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Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Q3 net loss improves, adjusted profit cut in half, sales dip 3%

Canadian Press
October 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP) reports it had a dip in third-quarter sales, lower adjusted earnings and a substantially reduced net loss of US$116 million. The net loss was the equivalent of US$1.23 per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, down from a loss of $6.22 per share or US$588-million in last year’s third quarter when Resolute had a non-recurring, non-cash income tax item. Excluding special items, Resolute’s adjusted profit was $17 million or 18 cents per share in this year’s third quarter.

Press Release from Resolute Forest Products

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SmartLam outgrowing its C-Falls site

Flathead News
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, Canada West

SmartLam is quickly outgrowing its current location in Columbia Falls and is looking for a new site for a much larger manufacturing plant, according to general manager Casey Malmquist. “We’re at full production now and looking to get into other markets,” he said. “We’re packed in tight, and Western Building Center wants to expand, too. We’ve been good neighbors, and we appreciate that.” The SmartLam plant in Columbia Falls currently employs about 35 workers, he said. The plant takes lower grade dimensional lumber, finger-joints them into a better grade two-inch product, and then cross-laminates the two-inch products into large panels.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results and Quarterly Dividend

Market Watch
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Canfor Pulp Products today reported net income of $24.3 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2014, compared to $18.8 million, or $0.27 per share, for the second quarter of 2014 and $9.1 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2013. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company’s net income was $68.8 million, or $0.97 per share, compared to $27.6 million, or $0.39 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

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No. 9 shuts down temporarily

Powell River Peak
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation announced in a press release, Monday, October 27, the temporary curtailment of one of three paper machines at its Powell River mill, removing capacity of 6,500 tonnes of specialty paper grades from the market. This curtailment reflects Catalyst’s strategy to match production with domestic market demand and inventory. The No. 9 paper machine will be idled on Friday, October 31, for three weeks. Additional downtime may be taken later in the quarter based on market demands, states the release.

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Community icon passes away

South Peace News
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

High Prairie’s most beloved and famous citizen passed away Oct. 19 at his Edmonton home at the age of 85 years after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  W. Gordon Buchanan was a family man, entrepreneur, risk taker and philanthropist… It all began in 1957 when the Buchanan family moved to High Prairie from McCreary, Man. They brought a sawmill, planer, three cats and two trucks with them. Over the decades, they built the business into a lumber company not only respected in Alberta, but Canada and around the world for the quality of its products. 

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Domtar Corporation elects Domenic Pilla to its Board of Directors

Canada Newswire press release
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corporation announced today the election of Domenic Pilla to its Board of Directors. Mr. Pilla currently serves as President of Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s leading pharmacy and beauty retailer, with sales of over $11 billion, and more than 52,000 employees across 1,400 retail locations; he has held this position since 2011. Shoppers Drug Mart is a unique and independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited. Under Mr. Pilla’s leadership, Shoppers Drug Mart underwent a significant business transformation that led to impressive financial performance. 

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Wynne pledges mill help

Fort Frances Times
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province will do what it can to help get the kraft mill restarted here “I recognize the benefits that such a deal could bring to your community,” she wrote in a letter to Mayor Roy Avis, which officially was received by town council at its regular meeting last night. “Our government is committed to the forestry industry, and to preserving and creating jobs in Northern Ontario,” the premier stressed. “While the final decision on the possible purchase and restart of the Fort Frances facility ultimately rests with Resolute and Expera, we are prepared to facilitate discussions with both companies in an attempt to secure a positive outcome for the people of Fort Frances and surrounding Rainy River District,” she noted.

