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Daily Archives: August 13, 2014

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Announces Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.04 EPS

InterCooler
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ainsworth Lumber Co. issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday. The company reported $0.02 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.04, Analyst Ratings News reports. ANS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Dundee Securities initiated coverage on shares of Ainsworth Lumber Co. in a research note on Tuesday, July 8th. 

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NB: New Brunswick government reaches deal with Chaleur Sawmills

The company will receive an additional 30,000 cubic metres of wood for its facility in Belledune which will ultimately result in $5.5 million in upgrades to its operations.
Daily Business Buzz
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[BELLEDUNE, NB] – The provincial government has reached an agreement with Chaleur Sawmills which will see it receive an additional 30,000 cubic metres of wood for its facility in Belledune. The company will receive the new wood supply under the Strategy for Crown Lands Forest Management. The additional allocation will result in $5.5 million in upgrades to Chaleur’s operations. The mill currently has 200 employees, with an additional 100 working directly for Chaleur’s logging contractors.

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Miramichi Lumber needs to pay its bills: Premier

959sunfm
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier David Alward didn’t mince words when asked about Miramichi Lumber. Speaking Tuesday in Blackville, the premier said his stance with regard to the company has not been a secret. “At events that have taken place in Miramichi where I’ve had speaking engagements, officials from Miramichi Lumber haven’t been afraid to ask me questions in public about it,” the premier said. “I’ve been pretty straight forward. There needs to be a business plan that’s sustainable and ultimately the company needs to pay its bills. 

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Crown forestry deal will be finalized within days, Alward says

Deal with J.D. Irving Ltd., to be signed before election begins, will be binding on future governments
CBC News
August 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier David Alward says a controversial forestry agreement with J.D. Irving Ltd. should be finalized before the election campaign begins next week. The government signed an initial deal with the company earlier in the year and a final agreement was expected to be in place by July 1. Alward says that still hasn’t happened, but he anticipates it will be done soon. “It’s either signed or very near signing. It will be happening within the next very few days,” he said.

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Complete Logging director Major Nelson has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparations after the forestry death of Robert Epapara.

NZ City
August 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A logging company director guilty of health and safety breaches after one of his staff was killed by a falling tree has been ordered to cough up $50,000. Major Nelson, a director of Complete Logging Ltd, was convicted of two Health and Safety in Employment Act charges after a tree he felled killed Robert Epapara in the Waione Forest, near Lake Rotoiti, on March 12 last year. Worksafe New Zealand, which brought the charges, said Nelson was attempting to manoeuvre a Timberjack machine so it could be used as an anchor point and decided to fell some trees in his way.

WorkSafe NZ Press Release – Forestry death an unavoidable tragedy

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The future of highrises? Wood, naturally

As builders go higher, Vancouver architect Michael Green foresees 45-storey wood structures
Vancouver Sun
August 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the five years since B.C. increased the height limit for wood-frame buildings, new structures have been popping up all over the province. Now lumber’s biggest advocates are predicting they can build higher than they ever expected. Since 2009, when the province raised the limit for wood-frame buildings to six storeys from four, 202 new five- and six-storey buildings have been approved, including 58 that are already complete. Among the finished structures are the two buildings at Sail, a six-storey condo development at the University of B.C., the five-storey Library Square development in Kamloops and the five-storey Riverport Flats rental development in Richmond. 

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An innovative way to salvage the city’s infested ash trees

Yonge Street Media
August 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

But while it’s too late to stop the decimation of the ash trees, it’s not too late, according to environmental business network Partners in Project Green (PPG), to figure out a new way of disposing of them.  In a recent pilot project demonstration in Etobicoke, Partners in Project Green showed the business community how to turn the infected ash tress into usable lumber. …In the hopes of finding a better solution, PPG worked with three of their member businesses to develop an onsite method for removing the infected ash tree bark and accessing the usable lumber underneath.  

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Market Pulp: Paper Excellence shuts Prince Albert energy plant, dims odds of pulp restart

RISI
August 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Paper Excellence shuttered an energy plant on Aug. 1 at a mothballed pulp mill at Prince Albert, SK, that it acquired from Domtar more than three years ago, dimming the likelihood that it will one day restart pulp production, the firm and industry contacts said. The energy plant was designed to use wood waste from the idle pulp mill, but for the past two years purchased open market wood fiber that’s more expensive than internally generated furnish, Paper Excellence division Prince Albert Pulp Inc. (PAPI) said in a release. [the remainder of this story is available at the Read More link for those subscribed to PPI Pulp and Paper Week)

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Forestry

Ongoing forest fire danger reflected in closure of Central Okanagan parks

Kelowna Capital News
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About every metre along Knox Mountain Drive, and often even closer, there is a cigarette butt laying in the tinder-dry grass. It’s worse at the first lookout where fresh butts surround the 2003 firestorm commemorative sign, which sits against the dusty, golden backdrop of the hill, screaming fire season to anyone from the area. With a clean sightline to Peachland—where a carelessly discarded smoke is believed to have caused the 2012 Trepanier Creek Fire, levelling four houses and several outbuildings—the butts would be galling to any of the concerned neighbours who keenly watch over this park, although, for the most part, the power-hikers, walkers, mountain bikers and trail runners still frequenting the trails never slow their pace enough to notice.

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Lightning storm sparks flames, power outages and forest fire across Inlet

Alberni Valley News
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A lightning storm Tuesday blew 15 transformers, lit the roof of the paper mill aflame and sparked a small forest fire across the Alberni Inlet. Lightning struck the Alberni Valley late Tuesday morning and power outages began across the city at about 11 a.m. A gas line combusted and shot up flames from the roof of the Catalyst Paper Mill’s steam plant. “That appears to have been the result of a lightning strike on a gas line,” said Port Alberni fire chief Tim Pley. “It was a pipe on the roof of the steam plant…. The fire was from residual gas in the pipeline.” Firefighters responded to the call but Catalyst staff handled the matter.

