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Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

Business & Politics

Recovery at most North American forest and paper producers continued through 2013; results for Q1 2014 mixed

Financial strength of U.S. producers and product demand are driving large deals
CNW
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The recovery of the forest and paper industry continued through 2013 for the majority of North American forest products companies. Total revenues for nine of the largest US forest products companies increased 4.8% relative to 2012, while increases for selected producers in Western Canada and Eastern Canada were up year over year by 16% and 6.3%, respectively. Net earnings were also up for the majority of the North American companies in 2013. 

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B.C. appeal court rejects province’s claim to recoup $254,000 from CN Rail

The Canadian Press
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – B.C.’s highest court has rejected an appeal from the provincial government seeking $254,000 in lost timber revenue from CN Rail after sparks from a train ignited a wildfire near Ashcroft. Instead, the three-judge panel has ruled that CN must pay $11,000 in fines and $6,253 for the burned timber. The company has also been awarded legal costs. The July 29, 2005 fire that initially burned a hillside was believed to have been contained as the province deployed firefighters, tankers and helicopters. But it grew the following day to cover 40 square kilometres.

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CILA looking to attract mining workers to forest sector

HQ Prince George
May 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Central Interior Logging Association is hoping to attract new workers from the mining industry to forestry. With recent coal mine closures in Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge, those who are unemployed may want to enter the logging sector. Manager Rory Bradner says there has been a shortage of forestry jobs over the past few years and demand continues to rise.

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B.C. producers hurt by building season’s slow start in U.S.

Vancouver Sun
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Ultimately, the be-all and end-all, as we know, is the U.S. housing starts numbers, and just how robust this spring and summer is going to be. How rapidly U.S. housing construction awakens from a deep winter hibernation will determine how strongly B.C.’s lumber producers continue their recovery, according to new figures from the accounting and consulting firm PwC. So far this year, lumber producers have been hurt by both the poor weather and the Port Metro Vancouver trucking dispute that effectively clogged their supply chain for 28 days in March, making it a more challenging quarter compared with their U.S. peers, according to PwC.

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Workers expected to return to WFP mill today

Nanaimo Daily News
May 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sig Kwasinski intends to go back to work at Western Forest Product’s mill in downtown Nanaimo when it re-opens today. It’s the first day of work at the mill since the tragic events there last Wednesday that saw two workers killed and two more seriously wounded. Kwasinski has worked at the mill for more than 30 years and knew all the victims of last week’s shootings well. He said the full impacts of the event have not “fully set in” and he’s concerned about how he and his co-workers will react once they are back at the site of the crime.

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Bad signs in homebuilding & lumber

Natural Resource Report
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Prices are down some, and rental rates are up. This is not a very exciting Spring for wood products manufacturers. It would not take much to upset a fragile recovery. Recent lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets from selected years are compared. This month’s report is lackluster. Spring is approaching. Yet, lumber and logs have started to drop – albeit from record log prices. 

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Small town lumber business finds its place

Prairie Business
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — After an EF-4 tornado ripped through Northwood in 2007, leaving one man dead and destroying the school, as well as heavily damaging churches, businesses and houses, a local lumber company stepped up to help the community rebuild. For the next two years, business boomed for Meland Lumber, a local fixture since 1949 that occupies most of one city block in downtown Northwood. But the building renaissance ended.

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1 killed, 1 injured in pulp mill accident

WCTI12.com
May 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MARTIN COUNTY – One man was killed and another was seriously injured in a pulp mill accident on the Washington-Martin County line Monday, officials said. The accident happened at about noon Monday at the Domtar pulp mill on NC 149 near Plymouth. According to Neal O’Briant with the Department of Labor, a hydraulic line behind a worker became pressurized and burst. Officials believe the pipe then struck the employee, killing him, O’Briant said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Domtar Paper Fun Truck delights neighborhoods

“We created a ‘Paper Fun Truck’ to illustrate that paper remains a fundamental part of everyone’s life”
Pulp and Paper News
May 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Recnetly, Domtar presented the world premiere of a short film that shows what happens when the Paper Fun Truck pulls into your neighborhood. Patterned after the ice cream truck that most of us remember chasing down the street when we were young, the whimsically decorated Domtar Paper Fun Truck visited schools, businesses, retirement communities and even a Los Angeles area beach. People beamed as they showed their friends the gifts they received from the Paper Fun Truck’s window. The gifts ranged from coloring books to office paper, best-selling novels to cupcakes wrapped in paper.

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Forestry

Forest Week aims to take root in youth

Daily Herald Tribune
May 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 900 Grade 6 students from the Upper Peace area will take to the woods this week in as a part of Alberta Forest Week. The annual event is an important time for people such as Blaine Burke. Burke is an education and outreach officer with the provincial ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) and is in charge of co-ordinating Walk Through the Forest (WTTF). Burke co-ordinates several stakeholders, who set up at stations in the forest and teach lessons ranging from logging, silviculture, forest health, seedling planting, wildfires, tree identification and measurement, wetlands, wildlife and energy.

