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Business & Politics

Lumber prices steady after Canfor settles with forestry union

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
November 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber sales volumes softened slightly this week as the supply chain digested orders recently made… Inventories, however, remain so weak — especially for this time of year — that producers were able to hold firm on current prices levels. Most customers have been buying for immediate needs only, thus were so strapped for supply that counter-offers were roundly ignored. While order files at sawmills were shrinking compared to a couple of weeks ago, as manufactured product is moved to customers, most producers claimed enough bookings to carry them through to the end of this year.

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Tembec completes sale of land in British Columbia

DigitalJournal.com
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec today announced the closing of the sale of approximately 7,150 hectares of land located within the Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia, to Teck Resources Limited, which sale was previously announced on October 17, 2013. Total consideration for the transaction was $19 million. The transaction is part of the previously announced BC Land Sale Initiative. The Company has set an objective of realizing up to $75 million in land sales by December 2014.

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Millworkers give $25,000 in salaries for Haiyan relief

Edmonton area employees work day off, donate wages to recovery after Filipino typhoon
CBC News
November 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Workers at a lumber mill in Acheson, Alta., did some overtime this weekend to help recovery following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the worst typhoons in recorded history.  Fifty workers at Spruceland Millworks, which employs many Filipino immigrants, put in a full shift Saturday. The company donated $500 in the name of each employee — $25,000 in total — to Canadian Red Cross relief. “My family, right now they are homeless. They are suffering from starvation. And my friends, they are in grief losing their loved ones,” said millwright Edwin Sevilla, whose wife and family live in Tacloban City, one of the worst affected areas.

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Tolko takes on complete ownership of Saskatchewan plant

Vernon Morning Star
November 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vernon company has expanded its activities on the Prairies. Tolko Industries now has full ownership of the oriented strand board mill in Meadow Lake, Sask. “Tolko is anchored in small communities and nowhere is this more evident than in Meadow Lake,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko chief executive officer. In 2001, Tolko entered into partnership with the Saskatchewan government and First Nations stakeholders to build an OSB plant in Meadow Lake. The decision to take on full ownership is keeping with the 2001 agreement.

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Feds announce funding for forest industry

Northern Ontario Business
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Federal funding of $54.5 million will go to six projects in Northern Ontario, which the government says will help sustain jobs and advance the transformation of the forest sector… Resolute Forest Products will get funding for two projects to increase its production of renewable electricity and improve its environmental performance. AV Terrace Bay Inc. will get funding for two projects to increase the mill’s renewable energy production, as well as to improve its energy efficiency and to significantly reduce odours. Domtar Inc. will get funding for two projects at its Espanola facility aimed at enhancing the environmental performance of the mill through the installation of electricity and steam-saving equipment.

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Tembec: sales of forest products decreased due to lower timber prices

Tembec/IHB
November 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec’s 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. Tembec generated net earnings of $6 million in the September 2013 quarter compared to a net loss of $47 million in the September 2012 quarter, the company said in a press release. 

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Espanola mill to make environmental enhancements

November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It was announced yesterday that Domtar Inc. will benefit from $54.5 million in federal funding, allowing environmental enhancements at its Espanola facility. Bryan Hayes, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, yesterday announced $54.5 million in funding for six projects that are helping sustain jobs in rural communities in Ontario and advance the transformation of Canada’s forest sector. These investments are the final instalment of support from the $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program .

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Timber Magnate Rick Holly Sees Recovery for Lumber

Arkansas Business
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rick R. Holley is CEO of a real estate investment trust that owns about 6.3 million acres in 19 states, including 720,000 acres in 22 counties in Arkansas. “Timber demand is directly correlated to lumber production. In the depth of the recession, North American lumber production fell to 43 billion board feet (from a peak of 78 billion board feet in 2005). Through the modest recovery we’ve seen, lumber production has grown to 53 billion board feet — a nice improvement, but still below historical levels. As housing recovers to what most believe to be a demographically supportable number of 1.5-1.6 million starts, lumber production will need to increase to 64 billion board feet to meet demand.