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Campfire blamed for blaze that partly closed Thetis Lake park

Victoria Times Colonist
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An abandoned campfire is to blame for a fire that destroyed more than three acres of remote forest atop Thetis Lake Regional Park, View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst said Tuesday night. “Someone last night was camping here and had a campfire and left it, and we had a little bit of wind in the afternoon and we end up with a forest fire,” Hurst said. “This is exactly why we’re asking people not to have campfires this time of year.” A campfire ban is in place across Vancouver Island.

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High winds down chopper conducting pine beetle count

iNews 880 AM
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has confirmed the chopper that went down near Whitecourt, west of Edmonton yesterday, was involved in a survey of Mountain Pine Beetle numbers. Four people suffered minor injuries but are considered lucky to be alive after the Bell 206 helicopter they were travelling in lost control in high winds — hitting trees before it rolled to a stop on the ground. ESRD spokesperson Kevin Zahara says staff and contractors use the choppers to monitor remote areas.

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LETTER: Logging sustainable on Gambier

By Earl Matheson
North Shore News
August 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I totally agree with Bill Errico’s letter regarding woodlots on Gambier Island (Gambier Woodlot Program ‘Makes Sense,’ July 24). If these logging permits were awarded to a major timber harvester such as Weyerhauser, I would share the concerns of the opposing vocal group on the island. But small woodlots are different. This group of one-dimensional conservationists are exaggerating worst-case scenarios, and a lot of their strident scare language is being economical with the truth. This issue deserves clear, pragmatic consideration. There is no place for activist rhetoric.

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Fire rips through Coldstream Lumber mill, east of Vernon

Two people sent to hospital after fire tears through North Okanagan mill
CBC News
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two people are being treated for smoke inhalation after fire tore through a mill in the North Okanagan. The blaze broke out at the wood re-manufacturing facility, located east of Vernon and the district of Coldstream along Highway 6, just after 9 a.m. PT Tuesday morning. Witnesses say the fire was so intense it melted the sides of adjacent buildings on the property and that firefighters had to take water breaks to get away from the extreme heat. …Witnesses say the fire started in two kilns used to dry lumber for custom work and other products. The fire was under control by the afternoon. The cause is under investigation.

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LETTER: Kayaks, log skidders don’t mix

By Janice Wilson
North Shore News
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the information meeting on the new woodlots on Gambier Island, the forestry reps did not mention the existing woodlot at all. They referred us to woodlots at Port Alberni and Sumas Mountain, which I felt were not comparable to a woodlot on Gambier. Gambier has very high recreational value, is extremely scenic and on the doorstep of Metro Vancouver. …Gambier’s value lies in its environmental benefits – fish-bearing streams, herring spawning areas and old growth trees. And in its recreational benefits.  …These new woodlots are totally inappropriate and should be cancelled. 

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Six Forest Fires Burning in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

VOCM
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Six forest fires are burning in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area but none are threatening homes or cabins. The fires were reported yesterday following heavy thunder and lightning in the region. Forest Fire Duty Officer Steve Balsom says four of those fires are south of Mud Lake, but burning away from communities. Some are a little more than two hundred hectares in size, but while they are being monitored by conservation officers, they are not being actively fought at this time.

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Tongass Advisory Committee Establishes a Vision for Forest Management in Southeast Alaska

Sit News Ketchikan
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – The Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) held its first meeting last week to kick off the process of developing recommendations on forest management on the Tongass with an emphasis on young-growth management. Over the course of three days last week in Ketchikan, the group discussed operating procedures and goals for the process; developed a vision; nominated co-chairs; and identified information needs and activities to assist with future deliberations. 

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Rogue River Drive Fire Breaks Out, Evacuations Ordered

Jefferson Public Radio
August 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Rogue River Drive Fire jumped containment lines and nearly tripled in size Tuesday, threatening more than 100 homes and forcing new and mandatory evacuation notices. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office issued a Level 3 (“get out now”) evacuation alert around 8:30 PM Tuesday for residents of Dry Creek Road near Eagle Point. Tuesday evening, Governor John Kitzhaber found the need for assistance exceeded the available local firefighting resources and invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act. That authorizes the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal to mobilize equipment and personnel from around the state to help battle the growing blaze.

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More thunder, lightning complicate NW wildfires

Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Houston Chronicle
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to help local fire crews battle a new wildfire that is threatening more than 130 homes in southern Oregon’s Jackson County. The Rogue River Drive Fire between Eagle Point and Shady Cove started Monday and has grown to about 300 acres, the governor’s office said Tuesday night. A storm system that moved through the area Tuesday afternoon helped the fire gain momentum and cross containment lines, a Jackson County sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

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Catholic Church in forest wrangle

The Uganda Observer
August 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Catholic Church has been accused of acquiring 550 acres of land (220.hectares) inside a central forest reserve under questionable circumstances. Documents seen by The Observer indicate that the “registered trustees of the Catholic diocese of Fort Portal” have acquired block 151, plot 5, Kakole [village] in Rwaibale zone, Butunduzi town council, Kyenjojo district. … “Kakole [village] is an illegal creation. Administratively, it has never existed in Kyenjojo district. I crosschecked with the district authorities whether there is a village, parish or sub-county known as Kakole and they told me it is not there.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Kellogg wants suppliers to report carbon emissions

The Washington Post
August 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them. The company said it will report annually on those emissions and include climate and deforestation policies in the company’s code of conduct for suppliers.

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