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Business & Politics

Interfor purchases four U.S. sawmills

by Gordon Hamilton – Vancouver-based Interfor has signed a US$94.7 million deal to purchase four sawmills from…
Business in Vancouver
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Vancouver-based Interfor (TSX:IFP) has signed a US$94.7 million deal to purchase four sawmills from Tacoma-based Simpson Lumber Company in a move that gives Interfor an improved hedge against a renewed softwood lumber battle. Company president Duncan Davies said December 19 that the primary reason behind the purchase of two Simpson mills in the southern United States and two in the Pacific Northwest is the opportunity to provide value to the company. The four mills are in close proximity to existing Interfor mills.

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Zinc, wood products are bright spots for B.C. commodities in 2015

The outlook for commodity prices for British Columbia companies in 2015 is a mixed bag that includes…
Business in Vancouver
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The outlook for commodity prices for British Columbia companies in 2015 is a mixed bag that includes flat prices for three key commodities – gold, copper and metallurgical coal –but good prospects for wood products and zinc, and a modest rebound in oil prices by mid-year, according to Scotiabank….Another commodity that Mohr is bullish on is oriented strand board (OSB), which is good news for B.C. producers like Tolko and Ainsworth Lumber Co. The latter company recently announced it s merging with Norbord Inc. (TSX: NBD).

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Quesnel Feeling the Pain of Mill Closure

250 News
December 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel, B.C. – Quesnel continues to feel the pain of the Canfor mill closure and subsequent loss of over 200 jobs earlier this year. “The dislocation for families, breadwinners now working away (in other regions of the province & Alberta). There is a hit to retail,” says Mayor Bob Simpson. However he says the impact was likely not as hard as it was on Houston when they lost their mill. “I mean Quesnel’s got a lot of milling horsepower. We have two pulp mills, an MDF plant, more sawmills etcetera so for us losing Canfor it wasn’t as major a hit to our industrial base as losing one of your only two mills in Houston.”

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Community holds vigil as paper mill shuts down

The Daily Press
December 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IROQUOIS FALLS – IROQUOIS FALLS — As the last shift of workers walked out of the paper mill shortly before sunrise on Monday, there were residents and family members there to greet them. “One wife was waiting for her husband and she was pretty upset, she was in tears,” said Larry Shea, a retired mill worker, who was waiting from 5 a.m. to greet the last workers as they came out. It marked the beginning of a day of mourning for Iroquois Falls as Resolute Forest Products closed its papermaking operations permanently.

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Former NewPage workers considering lawsuit over pension clawbacks

Chronicle Herald
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — A group of former employees of the NewPage paper mill in Port Hawkesbury is hoping to launch a class action over pensions being cut. Retirees who are already receiving less because the plan is underfunded are taking another hit because of payments by the plan’s former administrator. Retirees who opted for a front-loaded pension plan were overpaid in the years before they turned 65. The result is that 150 people must repay $2 million. But a group of pensioners say this is a backroom deal that lacks transparency. They say they’ve been given vague, conflicting figures about the finances of the plan.

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Plum Creek Timber CEO Rick Holley gives back stock options due to weak share price

CBC News
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The CEO of a U.S. timber company didn’t think he deserved a bonus worth almost $2 million US in a year in which his company’s stock went down, so he gave it back. Rick Holley, CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co., made headlines this week for revealing in a regulatory filing that he returned 44,445 restricted stock options to the company he runs because he didn’t think he deserved them….Plum Creek is a timber REIT that owns almost three million hectares of
timberland across 19 states. The company’s shares have lost about 10 per
cent of their value this year, in a tough environment for the timber
industry.

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Interfor buys two mills in Washington state plus two more in Southeast

Peninsula Daily News
December 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Interfor Corp. has purchased sawmills in Longview and at the Port of Tacoma less than five months after closing its mills in Beaver and Forks. The Canadian company paid nearly $95 million for Simpson Lumber Co.’s mills in Washington state; Meldrim, Ga.; and Georgetown, S.C. Simpson mills in Shelton were not part of the deal, which Interfor announced Thursday. The Longview and Tacoma (Commencement Bay) mills have a “different fiber basket” — or timber supply — from the Forks and Beaver operations, said Karen Brandt, spokeswoman for Interfor in Vancouver. “In Port Angeles [where Interfor operates a mill at 243701 W. U.S. Highway 101], we produce hemlock and Douglas fir kiln-dried studs,” Brandt said.

