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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Froggy Foibles

Beaver ‘still at large’ after falling tree damages SUV

QMI Agency
July 29, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Police in northeastern Prince Edward Island say a beaver is “still at large” after it gnawed a tree so badly it fell and smashed a Quebec family’s passing SUV on Saturday afternoon. The parents in the front and their one- and two-year-olds in the back weren’t injured when the tree fell and struck their SUV just as it was driving past on Route 16. The Toyota Rav4 had significant damage to the roof, windshield and a cargo box mounted to the roof.

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Forestry

Peter Foster: Greenpeace stands for delay, delay, delay

Told to file a defence in Resolute case, Greenpeace instead files appeal
Financial Post
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Greenpeace Canada continues to squirm to avoid coming up with a defence against Resolute Forest Products’ $7-million lawsuit alleging “intentional interference with economic relations;” that is, trying to destroy Resolute’s business by pressuring its customers Last Friday, lawyers for Greenpeace sought leave to appeal the decision of the Divisional Court of Ontario (which had rejected an earlier appeal and told Greenpeace to file a defence, plus pay costs). The case has significant ramifications for whether radical NGOs will be allowed to continue to spread misinformation, trample over corporate reputations, and destroy business and jobs.

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‘Protect us’ from wild fire say Maple Ridge residents

Maple Ridge News
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the forests that surround Maple Ridge, you only have to dig a few metres to find a charred layer, evidence of a time when wildfires were more frequent is not difficult to find. In 1929, a spark from a locomotive caused an extensive, disastrous blaze that destroyed almost 60,000 hectares of forest and ended logging in the Alouette River valley. Back then, Maple Ridge was sparsely populated. Now, with suburbs built into the edge of the forests, the consequences of wildfire would be costly and traumatic. 

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Whiteswan fire largest in area

Cranbrook Daily Townsman
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large forest fire is raging near Whiteswan Lake, southeast of Canal Flats. The 150-hectare Whitetail Brook fire was sparked by lightning during last week’s storm, but wasn’t detected until Sunday afternoon, July 27. It quickly grew in size, and is now being fought by 40 firefighters from the Southeast Fire Centre, as well as three water tenders, three bulldozers, one excavator, three medium helicopters with buckets, and one light helicopter for administrative use.

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Grassy Narrows First Nation ‘not victims,’ says advocate

Community dealing with health effects after mercury was dumped into river 40 years ago
CBC News
July 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have been coping with and resisting the violence of ongoing dispossession in their homeland for the last 100 years or more. …Then for eight years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 20,000 pounds of mercury into the English-Wabigoon River, the lifeblood of local Anishinaabe people. …Grassy Narrows First Nation has organized and maintained the longest-running logging blockade in Canadian history. They have fought the dismissal of their treaties rights in court. They have done endless media interviews, workshops and educational campaigns designed to educate Canadians about these injustices.

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Forest fire threat rising on P.E.I.

CBC News
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The threat of forest fires on P.E.I. is unusually high as the province approaches the end of a dry, hot July. The government increased the fire index to very high in the central part of the Island on Tuesday. It is high in the east, and moderate in the west. Burning permits have been cancelled. “Really been almost drought conditions now for the last three to four weeks since the warmer weather got here,” said Ken Mayhew of the Department of Forestry. 

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Ontario First Nations prepared to lay down their lives to protect lands: chiefs

Canadian Press
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations chiefs said Tuesday. Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public that they’ll assert their treaty rights over their traditional territory and ancestral lands. That includes the rights to natural resources — such as fish, trees, mines and water— deriving benefit from those resources and the conditions under which other groups may access or use them, which must be consistent with their traditional laws, said Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.

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Trees save 850 lives per year, says National Forest Service

Daily Digest News
July 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Researchers have attempted to estimate the direct impact of trees on air pollution and human health. What they found was that trees improved overall air quality in th United States by only one percent. However, that one percent improvement prevents 850 premature deaths, 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms and saves $7 billion in health care spending.

