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Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

Business & Politics

Asia Pacific report: South Korea amps up free trade ambitions

by Gordon Hamilton: But Canada continues to lag behind other countries in negotiating a trade deal with the Asian industrial technology dynamo
Business in Vancouver
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Canadian investors attending the conference said they were struck by the speed of change taking place in the Korean economy and the slow pace at which free trade talks between Canada and Korea are proceeding. …Wood products manufacturers in B.C. are among the losers in the failure to reach an agreement. They risk losing market share to the United States, where a free trade agreement that was implemented in March 2012 already means lower tariffs for Washington and Oregon companies than those faced by producers in B.C.

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Canada: wood products value of production surged 8,9% in Alberta

IHB
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Values of lumber, pulp and paper, and panelboard manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association member companies totalled approximately $670 million for the 3rd quarter of 2013. The value of production was up $55 million (8.9%) from the same period last year. Compared to the 2nd quarter of 2013, production values increased approximately $9 million (1.3%). “So far, 2013 has been a very positive year for our industry,” said AFPA President and CEO Brady Whittaker.

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China, Canadian groups sign pacts as Beijing targets forestry sector

Globe and Mail
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

China is poised to pour substantial money into Canada’s forestry sector, with a series of companies seeking new ways to transform British Columbia trees into furniture, fuel and profit. A cluster of private investors represented by the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce was among a handful of groups to sign deals with Canadian interests Tuesday in Beijing as B.C. Premier Christy Clark lent her signature to agreements that set the stage for more lumber and wood products to flow to China. In B.C., meanwhile, First Nations are developing plans to use Chinese money and markets and to vastly expand their own forestry operations.

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Research, technology key to woods industry

Terrace Standard
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In late October, northwest B.C. was hit with the news that sawmills in Houston and Moricetown would be closing. Kyahwood Forest Products – Moricetown’s sole employer – closed in October while the West Fraser sawmill in Houston will shut its doors in May 2014. Let’s look at what happened. There are two large mills in Houston – one operated by West Fraser, the other by Canfor – and each have access to a portion of the surrounding forest resources (Timber Supply Areas or TSAs). However, the wood in their TSAs is increasingly rotting because of Mountain Pine Beetles. Realizing that eventually the TSAs wouldn’t support two mills, it appears Canfor and West Fraser struck a deal.

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Burnaby company signs US$80m lumber deal with Chinese firm

Business in Vancouver
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burnaby’s Bluestar International Business has signed an US$80 million agreement with China’s Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co. Ltd. to provide British Columbian lumber for infrastructure projects in China, the provincial government announced November 24. The agreement is for the export of B.C. processed lumber to be used in residential construction and railway projects in China’s Sichuan province. “As a British Columbia company with operations in China, we are very excited to sign this agreement to purchase lumber from mills in B.C.,” said William Qu, president of Bluestar International Business.

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Canfor eyes building plant at deep-water port in China’s Hebei province

Globe and Mail
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. says it has agreed to form a 50-50 joint venture in China that will look at the potential for building a secondary manufacturing plant at a deep-water port on the northeast coast. The Vancouver-based lumber producer is considering locating the plant about 275 kilometres southeast of Beijing at Caofeidian Port, near the city of Tangshan. Canfor’s joint venture partner is Tangshan Caofeidian Wood Industry Co. Ltd of China. Financial terms of their partnership weren’t disclosed.

Canfor looking at building plant at deep-water port in China’s Hebei province From The Canadian Press

Click here to read the press release from Canfor.

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Mill hiring, though labour concerns not over

The Western Star
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK While the job advertisements indicate there is still a void to be filled by skilled trades workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, one union president says morale has improved greatly at the mill in recent months. Ross Edison is the head of Lodge 1567 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. After the five other unions inside the paper mill reached new labour contracts following contentious negotiations in the summer and fall of 2012, the roughly 40 members of Lodge 1567 never agreed to their new deal until early May 2013.

