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Daily Archives: April 8, 2014

Business & Politics

Lamphier: Analyst builds case for buying lumber stocks

Edmonton Journal
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

EDMONTON – After reaching skyward over the past two years, lumber stocks are suddenly getting (ahem) nailed. Sorry about the pun. But after watching shares of West Fraser triple over the previous 24 months, the recent slump must leave investors, um, pining for the good ol’ days. So what happened? A perfect storm, that’s what. The first quarter of 2014 is one most lumber producers would surely like to forget. First, the harshest winter weather in a century slammed parts of the U.S. Midwest and northeast, cutting into construction activity. 

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Terrace Bay Pulp fined $275,000 for fatal explosion

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More details about the blow tank explosion that killed one worker at Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. in 2011 emerged as the company had its day in court on April 4. The company pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable precautions, and has been fined $275,000 by the Ontario provincial court. The explosion at the kraft pulp mill occurred on October 31, 2011, while a hairline crack in the wall of a steel blow tank was being welded by workers employed by a subcontractor.

Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. fined $275,000 for fatal accident from CBC News

Press Release from the Ontario Government

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New Catalyst GM arrives, Chinn heads to Powell River

Alberni Valley Times
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A seasoned pulp mill specialist made a return to Vancouver Island last week to oversee operations at one of Port Alberni’s largest employers. Harold Norlund brings almost 30 years of experience in operating mills to the local Catalyst Paper facility. He replaces former general manager Fred Chinn, who transferred to Powell River recently to head Catalyst’s larger operations in the coastal community. Norlund’s goal is to bring “longterm viability” to Catalyst’s local mill in the face of tough international competition for the North American paper market.

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Tolko ALR proposal approved for pellet plant proposal

Lesprom
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko and Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group announce that the Agricultural Land Commission has approved the non-farm use of agricultural land to allow for the construction of the proposed Lavington Pellet Plan Project. The proposed $39 million pellet plant would be adjacent to Tolko’s Lavington mill and would generate upwards of 45 jobs in the community, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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New Crown Forest Policy Drives $16.8 Million Investments in the Forests, Mills and Suppliers – 74 Jobs Created

CNW
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) announced today that it will invest $16.8 million in northern New Brunswick, creating 45 new jobs and 9 construction-related jobs. The investments are being made in the forests JDI owns in NB as well as in upgrades to its sawmills in St. Leonard and Kedgwick. As a result of the new Crown forest policy, JDI is making a $6M investment in new forestry equipment from A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd in Balmoral, located in Restigouche County. This is in addition to a $16.5M equipment purchase made by JDI in December 2013.

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Report Card – Ontario College of Trades

Press Release
Ontario Home Builders Association
April 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) is awarding the Ontario College of Trades a failing grade on their first year performance as Ontario’s new authority for regulating skilled trades and apprentices. [to read the full release, click the top hit in the news page that will open when you hit ‘read more’]

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Domtar and Resolute take Safest Mill honors

Pulp & Paper Canada
April 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The safest pulp and paper mills in Canada last year were Domtar’s Windsor, Que., pulp and paper mill, Resolute Forest Products’ Thunder Bay, Ont., operation, and Resolute’s paper mill in Amos, Que. These three are the winning facilities in Pulp & Paper Canada’s Safest Mills in Canada contest.

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Ontario College of Trades marks one year anniversary

Consumer protection and promotion of skilled trades a priority
Ontario College of Trades
April 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

Skilled trades professionals and industry advocates [celebrated] the one year anniversary of the Ontario College of Trades and support its mandate to protect consumers and promote the trades. “For the first time in Ontario, the public can now confirm if a person working in a compulsory trade, whether he or she is an electrician or an automotive service technician, has the certification to do the job through a public register,” says CEO and Registrar David Tsubouchi. Tsubouchi was joined by hard working tradespeople who came out to show their support for the College, the self-governing regulatory body that allows skilled trades professionals to govern and regulate their own industry, a right that has been enjoyed by many other professions for years including teachers, real estate agents, nurses, travel agents etc. 

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Asia Pulp & Paper: When do you reward a company for reforming?