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Delaware forest fire crew returns Monday from west coast

20 Delaware Forest Service firefighters help battle Washington state’s historic wildfire
The News Journal
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters have been turning the corner on controlling Washington state’s largest-ever wildfire – the 250,000-acre Carlton Complex east of Seattle – aided by 20 firefighters from the Delaware Forest Service. The crew, which is scheduled to return home Monday, includes veterans and newcomers from public agencies, volunteer fire companies and others from the Mid-Atlantic region who have completed training in wildland firefighting, according to John Petersen, a spokesman for the Delaware Forest Service.

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Letter: Elliott Forest symptomatic of state government

Statesman Journal
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The July 27 article, “Elliott Forest loses money,” caught my interest. While at the Division of State Lands in the mid-1990s, I got interested in why the management of Elliott cost the division so much. After all, the program was managed by the state forest department and most actual work was contracted out (leaving only management); little or no money went to the Common School Fund. My investigation revealed that money from Elliott was spent by the Oregon State Forestry Department on parking lots, roads, equipment, small buildings, etc., for the department and charged to Elliott as management expense.

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Daines signaled that loyalty lies in DC with letter to Boehner opposing collaborative bills

Letter by Jim Posewitz
The Missoulian
July 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Congressman Steve Daines just flashed us a signal on who he will represent. A recent (July 19) news article reported that he joined 28 other Republicans asking House Speaker Boehner to oppose U.S. Forest proposals being developed at the local level. Montana citizens have worked for years developing two such proposals: the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. What Daines and his fellow Republicans want is legislation designed in Washington for all national forests and then dictated to the local people (H.R. 1526). The net effect would be trashing the time and effort invested in two genuinely collaborative efforts.

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Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

Associated Press
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A wildfire in Yosemite National Park made a new run that firefighters quickly stopped, and containment lines have kept it from threatening some treasured trees that are among the largest and oldest living things on earth. The blaze made a run of about a half-mile in the Crane Creek area Wednesday, park officials said in a statement, but it was brought under control. The fire remained about 10 miles from Merced Grove, one of three Yosemite stands of giant sequoias, towering trees that grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and can live longer than 3,000 years.

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Foresters Battle Spread of Asian Long-Horned Beetle

Woodworking Network
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Clear-cutting is being viewed as an effective way to contain the spread of the pesky and deadly Asian long-horned beetle. The beetles, along with the emerald ash borer, have wreaked environmental and economic devastation on North American hardwood trees. Government and industry leaders across parts of the United States and Canada have had to resort to cutting down large swaths of trees in an effort to prevent the spread of insects like the Asian long-horned beetle.

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Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires

The Oregonian
July 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The latest updates on fires in Oregon.

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Montana mountain pine beetle infestation continues

Great Falls Tribune
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – While the mountain pine beetle epidemic has passed its peak, Montana forestry officials said Monday it’s not over yet. The latest survey shows more than 526,000 acres of pine trees in the state were infested with the beetle in 2013, officials told the Board of Land Commissioners. That amount is still significant as the insects continue to leave stands of dead trees in their wake, said Amy Gannon, pest management specialist with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forestry Division. 

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Govs urge Congress: Pass wildfire funding bill

KTVZ.COM news sources
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Salem, OR – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for support of the federal Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, to provide the U.S. Forest Service with access to emergency funding for wildfire suppression and protection of programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk. The Governors signed a joint letter on Friday addressing the congressional delegations of their states. “Already, the citizens of our states have been affected by hundreds of thousands of acres burned, and this will likely continue throughout the summer,” the governors wrote in the letter. 

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Oregon Will Tap Catastrophic Insurance Policy To Cover Firefighting Costs

OPB
July 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry says it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires. ODF is responsible for protecting 16 million acres, roughly half the forestland in the state. It fights fires on Bureau of Land Management land, privately owned timber, and state and county forests. State Forester Doug Decker says ODF’s firefighters put out most fires when they’re less than 10 acres. 

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Tasmanian logger escapes conviction for punching forestry protester

ABC News, Australia
July 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A magistrate has decided not to record a conviction against a Tasmanian forestry worker who punched a man in the street after recognising him as a protester. Jamie McMahon, 28, told the Magistrates Court in Hobart he punched Ali Alishah in the face in a New Norfolk street in March last year after he recognised him as one of the Butlers Gorge forest protesters. McMahon, a third-generation forestry worker, said frustration got the better of him because he had lost wages because of the actions of protesters.

