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Daily Archives: December 3, 2013

Business & Politics

Canada: lumber production and export rise in September

IHB
December 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

According to Statistics Canada, lumber production by Canadian sawmills rose 4.0% from August up to 4 867.2 thousand cubic metres in September. Compared with September 2012, lumber production increased 4.3%. Sawmills shipped 4 753.4 thousand cubic metres of lumber in September, up 2.5% from August.

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While one Canfor mill shuts down, another opens up in China

250 News
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On October 24th, forestry giant Canfor announced that it would be permanently closing its Quesnel mill and laying off 209 employees because of lack of timber caused by the mountain pine beetle infestation. The Quesnel mill was one of the few mills in British Columbia that cut metric-sized wood for the Chinese market. Interestingly, a little over a month later on November 26th, Canfor announced plans to invest in a new joint venture mill in China on the country’s northern coast. This mill will be importing lumber from British Columbia and cutting it into metric sizes for Chinese buyers.

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Canfor to invest $36 million in Houston sawmill

Lesprom
December 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation announced that, subject to ratification of the tentative labour agreement between the Company and the United Steelworkers, the Company will proceed with capital investments totaling approximately $36 million to improve efficiency and recovery in its Houston, British Columbia sawmill. The investment will include upgrades to primary and secondary breakdown lines and advancements in scanning and optimization technology, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

Canfor announces Houston Mill Upgrades From 250 News

Click here to read the press release from Canfor.

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Domtar puts trust in adult diapers to offset decline in core paper business

The Gazette
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Growth in personal care products, especially adult diapers, will offset a 3 to 4 per cent annual decline in its core white paper business over the next few years, Domtar Corp. CEO John Williams said Monday. “No one can be certain how long it will take for commodity business papers to stabilize, but the model will be under pressure over time from electronic communications and the potential risks make Domtar less attractive to investors,” he told the Canadian Club of Montreal.

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Lumber Price Hikes Take a Breather in Seasonal Slowdown

Woodworking Network
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The combination of improving domestic sales, robust exports and sharply higher prices had many hardwood lumber sellers sounding thankful heading into the long Thanksgiving weekend. A sawmill owner in New England described business as so “spectacular” that kiln-dried inventories “dropped like a rock” during a temporary shutdown to install new equipment. An export wholesaler said that “lumber is gone within two days” of offering it out, and a salesman at a Southern mill noted, “Exports to China have never been better.”

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Interfor Staff Donate 1,100 Items to Port Angeles Food Bank

Market Wired
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON- – The Port Angeles Food Bank was the real winner when a friendly competition among the 121 employees at Interfor’s Port Angeles Sawmill led to a donation of 1,100 food items. “The mill is an important part of Port Angeles, and this competition was a great way to engage our employees and support our community at the same time,” Production Manager Bill Slagle said today. “I’m proud of everyone for their fantastic efforts.”

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The Global Forest Industry in the third quarter of 2013

WRQ
December 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sawlog prices were higher in practically all of the 20 regions worldwide as tracked by the WRQ each quarter. The only exceptions were in Canada, Western US, Finland and Brazil where prices were slightly lower than in the previous quarter. The reduced prices in North America resulted in a 0.6 % drop in the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) to $85.94/m3, the first decline since the 2Q/12. Global trade of logs may reach just over 76 million m3 in 2013, which would be six percent higher than in 2012 but slightly lower than in 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Smyth: B.C. gov’t sticking with Wood First policy

B.C. concrete and steel industry reps think the policy is exclusive and unfair
The Province
December 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When then-premier Gordon Campbell brought in B.C.’s “Wood First” policy, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to help the province’s struggling heritage industry. The 2008 financial crisis and resulting recession hammered the U.S. housing market and the B.C. lumber exports that fed it. Climate change unleashed the pine-beetle plague that destroyed millions of hectares of B.C. forests. The Campbell government’s response: the 2009 “Wood First Initiative,” which encourages use of wood as the “primary building material” in all provincially funded buildings.

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Forestry

Campbell River’s high school forestry program got a high profile visit

HQ Comox Valley
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local high school forestry program got high praise from the BC Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender. He was in Campbell River on Friday touring the Carihi program, and said he is very impressed with what he saw. “I think it’s fabulous, I read a bit about it before, but when you actually see it and you see the energy of all the partners coming together the school district, the school, the teacher, and the industry representatives it is very encouraging,” said Fassbender. “This is exactly what we should be doing throughout the province in areas where we need skilled workers.”

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Cedarside logging upsets some residents

Rocky Mountain Goat
November 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recent logging by the Valemount Community Forest has left a few people expressing dismay on social media about the loss of “our back yards.” Craig Pryor, Manager of Valemount Community Forest, confirmed they have been harvesting a block in the Secord Road area off Cranberry Lake Road, and says they have held a number of meetings with nearby residents to discuss how to limit the impacts. The Goat contacted one person of the two households affected by the harvesting, but the person declined an interview.