Ethical Corporation
April 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

APP deserves credit for stopping natural forest clearance, despite its late conversion to the cause, says Toby Webb. Asia Pulp & Paper’s recent shift from environmental villain to natural forest protector has been well documented. For 10 years the company was at the sharp end of one of the longest and most bitterly fought campaigns by conservation NGOs. Primary among these was Greenpeace, with Rainforest Action Network and WWF also very active. This campaign resulted in the company losing an unknown amount of business. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New technology pieces houses together like toys

by Barbara Yaffe: No fuss, muss or noise needed for homes
Vancouver Sun
April 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Now, a Quebec-based builder is promising a quicker, easier alternative to traditional wood-frame residential construction. …“Pieces are simply snapped together.” The technology uses a recycled steel frame that, the company says, is more stable and earthquake resistant than a traditional wood frame — it won’t rot or warp, and requires no interior load-bearing walls. Houses are built on a traditional foundation….Bovet advises the overall cost of a home works out to be five to 10 per
cent more than for a traditionally built home but is cheaper to maintain
over time.

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Brazilian artist to transform salvaged wood into furniture for Vancouver Biennale (with video)

Hugo Franca will be carving stumps and logs on Spanish Banks for next two weeks
Vancouver Sun
April 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wood speaks and Hugo Franca listens. The Brazilian designer and artist was doing a lot of listening to a 4,100-kg Douglas fir stump at Spanish Banks Friday morning. Weathered grey, the stump had a massive root that cascaded on the sand to one side. The stump was telling Franca what it wanted to be shaped into. That’s the poetic way of describing what Franca was doing. Practically, he was looking at its form to figure out how to transform it into public furniture for the Vancouver Biennale.

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Fredericton wood processor supplies guitar giants (& video)

Specialty Maples, located on St. Mary’s First Nation, sells to Gibson and Fender
CBC News
April 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A small wood processor on St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton is selling to world-famous guitar manufacturers Gibson and Fender. Specialty Maples is tucked away in a residential backyard and currently employs five people, but it supplies enough wood for almost 1,000 guitars a year. “We provide the back sets, the side sets, and we provide the neck pieces for them. And they do the magic, we just do the grunt work, basically,” said Richard Paul, who owns the business with his father-in law.

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‘Silicon Forest’ Could Gain New Meaning With High-Tech Uses For Trees

EarthFix
April 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Scientists at Oregon State University may have discovered a new high-tech use for the state’s abundant forests: the trees could play a big role in making energy storage devices. It’s the cellulose found in trees that scientists have zeroed in on. That cellulose could be a key component in something called supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are high-power energy devices with applications ranging from electronics to cars, aviation to alternative energy.
“We’re going to take cheap wood and turn it into a valuable high-tech product,” said Dr. David Ji, assistant professor of chemistry at Oregon State University. 

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Forestry

Are We Ready for Genetically Modified … Trees?

care2.com
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

That’s right, it’s more than just corn and soybeans. Scientists are now considering the genetic modification of trees. What need is there to modify a tree, you ask? Well, in an effort to grow more “sustainable” paper-yielding crops, scientists have figured out how to genetically engineer trees that require less chemicals, energy, and processing to produce pulp — as opposed to the current wasteful system. Attempts to alter trees in the past have been unsuccessful, leading to stunted growth or loss of strength. 

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Forestry’s herbicide use concerns residents

Alberni Valley Times
April 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This spring a logging company plans to use herbicide to eliminate maple trees from a clearcut near homes in the Sproat Lake area, but assured residents the minimal application will not adversely affect their health. “Our objectives for this application are to achieve a vigorous commercial forest crop by assuring release of our conifer trees from excessive competition of deciduous vegetation, predominantly maple and alder,” read a letter from Island Timberlands to homeowners living within 150 metres of the area to be treated with herbicide.

