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Daily Archives: November 21, 2013

Business & Politics

Tembec reports financial results for its fourth quarter ended September 28, 2013

Canada Newswire press release
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended September 28, 2013, were $352 million, as compared to $443 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated net earnings of $6 million or $0.06 per share in the September 2013 quarter compared to a net loss of $47 million or $0.47 per share in the September 2012 quarter.

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Energy-saving measures give manufacturer a competitive edge

Vancouver Sun
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries Ltd. has grown from a small sawmill in Lavington, B.C., to a major manufacturer – and with that growth comes a higher electricity bill. “We’re certainly in the multi-million dollar range annually,” says Tolko’s Mike Towers. Towers is the manager of energy supply and systems for the 57-yearold company, which manufactures materials such as lumber, paper and specialty wood products. Tolko has numerous locations across Canada, including 10 in B.C. “They’ve all implemented projects to some degree,” Towers says of the B.C. locations.

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Lakeland Mills rebuild ‘going well’

Prince George Citizen
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The weather up until last week was helping the rebuild of Lakeland Mills. The ground on the new mill was broken on July 22 and so far no major hiccups have occurred, as the first quarter is coming to a close on construction. “The rebuild is going well,” said Greg Stewart, president and CEO of Sinclar Forest Products, principal owners of the Lakeland operation. …”From a weather perspective we have been fortunate with such a mild fall,” Stewart said. “We had a little bit of an issue with preparing the ground for foundations but we are still on track and optimistic that fall 2014 will be our startup date.”

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Nova Scotia loans to private sector went without assessment: auditor general

Cape Breton Post
November 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — More than $500 million in public money has been approved to go to some of Nova Scotia’s major employers, such as the Pacific West Commercial paper mill, through a program that is poorly managed and lacks monitoring and accountability, the province’s auditor general said Wednesday. In a scathing fall report, Jacques Lapointe said he found examples within the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund of unsecured loans and loans that were approved but did not always include the required financial and economic analysis.

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France: softwood prices continue to increase

IHB
November 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At what level will the rising prices of softwood stop in the French forests? Especially in the mountains of Eastern France, at the latest sales in this autumn, a price increase for pine and spruce was registered in just two months. Thus, on the 14th of November, at auctions of pine and spruce marketed by the France’s National Office of Forests (ONF), in the Doubs region, a price surge of 5% was registered over the same auction in September and the same region. To find wood less expensive the big market players look elsewhere.

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Pulp mills and sawmills in Latin America had among lowest wood costs

Farming UK
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The wood costs for pulp and lumber manufacturers in the two largest producing countries in Latin America, Brazil and Chile, have fallen during much of 2012 and 2013, and were in the 2Q/13 at the lowest levels in over two years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The two countries currently have some of the lowest wood raw-material costs in the world, and since these costs account for 55-65% of the production costs when manufacturing pulp and lumber, it makes the industry quite competitive in the export market.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

My View: Competition benefits green building industry

by Sharene Rekow, Vice President of business development for the Green Building Initiative in Southeast Portland.
Portland Tribune
November 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The existence of more than one strong green building rating system should be welcomed by stakeholders, industry, elected officials and businesses that support the growth of more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. Virtual monopolies rarely produce the best of breed, products or services. Rather than recognize the benefits of a free-market approach to achieving this goal, the Portland Tribune’s story (Clash of the Green Giants, Oct. 24) ignores key facts and instead falsely mischaracterizes the impact and contributions of the Green Globes green building certification system.

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Forestry

Former P.G. forester named to standards council

Prince George Citizen
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forester who started his career in the Prince George region has been named to a professional standards council that has an influence over the entire B.C. forestry sector. Tom Walker is a longtime town councillor and mayor of North Cowichan. He was also a 35-year veteran of the B.C. Forest Service, holding key positions with the provincial forest fire suppression department and district manager of the Duncan Forest District. On Tuesday he was named as the newest lay councillor for the Association of BC Forest Professionals’ (ABCFP).

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Tory minister Jason Kenney’s remarks offend Central Interior Logging Association

Prince George Citizen
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New loggers in the Prince George region are not expected to be habitual welfare recipients, even if they once were. The Central Interior Logging Association is taking exception to comments made recently by federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney in which he told his provincial counterparts he was planning to axe hundreds of millions of current training dollars because they were not having the desired effect of getting un- or under-employed workers into productive jobs.

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Carleton U study charts renewal of Gatineau Park from 1998 ice storm

Ottawa Citizen
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Gatineau Park has bounced back from the 1998 ice storm but with subtle differences still apparent all these years later, and with a message. Damaging ice storms are a normal part of the life-and-death cycle of our forests, just as forest fires are much farther north. So says Doug King, a geography professor at Carleton University who has been studying Gatineau Park since its trees were coated in 50-plus millimetres of ice. “Forests are dynamic places and ice storms are a major mechanism of forest dynamics,” he said in an interview. “It helps the forest to continually regenerate itself by continually breaking old vegetation down.”

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U.S. Forest Service offers new digital maps for mobile devices

USDA Forest Service
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. “This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests.” The digital maps are part of USDA’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides the American public with better, more accessible information.