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Construction to start on Frederickson sawmill complex

Business Examiner
December 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sierra Pacific Industries, a forest products company based in Anderson, Calif., announced that it will immediately begin construction of a sawmill in Frederickson that was announced earlier this year. Permits have already been issued to prepare the site, said Lisa Perry, SPI community relations manager. Clearing and grading should start within the next couple of weeks and, Perry said, “the plan is to begin construction … in spring 2015, with lumber operations starting in 2016.” The initial mill project is estimated to bring 150 new jobs to the area. In addition, SPI will be developing an additional six build-ready industrial lots.

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Family recovering after devastating business fire

UpNorthLive.com
December 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Owners of D & D Lumber in Reed City are recovering after their business was destroyed in a fire late Thursday night. The owner, John Dejonge, says they will most likely rebuild but he isn’t sure how or when that can happen. Friday morning, John and wife, Rosemary, walked through what was left of their business. John says his company was inspired by his father who owned a mill of his own. John worked alongside his dad at the mill since he was a child. From that experience, he made the decision to follow in his father’s footsteps and created his own business, 24 years ago.

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Fire chief: Sawmill nearly a total loss after fire

WBNG News
December 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A sawmill operation in the town of Fenton went up in flames Saturday morning. Most of the business is a total loss, according to Port Crane Fire Chief Brett Chellis. Firefighters were called out to a second-alarm fire at Kark Lumber LLC, on Winn Hill Road, just after 10 a.m. Saturday. Chellis said two attached buildings were quickly engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived on scene. A crew of employees were cutting wood in the mill when they discovered the fire, Chellis said. No injuries were reported.

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Vermont’s Logging Industry is Lacking (& video)

My Champlain Valley
December 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Richmond, Vt.- As a group of foresters drag an icy tree out of the woods in Richmond Vermont, you can’t help but wonder where that wood goes. “Good quality hardwood lumber, firewood and chips,” said Greenleaf Forestry Consultant Scott Moreau. One other product of wood is fueling Vermont’s firewood shortage, and it’s pushing the raw materials out of state. The Forestry industry is all about evaluating the quality of wood and getting the biggest bang for your buck. More often than not if you have a log that could be turned into firewood, it gets shipped out of state to the pulp mills, to be turned into paper.

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New CEO for Horizon Pulp & Paper

Pulp and Paper News
December 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Horizon Pulp & Paper, part of Tolaram Group, has appointed Bashyam Krishnan as the new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Horizon Pulp & Paper. Bashyam Krishnan added, “The company’s medium-term objective is to considerably increase the competitiveness with implementation of large-scale investment program in coming years. This would also help to expand and strengthen the company’s client base, currently covering over 55 countries worldwide.”

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Global Wood Production Grows Four Years in a Row, says U.N.

Woodworking Network
December 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

ROME – Major wood products production showed steady growth worldwide in 2013, the fourth consecutive year of increase, says new data from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Increases were driven by wood pellet biofuel, and by production of industrial roundwood, sawnwood, and wood-based panels, all of which have fully recovered from the economic downturn in 2008-2009. Competition for wood fiber from one source – global production of pulp and paper – is declining, as China’s readers switch to electronic publishing from traditional printing processes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Artists invited to join Robert Batemen Centre’s oneTree project

Victoria Times Colonist
December 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

DUNCAN — The moment after the whir of the sawmill stops is the reason woodworker John Lore does what he does. That’s when it’s time to pull one half of an old-growth tree’s massive limb from the other and reveal the material he’ll get to work with. “It’s this right here,” Lore said, putting his hand on a recently sliced branch from a 150-year-old Western bigleaf maple at his Live Edge Design workshop in Duncan. “Every time, it’s different. You sort of try to predict what might be inside, but you never know until you cut it open.” This maple will serve about 30 artisans from across Vancouver Island as it’s harvested in its entirety.

