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Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

Business & Politics

Mill manager says site ‘constantly hiring’

Catalyst Paper seeks teachers’ help recruiting future workforce
Alberni Valley Times
February 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper’s Port Alberni division is “constantly hiring,” according to general manager Fred Chinn. Monday was a professional development day for teachers, and the Alberni Valley’s paper mill hosted approximately 50 educators to inform them of the career opportunities at the mill for their students. “When I came back here as general manager last April, I decided this was something I wanted to do,” Chinn said. “I had worked here two years ago, and I had felt that there was a gap in knowledge that our teachers had about our mill, about our environmental stewardship and about the types of career opportunities that are constantly coming up at Catalyst.”

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Paper Excellence to buy Tembec’s Chetwynd pulp mill

EUWID Pulp and Paper
February 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Paper Excellence is set to acquire Tembec’s Chetwynd pulp mill in Canada. The site has an annual capacity of 240,000 t of hardwood BCTMP. Paper Excellence is continuing its shopping spree in Canada. The group is said to have now set its sights on the Tembec high-yield pulp mill in Chetwynd / British Columbia. On 7 February, Canada’s trade union Unifor reported that the sale of the Tembec mill to Paper Excellence Canada Holding was expected to be completed in the spring 2014 and that following the sale “the mill would start up again”.

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Pulp mill spends $600k/yr on new odour reduction system

Hinton Parklander
February 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The pulp mill’s new odour treatment system is working and fewer residents are complaining, says the environmental superintendent. Since installing a new hydrogen peroxide system to treat their wastewater in April of 2013, Hinton Pulp has noted “significant improvement” in the reduction of odour complaints, according to Jennifer Fowler, technical and environmental superintendent at the mill. The peroxide works to oxidize the total reduced sulphur chemicals (which includes hydrogen sulphide and its rotten egg smell) in the liquid effluent, resulting in lower levels being emitted into the town’s air from the treatment ponds.

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Kenney Discusses Need To Fill BC Resource Jobs

250 News
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney wrapped up consultations with First Nations leaders and employers across northern BC in Prince George yesterday before heading off to tour the Territories. Kenney heard first-hand from First Nations leaders and employers about the need to fill skills shortages and ensure Aboriginal people have the training they need to take advantage of job opportunities in B.C.’s resources sector. Kenney discussed natural resources developments in northern B.C. and the expected economic growth.

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Houston mill chooses closing date

HQ Prince George
February 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser has notified its employees of the final closing date for the Houston mill.  The mill will be officially closing it’s doors on May 9th. Mayor Bill, Holmberg explains, “Everyone got their letter on Friday. So 90 days from that date the mill will be shutting down. There will be a little bit of leeway as far as what they end up with inventory at that date. but that is the date that they have all been given notice of.”

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Louisiana-Pacific Posts a Loss on Drop in Selling Prices

Oriented-Strand Board Segment, the Largest Top-Line Contributor, Posts Revenue Drop of 5.5%
Wall Street Journal
February 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. said it swung to a fourth-quarter loss as the construction materials company’s largest segment posted a drop in selling prices. The company’s oriented-strand board segment—its biggest top-line contributor—posted a 5.5% decrease in revenue to $229.8 million as volume increased 17% and prices dropped 20%. Louisiana-Pacific said it indefinitely curtailed one of its oriented-strand board facilities because of current market conditions. The maker of engineered-wood products had previously indicated that it had seen its performance improve in recent quarters as the U.S. housing market continued to strengthen.

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Pulp mill’s future

Letter by ARCH ROBINSON
The Examiner
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

FOR some time now I have been trying to understand why both major political parties are so enthusiastic about the pulp mill. While it is said to use state-of-the-art technology, perhaps for a kraft type mill this is true but, not for paper mills generally. It is an open loop process. It is polluting with the ocean outflow delivering highly toxic dioxins into Bass Strait and the waste burnt to generate electricity producing carbon dioxide. It will smell, they all do, with the two most offensive odours exempted from EPA specifications and control by act of parliament.?It will not employ large numbers to operate, any designer worth his salt will engineer out as much labour as possible.

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Green timber preferred overseas but not locally

China Daily
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forest farms and timber producers that have green certificates to trade internationally are having a difficult time selling their eco-friendly products on the domestic market. The certificates, issued to help consumers choose products that meet social and environmental standards, are not as sought after among Chinese consumers as they are in Europe. Chen Qinglai, a manager at Paiyangshan Forest Farm in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said the economic benefits of responsible and sustainable forestry have not been recognized yet in China.

