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Daily Archives: March 27, 2014

Business & Politics

Canada wins ruling on softwood lumber charges

Canadian Press
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada says it has won an international ruling on export charges levied under the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement. Trade Minister Ed Fast says the London Court of International Arbitration has ruled in favour of the Canadian position that export charges should not have been applied after the termination of the 2006 agreement. The ruling impacts only producers in Quebec and Ontario. Fast says in a news release that Ottawa will now cease collecting export charges from producers and refund any that were collected after October 2013.

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Is there a right way to clear right-of-ways?

Terrace Standard
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While it has been pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the area’s economy, BC Hydro probably didn’t calculate the impression left by the burning of piles of wood along the right-of-way of its 344 kilometre-long Northwest Transmission Line. And with pipeline companies now planning to clear several thousand kilometres of their own right-of-way to supply natural gas to planned liquefied natural gas plants, the goal of securing broad public acceptance of major industrial projects might rest with how to better deal with the wood that will be cut.

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West Fraser Williams Lake: Outlook 2014

The Williams Lake Tribune
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over the last few years forestry companies have been active in salvaging mountain pine beetle-killed timber before the wood was too dead or rotten to be used to make lumber or plywood. What is less well known is West Fraser is also actively renewing forests in the wake of the beetle so that we can have healthy, sustainable and vibrant forests in the future. Our sawmill and plywood operations in Williams Lake are supported by a talented woods group responsible for regenerating new forests in the sites where forests were decimated by the mountain pine beetle. 

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Forestry Drives Housing Boom in Nanaimo (video)

Chek News
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Truck Loggers Association’s new president, Don Banasky is interviewed about the booming forestry industry on Vancouver island and the impact on housing construction.

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Tolko makes investment for the future

The Williams Lake Tribune
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko made the difficult decision to close the Creekside sawmill in 2012, but the decision became a turning point that enabled us to focus our attention on the modernization of our other two mills in Williams Lake. Today, both Lakeview and Soda Creek are undergoing transformations that will set the stage for improved operating efficiencies for years to come. Tolko’s commitment to safety and the environment is evident in the new equipment that’s being installed. Machine guarding is planned and installed in line with the latest evolution in safety standards.

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Vancouver port truckers reach deal to end strike

Port Metro Vancouver container truck drivers to be back at work Thursday morning
CBC News
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Container truck drivers servicing Port Metro Vancouver are expected to return to work on Thursday morning after reaching a deal to end a prolonged strike. Late Wednesday afternoon, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced an agreement was reached between the members of the United Truckers Association and Unifor and the province, the federal government and Port Metro Vancouver. …The dispute between the truckers and the port largely focused on issues related to pay, including rates, unpaid time spent at the port waiting for cargo, and allegations of undercutting within the industry.

Vancouver port truckers reach deal to end strike from The Canadian Press
Les Leyne: How the port truckers strike was settled from The Victoria Times Colonist

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Greenpeace stunt aimed at Resolute Forest Products

Pulp and Paper Canada
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greenpeace and Resolute Forest Products have stepped up their public relations battle again, with the environmental group staging a display on Mount Royal in Montreal, and the forest products company defending itself with information about forestry practices in the Boreal region. On March 18, Greenpeace activists decorated the Mount Royal cross to look like scales of justice, with one side displaying the logo of Resolute Forest Products, and the other representing the Boreal forest, its communities and wildlife. 

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Canadian softwood lumber exporters to get refunds following ruling

The Canadian Press
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA – Canada says it has won an international ruling on export charges levied under the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement. Trade Minister Ed Fast says the London Court of International Arbitration has ruled in favour of the Canadian position that export charges should not have been applied after the termination of the 2006 agreement. The ruling impacts only producers in Quebec and Ontario. Fast says in a news release that Ottawa will now cease collecting export charges from producers and refund any that were collected after October 2013. 

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Quebec forestry industry says Ottawa putting it at ‘competitive disadvantage’

Globe and Mail
March 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec’s forestry industry says Ottawa is putting the province at a “serious competitive disadvantage” as the deadline approaches for an extension of the 2006 Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement. In an open letter to certain media outlets, the lobby group representing Quebec’s forestry companies says the Canadian government has failed to respond to repeated requests it live up to the spirit of the agreement by pushing the United States to agree to a bilateral review of the province’s stumpage system.

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Resolute Forest Products U.S., Inc. To Make Significant Investment In Calhoun Paper Mill

The Chattanoogan
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products U.S. will invest $105 million in equipment and building improvements at its Calhoun, Tn. pulp and paper mill. The announcement was made Thursday by Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and with Resolute Forest Products U.S., Inc. officials on Thursday. Resolute Forest Products, a top global paper products manufacturer, is one of McMinn County’s largest employers. Upon completion of the project, the company will create 25 new jobs over the next five years.

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Ice storm impacts S.C. timber industry

Charleston Regional Business Journal
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, S.C. — February’s ice storm, which damaged 1.5 million acres of South Carolina forestland, promises to disrupt the supply chain of the state’s $17.4 billion forestry industry. The storm, which struck just before Valentine’s Day, left a 170-mile-long, 70-mile-wide trail of timber damage through 21 counties, extending from the Savannah River to the North Carolina border, the S.C. Forestry Commission said. Roughly 11% of forestland suffered direct or intermediate timber losses, the commission said. The industry, which employs 90,000 workers, suffered $360 million in damages, the commission added.

