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Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Investing: U.S. housing industry offers potential to Canadian investors

The Gazette
December 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

2013 was certainly the year of the rebound of the housing industry in the U.S.A. Paradoxically, in Canada, the situation is reversed. It seems that we are headed into a slowdown (or even worse) of the housing/construction industry. I believe that Canadian companies doing business in that industry face a tough few years ahead. So, personally, I would go south of our border to profit from the current “rebirth” of an industry that was in the doldrums for so long.

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Canfor sawmill fire and kerosene spill in Chetwynd area

Energetic City
December 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was only “a minimum amount of damage”, but the Chetwynd Fire Department responded to a 3 a.m. fire early Saturday morning at the Canfor sawmill. District Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky indicates the fire was in a sawdust blower and was probably caused by overheated motor bearings.

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Analysts applaud Canfor’s China mill move

December 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest industry watchers are praising Canfor’s plans to invest in a Chinese sawmill as an astute move to get closer to customers and reduce production costs. For Canfor’s partner in the joint venture, Tangshan Caofeidian Wood Industry Co. Ltd., the deal represents a steady supply of B.C. wood from a trusted supplier. “Canfor in particular has tried to develop a relationship with some of the [higher quality] Chinese manufacturers … and the Chinese are looking for long-term supply,” said David Cohen, a University of British Columbia forestry professor.

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Interfor, Skeetchestn sign deal on training, education and cultural benefits

Kamloops Daily News
December 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Skeetchestn Indian Band and Interfor signed an impact benefits agreement Monday that provides training, education and cultural benefits for the band and more lumber for the company. Band natural resources manager Mike Anderson said the deal has been in the works for a year. While some aspects of the agreement are confidential, he did explain it will allow the band’s resources to be inventoried and looked after. That means such things as the 150 plants that are used for medicine, food or spiritual purposes will be catalogued and looked after.

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Pulp mill faces another roadblock

It may have found new rails, but the Prince Albert Pulp Mill is still on track.
The Prince Albert Daily Herald
December 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

“We are making a very strong statement that we expect to have that mill up and running within 18 months,” said Dale Paterson, Paper Excellence vice president of operations. This is the same estimation Paterson provided during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon about nine months ago, unadjusted for time. The delay comes from Paper Excellence going back to the drawing board, Paterson explained over the phone on Monday.

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Forestry

CILA asking for ABS requirements to be dropped

HQ Prince George
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Central Interior Logging Association has appealed to BC’s transportation minister for changes to anti-lock braking on logging trucks. The CILA and three other logging associations met with Todd Stone earlier this month to explain the ongoing issues with the brake systems. Executive Director MaryAnne Arcand says muddy and snowy conditions on highways causes ABS brakes to not always work.

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Obituary: Union leader Jack Munro was labour king of B.C. forests

Globe and Mail
December 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Big Jack Munro headed British Columbia’s largest union, the International Woodworkers of America, for 19 years, at a time when forestry was king. He led two of the toughest, costliest strikes in the province’s long, militant labour history. During the decades when his large frame bestrode B.C. as one of its most prominent, powerful, larger-than-life personalities, he had the ear of not just tens of thousands of union members, but prime ministers, premiers, tycoons and, on a single memorable occasion, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Caribou face major threat from climate change, study finds

Calgary Herald
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new study shows there’s closer similarities between caribou and reindeer than previously thought — and suggests climate change will endanger their habitat. .. “The woodland caribou is already an endangered species in southern Canada and the United States,” said Marco Musiani, a University of Calgary professor who co-authored the study, which involved 21
researchers from two continents. …Caribou need undisturbed lichen-rich environments, and these types of habitats are disappearing.”  Mining, logging and oil-and-gas activities are also degrading caribou habitat across Canada — including northern Alberta.

Woodland caribou still at risk, despite federal plan to help from CBC News
Political will to save Canada’s caribou is lacking, report warns from The Globe and Mail

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Effects of pine beetle outbreak might not be as bad as predicted, experts say

The Associated Press
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Predictions were dramatic. Streams would rise. Nutrients would be lost. Fire would ravage the red forests in ways we could only imagine. The mountain pine beetle epidemic was severe, the worst in North America’s recorded history. It crept through mountainsides in the West and left behind a scar of red and gray trees. As the epidemic nears its end in some areas like the Medicine Bow National Forest, some scientists are discovering their predictions may have been backward.

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4 years later, Senate committee to consider Tester’s forest bill

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Sen. Jon Tester’s bill authorizing more logging and more wilderness in Montana goes before a Senate committee review on Thursday, four years after it was introduced. “This is the first time the bill has been voted on anywhere in Congress,” said Paul Spitler, wilderness campaign director for the Wilderness Society in Bozeman. “It’s a pretty important day for this legislation for it to see a vote.” The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act gets a markup hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee — a crucial step in moving legislation toward a vote of the whole chamber.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber hauls in $85,000 from timber industry for re-election race: Oregon politics today

The Oregonian
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber received a big bet of confidence from his friends in the timber industry last week as he pulled in $85,000 from six forest products companies for his re-election campaign. Kitzhaber, who formally announced a week ago that he is running for re-election, received $25,000 each from Hampton Lumber Sales and the Roseburg Forest Products Co. Top executives from both firms gave Kitzhaber a key endorsement back in 1994 when he first ran for the governorship — in part because they thought he would win and could be a bridge-builder with the Democratic administration in the White House.