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We need to rethink how forests are managed

Letter by John Kimantas
Victoria Times Colonist
April 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Forest trusts would preserve the public interest,” April 4. Andrew Mitchell provides an excellent alternative to the B.C. government’s area-based logging plan, but “local forest trust” might be too vague. Perhaps, instead, look at how our forests should be managed. Imagine the government getting out of the forest business and handing trees over to B.C. residents. Say you and I each own 10,000 trees. How would we manage them? Some people might liquidate them for quick cash. Others might band together to start companies to tap the long-term potential. That requires the first step: a sustainable logging plan.

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Protesters Battle Industrialization of BC Parkland

250 News
April 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – A group of protesters opposed to the Clark government’s passage of changes to the provincial parks act is hoping to raise awareness of the changes and get the legislation repealed. Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act, was passed into law on March 24th. It opens the way for industry to venture into provincial parklands to conduct energy extraction, pipeline construction and research into things like transmission lines and other industrial activities in parklands.

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Forestry consultations slated for May 1 in Williams Lake

Williams Lake Tribune
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A consultation meeting on forest tenures has been set for May 1 in Williams Lake, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced on its website Monday. Stakeholders, who have been invited to meet with former chief forester Jim Snetsinger, who is leading the consultation should arrange a meetings by completing a Stakeholder Registration Form. People can check the in-person invitations page to see if their group is on the list. If someone is on the list but has not yet received an invitation, it should arrive in the mail soon. Lletters were mailed on April 1, the ministry noted.

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Forestry Forums Set

250 News
April 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.-As the Province moves to public consultation on its proposed switch from volume based tenure to area based in some regions, ( see previous story) two forestry forums have been set for this weekend. …Both will be looking at forest tenure and the main theme will be how forestry based communities can gain more control over this renewable resource. The forum organizers have put together a speakers list which includes a retired professional forester, an environmentalist, First Nations, labour representatives and local columnist and writer Peter Ewart.

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Time to let go of beloved Martin Mars bombers

Letter by Nancy Czigany
Alberni Valley Times
April 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Re: Community should buy the Mars water bomber (Alberni Valley Times, April 3) While I appreciate, and even share, the sentiments expressed by your correspondent, I feel that the opinion expressed it is just that – sentiment. The Mars bombers are an important part of the culture of our Valley and we regard them as “ours.” However, the McLean Mill is a part of our heritage and it pre-dates the Mars by nearly 100 years. Many taxpayers are opposed to the cost of keeping the mill running. Will taxpayers be willing to pay the upkeep to maintain the Mars as a tourist attraction? Probably not.

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No logging near Grassy this year

Before It’s News
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The impasse continues in the Whiskey Jack near Grassy Narrows First Nation. Last week, community leaders declared victory, saying they had stopped logging in the community’s traditional lands. However, the MNR disputes the suggestion there were ever plans for cutting in the area near the First Nation this year. They say the earliest would be next year, 2015, according to their long-term plan. This would mean after arguments are heard next month at the Supreme Court. Lawyers are expected to make their case before the highest court in the land in Ottawa. 

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New Emerald Ash Borer Rules Worry Forestry Expert

Blackburn News
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Forestry Specialist with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority feels a new federal plan to control the movement of the Emerald Ash Borer has the potential to have the exact opposite affect. The plan by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency would see all isolated areas in Ontario and Quebec that have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer consolidated into one large area. 

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Houston questions Crown wood application process

Atlantic Farm Focus
April 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Halifax, NS] – Pictou East MLA Tim Houston voiced his concerns in the legislature this past week (end of March) regarding access to Crown wood for a hardwood processing company in his (Nova Scotia) riding. Houston rose to ask if Minister of Natural Resources Zach Churchill had worked with New Brunswick-based Group Savoie in Westville to allocate Crown wood for their operation. …“As I’ve stated in this House before, there is currently a shortage of fibre in the Province of Nova Scotia,” he said. “Because of the current moment in the cycle of the growth of our forests, we are faced with a fibre challenge right now.”

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Bullock identifies 5.1M acres for restoration

AP
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont.— Gov. Steve Bullock has identified more than 5.1 million acres of national forest land in Montana as top priorities for restoration. The Democrat said Monday the forest areas he picked are declining in health, have a risk of increased tree deaths or pose a risk to public infrastructure or safety. The farm bill passed by Congress this year allows governors to nominate forest restoration priorities. Bullock says his aim in nominating 8,000 square miles from northwestern to south-central Montana is to increase the pace and scale of restoration and strengthen the role of citizen collaborative groups.

