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Daily Archives: November 20, 2013

Business & Politics

Bad News for the Prince Albert Pulp Mill

CBC News Radio
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For two years Paper Excellence has been working to turn the Prince Albert pulp mill into a dissolving pulp facility. Those plans just came to a screeching halt. Host Craig Lederhouse finds out how the company intends to move ahead.

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Region gets spotlight in forestry magazine

Kamloops Daily News
November 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The national forest industry periodical Wood Business Magazine has put a spotlight on youth in its latest edition and Prince George shines through. In the first known Top 20 Under 40 list for Canada’s forest industry, three are located within 90 minutes drive of downtown P.G. They are Sinclar Group Forest Products boss Greg Stewart, O’Brien Training/Taylor Professional Driving proprietor Dan O’Brien, and West Fraser Timber’s silviculture co-ordinator in the Cariboo Jean Christie.

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Shutdown ‘bizarre’

tbnewswatch.com
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The union representing workers of a local sawmill who were all sent home without pay Tuesday calls the whole situation bizarre. Resolute Forest Products sawmill, located at Fort William First Nations, sent its 200 employees home Tuesday morning after a health and safety incident Monday, the third this year. According to Unifor, the union that represents those workers, an employee had his nose broken by a falling wrench.

Resolute sends Thunder Bay mill workers home from CBC News

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Forestry’s elusive quest for innovation

The Globe and Mail
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a pulp-and-paper industry that is struggling to reinvent itself, Lebel-sur-Quévillon was a symbol of renewed hope. But in an unexpected twist of Chinese misfortune, prospects for the small northern Quebec town now look as dark as an ink blot. Fortress Paper Ltd. was about to relaunch the kraft pulp plant formerly owned by Domtar Corp., the company that gave birth to Lebel in a black spruce forest in the mid-1960s.

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This Deal Will Pay Big Dividends Down the Road

The Motley Fool
November 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Last month Plum Creek Timber announced a billion-dollar deal with MeadWestvaco . The deal included acquisition of 501,000 acres of industrial timberlands, wind and mineral assets, and an interest in 109,000 acres of high-value rural and development quality lands. The most interesting aspect of the deal isn’t the timberlands, but the real estate joint venture Plum Creek is setting up with MeadWestvaco. That venture will pursue the entitlement and development of 109,000 acres in the growing real estate market of Charleston, S.C.

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Uruguay confirms third pulp mill project, but to the east of the country close to Brazil

Merco Press
November 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“There is a third pulp mill project, from UPM, but to the east of the country” said Astori, while Senator Topolansky underlined that “there are no plans at all for another pulp mill on the River Uruguay, but yes a third mill will be constructed to the east, close to the Brazilian border”. Astori added that “the forestry industry expansion in Uruguay is far from over”. Uruguay already has two pulp plants: UPM, former Botnia on the shared river Uruguay and a motive of ongoing clashes with Argentina, and Montes del Plata, from Chile’s Arauco and Finland’s Stora Enso, in Colonia to the south east on the River Plate and which should be operational in early 2014.

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MLC urges state to fund, build, sell pulp mill

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

MLC urges state to fund, build then sell pulp mill IF THE government wants a Tamar Valley pulp mill it should fund and build it itself rather than wait for a private investor, Rumney MLC Tony Mulder has said. Speaking on a motion for the Legislative Council to reaffirm its support for the stalled project, Mr Mulder said it was not enough for the government or the opposition to say they supported the project. “The state should step in, get an equity partner, take up the licences and build a mill and when it’s built they should release it to the market,” Mr Mulder said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Innovative wood structure taking shape

Journal of Commerce
November 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre is rapidly taking shape in Prince George, B.C. It only takes a few moments on site to realize that this is no ordinary construction project. Traffic flows freely around the building site. The only obstruction is the one hour, single-lane closure every two or three days when the next shipment arrives. Individually prefabricated solid wood slabs, up to 10’ by 40’ weighing almost 8,000 lbs, arrive precisely crafted, and usually just in time.

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Forestry

Are you willing to train?

Letter from Jerry Meise
Kamloops Daily News
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OK. The province and logging companies are telling us they may have to bring in immigrants from other counties to fill position the logging companies have available. I’ve been looking at forestry and logging jobs in the paper and online and they all say experience required. So my question is: the foreign workers that the government wants to bring to Canada, are they already trained to jump into a cab of a fellerbuncher? Or are the companies willing to train them?

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Richmond Hill trying to avoid ash tree ‘die off’

York Region
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s not exactly Ash Armageddon, but it’s close. For the ash tree, a species that lines most streets in your town, disaster looms right around the corner. Richmond Hill’s third most common tree species faces certain devastation, experts say; it will transform our streetscapes, woodlots, parks and back yards — and could also bring danger. Until now, the talk about emerald ash borer — a beetle that is quietly destroying ash trees across the continent — has been pretty low-key. It’s just a little green insect, after all, half an inch long.

