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Daily Archives: February 28, 2014

Business & Politics

China imported logs and lumber for a record nine billion dollars in 2013, with North America, Russia and New Zealand being the major suppliers

Wood Resources International LLC
Fort Mill Times
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, International

Importation of logs and lumber to China reached a new record in 2013 with lumber imports being up 19% and log imports increasing 23% from 2012, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. North America, Russia and New Zealand were the major supplying countries but Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Chile and Australia saw the biggest increases in market share China’s importation of softwood lumber was 19 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012 reaching a new record high. 

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Forestry firm uses heads to show anti-bullying support

Prince George Citizen
February 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A northern B.C. industrial company turned the colour pink on its head Wednesday. On the day commemorating anti-bullying, Conifex Timber Inc. made sure their employees were expressing their pink support no matter what their workplace setting happened to be. “Altogether we purchased 550 pink hardhats – one for everyone in the company,” said Conifex executive vice-president Pat Bell, who learned to wear his pink pride openly while an MLA for Prince George. 

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International Paper Ranks No. 1 in Forest and Paper Products Sector on FORTUNE’s List of the World’s Most Admired Companies

The Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

International Paper today announced that it has once again been named as the No. 1 company in the Forest and Paper Products sector in FORTUNE(R) magazine’s annual ranking of “The World’s Most Admired Companies(R) 2014.” This is International Paper’s 11th time in the last 12 years to top the FORTUNE(R) list in this sector. …”This recognition reflects the exceptional talent and commitment of International Paper’s leaders and our 70,000 employees around the globe,” said John Faraci, chairman and chief executive officer. “They continue to deliver quality and innovation for our customers and solid financial results for our shareholders. Congratulations to all our employees.”

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German sawn softwood exports lowest since 2004

TTJ Online
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Exports of German sawn softwood in 2013 fell to their lowest levels since 2004, according to new figures. The German Sawmill and Wood Industry Association’s (DeSH) preliminary estimates for 2013 show that exports fell to 6.3 million m3, the lowest since 5.5 million m3 was recorded in 2004 and well below the pre-recession peak of 9.3 million m3 in 2007.
German domestic sawn softwood consumption rose 328,000m3 to 18 million m3 and domestic sawmill production was up about 1% to 20.2 million m3. 

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Primary sector exports continue to boom

Sunlive.co.nz
February 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Last week, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced the latest primary sector figures show primary sector exports this year look set to rise by nearly $5 billion more than originally forecast. Log prices have increased by 30 per cent in the second half of 2013 and forestry firms are expected to take advantage of higher international prices by increasing harvest volumes. This will lead to an additional growth in returns of $800 million in 2013/2014.
This is good news for Tauranga, as the Port of Tauranga handles most of the log exports from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

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Forest Stewardship Council Pulls Ikea Certification for Violations

Triple Pundit
February 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has withdrawn its certification of Swedwood, a forestry subsidiary of furniture giant Ikea (which also goes under the names Swedwood Karelia and Ikea Industry). According to the FSC, a recent trip to the Karelia Forest in Russia revealed that the company has been harvesting old-growth trees in the protected regions of the Russian forest, which is located near the Russia-Finland border. The subsidiary has leases to log 700,000 acres, as long as it does not cut down old-growth trees and trees in specified areas. According to FSC’s report there were “major deviations” from regulations that included the suspected harvesting of 600-year-old trees.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Trim adds decorative new dimensions throughout home interiors

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…the right trim products can add arrestingly elegant and bold decorative elements throughout home interiors. High-quality cellular PVC trim from Kleer Lumber, a division of The Tapco Group, is an innovative, versatile solution that can do exactly that. …Kleer trimboard, moldings and sheets offer the rich authentic style you desire. Apply these products anywhere you would traditionally use wood throughout the interior – without concerns about moisture or insect damage because Kleer’s cellular PVC material is impervious.

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‘This is not your grandfather’s paper mill’: Innovation offers hope to Maine’s paper and pulp industry

Bangor Daily News
February 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East

…two speakers [at a forum sponsored by E2Tech], countered negative headlines with positive stories of innovation and economic vitality at their mills — one pulp, the other paper. “Today you’re going to be wowed by a 150-year-old mill that has come back and is really very, very strong,” Donna Cassese, manager of Sappi Fine Paper’s mill in Westbrook, told the audience. Interestingly, it’s Maine’s oldest operating paper mill that is leading the way on the innovation front. As a reflection of how far innovation has taken the mill, Cassese likes to say her mill doesn’t even make paper anymore. “We do not sell paper, we sell texture,” she said. The mill now produces 40 percent of the world’s supply of release paper, which is used by Sappi’s customers to provide the texture on products like soccer balls, shoes and high-end clothing. 

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Stora Enso continues investments in pulp mill project in China

IHB The Timber Network
February 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Stora Enso is strengthening its partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of developing its state-of-the-art plantation, board and pulp mill project in Guangxi, China, the company announced in a press release. IFC has agreed to invest in an equity stake of RMB 356 million (EUR 43 million) in the project, representing a 5% shareholding in the project. Stora Enso will continue to own 83% of the project, with the remainder owned by Guangxi Forestry Group Co. Ltd and Beihai Forestry Investment & Development Company Ltd.