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John Deere: Sales of forestry equipment decreased

FORDAQ
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In last’s week released financial report, John Deere reported that construction and forestry sales by October 31, 2013 decreased 8 percent for the fourth quarter and the full year, mainly as a result of lower shipment volumes, partially offset by price realization. Operating profit was $118 million for the quarter and $378 million for the year, compared with $120 million and $476 million in 2012.

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Engineered Wood Products Procurement Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Digital Journal
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The buyer power score for engineered wood products is 3.4 out of 5. According to IBISWorld analyst Andrew Rogers, this score represents the volatility of external drivers and engineered wood prices, as well as low average profit margins across the market. The recent global economic recession sent the value of residential construction and investment in home improvement on a precipitous decline. With the housing and home improvement construction markets being major users of lumber and engineered wood, demand for wood products fell in conjunction. Weak demand for sawmilled lumber, the primary input for engineered wood products, applied downward pressure to lumber prices, thus sending engineered wood prices lower in the process.

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China’s log imports higher as economic growth continues

HD FestForest Newsletter
November 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Imports of logs into China have increased by 23 per cent in terms of value in the first three quarters of 2013, when compared to the same period in 2012. The 33.3 million cubic metres were valued at a total of $6.8 billion. In terms of volume, imports are up by 16 per cent.  Softwood imports accounted for 24 million cubic metres and were valued at $3.7 billion. This works out at an average of $154 per cubic metre. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

World’s tallest residential building made of wood

CBC Radio
November 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

A group of companies is planning to build the world’s tallest residential building constructed of wood in Quebec City. Listen to Jeanette Kelly’s interview with Frédéric Verreault, spokesperson for Nordic Wood Structures.

Are the highrises of the future made of wood?
With developers planning to build the world’s tallest residential building in Quebec City, we ask McGill Architecture prof Avi Friedman if the skylines of the future will be wooden. This is a follow up interview to go with the one above – click to listen.

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How I joined the paper revolution

By Woody Harrelson
The Globe and Mail
November 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

… Anyway, this led me to my life’s true passion. There are a lot of other extremely important issues – the tar sands, for instance – but mine is saving forest… Seven of the 10 largest intact forest ecosystems left in the world are here in North America, but all forests are under siege, including the animals and birds they are home to. In 1996, I climbed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to protest against the logging of ancient redwoods in northern California, but ultimately came to realize that protests and high-profile actions do nothing to stop what the timber companies do. Even if successful, they merely shift the clear-cut to another forest. It became obvious to me that the real answer to deforestation is to change the way paper is made.

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Forestry

Interactive map shows alarming forest loss in Canada, worldwide

CTV News
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A new tool that tracks global forest change shows that the Earth’s forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate — and Canada is among the countries where much of that loss is taking place. The Global Forest Change map — a joint project between researchers at the University of Maryland and Google — tracks the losses and gains of the world’s forests over a 12-year span… In Canada, the map shows significant forest loss in in British Columbia, northern Saskatchewan and Quebec… In B.C., Langer said the pine beetle – which the provincial government estimates to have killed 723 million cubic metres of timber and affected 18.3 million hectares of land – is behind much of the forest loss.

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Thinking outside of the box in forestry

Companies, activists focus on solutions
Regina Leader-Post
November 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s forestry industry is too important to be treated like Canada’s national game – hockey. We can’t afford to keep having winners and losers, says former forestry executive Avrim Lazar, who helped bring about a kind of peace treaty between some forestry companies and environmental groups. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement says “it’s created peace in the sense that the disputes are being talked out rather than being fought out,” he says. It challenges both sides “to find solutions rather than taking positions,” says Lazar, in Regina recently to speak on the pact at an Agribition seminar.

