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Daily Archives: April 4, 2014

Business & Politics

Our resources can help us build a better Canada

Kenora Daily Miner and News
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s natural resource endowment is unmatched. We are the world’s largest exporter of forest products, the third largest exporter of natural gas and the fourth largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food. Our country has the world’s third largest oil reserves and is a top ten producer of too many metals and minerals to list in this space. There’s a responsibility with this incredible inheritance. Canada’s natural resources can help a large portion of humanity to a higher standard of living. 

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Interfor To Make Name Change Formal; Atlanta a Regional HQ

Woodworking Network
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER, BC – International Forest Products says it will formally change its name to Interfor. Shareholders will vote May 6 to formalize the name change to Interfor, which has been its trade name for several years. It would chane its ticker symbol to IFP. “The change will provide a direct link to our traditional trade name and build on the successful rebranding efforts,” said CEO Duncan Davies. The new name is also consistent with Interfor’s U.S. subsidiary branding, which now account for more than 50% of production. Interfor plans to change its share voting procedure as well.

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Lumber exports look solid – COFI 2014

Woodbusiness
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest products manufacturers in BC can look forward to several years of solid growth and good pricing according to the opening session at this year’s Council of Forest Industries (COFI) annual conference. Held April 2-3 in Kelowna, the conference opened with the traditional market overview. Patricia Mohr, the well known VP economics and commodity market specialist at Scotiabank Group, and Glen Hodgson, senior VP and chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada outlined the global and BC economic outlooks for the over 400 industry delegates in attendance. 

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Babine Forest Products fined $1M for Burns Lake sawmill explosion

CBC News
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owners of the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C. have been hit with a fine of nearly $1 million by WorkSafeBC for the fatal explosion at the mill in 2012. The fine comes after the Criminal Justice Branch announced it wasn’t proceeding with criminal charges against the owners because of mistakes made by WorkSafeBC during their investigation. Two workers were killed and 19 others injured when the Burns Lake mill exploded back in January 2012. 

WorkSafeBC fines Burns Lake sawmill owners $1 million from Business in Vancouver
$1 million fine against Babine Forest Products for Burns Lake mill blast from the Alberni Valley News
WorkSafeBC levies $1M for Burns Lake blast from the Canadian Press

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Earnings jump for western Canadian forestry companies

Limited mill capacity could drive up lumber prices as demand increases
Business in Vancouver
April 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the weakening Canadian dollar and the recovering U.S. housing market push B.C.’s forestry into the black, analysts caution a turnaround in the industry could be bottlenecked by the production capacity of West Coast mills. Forest and paper-product companies based in Western Canada posted net earnings of $48.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with $10.6 million during the same period the year prior, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report released March 24. 

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B.C. investing $6.1 million to develop global markets for wood products

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of British Columbia is investing $6.1 million to build new markets around the world for B.C. wood products, including priority markets in China, Japan, India and South Korea. The funding is being provided to eight industry trade associations that operate market development programs in Asia, the United States, and other major markets, including Europe. Market development support is also being provided by the federal government, through Natural Resources Canada, and by industry….The B.C. funding announcement was made jointly today by Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, attending the Council of Forest Industries annual meeting in Kelowna …Through the joint delivery model, provincial funding of $6.1 million will be leveraged with additional contributions from industry and the federal government.

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Fine for Babine sawmill owners not enough, victims’ families say

Globe and Mail
April 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The widow of a man killed in the Babine sawmill explosion two years ago says the fines levied against the mill’s owners on Thursday amount to a shamefully low price to pay. Babine Forest Products is facing what WorkSafeBC describes as the largest penalty the agency has ever imposed – roughly $1-million – for the Jan. 20, 2012, explosion that killed two workers and injured 19 others. The fine includes a levy of $914,000 for compensation costs, and another $97,000 as an administrative penalty.

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Hardwood Buyers Search for Savings, To No Avail

Woodworking Network
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 136.8 million board feet in January 2014, surpassing the January record set in 2013 by 22%. Shipments were up 52% to China, 19% to Vietnam and 27% to the United Kingdom this January relative to last. Canada was the only Top 5 market to show a decline (-12%). Many exporters already had orders booked for much of the lumber that will come out of their kilns in April and even May, many with prices to be determined at time of shipment. 