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FP Innovations hooks up with college to develop forestry program

The gazette
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – FP Innovations, the Montreal-based national forest industry research organization, is linking up with the Collège communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the New Brunswick Economic Development Dept., to push ahead with a wood products development and commercialization program. The program will try to stimulate innovation in the woodwork, flooring and furniture sectors in New Brunswick and improve technical and marketing performance.

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Oregon timber county association steps up criticism of Wyden forest management bill

The Oregonian
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson, who chairs the Association of O&C Counties, on Monday said his group is finding a lot more to dislike about Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s plan for managing some 2 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon. Robertson said his group’s initial review of the 188-page bill produced doubts about whether the bill would really reduce litigation tying up timber sales and produce much in the way of county revenue.

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Economic assessment of mountain pine beetle timber salvage

The Almagest
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service study finds that increased timber salvage of trees killed by mountain pine beetle would benefit some areas in the West but not others. A recently published study by U.S. Forest Service researchers evaluates potential revenues from harvesting standing timber killed by mountain pine beetle in the western United States. The study shows that while positive net revenues could be produced in West Coast and Northern Rockies states with active timber markets, the central Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—which have the largest volume of standing dead timber—would not generate positive net revenues by salvaging beetle-killed timber.

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Plum Creek prepares to submit plan to the public

The Gainesville Sun
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With a meeting Monday night in east Gainesville and another planned for Saturday in Hawthorne, Plum Creek is taking its final public workshops to the communities with the most to gain as it prepares to submit a long-term master plan for its 65,000 acres in Alachua County. The timber company — the largest private landowner in the county — plans to submit the master plan to county planning staff Dec. 13, starting what could be a nearly year-long process that the company hopes will end in approval from the County Commission toward the end of next year.

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Forestry sector ‘not an industry in crisis’ – Key

Fairfax
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Corporate manslaughter legislation is unlikely, Prime Minister John Key says, just days after the year’s forestry death toll climbed to nine. The national concern over forestry worker safety was highlighted when one of New Zealand’s largest forest owners, Hancock Forest Management, called a meeting with workers yesterday to discuss health and safety, admitting “our safety system is broken”. In addition to the nine deaths, 90 people have been badly hurt in forestry accidents this year.

Click here to read the press release from the New Zealand Government.

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Industry warns loss of Triabunna woodchip mill will be forestry death knell

ABC News
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A signatory to Tasmania’s forest peace deal is warning the historic deal could be on shaky ground now that the former Gunns woodchip mill at Triabunna will never reopen. The Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA) was signed by forestry and green groups with the understanding the mill would remain in the industry. The mill’s owners, millionaire environmentalists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron, have announced plans to convert it into a tourist attraction. The Forest Industries Association’s chief executive Terry Edwards says the signatories will meet to discuss the ramifications.

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Use Accident Compensation Corporation levies properly – Don’t reduce them

By Forest Industry Contractors Association
Scoop Independent News
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is tragic that two men died working in the bush last week while forest contractors, managers and service providers to the forest industry were participating in biggest forest safety conference ever held in this country. The Forest Industry Contractors Association thinks it would also be wrong if the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) continued with plans to reduce levies across all categories by 17% next year. The current forestry safety culture programmes need to reach more, not less people. A levy reduction is not welcome news under the circumstances. Our people need to grow injury prevention measures in forestry, says FICA.

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Forestry company to be prosecuted over death

Radio New Zealand
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has confirmed it is taking legal action against a forestry company over one of the deaths in the forestry industry this year. Two forestry workers were killed on the job last week in Nelson and the central North Island, bringing the number of deaths this year to nine. While confirming the prosecution relates to one of the deaths, the ministry said it would not be making any further comment as it is before the courts.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Coal-Wood Biofuel Tested Widely, Mixed Results

Woodworking Network
December 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Wood waste is being tested U.S. coal-fired power plants, as utilities look to cut carbon dioxide output quickly to meet likely restrictions on CO² by the Environmental Protection Agency. Generating power – an approach that has already caught on in Europe. Minnesota Power has added wood to the mix in its coal fired plants in an effort to convert to one-third renewable fuel. Its M.L. Hibbard Renewable Energy Center in West Duluth, which uses waste wood as a fuel source, is among 200 U.S. coal-fired power plants that have text a coal-wood mix.

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Green for Green: The Buyers That Stand Behind Forest Carbon

Ecosystem Marketplace
December 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon finance is helping conserve an area larger than all the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but all that progress could disappear if no one steps up to buy the offsets being generated. In this series, Ecosystem Marketplace digs into the demand side of forest carbon. Who are the buyers? What motivates them? How do they go about investing in forests?… Their motivations are myriad, but the common denominator, according to the report, is that on some level these companies connect with the idea that forest ecosystems are some of the last remaining large-scale carbon sinks, and investing in those sinks is essential to efforts to mitigate climate change.

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