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Feature – Imports chop B.C. Christmas-tree profits

The Province
November 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

In January 2011, Arthur Loewen turned 1,500 unsold Christmas trees into wood chips. That’s because many of the precut trees found in local stores at this time of year are actually imported from the U.S. — leaving local farmers such as Loewen out in the cold. The owner of Chilliwack’s Pine Meadows Tree Farm said “it’s a struggle” for B.C.’s wholesale tree growers to compete against the cheaper imported trees. “The public isn’t aware of the situation,” said Loewen.

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Saskatchewan forest survey helps make discoveries on Mountain Pine Beetle

Prince Albert NOW
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A pesky little beetle making its way from British Columbia through Alberta and into Saskatchewan is known for its power to kill lodge pole pines and jack pines. The mountain pine beetle (MPB) is a natural enemy of lodge pole pine trees and has devastated more than 18 million hectares of lodge pole pine trees in BC already. The MPB has since migrated from B.C. to Alberta and is making its way into the Cypress Hills Dr. Rory McIntosh, a provincial forest entomologist and pathologist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, said they’ve recently completed their surveys of the Cypress Hills area and the northern boreal forest.

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Scientists Begin Critical Research Aimed at Protecting Canada’s At-Risk Caribou and Grizzly Bear Populations

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Release
November 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Vancouver, BC – As grizzly bear populations in western Canada make their way into winter hibernation this month scientists in Alberta are embarking on their next phase of field research, the results of which will go a long way towards protecting the province’s at-risk grizzly and caribou populations. The research will also have implications on grizzly and caribou habitats in boreal forest regions nation-wide.

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B.C. loggers push to drop ABS brake requirements

Drivers say ABS brakes get easily clogged, costing them money and threatening their safety
CBC News
November 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. loggers are asking the provincial government to get rid of anti-locking brake requirements for their trucks, arguing that frequent malfunctions are expensive to repair and present a significant safety hazard to drivers. Many of the problems seem to be caused by the fact that logging trucks spend much of their time on muddy forestry roads to get to where the logs are cut. Interior Logging Association GM Wayne Lintott says as a result, the anti-lock braking systems often get clogged with mud, snow and dirt.

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Oregon Legislature to take on ODF request for funds to cover 2013 wildfire season

The Associated Press
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The full Legislature will take up the Oregon Department of Forestry’s request for an extra $40 million to cover record wildfire spending this year when it convenes in February. The legislative Emergency Board in Salem only has $30 million available to cover spending when the Legislature is not in session, so it had to refer the issue to the full Legislature, E-Board member Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, said Friday. “We’ll pay the $40 million in the February session when we have our full budget capacity,” said Buckley, co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

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Daines’ bill provides a future for timber in Montana

Helena Independent Record
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

As commissioners for Montana’s forest counties, we know firsthand that the sharp decline in timber harvests and timber jobs since the early 1990s has been devastating to our communities. Our forests are at greater risk for burning, our remaining mills are struggling to survive without a predictable and productive timber supply, and many of our counties face high unemployment. We strongly believe Congress must establish a long-term solution that effectively addresses these challenges. That’s why we’re thankful that the House of Representative recently passed Congressman Steve Daines’ Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act with bipartisan support.

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Forest Service extends deadline for decision on logging project near Helena water source

The Republic
November 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Montana — The U.S. Forest Service delayed its response to two environmental groups objecting to a logging plan in a watershed that supplies the bulk of drinking water to 30,000 Helena residents. The Independent Record reported that Deputy Regional Forester Jane Cottrell extended the response deadline from last Friday to Dec. 18. Cottrell wrote in a letter to Steve Kelly of the Montana Ecosystems Defense Council that his staff needed more time because of the complexity of the project and objections. The Native Ecosystems Council is the other group that contends the logging plan is flawed and sought to have it stopped in October. 

