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Daily Archives: November 7, 2014

Business & Politics

US: Massive log exports to China boom prices and profits

IHB The Timber Network
November 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

In northwestern United States, logging activity is in full mode in the forests of Douglas fir and hemlocks. ”Logging companies are operating at full capacity,” said Garett Weaver of the Oregon Loggers Association. If you want to find the reason for this situation, you have to look towards Asia. …”Half of forest harvesting on the west coast of the US and Canada are going as unprocessed logs to China. Volumes increased significantly in 3 years and log prices follow the same progression,” said Darren Hadlock of the Quadco company. …Thus, prices of Douglas jumped 78% since 2009 and 17% since 2012. The price surge of hemlock is even more impressive: +93% since 2009 and 18% since 2012.

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Interfor Reports Strong Results in Q3’14

Marketwired via COMTEX
November 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor reported net earnings of $11.0 million, or $0.16 per share, and EBITDA of $45.4 million for the third quarter of 2014. These figures compare with net earnings and EBITDA of $7.4 million and $47.3 million respectively in the second quarter of 2014 and a loss of $130,000 and EBITDA of $24.6 million in the third quarter of 2013. Sales revenue amounted to $373 million in the third quarter compared with $390 million in the second quarter and $273 million in the third quarter last year. 

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Meadow Creek Forest Products sued

Nelson Star
November 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Forest Products is facing lawsuits and liens from its former logging contractor and a woodlot owner. A notice of claim filed in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops on October 30 by Alkam Holdings Ltd. names Meadow Creek Forest Products, Meadow Creek Cedar, and Sinclair Forest Management Ltd. of Clearwater. Alkam says it is owed $237,000. It has also filed a lien against wood that has been felled but not yet moved off a woodlot owned by Sinclair. …Last week, Inder Johal, a Meadow Creek Forest Products executive, indicated that Alkam was “fired due to log quality issues and issues with [their] attitude towards our forestry department.”

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PCs, NDP want Ontario to change forestry rules to keep Fort Frances mill alive

The Canadian Press
November 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The opposition parties called on the Ontario government Wednesday to change the rules on control of Crown forests to help save a pulp mill in Fort Frances, and up to one thousand jobs. The Progressive Conservatives and NDP said Resolute Forest Products is blocking the sale of the shuttered mill to Expera Specialty Solutions of Wisconsin because it still controls the timber surrounding the town near the Manitoba border. “Expera, a speciality paper company, was interested in reopening the plant, but they could not get a reasonably priced supply of wood fibre essential to make the project viable — that price is controlled by the past owners of the mill,” complained PC northern development critic Norm Miller.

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Town specifies requests for help

Fort Frances Times
November 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With winter coming and no current plans by Resolute Forest Products to heat its mill here, the Town of Fort Frances has laid out specifically what it would like to see the province do to help in the immediate future. In a letter sent yesterday to Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro, Mayor Roy Avis thanked Mauro for the opportunity to speak with him Tuesday in Toronto regarding the breakdown of talks between Expera and Resolute, along with the associated issues and concerns. “We felt that the discussions with you and Minister Gravelle with the town, Chief Sara Mainville of Couchiching First Nation and Chief Patricia Big George, Big Island First Nation, were very constructive,” the mayor wrote.

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Stella-Jones earns $29.5 million in Q3 as acquisitions fuel big revenue boost

Canadian Business
November 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Pressure treated wood producer Stella-Jones says it earned $29.5 million in the third quarter as sales grew 25 per cent on acquisitions and the benefit of a higher U.S. dollar. The Montreal-based company which sells railway ties and utility poles earned 43 cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compared with $27.6 million or 40 cents per share a year ago. Revenues increased to $357.3 million from $285.3 million. The acquisition of Pacific Wood Preserving Companies and Boatright Railroad Products in the past year added $23.2 million to revenue, while a a higher U.S. dollar added $8.9 million. Excluding those factors, sales increased about 14 per cent.

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Report shows heavy metals in pulp mill effluent

Cape Breton Post
November 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

GRANTON – Matt and Dave Gunning and Dr. John Krawczyk walked into the Nova Scotia Environment Pictou District Office in Granton on Nov. 6 with a mission. They were delivering a new third-party report on what’s in the water and soil around Boat Harbour… “Analytical results… clearly indicate the presence of several heavy metals,” stated Fraser in the report. “These heavy metals are flowing with Northern Pulp Mill’s waste waters along the course of Boat Harbour.” The report indicates that the presence of mercury suggests a spill may have occurred in the past on soils adjacent to Boat Harbour… The report doesn’t indicate whether the presence of mercury is directly attributable to Northern Pulp or Canso Chemical’s operations.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Beauty Of Wood In Coastal Construction

Coast Forest Products Association
November 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood is a material of choice on BC’s coast, making it ideal for both small and large scale construction. Using examples of the stunning designs recognized by Wood WORKS! BC in their highly successful annual Wood Design Awards, the latest video by Coast Forest Products Association demonstrates the beauty, sustainability and innovation of buildings constructed with wood.

