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Daily Archives: May 12, 2014

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Lumber’s $1.1-billion acquisition stymied by regulators

Business in Vancouver
May 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The $1.1-billion acquisition of Vancouver-based Ainsworth Lumber Co. appears to hit a wall with regulators. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced in September 2013 it was buying the B.C. company that manufactures oriented strand board. But Louisiana-Pacific CEO Curt Stevens announced in a May 8 earnings call that regulators have indicated they won’t allow the current transaction to proceed. “Therefore, to complete the transaction under its current terms, we may have to litigate with the regulators,” he said.

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Exported logs sustain B.C. forest industry

By Brian Frank, president and CEO, TimberWest Forest Corp.
Victoria Times Colonist
May 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Logs should be processed at home,” April 30.—The letter-writer iterates some assumptions about private forest land management on Vancouver Island that are worth correcting. At TimberWest, we want to continue to be able to provide jobs to workers on Vancouver Island, and it is only because we sell a percentage (about half) of our manufactured logs to foreign markets, that we are able to do so. In fact, jobs, economic activity, Crown land stumpage and tax revenues all grind to a halt without log exports. Why? Because domestic markets currently pay about half of what export markets like China do for the same log. Domestic log prices are below the cost of production and have been for years. So TimberWest relies heavily on export log sales to subsidize domestic pricing.

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Kineshanko earns honour

Vernon Morning Star
May 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Joanne Kineshanko smiled through her tears as she accepted the 2014 Woman of the Year Award presented by Vernon Women in Business Thursday evening. She was honoured for her commitment to the family business, Kineshanko Logging, which she built up with her late husband, Terry, her service in municipal government, community organizations, including the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation board and Whitevalley Community Resource Centre and many others. “I want to thank my mother for the example she set for me, and my family and my husband, Terry, who always supported me,” said Kineshanko. …As part of the forest industry, she has been involved with the Interior Logging Association, Canadian Women In Timber and Forest Renewal BC.

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Western Forest Products Releases Quarterly Earnings Results, Meets Expectations

Zolmax News
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products (WEF) announced its earnings results on Friday. The company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.06, StockRatingsNetwork.com reports. A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WEF shares. Analysts at Scotiabank reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Western Forest Products in a research note on Friday. They now have a C$2.60 price target on the stock. 

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Houston Forest Products Sawmill Closes Its Doors

CFTK TV
May 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over 200 Houston Forest Products sawmill employees punched out for the last time Friday as the mill readies to close its doors for good. “Lots of people are moving out of town. Lots of people are transferring to other mills,” explained 30 year HFP employee George Gagnon. West Fraser Timber announced last October that it would shut down its Houston operation come spring as part of a forest tenure swap with Canfor. Canfor’s Houston mill is staying operational, while West Fraser keeps its outfit in Quesnel.

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New partnership will provide feedstock for Canadian pellet mill

bioenergy Insight
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Representatives of Tolko Industries, Nazko First Nations and Pacific BioEnergy (PBE) have partnered for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. The agreement will provide additional log supply for Tolko’s Quest Wood sawmill, harvesting work for Nazko Logging and additional fibre for PBE’s wood pellet manufacturing plant in Prince George in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The timber will come from PBE’s mountain pine beetle salvage licence in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Tolko’s manager of external and stakeholder relations Tom Hoffman comments: ‘This agreement provides our Quest Wood sawmill with additional log supply for at least five years.

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Shooting victim attends funerals

Nanaimo Daily News
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many current and retired Western Forest Products mill employees attended funerals for their recently killed coworkers on Saturday, but one man who stood out was Tony Sudar, one of the four victims of the shooting. Sudar, WFP’s vice president of manufacturing, wore a dark suit and had just a small scab on the side of his face where he was grazed by a bullet two weeks ago. The gunman came up behind him but missed and hit his face when Sudar turned, hearing footsteps. Sudar said he is “doing fine, but today isn’t about me, it’s about Fred and Mike. “My heart is with them and their families,” he said.

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Energy costs keep chilling industry

Chronicle Herald
May 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Extreme energy prices” and a heavy demand on the grid forced Port Hawkesbury Paper to close for 20 days in the winter of 2014, said a mill spokesman this week. The cause was high winter prices for natural gas, which were a “challenge” for industry in this province, according to the mill’s development manager, Marc Dube. “We had planned to have 15 days downtime during the quarter,” said Dube, “but we had to have 20, because energy prices were beyond where we could afford to operate the business.” He said the lost production days, which were not in a single block, had a “negative impact” on the Point Tupper mill, which buys deeply discounted electricity from Nova Scotia Power Inc.