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IDAHO HISTORY: As Idaho grew, so did the demand for lumber

Idaho Statesman
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Albert H. Robie had the kind of resilient spirit that allowed him to start all over again after fire destroyed his Boise sawmill and planing machine in August 1866, with a loss estimated at $40,000. In February 1867, he had another sawmill up and running on the mountain creek that still bears his name, and in partnership with German-born Alexander Rossi continued to supply lumber to the local market and to Silver City and Owyhee County. Although Robie & Rossi dissolved their partnership in May 1872, both men continued in the lumber business and to run sawmills. 

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Hofmann Forest sale

News Daily
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that would have blocked North Carolina State University from selling a massive research forest. Hofmann Forest has been owned and managed for the benefit of N.C. State’s College of Natural Resources for nearly 80 years. It’s home to large populations of black bears and rare Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. University officials announced last month they would sell the nearly 80,000-acre tract for $150 million dollars, citing assurances the company owned by Illinois agri-businessman Jerry Walker would preserve the environmentally sensitive land.

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Auditor: Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Act not sustainable

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

ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s effort to reward private forest owners with cash benefits for practicing sustainable forestry is poorly managed and may not be effective, the independent Legislative Auditor’s Office says. In an extensive review of the Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Act released Monday, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said incentive payments made to landowners under the program are not tied to specific forestry goals. And he said there’s little effort to make sure landowners’ forestry practices actually are sustainable as required by state law.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Editorial: Carbon trust’s demise was due

Victoria Times Colonist
November 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

It’s rare that the B.C. Liberals and New Democrats agree on anything, so when both parties wanted to drive a stake through the heart of the Pacific Carbon Trust, that agency was doomed. This week, core review minister Bill Bennett signed the death warrant for the trust. An example of good intentions badly executed, the trust will be mourned by few. The Liberals seem committed to continuing its worthwhile features when it is absorbed by government. Within two years, five people will be doing the work now done by 18, saving $5.6 million.

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Famed scientist, in Halifax for speech, says his hope is based on real-life experience

The Chronicle Herald
November 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada West

A kind of fervour magnifies David Suzuki’s voice as he sits in a circle of morning sunlight, explaining why he refuses to give up hope despite an adverse federal government and a quickly warming planet. While he may have lost faith in the political process, the 77-year-old scientist and broadcaster believes in the awesome power of nature itself. “A lot of my colleagues are saying it’s too late, that we’ve passed too many tipping points and (that) if we drive 50,000 species out of existence every year, you can’t go back,” he said, leaning back in his chair at the Wooden Monkey. [Story has a video and some very engaging comments at the end]

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Raising trees to reduce climate change

Asheville’s Citizen Times
November 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

This week in Philadelphia at Greenbuild, the massive trade show of the green building industry, Dogwood Alliance and its corporate partners — including Staples and Home Depot — unveiled the Carbon Canopy, an innovative exchange that encourages companies to buy carbon offsets based on sustainably grown and harvested Southern forests, including those in WNC. And sustainably harvested trees benefit companies with local ties, like Columbia Forest Products, which has a mill in Old Fort.

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Using Insect-Killed Trees for Biofuel Focus of $10 Million Study

Woodworking Network
November 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – The potential of converting trees killed by spruce and pine beetles into liquid biofuel will be explored in a research project being led by Colorado State University (CSU). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded nearly $10 million for the project to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bio-energy. The funding was provided under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

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Workshop focuses on wood-based bioenergy

LSUAgCenter.com
November 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

HAMMOND, La. – The U.S. forestry industry has migrated from the Pacific Northwest to the South over the past two decades, providing additional opportunities for Southern forest landowners, an LSU AgCenter business development expert told an audience at a workshop on forest-based bioenergy. Emerging biomass-to-energy markets have been driven by increasing interest in renewable energy sources, said Rich Vlosky, director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center in the LSU AgCenter. “Government mandates and economic trends determine what new markets will look like,” Vlosky said. “Alternative uses of wood products require a shift in thinking.”