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NS: Forestry buzz — Cape Breton Privateland Partnership unveiled

The government and private landowners in Cape Breton launched a pilot project today in Port Hawkesbury that will help woodland owners become more innovative.
NS Daily Business Buzz
May 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

[SYDNEY, NS] – The government and private landowners in Cape Breton launched a pilot project today in Port Hawkesbury that will help woodland owners become more innovative. Government funding during the first year will be about $500,000 and will decrease to $250,000 per year once the partnership is fully established. “Forestry has changed and we need to identify new markets, new technologies and new products,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “Woodland owners are keen to move their industry forward.”

Program aims to improve links with private woodlots in Cape Breton from The Chronicle Herald

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New Crown forest plan criticized by ex-DNR ministers

May 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two former natural resources ministers are raising concerns with new forestry plan unveiled by David Alward’s Progressive Conservative government this spring. Jeannot Volpé and Morris Green signed on an open letter to the provincial government last week, expressing concern that small woodlot owners are not getting a fair deal. ?”Crown land belongs to all New Brunswickers, not to the industry,” said Volpé, who served as natural resources minister in Bernard Lord’s Progressive Conservative government from 1999-2003. 

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Letter: TreeAzin is protected thousands of ash trees from emerald ash borer

Montreal Gazette
May 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: “Montreal is wrong on emerald ash borer policy” (Opinion, April 29) We read with interest the critical comments and opinions expressed by Mayor William Steinberg and Trevor Lane of Hampstead, regarding the use of TreeAzin® Systemic Insecticide to protect ash trees infested with Emerald ash borer (EAB). As President of BioForest Technologies Inc., the company that manufactures and distributes TreeAzin in Canada, I would like to respond to some of their statements.

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Burning: Pollution and mismanagement

Letter by Karen Layman
The Missoulian
May 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Once again the U.S. Forest Service is burning out in the Ninemile area, the most over-managed land in Montana’s public forest. The pollution is so bad out there that it even reached Missoula this past week. It is a destructive and wasteful method of forest management. They cut out all the young Douglas firs, trying to create an open ponderosa pine monoculture in an area where that did not exist. They completely destroy any new growth and future forest. Then they burn it; killing birds, animals, habitat, wildlife food sources, soil, and more trees than they cut down. Quite often, deadwood is left all over after the burn, creating an even worse fire hazard.

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Flathead National Forest meetings not collaborative

The Missoulian
May 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The flow of citizen committee drop-outs continues, from the three county commissioners to the individual and group environmentalists, as Flathead National Forest team leaders and their contracted-for collaborative buffer team from the Meridian Institute prejudicially give preferential audience to the dominating, stifling, increasing-in-numbers committee members from the noisy, polluting, snowmobilers, motorcyclists, bikers, ATV and logging interests who want ever more access into the forest, to the detriment of the wildlife who live there.

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Coalition plan to strip Tasmania forest of World Heritage status was made without external review

The Sydney Morning Herald
May 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal government’s unprecedented bid to strip Tasmanian forests of World Heritage status was put together without any external advice, a Senate committee has heard. The original case to list 170,000 hectares of mainly forested land as World Heritage emerged as part of the most comprehensive regional forests review ever undertaken in Australia, the committee was told. …”Was there any peer review, any verification from outside at all?” Senator Milne said. “No,” Dr Dripps replied.

Cuts to world forest protections unusual from Perth Now

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New England Wood Pellet Acquired by Rentech

Woodworking Network
May 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES – Rentech Inc. has acquired New England Wood Pellet (NEWP), the largest U.S. producer of wood pellets for the U.S. heating market for $45.1 million. NEWP also has been a repeat target for the U.S. Occupatiional Safety and Health Administration, including being cited for combustible dust and other safety violations at its Jaffrey, NN, plant in December 2012 and March 2013. The 2012 violations stemmed from an October 2011 fire.

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Indonesian president issues call to arms for forests

May 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on his successor, who will take office in October, to extend a ban on the issuance of new logging licenses, saying “more remains to be done” to address unsustainable land-use practices in his country and across the region. Speaking to nearly 2,000 participants at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, Yudhoyono urged other countries in Southeast Asia to steer clear of a “self-destructing path of development.” 

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Indonesian president issues call to arms for forests

May 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on his successor, who will take office in October, to extend a ban on the issuance of new logging licenses, saying “more remains to be done” to address unsustainable land-use practices in his country and across the region. Speaking to nearly 2,000 participants at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, Yudhoyono urged other countries in Southeast Asia to steer clear of a “self-destructing path of development.” 

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General

New Crown forest plan criticized by ex-DNR ministers

May 6, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Two former natural resources ministers are raising concerns with new forestry plan unveiled by David Alward’s Progressive Conservative government this spring. Jeannot Volpé and Morris Green signed on an open letter to the provincial government last week, expressing concern that small woodlot owners are not getting a fair deal. ?”Crown land belongs to all New Brunswickers, not to the industry,” said Volpé, who served as natural resources minister in Bernard Lord’s Progressive Conservative government from 1999-2003. 

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