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Wildfire destroys homes along California’s scenic coast at Big Sur

Reuters
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that erupted in a scenic stretch of California’s central coastline late Sunday night has destroyed at least 15 homes and forced many residents to evacuate, county and fire officials said. The fire in Big Sur – the stunning, mountainous region south of the Monterey Peninsula that reaches into the Los Padres National Forest – grew to 550 acres by late Monday afternoon. No injuries have been reported in the blaze, which started near the Big Sur Lodge and was fueled by dry brush and high winds, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said.

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Video provides look into chaos before fire deaths

Associated Press
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The sky glowed red as thick smoke choked out the sun as static communications over the radio captured the final chaotic and confusing moments before 19 members of an elite firefighting crew died in an inferno in the mountains of Arizona. The dramatic scene and spotty radio communications were captured on video from the helmet camera of a firefighter with another crew on June 30 in the minutes before the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew deployed their emergency shelters and died in the fast-moving wildfire about 90 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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Grants to help towns fight forest fires

The Recorder
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Some Franklin County volunteer fire departments will benefit from a state grant awarded to towns with state forests to aid with equipment and supply purchases. The competitive grant program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, is to help small towns with volunteer departments combat wildfires and forest fires on public property. Among the 41 fire departments statewide that were selected to receive the grants, which provide a 50 percent reimbursement for equipment, were Bernardston, $1,705; Buckland, $2,000; Gill, $2,000; Hawley, $1,099 and South Deerfield, $1,549.

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UNIDO, FAO promote training for green jobs, sustainable forest management and wood processing in Southern Africa

Lesprom Network
December 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest resource depletion due to the effects of climate change, forest fires and failing reforestation, as well as sub-standard and wasteful logging and wood-processing practices, are some of the challenges faced by the forestry and wood industry in the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). In response, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have joined forces to assist with the development of sustainable forestry and wood-processing sectors in the region…

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‘We need milling, not logging’

Solomon Star
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Temotu provincial premier Fr Brown Beu says the people of Temotu province needs its trees milled other than unsustainable logging operations. He reiterated this after the suspension of the Vanikoro lumber ltd license under which Jaya Berjaya came through and now several milling companies are showing interests to do milling on the Island. Speaking to this paper when contacted, premier Beu said that his executive and the people of Temotu were happy and would agree if it was milling, not logging. “We are happy to have milling; downstream processing which was sustainable and would surely create small job opportunities to our people. We simply say no to large scale logging!”

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Ireland’s forest area stands at 10.5% with Cork claiming the highest share

Agriland
December 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A report detailing the main findings of Ireland’s second National Forest Inventory (NFI) has been published this morning. The inventory involved a detailed nationwide field survey of Ireland’s forests. The survey assessed composition, condition and change in the entire national forest estate, both public and private. The information encompasses the traditional parameters such as area, growing stock and species composition in the national forest estate as well as information with regard to biodiversity, health and vitality, carbon content and soil type.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Initiative: Carbon-credit dollars for timber lots

The Daily News
December 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

For most of Oregon’s history, the forests like the ones near Paul Nys’ house were places where a landowner could get wealthy. Cultivated from seed, rows of trees were grown to a healthy middle age and then chopped down, buzzed into lumber at sawmills and shipped out. Over the years, the retired schoolteacher has had many offers to buy his property, like many other landowners in the state’s timber region, from both timber companies and developers. And each time, he would say no thanks.

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Jackson County supervisors authorize $24 million for port’s wood pellet exporting facility

The Mississippi Press
December 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Jackson County supervisors this morning authorized the borrowing of up to $24 million for the Port of Pascagoula to build a specialized wood pellet exporting facility on Bayou Casotte. Supervisors held a public hearing at 11 a.m., and the hearing was over by 11:02 a.m., as no residents were present to comment on the bond issuance. Florida-based Green Circle Bio Energy Inc., which plans to build a $115 million wood pellet plant in George County, will use the site to export up to 500,000 tons of pellets per year to European utility companies, Port Director Mark McAndrews has said.

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First Chinese forest project seeks local carbon cash

Reuters
December 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A Chinese forestry firm has applied to receive offset credits under the nation’s nascent carbon market, the first to target domestic emissions trading schemes to fund reforestation projects. Plantation firm Cuifeng said it could store 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year over two decades in trees by planting 867 hectares of new forest across nine counties in Guangdong province. If the government approves the application, Cuifeng will be issued offset credits known as Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) for the carbon cuts it achieves.

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General

Analysts applaud Canfor’s China mill move

December 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Forest industry watchers are praising Canfor’s plans to invest in a Chinese sawmill as an astute move to get closer to customers and reduce production costs. For Canfor’s partner in the joint venture, Tangshan Caofeidian Wood Industry Co. Ltd., the deal represents a steady supply of B.C. wood from a trusted supplier. “Canfor in particular has tried to develop a relationship with some of the [higher quality] Chinese manufacturers … and the Chinese are looking for long-term supply,” said David Cohen, a University of British Columbia forestry professor.

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