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WoodWorks Tall Wood Building Sessions Draw Nearly 200 Architects

WoodWorking Network
November 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A model of a 42 story wood building designed by Skidmore Owings Merrill architects sat tantalizingly at the right side of the stage, as panels of architects, engineers and designers at a Chicago conference recapped and forecast the rising fortunes of taller wood buildings. The event is one of a half dozen around the U.S. sponsored by WoodWorks, a wood industry effort to promote the use of CLT, or Cross Laminated Timber, in building design and construction. Tall wood buildings have been capturing the imagination of architects and engineers who see them as an opportunity to reduce costs and lessen the carbon footprint of buildings. 

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Hotel Hotel architects March Studio win National Architecture Award for interior design

canberratimes.com
November 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

As the head of the National Architecture Awards jury Paul Berkemeier spent two “intense” but “fun” weeks travelling across Australia visiting about 60 sites in contention for a gong from the Australian Institute of Architects. But when he walked into Hotel Hotel’s lobby-cum-bar-cum-restaurant, he was bowled over. “It’s really memorable,” he said. “It just has such a strong, quirky sense to it, both the architecture but also the social aspect really works.”… Mr Berkemeier said the “playful” way timber and concrete was assembled in the hotel “sings”.

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Forestry

Perseverance Day brings in $146K

Comox Valley Record
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cumberland Community Forest Society has just formally announced fundraising results for their October 26th Perseverance Day for the Forest. The grand total for the day is $146,547!…The Cumberland Forest is privately owned as part of the legacy of the E&N Land Transfer in the late 1800s that saw over 2 million acres of land along the eastern side of Vancouver Island transfer into private hands in exchange for building a railway. These unprotected Cumberland Forest lands are slated to be logged as early as 2016.

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Region rallies for Cherryville

Vernon Morning Star
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville’s fight against a logging road is going regional. The Regional District of North Okanagan board instructed staff Wednesday to contact member jurisdictions if they will write letters of support for the community which is concerned B.C. Timber Sales’ plans for a road and ultimate logging on Cherry Ridge could cause landslides. “Residents are frightened about the potential consequences of the road and slides,” said Juliette Cunningham. “When a community is ignored, it’s important for the greater (RDNO) membership to be involved. We need to support them any way we can.”

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Shortage of woods contractors also means less firewood — DNR

southshorenow.ca
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fewer wood contractors toiling the region’s forests is hampering the supply of market-ready firewood, a Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) official told a recent meeting of civic politicians concerned about fibre shortages in their constituencies. Firewood scarcity is a common topic Jon Porter, a DNR renewable resources executive, has been hearing about during his first six months on the job. “We think the issue this year is a significant shortage of woods contractors in general and that’s probably the number one issue we see,” Mr. Porter said during a recent Municipality of Lunenburg committee of the whole meeting. 

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Forest Stewardship Council Awards Founder of FSC Certification

Woodworking Network
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

NEW ORLEANS – The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) awarded Robert J. Hrubes, Executive vice president of SCS Global Services – a developer of sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards – and Richard Donovan, senior vice president and vice president of forestry at the Rainforest Alliance, with the FSC Leadership Award for Long-Standing Dedication to FSC and Leadership through an Uncommon Partnership. As a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council, Hrubes helped design the FSC certification program and served on the FSC International Board of Directors for five years following its inception.  

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Officials strive to educate public, remove attractants for bears

Billings Gazette
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As grizzly bear populations have grown in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, state and federal officials are striving to educate the public to reduce human-bear encounters while also removing attractants to keep bears out of harm’s way. …“There’s been a huge black bear issue in Big Sky for over 20 years,” said Kevin Frey, bear specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Skeldon has led an effort to increase outreach and education about bears in southwestern Montana. With a trailer loaded with bear mounts, hides and handouts, she toured schools and summer events to educate the public.

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Aspen decline in northern Arizona leaves forestry officials searching for answers

Camp Verde Bugle
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF – By some measures, aspens are the largest organisms in the world, as entire groves spanning thou-sands of trees can be interconnected through elaborate root systems… But in recent decades, the number of aspens in Arizona’s higher elevations has declined sharply. A 2001 study by the U.S. Forest Service said that Arizona has seen a 96 percent decline in aspen acreage since 1900, the largest by far among states with significant aspen populations. Mary Lou Fairweather, a Flagstaff-based forest pathologist for the Forest Service, said the decline has intensified in recent years.

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Oak wilt disease discovered in Leelanau County

Interlochen Public Radio
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Foresters in Leelanau County are trying to tamp down another outbreak of tree disease. It’s just the latest in a series of problems disrupting forests in northern Michigan and experts are calling for some heavy-duty responses. Kama Ross spotted the first outbreak of oak wilt disease in Leelanau County just east of Lake Leelanau in Bingham Township. As the forester for three county conservation districts, including Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, she’s seen it before. “It’s been confirmed in all the other surrounding counties,” said Ross. 

