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Daily Archives: January 28, 2014

Business & Politics

Canfor invests in Elko sawmill

The Free Press
January 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation is continuing its commitment to upgrading the Elko sawmill with a capital investment of $10 million. The funds will go towards the installation of a wood biomass-fired energy system to improve efficiency at the mill. “This capital project will improve cost and environmental efficiency at our Elko mill by utilizing sawmill residuals as an energy source in place of natural gas,” stated Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne. “Our fibre position in the Kootenays is strong, and this investment reflects our continued commitment to operating world-class facilities and making the most of our high-quality fibre in this region.” 

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Plum Creek Timber posts 4Q earnings of $40 million

Lesprom
January 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. announced 4Q earnings of $40 million, or $0.24 per share, on revenues of $331 million. Earnings for the 4Q 2012 were $79 million, or $0.49 per share, on revenues of $354 million, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Results for the 4Q include $12 million of expenses directly related to the completion of the companys December acquisition of timberland, real estate, and subsurface resources from MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV). Excluding these expenses, adjusted fourth quarter earnings were $52 million, or $0.31 per share.

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N. Idaho sawmill upgrading equipment

Associated Press
January 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho – Idaho Forest Group is installing new equipment at its sawmill in Nez Perce County that will double the capacity of the facility. Company President Scott Atkison tells the Lewiston Tribune the company is putting in a saw line that is the largest upgrade since the late 1980s. The company made the announcement Friday. It says it’s maintaining its staff of 150 employees while the new machinery is put in place. The company expects to run the first logs through the new equipment in April.

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Global trade of softwood lumber in 2013 to reach its highest level in five years

Wood Resource Quarterly
January 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

With demand for lumber being in recovery mode in a number of countries in the world in 2013, global trade of both lumber and logs were on track to reach their highest levels since before the global financial crisis in 2008, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The biggest increases in overseas lumber trade have been from Canada to China and from the Nordic countries to Japan. Global trade of both logs and softwood lumber was higher in 2013 than it was in 2012 with both products reaching their highest levels traded since before the global financial crises in 2008, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). 

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Tasmania’s Lower House passes pulp mill legislation as protesters rally outside Parliament

ABC News, Australia
January 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Lower House has passed Labor’s amended “doubts removal” legislation for the controversial Tamar Valley pulp mill project. Labor used the guillotine to place a nine-hour cap on the debate, forcing a vote on the bill just after 11:00pm. The legislation passed 19 votes to five without amendment. The Greens leader, Nick McKim, told Parliament the move makes a mockery of the democratic process. “Make no mistake here, this is again the new Labor-Liberal minority government here in Tasmania colluding to ram through a licence to pollute for this toxic and divisive process and to do so by the use of the guillotine,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fire facts: Wood construction is a lot safer than you think

iPolitics Insight
January 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

We’re hearing a lot of conversations across the country lately about the viability and safety of wood mid-rise construction. A leading group of scientists and academics from across North America, under the direction of a team at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia, has devoted considerable time to researching the question. As an adjunct professor at UFV and the fire chief for Surrey, B.C., one of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing cities, this is an area of keen interest for me. 

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New American Forest Foundation Headquarters Awarded Three Green Globes

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) has been awarded three Green Globes for its energy-efficient and architecturally unique new headquarters in Washington, D.C.
PRWEB
January 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) has been awarded three Green Globes for its energy-efficient and architecturally unique new headquarters. “It’s hard to believe that only a few months ago this space was just a cavernous, concrete shell. Now it’s a home for everyone who cares for forests,” said CEO and President Tom Martin. “We’re very proud of the way the office represents the mission and values of the American Forest Foundation, and of the recognition from Green Globes”.

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Forestry

Canadian woman who aided ecoterror firebombings sentenced to 5 years in prison

Associated Press
January 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Canadian woman who admitted taking part in ecoterrorism firebombings has been sentenced to five years in prison. Rebecca Rubin, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and arson charges in October. The sentence was the lowest Rubin could have received under federal sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken said Monday in federal court in Portland, Oregon, that Rubin showed contrition and lived in “an emotional prison cell” during seven years as a fugitive in Canada, from December 2005 to November 2012.