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Germany increases its commitment to forest protection

IKI
November 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Germany attaches particular importance to the protection of tropical forests within the context of climate change mitigation (REDD+). German Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier affirmed this at the UN climate conference in Warsaw, reasoning that “through forest protection, we can make rapid and extensive progress towards global climate change mitigation.” He announced that Germany will provide an additional EUR 12 million to a programme supporting pioneer regions that have reduced deforestation and thereby prevented greenhouse gas emissions.

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China’s wood-based panels help tackle climate change: experts

People’s Daily China
November 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BEIJING — China’s flourishing wood-based panel industry is helping protect forests and woods, which will eventually lead to reduced carbon dioxide emission worldwide, industry experts say. The product, widely used for furniture, is conducive to the protection of limited forests and woods, said Zhu Guangqian, Honorary Director of China’s Timber & Wood Production Distribution Association. Instead of cutting logs, Chinese enterprises mainly choose forestry residues and unqualified log as raw material, Zhu said, noting that China has limited forests, therefore it has to use alternatives in manufacture, such as the wood-based panel.

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EU climate chief says UN talks hinge on 2015 deal

Idaho Statesman
November 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WARSAW, POLAND (NOv 24) — After another U.N. climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the process needs to provide a “substantial answer” to global warming in two years to remain relevant. Even if it succeeds, it’s worth reconsidering whether the international confabs need to be held every year, and whether the scope of each session should be narrower, Hedegaard told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Modest deal breaks deadlock at UN climate talks

(Nov 23) — Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual U.N. climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming. More than 190 countries agreed in Warsaw to start preparing “contributions” for the new deal, which is supposed to be adopted in 2015. That term was adopted after China and India objected to the word “commitments” in a standoff with the U.S. and other developed countries.

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Last-minute deal saves fractious UN climate talks

BBC News
November 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming. After 30 hours of deadlock, they approved a pathway to a new global climate treaty in Paris in 2015. The agreement was achieved after a series of last minute compromises often involving single words in draft texts. Negotiators also made progress on the contentious issue of loss and damage that developing countries are expected to suffer in a warming world.

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General

J.D. Irving gets exemption on Maine clear-cutting rules

November 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

State forestry officials have entered into an agreement with J.D. Irving Ltd., Maine’s largest landowner, that allows the company to exempt its 1.25 million acres of forestland from some clear-cutting regulations and other harvesting standards of the Forest Practices Act. The five-year agreement was signed in May 2012 but wasn’t made public until this month, when the Maine Forest Service gave lawmakers a report on an experimental tree harvesting program known as Outcome Based Forestry. The program had not drawn any participants since it was established in 2001, but now interest among major timberland owners is on the rise, as word spreads about the deal that allows J.D. Irving to do individual clear-cuts of as much as 250 acres without state approval.

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Espanola mill to make environmental enhancements

November 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

It was announced yesterday that Domtar Inc. will benefit from $54.5 million in federal funding, allowing environmental enhancements at its Espanola facility. Bryan Hayes, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, yesterday announced $54.5 million in funding for six projects that are helping sustain jobs in rural communities in Ontario and advance the transformation of Canada’s forest sector. These investments are the final instalment of support from the $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program .

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J.D. Irving gets exemption on Maine clear-cutting rules

November 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

State forestry officials have entered into an agreement with J.D. Irving Ltd., Maine’s largest landowner, that allows the company to exempt its 1.25 million acres of forestland from some clear-cutting regulations and other harvesting standards of the Forest Practices Act. The five-year agreement was signed in May 2012 but wasn’t made public until this month, when the Maine Forest Service gave lawmakers a report on an experimental tree harvesting program known as Outcome Based Forestry. The program had not drawn any participants since it was established in 2001, but now interest among major timberland owners is on the rise, as word spreads about the deal that allows J.D. Irving to do individual clear-cuts of as much as 250 acres without state approval.

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