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Business & Politics

North American softwood exports slow in Q3

Timber Trade Journal
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American softwood lumber exports to offshore destinations fell in the third quarter as Chinese demand waned and domestic demand strengthened. Industry newsletter Random Lengths said Canadian overseas exports fell to 1.25 billion board ft, down 13.6% on Q3 in 2013, and 17% down on Q2 this year. US exports offshore fell by 20% in Q3 compared with a year ago. Weaker demand in China was the main reason. Canada’s exports to China were down 11% on Q2 and Q3 in 2013. US shipments to China plunged by 40% on Q3 last year and 19% on Q2 this year.

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Small fire knocked down at Tolko mill in Kelowna

Global News
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA–Employees are being credited with knocking down a small fire at the Tolko mill in Kelowna’s North End. Emergency crews responded to reports of a fire in the wood flooring in one of the buildings just after 4:30 Thursday afternoon. “We threw a lot of resources at it because we have been here in the past,” explained Cpt. Glenn Paley with the Kelowna Fire Department. “So it generated a full response of ladder truck and several engines.”

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Meadow Creek Forest Products Burns to the Ground

Boundary Sentinel
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kaslo RCMP report that an overnight fire completely destroyed the Meadow Creek Forest Products located at 144 Cooper Creek Road, Cooper Creek. RCMP Corporal Shaun Begg says that the mill is outside of the Fire Protection District, and, that when RCMP arrived around 0240 the mill was fully engulfed and then destroyed by the blaze which continued for several hours. Cpl. Begg says that there was a rudimentary fire suppression system on site, but that its effectiveness was inhibited by the effects of the cold weather, and, that despite the efforts of mill workers, there was no effective way to suppress the flames.

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Western Forest Products announces board of directors changes

IHB The Timber Network
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products announced today that Pierre McNeil and Peter Gordon, representatives of the company’s former majority shareholder Brookfield Special Situations, resigned from Western’s Board of Directors following yesterday’s Board meeting. Mr. McNeil had served as a director since December 2007, while Mr. Gordon had served as a director since July 2010, as well as a period from July 2004 to June 2006.

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Forestry rally shows fighting spirit

Fort Frances Times
November 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Our jobs. Our trees. Our forest. Our future.” It was the chant heard loud and clear in downtown Fort Frances at noon yesterday as 200 people of all ages took to the street with signs in hand to fight for the right to have a share of the Crossroute wood supply and to keep the local mill heated over the winter. Signs read “Resolute = Destitute,” “Don’t Let Resolute Freeze Us Out,” “You Took Our Jobs, Give Us Back Our Forest,” and “Kathleen Wynne: The heat is on for you to do something before it is too late.” 

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Resolute Forest Products CAO Silvana Travaglini Sells 1,681 Shares

InterCooler
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products CAO Silvana Travaglini sold 1,681 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.87, for a total value of $31,720.47. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 16,906 shares in the company, valued at approximately $319,016. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

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Lost opportunity in Ontario’s forestry industry

CNW
November 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor is calling on the Wynne government to ensure an opportunity to expand and strengthen Ontario’s recovering forestry sector is not lost. “We are frustrated that plans to save a closed pulp mill in Fort Frances currently owned by Resolute Forestry are needlessly floundering,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. Recently, Expera Specialty Solutions, a Wisconsin-based paper company, announced that its exploration of an opportunity to purchase the now closed Fort Frances mill had ended and that it was unable to reach a deal.

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Valley plant reopening to create up to 160 forestry jobs

Inside Ottawa Valley
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A large federal government loan and a break in hydro costs have led to a fibreboard plant reopening near Pembroke. The restarting of the Pembroke MDF plant last week has created close to 100 jobs for Valley workers. Once the plant reaches full capacity next year, it is expected to employ 160 workers. The reopening of the plant is also a boon for area forestry companies. It will be using their chips to make fibre-board and mouldings. The plant, owned by Chilean interests, has been closed since 2008.

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Time for ministers to force mill deal

An open letter to Michael Gravelle, Northern Development and Mines Minister, and Bill Mauro, Natural Resources and Forestry Minister:
Chronicle Journal
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Enough is enough, gentlemen! Both of you have represented a lot of us in Northwestern Ontario for a long time. Fort Frances is dying with the closure of the Resolute pulp mill. Apparently, Expera, a U.S. company, wants to buy it but they need fibre to supply it. Shouldn’t be a problem. Give them some of the wood from the Crossroute Forest, the same wood rights that Resolute had when they ran the mill. There is a problem here. Why would Resolute even think of selling their Fort Frances mill when they can ship all the Fort Frances Rainy River Crossroute Forest wood to feed their sawmill in Thunder Bay?

