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Daily Archives: January 20, 2014

Business & Politics

Lumber demand remains strong as Q4 corporate earnings loom

Stockhouse
January 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber trading across North America slowed slightly from its hot pace of last week, however continued strong demand was enough to keep prices stable or even higher, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. The star this week was Southern Yellow Pine KD 2×6 #2&Btr on the west side, which gained an astonishing $20, or 5.6 per cent, to US$355 mfbm.

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U.S. Hardwoods To Hold Market Despite Price Hikes

Woodworking Network
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

While prices increases will level off in 2014, it is unlikely we will see a wholesale retrenchment. Some substitution for North American hardwoods by other species, or even by non-wood products, may occur in some markets and applications. But lumber suppliers need not be concerned about significant market share erosion. With Oak and Maple prices expected to remain high, European Beech and Russian/Chinese Birch imports will grow, but the difficulty of managing a supply chain that spans the globe will keep most domestic manufacturers loyal to North American hardwoods.

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Feds announce additional $600K investment in Canada’s forest products trade with India

Business in Vancouver
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The federal government is investing $600,000 to support Canada’s forest products market development office in Mumbai, Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver announced January 15. Forest Innovation Investment India (FII India) is helping Canada to expand its forest product trade with India by identifying opportunities for Canadian wood products and building local relationships. Oliver made the announcement following a roundtable with forest industry stakeholders at the FII India office in Mumbai during his visit to India.

Canada sees growth market of its forest products in India from The Economic Times

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B.C. forest industry aims to attract oil-patch workers to come back home

Mood is buoyant at Truck Loggers Association convention
The Province
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s rebounding forestry industry is calling on oil-patch workers to come on home. Faced with falling prices and a depressed U.S. housing market a few years ago, a lot of B.C’s forestry workers packed their bags and left for oil-rich northern Alberta. Now that the U.S. housing troubles have sorted themselves out, re-emerging forestry businesses are touting B.C.’s natural wonders and asking workers to come back to their families and their old jobs. “We’re putting out quarter-page ads, half-page ads,” said Jason Kemmler of Duncan-based Alternative Forest Operations. “There’s a huge opportunity for workers in their 20s and 30s. “There is more opportunity for these young men in the forestry sector than there has ever been.”

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First Female Vice-President for the Truck Loggers

Truck Loggers Association
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – In a historic vote the members of The Truck Loggers Association have elected their first female Vice-President, Jacqui Beban, at their AGM in Vancouver this week. Jacqui Beban, 38, is the first female elected vice-president—next in line to be president—of any BC logging association. Beban is a partner in Nootka Sound Timber Co. Ltd. and lives in Qualicum Beach. 

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Saskatchewan sawmill about to shut down; workers given layoff notices

The Canadian Press
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A Saskatchewan sawmill is shutting down and its remaining 12 workers have been given layoff notices. Operations at Carrier Forest Products in the Prince Albert area are to cease entirely later this month. Shane Vermette (ver-METT’) with the Ministry of Economy says the downturn of the forest industry in 2006 continues to be felt. He says it’s been difficult ever since to find contractors to run logging equipment and trucks to deliver timber, so it’s not feasible to run both mills.

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WorkSafeBC report says sawmill explosion was inevitable

By Gary Mason
The Globe and Mail
January 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC’s report into the Burns Lake sawmill explosion that killed two people and left 20 others injured is not pleasant reading. What is abundantly apparent by the time you reach the end is that the mill was a bomb just waiting to go off. The only question was who would be the unlucky workers on shift when it did. It’s a wonder the place didn’t explode into flames long before Jan. 20, 2012, such were the abhorrent working conditions at the plant. Observations provided by mill employees interviewed by WorkSafeBC investigators are especially disturbing to digest. They talk about the mass buildups of dust that, in some instances, loomed over their heads.