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Lumber and Building Material Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld

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

As with other industries that depend on the US construction markets, the Lumber and Building Material Stores industry was hit hard by the economic recession and subprime-mortgage collapse, which brought new construction across all markets to a near standstill. Most industry sales come from professional contractors and homeowners who purchase industry goods for residential construction, making the industry especially sensitive to changes in the housing market.

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California Redwood Company Signs Russin Lumber as Northeast Distributor

Real, Strong California Redwood to be available in 13-state region
Herald Online
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EUREKA, Calif. — California Redwood Company announced today that it established a new distributor relationship with Russin Lumber to serve a growing demand for its products in the Northeast. “Russin Lumber has a fine reputation in New England and the Mid-Atlantic as a wholesale distributor of building materials, and we are pleased to have been selected to provide them with our high quality redwood products and strong customer service,” says Ray Barbee, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, California Redwood Company.

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No business case for putting PM1 back into production, says company’s development manager

Cape Breton Post
November 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

POINT TUPPER — For sale: One well-used but recently upgraded newsprint machine. Port Hawkesbury Paper is shopping its PM1 to potential buyers after determining, once and for all, that it can’t make a business case for putting the machine back into production, the company’s development manager Marc Dube said Monday. When the company, a subsidiary of Ron Stern-headed Pacific West Commercial Corp., took over the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill following a year-long sales process in October 2012, it only restarted PM2, which produces glossy paper for the magazine and catalogue market.

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Pulp mill finds federal favour

The Examiner
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A PULP mill could be built in Tasmania with federal government support, according to Infrastructure and Regional Development assistant minister Jamie Briggs. Visiting Northern Tasmania yesterday, Mr Briggs said the federal government was always open to looking at infrastructure projects, particularly if approached by private enterprise, and may be able to help “de-risk” proposals to help get them off the ground. Mr Briggs spent yesterday visiting companies and the Launceston City Council with Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic to discuss projects set to receive funding as part of the $106 million forestry agreement’s economic diversification fund.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

VIDEO: Werner Hofstatter at the Wood Solutions Fair

Journal of Commerce
November 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Werner Hofstatter, the products and markets advisor for the Canadian Wood Council’s Wood Works! BC Program, spoke to the Journal of Commerce at the Wood Solutions Fair, recently held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Hofstatter detailed some of the efforts being made by the wood industry to bring innovative materials and techniques to market, including the Wood Innovation and Design Centre under construction in Prince George, B.C.

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U.S.: Softwood and Panel Markets – Week 48, 2013

Random Lenghts Publications, Inc
November 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Trading in framing lumber fell back to a measured pace, and prices flattened or moved modestly in either direction. The slower pace wasn’t unexpected in advance of the Thanksgiving week in the U.S. Many buyers focused on working through inventories on the ground or en route to their yards. Some inventory-conscious buyers noted that they were holding back to ensure that loads would not arrive until after the new year. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price held at $399.

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Forestry

Logan Lake recognized for forest fire safety program

Kamloops Daily News
November 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The municipality of Logan Lake was recognized with an award for its pioneering program to make the community safe from forest fires. FireSmart Canada gave the community a 2013 community protection achievement award. Since 2005, two years after wildfires swept the Interior, the community completed 21 treatment projects.

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Natural resource inspection practices streamlined

from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The provincial government has taken further steps to streamline compliance and enforcement activities within British Columbia’s natural resource sector. Effective immediately, administrative changes to the way that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Compliance and Enforcement Branch works with the Environmental Assessment Office will increase co-operation between the two agencies and allow the ministry’s Natural Resource Officers to more easily conduct site inspections and investigations.

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Harper Government Invests in Transformation of New Brunswick’s Forest Industry

Marketwired
November 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced $12 million in funding for a project that is helping sustain jobs in rural communities in New Brunswick and advancing the transformation of Canada’s forest sector. This investment by the Government of Canada is the final instalment of support from the $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. 

