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Daily Archives: February 24, 2014

Business & Politics

Lumber prices stay flat as wintry weather stifles pre-spring buying

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
February 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American lumber and panel traders reported a strong sense of pent-up demand throughout the market, even as demand waned this week and sales volumes were muted, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber Reporter. Players at sawmills and secondary distributors across the continent rated this week’s business as “five out of ten”. Continued terrible weather in important solid wood consumer centres was blamed for the stall in pre-spring buying.

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Steelworkers Ratify Deal At Six Interior Mills

250 News
February 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-424 have ratified a five-year agreement with six northern interior mills. Employees at Dunkley Lumber, Lakeland, Hampton Affiliates in Burns Lake (formerly Babine Forest Products), Stella Jones and West Fraser’s Houston Forest Products and Quesnel Plywood have voted in favour of the agreement, which sees a wage increase of 13-percent and cash payments of $3400 over the five-year term.

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Charges recommended in Prince George sawmill blast that killed 2

Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has recommended regulatory charges be laid in a sawmill explosion in Prince George two years ago that killed two workers. The agency sent the long-awaited Lakeland Mills report to Crown counsel on Wednesday, but Scott McCloy, a spokesman for WorkSafeBC, said he couldn’t discuss the recommendations in detail. “Those (recommendations) are for consideration of charges under the Workers’ Compensation Act, so these are not criminal charges they are regulatory charges,” he said.

WorkSafeBC recommends charges in Lakeland sawmill explosion from CBC News
Regulatory charges recommended for Lakeland Mills explosion from The Globe and Mail
No criminal charges pending in Lakeland explosion from The Prince George Citizen
Lakeland Mills Explosion: WorkSafeBC Recommend Charges from The Canadian Press

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No Comment From Lakeland On Possible Charges

250 News
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Lakeland Mills will not be commenting on the possibility the company may face charges in connection with a deadly explosion and fire at its sawmill in April of 2012 that killed two workers and injured 22 others. …A spokesperson for Lakeland Mills says company officials will not be offering any statement, other than to say ‘no comment’ because it’s a legal matter that’s now before the Crown. While it is not known just how long it will take for Crown to review the recommendations, a decision must be made before April 23rd to fall within the statute of limitations.

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Mill worker has an idea where infrastructure money should be invested

The Telegram
February 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Now that more money will soon flow into Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s operations, Paul Humber would like to see improvements in the flow of pulp stock going to the paper machines. That’s one area the president of Unifor Local 242, the union representing the mill’s papermakers, says needs attention by way of capital expenditures. One of the top priorities for the $110-million government loan for the mill announced Thursday, he said, should be the plant’s thermo-mechanical pulping (TMP) system. 

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Louisiana-Pacific/Ainsworth: Anti-trust review continues

EUWID
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A deal struck on 4 September that would see the US company Louisiana-Pacific acquire all outstanding shares in Ainsworth Lumber has yet to close. Both companies now do not expect the transaction to close until the end of the first quarter or some time in the second quarter of 2014 at the earliest, subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities. When the take-over plans were disclosed, the companies had thought the deal might close before the year’s end. Louisiana-Pacific and Ainsworth had eyed closing in the first quarter after competition authorities

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Boise Cascade says sales rose 18 percent in 2013

Idaho Statesman
February 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade Co. said Friday that sales reached $3.27 billion in 2013, with double-digit increases in each of its two divisions, wood products and building materials. Net income was $116.7 million. Comparable sales and profits for 2012 were not reported. The company didn’t go public until early 2013. For the fourth quarter, sales were $798 million, 15 percent above the same quarter in 2012, the company said. Net income was $9.8 million, or 25 cents per share. 

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Trus Joist closing tech center in Boise

Dozens of employees will have to choose between keeping their jobs and staying in the Treasure Valley.
Idaho Statesman
February 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Trus Joist began in a local barn more than 50 years ago, with an idea for engineered wood products. It grew slowly into a giant. Now, the company is losing a big part of its Idaho roots. Weyerhaeuser, which bought Trus Joist in 2000, told Boise employees last month that it will close its Boise Wood Products Technology Center on Amity Road east of Federal Way. Weyerhaeuser is moving work at that location into a tech center at its headquarters in Federal Way, Wash. The Boise tech center will be vacant by August, and the building will be put up for sale this year or in early 2015, according to Shannon Hughes, a Weyerhaeuser spokeswoman.

