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Daily Archives: November 19, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Some thoughts on Jack Munro

Tom Tevlin
November 18, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada West

It’s indisputable that Jack Munro, a giant of BC politics, improved the lives of a great many Canadians. It’s even fair to say he saved some lives as well; Munro’s commitment to logger safety is as important an achievement as any other of his collective bargaining accomplishments. But what’s less discussed is the key role he played at the Forest Alliance of BC where he was its high-profile and influential Chair through the 1990s, as valley-by-valley land-use disputes spread across the province like wildfire, making headlines here and in BC’s international markets.

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Business & Politics

Norbord Announces Top-Level Management Change

Woodworking Network
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Norbord Inc. is preparing for a changing of the guard at its top management level with Barrie Shineton set to be replaced by Peter Wijnbergen as president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2014. Wijnbergen is currently COO for Norbord, a position he was appointed to in September 2010. During his 26-year career with Norbord, Wijnbergen has served as senior vice president, Eastern Operations, and senior vice president marketing, sales and logistics among other roles.

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Ratification votes planned as Steelworkers reach pattern deal with Canfor

The Canadian Press
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ratification votes will be held over the next 10 days as United Steelworkers members at Canadian Forest Products mills in the B.C. Interior consider a new contract. The proposed five year pact ends five months of bargaining and union spokesman Bob Matters says it offers considerable gains for employees at the roughly one dozen Canfor mills in northern B.C. and several of the company’s operations in the southern Interior.

Canfor deal put to union members From The Prince George Citizen

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Western Forest Products: ‘Being more efficient important part of being globally competitive’

The Vancouver Sun
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The economic downturn of recent years was felt by industries all over the world. B.C.’s wood products sector was no exception in experiencing a changed business climate. Western Forest Products, since the downturn, has positioned themselves by reducing costs, focusing on maximizing margin, and investing in their facilities. Energy efficiency was identified as an opportunity to reduce costs. By targeting areas where it could improve energy efficiency, Western Forest Products reduced energy consumption and saved money..

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Haida building business success in island forestry

Quality over quantity the new mantra as native band companies increasingly take charge of forest industry on Haida Gwaii archipelago
Business in Vancouver
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Council of the Haida Nation forestry company is finding success in smaller-scale logging by focusing on quality over quantity. Taan Forest Products is one of three subsidiaries (see sidebar) owned by the Haida Enterprise Corp. (HaiCo). “We are working on selling by the ounce and not by the tonne,” Roslyn Kunin, an economist and board member of HaiCo, told Business in Vancouver. It’s a switch from the fraught relationship the Haida once had with the forestry industry.

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Chinese powers host Terrace and Kitselas officials

Terrace Standard
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A DELEGATION of Terrace and Kitselas First Nations officials is wooing investors in China this week on a trip partially financed by the Chinese government and several state-controlled companies. The goal is to sell portions of the 2,400-acre Skeena Industrial Development Park located just south of the Northwest Regional Airport, Terrace mayor Dave Pernarowski said at a city council meeting Nov. 12. There exist “a number of opportunities including forestry, agriculture or power generation,” Pernarowski said later last week.

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Vavenby union chief hopes for rejection of deal in North

Kamloops Daily News
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unionized millworkers at Canfor Vavenby won’t get to vote on a proposed deal but will be bound by its terms. Ratification votes will be held over the next 10 days for United Steelworkers members at Canfor’s northern B.C. mills. But the roughly 140 unionized members at the Vavenby sawmill, who voted several years ago to accept what Local 1-417 president Marty Gibbons called a “me-too” provision, are at the whims of their colleagues at northern Canfor operations. “Our local is tied into whatever the North does. . . . It’s our hope it will be rejected.”

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Fortress Paper in negotiations with China on duty, CEO says

The Gazette
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Fortress Paper Ltd. has begun negotiating a reduction in China’s proposed 15 per cent anti-dumping duty on Canadian exports of viscose rayon pulp, Yvon Pelletier, president of the company’s specialty pulp business, said Monday. “We’re presenting the latest cost and operating data at our new Thurso dissolving pulp mill to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and we’re confident we can show no dumping has occurred,” he said.

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Lumber traders cautious as prices remain firm, on weak inventories

Stockhouse
November 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber and panel traders across North American collectively held their breath this week as demand continued relatively strong for the season, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. Prices on most solid wood commodities held firm or popped up slightly as players realized that inventories in the field remain extremely weak. Sentiment was generally uncertain though, as veterans and neophytes alike were reluctant to stock up at these high prices.

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Reality Check: US Lumber Prices Edge Up in Mild Housing Upturn

MNI
November 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. lumber prices have firmed in recent months as rising housing starts have put pressure on lean inventories, creating a supply shortage that has yet to fully unwind, executives and industry experts told MNI. Some further gains can be expected in 2014 as the housing recovery strengthens although the growth in single- and multi-family starts is expected to be modest by pre-recession standards, pointing to commensurate gains for lumber prices.

