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Daily Archives: October 23, 2014

Business & Politics

Wood pellets exports from North America to Europe plateaued during the 1H/2014

WRQ
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Pellet shipments from the US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the US South being up ten percent from the 4Q/13 to the 2Q/14, and Canadian volumes declining 25% during the same period, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The new expanding markets for pellet producers in Western Canada have instead been Japan and South Korea. Total shipments of wood pellets from North America to Europe plateaued in 2014 after almost four years of continuous increases. 

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Domtar Q3 adjusted profit beats estimates, company cautious on Q4 outlook

Canadian Press
October 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. says it had US$281 million of net income in the third quarter, helped by more than US$220 million worth of tax-related credits and improved operating earnings. Excluding the impact of fuel tax credits and US$2 million of restructuring costs in the quarter, the Montreal-based paper and pulp producer had US$61 million of profit, or 94 cents per share. 

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Northern Pulp invites public to discuss mill at information sessions

CTV Atlantic
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northern Pulp is inviting the public to discuss its mill operation at information sessions in Pictou County Wednesday and Thursday. The provincially-mandated consultation sessions are required if the mill is to renew approval for its bleached kraft mill and effluent treatment system. Mill officials admit they haven’t done a good job communicating their message clearly. “Our product is sought after all over the world. It’s one of the best kraft pulps that you can find, so we’re building on that foundation with markets to improve the operation and part of that is improving the environment and that’s what this is about here today,” says David Kerr, vice-president of Paper Excellence.

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Laser-guided revamp helps Edson sawmill shape its future

Edmonton Journal
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDSON — New computer scanning technology and other upgrades are helping the Edson Forest Products sawmill cut the most lumber possible from every log. The operation, acquired for $30 million in 2012 by forestry giant West Fraser, has been transformed from a specialty mill to a more efficient producer of dimensional lumber products for Canadian and other markets, especially the United States, Japan, China and South Korea. “To rebuild a facility like that is not inexpensive, but we’re really happy with the money we’ve spent and we think it’s going to be a great investment for the future,” Chris McIver, West Fraser’s vice-president of lumber sales and corporate development, said Wednesday. 

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One last holdup on B.C. railway tracks

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
October 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – “Hands up.” That famous command is attributed to Bill Miner, an American career criminal who is also credited with B.C.’s first train robbery, at Silverdale on the Mission border in 1910. A more genteel, and of course perfectly legal, trackside transfer of wealth is underway in the B.C. legislature. It’s called the Canadian Pacific Railway (Stone and Timber) Settlement Act, and it provides for taxpayers to hand over $19 million to CP Rail to settle a lawsuit over historic logging, rock and gravel rights given to B.C.’s pioneering railway builders.

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Fire destroys small sawmill

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Dennis O’Neill’s small sawmill near Woodstock, New Brunswick was destroyed in a fire Oct. 17. According to the Bugle-Observer, the wind direction protected O’Neill’s home and other buildings on the Bull Road property. But wood, logs lumber and equipment were lost. Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson did not believe the fire was suspicious. He speculated in the newspaper that it may have been started by lightning.  O’Neill was uncertain about rebuilding the sawmill. He had no insurance on the structure or the equipment.

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Record Volume of Southern Pine Lumber Exports to China

Lumber Men Online
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Exports of Southern Pine lumber to China are soaring, thanks to promotional efforts funded by the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP). Southern Pine lumber exports to China are expected to reach $54 million this year, a ten-fold increase since the U.S. wood products industry began promoting this species, grown in the southeastern United States. Meanwhile, Chinese demand for pressure-treated Southern Pine lumber, a key value-added item produced in the U.S., is forecasted to reach $15 million this year, an all-time sales record and 245% above levels five years ago. 

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Firewood: Hot commodity as Minnesotans get ready for winter

Minnesota Public Radio News
October 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEAR AKELEY – Loggers Tim, Dean and Duane White typically finish cutting winter wood for their home clients by mid-October, then shift to supplying timber to area lumber mills. This year, though, the mills will have to wait. Calls for firewood have doubled and the Whites are working against the clock to cut fuel for customers before it gets truly cold. “Usually we cut 500 cords. We’ve done that already this year,” Duane White shouted over the roar of heavy machinery in the woods north of Akeley as he grabbed timbers with a swinging steel claw and dragged them through a car-sized circular saw.

