper sued first. It accused Bengal of not paying for paper it ordered and wants $450,000. Bengal Paper claims Port Hawkesbury Paper failed to deliver the full order, leaving it unable to meet client orders.

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