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Analysis should look at wider watershed impacts

by Sara Johnson, Director of the Native Ecosystems Council
Helena Independent Record
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eve Byron’s Nov. 7 article on the proposed logging on the city’s Ten Mile watershed left out an important point. The Forest Service not only wants to log along the Red Mountain Flume and ditch but they also want to clearcut 317 acres around Helena’s Chessman drinking water reservoir. When the Forest Service took us to Chessman Reservoir to look at the logging proposal we asked where the clearcuts would be and they said “everything you can see.” We then asked why they would want to put bulldozers, new logging roads and clearcuts right next to a city drinking water reservoir. The Forest Service said “so it won’t burn up and put sediment into the reservoir.”

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Oregon Department of Forestry experiences record-breaking wildfire season

The Oregonian
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Department of Forestry officials will report to a legislative committee on Thursday about the costs of the wildfire season, asking for money to balance the books. This happens every year, but this time the numbers are historic. “This was the most costly season in history,” said Dan Postrel, ODF spokesman. The season cost ODF a record $122 million and burned more than 100,000 acres of land under the department’s responsibility. That’s the most acreage scorched in one season in 60 years, Postrel said.

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Timber Company Sells WA Land for $97M

Globest.com
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BELLINGHAM, WA- Those who follow @GlobeStcom on Twitter and @GlobeStLIVE may have seen a post teasing the announcement, but GlobeSt.com has learned that in what is said to be one of the largest single land purchases by a state in the Pacific Northwest, American Forest Holdings LLC recently sold 51,000 acres of timberland to the state of Washington for $97 million.

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D-Bug Timber Sale Winds Down, But Not The Passions

Roseburg News Review
November 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tall trees, some more than 100 years old, line the dirt road to Lemolo Lake Resort. Resort guests like the trees and enjoy the bike and cross-country ski trails through them, a point that resort owner Dianna Lamb wants the U.S. Forest Service to remember. “Let them continue to see the beauty,” she said. Lamb was one of about a dozen people who went on a field trip Friday and took up the Forest Service on its offer to update the public on the D-Bug Hazard Reduction Timber Sale.

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Tree experts warn a destructive insect could soon destroy South Dakota trees (with Video)

KSFY
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The April ice storm wreaked havoc on many trees in our area. But now, an insect from Asia is making its way across the Midwest and it could cause even more damage. There’s an invasion in the Midwest which is killing trees. And those who’ve seen the devastation are giving us fair warning. This colorful little green bug is more powerful than it looks. It’s called the Emerald Ash Borer. And just like it’s name sounds, this emerald insect bores itself through ash trees.

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$280m forests initiative launched at UN climate talks in Warsaw

UK, US and Norway to fund drive to save world’s forests and encourage sustainable agriculture to cut deforestation
The Guardian
November 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new $280m (£173m) initiative to help save the world’s remaining forests was launched by the UK, the US and Norway at the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw on Wednesday. The money is aimed at encouraging the sustainable use of land, including ensuring that fewer forests are lost to agriculture – the biggest cause of deforestation – and that there is a market for sustainably produced forestry goods, including food, fibre and timber. Norway is earmarking up to $135m, the UK $120 million and the US $25m for the first year.

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Researchers link land clearing to rainfall reduction (broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers in Western Australia say they’ve identified a direct causal link between extensive land clearing and declining rainfall. A team from the University of WA says it has conclusive evidence that deforestation in the state’s south-west caused a reduction in rainfall. They’re calling for an urgent replanting of forests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon trust’s end won’t change much

Victoria Times Colonist
November 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Pacific Carbon Trust hasn’t even succumbed yet, but the scavengers moved in Wednesday to argue over cause of death. Weeks ago, the legislature’s public accounts committee scheduled a hard look at the PCT as part of its oversight role. Oddly enough, the meeting started one day after the agency fell victim to the government’s core review. .. Still, it was a revealing few hours. The focus was on the incendiary report in May from former auditor general John Doyle that attacked the trust’s handling of two key offset projects. He condemned the thinking and the process behind the work. The PCT fought back to an unprecedented degree, challenging most of his findings and insisting he was flat-out wrong.

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Carbon project unlocks value of southern forests

PRNewswire
November 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A Domtar-supported cash-for-carbon exchange developed by Asheville, N.C.,-based Dogwood Alliance and office-supply giant Staples, Inc., has resulted in the first sales of carbon offsets by forest landowners in two Southern states. Called Carbon Canopy, this first-of-its-kind exchange was created to encourage sustainable development of the nation’s forests. It is designed to deliver the following outcomes: landowners receive revenue for their carbon, but also agree to follow Forest Stewardship Council sustainable forestry practices…

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Rich Nations Agree to Fund Forest Protection for Climate

The US and other developed nations pledged funds to reduce deforestation
Scientific American
November 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WARSAW, Poland — The U.S. State Department pledged $25 million today as part of a major new $280 million funding initiative aimed at slowing deforestation and stemming its effect on world carbon emissions. Announced on the sidelines of annual U.N. climate change negotiations here, the United States joined Norway, the United Kingdom and the World Bank in launching the “BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes.” The fund will provide incentives to developing countries that are taking steps to limit the chopping and razing of trees under the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program, or REDD+.

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