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Forestry

Two men ordered to pay for part in Capilano tree cutting

CKNW
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists were enraged after dozens of trees were illegally cut down. Now two men responsible for hiring an arborist who cut down and damaged 35 trees in Capilano Park have paid $80,000 in a settlement with The Greater Vancouver Regional District. The GVRD launched the lawsuit against the men two years ago. According to North Vancouver RCMP, the trees were cut down to improve the view of the West Vancouver waterfront.  The Regional District claims that although the men deny liability, they
regret what happened and “care deeply for the environment.”

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Community forest keeps active

Vernon Morning Star
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumby’s community forest is taking root. Members of the Monashee Community Forest management committee recently went on a field tour of the area. “The site appears well organized, and the amount of hard work it must have taken to get from standing trees to this point is staggering” said Jeremy Sundin, secretary-treasurer. “These workers are true professionals in their field, and we thank them for their efforts”. The committee observed the logging site, watched the equipment at work, and listened to the contractor foreman, Bob Austin, describe the process.

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Victoria decides not to pursue complaints over logging on fragile Island cave landscape

December 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cavers thought they had a smoking gun when they photographed trees felled across fragile limestone karst landscapes near Gold River on Vancouver Island. But the B.C. government has decided not to pursue an official complaint from the Canadian Cave Conservancy, citing a long list of potential reasons that extend to limited resources, priorities on human health and safety, and the odds of a successful prosecution. “I’m a bit flummoxed,” Phil Whitfield, secretary of the conservancy and president of the B.C. Speleological Federation, said in an interview. “The reality is that the present legislation is unenforceable. The government is obviously not doing its job, which is looking out for the long-term public interest.”

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Comment: Trees are the solution that LNG will never be

Victoria Times Colonist
December 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada and the Wilderness Committee are organizations with deep roots in Canada’s forests. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the PPWC and its members have relied on abundant and resilient forests for their livelihoods. In turn, since it was founded 34 years ago, the WC has tirelessly advocated for the protection of old-growth forests and other key ecosystems, and for the sustainable management of second-growth forests. We believe the B.C. government has gradually abandoned the province’s forestry heritage in pursuit of an unsustainable pipe dream: liquefied natural gas exports to Asia. The better option — for a resilient economy and for our climate — is to rebuild an innovative, sustainable forestry sector.

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Lil’Wat First Nation’s Forest Licences Pass Audit

BC Forest Practices Board
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of forest planning, harvesting and road practices of Lil’wat Forestry Ventures on forest licence A83925 and Lil’wat Construction Enterprises on non-replaceable forest licence A82250, found that all activities met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, according to a report released today. “Lil’Wat’s timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, and silviculture activities were all in compliance with legislation, including requirements to address visual quality and spotted owl habitat,” said board chair, Tim Ryan.

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Issues Surrounding Renewal of Two Resolute FSC Certificates in Quebec

Canada Newswire press release
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL, – The Government of Quebec stated in the Le Quotidien newspaper earlier today that it will be unable to quickly resolve its dispute with the Cree First Nation or the issue with caribou habitat conservation planning that are the main reasons for the suspension of two of Resolute Forest Products’ Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificates in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. In the October 3 edition of the newspaper, the Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Laurent Lessard, said that the suspension of the two certificates for two of Resolute’s logging territories revolved around issues that are the government’s concern.

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Forest Service Exceeds Ecological Restoration Goals

by U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell
USDA Blog
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I am proud to announce that we exceeded our ecological restoration goals for Fiscal Year 2014. This was no small feat. A lot of great people across the U.S. Forest Service worked hard to make it a reality. We did substantial homework and planning, and then based on that we made strategic investments across all agency programs to help us create resilient forests, grasslands and watersheds while sustaining communities. This work reduced the wildland fire threats to communities and firefighters and minimized the risk of forest pests and climate change, while supporting American jobs and rural economies. That is a fantastic combination.

