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Daily Archives: February 5, 2014

Business & Politics

Conifex Timber Acquires Lignum Forest Products

Woodworking Network
February 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Conifex Timber Inc. has acquired Lignum Forest Products LLP, a private partnership which operates a lumber marketing and distribution business. As an established name in the forestry and lumber distribution business in British Columbia, Lignum serves customers and distributes products that are complementary to those of Conifex. Lignum also provides extensive market reach in the North American market through a network of established inventory locations.

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Northern Pulp deal rapped

Herald Business
February 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ecology Action Centre says a government commitment made last year to allow Northern Pulp access to more fibre from Crown land undermines the provincial national resources strategy. On Jan. 25, 2013, Duff Montgomerie, then deputy minister of natural resources, sent a letter to Pedro Chang, deputy CEO of Northern Pulp’s parent company, Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp., offering access to 125,000 green tonnes of fibre. 

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Domtar says tax increase too much

Kenora Online
February 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A representative for Domtar in Dryden says last week’s property tax increase puts them in a tough spot. Bonny Skene stopped short of talking about the future of the mill, as she talked about the doubling of their mill rate. “So, we continue to work hard to be competitive as a single-line market pulp mill — so we’re selling pulp to the open market — and maintain the remaining 330 jobs and 400 in the bush. An increase like this to the industrial tax rate poses a serious competitive disadvantage to the mill,” she said. 

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International Paper Earnings Up 86% on Tax Benefits

Revenue Up 2.5% paced by Industrial Packaging and Consumer Packaging
Wall Street Journal
February 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper Co. IP -0.19% fourth-quarter earnings rose 86% on a tax benefit, while the paper and pulp company’s industrial and consumer packaging segments posted sales growth. International Paper reported a fourth-quarter profit of $436 million, or 98 cents a share, up from $235 million, or 53 cents a share, a year earlier. The latest reporting period included a tax benefit of $651 million related to the closing of a U.S. federal income tax audit and a net tax benefit of $3 million from other tax items.

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International Paper Drafts Women in Talent War

Bloomberg News
February 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Even the final frontier didn’t change Lauren Scallon’s mind. She rejected NASA for a pulp and paper mill that gets so loud she needs earplugs and where steel-toed boots are de rigueur. Scallon, who earned a chemical engineering degree from Purdue University last year, said the allure of mission control at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center wasn’t lost on her. She just couldn’t pass up the chance to join International Paper Co. (IP) and get on a track that might lead to the executive suite.

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Congress Passes Farm Bill; Hardwood Industry to Benefit

Hardwood Floors Magazine
February 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

President Obama is expected to sign the long-awaited Farm Bill that will now land on his desk, thanks to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passing a nearly $1 trillion spending measure with a strong bipartisan 68-32 vote… The bill is a considerable victory on a number of fronts for the hardwood forest products industry, proclaimed the Hardwood Federation, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association and advocacy group. 

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Employment rising slightly in Spanish wood industry

EUWID
February 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Workloads in the Spanish wood and furniture industry in the fourth quarter of 2013 were a little higher than in the preceding quarter. According to information from Confemadera Habitat of Madrid, the number of employees in the wood and furniture industry rose by 5.2% in the fourth quarter to 127,200. Growth of 1.1% was registered in the furniture industry to 75,100. In the wood industry, the figure was up by 11.8% to 52,100.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fire safety of wooden buildings endorsed amid guidelines debate

Chronicle Herald
February 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Wood-framed buildings are no more susceptible to fires than those primarily using other construction materials, a visiting expert told a Halifax audience Tuesday. Len Garis, fire chief for the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, spoke to a room of developers, engineers and building designers about the fire performance of mid-rise wood-framed buildings at an event the Maritime Lumber Bureau sponsored. Garis, also an adjunct professor at the school of criminology and criminal justice at the University of the Fraser Valley, was part of a team of researchers that looked into the safety records of wood buildings. 

