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Daily Archives: January 7, 2014

Business & Politics

Northern Trust to Provide Global Custody for IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan

Financial Post
January 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan has named Northern Trust as global custodian for the C$3.1 billion pension fund serving nearly 70,000 members of Canada’s forest industry. As custodian of the assets, Northern Trust will also provide investment accounting, securities lending, compliance monitoring and performance services to the plan. “Superior technology and expertise in alternative assets were key reasons for our selection of Northern Trust,” said Colleen Troelstrup, Director, Investments for the IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan.

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Global Lumber Outlook for 2014: Market Prospects Look Good, but Price Volatility is Expected to Increase.

International Wood Markets Group
January 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The outlook for global lumber markets hinge on demand forces in the key consuming regions of the world. More specifically, it will be the lumber markets in 2014 and beyond. The following analysis is derived from International WOOD MARKETS Group’s extensive travels and market investigations that, in turn, are the basis of six of its strategic outlook reports and analyses that were produced in the second half of 2013.

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Outlook 2014: Stability boring, but good for B.C.’s forest industry

Business in Vancouver
January 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After seven years of managing its way through the worst economic downturn in memory and going through several false starts to recovery, British Columbia’s forest industry is on track for slow but steady growth in 2014. The long-promised super-cycle, when both North American and Asian markets are booming, has been pushed back to 2015 or even 2016, say most analysts. …Rick Jeffery, chief executive officer of the Coast Forest Products Association, predicted that 2014 would be boring, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Stability is finally here, he said.

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Bell Lands New Role with Conifex

250 News
January 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Former Prince George-Mackenzie MLA and Liberal Cabinet Minister, Pat Bell, has been named to a new post with Conifex Timber. He has been appointed to the newly created role of “Executive Vice President, Conifex Timber Inc.” The role of Executive Vice President will be based in Conifex’s Prince George office and will focus primarily on the enhancement of the Company’s regional operations including raw material supply, lumber manufacturing, capital expenditure programs, and human resources.

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A bit of Canfor history

Prince George Citizen
January 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the holidays Lino and I attended the Canfor Coffee Group annual Christmas luncheon. The Canfor Coffee Group (CCG) is made up of the retirees from the Prince George and Intercon Pulp Mills. Their special guest at the luncheon was Peter Bentley, the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Canfor Corporation and the son of L.L.G. “Poldi” Bentley, one of the founding families of Canfor. Mr. Bentley delivered a great speech about the 75 year history of the company and the fact that very few companies ever reach this milestone.

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US: imports of hardwood plywood dropped in September

ITTO
January 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Imports of all major wood products declined in September, but the steepest drop was in hardwood plywood imports. US imports of hardwood plywood declined from 290,946 cu.m. in August to 219,290 cu.m. in September. Lower shipments from Indonesia (23,122 cu.m.) accounted for much of the decline, but imports from China also decreased. Imports from China were 105,874 cu.m. in September, down 18% from the previous month.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fire safety at the crux of building code concerns

Journal of Commerce
January 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The escalating skirmish between Canada’s concrete industry and advocates for midrise wood structures could be doused by strengthened sprinkler regulations proposed for the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC). Revisions to the 2010 NBCC would increase the maximum wood building height to six storeys, from the current four-storey limit. ..However, the president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) said that allowing five and six-storey wood buildings could result in more structure fires that put not only building occupants at risk, but also endanger the lives of firefighters.

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Hardwood Checkoff Promotion: Is It Right for Industry?

Woodworking Network
January 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood producers have until January 13 to submit comments on the proposed Hardwood Checkoff program – Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order. Is it the right move for the industry? Checkoff programs are collective marketing efforts funded by the product producers and run by an industry-governed board; coordinated through the USDA. If the proposal passes, it would be just the second checkoff in the woodworking industry, and the first for hardwood; passed in 2011, the softwood industry’s Softwood Lumber Board promotes the usage and benefits of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and non-residential construction.

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Forestry

Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Reaches Out to Thousands to Improve Forestry Standard

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. and OTTAWA, ON – In one of the most expansive and inclusive processes to seek input from a resource sector, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has invited nearly 10,000 stakeholders to submit comments on the draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard in its second 60-day public comment period. This open and public comment period runs from January 6 – March 6, 2014 and provides a transparent opportunity for anybody interested in the future of our forests to provide comment.