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NLBMDA Announces New Leadership Team for 2014-2015

Woodworking Network
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

San Diego – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) elected its new leadership team yesterday installed at the ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California. At the association’s annual meeting, the NLBMDA Board of Directors elected J.D. Saunders as the new chair of the association. JD is vice president of Economy Lumber in Campbell, California and is replacing outgoing chair Chris Yenrick, president of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Editorial: Charting new future for forest land

The Daily Record News
October 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The announcement Monday that the Nature Conservancy is purchasing 75 square miles of Plum Creek Timber Company land between Snoqualmie Pass and Cle Elum for $49 million may have come as a shock due to its size, but for those who have tracked forest land practices in Kittitas County over the past few decades, it was not a surprise. The sale is a continuation of a trend that started many years ago with Plum Creek selling timber land surrounding the Upper County communities. This includes the land that became the Suncadia resort and land around Cle Elum sold for development purposes.

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New committee looks to boost forestry industry-Federal Parliament communication

ABC News Australia
October 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The pulp and paper processing industry’s peak body has welcomed the creation of a new federal parliamentary support group. The Parliamentary Friends of Forestry and Forest Products was launched on Tuesday night. It will allow forest-related groups to speak directly to MPs and senators. Australian Forest Products Association chief executive Ross Hampton said he hoped the group would lead to increased government understanding of issues facing the industry. “It’s really come home to our political leaders that they need to think about the policy settings for the sector, that it’s no longer enough to think it will be there in the future regardless,” he said.

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Russia: Exports of lumber and plywood up 15%

IHB
October 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The volume of exported Russian lumber for seven months of 2014 grew by an annualized rate of 15.1% and reached 7.65 million tons, the Russian Forestry Review reports quoting the Russian Federal Tax Service. In value, lumber export was 2.27 billion US dollars (+10.2%). The export of lumber outside CIS was 5.59 million tons (+10.7%) up to 1.76 billion US dollars (+11.4%), and to CIS countries – 2.06 million tons (+15%) worth 507.5 million US dollars (+5%).

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New committee looks to boost forestry industry-Federal Parliament communication

ABC News, Australia
October 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The pulp and paper processing industry’s peak body has welcomed the creation of a new federal parliamentary support group. The Parliamentary Friends of Forestry and Forest Products was launched on Tuesday night. It will allow forest-related groups to speak directly to MPs and senators. Australian Forest Products Association chief executive Ross Hampton said he hoped the group would lead to increased government understanding of issues facing the industry. “It’s really come home to our political leaders that they need to think about the policy settings for the sector, that it’s no longer enough to think it will be there in the future regardless,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood-frame building codes changing across Canada

The Rebate Blog
October 28, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The case for building taller wood-framed buildings is gaining traction with provinces and cities adapting their building codes to allow for taller wood structures. Most recently, Calgary announced a change to its rules allowing for six-storey buildings with wood frames, an increase from four-storeys. City planners hope this will encourage developers to build more mid-rise condos since wood frames are cheaper and more environmentally friendly, according to the Calgary Herald. The forestry industry is also expected to benefit from this change in policy. British Columbia was the first province to adapt the guidelines for wood-framed structures back in 2009 and since then, provinces such as Quebec and Ontario have followed its lead. The National Building Code of Canada is also currently working on revisions to its code, which happens every five years, and it’s expected that they will approve a similar standard. 

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Calgary approves six-storey wood buildings

Journal of Commerce
October 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Beginning in November, the City of Calgary will be accepting building permit applications for six-storey wood-frame residential buildings. This will only apply in areas where the building proposal would comply with the applicable zoning rules. The current Building Code limits wood frame residential construction to four storeys. “We are looking at innovative ways to make housing more affordable for Calgarians,” said Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Six story wood buildings are easier and cheaper to build than using other materials, which makes for more affordable homes.”

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‘We could have, should have, given up’: Step Forward Paper’s journey from a small idea to a profitable business

Financial Post
October 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Coming to market and failing fast is not Jeff Golfman’s story. The co-founder of Prairie Paper Ventures Inc. dreamt up the idea of 100%-tree-free paper more than 16 years ago. After 14 years of research and development, Step Forward Paper launched two years ago, with distribution through Staples and accounts with some of the largest companies in the world. Backed by celebrity environmental advocate and partner, Woody Harrelson, the road to Step Forward Paper’s success was paved by unusual twists and turns, good old common sense and determination.