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Federal judge lifts hold on Lolo logging project

Associated Press
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. – A federal judge has lifted an injunction on a 2,038-acre logging project after the U.S. Forest Service provided more details on how it would affect threatened Canada lynx. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy removed his hold on the Colt Summit Project Friday after the agency satisfied his requirement to study the project’s cumulative effects on lynx. The project is a collaborative restoration effort in the Lolo National Forest about 10 miles north of Seeley Lake. Besides logging, the project includes decommissioning roads and treating noxious weeds.

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Investigative Documents Show Pilot Failed To Disclose Herbicides Used On Timberland

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The helicopter pilot at the center of an aerial herbicide-spraying controversy in Southern Oregon applied a far wider variety of toxic chemicals than what he originally reported, according to newly released documents. …Owen had indicated in a report he submitted to the Oregon Department of Agriculture that he had sprayed the clearcut with only Roundup Original – an herbicide commonly used by householders and landscape professionals alike.  But documents from the Oregon Department of Agriculture investigation conclude that in addition to Roundup, Owen applied seven other herbicides: Oust XP, Weedone LV6 EC, Element 4, Arsenal, Polaris AC, Accord XRT II, and crop oil.

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Forest certification improves social standards in Congo basin, research finds

CIFOR
April 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. New research from Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo shows that certified Forest Management Units (FMUs) — timber forest concessions managed by legally recognized industrial entities — are associated with improved working and living conditions compared with non-certified FMUs. “Our study shows that there is a strong association between the presence of certification and improved working and living conditions in and around certified FMUs in the Congo basin,” said Paolo Cerutti, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). 

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Protected forests to be opened up for logging in Tasmania as peace deal dismantled

ABC News, Australia
April 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Large swathes of protected forests will be opened up to logging by the new Tasmanian Liberal Government. The Government will introduce legislation to Parliament next month to repeal the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and set aside 400,000 hectares of forest reserves for future harvesting. But Cabinet has agreed to impose a six-year freeze on harvesting in a move designed to calm environmentalists.  Resources Minister Paul Harriss insisted the pre-election promise to rip up the forest peace deal would grow the industry.

Tasmanian forests set for logging as Liberals push ahead with repeal from The Guardian

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

From wood waste to valuable energy

Prince George Citizen
April 8, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was not long ago that northern BC was dotted with hundreds of beehive burners. Colocated with sawmills, beehive burners simply burned off excess waste wood that was a byproduct of manufactured lumber. While being simple and convenient, this process wasted all the energy in that wood waste. As the economy becomes more competitive, and as the industry must come to terms with less fibre supply, turning that wood waste into something valuable is becoming increasingly important. Luckily, there is a lot of raw energy in waste wood and combined with some innovative entrepreneurs in northern BC, it is possible to convert that raw energy into value added forms of heat, electricity and transport fuels.

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America’s Forests—The Climate Change Solution in Our Own Backyard

Woodworking Network
April 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Look outside your window and you will probably see one of America’s most potent climate solutions—that tree or forest right before you. Roughly 13 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are captured and stored by trees, from urban street trees to family-owned woodlands to vast forested landscapes. That nearly 13 percent is equal to the annual emissions from 227 coal-fired power plants! This week, the forest community and conservation leaders that comprise the Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) have delivered new proposals to the White House on ways that the United States can fully tap the power of forests to capture carbon dioxide emissions and protect natural resources, like drinking water, that are under threat from climate change.

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General

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Crow’s Weekly Market Report
April 7, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Lumber: A slow start to the week prompted western SPF lumber mills to again lower prices in search of sales. Significant down moves in futures Wednesday and Thursday weighed on the market. Buyers continued to perceive ample volumes available at western mills because of slow shipments. Despite removing significant buildups from inventories the week prior, an overall lack of demand forced Southern Pine lumber producers to again lower most dimension lumber prices. 

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