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Urban trees suffer in face of staff cuts in city’s forestry service

Ottawa Citizen
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Proposed staff cuts to the city’s forestry services has alarmed a couple of urban councillors who expect to see further delays when it comes to inspecting the condition of aging trees in downtown front yards. Members of the environment committee approved its portion of the city’s 2014 budget Tuesday morning with most agreeing to eliminate 4.8 full-time equivalent staff positions, through attrition, from forestry services. The cuts come at a time when the city is fighting a battle against the emerald ash borer beetle, which has forced the city to cut thousands of infected trees.

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Scientists nearing forecasts of long-lived wildfires’ paths

Science Codex
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that for the first time offers the promise of continually-updated daylong predictions of wildfire growth through the lifetimes of long-lived blazes. The technique, devised by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., and the University of Maryland, combines cutting-edge simulations of the interaction of weather and fire with newly available satellite observations of active wildfires.

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The tree crisis: Reviving a battlefield

Cincinnati.com
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The drive along Interstate 275 is the scene of a battlefield. Thousands of giant soldiers are in a battle to save their lives. Unfortunately, the enemies are winning. With too many forces working against them, the soldiers don’t stand a chance. They need replacements. The drive, that once provided an awesome view of expansive greenery, is now a scene of barren and broken limbs and masses of dead or dying trees. Throughout the Tristate region, thousands of trees are caught in a battle against disease, insect infestations and invasive species.

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Table Rock Wildfire blazes on

The News Herald
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


U.S. Forest Service officials are unsure how long it will take to extinguish the Table Rock Fire. As of Tuesday, 193 people were working on putting out the fire that still engulfs 2,275 acres of the Pisgah National Forest. “We are looking at contingency lines today,” said U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Deborah Walker. “We will assess the situation tomorrow when the Type 2 team gets in place.” Walker said a Type 2 incident team has been called in to handle the complexities of the wildfire.

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Forestry Deal Is Key to Protecting the Planet

Huffington Post
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Over the first week of the UN climate change negotiations in Poland we have seen the alarming results of studies showing increased decline of tropical forests. It is clear from newly available data from satellite monitoring stations that there are now growing areas being deforested as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and mining. This is a very concerning development that underlines the paramount urgency for governments to agree a new mechanism to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C.’s carbon offset program reshaped in the name of cutting costs

The Canadian Press
November 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s much-maligned Pacific Carbon Trust will be eliminated and the province’s profitable greenhouse-gas offset program brought into the government fold, as the provincial government attempts to slash $50-million to meet the promise of a balanced budget next year. Bill Bennett, the minister responsible for a core review of government services, said Tuesday that winding down the controversial Crown carbon offset agency will trim $5.6-million annually.

Little-loved Pacific Carbon Trust, a Campbell creation, an easy target From The Vancouver Sun
Carbon offsetting agency downsized by BC government from CBC News
Pacific Carbon Trust to be folded into government to cut costs from 24 Hrs Vancouver
Provincial Capital Commission dissolved in money-saving move from Victoria Times Colonist
Pacific Carbon Trust to be shut down From Business in Vancouver

Click here to read the press release from the BC government

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Canada’s wood pellet industry examines rapid growth

Biomass Magazine
November 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s annual general meeting is ongoing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov.18-20.The meeting is offering attendees panel discussions on market trends, an expo hall of pellet industry vendors, an industry tour of Fiberco’s export terminal at Vancouver Harbor, and numerous networking sessions where attendees are able to meet potential clients, share strategies, and build partnerships. Presenters in the six panels, which are covering export logistics to sustainability, offer attendees insight on current and future market growth for the Canadian pellet industry.

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VSB upset Pacific Carbon Trust surplus now in government coffers

Metro News Vancouver
November 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The chair of the Vancouver School Board has accused the provincial government of pilfering classrooms to balance its budget. Patti Bacchus told Metro she is appalled the Liberal government has decided to roll the Pacific Carbon Trust’s $37.1 million surplus into its general revenues after announcing the unpopular agency has been dismantled. Although the Pacific Carbon Trust is gone, Bill Bennett – minister responsible for the government’s Core Review – said its functions will be delivered by government to save an estimated $5.6 million a year.

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Forest2Market Kicks Off Informational Campaign Geared Towards Wood Pellet Project Developers

PRWEB
November 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Today, Forest2Market kicks off a 24-part series to educate wood pellet project developers about the complexities of the US wood supply chain. The first article, An Introduction to UK Biomass Sustainability Standards, delves into the policy decisions the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change recently made in regards to greenhouse gas trajectories and sustainable forest management criteria. The seven articles that remain in the first month of the campaign will focus on topics that range from feed-in tariffs to how wood pellet project developers can demonstrate their feedstock supply is sourced from a sustainable wood basin.

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