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USGBC Pushes LEED 2009 Registration Date Into 2016

Hardwood Floors Magazine
October 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LEED 2009, also known as LEED v3, can be used to register projects until Oct. 31, 2016, about a year and four months later than planned, according to a statement from the U.S. Green Building Council. The original date—June 15, 2015—was extended to give the green building market additional time to prepare for LEED v4, which was released in fall 2013. More than 60 percent of attendees surveyed at last weeks’ Greenbuild conference said they are “not ready” or “unsure” if they are ready to pursue LEED v4. The USGBC noted that LEED v4 is more rigorous and contains a multitude of updates from the previous version.

US Green Building Council Announces Extension of LEED 2009 from The Woodworking Network

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U.S. expands hardwood lumber shipments to Europe

IHB The Timber Network
October 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports to Europe in July were 30% higher than in July 2013, pushing year-to-date growth up to 15%, says a report of the Hardwood Review eGlobal (HReG). Shipments to 9 of the Top 10 European markets were higher this July than last, with Italy the exception. Italy was the fifth largest market through 2013, but has since fallen behind the UK and Japan into seventh place. 

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HSE addresses timber industry with open letter

Builders’ Merchants News
October 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has written an open letter to the timber industry to explain its expectations in relation to the management of fire risks prior to and during the construction of timber frame structures. The letter has been produced in conjunction with the Structural Timber Association (STA). Together, they strive to promote a better understanding of fire risk management throughout all parts of the supply chain, including those outside STA’s membership. The standards to be achieved are the same regardless of trade body membership or otherwise. 

More information can be found on HSE’s website.

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Forestry

Excellence in Teaching

UBC Forestry News
October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Faculty of Graduate Studies profiles Dr Rob Kozak, as a recipient of the 2014 Killam Teaching Prize. This award recognizes Rob’s strong commitment to teaching and reflects his abilities to interest and engage students both inside and outside of the classroom. Established university-wide, the Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members in recognition of excellence in teaching. Rob is a two-time winner of the Killam Teaching Prize, as he was also a recipient of the honour in 2001.

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Forest faces off with toad populations in Summit Lake

Arrow Lakes News
October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the last two council meetings, Councillor Hughes requested an official Village response to swelling public concerns about the proposed logging by Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR) in the blue-listed western toads’ habitat. He was shot down by his colleagues, with the mayor requesting additional information from NACFOR itself. According to B.C.’s Ministry of Environment, a blue listed species is “particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events. Blue-listed elements are at risk, but are not Extirpated, Endangered or Threatened.” According to published numbers, fewer than half of the amount were carried to safety during this year’s Toadfest compared to previous years.

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Why wildland firefighters keep coming back

Infotel.ca
October 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – It can feel like warfare; heading into a fire, in the middle of nowhere for days on end at the mercy of Mother Nature. Yet something about being on the battle lines draws in wildland firefighters season after season. For Jarvis Manuel, a 14-year veteran with B.C. Wildfire, it’s the people. For Thomas Martin, a four-year veteran, it’s the people. Jon Collavini, a 17-year veteran, you guessed it, it’s the people. These three men all come from very different backgrounds yet the job is one they keep coming back to despite the uncertainty and danger.

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Timeliness, Penalty Size and Transparency of Penalty Determinations

BC Forest Practices Board
October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One way the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and Wildfire Act (WA) are enforced is through the use of administrative penalties. Administrative penalties provide an efficient way to enforce legislation and promote compliance, if appropriately used. …This report looks at penalty determinations made by government officials for contraventions of FRPA, WA and the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, during a five-year period from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2014.

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Great Bear Rainforest deal hinges on First Nations

Globe and Mail
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of British Columbia’s most remarkable collaborative creations, the Great Bear Rainforest, is close to becoming a reality after more than a decade of negotiations. But the key architects of the deal say it is in danger of falling apart unless the provincial government addresses the needs of the region’s human residents – primarily First Nations communities. The pact that ended the war of the woods, which would preserve large swaths of old-growth trees and the home of the Kermode bears on B.C.’s mid-coast, has focused since talks began in 1999 on logging and wildlife.

