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Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper receives deferral on Investissement Quebec loan

Pulp and Paper News
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. has been granted a deferral on its upcoming principal payment under its $102.4 million project financing loan with Investissement Quebec relating to its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill. The company received, without penalty, a deferral of approximately $4.3 million in principal repayment which was payable in the second quarter of 2014.

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Canadian shippers seeking ways to work with railways to address transportation challenges

Canada NewsWire
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A group representing the shippers of more than 60 per cent of the goods moved on Canada’s rail system is urging the railways to work with them on a customer-based approach to improve service. The move comes a week after the federal government introduced its Fair Rail for Grain Growers Act – new legislation aimed at clearing a backlog of grain on Canada’s Prairies. While sympathetic to the immediate challenges faced by the grain shippers, a group of five national trade associations – including the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, the Canadian Steel Producers Association, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and the Mining Association of Canada – is concerned that a sector-by-sector approach will not address broader issues faced across the system.

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Conifex Stike Averted- Workers Accept Contract

250 News
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mackenzie, B.C. – A strike at the Conifex sawmill in Mackenzie has been averted. Members of the United Steelworkers union have voted 75% (correct) in favour of accepting a new contract. “There are a lot of happy people this evening” says Frank Everitt, President of the Steelworkers local 1-424. The vote was 120 in favour of acceptance, 39 against. This is the second time the membership has voted on the package. It was rejected the first time, as Everitt says there was some misinformation about the agreement. Steelworkers staff met with the membership on the weekend and cleared up any concerns.

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Darrington sawmill hopes to avoid shutting down

The Herald Business Journal
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DARRINGTON — The largest employer in Darrington hopes to avoid shutting down, but may be forced to do so temporarily after the Oso landslide blocked Highway 530. The Hampton sawmill in Darrington trucks in logs and ships out finished lumber, wood chips and sawdust, said CEO Steve Zika. The closure of the highway will cost the company about a half million dollars a month in added fuel costs and to pay for more truck drivers. “There’s a chance that if lumber prices keep dropping that we could take some downtime,” Zika said. “We’re hoping to avoid that.”

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Gunns’ assets attract six final bids, including two for pulp mill

ABC News, Australia
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Two companies have entered final bids for the Tamar Valley pulp mill project proposed by collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns. Gunns’ receiver, Korda Mentha, says six bids have come in for Gunns’ assets, including two for the mill. Bids have been received from companies in the US, UK, Australia and Asia. As well as the mill, four parties have expressed interest in Gunns’ forestry assets, including plantations and freehold land and a woodchip mill.

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New Treasurer pledges to keep Forestry Tasmania solvent

ABC News, Australia
April 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s new Treasurer insists the government will not let Forestry Tasmania become insolvent. The Government is not backing away from plans to axe a $95 million taxpayer subsidy from company, money it plans to invest in essential services. The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania’s Terry Edwards doubts the state-owned company will be able to stay afloat, if the funding is removed immediately. “If the decision is of the Government to immediately withdraw that funding support the answer is probably no,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FONOM all-in for mid-rise wood construction

Northern Ontario Business
April 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is pleased that changes are coming to the Ontario Building Code to allow for six-storey wood-frame buildings. FONOM said the regulatory change will should help boost the North’s forestry industry by creating a demand for wood products. FONOM said the changes also ensure that Ontario builders are presented with other alternative construction options and creates new opportunities for innovation and design while reducing the carbon footprint during the construction process.

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Forestry

B.C. announces plans to revamp its timber supply system for forestry firms

The Canadian Press
April 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the Liberal government is taking another shot at giving forest companies more rights to control British Columbia’s public forest lands, but he rejects criticism that the plan would privatize provincial forests. The move could dramatically change the way public forests are managed by granting lumber companies tenure rights, or logging rights, to large pieces of land. Companies are currently allotted timber harvest rights on a specified numbers of trees. 

BC government reopens timber rights talks from The Victoria Times Colonist
BC moving to restructure timber-management system from The Globe and Mail
BC takes second crack at expanding tree-farm licences from The Vancouver Sun

Press Release from the BC Government

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Alberta pours nearly $1B into wildfire prevention

Edmonton Journal
April 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is bracing for hectic forest fire seasons this year and over the next decade by pouring nearly a billion dollars into prevention and firefighting. “The weather in the province is changing,” said Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Robin Campbell at a Tuesday news conference. “It’s April 1, we’ve got snow on the ground and it’s still cold, but we’re always concerned about the risk of more fires happening just because of weather. We have no control over that.” Although the province still has heavy snowpack and cold temperatures, the forests can dry out quickly with high winds and sunshine, Campbell said.

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Forest pests suffer under long winter

CBC News
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The long winter on P.E.I. could be good news for the Island’s forestry industry. Forestry officials say it could help keep insect pests in check. Spruce beetles have been a problem for Island woodlot owners, and gypsy moths have been seen in the Charlottetown area. Insect numbers are on the rise, in part because of mild winters in recent years. But this year’s deep freeze could mean a high winter kill and fewer pests in trees this spring.

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Timberland Investment Resources Certify Over 600,000 Acres to SFI Standard

April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, over 600,000 acres of timberland managed by Timberland Investment Resources, LLC (TIR) have been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard. TIR’s investment footprint spans 14 states, with a significant presence in the southeastern U.S. … These certified lands, in addition to the over 500,000 acres recently announced by the St. Joe Company, put the SFI Forest Partners Program well on the road to achieving its 2014 milestone of certifying 5 million acres of forestland to the SFI standard.

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Tasmania set to allow logging in areas previously protected by peace deal

Will Hodgman says his government should unveil its alternative to the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement within the next week
The Guardian
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s new Liberal government is set to outline an expansion of logging in areas earmarked for protection, despite the forestry industry voicing its support for the peace deal that set out the reserves. Will Hodgman, the Tasmanian premier, is expected to unveil the government’s alternative plan to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, or TFA, within the next week. The new plan may allow for an escalation of logging in areas of forest due to be set aside for protection under the agreement.

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General

Timberland Investment Resources Certify Over 600,000 Acres to SFI Standard

April 2, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, over 600,000 acres of timberland managed by Timberland Investment Resources, LLC (TIR) have been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard. TIR’s investment footprint spans 14 states, with a significant presence in the southeastern U.S. … These certified lands, in addition to the over 500,000 acres recently announced by the St. Joe Company, put the SFI Forest Partners Program well on the road to achieving its 2014 milestone of certifying 5 million acres of forestland to the SFI standard.

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