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Daily Archives: April 25, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Ellen DeGeneres launching ‘Ellen Design Challenge’ reality show with HGTV

Realty Today
April 25, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Ellen DeGeneres, the popular talk show host … is reportedly launching a home design show titled “Ellen’s Design Challenge” with HGTV. DeGeneres will be producing the six-episode reality show, which will have six contestants. Each of them will be tasked with creating their own furniture in 24 hours with the help of a carpenter. The show will reportedly highlight DeGeneres’ passion for furniture. But interior decoration is not the only aspect the talk show host is enthusiastic about. She is extremely fond of architecture and real estate on the whole.

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Business & Politics

Forest products and gas will continue to fuel B.C.’s economy in the near term

CanaData
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Approaching the mid-point of the year, there is clear evidence that the tailwind of stronger global growth in general, and in the U.S. in particular, is making a significant positive contribution to growth in British Columbia. Indeed, the total value of exports over the past six months is up by 8.9% year-over-year compared to a drop of 5.5% year-over-year during the six months ending in February of 2013. Across major commodity groups, 55.3% of this increase in total exports was due to a 14.9% year-over-year increase in exports of forest products followed by an 11.7% year-over-year rise in foreign sales of energy products which accounted for 30.9% of the cumulative increase in total exports.

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Tembec announces conditional sale of land in British Columbia

Canada NewsWire
April 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell approximately 49,500 hectares of land located within the Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia, to Jemi Fibre Corp. for a price of $35 million. The Transaction includes a seven year earn-out provision pursuant to which Tembec would be entitled to additional payments of at least $2.1 million. …The Transaction is part of the previously announced BC Land Sale Initiative. The Company has set an objective of realizing up to $75 million in land sales by December 2014.

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J.D. Irving’s Crown forest contract made public

Deal setting out details of 25-year agreement tabled in legislature Thursday
CBC News
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A 25-year agreement between J.D. Irving Ltd. and the provincial government for the company’s forest operations on Crown land was released in the New Brunswick Legislature Thursday by Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud. The initial term is for 25 years, beginning on July 1, 2014. The contract calls for the company’s performance to be reviewed every five years and if it is found to be satisfactory, the term will be extended for five years.

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Domtar reports lower Q1 profit as special items take toll, revenue up slightly

The Canadian Press
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. missed expectations as its net income dropped 13 per cent due to weather-related issues, increased costs and a drop in productivity of some of its pulp and paper mills. The Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, earned US$39 million for the period ended March 31, compared with $45 million a year earlier.
Its net income amounted to $1.20 per diluted share, down nine cents from the prior year. Excluding certain items in both quarters, Domtar’s adjusted profits of net income was US$42 million after adjustments in the first quarter — below analyst estimates on both counts.

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New Brunswick forestry deal sparks criticism

The Canadian Press
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – The government of New Brunswick is giving away the key to the province’s forests in an agreement it has signed with J.D. Irving that increases the number of trees that can be cut on Crown land, the leader of the province’s Green party said Thursday. Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud tabled the agreement and told the legislative assembly he will also release the agreements the province has signed with other forestry companies when they are finalized in the coming weeks. 

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Weyerhaeuser Company Earnings: Will Housing Hurt Growth?

The Motley Fool
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

On Friday, Weyerhaeuser will release its quarterly report, and shareholders have been nervous lately about the forest-products REIT’s ability to weather a cold winter and keep boosting its revenue and earnings. With rivals Plum Creek Timber and Louisiana-Pacific aiming to take advantage of hoped-for expansion in the housing market and construction industry, Weyerhaeuser has to make sure that it can respond to changing economic conditions and capitalize on opportunities when they arise.

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Irving Woodlands LLC gives $1 million to UMFK

BDN Maine
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FORT KENT, Maine — Irving Woodlands LLC has pledged $1 million to the University of Maine at Fort Kent to enhance the school’s forestry research and education programs. The gift is the largest in the school’s history, according to a prepared statement from the company that was released on Thursday. “It builds upon the applied forest management program,” said UMFK president Wilson Hess, referring to an associate degree program in which students concentrate on forest firefighting or forest management. “The collaboration will not only support applied forest management, but related forestry and business management and geospatial engineering offerings.”