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Trees Ontario seeks local landowners who wish to have a tree planted on their property

Kingston Region
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

If you are a landowner and looking to plant trees, now is the time to speak with a representative from Trees Ontario. That’s because Trees Ontario, a non-profit organization that focuses on enhancing Ontario’s tree planting capacity and delivering forest restoration programs, is seeking interested landowners who wish to have trees planted on their property in the spring. “For folks that want to do some tree planting in a big way, we can significantly reduce their planting costs by 80 to 90 per cent,” explained Tim Gray, Trees Ontario field advisor for Central/Eastern Ontario.

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Market sought for tree-thinning wood in Washington

The Columbia Daily News
October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Scientists are searching for the fuels of the future in high-tech laboratories around the world, but last week one research team debuted its new technology at a wood-chipping plant tucked in the forest outside Cle Elum. That’s because their technology runs on wood chips. Roasting the wood, which might be otherwise worthless, at high temperatures without oxygen, creates a bio-oil similar to petroleum and a flammable gas that can be captured to run the burners. It also produces bio-char, a charcoal-like material that has applications in agriculture as a soil additive and in water filtration.

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County, timber company at odds

The Oconee Enterprise
October 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timberlands and the county are nearly $2,000 apart on their valuation of Oconee County forestlands. The Board of Equalization Tuesday sided with the county’s fair-market values of four Plum Creek parcels in Oconee County. The two parties are already awaiting a hearing before a Superior Court judge regarding 2012 property values. Plum Creek has 30 days from receipt of Tuesday’s decision to file an appeal for the 2013 valuation. Attorney Roger Land of Atlanta sent documents to Tuesday’s Board hearing, but no one from the company made a personal appearance. However, Plum Creek sent Court Reporter Karen Jett of Marietta to record the hearing.

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Demand for forestry sector to act on dreadful safety record

TVNZ.co.nz
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry bosses are being told to look at training, hours of work and even how a tree is cut down. The call comes from an independent panel after a nine month review into the sector in which 32 people have been killed in the last six years. Independent forestry safety review chairman, George Adams, says everyone needs to step up. “It’s a big plan and we’ve set out what we believe is a three year road map which will deliver a safe sustainable and professional forestry sector. “It’s really hard to actually become professional and have a professional safety culture if you’re actually ignoring employment standards.”

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Which tree is the most loveable one in Ireland? We’ll know by tomorrow

TheJournal.ie
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PEOPLE ARE BEING encouraged to find their inner tree hugger and vote for Ireland’s Most Loveable Tree. Members of the public have until tomorrow night to vote in the National Tree Huggers 2014 contest ‘Love My Tree’. Fifteen people, including former Young Person of the Year Joanne O’Riordan, chef Rachel Allen and Westmeath footballer Israel Ilunga, have chosen their favourite trees for inclusion in the competition.Just Forests is behind the initiative and the organisation hopes it will get people talking about serious environmental issues, such as climate change and Ireland’s dependence on imported timber.

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A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for World’s Rainforests

After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from Brazil to Indonesia.
Yale Environment 360
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the mid-1990s I visited a magnificent tract of lowland rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. Some of my fondest memories are from that forest: hiking under the towering trees, wading in the crystal-clear streams, and delighting in its spectacular wildlife, including hornbills and endangered orangutans. But a few months after my visit, those trees were torn down, and the forest was obliterated. Today that area is an oil palm plantation. The destruction of that forest set me on an odyssey that led to the creation of Mongabay.com, which has become a popular and influential website that closely tracks trends in the world’s tropical forests.

