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Daily Archives: November 22, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Human tree a record-breaker

Bangkok Post
November 22, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Christmas is not officially a holiday in Thailand, but a Bangkok shopping mall has tapped into the holiday spirit with a publicity stunt involving 852 schoolchildren dressed in green and red hoodies. Eight hundred and fifty-two students gather to break the Guinness world record outside Siam Paragon, surpassing the previous record of 672 participants in Germany in 2011.

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Help needed to set world record for tree hugging

All Media Scotland
November 22, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

THE Woodland Trust Scotland is calling for local people to set aside one minute on Sunday, December 1 to help set a world record for tree hugging at Overtoun House near Dumbarton. Scotland’s Tree Trail has announced it intends to go head to head with the United States for its recently claimed title of the World’s Largest Tree Hug, a record so new that the tree-huggers of Portland, Oregon, are yet to secure formal recognition for it from Guinness World Records.

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Business & Politics

LP Names Canadian Oriented Strand Board Operations Director

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

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) has named M.J. “Mac” Palmiere as OSB regional operations manager, Canada, effective Dec. 2. An industry veteran and British Columbia native, Palmiere will be responsible for overseeing LP’s OSB operations in Canada; he will be the senior operations leader in the Vancouver office upon the completion of the Ainsworth acquisition as the business is integrated into LP. “We are very fortunate to have someone of Mac’s caliber and experience join the LP team at a time when our Canadian operations are becoming an even more important part of our business,” LP Executive Vice President OSB Jeff Wagner said.

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Millar Western CFO Kevin Edgson resigning

Canada News Wire
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. today announced the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Kevin Edgson, who will be leaving the company effective December 1, 2013, to pursue a new career opportunity as President and CEO of an eastern Canada-based forest products company.

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Catalyst Paper to reduce executive team and increase operational focus

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

As part of its plan to improve cost competitiveness, Catalyst Paper will reduce the size of its executive team by three positions. In addition, each mill general manager will report directly to the CEO to increase the focus on operational excellence and safety performance. “Our focus on operational efficiency requires that enterprise support costs be reduced wherever possible including at the leadership level. The commitment, flexibility, and contributions of the three individuals who are leaving Catalyst is commendable as we make these necessary changes,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Lakeland Mills rebuild “going well”

This story from yesterday’s Prince George Citizen was republished in Business in Vancouver.
Business in Vancouver
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: 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.

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After sawmill in Houston announces shutdown, workers say they need help

CBC News
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

In October, West Fraser announced it will be shutting down its sawmill in Houston. This has left 225 employees with an uncertain future, and asking for help. Wayde Decooman is an electrician at the mill, and plant chairman for the United Steelworkers Union. “Nobody knows where they’re going to go, what’s going to be offered,” he says. West Fraser says they have jobs for everybody. But nobody knows as to what’s there yet.” West Fraser says it will help employees relocate within the company, and Nechako Lake MLA John Rustad says a transition team is creating a training plan, but Decooman says they won’t know what jobs available until the new year.

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Tembec produces Q4 profit, reduced annual loss as it adjusts to tough market

The Canadian Press
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc., a Quebec-based forestry products company that produces lumber, paper and pulp, says it has been impacted by lower demand for a pulp used to make products such as baby wipes and cosmetic face masks. The Montreal company is preparing to implement a plan for reducing its output of viscose-grade pulp, also hit by China’s new antidumping duties, and will put a greater emphasis on other types of specialty cellulose from wood fibres. 

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Sawmill employees begin returning to work after ‘safety break’

Thunder Bay News Watch
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

Employees at the Resolute Sawmill on the Fort William First Nation are starting their return to work. The return to work, which began Thursday morning, followed Wednesday evening meetings between management, staff and the union. The operation was put on a so-called safety break by the company Tuesday after the third workplace accident of the year was recorded.

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Resolute to restart Thunder Bay sawmill on Sunday

CBC News
November 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products plans to reopen its sawmill near Thunder Bay on Sunday night. The sawmill, which is on the property of Fort William First Nation, shut down Tuesday for what the company called a “safety break.” Nearly 200 workers are affected by the shutdown, which the company said was caused by some recent accidents at the sawmill. Xavier Van Chau, a spokesperson for Resolute, told CBC News in an email the company has reviewed its health and safety policies.

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American Forest & Paper Association Releases October 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report

WhatTheyThink
November 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association has released its October 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments were down 1 percent in October compared to October 2012. Increases in year-over-year shipments of uncoated grades were offset by decreases in coated paper shipments… The complete report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org.

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Forestry

New UL Standard References SFI as Credible Sustainable Forestry Standard

Canada NewsWire
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), has issued a new UL Standard (UL 175) for Sanitary Paper Products that specifically includes the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) among forest certification standards that can be used as evidence that a product meets the “Sustainable Forest Source” or “System for Evidence Sourcing” criteria. Another acceptable certification program cited was the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which endorses SFI.