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Forestry

Campbell River’s managed forest land policy should be fair

Campbell River Mirror
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Catalyst was fighting for survival of its Elk Falls Pulp mill in 2008/2009, it explained to the Campbell River’s city council that “the industrial tax burden in our community is not viable. A fair and equitable solution must be reached.” To many of the very same councillors of Campbell River’s municipality, TimberWest’s presentation on Jan. 29 must have seemed like déjà vu. The city council was not listening in 2008/09 but, of course, we were going to be a community for retirees and tourists. Now residents bear about 98 per cent of the city’s total tax burden.

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Woodlot near Chemainus passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Halalt First Nation’s forest planning and practices on forest licence W1632, near Chemainus, on Vancouver Island, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “We are pleased to see that most planning and practices complied with requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair.

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Letter to Premier Wynne: Don’t help radicals destroy our towns

February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dear Premier Wynne:  Our collective objective in writing this letter is to express in the strongest possible terms our opposition to the proposed Bill 83, also known as “anti-SLAPP legislation.”  …As mayors of boreal towns in Ontario, we can tell you that our communities, and by extension our families, have faced considerable hardship over the last decade. In particular, we have seen increasing opposition to forestry activities and a related reduction of available fibre under the guise of environmental protection, with little consideration of the economic and social needs of our communities.

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Canada – fighting the legal clamp-down on dissent

The Ecologist
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Richard Brooks spoke out against the destruction of Canada’s publicly owned boreal forests and loss of caribou habitat. His reward – a $7 million lawsuit from the country’s biggest logger, Resolute. We are facing an assault on knowledge, and in an age where knowledge is power, this is putting people at a disadvantage. Government scientists, environmental groups and concerned citizens are falling victim to an imposed cone of silence.

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Art Meets Conservation at Couple’s Grey County Farm

CNW
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Jim H. Louie and Judy Lowry’s 135-acre Grey County property is a quick study when it comes to revealing the couple’s two passions: art and trees. Their farm, located just south of Owen Sound, is surrounded by an assortment of young and old native tree species, some of which border picturesque trails. Also on display are colourful, beautifully-crafted sculptures and pottery – on and around their approximately 600-square foot art studio, situated just behind the couple’s home. Art aside, Dave Taylor, an associate registered professional forester and friend, confirms: “they’re tree huggers!”

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Letter to Premier Wynne: Don’t help radicals destroy our towns

February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dear Premier Wynne:  Our collective objective in writing this letter is to express in the strongest possible terms our opposition to the proposed Bill 83, also known as “anti-SLAPP legislation.”  …As mayors of boreal towns in Ontario, we can tell you that our communities, and by extension our families, have faced considerable hardship over the last decade. In particular, we have seen increasing opposition to forestry activities and a related reduction of available fibre under the guise of environmental protection, with little consideration of the economic and social needs of our communities.

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US government research team rejects claim that Yellowstone grizzly bear population in decline

Associated Press
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS, Mont. – A government-sponsored research team has concluded there are no signs of decline among Yellowstone’s grizzly bears as officials consider lifting the animals’ federal protections — despite warnings from outside scientists that such a move would be premature. Members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study team say in a new study that data collected on the threatened bruins over the past several decades contradict claims that the animals could be in serious trouble. 

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Suit is filed to block project

Alliance says lynx not included in survey
Great Falls Tribune
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block a forest logging/prescribed fire project in the Little Belt Mountains, alleging the U.S. Forest Service failed to properly survey the area for the presence of elusive lynx, listed as threatened, and other old-growth species. “Lynx are hard to find,” said Mike Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. “They are secretive animals.” In the Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project, about 1,100 acres would be treated with fire or logged east of Monarch in Lewis and Clark National Forest.

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Forestry Reported For Misleading Marketing

Press Release: Forest Stewardship Council
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

What does Lidl’s paper bags, Libresse’s sanitary towels and Arla’s milk cartons have in common? According to forest companies and the forest certification FSC, the pulp used in these products originate from responsibly and sustainably managed forests. Misleading marketing, says the organization Protect the Forest which now files a complaint to the Swedish Consumer Agency against FSC Sweden, SCA, Sveaskog, Stora Enso, Arla and Lidl. “FSC forestry respects people and the environment” says FSC Sweden in its brochure.

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Tasmanian Liberals pledge to release forest policy detail

ABC News
February 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Liberals have promised to release more detail about how they intend to scrap the forest peace deal, but will not say when. Forestry policy is one of the main points of difference between the two major parties, heading into next month’s election. The agreement to halve the state’s forest industry includes federal funding to manage new forest reserves. Liberal spokesman Peter Gutwein says a Liberal Government would return productive native forests to the industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate grants support transition from coal to biomass

MySteinbach.ca
February 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“Manitoba’s plan to increase biomass energy is creating good, green jobs in rural Manitoba and adding value for Manitoba farmers,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “We are reducing our carbon footprint while supporting the growth and long-term sustainability of many rural businesses.” …Tri J Industries, a sawmill near the town of Riding Mountain, received more than $32,000 to purchase processing equipment that will support its expansion into woodchip biomass.

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