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Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia’s land

Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030
The Guardian
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fifteen years years ago the villages around Abrha Weatsbha in northern Ethiopia were on the point of being abandoned. The hillsides were barren, the communities, plagued by floods and droughts, needed constant food aid, and the soil was being washed away. Today, Abrha Weatsbha in the Tigray region is unrecognisable and an environmental catastrophe has been averted following the planting of many millions of tree and bush seedlings. Wells that were dry have been recharged, the soil is in better shape, fruit trees grow in the valleys and the hillsides are green again.

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Forestry Tasmania posts $43m loss, Minister blames peace deal

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

The Tasmanian Government is blaming the forest peace deal brokered under its predecessor for another big loss posted by Forestry Tasmania. The Government-owned forest estate manager lost $43.1 million after tax in the financial year that ended in June. That was despite the previous Labor-Greens government handing the company $37 million during the year in a bid to keep it solvent. Resources Minister Paul Harriss told Parliament the peace deal that led to the creation of new native forest reserves was to blame for the result.

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Forest Stewardship Council under fire from green groups

The Fifth Estate
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Stewardship Council Australia is under fire from an unlikely quarter, with key environment groups calling for the FSC to rescind the Controlled Wood standard accreditation granted to Western Australia’s state logging agency, the Forest Products Commission. The furore has erupted over what the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Western Australian Forest Alliance claim is a flawed definition of old growth forest used by FPC and accepted by the UK-based certifying body, Soil Association Woodmark, a claim denied by FSC. The FSC rejects allegations by ACF and WAFA that the accreditation means FPC will be able to log High Conservation Value forest areas.

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New minister to focus on scrutinising forestry permits

The Jakarta Post
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With the merging of the Forestry Ministry and the Environment Ministry in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s new Cabinet, newly-appointed Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar faces the daunting task of balancing the exploitation and preservation aspects of both ministries. Environmental activists have questioned how Siti would helm the ministry to reach a balance in the management of the country’s abundant, yet massively exploited, natural resources. Fresh from the hand-over ceremony with her predecessor Balthasar Kambuaya on Wednesday, Siti made it clear that one focus of the ministry would be on the issuance of permits.

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Scottish Native Woodlands dataset online

UK Forestry Commission
October 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An online tool that offers an overview of Scotland’s Native woodlands is now available on Scotland’s Environment web pages. The interactive tool summarises complex data derived from Forestry Commission Scotland’s 8-year Native Woodland Survey of Scotland and presents it in user-friendly output. Several months in the making, the tool was developed in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, with support from the European LIFE+ Programme.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rentech commences start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility

Biomass Magazine
October 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rentech Inc. announced Oct. 28 that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach this important milestone at the Atikokan facility. Our Canadian team has done a superb job managing the construction of Rentech’s first two pellet plants, through one of the worst winters on record.

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Fewer grizzly bears dying in Yellowstone area

The Missoulian
October 29, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS (AP) — Fewer threatened grizzly bears are being killed in and around Yellowstone National Park, and scientists said their numbers appear to be holding stable as officials consider lifting protections for the animals… According to the latest estimate, 757 bears now inhabit the region. Twenty bears have been reported killed or removed from that population so far this year, said Frank van Manen, a grizzly researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey.
A judge ruled in part that the Fish and Wildlife Service had not fully considered the potential harm to grizzlies from the loss of a key food source — the nuts of high-elevation white bark pine trees — due to climate change.

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Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland

New Zealand Scoop
October 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of New Zealands first region-wide wood energy heat hub that will help fuel the Southland economy.Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s first region-wide wood energy heat hub that will help fuel the Southland economy. Wood Energy South is a joint initiative between the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Venture Southland that will partner with local businesses, schools and healthcare facilities to help them convert to cleaner, renewable wood burning technology.

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General

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results and Quarterly Dividend

Market Wired
October 29, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (“CPPI”) (TSX:CFX) today reported net income of $24.3 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2014, compared to $18.8 million, or $0.27 per share, for the second quarter of 2014 and $9.1 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2013. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company’s net income was $68.8 million, or $0.97 per share, compared to $27.6 million, or $0.39 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

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