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Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Business & Politics

Tembec reports financial results for its first quarter ended December 28, 2013

Wall Street Journal
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended December 28, 2013, were $354 million, as compared to $376 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated net earnings of $2 million or $0.02 per share in the December 2013 quarter compared to a net loss of $15 million or $0.15 per share in the December 2012 quarter. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $13 million for the three-month period ended December 28, 2013, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $19 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $24 million in the prior quarter.

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Catalyst Paper successful in appeal of sales tax reassessment

Canada Newswire press release
January 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper announced today that the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled in favour of Catalyst Paper in its action against the Province of British Columbia involving a reassessment of the amount of sales tax payable under the Social Services Tax Act on electricity purchased from Powell River Energy Inc. in 2001 through 2010. Catalyst Paper estimates that it will receive a sales tax refund of $5.8 million including interest.

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Provincial government chases pulp mill ghost

Terrace Standard
January 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Long-bankrupt Skeena Cellulose might be a distant, if still painful, memory to those in the northwest – but not to the provincial government. The once dominant forest industry player in northwestern B.C. which contributed to a decade-long regional recession when it sought bankruptcy protection in 1997 and then officially went out of business in 2004, remains on the list of businesses and people owing money to the provincial government. A $75,000 fine, first levied in 2003, was included in a late December 2013 public shaming list released by the provincial environment ministry.

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Ontario forest industry group predicts rebound in 2014

CBC News
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Forest Industries Association predicts a big rebound on the horizon for the industry, but it wants more help from the province to make that happen. The OFIA says three factors could make 2014 a big year for the forest sector: a recovery in the U.S housing market, a greater foothold in the global construction industry, and commitment by the province to change the building code to allow taller buildings to be made from wood. Spokesperson Christine Leduc said the group is working with the government on that issue.

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Panels sector warned about additional capacity plans

Timber Trades Journal
January 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The European wood-based panels sector risks reduced future profitability as a result of 10 million m3 of additional capacity currently being planned, consultants warn in a new report. Pöyry Management Consulting questions whether the additional panel capacity is being built in the right place, at the right time or even to produce the right products. “Our new market model has identified a mismatch between industry investment plans and market requirements which will lead to declining prices for some panels and markets but rising prices for others,” said Dr Cormac O’Carroll, global head of Pöyry Wood Products Practice.

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Lead creditor ANZ offloads debt from collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns

ABC News
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The ANZ bank has sold about $200 million of debt owed to it by failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns. The bank was the lead creditor when Gunns collapsed in 2012. ANZ says it is no longer part of the Gunns banking syndicate and is not involved in providing finance for the proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill. The sale happened in last September before expressions of interest were called for Gunns’ assets, including the pulp mill project.

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Pulp and Paper Giant Announces Policy of Continued Forest Destruction

Greenpeace Blogs
January 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Many people are often surprised when I tell them that there are two giant pulp and paper companies in Indonesia. One , Asia Pulp & Paper, has a name and story known by many, especially its decision to turn off its chainsaws last year. The other, however, is largely an unknown name, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) . And its story of rainforest destruction is only starting to get told.

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Pulp mill bill passes final hurdle in Tasmania’s Upper House

ABC News, Australia
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Upper House has passed the Government’s pulp mill amendment bill which is designed to sweeten the Tamar Valley project for potential buyers. The changes passed 10 votes to four after a debate lasting five hours. As well as extending the life of the mill’s permits and allowing them to be sold, the amended bill relaxes conditions around possible breaches. It also quashes a legal challenge against the current permits.

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UPM reports solid Q4 2013 results

Pulp and Paper News
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM-Kymmen has released its Q4 2013 financial report. Q4 operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million (EUR 146 million Q4 2012). Highlights from the quarterly report include, Q4/2013 (compared with Q4/2012) • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.27 (0.20), and reported EUR 0.06 (-2.83)

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Spanish plywood imports up 14.2 %

EUWID
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Spanish plywood imports leapt 14.2 % to 45,089m³ in the first nine months of 2013. Statistics released by the Spanish Wood Importers Federation (AEIM) show that softwood and hardwood plywood imports experienced an especially large upturn, improving 19.7 % to 34,602 m³. Spanish tropical plywood imports, on the other hand, slipped marginally by 0.8 % to 10,487m³ in the first nine months of last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Alberta fabricator pushes steel design envelope

Daily Commercial News
January 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lenmak Exterior Innovations of Edmonton has been quietly transforming itself into a unique and innovative manufacturer of architectural steel components over the past year and is about to mount a campaign to raise its profile among the design community with products like NaturClad, StrataClad and EnvaTherm. …From foam insulated back pans for curtain walls to exterior steel panels “printed” to mimic the natural grain of wood or to add whimsy and colour to an otherwise dull concrete slab façade, Lenmak president and CEO Ray Turner has forged a journey to this point by thinking differently.

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Forestry

Conservation groups, timber companies reach deal to protect more of Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver Sun
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conservation groups and forest companies have reached final agreement on how they want to increase old-growth protection in the Great Bear Rainforest. Their recommendations have been delivered to the B.C. government and First Nations who have the final say on changes. The joint industry-environmental group announcement Wednesday brings to a close a 14-year effort. The unprecedented collaboration had ended a bitter fight by environmentalists in the 1990s to preserve one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests, home to the so-called white spirit bear.