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Booming German pine lumber exports to Egypt

IHB
October 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first seven months of the year, German exports of sawn pine lumber have further increased. Year-on-year exports are +21% above the levels of last year. Particularly, shipments to Egypt and China, the first two main destinations, grew significantly by +709% and 30%. With over 67.385 cubic meters, total deliveries to the Netherlands are still +30% higher than exports in the reference period of 2013. On contrast, in line with the overall European softwood lumber trend, German exports to Japan have declined by -12%

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Adera silences critics of six-story wooden tower

October 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

North Vancouver’s first six-storey condominium building constructed with wood-frame construction may help silence critics of the nascent building system. In 2009, the BC Building Code was changed to allow an increase in the maximum height for wood-frame residential construction from four to six storeys. Only a handful of such wood structures have been completed in Metro Vancouver, but 79 are under construction across the province, according to WoodWorks BC, a division of the Canadian Wood Council.

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Wood Manufacturing Council Readies Women for Non-Traditional Jobs

Woodworking Network
October 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONCTON, NB, CANADA – Local employers in Moncton, NB have shown great interest and confidence in the graduates of the Wood Manufacturing Council’s (WMC) recently completed “Women in Non-Traditional Trades” program. Nine of the ten participants who completed the training now have full time employment with firms in the area, invited to join our celebration for the ladies in non-traditional trades who are ready to begin working in the wood manufacturing sector.

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Wood more environmentally sound building material, OSU forester says

Oregon State University forestry dean touts advantages of building with wood.
The Capital Press
October 21, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Oregon State University College of Forestry Dean Thomas Maness gets excited when he talks wood. “I get excited about this stuff, so you’ll forgive me if I tend to go on a bit,” he said during a recent presentation at the Oregon Forest Industries Council annual meeting. “But this is important,” he said. “This is really important. We are producing something that is vital to human survival.” Earlier in the presentation, Maness said housing demands are increasing at a rapid rate, and, with the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion in another two or three decades, the demand isn’t expected to slow.

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Forestry

Yellowstone to Yukon conservation anniversary celebrated

Canadian Press
October 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

EDMONTON – Environmentalists are basking in a warm glow of satisfaction this week as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the largest and most successful conservation programs on the planet. “We’re trying to share some good news with people,” said Harvey Locke, one of the founding members of the Yellowstone to Yukon project, which is slowly creating a vast, interconnected network of protected mountain landscapes down the western spine of North America. “In the 1980s, we discovered that national parks as islands would not maintain their qualities through time,” Locke said. “Even our biggest parks are vulnerable to losing their biggest animals over time unless they were part of a much larger system.”

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European Gypsy Moth, an invasive species, resurfaces in Metro Vancouver

Global News
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The City of Surrey is buckling down for a battle against an invasive species that has the potential to cause massive damage. For the first time in four years the European Gypsy Moth has resurfaced in Metro Vancouver. This time the infestation appears to have hit prime agricultural land in Cloverdale the hardest. Inspectors put up traps during the summer and found a far higher number of the gypsy moths than normal. The moth keeps coming back, despite widespread spraying campaigns.

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Efforts underway to retrieve historical logging equipment

Collection has artifacts more than 100 years old
Powell River Peak
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River Historical Museum and Archives wants to return a long-lost sawmill to its rightful home. During City of Powell River Council’s Thursday, October 16, committee of the whole meeting, Bert Finnamore, the museum’s heritage manager, said he wanted to apprise the committee about the potential acquisition of the Anderson sawmill collection offered by Burnaby Village Museum. Acquiring this collection, that originally came from this area, would be a large opportunity, but to proceed, the museum would require permission to site the collection.

