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Daily Archives: December 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Maple Ridge mill damaged in weekend fire

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

Welding is being blamed for sparking a fire that destroyed a section of a Maple Ridge sawmill early Saturday. At 12:30 a.m., the Maple Ridge Fire Department received multiple 911 calls about the blaze at Fraser Cedar Products, located on Lougheed Highway west of 280th Street. Electrical arcing from the mill’s high voltage power lines illuminated the sky for miles and the building that housed the “chipper unit” was engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived.

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Mill workers ink deal with Tolko

Vernon Morning Star
December 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s one of the more lucrative deals in recent history for United Steelworkers members. The steelworkers, which includes about 500 North Okanagan workers at Tolko’s sawmill and plywood plant in Armstrong, veneer mill in Lumby and forest techs and road crews that work out of Tolko’s Lumby office, reached a tentative agreement on Friday with the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association on a five-year collective bargaining agreement retroactive to July 1.

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Hydro hikes challenge industrial users

Powell River Peak
December 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation is facing another financial challenge due to the provincial government’s announcement of BC Hydro rate increases. The new rate structure will add $25 million a year of increased costs across all three divisions just in the next two years, said Joe Nemeth, Catalyst’s president and CEO. “We are a company that is trying to fight for its survival and this is a $25-million impact,” he said. “This is an extremely big hit.” …“We’re doing a whole bunch of really great things that we think
can take real costs out of the business and that make us competitive,”
Nemeth said. “This makes it extremely difficult for us.”

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Business goes on in the wake of bankruptcy

Campbell River Mirror
December 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three companies of the Pallan Group are going bankrupt, but president Derik Pallan insists the family-owned business is moving forward and will continue to do business. “We’ve been here for 50 years and we’ll be here for another 50 – we’re all staying,” he told the Mirror on Monday. It was the same refrain from Pallan in October when the Campbell River-based company was going through a restructuring process and the accounting firm KPMG was appointed receiver of the limited companies: Pallan Timber Products, Pallan Holdings and Howe Sound Forest Products.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

What Does Lumber Say About The Housing Market?

Trader Planet
December 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Whenever we look at different places where to put our money, real estate has always come to our minds as traditional investors have made lots and lots of money in this market. It’s only in recent times that with a credit freeze, the brick market has suffered an important contraction. Fortunately, the tide seems to be turning as we see some interesting growth in the chart of the PHLX Housing Sector Index (HGX).

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Forestry

Global radicals and the frightening power of ENGOs

by Peter Foster
Finanacial Post
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

…Companies too have been co-opted, sometimes out of naivete, sometimes
out of fear of do-not-buy campaigns.  ….Even governments are cowed by ENGO activists, some of whose most
outstanding “successes” have come in the Canadian forestry sector. One
current ENGO thrust is to claim that forestry provides valuable lessons
for the oil industry. In fact, those lessons are quite different from
what ENGOs and their consultant mouthpieces are peddling. I plan to deal
with them in my next column.

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Audit of woodlots on Vancouver Island finds good practices

BC Forest Practices Board
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of forestry activities on eight woodlots on Southern Vancouver Island concludes the woodlot owners complied with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “These woodlots are managed by a variety of different types of licence holders, including a family, small forest companies, First Nations and Vancouver Island University,” said Al Gorley, board chair. “All of them demonstrated their commitment to sound forest management.”

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B.C. grants new forest licence to local First Nation

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WESTBANK – The Province has awarded a replaceable forest licence to Westbank First Nation, a move that will enhance economic and employment opportunities in the area, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today at a signing ceremony in Westbank. The licence covers approximately 9,000 hectares of Crown land within the Derickson Trapline, a 16,000-hectare area in the West Kettle River area, encompassing Two John Lake, Derickson Lake, Mount Moore, Jubilee Mountain and St. Margaret Lake.

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B.C. Natural Resources minister: We can do better about communicating info to public

CKNW
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources says he will take the Privacy Commissioner’s latest report with all seriousness. Steve Thomson admits there is room for improvement in his ministry when it comes to communicating information about potential dangers to the public. However Thomson says compliance issues have been addressed since the 2010 collapse of the Testalinden Lake Dam.

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Local couple awarded for planting 31,000 trees

Simcoe County
December 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Meaford couple is being commended for their efforts to add to the areas forest cover by planting more than 31,000 trees on their property in 2012. Bill and Mabel Almond, who have owned their 180 -acre farm in Meaford for 50 years, planted the trees on 50 acres. “I was doing a little bit for the environment,” said Bill Almond. “It’s not very much. It’s only a drop in the bucket.” But 31,550 trees is a big enough drop in the bucket to turn heads at Trees Ontario.

Click here to read the press release from Trees Ontario.

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Rep. Kilmer seeks to mend fences dividing forestry, environmental groups

Peninsula Daily News
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Environmental and forestry groups often are at odds. Asserting he is addressing that divide, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer on Tuesday announced the formation of the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative, a group of 16 forestry and environmental groups whose goal is to increase the timber harvest in Olympic National Forest in an environmentally responsible manner. Participants include such diverse groups as the Wild Olympics Campaign, Simpson Lumber Co., the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and the American Forest Resource Council.

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Development near Oregon, Washington public forests more than doubled in last 30 years

USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. Private development along the edges of most public forests in Oregon and Washington more than doubled since the 1970s, a new study conducted by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific’s Northwest (PNW) Research Station has found. The study, which used aerial photography to inventory structures at the fringes of public forests, is the first to look at development trends in the two states before and after the enactment of land use laws. The findings are reported in Changes in Development Near Public Forest Lands in Oregon and Washington, 1974-2005: Implications for Management, a report published by the PNW Station.

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Forest Service drones may finally take off

Central Valley Business
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

That buzzing overhead that you could hear while hiking in a national forest might not be a swarm of bees or Amazon trying to deliver a box of whatchacallits, but a U.S. Forest Service drone. Its controversial drone program, at first earmarked to spy out illegal marijuana cultivation in California, may have found new life, according to agency documents posted Tuesday by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. After years of being grounded in a law enforcement program, the drones are being transferred to the Forest Service’s fire-fighting wing to be guided by an internal group that “will not meet publicly and lacks a mandate to consider privacy concerns or other external issues,” says PEER.

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Crater Lake area logging plan challenged in lawsuit

Associated Press
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups are challenging U.S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild. They are asking a judge to stop the Loafer timber sale in an area east of Diamond Lake on the Umpqua National Forest.  The lawsuit argues that the Forest Service should more fully examine the
project’s potential harm to protected species like northern spotted
owls and red tree voles.

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U.S. forestry industry experiences move to the South

The Daily Reveille
December 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The forestry industry in the United States has shifted from the Pacific Northwest to the South during the past two decades, all thanks to owls. Rich Vlosky, director of the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, said national forests in the West were traditionally the nation’s top producers of timber. But the Northern Spotted Owl, which is native to the Northwest, was listed as a threatened species in 1990, and logging in national forests was banned soon after.

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