Landmark agreement reached on BC’s Great Bear Rainforest from Business in Vancouver
Stakeholders reach deal on Great Bear Rainforest from The Globe and Mail

Click here to read the press release from Coast Forest Conservation Initiative
Click here to read the press release from BC Government

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Cut level unchanged for Bulkley timber supply area

BC Government
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – After an extensive timber supply review, chief forester Dave Peterson announced today that the allowable annual cut for the Bulkley timber supply area will remain at 852,000 cubic metres for 10 years. In 2002, the allowable annual cut was set at 882,000 cubic metres. The effective allowable annual cut was reduced to 852,000 cubic metres in 2008 when land was removed from the timber supply area to create the Wetzink’wa community forest.

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Professionals facing reality of changes in timber supply

Williams Lake Tribune
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Everybody will be impacted in some way by the new annual allowable cut determination for the Williams Lake’s timber supply area, said a spokesperson for the Association of BC Forestry Professionals (ABCFP) Friday. “The discussion paper precedes the cut determination and the public’s input can have some impact on that,” ABCFP’s associate registrar Casey Macaulay said. “Recreational groups may have some concerns about access into some parts of the timber supply area, and they may wish to write a response.

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Town must ‘save the forest’

Letter by Angela Wonitowy and Jessica Horst
Aldergrove Star
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Further to the issue of the development of the forested land off of 28th Avenue in Aldergrove, we the towns people must try to save “The Forest.” In the Aldergrove community plan a portion of the proposed development is designated educational-recreational land. It is also identified as a landscape containing a number of significant features and processes of environmental significance.
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Letter: TreeAzin saves ash trees

The Gazette
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: “Fighting the emerald ash borer” (Your Views, Jan. 24) I read with great interest the comments from Jean-Daniel Azuelos regarding the fight against emerald ash borer (EAB) and, in particular, his concerns over the use of the injectable product, TreeAzin Systemic Insecticide. TreeAzin, a product derived from seed extracts of the neem tree, has a registration record that speaks for itself. After a rigorous review of efficacy and toxicity data, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) registered TreeAzin for use against EAB in Ontario and Quebec in 2008 and across Canada in 2012.

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Ash borer’s spread stokes fears of next Colorado tree epidemic

The arrival of the invasive species in Boulder County has led to concerns of the bug infesting Northern Colorado trees.
coloradoan.com
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When most Coloradans hear the words “beetle kill,” they think of lodgepole pine forests, attacked and transformed by the voracious mountain pine beetle. But in the next few years, “beetle kill” could take on an entirely new meaning for the state as the emerald ash borer, another kind of beetle, threatens to push North American ash trees to extinction. Unlike the mountain pine beetle, the ash borer doesn’t belong in the United States; it is not part of the natural life cycle of the tree, and American ash trees have no defense against it. 

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Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference

65th annual trade expo set for Feb. 6-8
Anderson Valley Post
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Figuring out how to sell chopsticks to China may just be the winning ticket for a group of students from Feather River College in Quincy, according to Michael Quinn, publicity chairman for the 65th annual Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference. “This year we will be featuring forest industry experts working in global commerce who will share insights and strategies for reaching new markets for timber products,” Quinn said. Mixed in among the industry experts will be the students who are “developing their own business model for timber products marketed for foreign and domestic sales,” Quinn said.

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Forestry prof champions diverse approach

Corvallies Gazette-Times
January 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fads in forestry come and go, but policy makers should recognize the value in a multiplicity of approaches, according to John Gordon, Pinchot professor emeritus and former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. “Oregon has a lot of forests. It also has a lot of people who know about forestry and are practicing many, many ways to go about it,” Gordon said. “My thesis is we should see that as an opportunity, not a problem.”  Gordon, who taught for a number of years in the Oregon State University
College of Forestry and now lives in Portland, will be the keynote
speaker in this year’s Starker Lecture Series at OSU.

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Forest fixer-upper: Logging clears the way for a more ecologically robust watershed

Smoky Mountain News
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

… Lamb is here to make sure it stays that way. The director of the nonprofit Forest Stewards, Lamb and his team of forest ecologists advise the town on the health of the forest that encompasses the watershed. The stillness of the forest was suddenly broken by the low putting of a motor. It revved, growing louder and faster, and then a sharp buzz cut through the air — the unmistakable sound of a chainsaw grinding into a tree. 

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Migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico in danger of disappearing

The Associated Press
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993, leading experts to announce on Wednesday that the insects’ annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of disappearing. A report released by the World Wildlife Fund, Mexico’s Environment Department and the Natural Protected Areas Commission blames the displacement of the milkweed the species feeds on by genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the United States, as well as the dramatic reduction of the butterflies’ habitat in Mexico due to illegal logging of the trees they depend on for shelter.

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MLC Paul Harriss denies Liberal Party approval in move to kill off Tasmania’s forest peace deal

ABC News, Australia
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Independent Upper House MP Paul Harriss insists his latest attempt to kill off Tasmania’s forest peace deal was not first approved by the Liberal Party. Mr Harriss will today move that the Legislative Council review the deal’s enacting legislation, on the grounds it has not ended conflict in the forestry sector. He says the peace deal has been undermined by the Wilderness Society’s participation in an anti-pulp mill rally outside State Parliament yesterday. The peace deal legislation contains a “durability” clause which could mean an end to new forest reserves if there are continuing protests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Recode: Short documentary on Forest Carbon (Video)

Nature Code
January 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Recode takes a fresh look at forest carbon; exploring the initiatives currently being developed to reduce emissions with forest resources. While outlining the current market approaches to emission sequestration, Recode addresses some of the drivers of deforestation and various efforts aimed at its containment in developing countries. Recognising the socioeconomic challenges surrounding forests and people, this film underpins the need for structural reform that will ultimately re-code the impact of our own consumption.

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