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Canfor invests $15 million in GP mill

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
January 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Grande Prairie’s Canfor sawmill recently received a capital investment grant from the Canfor Corporation in the amount of $15 million to perform some necessary upgrades to the facility. The planned work includes upgrades in controls and technology as well as equipment modifications, in order to enhance efficiency and productivity at the local mill. “The capital will be used to modernize the mill systems, including scanners, optimization and controls, along with equipment modifications,” said Corrine Stavness

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In Burns Lake sawmill stalemate, who is looking out for the workers?

by Justine Hunter
Globe and Mail
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Today, thousands of workers in B.C. will head to their shift in a mill, making wood products or aluminum, rubber or sugar – processes that generate high volumes of combustible dust – and they can rightly question whether their safety is at risk. Two years ago, on Jan. 20, 2012, a catastrophic explosion levelled the mill at Babine Forest Products Ltd. Two workers were killed and 20 others badly injured….It is unacceptable for WorkSafeBC and the criminal justice branch to be
in a stalemate. It casts doubt over who is looking out for workers. The
Premier has appointed a fact-finding mission, which should help resolve
the dispute

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Northern BC sawmills see highest trade in years

HQ Prince George
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northern BC sawmills are capitalizing on the highest level of international trade in five years. According to a quarterly report released by Wood Resources International, Northern BC sawmills have been exporting record numbers of lumber to China, last year. President Hakan Ekstrom says 2013 was a much better year for sawmills in Northern BC than 2012. “Mainly because of the Chinese demand for lumber, so that’s where a lot of the sawmills have been shipping their product, lately,” he says.

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Jobs needed in northwestern BC

Letter to the Editor by Brian Mould
Terrace Standard
January 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The NDP says that we need to train more trades people in this province and I totally agree with that. But if the NDP was to form government, where would these newly-trained people work, as the NDP is opposed to all of the projects that would supply the necessary employment. With that kind of logic it is not hard to understand what happened in the last B.C. and federal elections… The statement made in Smithers two weeks ago by a member of the Green party that he was happy that the NEWPRO plant had to shut down confirms just how out of touch with reality some of these people really are.

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Sawmill explosion preventable, WorkSafeBC concludes

Premier orders review amid outrage over lack of charges
Vancouver Sun
January 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark has ordered an “urgent” review of a decision not to lay charges in a deadly sawmill explosion in Burns Lake. The premier’s announcement came Thursday at the same time as WorkSafeBC released its investigation report, which concluded the wood-dust explosion two years ago – which killed two men and injured another 20 people – was preventable. The provincial agency’s 88-page report said the mill failed to control wood dust – in the air, on floors and on equipment. WorkSafeBC concluded “effective” actions should have been taken to control both the airborne dispersal of wood dust and the excessive accumulations on floors. 

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Memorial for mill explosion anniversary to happen Monday

HQ Prince George
January 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Two years after a devastating sawmill explosion, residents in Burns Lake will come together tomorrow to help each other in the grieving process. A memorial mass and candlelight vigil will be held at noon in the new community hall west of Burns Lake to mark the solemn anniversary of the Babine Forest Products Mill explosion. Organizer, and wife to one of the workers who was killed, Maureen Luggi says a releasing of balloons and luncheon will happen after the memorial. 

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Coroners’ Service to decide on inquest into fatal Burns Lake sawmill explosion

Deadly 2012 incident at Burns Lake mill killed two workers, injured 20
Vancouver Sun
January 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A coroner’s inquest into a deadly sawmill explosion in the northern B.C. community of Burns Lake is under consideration. It opens up the possibility workers and families of victims could get a quasi-judicial examination of the factors that led to the 2012 incident at Babine Forest Products. The possibility of a B.C. Supreme Court trial evaporated after Crown counsel announced it was not pursuing charges against the owners in the mill explosion and fire that killed Robert Luggi Jr., 45, and Carl Charlie, 42.

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TLA Convention Overview

Brief synopis of each panel and keynote presentation
Kelly McCloskey
January 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association conference wrapped up late Friday after three days of successful meetings. After a day of education for current and prospective community forest licensees, the members focused on the sector’s rebounding markets and the issues associated with recovery. This included panels on the pending “Super-Cycle”, how logging veterans survived the global recession, key challenges going forward and strategies needed to ensure success. Keynote speakers included the BC Premier and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Click “Read More” for a brief synopsis on each panel and keynote speaker.

