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Daily Archives: December 24, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Meet Bill Kobayashi, the father of Canada’s tabletop hockey game

Vancouver Sun
December 24, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

The person largely responsible for [the] development and evolution [of table hockey] in those first decades was a Vancouver-born man …named Bill Kobayashi [who] was 15 years old in December 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and helpless to do anything in the face of the escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada that resulted. One of his brothers, Phil, who ran a Vancouver trucking company that worked largely with lumber interests, helped the family avoid internment when he, along with a lumber broker and the owner of Terminal Lumber & Shingle Co., proposed building a mill in B.C.’s interior, in Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake. Ten Japanese families, including Kobayashi’s, were permitted by the government to move to Blind Bay to build and run the mill.

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Business & Politics

Increased Production of Lumber in the US, Lower Prices and Higher Importation From Overseas in 2013

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Fort Mill Times
December 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE — Higher lumber consumption in the US has resulted in both increased domestic production and a rise in importation of lumber in 2013, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Total production in North America was up almost seven percent from January through July this year compared to 2012, and imports from Canada and overseas jumped 18% during the same period. North American lumber production was up 6.7% during the first seven months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, with all regions on the continent showing higher production this year, according to the latest WWPA data.

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Union accepts Canfor contract

Prince George Citizen
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of United Steelworkers Local 1-424 have narrowly voted to accept a new contract from Canfor in Prince George. With 51 per cent of those casting ballots voting in favour of the five-year deal, the Prince George workers followed in the footsteps of the pattern set last week by union members in the southern interior… With the deal between the union and Canfor now in place, Everitt said in January discussions will shift to other employers like West Fraser and Conifer, the association representing independent forestry employers.

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Catalyst forwards funds to city

Barge terminal subdivision awaits completion
Peak Online
December 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Powell River has received funds from Catalyst Paper Corporation in lieu of payments it is supposed to receive once provisions in an agreement in principle are completed. Catalyst gave the city a $42,827 cheque in September, representing the rent received under the JRK Holdings Ltd. lease from June 1, 2012 to June 2013… The city was to receive $5,000 a month, plus taxes, but the subdivision hasn’t happened, Formosa said. “Based on good faith and the fact that we’re supposed to be getting some revenue, I started whining, where’s our money?” he said. Based on that, Formosa said, Catalyst agreed.

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Canfor Corporation PT Raised to C$32.00

Zolmax
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation had its target price lifted by Raymond James from C$27.00 to C$32.00 in a research note released on Monday morning, Stock Ratings Network.com reports. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock. Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at RBC Capital downgraded shares of Canfor Corporation from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research note to investors on Friday, November 15th. They now have a C$24.00 price target on the stock.

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Job growth: Logging, mining lead the field

Health care also has experienced double-digit growth during the past four years in the Rogue Valley
Oregon Mail Tribune
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The job sector with the greatest percentage gain over the past four years may surprise some people: mining and logging, growing 27.3 percent. “We’re still pulling trees from private lands, despite what has gone on in federal lands,” said Guy Tauer, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department. Logging provides raw materials for mills, here and in surrounding counties, and reforestation efforts contribute to job creation as well, he said. Tauer said 28 percent of local manufacturing involves wood products, producing a third of the job growth in the sector.

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MEDC: Weyerhaeuser will receive $40,000 to train new employees

Mgnolia Reporter
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Job training for employees at Weyerhaeuser Company’s Emerson plant received a boost on Monday. The Magnolia Economic Development Corporation authorized spending up to $40,000 to provide Weyerhaeuser employees with training on new computerized equipment at the company’s Emerson plywood mill. The grant is being made with a “claw back” provision, which means that the company is liable to reimburse the MEDC if Weyerhaeuser does not create at least 50 new jobs within three years.

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Mercer International VP Unloads $99,200 in Stock

WKRB
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Mercer International VP Wolfram Ridder sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, December 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.92, for a total value of $99,200.00… Mercer International opened at 9.99 on Tuesday. Mercer International has a 52 week low of $5.87 and a 52 week high of $10.55.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hardwood Checkoff Program Rule Announced

The Federal Register is soliciting public comments on the creation of a hardwood checkoff program.
Pallet Central
December 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Checkoff is an industry-funded generic marketing and research program designed to increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities. …Green sawmill producers and kiln operating facilities with annual sales in excess of $2 million will be subject to checkoff. The checkoff fee applies to all hardwood lumber, cants and railroad ties produced from American hardwood logs. …Timing suggests that it is possible to see the checkoff program operational by late 2014 or early 2015. NWPCA is reviewing the Federal Register notice and welcomes all comments and input from members.

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Forestry

Grassy not pleased with logging plan

Kenora Online
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows members are not happy with the approval of Ontario’s logging plan. They say the ten year plan allows for more clear cutting in the Whiskey Jack Forest, including in Grassy Narrows traditional territory. Chief Simon Fobister says they’re now calling on the province to repeal their plan for logging in the area. “Premier Wynne, it is within your power to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated at the expense of another generation of Grassy Narrows children,” he said.

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Slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attack, according to CU-Boulder study

Science Codex
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Trees with smoother bark are better at repelling attacks by mountain pine beetles, which have difficulty gripping the slippery surface, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published online in the journal Functional Ecology, may help land managers make decisions about which trees to cull and which to keep in order to best protect forested properties against pine beetle infestation. The current mountain pine beetle epidemic has spread across 3.4 million acres in Colorado since the outbreak was first detected in 1996.

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Is forest certification working?

Eco-business.com
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest certification is considered a promising tool to improve forest management, but there needs to be a robust evaluation of a complex web of factors to establish its true value for various stakeholders, according to a new analysis. Certification is a market-based scheme under which companies or communities managing forests voluntarily submit to audits by independent inspectors. If they meet responsible forest management criteria, their timber products can then carry a recognized branding such as that of the leading certification scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The forest that weathers climate change

Genomics is behind an innovative new method for breeding trees that can adapt to our changing world
UBC
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As global temperatures rise, some scientists believe that the key to helping plants and animals survive is locked in their genetic code. Genes determine everything from how an organism looks to how it responds to heat and cold. Studying the function and relationships of genes – an area of research called genomics – may reveal which individuals in a species are best able to cope with a changing environment.

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UM, MSU part of effort to turn forest debris into fuel

The Missoulian
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source. Known as the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, the upstart group includes researchers at Montana’s two flagship universities, and those at Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado State.

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Grow Money With Living Trees

The Huffington Post
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Growing money over trees is now possible. Pakistan just made it to the list of countries who will earn money from the World Bank’s Readiness Fund for preserving their forests. After a tough competition at Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan successfully defended its case of Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and secured $3.8 million from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank to combat climate change. Pakistan is among eight countries, out of 27 in race, who has been added to get the REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) funds.

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General

Walnut-tree disease leads to Ohio quarantine

Idaho Statesman
December 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBUS, OHIO — State agriculture officials are trying to keep a deadly walnut-tree disease from spreading from a southwestern Ohio county. Officials say Butler County, north of Cincinnati, will be subject to a first-ever quarantine to keep thousand cankers disease from spreading. The quarantine, which goes into effect on Thursday, prohibits moving live walnut trees, lumber and wood out of the county… State forestry officials estimate the value of black walnut at about $1.2 billion. That ranks the state No.?3 in the nation for overall black walnut inventory.

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