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Daines looks forward to hard work on timber, regulations in Senate

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Halfway between leaving the U.S. House of Representatives and joining the Senate, Steve Daines hopes to revive a lot of unfinished business in the coming 114th session of Congress. Top on his list during a swing through Missoula on Thursday was forest management reform. Daines supported a House bill by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., that would have mandated a national level of trees cut per year, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., had a similar bill that was based on the number of acres logged annually. Both bills expired when Congress ended its 113th session last week.

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Supporters praise passage of Front bill

Great Falls Tribune
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


CHOTEAU – U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh visited a ranch on the Rocky Mountain Front on Thursday to celebrate passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and the state’s first wilderness designation in more than three decades. The pep rally for the legislation, which should be signed into law before the year’s out, was attended by 25 to 30 Montanans who lobbied the congressional delegation to get it passed. They greeted the two Montana Democrats with handshakes, hugs and applause. “It’s a great day for all of us,” said Stoney Burk, an attorney from Choteau who’s hiked most of the mountains on the Front and promoted preservation of the land for decades

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4fri Thinning Project Lurches Into Motion

Payson Roundup
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a major step forward for the best hope of protecting Northern Arizona communities from wildfire, Good Earth Power AZ, LLC (GEPAZ) signed a lease to build a small-tree lumber mill on a 37-are parcel in Williams.  The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contractor hopes to start working on the mill this month and start producing lumber and wood chips by March 2015. The Williams mill will initially focus on cutting logs 7 to 9 inches in diameter to help clear away the dense thickets of trees that pose a grave fire danger on millions of acres of ponderosa pine forest.

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Public lands package a mixture of conservation, industry

Statesman Journal
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The process was political to its core, and the result was condemned by right-wing politicians, left-wing environmentalists and a great many people in between. When a massive package of public lands bills sailed through Congress last week — attached to the National Defense Authorization Act expected to be signed into law by President Obama — it represented the biggest moment for federal lands since 2009. Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called the bills an “extreme land grab,” while more than 50 environmental groups signed a letter saying it would “undermine some of our nation’s preeminent environmental and public lands laws.” The package is a compromise.

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Forest Management Reform Rises to Forefront of Debate in the West

Timber officials hope recent bipartisan effort to pass public lands bills will clear way for overhaul of forest management
Flathead Beacon
December 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the tug-of-war over timber continues in Montana, logging officials are hopeful that the recent bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to approve a slew of public lands bills could foreshadow comprehensive forest management reform in the next year when Republicans take control of Congress. Others, including local conservation groups, are concerned that Montana’s congressional delegation is turning its back on the environment and passing legislation without proper public input, citing the 11th-hour attachment of the lands package to the nation’s must-pass defense bill.

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My Turn: Forested communities must be made whole

By Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Juneau Empire
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For all of the progress we made at the end of the 113th Congress, most notably on public lands issues in Alaska, the Senate’s inability to fund even a short-term extension of the Secure Rural Schools program is a major disappointment. The simplest explanation for the lack of SRS funding in our flurry of year-end legislation is that the program is increasingly difficult to fund, as the rising costs of resource restrictions collide head-on with an ever-tighter federal budget. This outcome stands in stark contrast to the promise the federal government made over a century ago to actively manage our national forests and pay a quarter of the revenue from timber harvests to counties, parishes and boroughs with forested land.

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Obama signs Montana land management bills into law

NBC Montana
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL, Mont. – President Obama signed into law a package of land management bills that had big support from Montana legislators. Montana Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh were in the Flathead to celebrate. Walsh, Tester and Rep. Steve Daines teamed up to support the bills. One of those bills is the North Fork Watershed Protection Act. It will protect more than 300,000 acres of land from mining and drilling along the North Fork near Glacier National Park.

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War of the Woods: the trees are losing

The Bellingham Herald
December 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The rush of rock and gravel cascading down from Mount Rainier’s melting glaciers is making a mess of man-made infrastructure in the park. Roads, trails, bridges and buildings are costing millions to repair, and they’re expected to cost many million more as climate change intensifies. But the large volume of sediment coming down the mountain also is upsetting the equilibrium between rivers and the park’s oldest living species — giant Western red cedar, Douglas fir and hemlock trees that have helped keep the rivers in their banks for thousands of years.

