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Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

Business & Politics

Major B.C. forest companies named in stop-work orders

By Gordon Hoekstra: Sawmills cited for wood-dust buildup in WorkSafeBC inspections
Vancouver Sun
March 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some of B.C.’s biggest forest companies continued to violate wood dust safety rules at their sawmills this winter, two years after a pair of deadly wood-dust fuelled explosions. Canfor, Tolko, Weyerhaeuser and Western Forest Products were among a list of 11 companies ordered to shut down portions of their sawmills because of excessive wood dust accumulations considered a risk for fire or explosion. WorkSafeBC issued 13 stop-work orders during inspections between November 2013 and January 2014, according to WorkSafeBC inspection reports obtained by The Vancouver Sun through a freedom-of-information request.

Sawdust threat prompting regulator to shut down BC sawmills from The Globe and Mail

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New Dickson Wharf awaits approval from TimberWest

Group ready to install dock after last year’s theft from Sproat Lake
Alberni Valley Times
March 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The future of a highly disputed dock on Sproat Lake is in the hands of the logging company that owns the shoreline by the attraction. What is popularly known as the “Dickson Wharf” has been rebuilt by a team of volunteers hoping to return the floating dock to Sproat Lake. The last float went missing on June 16, 2013, and any signs of its whereabouts are yet to be reported. TimberWest owns the portion of the foreshore where the Dickson Wharf was once connected. In December the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District requested that the logging company hand over the rights to the shoreline, providing the ACRD conducts a land survey for $6,000.

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Fortress Paper’s FSC Mill Restarts Operations

RTT News
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. said that its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill or the “FSC Mill” in Thurso, Quebec restarted operations after taking market downtime of 10 weeks. The company noted that the FSC Mill will be producing initially northern bleached hardwood kraft or NBHK pulp and expects to ramp-up to normalized production in about 15 days. The firm stated that the FSC Mill will continue to operate by swinging production between both NBHK pulp and dissolving pulp to best respond to changing market conditions, particularly in light of the interim anti-dumping trade duty currently imposed by China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Click here to read the press release from Fortress Paper

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Hardwood Checkoff Sponsors Call for Limiting Scope Of the Program, Excluding Industrial Grade Markets

Pallet Enterprise
March 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

After a number or large sawmills and industrial grade users have voiced their opposition against the proposed hardwood checkoff for trade promotion and research, the BRC announced its willingness to make some concessions to help ensure passage of the proposal. It appears that pallets, crossties and other industrial grade markets would be exempt if the proposed hardwood checkoff is adopted by the hardwood industry. The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) behind the initiative has called for some sweeping, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is likely to follow the BRC recommendations if it decides to even put up the hardwood checkoff for an industry vote at all.

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Tacoma’s Simpson paper mill getting a new owner

The News Tribune
March 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

One of Tacoma’s larger industrial employers, the Simpson Tacoma Kraft paper mill on the Tideflats, will soon be operating under new ownership. The mill, located between the Middle Waterway and the Puyallup River northwest of East 11th Street, is being purchased by Norcross, Ga.-based RockTenn Co. RockTenn is paying $343 million for the plant. RockTenn in a news release said it plans to invest $60 million in plant improvements over the next three years.

Georgia company agrees to buy Simpson Tacoma Kraft paper mill from The Puget Sound Business Journal

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Call to Set New Zealand Log Price

By New Zealand First Party
Scoop Independent News
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters is calling for a log price to be set to end the regional devastation that is occurring as sawmills close. “The jobs of another group of 400 workers are hanging in the balance with the announcement that Southern Forest Products has gone into receivership leaving workers, including 120 at Thames, nervously awaiting the outcome of a sale. “In the past decade more than 20 big sawmills, and many smaller ones, have closed with the loss of more than 1700 jobs. 

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Australian sandalwood sells for millions

ABC News, Australia
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The world’s largest producer of Indian sandalwood has signed a major contract with a pharmaceutical company, expected to be worth half a billion dollars. Tropical Forestry Services (TFS), which has plantations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, has secured a deal to sell sandalwood oil for $4,500 per kilogram for up to 20 years. It’s the first time the company has signed an official contract with a pharmaceutical company.

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UPM to install new specialty PM in China

Pulp and Paper News
March 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM’s Changshu mill currently has a total production capacity of about 920,000 tonnes per year of woodfree coated and uncoated papers UPM announces that it’s beginning construction of a third production unit at its Changshu mill in China with improved capital efficiency. The new machine will have a an annual capacity to produce 360,000 tonnes of speciality papers and labelling materials. The Changshu project was first announced August 7, 2012.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations and HiTech Communications Sign Distribution and Support Agreement for FPDatTM/FPTrakTM

FPInnovations
March 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada


Pointe-Claire, Québec – FPInnovations and HiTech Communications have signed a distribution agreement that authorizes the Newfoundland-based company to serve as the sales agent for the FPDatTM and FPTrakTM product line in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in Nova Scotia. In addition to distributing FPDat and FPTrak, HiTech Communications will also provide local technical support and installation services. This agreement will offer an advantage for end users in these two Atlantic Provinces as they will benefit from local points of contact.

