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Daily Archives: February 20, 2014

Business & Politics

Federal budget is welcome boost for forest industry transformation

News Release by The Forest Products Association of Canada
Pulp and Paper Canada
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has said that it appreciates the additional support for innovation and sector transformation in the latest federal budget. The association sees the support as a way to create jobs and solidify Canada’s reputation as a world leader in developing cutting-edge products from wood fibre. The budget includes an additional $90.4 million over four years for the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program that has already helped Canadian forest product companies develop world-first innovations, according to FPAC.

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A call for nominations — USDA Softwood Lumber Board

Winfield Courier
February 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting nominations from eligible industry members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board for a 3-year term of office beginning January 1, 2015. This Board administers a national research and promotion program for softwood lumber with oversight by USDA.? The Board meets throughout the year to review marketing and research activities and makes recommendation to USDA regarding its programs.? The national program is funded by assessments on U.S. manufacturers and importers that ship softwood lumber to the United States.? The purpose of the program is to increase the demand for softwood lumber within the United States.

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Canadian softwood lumber production up 5.4% to November

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

Canadian sawmills produced 22.726 bbf of softwood lumber in the 11 months of 2013 – an increase of 5.4% year-over-year from 21.569 bbf. Sawmills in British Columbia produced 11.821 bbf of the total – up 3.1% from 11.469 bbf a year earlier, while sawmills east of the Rockies accounted for 10.904 bbf, up 8.0% from the prior year (10.101 bbf). In November 2013, Canadian production was 2.021 bbf, a gain of 0.2% compared with the same month of 2012 (2.017 bbf), but 9.3% below output in October (2.228 bbf).

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Terrace Bay mill looking to hire

Fort Frances Times Online
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A two-day open house here to recruit employees for AV Terrace Bay more than 100 people last week, including many former Resolute workers. AV Terrace Bay in North Western Ontario, which is part of the Aditya Birla Group, India’s first global corporation, is focused on producing pulp products, with the intention of converting the mill to create specialty pulp products (dissolvable grade pulp), which will be shipped to viscose staple fibre plants worldwide to be made into textiles. Right now, the company is looking for millwrights, engineers, electricians, pipefitters, welders, managers, and other skilled workers to work at the pulp mill and on related projects.

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Mill working on clean-up, assets

Fort Frances Times Online
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the last roll of paper coming off paper machine #5 at the end of January, the Resolute Forest Products mill here continues to work on asset protection, with no updates from the company likely until at least April. Company spokesperson Xavier Van Chau told the Times last week that the focus right now is on clean-up and winterization of the mill. “A lot of quality work has actually been done in terms of protecting the assets, winterizing the assets, making sure that the facility is in mint condition,” Van Chau noted. “That’s where most of the focus is right now.”

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Over 300 Plum Creek Workers Face Cutbacks Because of Log Supply Issues

KGVO
February 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Many Plum Creek workers in western Montana were notified this week that they would be losing a fourth of their working hours. “Well out of the two plywood plants that we have, the one in Kalispell and the one in Columbia Falls, due to a lack of logs, we’ve cut back the current hours from a 40 hour work week to a 30 hour work week,” said Plum Creek Vice President for Northwest Resources and Manufacturing Tom Ray. “This is temporary. We’ve been fighting the weather since the fire season this last summer and we’ve really kind of struggled since then getting the correct amount of logs flowing again.” 

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Weyerhaeuser donates Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection to Tacoma foundation

Federal Way Mirror
February 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

After Weyerhaeuser courted proposals last year for one of Federal Way’s top cultural and tourist attractions, the company has donated its Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection. The collection – which features 60 miniature potted trees shaped by artists- will go to the George Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, a separate nonprofit corporation and supporting organization of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. The bonsai collection will remain at Weyerhaeuser’s corporate headquarters in Federal Way. …Visitors are welcomed year round, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, at 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Some market factors going in Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s favour

The Western Star
February 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is hoping for more good news today, but it already has some factors going in its favour in the constantly changing newsprint market. Interim Premier Tom Marshall will be making an announcement at the paper mill this afternoon and it is largely believed to have something to do with the $110-million loan the provincial government has on the table to help the company get through some of its challenges. If that is what today’s press conference is about, it will be the latest in a string of good news for the mill’s position in the marketplace.

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Forestry

Crown forest access will impact flora, fauna, experts warn

Further reducing amount of conserved forest ‘unjustifiable’
CBC News
February 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry experts are anxiously awaiting the New Brunswick government’s new strategy for Crown land use, saying that opening more conservation land to development could endanger the animals and plants that live there. Graham Forbes, a professor at the University of New Brunswick and director of the New Brunswick Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, is concerned that the province may allow companies more access to Crown land at the expense of conservation and species protection.