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West Coast Log and Lumber Exports Increased by 20 percent in 2013

Woodworking Network
February 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR — Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased by 20 percent in volume in 2013 compared to 2012, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. The total value of these exports also jumped, by nearly 37 percent for log exports and by 23 percent for lumber exports. “Demand from China is the major reason for the increase in west coast log and lumber exports we saw in 2013,” said Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist with the station who conducted the analysis and compiled the data. 

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Wisconsin senator, others say new farm bill should help state’s timber industry

Associated Press
February 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

APPLETON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin’s timber industry should benefit from the federal farm bill signed into law earlier this month and new funding in the nation’s budget, said timber advocates and members of the state’s congressional delegation. Low production in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has hurt the logging industry, according to Gannett Wisconsin Media, which reported that the U.S. Forest Service has cut only 755 million board feet of its allowable 1.3 billion foot cap in the past decade. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Next generation of LEED will be officially launched in June

Journal of Commerce
February 24, 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 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)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.

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Master builder bends wood to his will

February 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

North Delta engineer Gerry Epp dreams of Michelangelo. His head is filled with the glory days when engineers were architects, poets, builders and sculptors — when da Vinci and Michelangelo scrambled on scaffolds, calculated arches, designed cathedrals and conferred with craftsmen. “Michelangelo was a master builder,” Epp said. “There was no such thing as separate engineering. He was an architect, thinker, builder and instruction giver.” He was the perfect blend of art and science. And Epp, born into the separation of disciplines that started to appear in the late 19th century, wanted to turn back time.

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Master builder bends wood to his will

February 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

North Delta engineer Gerry Epp dreams of Michelangelo. His head is filled with the glory days when engineers were architects, poets, builders and sculptors — when da Vinci and Michelangelo scrambled on scaffolds, calculated arches, designed cathedrals and conferred with craftsmen. “Michelangelo was a master builder,” Epp said. “There was no such thing as separate engineering. He was an architect, thinker, builder and instruction giver.” He was the perfect blend of art and science. And Epp, born into the separation of disciplines that started to appear in the late 19th century, wanted to turn back time.

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Forestry

Timber inventory plan completes its first year

HQ Prince George
February 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests has completed year one of its ten year forest inventory plan. The plan is looking at the effects of the mountain pine beetle on the province’s 35 million hectares of trees. Forest Inventory Manager Pat Martin says the first year of the plan saw the ministry initiating new inventories in the Central Interior. “So for inventories that are just starting,” says Martin, “we begin by photographing the entire area from the plane, and use that to build the inventory, and in other cases the inventory is in progress.”

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The 2014 Budget Lockup: An Exposé on the Pageantry, the People and the Panels

Coast Forest Products Association
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For this years’ budget lockup, Rick Jeffery, our CEO of Coast Forest, told me he wanted an authentic, personal coverage of the event. He had in mind a blog story about the grandiosity of the traditional delivery of the new budget to media and stakeholders before its official announcement at the BC Legislative Assembly. He also envisioned a humorous description of how some of the biggest names in business and labour in our province ditch their professional decorum and elbow their way to the front of the media scrum for their chance to get their message across….While one very shrewd colleague described the budget as “anorexic,” I
found that most in natural resources had a similar view of this year’s
budget.

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Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway announces increased funding for eagle tree monitoring

Campbell River Courier Islander
February 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway set flight to the Mountainire Avian Rescue society’s Bald Eagle Festival Saturday. Jakeway announced in his opening address that Campbell River city council has approved an increase in funding to help an annual inventory and mapping of new and relocated bald eagle nest tree sites in the area, Jakeway said the funding would also allow for standardized nest monitoring by a qualified environmental professional. “The information collected will assist us in streamlining land use decisions, allow for regional comparisons of nest success and assist the provincial Conservation Officer Service with investigations in our area,” said Jakeway.

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Will the Asian long-horned beetle ravage the GTA’s trees?

The Globe and Mail
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s been a tough year for Mississauga’s trees: they were battered by extreme winds during last July’s rain storm and their branches were dismembered in December’s ice storm. Now they face quieter, but far more diabolical opponents. They are harbouring insect visitors, which likely arrived from Asia after larvae, each less than half a centimetre long, burrowed into the wooden pallets of shipping containers bound for Canada’s busiest airport. 

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NATURALLY: Deadwood brings forest alive

The Chronicle Herald
February 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Over the course of his forestry career, my father, a forest technician, woodlot owner, silviculture and harvesting contractor, has come full circle in his approach to dead and dying trees. Once considered a nuisance, he now sees deadwood as an essential component of a healthy forest ecosystem. A graduate of the Maritime Forest Ranger School in 1976, Dad began his career in silviculture as an early proponent of the industrial agro-forestry approach of the day. 