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West Fraser Timber to buy Bibler Brothers lumber operation in Arkansas

Canadian Press
April 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, Canada

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has struck a deal to buy the Bibler Brothers lumber sawmill and manufacturing operations in Arkansas. The Bibler operation is about 130 kilometres from a sawmill that the Vancouver-based company recently acquired in Mansfield, Ark. and will be the fourth West Fraser operation in that state. The Arkansas acquisitions are part of West Fraser’s plans to expand in the U.S. South and Western Canada, where it has its base. Financial details of the Bibler deal were not released.

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Forestry economic impact: improved in 2013, looks better for 2014

UK College of Agriculture
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Kentucky’s forests are a significant component of Kentucky’s economy, and a University of Kentucky economic impact study by UK forestry experts found that 2014 looks bright for increased economic growth in the state’s forestry industries. Jeff Stringer, UK extension professor for hardwood silviculture and forest operations, Billy Thomas, extension associate for family forest education, Bobby Ammerman, extension associate for secondary forest industry, and Alison Davis, associate extension professor in the UK Department of Agricultural Economics, are the authors of the study released during a recent press conference at the Kentucky Forest Industries Association annual meeting at the Brown Hotel.

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Exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer to South Africa reach USD 10.79 million in 2013

Leading Architecture and Design
April 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Total exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer South Africa reached USD 10.79 million for the year 2013, according to a statement issued by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry. …“The acceptance of American hardwoods in South Africa has increased significantly in recent years. As the country’s joinery, furniture and flooring manufacturing base grows and as disposable incomes increase, AHEC anticipates that demand for U.S. hardwoods will continue to rise for the foreseeable future,” said Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.

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Sweden boosts softwood exports

Interforest
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sweden’s January exports of sawn and planed softwood were up 7% on the same month a year before, official statistics reveal. Exports to the UK rose 18.6% to 202,400m3, with 115,600m3 of planed, 48,600m3 of sawn pine and 38,000m3 of sawn spruce. Exports to Europe rose 4.7% to 573,100m3, and to China rose 35% to 39,400m3. Asian exports fell 6.9% to 141,400m3 and US sales fell 75% to 1,400m3. The average price was up 7.5% to SKr1,952. [END]

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Future of wood-frame homes is looking up

Province moving ahead with proposal to raise height to six storeys
The Toronto Star
April 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is paving the way to its own homegrown solution for building affordable new homes and businesses. That means local resources would be used to build safe wood-frame homes up to the proposed six storeys — currently, four storeys are allowed in Ontario. The height increase would bring new housing and rental options to our communities and vibrancy to our streets. The provincial government announced recently that it will move ahead with proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six storeys. 

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China announces anti-dumping duties on cellulose pulp imports

CCTV News China
April 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced on Friday that it will impose anti-dumping duties on cellulose pulp imported from the United States, Canada and Brazil. The duties will last for five years, starting from Sunday, the ministry said. According to the ministry’s final ruling, companies from the above-mentioned countries have dumped cellulose pulp on the Chinese market and such imports have caused substantial damage to the domestic industry. Anti-dumping duty rates for U.S. imports range from 16.9 percent to 33.5 percent, those for Canadian imports from zero to 23.7 percent, and Brazilian companies are subject to rates from 6.8 percent to 11.5 percent, with the exception of products from Bahia Specialty Cellulose, said the ministry.

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Could your next apartment be in a plyscraper? Government investigating hi-rise designs made of WOOD

Daily Mail UK
April 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wooden skyscrapers could soon become commonplace in American cities thanks to a $2m US Department of Agriculture contest. The buildings will use specially developed super strong wooden panels that could also be used to create emergency housing and shelters.
Several test ‘plyscrapers’ have already been built. The USDA believes that a four-story building made from mass timber would cut emissions to a degree similar to taking 500 cars off the road for a year.