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China’s lumber demand harms New Zealand’s sawyers

IHB
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the last two decades, the value of New Zealand’s forest products exports has more than doubled, mainly driven by log shipments to China. For example, in 2012, New Zealand’s exports reached US$ 3,75 billion as compared to only US$ 1,58 billion in 1992. Moreover, the value of log exports has more than tripled from 1992 to 2012: from US$368.89 million up to US$1.33 billion. Since 2008, the export value had increased by an average 22% per year. New Zealand is now the third-largest exporter of logs in the world,
after Russia and the United States, with an 8 percent share of the total
value of the world’s logs exports.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED v4 set to push green building higher

Journal of Commerce
February 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The introduction of LEED version 4 (v4) will take green building to the next level, announced the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). “We are pleased that LEED will continue to be adapted to Canadian standards and Canadian projects will be certified in Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, president and chief executive officer of the CaGBC. “LEED v4 presents the next generation of building rating systems with increased emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, building performance and material life cycle assessment. Introducing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is an important first step toward reducing environmental impacts from materials and enhancing public health.”

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Hardwood Plywood Group Asks Court Review of China Dumping Ruling

Woodworking Network
February 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood (CFTHP) filed a complaint against the United States in the U.S. Court of International Trade.  The complaint, which follows a related request last month for a summons, seeks judicial review of the decision of the International Trade Commission decision in the anti-dumping and countervailing duty decision of hardwood plywood from China. The complaint alleges the decision was not supported by substantial evidence on the record or in accordance with the law.

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Forestry

What the 3 Amigos should really talk about today: monarch butterflies

Globe and Mail
February 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States, International

The magic of the monarch migration from Canada through the U.S. and on to Mexico (and then back north over multiple generations) continues to be in existential jeopardy. Destruction of monarch habitats in Mexico initiated the threat to the iconic butterfly. But it’s no longer a crisis that gringos can blame solely on the illegal logging I witnessed in Michoacan, where monarchs overwinter.

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$18M project to tackle ‘imminent’ spruce budworm outbreak

New Brunswick one of the most forestry-dependent provinces in Canada, agency says
CBC News
February 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s forest industry will get help from an $18 million federal initiative to tackle what experts describe as an imminent outbreak of spruce budworm in the province. The Spruce Budworm Early Intervention, introduced in the 2014 federal budget last week, will see $18 million put aside to develop and implement the program over the next four years. A spruce budworm outbreak is currently occurring in Quebec, and new outbreak is imminent in New Brunswick, according to a press release from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which will lead the initiative in Atlantic Canada.

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After the Rim Fire, the surprising role of salvage logging

EDF
February 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I grew up in California, and spent parts of every summer and most winters enjoying the forests of the Sierra Nevada. As last summer’s abnormally intense Rim Fire suggests the future of this pristine alpine playground is in jeopardy. Prevention and recovery are the issues of the day, and the U.S. Forest Service recognizes the necessity for action. Salvage logging, it turns out, could save the day. 

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How Northwest’s Natural Resource Policy-Making Could Change

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The natural resource arena is losing two influential policymakers from the Northwest. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., recently announced he would not seek reelection after representing central Washington for 20 years. Hastings has served on the House Committee on Natural Resources since 1995 and as its chair since 2011. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., last week stepped down as the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Wyden held the chairmanship for a little more than a year and will now take what’s widely viewed as a more powerful position as chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.

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St. Joe Timberlands Certify Half a Million Acres to SFI Standard

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
February 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, DC –The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. is pleased to announce that over half a million acres of timberland owned by The St. Joe Company have recently been certified to the SFI Standard. The majority of the timberlands are located in Northwest Florida and have become a proof point for responsible forest management certification to the SFI Standard. St. Joe’s SFI certification is part of the SFI Forest Partners® Program.

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Forestry Services predicts high fire danger in Okla.

Associated Press
February 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials at Oklahoma Forestry Services are urging residents to avoid outdoor burning this week due to the dry, windy conditions present over a large portion of the state. Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler says the state has experienced a few weeks of moisture due to snowfall. But Geissler says warmer conditions have caused the state to dry out.

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