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Daily Archives: February 13, 2014

Business & Politics

Acadian Timber 4Q net sales increased by 18%

Lesprom
February 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

For the three months ended December 31, 2013, Acadian Timber Corp. generated net sales of $21.8 million on sales volume of 370 thousand cubic metres, which represents a $3.4 million, or 18%, increase in net sales compared to the same period in 2012, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Adjusted EBITDA of $6.1 million for the 4Q 2013 was $1 million higher than in the 4Q 2012, while Adjusted EBITDA margin remained unchanged from the same period of last year at 28%.

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Preparations underway to re-open Malakwa mill

Eagle Valley News
February 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rumours about the former Louisiana Pacific Mill in Malakwa re-opening are true. Citing economic reasons, Louisiana Pacific closed the sawmill in 2005, resulting in the layoff of 91 employees. The mill was last operational about four years ago under a different owner. Since then, there have been a number of attempts get the mill going again. This time, however, Ray Hansen says it’s the real deal. Hansen, who lives onsite at the mill, will be general manager for Elite Forest Products Ltd.’s Malakwa operation. He says the property was purchased in the spring by Lower Mainland investors who plan to have the mill up and running by mid to late spring.

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Lumber boss told land was clean: court docs

Prince George Citizen
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A BCR Properties Ltd. employee repeatedly assured Prince George lumber manufacturer John Brink that the land he was buying was “remediated” and “clean,” according to a court document filed last week as part of an ongoing lawsuit over a failed effort to build a new sawmill complex. Brink had been looking to purchase 100 acres at the BCR industrial site, where the old Netherlands Overseas Mills once stood, but is now seeking from the BCR costs for remediation and for 15 years of foregone profits.

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$180m deal makes Interfor North America’s fifth largest lumber company

By: Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
February 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver-based Interfor made the jump to North America’s fifth largest lumber company this week in announcing a cash-and-shares agreement to purchase two sawmills and a remanufacturing plant in the U.S. South. The $180 million deal to buy Georgia’s Tolleson Lumber Co. comes within less than a year of three other sawmill acquisitions in the U.S. South and transforms the company from a regional to a continental lumber producer, Interfor president Duncan Davies said Tuesday.

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Traditional industries urged to get innovative

Chronicle Herald
February 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s traditional rural industries are not relics of a romantic past but the foundation of a revived rural economy, a new report on building the province’s economy says. But just because so-called foundational industries like agriculture, fisheries and forestry are essential to the economy doesn’t mean it’s business as usual. …Another company rethinking a traditional resource is CelluFuel Inc. The startup is looking to turn wood fibre into clean renewable energy by building a biomass-to-diesel pilot plant in Brooklyn, near Liverpool, at the former Bowater mill site.

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Wood products plant will sit idle

The new owners have no immediate plans to use the SierraPine facility in Springfield
The Register-Guard
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Flakeboard America Ltd., the wood products company that is buying SierraPine’s facility in Springfield, may use the site in the future, but the company has no plans to bring the particleboard plant back into production, a company official said Wednesday. Flakeboard, a unit of the Chilean firm ARAUCO, is in the process of buying the land, buildings and equipment at SierraPine’s Springfield plant. “It is not our intent to run the existing facility in the future,” said Wade Gregory, sales manager for Flakeboard’s western operation.

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Forestry’s Good Returns Attract Investment Interest

By Forest Industries Engineering
Scoop Independent News
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

With forest products exports continuing to enjoy a run of high commodity prices there is plenty of attention worldwide on the robust returns delivered from forest resources. So it’s timely that New Zealand and Australia are soon to host a major forest investment and market outlook conference series. The event in it’s third year is popular with forest company CEOs and financial sector leaders for it’s insight. One of the keynote speakers headlining the FIEA event is Kevin Mason, Managing Director and Senior Analyst of ERA Forest Products Research (www.ERA-Research.com), a Canadian-based independent research firm that covers the global forest products sector.

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Deputy Premier labels ‘disgraceful’ Cousins’ claims of corruption over pulp mill permits

ABC News, Australia
February 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has denied showing draft enabling legislation to the receivers selling the Tamar Valley pulp mill permits before it was made public. Prominent anti-pulp mill campaigner Geoffrey Cousins claims the Government sought KordaMentha’s approval for the draft legislation before it was tabled in parliament last month. Mr Cousins has revealed he had a meeting last week with the receivers which are accepting bids for the company’s assets until the end of March.

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Finnish forest industry’s situation on the main markets in Europe continues to be challenging

Lesprom
February 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The drawn out economic downturn took a turn for the better at the end of 2013 but growth remained slow. The forest industry’s situation in its main export markets in Europe continued to be challenging, as the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness has suffered due to, for example, its high cost structure, as production and labour costs have increased faster than in competitor countries. Additional burdens placed on industry in Finland further weaken the export-driven forest industry’s competitiveness in the coming years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fire alarms and sprinklers more important for safety than residential construction materials

Study of thousands of B.C. fires by Surrey Fire Chief shows wood just as safe as concrete for homes, apartments
Vancouver Sun
February 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

n a residential fire which would fare better, a building made out of concrete or one made out of wood? If you think it’s concrete, you would be wrong. The answer, according to a study co-authored by Surrey’s Fire Chief Len Garis, is neither — provided both buildings are equipped with an operating fire alarm and sprinkler system. “There appears to be little difference with respect to fire spread, death and injury rates as a function of building general construction type, provided these buildings have functioning smoke alarms and complete sprinkler protection,” says the report, issued earlier this month.