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Bah HumBUGs and disease are the problem in our forests

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
December 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With milder winters, overstocked forests and past forest management practices, Washington’s forests are increasingly becoming a smorgasbord for tree-devouring insects. The 2014 annual insect and disease aerial survey found that insects and disease killed more than 4 million trees on over 540,000 acres in Washington state. About 143,000 acres of forestlands east of the Cascade Mountain Range showed especially high levels of pine tree death caused by pine bark beetles, an increase from the 107,000 acres reported in 2013.

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2014 Root Cause Award winners announced for excellency in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry

Mountain Xpress
December 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

(Asheville, NC)—The second annual Root Cause Awards, celebrating achievement in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry have been announced.  The three winners are: Cullowhee-based non-profit forest stewardship consulting group Forest Stewards is the recipient of the 2014 Award for Sustainable Forestry for its efforts in promoting sustainable forestry in the Appalachians. By offering stewardship services to land owners and educating the public about the important role our forests play in the region, Forest Stewards has made our forests stronger.

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A healthy economy requires positive vision, not bitterness and blame

Bangor Daily News
December 21, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In his Dec. 12 letter to the editor, “Park not the answer,” blaming “environmental zealots” for the demise of Great Northern Paper Co., Stu Kallgren forgot to mention a few important facts. …Third, the forest industry has been and will be an important part of Maine’s economy, but it is shrinking because of global competition and the explosion of electronic communication. For example, the Maine Department of Labor reports Maine paper manufacturing employment has plummeted from 18,000 workers in 1947 to barely 6,000 jobs in 2013. With the mill closings this year, it has dropped by hundreds more. Annual paper manufacturing wages in Maine contracted by more than $40 million, or 27 percent, from 2001 to 2013, and the freefall continues.

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Mike Black appointed director of the Shortleaf Pine Initiative

Knoxville Daily Sun
December 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KNOXVILLE – The forestry coordinator for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Mike Black, has been appointed as director of the Shortleaf Pine Initiative and has already begun his duties. Launched in the spring of 2013 and coordinated through the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries within the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the Shortleaf Pine Initiative (SPI) is a collaborative, strategic and energetic response to the dramatic decline of shortleaf pine forests and associated habitats that once covered a vast area from eastern Texas to Florida and up the eastern seaboard to New Jersey.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Portucel to build wood pellet plant in the US

Pulp and Paper News
December 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Portucel S.A announces that it will develop the construction of a wood pellet manufacturing facility in the United States, in South Carolina, with an installed capacity of 460 thousand tons per year, totalling an estimated investment of USD 110 million. The construction of the mill will start in 2015 and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.

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Average chip vessel is growing

Biomass Magazine
December 19, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

International trade of wood chips has steadily increased over the past decade and will likely reach a record high of approximately 36 million tons in 2014, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). ..The oldest chip vessels are from the 1980s, but it is expected that within a few years the world’s entire woodchip fleet will be less than 20 years old, according to the wood chip ship-brokering firm Arc Chartering. Looking ahead towards 2017, the chip vessel fleet will not only be younger, but will also contain fewer ships, and the average ship will be bigger than in 2014. –

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General

Victoria decides not to pursue complaints over logging on fragile Island cave landscape

December 22, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Cavers thought they had a smoking gun when they photographed trees felled across fragile limestone karst landscapes near Gold River on Vancouver Island. But the B.C. government has decided not to pursue an official complaint from the Canadian Cave Conservancy, citing a long list of potential reasons that extend to limited resources, priorities on human health and safety, and the odds of a successful prosecution. “I’m a bit flummoxed,” Phil Whitfield, secretary of the conservancy and president of the B.C. Speleological Federation, said in an interview. “The reality is that the present legislation is unenforceable. The government is obviously not doing its job, which is looking out for the long-term public interest.”

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