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Daily Archives: January 14, 2014

Business & Politics

Commodity Price Forecast Update: Adjusting 2014 Forecasts and Introducing 2015

Salmon Partners
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The majority of our current year estimates remain unchanged, with a few exceptions in the panels and pulp & paper categories. On the structural panel side, we are adjusting our benchmark 7/16″ North Central OSB estimate downwards to reflect the considerable pricing pressure seen in the marketplace on account of incremental capacity… As for pulp prices, NBSK will be the only product that sees an upward revision… Looking ahead to 2015, we are expecting some modest upside for the majority of the building materials commodities that we track, with our expectations for lumber being the most bullish.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Crow’s Weekly Market Report
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: Traders continued to sell off their positions in the SPF lumber market at discounts to mill prices. Meanwhile, producers showed little urgency to sell at lower prices, able to maintain lead times of a week or two. Modest gains in futures early were trumped by a stronger move Thursday, which brought more buyers into the market. Frigid weather engulfing much of the eastern U.S. limited sales at Southern Pine lumber mills.

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Engineers Assessing Roof At Canfor’s Polar Sawmill

250 News
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Concerns over snowload on the roof of Canfor’s Polar sawmill at Bear Lake prompted cancellation of the night shift last night, and employees were told to stay home today, as well, while engineers determine how best to deal with the situation. Canfor’s Vice-President of External Relations, Christine Kennedy, explains, “They were concerned with the roof and the structural integrity of the building, for sure, because of the weight of the snow.”

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Angry Burns Lake victims seek accountability after Crown declines to press charges

The Globe and Mail
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The injured and families of those killed when a Burns Lake sawmill blew up two years ago are angrily looking for accountability after the Crown ruled out criminal or regulatory charges against the mill’s operators because of a flawed investigation. Despite the largest probe in WorkSafeBC’s history, the effort fell short in several areas, such as failing to obtain search warrants and inform witnesses of their Charter rights, prompting B.C.’s criminal justice branch last week to declare it could not secure convictions if it went to court.

Families disappointed in Crown decision (Tom Fletcher for PG Free Press)

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Burns Lake families support NDP’s call for probe of ‘bungled’ mill blast investigation

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC says it will have to re-examine its nearly two-decade-old investigative process in light of Crown counsel’s rejection of charges in the deadly explosion of a Burns Lake sawmill two years ago. Crown counsel said some of the evidence collected by the province’s chief workplace safety regulator would likely be found inadmissible, therefore making any regulatory charges unlikely to succeed in court.

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Mill seeks role in NSP service project

Herald Business
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper wants to join a Nova Scotia Power pilot project aimed at reducing the number of service interruptions some large industrial customers experience when the utility has to temporarily reduce load. The Point Tupper paper mill is asking the Utility and Review Board to allow it to join the two-year pilot that is underway this winter. The mill manager said Port Hawkesbury Paper requires a separate approval because it has a different tariff structure than other large industrial customers. 

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Lumber Stats: US op. rates declined steeply in October

The Western Wood Products Association released softwood lumber stats for the month of October
RBC Capital Markets
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Highlights include:

  • NA lumber production up 1.1% year over year to 4.8 billion board beet (Bbf) in October. 
  • NA lumber shipments decreased 0.7% year over year 
  • Lumber prices have risen 5% over the last month 

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Forest Industry’s Role in Global Economy

The Missoulian
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

With the global financial crisis of 2008 (hopefully) behind us, it is time to look at the future and what opportunities lay ahead for the forest products industry. The world is increasingly becoming a single market, with interdependent production systems, consumption of similar goods and consumers responding to similar conditions. We no longer compete only in a local economy. Advancements in technology have definitely brought us to this juncture. The director of engineering at Google says the “law of accelerating returns” suggests that “an analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense ’linear’ view. 

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Columbia Falls lumber company official appointed to national council

The Missoulian
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Montana timber industry got a seat at the table of a national association promoting wood as a construction material. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Chuck Roady of Stoltze Lumber Co. in Columbia Falls to the Softwood Lumber Council for a three-year term. Roady joined the board Jan. 1. “I just wanted to represent Montana,” Roady said Monday. “We have very different dynamics on supply issues than other parts of the country. In Montana, you’ve got to get it (finished lumber) to somewhere where there’s a big city…”

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Global Lumber Outlook For 2014: Market Prospects Look Good

Timber Processing
January 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

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 demand trends in the U.S., China and Western Europe that will shape global markets in 2014 and beyond… While the supply dynamics are becoming more constrained in some areas, the ability for sawmill capacity to ramp up production is an all too familiar dynamic that continues to over-shadow the global lumber market. However, if global demand can achieve a 4% (or higher) gain in 2014, the outlook should be very good for lumber and sawnwood prices.