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A paperless society? Not so fast

The internet was expected to make paper obsolete but in 2011, government offices in America used 122 billion sheets of paper
Gulf News Dubai
April 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Predictions of a paperless society have been bandied about for close to half a century, driven by an unbridled faith that technology would eliminate the need for something as old-fashioned as record-keeping on pulverised cellulose. …But does all this [technology] mean a paperless society is imminent? Hardly. …Net sales for Glatfelter have grown from $579 million (Dh2,217 million) in 2000 to $1.6 billion last year, and while that number is impressive, it is dwarfed when compared with the $27.8 billion in sales recorded in 2012 by International Paper, an increase of $1.8 billion over the previous 12 months for the world’s largest paper manufacturer.

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Forestry

Revelstoke forest industry: proposed federal mountain caribou recovery plan will be ‘catastrophe’ for industry

Revelstoke Times
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Revelstoke-based forest industry stakeholder group is joining provincial and regional forest industry associations in their opposition to a proposed federal plan to save mountain caribou. The Revelstoke-based Columbia River Wet Belt Group has joined the Council of Forest Industries and the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association in a warning that the recently-announced federal plan will have “devastating” and “catastrophic” impacts on the B.C. Interior forest industry, including here in Revelstoke. 

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Public input sought on forest harvesting changes

Prince George Citizen
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is seeking public input on possible changes to the way forest companies harvest timber on Crown land. The changes could include reducing the amount of “volume-based” tenure and increasing the amount of “area-based” tenure for harvesting and replanting Crown timber. Volume-based tenure is when multiple companies can harvest and replant in a large forested region, with changing responsibilities over the long-term. Area-based is when only one company has rights to harvest and replant in a smaller region of forest, and that doesn’t change much over time.

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Changes made in forestry dues system

Yorkton This Week
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of the Economy has introduced changes to The Forest Resources Management Regulations creating a dues system that is more market-based and consistent across the industry. “The proposed dues system builds on several important commitments of this government,” Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan said. “We are committed to steady economic growth, to providing a competitive business environment for the forestry sector, and to sustainable management and long-term health of Saskatchewan’s provincial forests.” 

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Peter Kuitenbrouwer: City apparently clear-cuts three metre hillside path to save Brickworks from floods

National Post
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Funny thing about the City of Toronto: It can tie the average homeowner in knots, should they seek to cut down their own tree, but cut down trees on city land with impunity. Case in point: Loggers in the past two weeks clear-cut a hillside in north Rosedale, taking out 120 trees to make way for a new “multi-use trail” connecting Chorley Park to the Brickworks in the Don Valley. The rationale for this latest logging exercise? The city says people working or visiting the Brickworks, at the bottom of the hill, need a quick way to evacuate to higher ground, should a flood come.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Alaskan Wolf Threatened by Old-growth Logging of Tongass National Forest

The Center for Biological Diversity
April 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SITKA, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Boat Company notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to file suit against the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf, a rare subspecies of gray wolf found only in the old-growth forests of southeast Alaska. In August 2011 the groups filed a petition to protect the wolves, which are at risk of extinction because of the U.S. Forest Service’s unsustainable logging and road-building practices in the Tongass National Forest.

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We need to realise forestry’s potential

The Scotsman
April 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DESPITE the Scottish Government’s backing for woodland expansion outlined in its forestry strategy, we are on track to fall short of its target of creating 100,000 hectares of new forest by 2022. A study carried out by SAC Consulting demonstrates why more needs to be done to meet those targets. It compared the productivity and economic impact of forestry within the Eskdalemuir area of south Scotland with hill farming, concluding that forestry is more productive and sustainable, less dependent on public subsidy and better for the economy. Yet planting schemes are still being met with strong opposition.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UBC researchers genetically engineer trees for easier biofuel, pulp processing

Business in Vancouver
April 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

What happens when you chop down a genetically engineered tree? It grows right back — at least in the case of a species modified by University of B.C. researchers who designed trees that are easier to break down into biofuel and pulp. “These new technologies, while controversial, have a potential to really leave our pristine, native forests alone and have dedicated forests for applications that don’t cause as many environmental issues,” said UBC wood science professor Shawn Mansfield, who spent a decade working on this project with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University.

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