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Daily Archives: January 8, 2015

Business & Politics

Canadian consulate discusses trade opportunities with Flathead businesses

NBC Montana
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KALISPELL, Mont. -Members of the Canadian consulate and the Canadian Trade Commission met with Flathead business owners to discuss trade opportunities and the possibility of new business relationships. The Canadian Senior Trade Commissioner gave a presentation on how Montana companies can build business ties with Canada… “Canada represents a fairly significant market for us because of their wood products industry and the excess biomass that sits there. Also, some of the northern lands in Canada, their demand for heat and power also represents a market opportunity for us,” DeYoung said.

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Catalyst Paper : appoints two industry veterans to key US positions

4-Traders
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper Corporation announced today the appointment of Greg Maule as Senior Vice-President, US Operations and Linda McClinchy as Vice-President, US Supply Chain. Mr. Maule has held a progression of positions with increasing responsibility in paper operations leading to the role of mill manager at several large pulp and paper facilities in the Midwest. Most recently, he was Vice-President, Manufacturing Operations at NewPage Corporation. Mr. Maule brings with him more than 25 years of experience to oversee the optimization of productivity, quality and efficiency of Catalyst’s mills in Biron, Wisconsin and Rumford, Maine. Mr. Maule holds a Master of Science, Pulp and Paper Engineering from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.

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Vancouver’s Interfor Corp prices year’s first equity financing

Financial Post
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It took three days but ladies and gentlemen we finally have the year’s first equity financing. The markets may be the pits, the country may be in a massive deep freeze but companies, particularly those which have made acquisitions, need equity capital. So after the markets closed Wednesday, Vancouver-based Interfor Corporation, which a few days before Christmas announced a $60.3 million offering of subscription receipts, plans to sell three million receipts priced at $20.10 a receipt.

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Small trucking companies say they’re hurting under new Port Metro Vancouver licensing rules

CBC News
January 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 80 small trucking companies say they’re on the verge of being put out of business by new reforms to the licensing fees at Port Metro Vancouver. Instead of paying a $300 licensing fee to the port, truck operators now have to pay an annual company fee that starts at $35,000 for up to 15 trucks. That means some owners who own only one or two trucks may have to merge with others. “We can’t afford this,” said Chandra Nand, who has been driving a truck for over 30 years.

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Resolute’s FSC certificate suspension extended

IHB The Timber Network
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry giant Resolute Forest Products has made attempts to reinstate three FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certifications that were revoked in December. The FSC certifications were covering forests in Canada’s Quebec and Northwestern Ontario. However, in an unprecedented move, FSC has requested that the Rainforest Alliance certification body extend the temporary suspension of one of Resolute’s two certificates in Quebec’s Lac-Saint-Jean region for six months, until July 2, 2015. For Greenpeace, the certificate was revoked due to a number of problems like a lack of approval from the Crees nations and inability to preserve high-priority conservation areas.

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Seminar to help woodlot owners during income tax season

Atlantic Farm Focus
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Oxford, NS]– Tax season is right around the corner, but what does that mean for the woodlot? The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources is looking to show landowners the woods from the trees in a pair of management seminars specific to woodland income tax and estate planning. The course will cover woodlot income and tax topics such as commercial versus non-commercial, and if commercial is your woodlot a farm operation; business structures like proprietorships, partnerships and corporations; how is your woodlot income taxed; record keeping and measuring income; farm losses and the types and restrictions; income splitting; and claw-back of benefits (Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement).

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U.S. Softwood Exports Making Headway in Thailand

USDA Blog
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The pine forests of Georgia and the Pacific Northwest are a far cry from the crowded streets of Bangkok, where several shipments of U.S. softwood products are headed thanks to a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Southern Forest Products Association and the Softwood Export Council. In June 2014, executives from five Thai lumber companies visited the United States under the auspices of FAS’s Cochran Fellowship Program… These initial purchases are a big step for U.S. softwood producers to make headway into the $58 million market in Thailand.