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Potential buyers circle Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal

ABC News, Australia
January 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Receivers of the collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns say potential buyers have been narrowed down to six companies, and some are interested in pushing ahead with the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill. Gunns went into administration in September 2012 and its assets, including the permits, design and site of the Tamar Valley pulp mill were put up for sale last November. Also on the market are a woodchipping business and timber plantations.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing Open House and Co-op Presentation Evening

Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
January 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

Join our annual Open House and semi-annual Co-op Presentation Evening Thursday January 30. Attend informative and engaging seminars, software and machinery demonstrations, and presentations. After a 1pm lunch, short presentations will highlight new developments in the industry. From 3 to 5pm our newly-expanded machine lab will be open for tours and hands-on demonstrations. From 6 – 9pm senior Wood Products Processing co-op students will present on their recent work terms in the sector. An extended intermission will offer networking opportunities to meet our co-op students, industry guests, and faculty members.

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Forestry

The Canadian Institute of Forestry is offering a 26 day field tour of Nepal for Canadian foresters

Canadian Institute of Forestry
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The program runs from October 16th to November 10th 2014 and offers a unique opportunity to visit Nepal and learn about forestry, ecology, and conservation while experiencing and participating in Nepalese culture. You will meet professionals working in the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, National Parks and Wildlife, the Nepal Forestry Association, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. The program also features rafting, canoeing, a wildlife safari, traditional dinners and dance, elephant bathing, bird watching, and trekking to some incredible locations and world heritage sites.

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UNBC receives mountain pine beetle funding

HQ Prince George
January 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mountain pine beetle researchers at UNBC have received a funding boost. The school is among five universities across the country to share $4.4 million courtesy the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Ecosystem Science and Management Professor Brent Murray says the money will allow them to continue the research they started five years ago.

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Knowledge growing in sector

Northern Ontario Business
January 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The year 2013 marked another banner installment for BioForest Technologies. The Sault Ste. Marie company, which manufactures a pesticide to help eradicate emerald ash borer, has had strong sales since getting its full registration for use in Canada last fall, and is working on new applications and innovations for the product. Developed in 2001, TreeAzin is an injectable organic pesticide manufactured from the Indian neem tree that’s designed to combat the onset of emerald ash borer (EAB), the emerald green beetle that destroys ash trees by burrowing into the bark, eating the tree from the inside out and eventually killing it.

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USDA presents national honor and high praise to DLNR forest conservation specialist

Hawaii Reporter
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

HONOLULU – USDA’s prestigious Two Chiefs’ Award was presented to M. Irene Sprecher of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. The Two Chiefs’ Award is a national award that is presented annually to recognize people and teams that work collaboratively to support conservation and forest stewardship… Ms. Sprecher played a lead role in the development of the “Collaboration on Forestry Related Program Delivery in Hawaii” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USDA NRCS, the Forest Service, the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts and the State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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Forestry experts to talk sustainability, certification at workshop Thursday in Columbiana

All Alabama
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Alabama — Foresters, loggers and landowners in Alabama will get a chance Thursday to learn about a program that could help them get recognized for their efforts to take care of their woodland and maybe open up new markets for timber sales. The Alabama Forestry Commission will present information about forest certification programs Thursday during a daylong workshop at the Alabama 4H Youth Development Center in Columbiana. 

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Significant lessons for forestry industry in worker’s death

WorkSafe NZ
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Complete Logging Limited has been fined $60,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $75,000 for health and safety failings that led to the death of a forestry worker on 26 March 2013. Robert Epapara was hit and killed by a tree felled by another crew member in the Waione Forest near Lake Rotoiti. The company had pleaded guilty to one charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act of failing take all practicable steps to ensure Mr Epapara was not exposed to the risk of injury during tree felling operations.

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Major reform in Forestry Institutions for enhanced forest governance

The Bhutanese
January 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If what has been discussed during the recent forestry conference held this in Samtse materialize, then several forestry institutions will undergo major reforms and reorganization. Such moves are expected to improve and enhance forest service delivery and forest governance. For instance, the conference noted that there is need to redefine the roles and institutional arrangement of Dzongkhag Forestry Sector. The sector was established in 1994 with its primary mandate to implement the decentralized forestry programmes in the dzongkhags.

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DOST develops computerized systems for preventing forest fires

GMA Philippines
January 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

From 1978 to 1996, forest fires in the Philippines destroyed approximately 304,345 hectares or an average of 16,000 hectares per year…  “Forest fires damage the soil and biodiversity in affected areas,” said the Laguna-based Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). “These also derail the country’s reforestation efforts.” These are some of the reasons why PCAARD has developed science- and technology-based tools to help forest managers and other stakeholders in predicting the probability of fire occurrence. The fire behaviour model simulates and predicts fire movements. The tools are integrated with geographic information system, remote sensing, global positioning system, and Web innovations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Gasified biomass halves IGCC carbon emissions

Bioenergy Insight
January 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass can slash CO2 emissions by almost 50% when co-gasified with coal in an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) energy plant. This is according to a team of researchers from the Universita degli Studi di Salerno in Italy. Two varieties of biomass were tested, with varying amounts of each biomass added to samples of the plant’s usual fuel mixture and gasified in the IGCC plant. Findings showed that the composition of syngas generated with low levels of gasified biomass (up to 4%) was practically the same as that produced from coal and petcoke alone. However, using a computer model, the team then experimented with biomass quantities up to 60% and found that plant CO2 emissions fell (by as much as 46%) as the percentage of biomass was increased.

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