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Forestry rally shows fighting spirit

Fort Frances Times
November 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Our jobs. Our trees. Our forest. Our future.” It was the chant heard loud and clear in downtown Fort Frances at noon yesterday as 200 people of all ages took to the street with signs in hand to fight for the right to have a share of the Crossroute wood supply and to keep the local mill heated over the winter. Signs read “Resolute = Destitute,” “Don’t Let Resolute Freeze Us Out,” “You Took Our Jobs, Give Us Back Our Forest,” and “Kathleen Wynne: The heat is on for you to do something before it is too late.” The procession made its way down Scott Street to the parking lot across from shuttered mill, where Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis, Couchiching First Nation Chief Sara Mainville, and local MPP Sarah Campbell delivered messages of strength, unity, and hope.

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Senate committee passes O&C lands bill

Statesman Journal
November 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Wyden’s longstanding effort to find a compromise on how to manage more than 2 million acres of forest land once owned by the defunct Oregon and California Railroad Co. edged forward Thursday. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a revised version of Wyden’s bill by a 15-7 vote, making it eligible for action on the Senate floor. A House bill that takes a different approach to managing the land — authored by Oregon Reps. Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden — passed the House last year but is considered unlikely to pass the Senate.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Northern designs recognized with wood awards

Northern Ontario Business
November 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two Northern Ontario creations have been recognized by the Ontario Wood WORKS! program for design excellence. The St. Victor Catholic School in Mattawa was bestowed the Institutional Commercial Wood Design Award (under $10 million) sponsored by Resolute Forest Products. The architect was Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. based in North Bay and the engineer was Halsall Associates Ltd., which has a Sudbury office. The Victoria Linklater Memorial School in North Spirit Lake received the Northern Ontario Excellence Award sponsored by FedNor. The project was designed by Architecture 49, which has offices in Timmins, Thunder Bay and Sudbury, and engineered by WSP Group.

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Wood advocates who pushed for Ontario Building Code changes recognized

Daily Commercial News
November 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of associations whose efforts helped engineer changes to the Ontario Building Code to permit six-storey wood-frame construction in the province has received this year’s Wood Champion Award. Wood advocates who pushed for Ontario Building Code changes recognized. “The strong partnership and combined voice (of the associations) … helped code changes become a priority for the Ontario government and key stakeholder groups,” Wood WORKS! said in a release. The group consists of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, the Building Industry and Land Development Association, the Residential Construction Council of Ontario, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

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Lend Lease leader to judge US$2M taller timber design competition

Architecture and Design
November 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Lend Lease’s Head of Operational Excellence, Daryl Patterson, will join a panel of eight other international experts to ensure the US$2 million Tall Wood competition, jointly sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, will lead to a viable project winner. The competition invites US developers, institutions, organisations and design teams to submit entries that undertake alternative solutions to construct taller timber buildings. According to the organisers, the large prize money is being offered to overcome one of the main barriers to the use of new building materials and systems – the lack of risk capital to support the additional costs of analysing novel design and engineering alternatives.

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For Greener Skyscrapers, Basic Building Materials Are Being Reinvented

NPR
November 13, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In a head-spinning step, a handful of researchers from Cambridge, England, are experimenting with one of man’s oldest building materials — the kind from trees — instead of steel as the primary structure for big buildings. And they’re aiming really, really high. Already, there is one timber apartment building with nine stories in London, a 10-story structure in Melbourne and a 14-story building in Norway. But all that is dwarfed by talk of a wooden building that someday could reach 70 stories into the sky. 

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Forestry

When the forest is the classroom

Alberni Valley Times
November 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s unlikely that you’ll hear the students in Ryan Dvorak’s Grade 9 class question the relevance of what they’re learning. That’s because the 14 students are part of a unique program where they demonstrate their learning through their work on a local woodlot, a Christmas tree farm, a fish hatchery and the area’s streams and parkland. The Alberni District Secondary School Project-Based Learning Program …explore[s] how natural resource management could be used as a vehicle for academic instruction. Dvorak came on board to implement the program, which is still going strong thanks to support from the district, local businesses and community partners. .