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After Oregon’s worst wildfire year, a look at how one forest hopes to recover

The Oregonian
November 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TILLER — The Whiskey complex of fires burned through more than 17,000 acres of the Umpqua National Forest this summer, but even before the last smoldering snag was out, the stewards of the land were planning what to do next. The fires, like the massive Douglas complex south of Grants Pass, were sparked by lightning on July 26, joining a list that made this the worst year for wildfires on state and federal land in Oregon in more than a decade. The Whiskey complex alone required 932 firefighters and $23 million to contain.

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BHNF Employee Recognized

Kota Radio
November 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Black Hills National Forest silviculturist Blaine Cook was recently awarded a prestigious Silviculture Excellence Award by Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, for his outstanding performance and support of the Forest silviculture program. With 40 years of experience, Blaine has provided vision, leadership, and coordination among the staffs of the Forest to ensure the vegetation management program maintains the highest quality of planning and performance,” said Craig Bobzien, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor.

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Ravalli County: Commission tearing Bitterroot apart

Letter by Van P. Keele
The Missoulian
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bitterroot citizens: Do you honestly believe our commissioners are doing a competent and ethical job in governing and managing Ravalli County? …All five commissioners claim to want more aggressive management of our Bitterroot National Forest lands, in the name of jobs, “forest health” and public fire safety; yet they oppose timber projects and supported the local off-road vehicle group’s appeal of the Three Saddle Forest Project. This obstructionist and frivolous appeal single-handedly stopped the project in its tracks.

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Longtime Whitefish Range adversaries celebrate accord on land use plan

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
November 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the Bible’s First Book of Kings, Solomon nearly has to chop a baby in half before two women claiming to be its mother can resolve their dispute. No swords were pulled at the table where the Whitefish Range Partnership found a way to let loggers, wilderness advocates, snowmobilers, mountain bikers, river rafters and cabin owners share 300,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest. But the roomful of longtime adversaries agreed having a Solomonic deadline actually helped them build the trust to share the land.

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Forest conference puts focus on safety

Radio New Zealand
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forest industry is bringing in North American experts to a conference this week to help it tackle the high injury and death rates in New Zealand plantations. Despite the launch of a revised forest industry safety code, the high accident rate has continued with six fatalities and more than 80 serious injuries among forestry workers this year. The Forest Industry Engineering Association is putting the issue under the spotlight with a safety summit at its two-day conference in Rotorua, which finises on Wednesday.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New report recommends heating Nelson with hot water biomass energy

The Castlegar Source
November 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new draft consultant report commissioned by the city recommends hot water biomass—burning wood waste from sawmills to heat water— as a heat source for Nelson’s buildings. There are still some details to be worked out with the consultant, says Nelson Hydro manager Alex Love, before the report is presented to Nelson City Council in the spring. An earlier version of a district energy system plan for Nelson in 2010 envisioned using the water in Kootenay Lake as a heat source.

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Deal inked for new local processing facility

Drayton Valley Western Review
November 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

DH Manufacturing (DHM) and Weyerhaeuser signed a deal Nov. 20 affirming the partnership of the two companies going forward on a forest product-waste processing facility to be built by DHM adjoined to the BioComposites Group (BCG) fibre mat plant in Drayton Valley. The DHM facility will process forestry waste from the Weyerhauser sawmill and turn it into saleable products as well as using any waste chip byproducts in the fibre mat plant for its operations.

Fibremat plant set to enter market From The Drayton Valley Western Review

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Microsoft, Disney invest millions in forest carbon market

Forests Climate Change
November 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia — Multinational corporations like Microsoft and Disney are pouring millions of dollars into protecting forests, throwing their weight behind the evolving market for forest carbon offsets. They are voluntarily buying big to achieve their own low-carbon targets as governments totter in implementing cap-and-trade policies that will guarantee stronger demand for carbon offsets and a more robust market.

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