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Pulp mill support ‘a waste of time’

The Examiner
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A MOVE to show support for the development of a Tamar Valley pulp mill is a time wasting, headline-grabbing exercise, a Legislative Councillor has said. Mersey independent MLC Mike Gaffney said Windermere independent MLC Ivan Dean’s decision to bring on debate on a motion asking the upper house to reaffirm its support for the proposed pulp mill on the third last day of parliament for the year was a media stunt. The Legislative Council has a packed agenda this week, with debate on 14 Bills expected to be squeezed into the last three parliamentary sitting days of the year and, possibly, this term of government.

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Canada’s Domtar to buy Spanish diaper maker Indas

Reuters
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Canadian paper and pulp products producer Domtar Corp said it would buy privately held Spanish diaper maker Laboratorios Indas for 285 million euros ($386 million). Domtar has been buying diaper makers in the United States and Europe in the past two years to expand its personal care business and reduce its exposure to weak pulp prices.

Click here to read the press release from the Domtar.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Woodbook: A Must-Have Reference

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

An illustrated encyclopedia of wood species, The Woodbook was originally published as American Woods, a 14-volume reference culled and assembled by Romeyn Beck Hough between 1888 and 1913. Produced in what was certainly a stunning endeavor, American Woods featured actual wood specimens mounted on card stock — described as a work of “beauty that has set the standard for the study of trees and wood.” Publisher Taschen reproduced the book photographically in Woodbook, which includes all of the specimen pages from the original volumes.

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American paper industry votes “yes” for the Paper Check-off

November 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American paper industry has voted overwhelmingly to create the Paper and Paper-based Packaging Promotion and Research program (Paper Check-off). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the referendum results in which 85 percent of the companies and 95 percent of the production voting to support the measure. “The Paper Check-off will allow us to inform consumers of the sustainable products we make and the responsible manner in which we make them”, says John D. Williams, President and CEO, Domtar.

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Forestry

Tree farm links Nanaimo to logging past

Nanaimo News Bulletin
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A team of volunteers has spent nearly a decade revitalizing a little-known link to Nanaimo’s logging past. The H.R. MacMillan Grant Ainscough Arboretum, 12 kilometres south of Nanaimo, is nearly restored to its former glory thanks to the work of volunteers and former employees of MacMillan Bloedel. New interpretive signs are propped up near trees, the grounds are cleared of weeds and deep ruts have been repaired.

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CSRD asks forest ministry for say in logging in ‘sensitive areas’

Revelstoke Times Review
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District asked the B.C. government to put a mechanism in place to ensure local government is consulted on logging in sensitive areas. The request came after the CSRD Board of Directors discussed the report by the Forest Practices Board on the Begbie Bench logging. The report, which was written about in the Nov. 13 issue of the Times Review, said Stella-Jones did not adequately consult with local stakeholders prior to logging 60 hectares of forest in the area.

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Logger killed on job identified

Vancouver Sun
November 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the man killed on the job at a log-sorting operation on the Fraser River. Robert Louis Ramer, 21, was injured in the incident at Everwood Forest Products Ltd. near Mission on Wednesday and was taken to Abbotsford Regional Hospital where he died. The coroners service and WorkSafeBC are investigating the incident, which was the 14th death in B.C.’s forest industry so far this year of 47 workplace deaths overall, according to WorkSafeBC incident reports.

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How First Nations Guardians Defend BC’s Fragile Coast

With cuts to conservation protection, Aboriginal stewards step forth, on their own terms. First in a new series.
The Tyee
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…B.C.’s Central Coast houses the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest left in the world. Attracting environmentalists, tourists, big game hunters, and natural resource developers from all over the globe, this fragile and much-coveted ecosystem has been home to First Nations for over 10,000 years. … The lack of economic options prompted seven First Nations along the Central and North Coasts — including the Wuikinuxv, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Haida and, until last year, the Haisla Nation — to come together in 2000 to form the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative (CFN GBI) to improve access to their traditional territories and unlock its economic opportunities.

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Lynx decision halts timber sale in Sapphire Mountains

The Missoulian
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HAMILTON – The Bitterroot National Forest’s plans to offer a large timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains have hit another snag. The agency had hoped to put the 2,113-acre Three Saddle Vegetation Project out for bid this month, but a backlog created following a court decision this summer on lynx has put those plans on hold. The timber sale was originally appealed by an ex-logger, a retired U.S. Forest Service planner and a local off-road vehicle group. Those appeals forced the agency to push back initial plans to sell the timber over the summer and start logging this fall.

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Rally to reconsider

TB Newswatch
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

… Thirteen-year-old Caitlynn Radbourne organized more than a dozen people to rally at city hall Monday night to protest a recent council decision to chop down 11 tamarack trees near Mohawk Crescent. Radbourne said removing things because they’re seen as a nuisance doesn’t set a good example for the community. “People will just think ‘well if it’s a nuisance let’s just get rid of it’ that’s not the way to think you gotta work around your problems,” she said after the group sang songs to honour the tamarack trees and held signs.

