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Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces First Quarter 2014 Results

The Paper Index Times
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2014 first quarter EBITDA loss of $13.6 million. The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated EBITDA loss of $15.2 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA of $3.2 million. Corporate costs contributed $1.6 million to EBITDA loss.  After planned market downtime through to early March 2014, the Fortress Specialty Cellulose mill restarted production and continued to realize its swing mill capabilities producing 14,130 air dried metric tonnes (“ADMT”) of northern bleached hardwood kraft (“NBHK”) pulp.

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Student Conservation Association And Domtar Renew Partnership To Support Youth Service And Stewardship In US, Canada

Wall Street Journal
May 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

WASHINGTON – The Student Conservation Association (SCA) today announced it has renewed its North American partnership with Domtar, the Montreal-headquartered fiber-based consumer products company. The agreement extends Domtar’s support of SCA conservation programs which target under-represented local youth in US and Canadian cities, and positions Domtar as the exclusive sponsor of SCA’s annual “Got Dirt?” outdoor photo contest. Since 2012, Domtar funding has helped to create outdoor service and job opportunities for nearly 5,000 teenagers in urban areas. Hundreds of Domtar employees and SCA volunteers also have joined forces to preserve natural and cultural landmarks near Domtar facilities in the US and Canada.

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Contractor takes on West Fraser Forest Products

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

A Burns Lake contractor is taking on West Fraser Forest Products in a dispute over ownership of a rail line near the Houston Forest Products mill. Tahtsa Timber owner Klaus Posselt said he was fed up with being bullied by the forestry company over issues such as logging rates, changing terms of contracts and a general lack of communication. On March 13, he took matters into his own hands and positioned an excavator over a rail line on his property located just off Highway 16 in Houston. West Fraser does not have an easement to the rail line and has no rights to it. 

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Lumber Sector Driving B.C. Exports for Next Two Years: EDC Forecast

Press Release by Export Development Canada
Hydro World
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– A new forecast by Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s leading provider of financing and insurance for Canadian exporters, calls for British Columbia’s international exports to grow by 8 per cent this year and 7 per cent next year. The forecast notes that the forestry sector, notably on the lumber side, will be the main growth driver for the province for the next two years. The sector is predicted to grow by 15 per cent in 2014 and an additional 10 per cent in2015. The forestry sector accounts for the largest share of provincial exports, at approximately 35 per cent of the total. “In between the U.S. housing sector recovery and growing demand from China, B.C.’s lumber sector will be scarcely able to meet demand,” EDC’s Chief Economist, Peter Hall, said. “The sector’s ability to overcome those capacity constraints will be key to export growth in this sector. Chinese demand alone could grow to over CAD 600 M annually.”

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NCC to construct pulp mill with Södra Cell

Business Wire
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NCC has been commissioned to conduct earth, civil engineering and construction works in connection with the expansion of the Södra Cell Värö mill. The client is Södra Cell AB and the order is worth in excess of SEK 500 million. Södra Cell AB is investing billions of Swedish kronor in its pulp mill at Värö, between Varberg and Kungsbacka. Annual production capacity for pulp will be expanded from the current level of about 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons. As a result, Värö will become one of the world’s largest mills for the production of softwood sulfate pulp, which is used in such items as paper napkins and kitchen paper. Expansion of the mill will increase production capacity.

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Chip mill to end Gippsland timber contract

Eden Magnet
May 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The owner of the Eden woodchip mill has announced it will not be renewing its contract to purchase timber from state forests in East Gippsland, when the current agreement expires at the end of 2014. South East Fibre Exports general manager Peter Mitchell says international market pressures are the major reason behind the decision, and that company shareholders are yet to give SEFE any final direction on its next move. Mr Mitchell said that while the announcement is a “serious development”, it does not signal an imminent closure for the chip mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BuildingGreen to Present Green Globes vs. LEED Analysis

May 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LEED has 37 times more certified projects than Green Globes. LEED recently clocked three billion square feet of space, while Green Globes is barely a blip. LEED has close to 200,000 accredited professionals; Green Globes has less than 1,000. Despite all that, interest in Green Globes is at an all-time high, fueled in part by frustration at perceived costs and complications of LEED. Does Green Globes offer a viable alternative, or is it—as critics have argued—a particularly insidious form of greenwash?

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Forestry

Tree-planting becoming full-time employment for youth

CBC News
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Tree-planting has been a popular money-making gig among students for decades, but for Brontie Hladysh, it’s more than a summer job. In a tight job market, it has become the way she makes her living and finances her travels. And she’s not alone. With the challenges facing graduates who are trying to find scarce entry-level positions in the professions they’ve studied for, tree-planting companies are seeing a shift from predominantly student planters who are looking to make tuition and rent money, to more young people who are making it their full-time career….And with the current youth unemployment rate for Canadians ages 15 to 24 at 13.6 per cent, tree-planting has become an appealing profession for those who are willing to put up with the less-than-ideal conditions.

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British Columbia Not Obliged to Protect Endangered Forests

Environment News Service
May 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A British Columbia Supreme Court decision undermines government claims that B.C.’s forestry laws are among the strongest in the world, environment groups said Friday, after losing a court battle to protect the province’s last old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir forests. In a case brought by two nonprofits, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the ForestEthics Solutions Society, the court ruled Friday that the B.C. government is not obligated by the Forest and Range Practices Act, FRPA, to protect the province’s remaining endangered old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems or any other species at risk.