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Govt must save timber industry: NZ First

AAP
April 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Government intervention is the only way to save the timber industry, NZ First says.
Foreign log buyers with “bottomless cheque books” are starving local sawmills and forcing them to close down, says forestry spokesman Richard Prosser. Southern Cross Forest Products announced on Thursday it was cutting 79 jobs in its South Island sawmills because it couldn’t secure log supplies. Mr Prosser says his party wants a set domestic price for logs to ensure local sawmills can get enough of them to keep going.

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Timber assets of collapsed company Gunns sell for $330m

ABC News
April 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Sydney-based forestry investment company has bought the timber assets of collapsed Tasmanian company Gunns for $330 million. The ABC understands New Forests has bought the timber business, which includes Gunns’ plantations and access to the port in Burnie. The plantations produce about one million tonnes of woodchips a year. It is understood permits for the proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill were not included in the sale. The permits could still be sold but it is unclear whether there is an interested party. A spokesman for receivers KordaMentha has declined to comment.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

American Forest & Paper Association Commends Reinstatement of Paper Social Security Statements

Insurance News
April 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Forest and Paper Association issued the following news release: The Social Security Administration (SSA) took a step forward this week in reinstating communication options to millions of Americans who lack Internet access or choose to conduct their personal business on paper. …Citizens have increasingly been denied the option to access federal services and communications such as Social Security and tax documents and savings bonds in a paper format, which is problematic in light or recent survey results…

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Forestry

Interfor helps supply carpentry shop

Castlegar News
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

With school cutbacks in the news it is refreshing to hear of a community-minded corporation stepping up to the plate and helping out with essential school supplies. In this instance Castlegar’s Interfor plant has donated a lift of two-by-fours to Stanley Humphries Secondary School’s carpentry shop for the use in its construction class. …This donated wood will serve as part of the education for some future carpenters and construction workers. What comes around goes around as the expression goes. From tree to lumber to a building… to more, Interfor is giving a helping hand.

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Towering Vancouver Island tree officially second largest Douglas fir in the country

Canadian Press
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT RENFREW – As trees go, it is one colossal conifer. Tape measures confirm that a Douglas fir tree on Vancouver Island is officially the second-largest in Canada. According to the B.C. Big Tree Registry run by the University of British Columbia, the tree stands about as tall as an 18-storey building and has a diameter almost as long as a mid-sized car. Dubbed “Big Lonely Doug” by those who found it, it takes 11.91 metres of tape to wrap round the base of the enormous evergreen and at the top, the tree’s canopy spreads 18.33 metres across.

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Buyer found for Meadow Creek Cedar license

Nelson Star
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Cedar has told the Ministry of Forests it has an accepted an offer to buy the company’s license, which was facing cancellation. The company had a hearing before the district manager Thursday, but the cancellation has been postponed pending the conclusion of the sale. However, the ministry says it can’t comment on the potential buyer.

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Forestry revival

tbnewswatch.com
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The future of the forest industry isn’t nearly as bleak as it’s been for much of the past decade, industry experts say. While Don Roberts remains emphatic he wouldn’t invest in the pulp and paper industry, the president and CEO of Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd. on Wednesday said there is plenty to like about where the forest sector is heading in Canada and Northwestern Ontario. According to projections, Canada-wide the forest sector is expected to add 60,000 new jobs by 2020, a 25 per cent increase over the 238,000 jobs already in place. 