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Ontario student wins job at area sawmill

The Prince George Citizen
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A young Ontario man will spend his summer working at Canfor’s Bear Lake sawmill as one of the winners of a social media job contest. Chris Hill, 24, who hails from Millgrove and is a student in the mechanical engineering technology program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starts a four-month stint in May. He was one of 13 people from across Canada to land a summer job through The Greenest Workforce, an online job search service hosted by the Forest Products Association of Canada. 

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Hardwood industry sees shrinking demand

WITF
January 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Harrisburg — The demand for hardwood has been shrinking, but those in the industry in the state maintain it is strong and healthy. bout 600 Pennsylvanians are directly employed in the forestry and logging industry, according to state Department of Labor statistics. More jobs are in the southeastern part of the state, NOT where the big trees grow. Because of plentiful supplies, foresters are only cutting about one out of every three trees when they harvest.

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Interfor Donates $1,000 to Southeastern Tech Foundation

by Justine Hunter
Southwestern Technical College
January 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor donated $1,000 to the Southeastern Technical College (STC) Foundation on Dec. 23, helping students fulfill their goals while supporting Interfor’s business needs. “Although Interfor is fairly new to our area, their support of our community is unquestionable and is exemplified in this generous donation that has been given to the STC Foundation,” said STC Foundation Director Charla Nail. Interfor is a lumber company operating 13 sawmills across the United States and Canada, including one in Swainsboro. The company has a capacity of more than 2.2 billion board feet of lumber each year and serves 30 markets worldwide.

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Second life for waste paper in the construction industry

YottaFire
January 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Cellulose, the primary ingredient in paper, is a highly efficient insulator and could offer the construction industry an effective, environmentally friendly alternative to convention insulation. However, until now there has been no easy way for builders to use cellulose. The EU-funded project InsulaTFH (‘Enhanced insulation in timber-frame housing using recycled materials’) set out to develop a low-cost process for the mass production of standard-sized, pre-insulated panels, using cellulose fibres from waste paper. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Expect more wood buildings like one in Kingston fire

Concerns rose after wood building caused more than $20 million damage
CBC News
January 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A federal commission that reviews building codes will soon tell provinces to start allowing 6-storey wood structures, much like the one that burned down in Kingston, Ont., last month. Currently most provinces only allow wood buildings to be four storeys high, but the commission chair said they also want tougher safety regulations to lessen the risks of fire. In December, a major fire on the construction site of a wood high-rise caused more than $20 million in damage. “What happened in Kingston … is a building that doesn’t have all the fire safety and precautionary measures in place yet,” said Philip Rizcallah, manager of the Canadian Codes Centre at the National Research Council.

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RDCK okays ungraded lumber

Nelson Star
January 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Small sawmills in the Regional District of Central Kootenay are poised to benefit from changes to the way ungraded lumber is handled. Several local mills without qualified graders on staff want to sell unstamped, ungraded lumber for construction but have been prevented from doing so under the BC Building Code. However, in a memo, development services manager Sangita Sudan said the regional district has the power to come up with “alternative solutions” — in this case allowing ungraded lumber as a building material so long as the mills “gain and demonstrate proficiency in lumber grading.”

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Learning and teaching about wood

Journal of Commerce
January 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

What can we learn from – and teach – the world about 21st century wood design and construction solutions? The recipe for success may be more sophisticated than you might think. At the root is the design community. It takes architects, engineers, code specialists and technicians to re-sharpen their pencils towards taking advantage of the tremendous array of wood and engineered wood materials now available.

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Forestry

Summit will look at ways to stem the emerald ash borer infestation killing Montreal trees

The Gazette
January 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The city of Montreal will hold a one-day summit in March to come up with an island-wide strategy to stop the spread of a destructive foreign beetle that is killing off the island’s ash trees at an alarming rate. As he announced the emerald ash borer summit Friday, Réal Ménard, the Montreal executive committee member responsible for environmental issues, suggested some cities and boroughs are not making tree planting and protection a priority, and vowed to change that.