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Forest collaboration draws attention, support from Idaho’s delegation

February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Days after crews finished logging and thinning a forest north of Salmon in 2012 that had been planned and aided by the Lemhi Forest Collaborative Group, the Mustang Complex Fire burned into the area. The fire didn’t burn itself out, but the thinned area “provided firefighters with a safe place to work,” said Jenna Knutson, a member of the collaborative from Salmon. Firefighters were able to protect all the homes and keep the fire from reaching U.S. 93, a major route between Idaho and Montana. The Hughes Creek project also provided jobs and timber — albeit for a mill in Montana, since there is no longer a timber mill in that part of Idaho.

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Larimer hardest hit by pine beetle in 2013

Almost 90 percent of the destructive beetle’s spread in Colorado happened in Larimer County.
Coloradoan.com
February 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Larimer County was hardest hit in 2013 by a declining statewide mountain pine beetle outbreak, which has attacked millions of acres of lodgepole pine trees in Colorado, according to the annual Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests. Although scientists believe the mountain pine beetle outbreak is over — or has at least slowed — 98,000 acres of Colorado forests were attacked by the beetle in 2013. The majority of those, about 87 percent or 85,000 acres, were in Larimer County, according to the report put together by the Colorado State Forest Service at Colorado State University.

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Forest collaboration draws attention, support from Idaho’s delegation

February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Days after crews finished logging and thinning a forest north of Salmon in 2012 that had been planned and aided by the Lemhi Forest Collaborative Group, the Mustang Complex Fire burned into the area. The fire didn’t burn itself out, but the thinned area “provided firefighters with a safe place to work,” said Jenna Knutson, a member of the collaborative from Salmon. Firefighters were able to protect all the homes and keep the fire from reaching U.S. 93, a major route between Idaho and Montana. The Hughes Creek project also provided jobs and timber — albeit for a mill in Montana, since there is no longer a timber mill in that part of Idaho.

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Florida Forest Service finally conducting prescribed burns

Action News Jax
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Florida Forest Service is burning 1,400 acres at Bellmore State Forest. Their goal: to burn underbrush so wildfires have a more difficult time starting up. Helicopters hovered over flames in the State Forest– not to put out a fire, but to start one. They started a prescribed burn officials believe was needed. “There’s predicted to be 1,400 acres. It’s broken into tree, different sizes,” said district biologist Brian Camposano. The Forest Service sectioned off three parts of the Bellmore Forest to be burned. A forest spokesperson said wildfire season peaks from December to June. Prescribed burns will prevent wildfires from popping up.

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Forestry Investment Attracts Top People

Press Release: Forest Industry Engineering Association
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FIEA’s upcoming conference on forest investment is drawing delegates from top management positions in both New Zealand and Australia as the opportunity for early-bird registration offers closes at the end of this week. One of the reasons for the popularity of the Forest Investment and Market Outlook conference running in April in Melbourne and Auckland is the international keynote speakers. One of the keynote speakers at FIMO 2014 Gary Myers, managing partner at TimberLink LLC from Georgia, USA. 

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Forest model predicts canopy competition

Phys.org
February 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Out of an effort to account for what seemed in airborne images to be unusually large tree growth in a Hawaiian forest, scientists at Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science have developed a new mathematical model that predicts how trees compete for space in the canopy. What their model revealed for this particular forest of hardy native Metrosideros polymorpha trees on the windward slope of Manua Kea, is that an incumbent tree limb greening up a given square meter would still dominate its position two years later a forbidding 97.9 percent of the time. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Big retailers can’t meet demand for wood fuel pellets

Bangor Daily News
February 20, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The harsh winter and increased demand for wood fuel pellets has some big box retailers struggling to keep adequate supplies on store shelves, although Maine mills that produce the pellets are cranking them out steadily.“We are experiencing wood pellet shortages across the Northeast,” Tara Gudger, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s in Mooresville, N.C., said Wednesday. The shortages have affected the company’s 11 stores in Maine, she said.

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Europe: demand for wood pellets still huge in 2013

IHB
February 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

EU’s renewable energy policies have led to major changes in the European wood industry. The conversion of major power plants from coal to biomass, as well as the intensive promotion of using biomass in the heating sector, have generated a huge wood pellets demand in Europe. European companies have largely invested in building pellet plants in the United States to satisfy the increasingly domestic demand. Of course, there are some environmental issues: NGO’s, industry analysts or US government officials have complained that the US is destroying its forests to ”fuel” the European Union renewable energy projects.

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New Research Shows Tree Roots Regulate CO2, Keep Climate Stable

EcoWatch News
February 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Trees have become a source of continuous surprise. Only weeks after researchers demonstrated that old forest giants actually accumulate more carbon than younger, fast-growing trees, British scientists have discovered that the great arbiters of long-term global temperatures may not be the leaves of an oak, pine or eucalyptus, but the roots. The argument, put forward by a team from Oxford and Sheffield Universities in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, begins with temperature. Warmer climates mean more vigorous tree growth and more leaf litter, and more organic content in the soil. So the tree’s roots grow more vigorously, said Dr. Christopher Doughty of Oxford and colleagues.

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