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Concept Car Running on Wood Frame, Fuel to Debut in March

Hardwood Floors Magazine
February 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Automobile sustainability is about to take another leap forward, and it will involve a lot of wood. In March, the Biofore Concept Car—a joint production by Finnish papermaker UPM and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences—will make its first appearance at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, March 6-16. Designed to be a futuristic, street-legal vehicle that demonstrates the use of renewable biomaterials in the automotive industry, the car is built on a frame that uses tree pulp and plywood; it is said to run on fuel made from bark, stumps and branches. 

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Chips or chairs challenge from Greens MP

ABC News, Australia
February 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Tasmanian Greens MP, Kim Booth, is calling for investment in new timber products made from plantation-grown hardwoods. His latest discovery is a lightweight chair made from new hardwood plantation timber, using novel technology and design. Kim Booth says the West Australian design is a unique bentwood chair made from Eucalyptus nitens or globulus, that is both robust and flexible. Each chair weighs less than 2.5 kilograms and is made from 13 pieces of wood that are shaped and bent without steam.

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Forestry

Forestry deal provides way for pipeline pact

By Stephen Hume
Vancouver Sun
February 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… As I’ve said before, it feels like we’re back to green-versus-growth wedge politics and a “war in the woods” mentality when sitting right in front of our noses is an impressive model of what really works in getting public support.  It’s called the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. Some still fulminate over the environmental movement branding the region as the Great Bear Rainforest. Hey, it was a stroke of marketing genius. It worked. So get over it. The forest industry has. Even Catalyst Paper now uses the term in distributing information to investors.

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Woodsmen show off their skills

Atlantic Farm Focus
February 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Students were sawing, chopping, starting fires and climbing poles in Bible Hill (Nova Scotia) on Saturday (Feb. 8) when the Rick Russell woodsmen competition was held. This is the 29th year for the annual event, which draws woodsmen teams from New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and the US to compete against the Dal AC teams. The competition is held at the MacMillan Show Centre, on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.

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Finally, some good beetle news

Rapid City Journal
February 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recent aerial survey is revealing that the 18-year battle to eradicate the mountain pine beetle from the Black Hills is slowing the pest’s progress. But despite reports by the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies that indicate that the beetles infested just 34,000 new acres in 2013 compared to as many as 67,000 acres as recently as 2011, U.S. Forest Service officials say they intend to press on in the war against a pest that burrows under the bark and sucks the life out of pine trees. “We see encouraging declines in some areas, but we need to stay vigilant with this epidemic.

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Forest management needed in era of climate change

by Steve Mealey, vice president for conservation of the Boone and Crockett Club
The Register Guard
February 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After reading the Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 guest viewpoints by Roy Keene and Bob Doppelt citing climate change as a primary reason to curtail management of the O&C forests, I felt compelled, as Paul Harvey might have put it, to tell “the rest of the story.” Here’s a key message from the forestry chapter of the 2013 draft National Climate Assessment: “Climate change is increasing the vulnerability of forests to ecosystem change and tree mortality through fire, insect infestations, drought and disease outbreaks. Western U.S. forests are particularly vulnerable to increased wildfire and insect outbreaks.”

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Senate to probe federal move to delist part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area

ABC News, Australia
February 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Senate has launched an inquiry into the Federal Government’s plan to delist part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. Yesterday the Senate yesterday passed a Greens motion condemning the move to delist about 74,000 hectares added last year under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. It will now look at how the Government went about re-evaluating the area and the interaction between the Prime Minister and Environment Department.

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How global forest-destroyers are turning over a new leaf

The Conversation
February 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia is the world’s biggest destroyer of forests and four multinational corporations — APP, APRIL, Wilmar and Golden Agri Resources — have been responsible for much of it. Until recently these mega-corporations were considered environmental pariahs, but suddenly things seem to be changing, with all four proclaiming “no deforestation” policies. What gives? A corporate revolution? APP and APRIL are giant paper-pulp corporations. Collectively, they’ve cleared several million hectares of native Indonesian rainforest and other lands to grow fast-growing pulpwoods, turning the original rainforest into pulp in the process.

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Hollywood celebrities join Greenpeace campaign for forest-friendly products

Eco-Business
February 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hollywood actors Joaquin Phoenix, Kellan Lutz and Gillian Anderson have joined the Greenpeace International campaign to end forest destruction and tiger extinction in Indonesia, the environmental group announced on Wednesday. They are among a list of celebrities worldwide who have grown concerned over the state of Indonesia’s rainforests and remaining Sumatran tigers due to the unsustainable production of palm oil and paper, said Greenpeace. Currently, Greenpeace has a global campaign – The Tiger Manifesto – that allows consumers to demand products that are forest- and tiger-friendly.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood pellets as alternate heat source saves greenhouse operation

Chronicle Herald
February 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

When Bill and Terri Lynn Robbins received a three-month oil bill of about $13,500 during their first growing season after taking over their greenhouse operation in Deer Lake, they immediately thought they had made a career mistake. …They streamlined the operation, and now run six greenhouses. One of the wood pellet furnaces heats the potting room and store front, and the other the main greenhouse. “Hands down, it was a great decision,” Terri Lynn said. “The savings alone. I?can guarantee you, we did not use $13,000 worth of pellets in three months. Return on investment has been huge for us.”

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Carbon sequestration: Managing forests in uncertain times

Increasing both forest stocks and timber harvest will buy time while we learn more about how trees absorb carbon, say Valentin Bellassen and Sebastiaan Luyssaert.
Nature
February 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The best way to manage forests to store carbon and to mitigate climate change is hotly debated. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and wood can be a substitute for fossil fuels and carbon-intensive materials such as concrete and steel. In the past few decades, the world’s forests have absorbed as much as 30% (2 petagrams of carbon per year; Pg C year?1) of annual global anthropogenic CO2 emissions1 — about the same amount as the oceans. Two-thirds of forests are managed.

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