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Daily Archives: October 21, 2014

Business & Politics

Timber Harvests Rise Four Years Running

Woodworking Network
October 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE — Timber harvests in North America have increased up for four consecutive years, reaching 510 million metric tons, according to Wood Resources International. Softwood harvests in the United States were up 3 percent in 2013, driven primarily by higher log exports to Asia and increased domestic lumber production. Higher manufacturing of hardwood lumber and of OSB were the main drivers of the increase in hardwood timber harvests last year.

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Canadian renminbi hub would boost exports to China: report

Globe and Mail
October 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…A report being released Monday by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce concludes that one way to gain a quick trade edge would be for Canada to establish a renminbi hub – a local financial centre sanctioned by China to clear and settle transactions in the Chinese currency. …Right now, doing business in renminbi is difficult and costly, and offers limited ability to hedge currency risk. …All that can add as much as 1 per cent to transaction costs, according to the chamber report, which identified forestry, agriculture, mining and aerospace as the export sectors most likely to benefit from dealing directly in renminbi.

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Another round of emissions tests underway at Nova Scotia pulp mill

Canadian Press
October 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU, N.S. – The Nova Scotia government says another round of emissions testing is underway at the Northern Pulp mill in the Pictou area. The province’s Environment Department says the latest tests are expected to show whether work to fix a problem with the mill’s power boiler during a shutdown in September has reduced emissions. Consulting firm Stantec Consulting is carrying out the tests, which are expected to conclude Friday and are required under a government compliance order issued in August. The legally binding order gives the paper mill in Abercrombie Point near Pictou until May 30 to get its air quality emissions in line or face closure.

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How pulp mill crisis was cooled

Chronicle Herald
October 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW — This is primarily a story about something that didn’t happen. On Wednesday, 70 students from 10 schools and community members gathered at New Glasgow’s North Nova Education Centre to discuss a conflict that was resolved before it blew up. Leading the discussion were the conflict’s principal actors, Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul and Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “A protest has the potential to take a life of its own,” Paul said Wednesday. On June 10, Paul was angry. The pipe carrying untreated effluent from Northern Pulp to the settling ponds behind the Pictou Landing First Nation had ruptured.

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Sequana puts two paper mills in France for sale

Pulp and Paper News
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Earlier this year, holding firm Sequana started a restructuring process for its Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative divisions in Europe. Since the company hasn’t found any buyer of its businesses, it has put up its Wizernes and Charavines mills in France for sale. According to Euwid Pulp & Paper, Sequana is currently negotiating with potential buyers If an investor is not found by the end of June 2015 Sequana will permanently close the mills, according to Euwid.

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Wood consumption in Japan up 6 per cent in first half of 2014

Pulp and Paper News
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Wood Resources International (WRI) reports that pulp production in Japan has picked up in 2014 as compared to 2013, with wood fiber consumption being six percent higher during the first six months of this year as compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Japan Paper Association. The increase in demand was practically the same for softwood fiber as for hardwood fiber, but the overall volume of the total virgin fiber consumption is still split at approximately 68% hardwood and 32% softwood fiber.

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China’s log imports grow 22%

IHB
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s Custom has reported that between January and August this year Chinese log imports rose 22% to 35.38 million cubic metres. The top 5 countries in terms of log supply were; New Zealand (8.06 million cubic metres, up 12%), Russia (7.70 million cubic metres, 11%), the USA (4.41 million cubic metres, 31%),Papua New Guinea (2.24 million cubic metres, 23%) and Canada (2.04 million cubic metres, 18%). China’s log imports from Myanmar totalled 713,800 cubic metres up until the log export ban in Myanmar came into force. Africa is the largest supplier source country for China log imports during January to August 2014.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Symposium, Competition Support Tall Wooden Buildings

Woodworking Network
October 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON — A symposium touting the construction and environmental sustainability of tall wooden buildings through the use of products such as Cross Laminated Timber, will be held in Chicago in November. The symposium “Toward Taller Wood Buildings,” hosted by WoodWorks – Wood Products, will be held Nov. 6 and 7. The event will provide “a practical perspective on North America’s evolution toward taller wood buildings.”  The symposium coincides with the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition announced by the White House Rural Council and United States Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Softwood Lumber Board and Binational Softwood Lumber Council.

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Forestry

Surrey officials declare war on European gypsy moth

Surrey Now
October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CLOVERDALE — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has found a foreign pest that “poses a threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy” in the Cloverdale area of Surrey. The province considers the European gypsy moth, also known as Lymantria dispar, to be a “threat.” The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is partnering with the CFIA to eradicate the pest. The insect attacks trees, and in 1999 resulted in the U.S. threatening to refuse shipments of trees and plants from B.C.’s nurseries without additional inspection certificates.

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Whitebark pine experiment takes aim at blister rust

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NELSON – A unique tree-planting experiment by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations started late this summer at Idaho Peak in the Kokanee Range of the Selkirk Mountains near New Denver. Nearly 1,000 Whitebark pine seedlings were hand-planted by a six-person crew in the subalpine near the old wildfire lookout, high above Slocan Lake at an elevation of almost 2,300 metres. The Whitebark pine is an endangered high-mountain tree. But the seedlings planted at Idaho Peak may be resistant to the destructive white pine blister rust disease, which has killed or infected most Whitebark pines in the Selkirk Mountains.

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Ross never left Gorman mill

Kelowna Daily Courier
October 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ross Gorman, a “reluctant businessman” who helped build West Kelowna’s largest private sector employer, has died. He was 93. Despite his age, he was still going into the sawmill that bears the family name on a regular basis before his death last Friday. Gorman founded the mill as a box-making venture with his brother John in the early 1950s as a way to supplement their income when the family’s orchards were severely damaged by frost.  “In some ways, dad was a reluctant businessman,” Ron Gorman, Gorman
Bros. Lumber Ltd.’s chief executive officer, said Sunday. “It was
supposed to be just a temporary measure, but it took off and just kept
expanding over the years.”

Ross Gorman passes away from Castanet
Ross Gorman: Industry pioneer, family man from the Kelowna Daily Courier
Last of the founding Gorman Brothers Dies from InfoNews.ca

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Guest column: Spare the empty promises on forest management

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Everyone loves a good story. But please spare Montanans empty promises about the future of our national forests. In Washington, D.C., it’s often easier to make noise than progress. That’s certainly the case with H.R. 1526, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.” The name sounds great, but the fact is this radical bill has zero chance of becoming law and thus no chance of making a difference. The bill is an ideological cousin of proposals to get rid of the Forest Service and “transfer” national forests to state or private interests. These are both hare-brained ideas that fall flat at the first breath of logic.

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Ravalli county: Consider public lands in vote

Letter by Dave Campbell
The Missoulian
October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I’ve attended many meetings where the bad idea of transferring federal lands to state ownership has been considered by the tea party candidates (Suzy Foss, Nancy Ballance, Theresa Manzella). At each of these meetings there was an attempt to dumb down the issue, as if to say we can just return to the old days, forgetting that laws have been passed by Congress and the issue has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was found that decisions regarding federal lands are to be made in the national interest.

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