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City unveils $6 million, six year plan to control ash tree beetle

Kingston Heritage
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kingston is getting ready to wage war against an invasive beetle that threatens to destroy thousands of ash trees in the city. But this battle will almost certainly cause casualties in neighbourhoods. “This is, generally speaking, a huge increase over our current tree budget,” said Jim Keech, president of Utilities Kingston. The city has unveiled a plan to spend $1 million a year over the next six years to control the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), which is already munching its way through some of the city’s 3,589 ash trees. That figure doesn’t include the number of ash trees on private property.

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Long-term plan for forestry aims at value-added production

The Telegram
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province’s forestry industry is very different than it was a decade ago, and that shows up clearly in the new 10-year vision for the province’s woods. The province’s new 10-year forestry management plan, released by Minister Derrick Dalley Thursday, aims at higher-value “engineered” wood products as a way to expand the industry. The last time the government drew up one of these strategies — back in 2003 — there were three operating paper mills. Since then, two of those mills have shut down and several sawmills have closed their doors as well. 

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Forest Resource Coordinating Committee’s 2014 Report

Woodworking Network
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of the Forestry Resource Coordinating Committee 2014 report. The committee’s responsibilities include providing advice to Secretary Vilsack on national priorities for private forest conservation.Protecting working forestlands is important piece to the effort to achieve landscape scale outcomes. The FRCC is composed of 20 members, representing a broad range of interest groups and provides guidance for USDA programs. 

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Wildfire prevention or forest destruction?

Mountain communities question forest service clearcutting
Boulder Weekly
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Drive along Highway 119 south of Nederland or Highway 9 south of Frisco and you’ll see large swaths of bare soil and scattered slash — including entire hillsides — where once there was forest. These aren’t future subdivisions, but the Arapaho and White River National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service is undertaking logging with the goal of keeping communities and the forest safe from wildfire. The project is funded by taxpayers to the tune of $1,200 per acre. But some locals, upset about the changes to the forest they know and love, are questioning if logging can really protect their homes and whether wildfire is as much of a threat to the forest as they’re being told. 

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Spare us empty promises on forest management

The Missoulian
November 13, 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 U.S. Forest Service and “transfer” national forests to state or private interests. 

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A Burnt Forest is a Healthy Forest

The Ecology of Fire
November 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Recently I was wandering through a burnt forest in the aftermath of a wildfire with a mixed group of people as part of a field trip with a forest collaborative. We were examining the burn severity pattern that a recent wildfire had carved through the forest. In many places, the fire had barely charred the ground, while in other places nearly all the trees had been killed. Standing among the black snags that were created in the aftermath of a particularly high severity burn, someone asked how long it would take for the forest to “recover.” That is a common question I hear frequently from people, and certainly that is the way most people view the aftermath of wildfires.  

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Guest: How to fight climate change by harvesting wood

November 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has increased by 20 percent in the past 50 years. We must make it a global priority to reverse this trend or risk the severe consequences of climate change. To date, our carbon-reduction efforts have been focused on finding more ways to generate energy other than burning coal or natural gas or to, at the very least, reduce the amount of carbon that is emitted when these fossil fuels are burned. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Current data demonstrate that improving the efficiency of using fossil fuels will only slow the rate that carbon emissions are increasing. 

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Future of forest and bioeconomy discussed at the European Parliament in Brussels

IHB The Timber Network
November 14, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The opportunities for the forest sector in the transition to a bioeconomy, the challenges it faces and its essential contribution to combating climate change was discussed at the high-level seminar Forests and the bioeconomy: future steps organised by the ThinkForest forum at the European Parliament in Brussels, says the European Forest Institute. Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Ms. Sylvi Listhaug outlined the Norwegian experience, highlighting the fact that Norway’s industrial development was built on timber. Calling for “a return to our innovative past”, she said that “Cooperation is the key to success. The forest sector needs to be constantly looking for new and innovative ways to develop their business in order to be competitive in current and future markets.” 

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General

Guest: How to fight climate change by harvesting wood

November 14, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has increased by 20 percent in the past 50 years. We must make it a global priority to reverse this trend or risk the severe consequences of climate change. To date, our carbon-reduction efforts have been focused on finding more ways to generate energy other than burning coal or natural gas or to, at the very least, reduce the amount of carbon that is emitted when these fossil fuels are burned. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Current data demonstrate that improving the efficiency of using fossil fuels will only slow the rate that carbon emissions are increasing. 

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