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Unifor, Resolute reach tentative deal

Kenora Online
May 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor members have reached a tentative agreement with Resolute. If approved by members, the agreement sets the tone for 10,000 workers at 40 operations across eastern Canada. The forestry company is hoping to add 200 jobs across the northwest, as markets for sawmills recover. The union was also hoping to improve benefits for pensioners. The deal must still be ratified by members. “This bargaining had to include two things: no concessions and economic gains in recognition of the sacrifices our members made in the past. We were able to achieve both. I am very proud of what our committee was able to achieve on behalf of our membership,” said Mike Lambert, Unifor Director of forestry.

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Exhibit lauds forest industry role

Fort Frances Times
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On May 14, 1914, the first roll of paper was produced at the Fort Frances mill. Sadly for our community, the last roll of paper to be made locally came off the same machine (#5) on Feb. 28 of this year. To give the past its proper send-off, the Fort Frances Museum has put together an exhibit that reflects not only the many changes to the industry, but the contributions made by hundreds of employees who worked in the mill or logging through the years.

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Help Wanted: Loggers for Tennessee’s $21 Billion Forest Industry

Nashville Public Radio
May 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Forestry groups are worried about a looming shortage of loggers. In response, Tennessee’s forestry association and other groups have signed a letter of support for a federal bill allowing teenagers to start logging at 16. Housing materials to paper production fuel Tennessee’s somewhat out of sight timber industry. But it’s significant. Bigger than Nashville’s entire music business, in fact, timber products generate some $21 billion a year. Ed Moore, a logger on the Tennessee-Alabama border, says not enough is being done to promote the trade.

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MP keen to keep forest jobs issue prominent

ABC News Australia
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forests Minister Leon Bignell has reaffirmed the South Australian Government’s commitment to forestry jobs in the wake of last month’s announcement that ForestrySA wants to cut about 100 jobs over two years. The Minister held talks with the Member for Mount Gambier, Troy Bell, and Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock, in Adelaide last week. Mr Bell says their offices are still waiting for the recommendations from the ForestrySA board but he is determined to keep the issue prominent.

More from Rural ABC News – Research the hope for forestry in South Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

With Powerful Backing, Green Globes Standard Advances at LEED’s Expense

Sourceable Industry News and Analysis
May 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Green Globes, the up-and-coming green building rating system that is supported by the timber, chemical, and plastics industries, has recently seen several favorable government decisions. Most recent is South Carolina enacting a law that prohibits using LEED v4’s materials credit on state-funded projects. The materials credit addresses materials—what they’re made of and where they came from—which LEED opponents said could harm the state’s industries. Green Globes is administered by the Green Building Initiative (GBI), based in Portland, Oregon. Now headed by Jerry Yudelson, a veteran figure in the green building movement, the GBI counts as board members several members of the timber, plastics, and chemical industries.

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Georgia Governor Deal Approves Use of Wood in School Construction

Georgia Digital Journal
May 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Governor Nathan Deal recently signed legislation that allows for greater use of wood materials in public school facilities, providing K-12 schools throughout the state with alternative, cost-effective, and sustainable design options. Senate Bill 301… removes language from the Georgia Department of Education Guideline for Educational Facility Construction that prohibited the use of light wood framing (or wood stud partitioning) and ordinary wood construction. The bill provides school administrators and design professionals with the option to use wood materials as a design alternative – a standard that is readily accepted in the International Building Code. …In addition to the cost savings, studies consistently show that wood outperforms other materials in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and global warming potential.

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Forestry

B.C. judge dismisses environmental groups’ application over endangered trees

BY CAMILLE BAINS, CANADIAN PRESS
Vancouver Sun
May 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed an application by environmental groups claiming the province fails to adhere to its own laws in protecting endangered coastal Douglas fir trees. Justice Gordon Weatherill sided with the government in ruling that the application for judicial review filed by the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions Society was premature. Weatherill said in a decision released Friday that the groups should have first applied to the Forest Practices Board, which conducts independent audits and investigations to determine if the province is complying with laws to protect endangered forests.

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Fight to provide greater protection of ‘at risk’ Coastal Douglas fir tree fails in BC

Vancouver Observer
May 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups in British Columbia have failed in their attempt to force the BC government to provide greater protection for ‘at-risk’ Coastal Douglas Fir trees and the vital ecosystems around them. The Western Canada Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions Society argued that the province has a statutory duty to protect the dwindling number of ancient trees from commercial logging. BC Supreme Court Justice Gordon Weatherill ruled that duty was discretionary, not mandatory. “This judgement on Coastal Douglas-fir confirms the deep systemic problems in B.C.’s forest management and shows that it is anything but sustainable,” said Valerie Langer, Conservation Director for ForestEthics Solutions. 