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Wood cut for projects in Labrador available for domestic use, government says

The Northern Pen
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Department of Natural Resources is advising the public that wood cut to make way for major projects in Labrador is available for for domestic use only. A news release notes wood harvested for development of the Lower Churchill Project Marshalling Yard site — located approximately two kilometres from the Causeway along the Trans-Labrador Highway heading south — is cut into eight foot lengths and piled outside the entrance to the yard area. Entrance past the gate of the Marshalling Yard is prohibited.

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MSU forest serves as a research and teaching site

Mississippi Agricultural News
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MISSISSIPPI STATE — Scientists at Mississippi State University are transforming a piece of property in Oktibbeha County into a unique habitat for conducting research and teaching best land management practices. In this forest, wildlife habitat and timber production are intertwined. Deer, turkey, quail and an array of grassland songbirds fill the land while healthy streams flow along its boundaries. MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center experts began working on the 550-acre property this fall. The land is a living laboratory that showcases proper land management.

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State slows battle to a snail’s pace

Black Hills Pioneer
November 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DEADWOOD — Lawrence County Invasive Species manager Dave Heck said that at this time last year they had 40,000 pine beetle infested trees on the ground. “This year, we’re just scratching the surface,” Heck said. With marking crews currently working in the Mt. Roosevelt area near Deadwood and due to finish up soon, Heck reported to the Lawrence County Commission Tuesday that crews have currently spotted and marked 5,000 trees. And that’s just marking. Not cutting. “It’s going slow,” Heck said. “It’s a great theory on paper, but … ”

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Oklahoma agency reviewing forestry health, type

Associated Press
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ULSA, Okla. – A state agency is conducting a survey this month on the type and the health of the forest landscape in eight northeastern Oklahoma counties. Oklahoma Forestry Services workers will be collecting data on the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests and tree species present, tree size, invasive species and forest health issues. Foresters began the surveys in 2009 and collect details in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.

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O’Farrell government rejects call for logging in national parks

The Sydney Mornng Herald
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The O’Farrell government has rejected calls from an inquiry led by the Shooters and Fishers Party to allow logging in reserved areas and slap a moratorium on the creation of new national parks. Tabling its response to the upper house inquiry into the management of public land, on Tuesday the government ruled out a recommendation that it immediately identify “appropriate reserved areas for release” to the timber industry. “The NSW government does not support logging in national parks and has no plans to allow it through the implementation of tenure swaps or by other means,” the government said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuels and Climate Change: Pulpwood to the Rescue?

The Blog
November 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

New study concludes that biofuels can be part of climate-energy solution. The debate has been raging for years. Can biofuels, fuels derived from recently alive plant materials (or manure), serve as the fuel of choice to power our nation’s huge fleet of automobiles and trucks and power plants without adding to our climate change woes? In principle the answer should be yes. Because the carbon in plants is produced from taking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere via photosynthesis, burning those plant-derived fuels simply puts the same amount of CO2 back in the atmosphere — sort of like no harm, no foul.

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Bio energy plant for Fort Saint James enters construction phase

HQ Prince George
November 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new biomass energy station for Fort Saint James has moved into the construction phase. The Green Energy Project is a biomass-fired electricity generation station operated by Dalkia Energy with a purchase agreement through BC Hydro, and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 40-thousand local homes. Vice President Sadi Oubari with Business Development says burning biomass residues produced by the sawmill and logging industries will actually make the air cleaner for Fort Saint James residents.

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Sault Ste. Marie eyes biomass industry

CBC News
November 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is looking at the economic spin-offs that could come from taking part in the biomass industry. The centre recently received $170,000 from the federal government to develop new projects in solar and biomass energy. The centre’s director, Tom Vair, said the biomass industry could create a lot of jobs for the city. “I’m optimistic … I think there’s a real opportunity here,” he said. “The technology is starting to reach a commercial state where there’s real business opportunities.”

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Old Town Mill making sugars for biofuels out of wood waste (with Video)

WCSH6
November 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — For more than a decade, the paper industry in Maine has faced lower profits, mills closing, ownership changes, and thousands of jobs lost. The pulp and paper industry has been trying to redefine itself. In Old Town, they are hoping to be on the cusp of a breakthrough for a new process to extract sugars from wood waste that can be used to make biofuels and bioplastics. Darrell Waite is the biorefinery Process Manager at Old Town Fuel and Fiber. “The technology we’re developing here at Old Town Fuel and Fiber is really an industry changer,” he said.

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General

American paper industry votes “yes” for the Paper Check-off

November 19, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The American paper industry has voted overwhelmingly to create the Paper and Paper-based Packaging Promotion and Research program (Paper Check-off). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the referendum results in which 85 percent of the companies and 95 percent of the production voting to support the measure. “The Paper Check-off will allow us to inform consumers of the sustainable products we make and the responsible manner in which we make them”, says John D. Williams, President and CEO, Domtar.

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