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Obama proposes change in paying to fight wildfires

New York Times
February 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

President Barack Obama’s annual budget request to Congress will propose a significant change in how the government pays to fight wildfires, administration officials said, a move that they say reflects the ways in which climate change is increasing the risk for and cost of those fires. The shift in wildfire funding is one in a series of recent White House actions related to climate change, as Obama tries to highlight the issue and build political support for his administration’s more muscular policies, like curbing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. On Monday, Obama plans to describe his proposal at a meeting in Washington with governors of Western states that have been ravaged by severe drought and wildfires.

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Robert Ehlert : Idaho delegation collaborates on forest fire disaster legislation

Idaho Statesman
February 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I kept looking for a mention or comment from Idaho astronomers this week after one of the most unusual alignments in the Gem State’s political universe occurred Wednesday in the Garden City atmosphere. Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson shared space with Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch behind a podium during a U.S. Forest Service gathering about the benefits and need for collaborative efforts to restore forests and maintain pristine watersheds. Everyone was engaged along with the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership to discuss new “fire funding legislation and collaborative land management projects, including job creation, in Idaho.”

On Forests, Idaho’s congressmen stand together letter from The Idaho Statesman

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Does Oregon have more than 1 million acres of ‘burnt land’ with millions of rotting trees? PolitiFact Oregon

The Oregonian
February 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The timber wars of the 1980s and the lawsuits they spawned brought logging on Oregon’s public lands almost to a halt. Even now, annual timber harvests are a fraction of what they were several decades ago. The issue of how much timber should be cut has flared up again as Congress wrestles with a plan, unveiled by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that could double harvests on more than 2 million acres of federal forests across western Oregon. Medford businessman Gordon Challstrom, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, wants harvest levels far higher than they are now.

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The limits of tolerance

Wyden’s O&C bill may be too timid to work; environmentalists blast it anyway
The (Roseburg) News-Review
February 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While coming out against U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s Western Oregon timber plan, Umpqua Watersheds has invited a debate over values. It’s a debate the timber industry should welcome. In a recent letter to Wyden, the Roseburg-based conservation group asserts that society won’t tolerate the White Castle timber sale or similar harvests. As proof, Umpqua Watersheds points to the tree-sitters blocking White Castle. “Now we know the limits to social tolerance for this style of forestry in this type of forest,” the letter states.

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Population Threatened By Beetle Resurgence

Utah Public Radio
February 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After years of work from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to secure the future of the grizzly bear population in the greater Yellowstone area, the species is under consideration for removal from the endangered species list. However, some experts believe the change of status may be premature because of a great threat to the bears’ environment. The 22 million acres are experiencing a resurgence of the mountain pine beetle as a threat to one of the grizzly’s main food sources, the whitebark pine.

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Liberia: Ex-forestry boss arrested for corruption

The Associated Press
February 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MONROVIA, Liberia — The former head of Liberia’s state forestry agency has been arrested and indicted for allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits that allowed foreign companies to exploit the country’s hardwood forests between 2006 and 2012. Moses Wogbeh, former managing director of the Forestry Development Authority was being held at Monrovia Central Prison Friday night, said Information Minister Lewis Brown, who told The Associated Press that a lawyer for the agency has also been arrested and seven other officials are being sought on the same charges. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tory pitches waste wood plan

Kelowna Daily Courier
February 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Conservative leadership candidate Rick Peterson on Friday outlined a B.C. waste wood strategy he says would create jobs in the forestry sector and help cut heating costs for rural homeowners stung by two-tier electricity rate increases from the Liberal government.
“I have been travelling around British Columbia for several few months, and Interior residents are just getting hammered by Fortis’s two-tiered billing rates,” said Peterson, a Vancouver businessman who began a three-day Okanagan campaign tour in Vernon before stops in Penticton, Kelowna and Salmon Arm. 

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Wood pellet prices in the first quarter of 2014 in Germany won’t get higher

Ukranian Biofuel Portal
February 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Having studied a number of sources, the experts of Ukrainian Biofuel Portal pellets-wood.com carried out a research regarding the wood pellet wholesale and retail prices movements on the German market for December 2013 – January 2014. The research provides the ability to examine the present market conditions and to predict the possible prices behavior for the first quarter of 2014. In 2013 wood pellet production rate increased in comparison to 2013 and amounted to 2.3 million tonnes. 

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