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Planning Montreal’s urban forest

Montreal Gazette
May 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — It’s a tiny, iridescent insect laying waste to millions of trees across North America. First spotted in Montreal in 2011, the emerald ash borer has forced the island’s municipalities to cut down hundreds of ash trees and invest millions of dollars to prolong the lives of others. This pest has also exposed the vulnerability of the island’s urban forest. The city of Montreal estimates 200,000 — one in five — of its publicly-owned trees are ash trees. After more than 1,000 were cut down this spring, some streets have lost nearly all of the trees lining their sidewalks. The situation is expected to worsen as the ash borer continues to spread across the island. Within 10 to 15 years, all the island’s ash trees could be gone.

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Liberal Government’s 24% Reduction To Ontario’s Forest Roads Program – Reckless

WaWa News
May 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Forest Industries Association was shocked to learn on May 1st that Premier Wynne’s 2014 budget was drastically cutting funding to an effective infrastructure program that creates jobs and supports local communities. The 24% reduction to the Provincial Forest Roads Program will negatively impact hard working families, most notable small, independent contractors in Northern and Rural Ontario. Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA commented, “The lack of warning from the Liberal government in particular the Northern Ministers is irresponsible.  …The late notice of reduced funds creates business uncertainty for Ontario’s forest product sector and puts into jeopardy planned road work and jobs.”

More from Northern Ontario Business – Forestry group angered by cuts to Crown roads budget

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Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires

Oregon Public Broadcasting
May 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As fire managers in the drought-stricken Southwest gear up for another long and expensive wildfire season, federal fire scientists are trying to better understand the physics behind what makes blazes spread. At a U.S. Forest Service fire lab in Riverside, Calif., a team of scientists is conducting daily experiments over the next few months on different fire behavior conditions. They hope to hand off their findings to fire managers, who have to make the quick decisions on where to deploy resources that could protect lives and property. The centerpiece of the lab is a 30-foot-long, 10-foot-high wind tunnel and inside is a layer of wood shavings meant to mimic a dry, forest floor.

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Canker disease threatens coast live oaks in California

Idaho Statesman
May 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANTA ANA, CALIF. — California’s coast live oaks are facing a big, new threat carried by a tiny, burrowing beetle. Foamy bark canker disease develops from a fungus hosted by western oak bark beetles — and it is very bad news for the stately trees. The Orange County Register reported Sunday that scientists in California have not seen the beetles carrying the fungus before. …The disease is raising concerns about both fire danger — dead trees offer powerful fuel for wild land blazes — and habitat loss.

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Weyerhaeuser fees will devastate rural communities

By Darcy Mitchem – former Director of the Weyerhaeuser Forest Learning Center
The Daily Lower Columbia News
May 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When I worked at Weyerhaeuser’s Forest Learning Center, we distributed a booklet titled “A Walk in the Woods.” It was published by the Washington Forest Protection Association, a timber industry group, and described the public benefits of private forests. It encouraged families to visit tree farms and to experience the woods first-hand — to walk, bike, and explore. Today that same “walk in the woods” requires a permit and a fee. Such pay-to-enter schemes will devastate rural communities on several fronts: economy, health, recreation, and quality of life. 

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Ministers Ignore Forestry as a Career

By Andrew McEwen, Registered Forester
Scoop Independent News
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

I am saddened by your 9th May media release EPIC challenge promotes careers in primary industries, in which you omit any mention of forestry. Forests and forestry are major contributors to New Zealand’s environment, economy and society. …The public image of forestry is probably the highly visible log trucks and the safety aspect of harvesting trees. These jobs are of vital importance to forestry and require skilled, experienced and safety conscious workers. But forestry requires many other skills and offers huge opportunities to school leavers. …My plea to you as Ministers and to your officials is to appreciate and promote the importance of forests and forestry to the New Zealand environment, economy and society and to encourage school pupils and leavers to understand the diverse, exciting and challenging career opportunities that they provide.

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Forestry worker had little experience

Radio New Zealand
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A young forestry worker killed by a tree he had felled himself had only limited experience and was working unsupervised, an inquest has been told. Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain has begun inquests into the deaths of Reece Reid, 23, and Robert Thompson, 43. Mr Reid died in the Tararua district after a tree fell on him, while Mr Thompson died near Thames after being hit by a hook when a rope snapped. Mr Reid had felled trees on only six occasions before he died, the inquest was told. However, his supervisor, Mike Thomas, said he believed Mr Reid was past needing close one-on-one supervision. Company owner Murray Clunie said supervision should last six to eight weeks for a novice forestry worker.

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Inquiry panel warns of danger of more forestry deaths

TV New Zealand
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An independent inquiry has given a grim warning that deaths in the forestry industry could treble if its recommendations are ignored. The safety review panel is about to release its first public consultation document into the deaths on the job of 32 men since 2008. A call by the Council of Trade Unions for greater regulation is on the table but nothing is locked down and the panel needs more information. The inquiry is having trouble engaging with people on the ground and says it needs bushmen to come forward to tell their stories. [Site includes short video file]

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