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Pete McMartin: In Surrey, they can’t see the criminals for the trees

Vancouver Sun
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The latest crime-reduction strategy to come out of Surrey, it seems, is deforestation. Mayor Dianne Watts has mused that to foil criminal activity in parts of Newton, and to throw light on shady dealings, some of the neighbourhood’s heritage evergreen trees might have to come down. If they can’t catch the bad guys in the act of doing bad things, the reasoning goes, at least they can blow their cover. This would be the first time in B.C. where clear-cut logging is seen in a good light.

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Forestry industry in dark on effects of southern Alberta land-use plan

Calgary Herald
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As concerns grow over logging along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies, a forestry company operating in the area says there are more questions than answers in the proposed land-use plan for the area. The draft plan, which is open for public input until Jan. 15, notes that the region’s forestry industry — considered an economic driver in the area — will be maintained and diversified. It doesn’t, however, provide details on how it will occur. “There’s a lot of question marks in terms of what the impact will be to us as an industry or to us as a company,” said Gord Lehn, a director with Spray Lakes Sawmills in Cochrane.

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Resources sustain our standard of living

Vancouver Sun
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Why do we mount challenges to every industrial proposal, particularly in the resource sector, that comes forward? It is important to protect our environment, of course, but policies to do so should be realistic and practical in order to protect the environment without reducing our living standards. …All of this costs money. Where does it come from? In B.C., we depend on our natural resources to generate wealth. Logging, mining, farming, oil and gas and fisheries are our primary wealth producers.

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Forest Service May Try To Recoup Rim Fire Costs With Logging (Radio)

NPR
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a large salvage logging operation in the area affected by last year’s historic Rim Fire, which burned 410-square miles of California’s Sierra Nevada. The proposal is meeting stiff opposition from environmental groups who say the land is better left untouched… Last year’s Rim Fire was one of the most destructive in California’s history. It burned for more than two months, charring 410 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park. The damage was estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Rim Fire Logging May Endanger Rare Woodpecker

KCET
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A plan by the U.S. Forest Service to allow “salvage” logging of almost 30,000 acres of forest burned in 2013’s Rim Fire poses an unacceptable risk to a rare woodpecker that relies on habitat created by forest fires. That’s according to a new report by the Center For Biological Diversity (CBD) and the John Muir Project (JMP) detailing the importance of fires to the health of Sierra Nevada forests, as well as the animals and plants that call those forests home.

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Forestry budget increase has merit but needs work

The Republic
January 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It isn’t often that a state agency director gets a “thumbs up” signal for increased spending from Arizona’s budget-conscious legislative leaders, but the initial response to the state forester’s request for doubling his agency’s $6.2 million looks positive. …. The state needs to greatly enhance its ability to fight wildfire on its forested lands. Even more so, it needs to take measures such as forest thinning and creating stronger building codes to decrease the risk of destruction before it occurs.

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Communities want guidelines for managing forest resources

IPP Media
January 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Communities living around the Ruvu South forest reserve have urged the government to produce joint forest management (JFM) guidelines to enable them manage the forest resource well. Speaking at a meeting held at Kibaha District, Coast region recently, they said the agreement would enable effective management of the forest reserve in their areas. Earlier, the government, through the Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS), had conducted a stakeholders meeting to receive comments that would be included in the JFM guidelines.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant opponents consider legal action

Kamloops Daily News
January 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Opponents of a Chase pellet plant say they would consider a class-action lawsuit against proponent Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group if the project were to proceed. “If you have a baseline of what your air quality is, and they come in and they change that air quality in a negative way, then they are going to be accountable to everyone who is breathing that air,” Jocelyn Nash said Sunday. “It makes it terribly foolhardy for industry to come in and pollute to their heart’s content.”

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General

Verso Paper buying NewPage Holdings in a deal valued at $1.4 billion

Associated Press
January 6, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coated papers maker Verso Paper is buying NewPage Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $1.4 billion including debt. Privately held NewPage produces printing and specialty papers. Verso President and CEO David Paterson said in a statement on Monday that the buyout will put it in a better position to face increased competition. Paterson will lead the combined company, which will have 11 manufacturing plants in six states and sales of about $4.5 billion.

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