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After ice storm exacts unprecedented damage to Toronto’s urban forest, question remains on what to do with the broken trees

National Post
January 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

.. Everybody’s looking for grinders.”Never in Toronto’s history has a storm exacted such a toll on our forest. Still, does it make sense to grind all these trees up for mulch? Many in the city’s forestry sector, which employs 25,000 people, are pleading for a more creative approach to reusing one of Canada’s most famous and historic resources: our trees. We can transform the trees into furniture, flooring, or even burn them to keep warm. The City of Chicago, for example, in recent years has begun selling its street trees for reuse. “The city needs to think as a forestry operation,” says Dr. Sandy Smith, professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. “They see trees as a problem rather than as a resource. It’s a money-making venture if you could get it organized.”

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U.S. Forest Service attempting to control beetle problem near Sheridan Lake

Colias Journal
January 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The area surrounding Sheridan Lake has a new look — another sign of the ongoing efforts to combat the mountain pine beetle in the Black Hills. As the invasive pest chews its way through the area, the U.S. Forest Service is following through on its plan to thin out 892 acres near the popular recreation spot about 15 miles west of Rapid City. Brian King, a representative from the U.S. Forest Service, estimates the work is about 60 percent complete.

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Unrelenting winter dryness brings unseasonably high fire risk

Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California is bracing for what officials fear could be an unprecedented winter fire season fueled by record dry conditions that show no signs of letting up. January is typically a time when forest fire camps and air bases are closed and seasonal firefighters go home. But not this year. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 150 wildfires so far. During the same period last January, there were none, and the historic average is 25. Fire officials pointed to coastal blazes in Humboldt and San Mateo counties in the last two weeks as examples of the conditions they’re facing.

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Fed study finds red maples more at risk for invasive Asian longhorned beetle

The Associated Press
January 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DURHAM, New Hampshire — New research shows an invasive beetle that has destroyed hardwood forests thrives in red maple trees, according to federal scientists. The findings by the U.S. Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire, echo a 2011 study that found the Asian longhorned beetle is four times more likely to mature when it feeds on red maple rather than Norway or sugar maples. The study examined trees in Massachusetts and the results were published Dec. 31 in the journal Insects.

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Loggers in N.J. clear 25 acres of cedars damaged by Sandy

Philly.com
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP To see it today, more than a year after Hurricane Sandy, many visitors might think Double Trouble State Park wasn’t troubled at all by the devastating winds and rain. Even in frigid temperatures, the Ocean County attraction draws a steady stream of people who walk dogs along sandy paths, paddle canoes on tea-colored creeks, and hike through a rustic village that once housed workers from the historic lumber mill. But these days, one of the park roads is blocked off and closed to the public. In the towering forest, amid bayberry and mountain laurel, contractor Colin McLaughlin has been busily taking down hundreds of trees.

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Irish National Forest Inventory shows private forests growth

Timber Trades Journal
January 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Irish forestry minister Tom Hayes has welcomed publication of Ireland’s second National Forest Inventory (NRI), which shows a 4% growth in private forest ownership and a large uptake in private thinning operations. Mr Hayes said the extra 20,000ha of private forest thinned since 2006 showed the country was finally beginning to realise the potential of its state-supported afforestation schemes. “The resulting enhanced thinning volumes represent an increasing source of raw material for the processing sector, a valuable source of revenue for private owners and a source of additional employment in harvesting, transport and downstream processing,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change needs a new kind of scientist

Forests News
January 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Scientific discoveries of recent decades have generated a wealth of knowledge on forests and climate change spanning many different sectors and disciplines. Sustainable development, poverty eradication, the rights of indigenous and local communities to land and resources, conservation of biodiversity, governance, water management, pollution (and all the policies and economic factors related to these sectors) are just some of the issues that scientists studying the relationship between forests climate change must consider.

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Sonoco Plant gets new Biomass Boiler

WMBF News
January 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

HARTSVILLE, SC — A global company, located right here in our backyards, is making sure to limit the amount of pollutants that we breathe every day. The wood chips, used to fuel the Biomass Boiler make it eco friendly. Officials say this new technology is the next step for major industrial companies. “Biomass made a lot of since because it uses wood waste as a renewable source and just made all the sense in the world after the evaluations,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco CEO. For more than 60 years the Sonoco Plant has used coal to produce products.

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