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City triples budget for ash borer battle

An estimated 1,119 trees will have to be cut down this year to slow the spread of the insect
Montreal Gazette
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Facing the loss of thousands of ash trees, the city of Montreal is more than tripling the amount of money it will spend this year to try to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer. The insect was first detected in Montreal in 2011, and since then 149 trees in the city have been confirmed to be infested. The insect’s larvae destroy the area of the tree under the bark that transports nutrients and water through the tree. Once that occurs, a healthy tree will die within two to five years, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 

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U.S. Forest Service Makes Learning about Invasive Species Easy for Kids

US Department of Agriculture
April 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Our forests are under attack. And the U.S. Forest Service is hoping that the Nation’s fourth and fifth graders can help fight back. The Forest Service distributed Insects Invade, a teacher’s package to 25,000 teachers nationwide. The teacher’s package includes 30 copies of a 12-page full color magazine called Insects Invade, a teacher’s page that has two lesson plans, as well as a comment card for feedback. The magazine was developed in conjunction with Scholastic Inc., a company that has delivered books, magazines and educational materials to schools and families for 90 years.

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AC to offer training for future loggers

KTRE
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LUFKIN, TX – People looking to learn a new trade will have a chance to do so with a 15-week logging program produced by Angelina College starting in May. The program, which starts May 5, will take place over eight weeks in the classroom and seven weeks with on-site training with equipment. Students will learn to operate up-to-date specialized harvesting equipment provided by Caterpillar, Inc. “There’s a great need for loggers in East Texas as it is one of the number one industries that we have,” said Susan Stutts, the assistant director of the Texas Forestry Association. 

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Untangling Brazil’s controversial new forest code

Science Codex
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Approved in 2012, Brazil’s new Forest Code has few admirers. Agricultural interests argue that it threatens the livelihoods of farmers. Environmentalists counter that it imperils millions of hectares of forest, threatening to release the billions of tons of carbon they contain. A new study, co-authored by Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists Michael Coe, Marcia Macedo and Brazilian colleagues, published this week in Science, aims to clarify the new law. Entitled “Cracking Brazil’s Forest Code,” the article is the first to quantify the implications of recent changes to the Forest Code and identify new opportunities and challenges for conservation. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Letter: Report misses positives of biomass electricity

by John J. Audley, president of Sustainable Northwest
Statesman Journal
April 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Partnership for Policy Integrity’s short-sighted report claims biomass electricity is inefficient, avoids regulation and threatens air quality. The author stigmatizes this beneficial fuel source by failing to report that thermal energy is one-third of U.S. energy demand and when used in combined heat and power (CHP) systems, biomass can be up to 90 percent efficient. She cites one power plant in Oregon but does not review 19 EPA-approved biomass boilers heating schools and hospitals with forest restoration by-products instead of oil, at a savings of $100,000 annually.

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Wood pellet boiler industry pushes changes for new heating systems

Bangor Daily News
April 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East

PORTLAND, Maine — In a nondescript warehouse on Presumpscot Street, around a dozen high-tech wood pellet boilers arrived this week from Denmark aboard a ship from Iceland, bound for installation in Maine. The winding journey took years to align, but leaders of the Portland-based Interphase Energy say the commercial infrastructure has developed enough for Maine’s burgeoning wood pellet industry to carve out its own niche in Maine and the Northeast. …A shortage in wood pellets at large retailers this winter should not be viewed as an obstacle to wood pellet boiler conversion, industry proponents say, because the problem was largely attributed to the unexpected cold. Orders placed were based on lower use in previous years.

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Amazon rainforest survey could improve carbon offset schemes

Science Codex
April 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon offsetting initiatives could be improved with new insights into the make-up of tropical forests, a study suggests. Scientists studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented detail of the size, age and species of trees across the region by comparing satellite maps with hundreds of field plots. The findings will enable researchers to assess more accurately the amount of carbon each tree can store. This is a key factor in carbon offset schemes, in which trees are given a cash value according to their carbon content, and credits can be traded in exchange for preserving trees.

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General

Weyerhaeuser Reports First Quarter Results

Timberlands reports highest quarterly earnings since 2006, excluding land sales- Strong operating performance despite unusually severe weather
Market Watch Press Release
April 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

FEDERAL WAY, Wash — Weyerhaeuser Company today reported first quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $183 million, or 31 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $2.0 billion. This compares with net earnings of $144 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $2.0 billion for the same period last year. Earnings for the first quarter of 2014 include net after-tax gains of $30 million from special items. Excluding these items, the company reported net earnings of $153 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014. The company reported no special items for the first quarter of 2013.

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