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Forestry

Courts wrong place for rainforest battle, Crown says

Vancouver 24hrs
February 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As environmental groups returned to court Thursday in their lawsuit to protect the province’s old growth rainforests, the B.C. government argued the Supreme Court was the wrong venue to debate the matter. …“Who has the expertise here?” Justice Ministry lawyer Leah Greathead asked the court. “Our submission is clearly the court doesn’t have the expertise about the coastal Douglas Fir or Oregon grape plant community, and other factors – and the balance between ensuring there is an adequate timber supply and the conservation of such species.”

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Perry Ridge injunction extended

Nelson Star
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Nelson judge has extended an injunction against local members of the Sinixt First Nation and their supporters until June 30, preventing them from blocking a logging road in the Slocan Valley. Despite expressing reservations, BC Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan agreed to continue an interim injunction granted February 21 that expires today. Galena Contractors of Nakusp applied for the order after being prevented access to Perry Ridge, where they have a contract with BC Timber Sales to build an eight-kilometer logging road extension and in doing so harvest about 5,000 cubic meters.

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Firefighters ready for early wildfire season

Hinton Parklander
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters have finished up their training at the Hinton Training Centre and wildfire season is already underway as of March 1. Alberta’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has been starting wildfire season a month earlier for the past few years after noticing wildfires beginning earlier in the year. Of the roughly 1,200 wildfires in the province in 2013, most had started by the end of May (600 in May alone). Although only a fraction of the forest burned last year compared to the average, another damp summer is unlikely, said the ESRD. Permits are now required for any burning larger than a campfire in the Forest Protection Area, which includes the Yellowhead region.

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Grassy youth plan disruptions

Kenora Online
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Youth at Grassy Narrows are warning loggers about the possibility of disruptions, if clearcutting goes ahead this spring. Alex Hundert works with the youth group at the First Nation, and he talks about their position. “The plan is quite explicitly to cut everything that has been protected for the last decade by the logging blockade, and the people in the community from the chief down to the youth at the grassroots level are all saying ‘That’s not going to happen,’ ” Hundert says. 

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Tree disease found in Northern California county

The Associated Press
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, CALIF. — Scientists say a disease that kills oak trees along the California coast has spread into yet another county. California Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle said Monday that an outbreak of the Sudden Oak Death has now been identified in Trinity County. This makes 15 counties with trees infected by the disease that can be fatal if it spreads to the trunk. Lyell says the area has been quarantined.

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EIB supports the forestry sector in Slovakia with EUR 120 million

European Commission Press Release
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 120 million to finance projects contributing to afforestation, improved forest protection and management and the upgrading of agricultural infrastructure in rural Slovakia. EIB Vice-President László Baranyay, responsible for lending operations in Slovakia, stated: “I am very pleased that EIB funds will be used to finance forestry projects for the first time in Slovakia, a country where forests, which cover 40% of the land, have an important function. 

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MP seeks pre-election forestry funding pledge

ABC News
March 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The independent Member for Mount Gambier, Don Pegler, says he wants a firm commitment, before the state election, from the Liberal and Labor parties about the future of forestry funding. Mr Pegler says $10.5 million is yet to be allocated under the South-East Forestry Investment Fund. He says the region’s forestry industry must receive the money and it should not be put back into general revenue. “It employs a lot people, creates a lot of wealth in the area,” he said.

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China’s National Forest Certification System achieves PEFC endorsement

Lesprom Network
March 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The China Forest Certification Scheme (CFCS) was endorsed by the PEFC General Assembly after demonstrating compliance with PEFC’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks, a suite of requirements for covering a range of issues including standards development, sustainable forest management, Chain of Custody certification as well as certification and accreditation requirements, as PEFC said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. China currently has the highest afforestation rate of any country in the world, increasing its forest cover from 12% thirty years ago to more than 21% in 2013.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bio-Energy Conference to Look at Pathway to Prosperity

250 News
March 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It may be three and a half months away, but the agenda is being set for the International Bioenergy conference that will take place in Prince George in June. This is the 6th edition of the conference which takes place every two years and is the largest conference dealing with wood based bioenergy. In addition to national and international speakers from the bio energy sector, author Chris Turner and columnist Jeffrey Simpson will each present keynote addresses on issues of energy sustainability and the policy changes that will be needed to make bioenergy the key to sustainable energy.

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