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Prime Lumber Expands Kilns as China Demand Grows

Woodworking Network
March 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

THOMASVILLE, NC – Exports of hardwood are driving growth for Prime Lumber, which shipped more than 50% of it’s volume overseas. As a result, Prime Lumber the 2014 North Carolina Exporter of the Year by that state’s Department of Agriculture. Prime Lumber shipped more than 600 40-foot shipping containers overseas, which calculates to 8.5 million board feet. Overall the state exports $1.5 billion in forestry products.

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Pulp mill `to attract’ seven bids

The Examiner
March 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RECEIVERS are expecting seven bids to be made for failed timber company Gunns assets by Monday. The assets, including the Bell Bay pulp mill permit and site, and 96,850 hectares of hardwood and softwood plantations, went on sale in November. Monday is the deadline for final bids. KordaMentha spokesman Michael Smith expected all of the seven parties involved in the due diligence stage to make a final bid. Not all bids will include offers for the pulp mill. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

House Works: Engineered for success

How wooden I-joists, composite studs and engineered panels deliver better buildings
Ottawa Citizen
March 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

I often coach homeowners through building projects and to help them achieve a better renovation or new home I always mention “engineered lumber”. It’s gaining in popularity because it’s straighter, stronger and simpler to use than lumber sawn directly from trees. Engineered lumber is made from wood chips and strands of wood that are bonded into floor joists, beams, studs, trusses and other parts. As the size and quality of saw logs declines, engineered lumber means straighter, more predictable lumber, but there are other advantages, too.

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Donated lumber boosts Habitat project

The Daily Inter Lake
March 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek donated and delivered 700 manufactured lumber studs to the Habitat for Humanity build site Tuesday in Columbia Falls. The donation is crucial to the framing of two new Habitat homes at 5 and 7 Mitchell Way. Construction on these two homes is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks. Adjacent to the Plum Creek lumberyard, Habitat’s Columbia Falls Affordable Housing project, which began in May 2011, has 10 of 16 townhomes completed. With this donated lumber from Plum Creek, Habitat is one step closer to achieving the project’s scheduled completion of March 2015.

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Forestry

Future of forestry discussed at Whitecourt forestry symposium

Whitecourt Star
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With an eye to the past while looking to the future, Moving forward was the theme of a forestry symposium held last week in Whitecourt. Kicking off with an announcement that Whitecourt had once again been named Canada’s Forestry Capital for a second year, the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) symposium, held on Thursday, March 20 at the Westward Convention Hall, featured presentations from local government, industry, scientific and forestry management professionals discussing where the industry is headed in the next few decades.

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Forest firms cutting too early, says wood watchdog

Prince George Citizen
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The trees really are greener on some sides of B.C.’s forests. Prince George is one of the places where loggers are crossing too early over that line, in the view of B.C.’s forestry watchdog. The Forest Practices Board (FPB) announced that some districts around B.C. have dead pine trees still to cut, yet some forest companies have nonetheless felled significant amounts of green trees. The FPB report on the issue was released on Tuesday.

Forest Practices Board calls for lower cuts in mountain pine beetle areas a trees other than pine harvested from The Prince George Free Press

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Haida Nation and B.C. sign forest tenure agreement

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Province has signed a Forest Tenure Agreement with the Council of the Haida Nation fulfilling a major component of the historic 2009 “Kunst’ aa Guu – Kunst’aayah” Reconciliation Protocol. Under the agreement, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Council of the Haida Nation agree to establish an area based tenure on the east coast of Graham Island and Moresby Island on Haida Gwaii. Taan Forest Products Ltd. is invited to apply for a First Nations Woodland Licence.

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Overgrown Sierra forests gulping water that could flow to Valley

The Modesto Bee
March 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Numerous billion-dollar proposals to create more water storage in California are competing for attention and funding during this third year of drought. But there may be a less-expensive way to increase water flows into the Central Valley: Start thinning out the overgrown Sierra Nevada forests. Cutting down trees may not sound environmentally friendly, but researchers from UC Merced and elsewhere think that may be just what’s needed to restore forest health and increase water runoff.

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Concern Over Landslide-Logging Connection Near Oso Is Decades Old

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Saturday’s deadly slide was the latest in a long string of landslides to hit the area known as the Hazel or Oso slide along the North Fork Stillaguamish River. State and tribal officials have known about and tried to block landslides on that spot for half a century. Despite the known hazards, the slopes above the slide area have been clearcut multiple times. Clearcutting is known to aggravate the risk of deep-seated landslides like the one that destroyed Steelhead Drive neighborhood in Oso, Wash., on Saturday.

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Onalaska hosts Tree Symposium to inform public of Emerald Ash Borer

WXOW
March 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Emerald Ash Borer beetle is spreading in Wisconsin, and it has already affected the La Crosse area. At the Omni Center in Onalaska Wednesday was the 2014 Tree Symposium. The symposium featured multiple sessions for experts to educate the public on how the Emerald Ash Borer beetle has affected ash trees in Wisconsin. The Emerald Ash Borer, also known as “E.A.B.” originates from Asia and it has made a habit of infesting ash trees in Wisconsin since 2008. The E.A.B. infestation has increased since this time, as 30% of Wisconsin counties have been quarantined – meaning wood can’t be moved out of the county. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forth Energy pulls out of Scottish biomass projects

BBC News
March 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An energy company has pulled out of plans for three major biomass projects in Scotland. Forth Energy said it was not continuing with renewable energy projects in Grangemouth and Rosyth and was seeking new backers for the schemes. The plans for a plant in Dundee have been withdrawn altogether. The news came after key backer Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) announced it was pulling back from renewable energy projects.

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