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ARIZONA WILDFIRE: Confusion, dereliction at top doomed hotshots, probe finds

The Press-Enterprise
January 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On the day of their deaths, 20 Arizona hotshot firefighters spent the morning carefully setting fires along a rugged two-track road to burn off fuel and create a perimeter for a growing wildfire. But standing on a ridge high in the Weaver Mountains just before noon, the team supervisor couldn’t believe what he saw — a plane swooping down and twice dropping massive amounts of orange fire retardant on the crew’s back burns. The reasons for snuffing out the controlled blazes? None. The Air Tactical Group supervisor was never told the purpose of the burns.

Elite firefighters fatally trapped by flawed, broken plans from The Press-Enterprise

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Daines’ misguided support for bill that prioritizes logging

January 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We Montanans are fortunate to have millions of acres of public lands that provide world-class opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and an array of other kinds of outdoor recreation. …However, a bill that was recently passed by the U. S. House of Representatives which is co-sponsored and enthusiastically supported by Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., would dramatically transform management of the 17 million acres of national forest land in Montana. This bill, H.R. 1526, would compel the Forest Service to prioritize logging over all other forest uses including hunting and fishing.

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Investment in timber would benefit us all

The Scotsman
January 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Flexible, versatile and ultimately renewable, we would all benefit from investment in this sector. WHETHER Scotland votes Yes or No in September’s referendum, it is vital that efforts continue to rebalance the economy. We have seen the enormous dangers of relying too heavily on big finance and consumer-driven growth, with massive trade deficits resulting. Successful European economies like Germany and Sweden have retained strong manufacturing and export sectors – and we need to commit to this for the long-term too, irrespective of the constitutional outcome in the autumn.

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Forest department warns over illegal logging

Cyprus Mail
January 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There has been an increase in illegal logging recently by people illegally selling firewood, and others who are looking for a way to stay warm, according to the forestry department. Forestry official, Antonis Horattas, is calling on conscientious citizens and local authorities to report anyone who may be illegally cutting down trees or selling wood and fire wood without a permit. He said he believes this increase is due to the financial crisis in combination with an increase in fuel and electricity prices which have pushed people to look for alternative methods of heating.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant before public

Vernon Morning Star
January 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coldstream residents can have their say on the proposed Lavington pellet plant Monday. The district is holding a public hearing at the municipal office at 6 p.m., prior to its regular council meeting. Tolko Industries has entered into a conditional partnership with Pinnacle Renewable Energies to construct a pellet plant next to the existing Tolko planer mill in Lavington (off School Road). “It’s an exciting opportunity to try and put some industry back into Coldstream,” said Leroy Reitsma, Pinnacles president and COO.

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Gov. McCrory tours site of future pellet facility

Star News Online
January 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Construction for the wood pellet exporting facility that will operate out of the Port of Wilmington is scheduled to begin this fall, said state transportation officials Monday. N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said while construction is slated to start this September, that schedule is subject to change as needed. Tata updated the project’s status Monday when Gov. Pat McCrory came to Wilmington and toured the port. During the afternoon tour, McCrory looked at where the new facility will be built and rode a crane six stories above the port to get an aerial view of the area’s “economic engine.”

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General

Daines’ misguided support for bill that prioritizes logging

January 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

We Montanans are fortunate to have millions of acres of public lands that provide world-class opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and an array of other kinds of outdoor recreation. …However, a bill that was recently passed by the U. S. House of Representatives which is co-sponsored and enthusiastically supported by Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., would dramatically transform management of the 17 million acres of national forest land in Montana. This bill, H.R. 1526, would compel the Forest Service to prioritize logging over all other forest uses including hunting and fishing.

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USDA seeks nominees for National Softwood Lumber Promotion Board

USDA
January 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the Softwood Lumber Board. The 19-member board will hold elections to fill seven seats for members whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2014. Domestic manufacturers will fill four seats representing large companies– two in the South region and two in the West region. Three seats will be filled by softwood lumber importers – two representing the Canada West region (one large and one small company*) and one small company representing the Canada East region.

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