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Land trust buys state’s last patch of old-growth forest

Journal Gazette
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SHELBYVILLE – A 60-acre wooded area with trees that were already old when Indiana became a state is coming under official protection, with plans for opening it up to the public during the state’s bicentennial year in 2016. The land in central Indiana’s Shelby County is the state’s last patch of unprotected old-growth forest, according to the Central Indiana Land Trust. The property known as Meltzer Woods includes a 100-foot-tall burr oak that experts estimate is 400 years old… The property is among 12 small sections of old-growth forest across Indiana that have never been cleared, totaling 980 acres, according to state records.

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This timber must be seized, not sold

Greenpeace International
November 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Today, in waters outside of a Rotterdam port, activists continued tracking illegally sourced timber arriving from the Brazilian Amazon. They confronted a French flagged ship coming from a sawmill dealing illegal timber destined for European markets. Carrying banners that read, “Amazon Forest Crime” they followed the ship as it entered the port to unload its cargo. Our investigations show the ship is carrying containers with wood known as Ipe, to be unloaded and transported later to Belgium. They are headed for the timber trading companies “Lemahieu” and “Omniplex”. 

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Moulton College launches national project to protect woodlands

Northamton Chronicle
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A unique Conifers for Colleges programme spearheaded by the Royal Forestry Society has gone live with a national launch at Moulton College in Northamptonshire and praise from across the forestry sector. Conifers for Colleges recognises the risks that climate change, pests and diseases represent to woodlands, as well as the need for a wider range of tree species and a greater supply of skills to ensure that the UK nurtures resilient and productive woodlands for future generations. It brings together specialist tree nurseries, forestry organisations and education establishments to research novel tree species for future use within the industry.

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The Ecosystem That Is Disappearing Faster Than Any Other on Earth

The Huffington Post
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mangroves–the uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line our tropical and subtropical coasts, the critical membrane between land and sea–are disappearing at faster rates than virtually any other ecosystem on Earth… The destruction and degradation of these natural systems–because of factors such as climate change, development, tourism, wood extraction, and non-sustainable farming–bring about tremendous ecological, social, and economic losses, the extent of which we are only now just realizing. But there is hope for mangroves. The world is starting to notice just how important they are and is beginning to take steps to prevent further loss.

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New strategy set to boost Bay forestry

NZ Herald
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new strategy in Bay of Plenty region’s forestry and wood processing sector is set to help support and accelerate the development of a market-led, globally-focused, high-value wood products industry in the region. The Forestry and Wood Processing Strategy 2014 was developed under the Bay of Connections framework, following the input of a significant number of industry representatives. The original strategy was first launched in 2011 and had recently been updated to include the highlights and progress since then, as well as the areas of focus for the next three years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest Service opens $5 million funding opportunity

Biomass Magazine
November 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking proposals for projects that substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the U.S. to support forest management needs. According to the notice, grants and cooperative agreements awarded under the solicitation will support the nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from the National Forest System and other forest lands in a manner that supports the wood-to-energy and wood products markets.

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What puts forests more at risk — climate change or attempts to counter it?

Newsworks.org
November 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In a 19th-century farmhouse deep in northern Pennsylvania’s Bradford County, Nancy Baker is looking at family photos dating back four generations… “When we inherited this land from my mother I said, ‘OK, it’s our turn to steward the land,'” said Baker. It’s a question a lot of foresters are debating in the age of climate change. But they don’t all agree on what to do… In Pennsylvania, as along the entire eastern seaboard, forests have been expanding. But eastern forests are also in trouble, showing signs of stress. Scientists are at odds over how to help them. Some people fret about the changes and blame global warming. Others say the role of climate change in the evolution of eastern forests is exaggerated.

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Can biomass replace fossil fuels?

IHB The Timber Network
November 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

That’s the main question that the 5th International Wood Energy Conference would like to answer. The conference will take place on December 3rd 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia. The conference is the main regional meeting point for all decision makers. With more than 200 participants it is a great opportunity for a quality presentation of the newest technologies and trends regarding renewable energy sources and for getting an insight into the current investment climate in the SEE region. To familiarize with the latest trends in the field of renewable energy and to introduce modern production technologies, production of forest biomass, pellets, briquettes and electricity from wood through cogeneration.

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Tanzania to plant millions of trees in next 16 years to combat climate change

Xinhua News Agency
November 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

ARUSHA, Tanzania – Tanzania’s government on Thursday announced its grand plan of planting millions of trees within the next 16 years to combat climate change. The announcement came at the time when thousands of forest land fall prey of rampant tree felling for fuel wood and timber, which end up causing unprecedented changes in weather patterns in respective areas. “Tree planting programme is part of the government’s mission towards addressing deforestation that leads to high emission of carbon dioxide,” said Binilith Mahenge, Minister of State in Vice President’s Office (Environment), when addressing participants attending the 13th meeting of the United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN- REDD) Policy Board members in Arusha.

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