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A ‘tree change’ for TFS’ Indian sandalwood plantations

ABC News, Australia
July 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) is planting over 1,400 hectares of Indian sandalwood in the Northern Territory this year. The trees are being planted on Midway Station in the Douglas Daly (515 ha) and also on TFS properties near Katherine (900 ha). The plantings this year look distinctly different to any other carried out by TFS, which has been planting sandalwood in Australia’s tropical north since 1999.  This year, each sandalwood tree, along with host trees, is planted within a cardboard, biodegradable tree-guard, which is held in place by two bamboo sticks.

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Forestry wary of SA water plan

ABC News, Australia
July 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In an Australian first, parts of South Australia’s forestry sector will now be accountable for the water used to grow trees. The requirement for commercial water licences will apply to blue gum and pine plantations in the south east corner of South Australia. Jennifer McKay, Professor of Law at the University of South Australia and says the licensing scheme is possible a world first. CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton, believes the forest industry is being treated unfairly.

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Company & Business News

Drew Hasselback: Aboriginal court decisions shouldn’t be dealbreakers

Financial Post
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

You’ve heard varying degrees of panic over the Supreme Court of Canada’s rulings in Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows. These are clearly important aboriginal rights decisions, and each will have a profound impact on Canada’s natural resource industry. Yet I’m not sure either case justifies any fear. The cases clarify some technical aspects of aboriginal law. And, well, that’s it. They’re not legal blocades that will halt all development in this country. Litigation is a zero-sum game. If a case makes it all the way to judgment, you have a winner and you have a loser. Now, what is it that the winner gets?

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Workers, families ‘really disappointed’ by Prince George sawmill blast fines

by Shaw/Hoekstra – They say $724,163 in penalties issued by WorkSafeBC following Lakeland Mills fire are too little, too late
Vancouver Sun
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Steep fines handed out Tuesday to the owners of a Prince George sawmill that exploded in 2012 have provided little satisfaction to workers and families of the victims. …Ronda Roche, whose husband Glenn was killed in the wood dust-fuelled explosion, said she’s greatly disappointed at the amount of the fine and the time it took to issue the penalties.  “It is very clear that failures in our system continue to disappoint our families,” said Roche. “The reality of ever seeing justice or accountability for the death and injuries of Lakeland employees as well as for employees of Babine Forest Products continues to be unlikely based on the outcomes to this point of time.”

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Western Forest Products’ 2Q revenue increased by 12.9% to $296.2 million

Lesprom
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. announces results for the 2Q 2014 with adjusted EBITDA of $40.9 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $32.8 million for the 1Q 2014 and $44.9 million for the 2Q 2013. The Company reported revenue of $296.2 million for the 2Q 2014 compared to $246 million for the 1Q 2014 and $262.3 million for the 2Q 2013. “Despite the challenges that we faced in our second quarter, we delivered another strong performance. Increased shipments and an improved sales mix drove our revenue to its highest level in seven years,” said Don Demens, President and CEO.

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Opinion: Court ruling means Tsilhqot’in lands never belonged to Crown

Province will not be able to issue permits to third parties for resource exploitation.
Vancouver Sun
July 29, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Tsilhqot’in case has caused a tectonic shift in the legal landscape in B.C., and in other parts of Canada where aboriginal title still exists. It is, as Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould put it, a “game-changer” in several important ways. …These lands are not (and never were) Crown lands that could be regulated and divided as though they were public lands. Given that aboriginal title is protected by the Canadian constitution, governments cannot deal with, or interfere with, the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s use of the lands and resources without their consent; i.e. the province will no longer be able to issue permits to third parties for land use or resource exploitation on those lands.

