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Daily Archives: February 6, 2014

Business & Politics

Union, CN reach tentative deal to avert strike

Globe and Mail
February 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CN Rail and the Teamsters union say a new tentative agreement has been reached, averting a potential strike by 3,000 workers that could have come as early as this weekend. CN says details of the tentative three-year contract won’t be released until it’s ratified by union members. The union, which represents about 3,000 conductors and yard workers, had previously rejected another tentative deal negotiated last fall.  Any strike would have been crippling for farmers hoping to ship a
backlog of grain from this year’s harvest, as well as in manufacturing
and forestry, the minister said. “

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Canfor 4th-qtr profit rises on lumber prices, pulp

Reuters
February 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian forest products company Canfor Corp posted a higher fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, boosted by strong lumber prices and an increase in pulp production and shipments. The Vancouver-based company said it expects lumber consumption to continue to rise in 2014 due to U.S. demand and offshore markets, though it warned that pulp prices could come under pressure from increased capacity. Net income attributable to shareholders rose 31 percent to C$28 million, or 20 Canadian cents per share, compared with C$21.3 million, or 15 Canadian cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Canfor Pulp Q4 earnings more than double;company credits improve global markets from The Canadian Press

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Gunning ‘cautiously optimistic’ about premier’s announcement on mill

The News
February 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Stephen McNeil’s announcement regarding Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation and Boat Harbour has lots of people talking. With its 3,000 plus members, the Clean Up the Pictou County Pulp Mill Facebook group, has been abuzz with activity. Questions abound as to whether recent talk about Boat Harbour and the mill’s effluent ponds will finally see it cleaned up. Matt Gunning, one of the founders of the group, is pleased the premier is discussing environmental issues pertaining to the county.

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Canada’s Resolute Forest Products posts smaller loss

Reuters
February 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s Resolute Forest Products Inc reported a smaller loss due to lower paper-machine closure costs and other asset impairment charges. Net loss attributable to the company narrowed to $3 million, or 3 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $45 million, or 47 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, the company, formerly known as AbitibiBowater, earned 34 cents per share.

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Rayonier sells forest land in St. Lawrence, Lewis and Franklin counties

Watertown Daily News
February 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CANTON – Rayonier Forest Resources has sold 130,659 acres in St. Lawrence, Clinton, Franklin and Lewis counties to a client of Molpus Woodlands Group for $57.5 million. “The previous owner has done a good job of management in a sustainable manner,” Molpus general counsel Michael D. Cooper said. “It’s business as usual to the local community. What they saw previously will continue.” Much of the land sold was in the St. Lawrence County towns of Piercefield, Clare, Pierrepont and Colton.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Bloom promises sustainable wood iPhone 5s cases made in Canada

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

Though Canada’s beautiful and expansive forests make up over half of our country’s landmass, and around 10% of the world’s total trees, one must still be mindful of the myriad wood-based products in the market made from non-sustainable materials.  Nextware, out of Calgary, Alberta, aims to impact the smartphone accessory market by offering wood-based iPhone cases made from sustainable, FSC-Certified sources. …Bloom combines hand-milled wood, which is coated to resist fingerprints and dust, machine-etched cutouts for the rear camera, and a sturdy plastic “bumper” that protects the front and sides of the iPhone.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and Habitat for Humanity expand mutual support for responsibly built affordable homes

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
February 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – In an agreement of support between the two organizations, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc., and Habitat for Humanity International have signed an MOU and pledged to expand the cooperation between the two groups by encouraging the use of wood products certified to the SFI Standard on Habitat construction sites. “SFI and Habitat for Humanity International share common values: an equally strong commitment to communities of North America and the sourcing of certified building materials from responsibly managed forests,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.

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Forestry

B.C. to investigate declining moose numbers

The Globe and Mail
February 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Moose are vanishing from some regions in British Columbia and the provincial government has launched a major new study to find out what’s happening to them. Moose population surveys in recent years indicate declines of as much as 70 per cent in some areas of B.C. where clear-cut logging has occurred, but in other areas the moose population has remained stable.

More than 200 moose to be radio-collared in major BC study from The Vancouver Sun

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City to cut loose tenure

The Prince George Citizen
February 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Prince George is getting out of the forest business. City council voted on Monday night to begin the process of surrendering its forest tenure, which it first acquired in 2006 to deal with the fire hazard presented by beetle-killed wood in the city’s urban forests. “In terms of being in the logging business, it’s not our core service,” Mayor Shari Green said moments before council voted 7-2 in favour of the staff recommendation to work with the province to allow the city to divest itself of the license.

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Caribou protection hampers forestry upswing

The Daily Press
February 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – At a time when the forest industry in this province is predicting a major upswing, Cochrane could end up losing jobs in this sector because of the impacts from government policies to protect caribou habitat. Jamie Lim, president and chief executive of the Ontario Forest Industries Association, said the industry is looking at a “recovery hat-trick” which includes a rise in U.S. housing starts, changes to the Canadian building code next year which will allow the use of timber frames in higher-rise construction, and the global trend towards “green” or renewable building materials which favours wood. 

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Idaho godsend: Farm bill boosts forest restoration

Idaho Statesman
February 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Provisions that will allow the Forest Service to expand logging, thinning and other work supported by collaborative groups in Idaho were included in Tuesday’s sweeping measure. The bill’s forestry segments brought praise from landowners, loggers and The Wilderness Society, a group seeking additional forest preservation. The projects offer the promise of jobs and healthier forests that are less susceptible to catastrophic fires.

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State agrees to cancel timber sales to protect marbled murrelet

The World
February 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — A legal battle is nearly over with the proposed cancellation of timber sales in Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests that environmentalists say harm an endangered seabird. The Oregon Department of Forestry agreed to cancel 28 timber sales on the three state forests, according to a settlement filed Wednesday. Three conservation organizations — the Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity — launched a lawsuit against the state in May 2012, arguing that logging in the three forests caused “take” of the marbled murrelet, in turn violating the Endangered Species Act.

Ore. settles sea bird suites, cancels timber sales from The Associated Press
Oregon Department of Forestry cancels 28 timber sales to settle marbled murrelet lawsuit from The Oregonian

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New maple syrup sap method doesn’t rely on forests

CBC News
February 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The maple sugar bush of the future may not be a forest of stately maple trees stretching their branches high overhead. Instead, it may be a field full of short, skinny wooden poles. Timothy Perkins, director of the Proctor Maple Research Center at the University of Vermont, has come up with a new way to tap maple trees that could make it possible to produce 10 times more maple syrup per acre. “We would be cutting the top off and pulling the sap directly out of the cut stem,” Perkins told CBC-Radio’s As It Happens Tuesday.

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More emerald ash borers means statewide wood quarantine for Iowa

WQAD
February 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Iowa authorities issued a statewide quarantine restricting the transportation of wood and ash tree products to non-quarantined locations in other states. The quarantine was issued Tuesday, February 4, 2014, the day after authorities announced emerald ash borer was found by tree trimming crews in Waterloo. The quarantine means hardwood firewood, wood chips, ash logs and ash tree nursery stock cannot be moved out of Iowa to other states according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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General

Untapped potential

Latrobe Valley Express
February 6, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Latrobe Valley timber industry could attract further investment and innovation after council took the first step to adopt a wood encouragement policy during Monday night’s meeting. Latrobe City Council unanimously voted to request the Federal Government support the establishment of research facilities in the Valley to develop innovative technology for the forestry, wood and paper sector. Councillor Sandy Kam, who put forward the motion to highlight wood’s untapped potential, said this could bring further jobs to the Valley, as well as contribute to the diversification of the economy.

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