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Montreal Lake Cree Nation Certified to SFI® Standard to Enhance Forestry Operations and Community Sustainability

CNW
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forested area in central Saskatchewan — more than half the size of Prince Edward Island — is now certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2010–2014 Standard. The Montreal Lake Cree Nation adopted the SFI Standard because of its ability to promote sustainable forest management by protecting water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and species at risk. Enhancing the economic sustainability of the community was another key factor in the decision to choose SFI. 

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Woodlot Management Mentorship Program Field Day

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Woodlot Management Mentorship Program Field Day will be held at Jim Crooker’s woodlot in South Brookfield, Queens County, Nova Scotia on Nov. 8. This free event is part of the new program that aims to create opportunities for family forest owners to learn from each other, and give experienced owners a chance to share their knowledge. The program is a partnership of Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, and the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association. It is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

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Urban forest should be an election issue in Whitby

Durham Region
October 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

… What is your vision for protecting and enhancing our urban forest? Lush, healthy trees raise property values and make neighbourhoods much more attractive. Walk through Durham’s historic districts with their stunning maples and oaks at the peak of autumn colour right now and you’ll see what I mean. Trees make life much more comfortable, shading streets and sidewalks on hot summer days and blocking winter winds. The older a tree, the more character it has, the more beauty and value for wildlife.

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Guest opinion: Montanans oppose giving away federal lands

Billings Gazette
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

State Sen. Jennifer Fielder has suggested that a Utah county commissioner, Nevada state legislators and a Canadian negotiator know what’s best for us here in Montana. I’d like to think Montanans know what’s best for Montana. While transferring federal lands into state hands may be of interest to some people outside the state, it’s certainly not in our interest. Far from it. Montanans know that the BLM and Forest Service are by no means perfect at handling our federal lands. We also know that if the state were to take ownership of those 30 million acres, Montanans would be saddled with the $340 million bill it would cost to manage the land.

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Tree-rotting disease takes hold in Lancashire (& video)

BBC News
October 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are fears the tree disease ash dieback could be taking a stronger hold in Lancashire. The Forestry Commission said the North West is among the worst areas in the country for the disease, especially in the Forest of Bowland. Colin Riley, Woodland Trust site manager for Lancashire, said 450 diseased ash trees were being destroyed, but the forest would be restocked in the new year with oak, beech, alder and willow.

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Satellites for smart logging

Phys.org
October 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Satcoms are helping to save our trees through more efficient use of our forests. Satellites are mapping forests, sending instructions to loggers, monitoring tree-harvesting machinery and coordinating log transport almost in real time. The Treemetrics company in Ireland, supported by ESA, has developed an all-encompassing device that uses hybrid satellite and terrestrial communications, and GPS. The display gives detailed mapping information, showing a harvesting machine’s driver which trees should be felled and how the wood should be cut.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Celebrate BC Bioenergy Day today

BC Government
October 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – In recognition of BC Bioenergy Day, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Minister, Steve Thomson issued the following statement: “Today is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of the bioenergy sector to British Columbia and the world. “Bioenergy reduces waste, creates jobs, and helps this province meet its climate change goals. Bioenegy uses organic material like agricultural waste and forestry by-products to generate heat and energy. It’s a viable, valuable source of clean energy.

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Biomass identified as best option for Nelson energy system

Nelson Star
October 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Work on a new energy system for a block of city-owned buildings in downtown Nelson is moving ahead, but is now expected to use biomass rather than geothermal heating. A feasibility study completed in August found biomass would make the most economic sense. It would use wood waste from local mills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,200 tonnes per year. The buildings expected to be included in the project’s first phase are the Civic Centre, community complex, curling club, and indoor soccer facility, which are all adjacent.

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General

Adera silences critics of six-story wooden tower

October 23, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

North Vancouver’s first six-storey condominium building constructed with wood-frame construction may help silence critics of the nascent building system. In 2009, the BC Building Code was changed to allow an increase in the maximum height for wood-frame residential construction from four to six storeys. Only a handful of such wood structures have been completed in Metro Vancouver, but 79 are under construction across the province, according to WoodWorks BC, a division of the Canadian Wood Council.

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