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Forest sector to receive $1.1M in seed money

The Star Phoenix
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A combined investment of $1.1 million from the federal and provincial governments to the Prince Albert Model Forest Association (PAMF) will be used for skills training, seeking out new export markets and improving technologies in the forest sector. PAMF president Mark Johnston said the global forest sector has gone through a big downturn in the past decade and the companies are just starting to recover. “It’s a really good time to be asking questions about technology because the forest product sector is really coming back to life,” Johnston said.

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Union Boss Weighs in on Lakeland Fine

250 News
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Union boss Frank Everitt has weighed in on the penalty and claims cost levied against Lakeland Mills by WorkSafeBC. The Local 1-424 United Steel Workers president says while no amount of money will ever replace the death of two workers he’s admits it’s a bit of a mystery how they arrived at roughly $724,000. “I understand the $97,500 administrative penalty because it’s the same penalty that was issued in relation to the Babine issue.” But when it comes to the $626,000 claims cost levy, that’s where the confusion comes in.

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Lakeland Mills explosion: WorkSafeBC fines company $724k

Penalties imposed on Prince George company after violations identified
CBC News
July 29, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has imposed fines totalling $724,163.28 on Lakeland Mills Ltd., owners of the Prince George sawmill that exploded in 2012 killing two workers and injuring many more. In a news release Tuesday, WorkSafeBC said Lakeland Mills Ltd. was in violation of the Workers Compensation Act, as well as health and safety regulations. Responding to the fines now imposed by WorkSafe BC, company president Greg Stewart said in a statement, “Lakeland Mills just received the inspection report and order this morning.

WorkSafeBC orders mill to pay $724,000 in penalties, levies for 2012 fatal fire from the Canadian Press
BC sawmill owners fined more than $700,000 after deadly explosion from The Globe and Mail

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Vaughn Palmer: Appointment of new treaty adviser was long overdue

Douglas Eyford is a good choice to engage First Nations on vital issues
Vancouver Sun
July 28, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — As the new federal adviser on how to fix treaty-making here in B.C., Vancouver lawyer Douglas Eyford must already have a good idea of the challenges involved in rescuing a troubled process with First Nations. Eyford has been on the case since Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him as special representative to engage First Nations on the development of some $100 billion worth of energy projects on the West Coast. “This will not be dialogue for dialogue’s sake, but dialogue in search of solutions,” said then natural resources minister Joe Oliver in announcing the appointment in March 2013. “We don’t want another process. We want a product.”

Changes afoot for aboriginal treaty talks and resource development from the Globe and Mail

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Catalyst Paper Q2 results impacted by planned maintenance

Canada Newswire press release
July 29, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, recorded adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the second quarter of $7.1 million compared to $25.7 million in the previous quarter. Strong operating performance was overshadowed by a planned maintenance outage at the Crofton pulp mill, higher power costs due to a hydroelectricity rate increase, a stronger Canadian dollar and lower transaction prices for pulp and all paper grades.

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Tembec reports financial results for its third quarter ended June 28, 2014

Canada Newswire press release
July 31, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended June 28, 2014, were $404 million, as compared to $399 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated net earnings of $30 million or $0.30 per share in the June 2014 quarter compared to a net loss of $7 million or $0.07 per share in the June 2013 quarter. The June 2014 results include a gain of $14 million related to the sale of land.

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Ledwidge Lumber receives loan guarantee of $1.5 million

Nova Scotia Business Inc. says the loan guarantee will help the family-owned sawmill in Enfield establish a private-sector line of credit.
Daily Business Buzz
July 31, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Crown-owned business development agency is providing a $1.5-million loan guarantee to a lumber company in Enfield. Nova Scotia Business Inc. says the loan guarantee for Ledwidge Lumber will help the family-owned sawmill establish a private-sector line of credit. Ledwidge Lumber produces lumber for housing construction and specialty products, with the capability of producing up to 100 million board feet of lumber products annually.

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Northern Pulp won’t be shut down despite emissions, stench

No ‘imminent threat’ to human health, says Environment Minister Randy Delorey
CBC News
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Environment Minister says there’s no question the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie Point is malfunctioning, but he has no intention of forcing it to shut down despite public complaints about the emissions coming from the mill. “To date the conclusions that they’ve made are that there isn’t an imminent threat to human health,” Randy Delorey said Wednesday. David MacKenzie, a spokesman for Northern Pulp, said the smell and particulate are caused by emissions that are getting through an old precipitator, which is a filtration device. 