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Most US coated paper capacity now in foreign hands

Pulp and Paper News
January 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Two major events have shaken the US coated paper industry this week, leaving most of the country’s ability to make coated paper in foreign companies. …According to Dead Tree Edition, four U.S.-owned companies — NewPage, Verso, Appleton, and FutureMark — represented 65% of the country’s coated capacity last summer. The rest was owned by companies based in South Africa (SAPPI), Canada (Resolute and West Linn), Finland (UPM), and New Zealand (Evergreen). Since then, FutureMark went out of business, Verso closed its Bucksport, Maine mill, and NewPage sold the two mills to Catalyst.

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Weyerhaeuser to cut jobs at Longview mill, citing West Coast port slowdown

The Longview Daily News
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. will cut production and jobs at its Longview pulp and paper mill because the West Coast labor dispute is making it difficult to ship its products, the company confirmed Wednesday. Cuts will occur at the end of the month, but the company did not say how many workers would be affected or whether the layoffs would be permanent or temporary. Weyerhaeuser spokesman Anthony Chavez said the company is exploring alternative options to ship products to customers. He did not offer further details. But a paper union leader suggested the company may be joining business efforts to pressure longshoremen into settling the dock labor dispute.

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Hiring process begins at Klausner Lumber

The Daily Herald
January 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HALIFAX — Officials from the Klausner Lumber Two plant, under construction now in the Enfield area, will be in Halifax County next week to plan for employment. “They will be meeting with workforce development groups and looking at employee recruitment, screening and training,” said Cathy Scott, executive director of Halifax County Economic Development Commission, a County agency that focuses on economic expansion. …Construction of buildings at the Klausner Lumber Two project, near Enfield, has begun, Scott told the Halifax County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning.

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Verso completes NewPage buy; Catalyst gets Rumford mill and another for $62.4 million

Bangor Daily News
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Verso Paper Corp. announced the completion of its $1.4 billion purchase of NewPage Wednesday in compliance with an antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement allowing the deal is still subject to final approval by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C. The joined company operates a paper mill in Jay, which employs about 860 people. As a condition of the settlement, NewPage sold its Rumford mill to the Canadian papermaker Catalyst — along with another mill in Biron, Wisconsin — for $62.4 million to reduce its share of the coated paper market.

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Lumber Yard Burns

Greenville Sun
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MOSHEIM — A lumber facility in Mosheim erupted in flames this morning, generating intense fire damage and school evacuations. No injuries were reported as of 9 a.m. at Appalachian Forest Products, located on Spring Street, just off U.S. 11E. “Up to this point, everyone in the company was accounted for,” said Mosheim Mayor Tommy Gregg, who was at the scene. “That’s the last word I got.” Officials speculate that either a new propane heater or an air compressor was the source of the fire. A barrage of law enforcement and fire fighters responded to the fire that began before sunrise.

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New owner poised to restart Old Town pulp mill

Bangor Daily News
January 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — A little more than a month after acquiring a shuttered Old Town mill, a Wisconsin company is gearing up to begin producing pulp there by the end of the week. Expera Specialty Solutions of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, acquired the assets of the former Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill on Dec. 5 during bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. District Court in Bangor. “We have some pretty good stuff going on, actually,” Expera spokeswoman Addie Teeters said Wednesday. “We’ve brought back all of the [ laid-off Old Town Fuel & Fiber] workers back to work, so we’ve got about 180 employees back to work. They’ve all been back since the end of December,” Teeters said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood construction: New building code rules could change industry paradigm

Canadian Design and Construction Report
January 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer With Ontario joining B.C. in allowing builders to construct wooden structures up to six-storeys high, many, including the Ontario Wood Truss Fabricators Association (OWTFA), will be watching to see how the industry handles the change. OWTFA executive director Mike Phillips says the construction industry is generally fairly conservative. He says adaptability will be the key to changing the paradigm under the new code. “Mid-rise construction is just part of the picture. Wood pieces and components made from wood will also come into play.”