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Vancouver duplex design opens doors to home ownership options in Korea

February 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Korean architect Hyun-Wook Lee adopted a simple duplex design that he had learned in Vancouver, and gave it the novel name of “peanut house,” he changed more than the way Koreans build homes. His own life changed in the process. Lee, who has visited Vancouver three times as part of a government-industry initiative to encourage wood-frame construction methods in Asia, had a successful career designing institutional buildings from concrete in and around the capital Seoul.

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Terrace hotel to be wood frame

Terrace Standard
February 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

CONSTRUCTION is set to start by early spring on a hotel which could very well be the tallest wooden structure ever built here. To be erected on the vacant property just west of Kalum Tire on Hwy16, this latest addition to the northwest B.C. chain of Sunshine Inns will have five storeys above ground framed with timber. The provincial building code was changed in 2009 to allow wooden structures to be six storeys tall. And there’s never been a wooden frame building in Terrace over four storeys tall, city planner David Block told city councillors at a January meeting.

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Forestry

City to Get Out of Logging Biz

250 News
February 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The wheels are in motion to have the City of Prince George surrender its Community Forest license. In the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, the city was granted a Community Forest license. It allowed the City to carry out selective logging to mitigate the impacts of wildfire. Most of the work was performed through government funding administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities. Over the years, the City has received about $9 million dollars worth of grants to carry out the necessary work to reduce the risk of wildfires in an urban setting.

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New allowable annual cut set for Tree Farm Licence 47

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for TimberWest’s tree farm licence 47 will decrease slightly from 646,793 cubic metres to 630,000 cubic metres, deputy chief forester Jim Sutherland announced today. In making his decision, Sutherland set a “partition” allowing only up to 365,000 cubic metres per year to be harvested from the South Central Coast portion of the tree farm licence to provide for a broad range of options available as ecosystem based management evolves in this area. This harvest level is also consistent with commitments in the Nanwakolas Reconciliation Protocol signed July 2011.

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Long-term forest studies in Alaska

SNRAS Science & News
February 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska is a big state, with millions of acres of forested land, but has only seven long-term forest research projects (compare this with the 700 or so in Washington and Oregon). “Long-term” when it comes to the lives of trees and a forest study means 25 to 40 years or more, explained John Yarie, professor of silviculture, during a lecture for the graduate seminar course NRM 692 on Jan. 30. 

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Environmental groups deliver comments opposing forest bill

Statesman Journal
February 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The environmental groups Oregon Wild and Environment Oregon have delivered more than 5,000 public comments to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden’s Portland office opposing his O&C lands legislation. The Oregon and California Land Act of 2013 would double the timber harvest on federal O&C lands in 18 Oregon counties. It also would permanently preserve nearly 1 million acres of O&C lands. The bill gets its first hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Plans to halt deforestation at risk unless donors stump up

The Sydney Morning Herald
February 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next few years to ensure that nations undergoing deforestation will have incentives to halt the practice, a report said. Without the money to buy forest-based emissions reductions, the mechanism known as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) will be largely undermined, restricting incentives to keep trees standing, it said. 

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General

Forest emissions, wildfires explain why ancient Earth was so hot

Phys.org
February 5, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The release of volatile organic compounds from Earth’s forests and smoke from wildfires 3 million years ago had a far greater impact on global warming than ancient atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a new Yale study finds. The research provides evidence that dynamic atmospheric chemistry played an important role in past warm climates, underscoring the complexity of climate change and the relevance of natural components, according to the authors. They do not address or dispute the significant role in climate change of human-generated CO2 emissions.

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Vancouver duplex design opens doors to home ownership options in Korea

February 5, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

When Korean architect Hyun-Wook Lee adopted a simple duplex design that he had learned in Vancouver, and gave it the novel name of “peanut house,” he changed more than the way Koreans build homes. His own life changed in the process. Lee, who has visited Vancouver three times as part of a government-industry initiative to encourage wood-frame construction methods in Asia, had a successful career designing institutional buildings from concrete in and around the capital Seoul.

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