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Terrace forest fire crew dispatched to Nass

Terrace Standard
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Terrace firefighters are currently battling a 50-hectare fire in the Nass valley that is burning in a vacant forestry cutblock. The Terrace Firebirds unit crew comprised of 20 members, as well as an initial attack crew of three, are tending to the fire which they say is under control and not a threat. “The crews are on the ground but we are feeling confident that we will have fairly high success on the fire. We are in there with pumps and hose working to contain it and mop it up,” said Wildfire Management Branch spokesperson Suzanne Pearce. 

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Moratorium on logging in slide-prone areas sought

The Lower Columbia Daily News
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An environmental attorney on Monday asked Washington state to adopt an emergency rule to temporarily ban logging around landslide-prone areas in the wake of the deadly Oso disaster. Testifying at a meeting called by the Forest Practices Board, Peter Goldman of the Washington Forest Law Center said new guidelines for proposed timber harvests near landslide hazard areas “are welcome steps in the right direction, but they’re hardly enough.” Under the requirements issued Friday by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, applicants who want a harvest permit will need to provide a detailed site review by a qualified geologist if the state determines that logging near unstable slopes could affect public safety.

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Sustaining Northern Hardwood Forests–Are We Doing What We Think We’re Doing?

Michigan Tech News
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Northern hardwood forests give many gifts to many people. Natural beauty, recreation, a source of lumber, wood pulp for paper products, raw material for biofuels. They also generate jobs and sustain rural economies. There’s a system in place for assuring the productivity of northern hardwood forests. It’s called the selection silviculture system, a method of using partial harvests done to a strict formula to sustainably manage the trees. It’s been around centuries, and it works. There’s only one problem. A study by Michigan Technological University researchers found that the system generally isn’t being used.

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Kiwis urged to talk about forestry deaths

New Zealand News
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As painful as it is, families of those killed in the forestry industry are relieved a Coroner’s inquest into two deaths is underway. Maryanne Butler-Finlay’s husband Charles had more than 27 years experience under his belt when he was killed on the job last year, crushed by a falling log. She’s sitting in on the Coroner’s inquest to support other families in her position and says while it’s an emotional experience, finally action’s being taken. 

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New sustainable forestry management standard

Scoop Independent News
May 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new standard provides forest owners and managers with environmental, economic, social, and cultural criteria that support the sustainable management of forests.New sustainable forestry management standard A new standard provides forest owners and managers with environmental, economic, social, and cultural criteria that support the sustainable management of forests. NZS AS 4708:2014 – Sustainable forest management is a voluntary standard that may be applied to any forests being managed for the production of forest products and forest services, whether native or planted forests. 

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Trees offer economic lifeline

Standard Media
May 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees are not just good for the environment; they are good for the economy. They are not just aesthetically appealing, they are economically enriching. The higher the forest cover, the better the economy. Finland has a forest cover of 19.1 million hectares, which is 55 per cent of the country. In 2006, Finland’s forestry sector contributed $10.3 billion to the economy, which is approximately 5.7 per cent of the GDP. In the same period, Kenya’s forestry sector contributed $368.2 million to the economy, approximately 1.7 per cent of the GDP.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Concerns raised over quality of wood supply for Point Tupper biomass plant

Cape Breton Bureau
May 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Business owners in Cape Breton who rely on the forest for a living say high-quality hardwoods are making their way into Nova Scotia Power’s biomass plant in Point Tupper, consuming a wood supply that instead should be available for value-added businesses such as flooring and lumber. David Fraser of BA Fraser Lumber in Margaree Valley, Inverness County, says he is seeing fewer quality saw logs and he blames it on Nova Scotia Power’s policy of getting the most amount of biomass fuel for the cheapest price.

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White House Report says Climate Change Increases Forest Vulnerability, but Adaptive Management can Help

USDA Blog
May 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Forests significantly contribute to our quality of life, but climate change is adversely affecting natural resources in rural and urban areas across the U.S. A new report released by the White House, the National Climate Assessment, explores many related issues including how a warming planet affects our forests. With contributions from U.S. Forest Service scientists, the report is one of the most comprehensive examinations of climate change and its effects on forested land. It concludes that a warming climate will complicate future management of public, private and tribal forests.

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New living lab experiment at SU studies climate change impact on trees

WRVO
May 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Last week’s federal report on climate change puts the spotlight on how increasing global temperatures will affect the world. One Syracuse University professor is trying to localize that by creating a climate garden on campus that will show the effects of climbing temperatures on trees in central New York. It looks like any other well-tended landscape on the Syracuse University campus. Some evergreens, a couple of flowering trees, all wrapped around the Life Sciences Complex. But this landscape is special; it’s part of an experiment by the biology department to chronicle how climate change is affecting certain tree species in central New York.

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FFIF: The forest industry plays a central role in the bioeconomy

Lesprom Network
May 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Finland’s first national bioeconomy strategy has been unveiled. Finland’s first national bioeconomy strategy is a step towards a more sustainable economy and the attainment of a low-carbon society. The forest industry plays a central role in the bioeconomy, as the industry’s entire operations are based on products manufactured from renewable and recyclable natural resources, as the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. 

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General

BuildingGreen to Present Green Globes vs. LEED Analysis

May 13, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

LEED has 37 times more certified projects than Green Globes. LEED recently clocked three billion square feet of space, while Green Globes is barely a blip. LEED has close to 200,000 accredited professionals; Green Globes has less than 1,000. Despite all that, interest in Green Globes is at an all-time high, fueled in part by frustration at perceived costs and complications of LEED. Does Green Globes offer a viable alternative, or is it—as critics have argued—a particularly insidious form of greenwash?

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