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Daily Archives: November 27, 2013

Business & Politics

Final sixteen PPGTP projects total $109 million in funding

Daily News
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The final projects funded by the $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) were announced mid-November, with Nanaimo Forest Products, Paper Excellence, AV Cell, Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp and Resolute Forest Products named as recipients. The sixteen PPGTP-funded projects completed at 11 pulp and paper mills represent a total investment of $109.2 million by the Government of Canada. Among the projects announced, $12 million in funding went to AV Cell Inc. in Atholville, N.B., for capital upgrades to treat two mill effluent streams using an anaerobic process.

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BID expands into U.S.

Prince George Citizen
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local company has just become multinational. The BID Group of Companies started two generations ago in Vanderhoof, has grown to be a conglomerate of companies still based primarily in the hometown of the founding Fehr family, although it also has significant holdings in Prince George. Its various branches include equipment and engineering firms and they primarily do business building and maintaining sawmills and energy plants. …The company cut the ribbon on a sprawling warehouse complex in St. George, South Carolina that will act as its base of operations on the Eastern Seaboard.

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Catalyst bracing for $26-million rise in annual electricity bill

Victoria Times Colonist
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Among the hardest hit by the B.C. Hydro rate hikes announced Tuesday was pulp and paper operator Catalyst, which has mills in Port Alberni and Crofton. Catalyst is the single largest industrial user of power in B.C. and will see its electricity bill rise from $124 million annually to approximately $150 million within the first two years, said vice-president Lyn Brown. “It’s a big number,” Brown said. “We went through our own financial restructuring just a year ago. We’re mindful of every dollar of additional cost. We’re still in a really tough industry.

BC Hydro rates head skyward as province unveils 10-year plan From The Vancouver Sun

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US hardwood-lumber exports show continued growth

EUWID
November 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In the third quarter of 2013, US-American hardwood-lumber exports showed year-on-year growth similar to that achieved in the first half of the year. Total deliveries up to the end of September, at 2.548m m³, therefore increased by 8% year on year. The Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS)/Department of Agriculture, based in Washington D.C., reports that the export value up to the end of September increased by as much as 12%.

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Fueled by Chinese demand, West Coast log and lumber exports rise sharply

Report says lumber exports jumped 50 percent in third quarter
McClatchy Washington Bureau
November 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Fueled by increased demand from China, log and lumber exports from the West Coast are on the rise, according to a study released today. The value and volume of lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and northern California jumped by 50 percent during the third quarter of the year, compared to figures from the same period in 2012. And the value of log exports rose by 40 percent, while the volume increased by 25 percent. That’s according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.

West Coast lumber and log exports increased in value, volume in third quarter of 2013 From PNW USDA Forest Service

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Commentary: ‘Green’ rules punish Georgia’s timber industry

Savannah Morning News
November 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia’s timber industry contributes $25 billion to our economy each year and is responsible for over 60,000 direct jobs. As the housing market continues to rebound, those numbers will grow — unless the arbitrary guidelines of one nonprofit organization continues to hinder the recovery of the timber industry and our state’s economy. Specifically, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards define what constitutes “sustainable” building materials for construction projects.

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Germany seizes congolese wood in strongest EUaction yet against illegal timber trade

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

German authorities have seized two batches of illegal timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The seizure is the strongest case of enforcement of an EU law banning the trade in illegally sourced timber which took effect in March 2013. The government action was triggered by a tip-off from Greenpeace “This sends a strong signal to all loggers and their buyers in Europe to steer clear of dodgy business. We urge German authorities to conduct a full inquiry and not let the companies involved off the hook,” said Danielle van Oijen, forest campaigner at Greenpeace Netherlands.

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Premier puts emphasis on forest cash

The Examiner
November 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

FEDERAL support for the pulp mill is welcome, but delivering the outstanding $100 million forest peace deal money is a more pressing concern for Tasmania, Premier Lara Giddings has said. Ms Giddings said Federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development Jamie Briggs’s statement this week that the federal government was looking at options to help “de-risk” the $2.5 million stalled project was “premature”. …“If Mr Briggs and his Liberal colleagues want to do something positive for the Tasmanian economy, they can stop sitting on their hands and get on with delivering the $100 million they promised to Tasmanian businesses almost three months ago.”

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Forestry

Catalyst Paper willing to donate grinding stones from 1890s mill to Port Alberni

November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another piece of the Alberni Valley’s industrial heritage could soon be on prominent display in Port Alberni, but somebody has to pick up the bill to get it there. On the Catalyst Paper property lies a 4.5-metre monument made of grinding stones recovered from B.C.’s first ever pulp and paper mill, on the Somass River, in the 1890s. The bottom protrudes out so people can sit on it, much like a park bench. It is part of the Alberni Valley’s heritage as an industrial city, but few people know about it.

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Researchers track Alberta forests from the skies to study threatened wildlife

The Canadian Press
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An ambitious three-year research project is using eyes in the sky to produce what may be the clearest picture yet of the impact of the energy and forestry industries on threatened wildlife in northern Alberta. High-resolution satellite images, together with information from industry, will also yield the first data on what effects snowmobilers and off-roaders are having on caribou, grizzlies and wolves.