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Quebec pledges $430 million to struggling forestry sector

The Canadian Press
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Pauline Marois has announced a series of measures that would inject $430 million into Quebec’s forest industry. The total includes $100 million in new money and will attempt to stem the bleeding in a sector that has seen 30,000 jobs lost since 2008, a total that represents one-third of the entire workforce. Marois, in a speech before 200 in Saint–Félicien, Lac-Saint-Jean promised a “fresh start,” for the industry but also attempted to keep expectations down.

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Landsat data show global forest losses and gains

Environmental Monitor
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Researchers at the University of Maryland led a study using data from NASA’s Landsat satellite to evaluate global forest losses and gains, according to a release. They say that Landsat images provide a good standardized method of judging forest coverage. The researchers looked at a period from 2000 to 2012, analyzing 654,000 images to compile forest maps. They found that 888,000 square miles of forest were lost, while 309,000 square miles regrew.

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The Black Forest fire chief avoids questions about claims fire cause (with Video)

Sheriff blasts chief’s actions
The Denver Channel
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EL PASO COUNTY, CO – There are conflicting reports about the investigation into the most destructive wildlife in Colorado history. Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey told KRDO-TV Wednesdy night that the fire was human caused. “I don’t think that anybody in the Black Forest area is surprised that this is human caused and probably intentional,” Harvey said. Harvey told KKTV he has been working with investigators, and this was the conclusion they had reached over the last few weeks.

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Table Rock Fire grows; Forest Service to hold community meeting

Carolina Public Press
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BURKE COUNTY – The Table Rock Fire showed some increased activity Wednesday morning in the area just north of Chimney Branch. A decision was made to burn the 100-acre block of unburned fuels between the active fire, Chimney Branch to the south, and Linville River to the west to strengthen the natural barriers and aid in slowing the fire’s southern progress. On Wednesday, weather conditions were optimal for completing the burnout in a safe manner.

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In Pictures: National Tree Week 40th Anniversary

BBC
November 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

National Tree Week in the UK – a celebration of beautiful images

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PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue: “Sustainability is the new normal”

PEFC
November 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“For two full days […] we brought PEFC to Asia and the Pacific, a region that is economically vibrant and the most populous in the world. It is a region that is shaping the world’s landscape of forestry, timber trade and consumption,” said Dato’ Dr Freezailah B. Che Yeom, Chairman of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) as the Co-Chair of the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, highlighting the significance of Kuala Lumpur hosting the very first PEFC Forest Certification Week. The region’s forest industry has grown massively over the past 15 years, gaining international recognition for production of forest based products.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EDITORIAL: Carbon trust must go

Vernon Morning Star
November 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first move in the provincial government’s core review, designed to reduce overall government costs, targets the Pacific Carbon Trust. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough. The government is planning to move the trust into the ministry of environment, and reduce its staff and administrative costs. It would be far better to eliminate it… The current BC Liberal government continues to mouth platitudes about carbon reduction, even as it proposes a number of LNG plants that would certainly boost the amount of carbon emitted in B.C. However, if the plants are built and natural gas begins to replace coal as the source of electricity in countries like China, worldwide carbon emissions will decrease.

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Sustainable Forest Use Advances at Climate Meeting

US State Department
November 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States are co-founders of the Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL), a plan announced November 20 at the international meeting on climate change underway in Warsaw, Poland. Deforestation “isn’t just an environment issue,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in a videotaped statement played at the event. “It’s an economic issue, it’s an energy issue.” Forests play a key role in maintaining Earth’s atmospheric balance as they consume carbon dioxide and expel oxygen.

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Biomass uncertainty highlighted at wood conference

LetsRecycle.com
November 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The difficulty of attracting investment for waste wood biomass facilities in the UK was highlighted at the Wood Recyclers’ Association conference and awards 2013 yesterday. Organised by letsrecycle.com and held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, the event saw a number of speakers on issues affecting the wood recycling sector, such as biomass energy, fire safety and the future of the industry.

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General

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
November 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Nov. 22, 2013. Lumber: Trading was sluggish in the SPF lumber market, with one producer describing overall sales as a “week of Mondays.” Secondaries continued to sell off positions in a market showing little urgency on the demand side. Panels: Market activity for OSB was on the quiet side. As the holiday week approached, mills were content to hold prices on any items with an order file. That is not to say there were not some deals made, just that they were not reflected in mill asking prices.

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Sustainable Forest Use Advances at Climate Meeting

Scoop Independent News
November 22, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Washington — Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States are co-founders of the Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes, a plan announced November 20 at the international meeting on climate change underway in Warsaw, Poland. Deforestation “isn’t just an environment issue,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in a videotaped statement played at the event. “It’s an economic issue, it’s an energy issue.”… Fully one-third of emissions released every year worldwide come from burning and destruction of forests, Kerry said, a huge contribution to the processes causing climate change. It is a threat to the planet that is “real, grave and growing,” he said.

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