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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Forestry Sector to Help Saskatchewan Companies Increase Market Access

Marketwired
July 29, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment for Forest Management, on behalf of the Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy announced a combined investment of $1.1 million to the Prince Albert Model Forest Association (PAMF). With the assistance of its delivery partner, FPInnovations, PAMF will provide guidance to Northern Saskatchewan forestry companies, particularly First Nations- and Métis-owned companies, to improve management and business practices, revise their product lines and increase marketing activities to be ready to enter new international export markets.

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Toronto-based Norbord Inc. reports lower Q2 earnings of $11 million

Canadian Press
July 29, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. reported a profit of $11 million in its latest quarter, down from $53 million a year ago, as sales fell compared with the same quarter last year. The Toronto-based company earned 20 per diluted share in the quarter, compared with 99 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter last year. The company, which makes wood panels for the home building market, said sales fell to $311 million compared with $365 million year-over-year. “In North America, homebuilding activity continues to improve,” president and CEO Peter Wijnbergen said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Plum Creek plant resumes production

Woodbased Panels
July 31, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Production has resumed at Plum Creek’s MDF plant in Columbia Falls, Montana, which was hit by fire on June 10. Although production was down for about three weeks, the company continued to supply customers from existing inventory.  The fire, which is thought to have been caused by a mechanical failure, caused around US$8-10m of damage. Plum Creek has announced it will donate US$15,000 to the fire services that attended the fire.

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Millinocket receives small payment toward Great Northern Paper tax debt

BDN Maine
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — It’s more than a week past deadline and not nearly enough to cover the tab, but the auctioneer trying to settle Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million net tax debt has made a $76,650 payment, town officials said Wednesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle announced receipt of the payment in a brief email on Wednesday. Town Council Chairman Richard Angotti Jr. was similarly terse in his reaction to the payment, which was received Friday. “It’s another payment,” Angotti said Wednesday. 

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Gunns plantations: Farmers told to rule a line under tree lease losses and ‘move on’

ABC News, Australia
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Farmers are being told they should stop waiting for tree lease payments of millions of dollars after the collapse of Gunns. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association’s Jan Davis said many farmers and landholders with plantations on their land should now work out where they stand, as they were unlikely to be paid. “The biggest challenge for individual landowners is sitting down in the cold, hard, light of day, and working out where they are at themselves, making the decision to rule a line under it, and move on whatever moving on might look like for them individually,” she said.

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Jobs will flow as timber brings life to rail terminal

Western Advocate
July 30, 2014
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Australia’s leading forestry and logistics service providers are working together on a three-year deal for the export of approximately 175,000 tonnes of timber per annum from the Bathurst region. PF Olsen Australia, the nation’s leading independent provider of forest management services, has engaged Asciano Limited subsidiaries Pacific National and C3 to handle and haul the containerised timber from Bathurst to Port Botany in NSW. The logs will then be shipped to China, where demand for Australian timber continues to grow.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Bamboo housing touted by UBC

Vancouver 24hrs
July 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

University of B.C. researchers are working nationally and internationally on a better construction material — bamboo to promote sustainable development and hopefully meet future building needs. Due to rapid urban expansion and heavy pollution around the globe, the need for sustainability is gradually becoming significant, said Gregory Smith, a professor in UBC’s Deartment of Wood Science. While concrete manufacturing emits large amounts of carbon dioxide, he said, utilizing bamboo as a construction material can be a substitution
to reduce the carbon footprint — along with promoting the use of
renewable materials, so as to help fight climate change.

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Nominations open for Wood Works! BC Awards

UBCM
July 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

This year marks the 10th year Wood WORKS! BC will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of communities that have built projects using wood. The Community Recognition Awards are presented annually to communities that have specified the use of wood in a local project. Nominated projects may be cultural, recreational or administrative buildings of any size. One project from each area association will be selected. The winning local governments will be recognized at the area association luncheons during UBCM’s 2014 Convention in Whistler.

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