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Mission’s tree farm priority for new director of forestry

The Abbotsford Mission Times
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s official – Bob O’Neal is the new director of forestry at the District of Mission. And he wants to hear from entrepreneurs and others who have creative, sustainable ideas on how to make money from the district’s 10,500-hectare Tree Farm Licence (TFL 26) area. “We’re going to let people know we’re open for business. I ‘m excited about the opportunities – we’ve got some great ideas to develop more revenues and increase job opportunities,” O’Neal said Thursday. Operating through the Mission Forest Enterprise business model, he aims to introduce “more of an entrepreneurial spirit in how we manage new revenues and create jobs.”

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Opinion: What is the B.C. government’s vision for our public forest?

by Bob Simpson
Vancouver Sun
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the two mountain pine beetle-related interior sawmill closures announced a few weeks ago should not have come as a surprise to either provincial or local politicians, there was real surprise for the provincial government embedded in the details of West Fraser and Canfor’s announcements. Not only did two major forest companies declare on the same day they would be closing mills (such simultaneous announcements are highly unusual) but in the same announcements they disclosed they had arrived at a deal to exchange forest licenses in three different forest districts, without any consultation with the provincial government or the public, which owns the forest resource.

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Catalyst Paper willing to donate grinding stones from 1890s mill to Port Alberni

November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another piece of the Alberni Valley’s industrial heritage could soon be on prominent display in Port Alberni, but somebody has to pick up the bill to get it there. On the Catalyst Paper property lies a 4.5-metre monument made of grinding stones recovered from B.C.’s first ever pulp and paper mill, on the Somass River, in the 1890s. The bottom protrudes out so people can sit on it, much like a park bench. It is part of the Alberni Valley’s heritage as an industrial city, but few people know about it.

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Major Mi’kmaq land deal with Nova Scotia government close

Deal for land near Digby would give Mi’kmaq managerial responsibilities
CBC News
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A major forest management deal is imminent between the province and Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, one that will see 9,500 hectares of land near Digby turned over to First Nations. The negotiations have been underway for months, and Nova Scotia Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says he hopes a deal will be finalized in the early new year where the Mi’kmaq will assume “managerial responsibilities.”

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Law Commission of Ontario Recommends Repeal of the Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act

Canada Newswire press release
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today releases its Final Report in its Review of the Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act project and recommends repeal of the Act. The Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act was enacted in 1891 as a form of wage protection for loggers cutting timber in the northern Ontario bush. It provides loggers with a lien over the logs or timber they work on for the amount owing to them for their work. The Act remains essentially in original form while the logging industry and commercial environment have changed dramatically.

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Mystery of the leafy TRAMPOLINE: Experts left baffled by bizarre bouncy forest floor discovered in Canada

Mail Online
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest floor that behaves like a bouncy trampoline has left scientists baffled. The phenomenon, which is thought to be natural, enables people to bounce upon a patch of earth, but scientists are struggling to explain why the ground is behaving as it is. A pair of hikers came across the unusual spot close to a river in a forest in St Jerome, Quebec in Canada.

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Wyden: Federal regulation key to logging bill OK

Associated Press
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says he can’t get legislation increasing logging on the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon enacted without keeping them under federal environmental laws. The Oregon Democrat announced his O&C bill Tuesday in the Capitol in Salem, saying it would double the timber harvest, while protecting old growth forests, wilderness, and fish and wildlife habitat.

Q&A: The Wyden O&C Plan (radio) From The Oregon Public Radio
Wyden Timber Plan Aims to Bolster Hard-Hit Logging Towns from Northwest News Network
Ron Wyden unveils O&C management bill, saying it will create jobs while protecting forest ecology from The Oregonian

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Battling Flames in Forests, With Prison as the Firehouse

New York Times
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The men cluster in a tight pack, identities obscured by fire-resistant Nomex clothes, each one anonymous except for the color of his helmet: red for corrections officers, blue and yellow for inmates. When the air was hot and the woods were parched last summer, the peak of the wildfire season in the West, these trained wilderness firefighters fought 13 forest fires in Arizona, including the one in June that half-destroyed the nearby village of Yarnell and killed 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite team.

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Is Irving deal a path to ‘scientific forestry’ or loophole for clearcutting?

BDN Maine
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A deal Maine struck with Irving Woodlands, made public Friday, has sparked concern among environmental groups that the state has handed the company a “big loophole” to avoid state regulations on clearcutting. Forestry experts, though, believe those concerns are misplaced and that the deal allows Irving, Maine’s largest landowner, to be more efficient in its harvesting techniques and reflects the evolution of modern forestry practices. Irving signed the five-year deal with the Maine Forest Service in May 2012.

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Switzerland: 8,000-hour search for tree-killing beetle

BBC News
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Specialist tree climbers have been roped in to help Swiss authorities eliminate the Asian longhorn beetle, an exotic tree-killing pest, it seems. The climbers, supported by sniffer dogs, checked 1,600 trees in an 8,000-hour search covering a 150-hectare zone in Winterthur, northern Switzerland. They found 11 larvae on five trees, the Tages-Anzeiger daily reports. This means the forest workers will have their work cut out for several years as the monitoring period has been extended to at least 2017.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Chase votes for pellet plant rezoning

Councillors swayed by propect of increased tax revenue
Kamloops Daily News
November 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHASE — Saying the village would benefit from the jobs and an anticipated tax-revenue boost of about $75,000 a year, councillors voted unanimously to rezone land for a proposed wood pellet plant. Their reasoning did nothing to sway opponents to the Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group project. Many of them filled the 96 seats at the Chase Community Hall for a council meeting Tuesday afternoon. Once all five council members voted to rezone land on Aylmer Road from residential to industrial, the majority of people in the hall got up and left.

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