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BEK pulp prices rise further in December

EUWID Pulp and Paper
January 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Manufacturers expect eucalyptus pulp prices to continue on the upward path in January. Prices for bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp have seen another increase in December and continued the upward trend seen in recent months. Owing to good demand and low inventory levels, manufacturers have announced a new price round for January deliveries. EUWID respondents said that the plans were to raise BEK pulp prices by $20/metr.t in Europe, North America and Asia.

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Forestry

Genetically engineered trees risky (scroll down page)

Letter by LUCY SHARRATT, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
Vancouver Sun
January 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Genetically engineering trees is not only a huge environmental risk, it is an economic one as well. GE trees will not help the forestry sector. The track record of troubles with GE crops should be a serious warning and instead of reciting old promises for exciting GE wonder plants that never seem to materialize, we should examine the risks as we know them. Our forest ecosystems are complex and delicate. Contamination from GE trees is a major concern. Research into GE sterility only adds to our alarm because such a technology is even more complex and doomed to fail.

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Observers say Alberta wolf kill to expand despite government denial

Canadian Press
January 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Internal government reports say Alberta will have to expand its wolf kill to protect more threatened caribou herds living on ranges heavily disturbed by industry, despite official assurances that no such measures are planned.  Observers say the documents — obtained by The Canadian Press under freedom-of-information legislation — represent the true state of affairs as the province prepares to release range plans for it northern foothills. …Three other nearby ranges are in similar states with disturbance rates from 50 to 95 per cent — far higher than federal guidelines for usable caribou habitat. Energy leases are still being sold on those ranges. Forestry also continues.

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Forestry is mismanaged (scroll down page)

Letter by ANTHONY BRITNEFF
Vancouver Sun
January 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Forestry sets example for the future, Editorial, Jan. 2 Forest certification is not an indicator of sustainability. It is only as meaningful as the laws of the jurisdiction in which it takes place. In British Columbia, forest law has been extensively deregulated to the extent that the forest industry is now free to cut where it chooses, regardless of existing plans for biodiversity, other resource use, hydrology and soil integrity. British Columbia’s auditor general, in two separate audits, has reported on a lack of forest management planning and on the declining state of the province’s biodiversity.

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Trees and ice: Life and death in the forest

Burlington Free Press
January 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ice storm. If you live in northern New England, those words can send a chill up your spine. They portend demolition derbies on the roads, power outages and the ominous cracking sound of limbs breaking and trees falling in woods, parks and urban streets. Snow we’re up for. Ice, not so much. But ice storms have been a fact of life in this part of North America for millennia. In fact, they helped shape our forests. “It’s just one of the disturbances that helped determine what tree species are successful in one place rather than another,” said Kevin Smith, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Forest Service who has studied ice storm and other damage to trees for much of the last three decades.

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Maine’s lynx trapping plan put a protected species in danger

Bangor Daily News
January 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The story of trapping in Canada lynx areas in Maine continues. Since mid-2003, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife had worked on an incidental take plan that would cover the agency in the event lynx, an Endangered Species Act-listed species, were trapped. This is required by federal law. I have been closely involved in monitoring the process and hoped for a far better outcome. Unfortunately, it appears the process was subverted in the last year or so, allowing DIF&W to obtain a permit that was not worthy of the standards the Endangered Species Act has required since its implementation in 1973.

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Anoka’s logging industry: Bygone but not forgotten

The timber industry was once big business in the area, and a presentation in Blaine will look at its colorful history.
Star Tribune
January 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Although little remains of the logging industry in Anoka, it was once a booming business in the river town. In spring, “the Mississippi would be filled with logs clear up to St. Cloud,” says Mike Knight, a member of the Anoka County Historical Society and the Andover City Council. The logging industry gave rise to others that spurred settlement in the area. Loggers, for their part, were sort of the “cowboys of the north woods,” says Sara Given, volunteer coordinator at the society.

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Europe’s olive trees threatened by spread of deadly bacteria

Bacteria that is destroying ancient olive groves in the Apulia region of southern Italy is very likely to spread to other areas of Europe, says report
The Guardian
January 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

First it was Europe’s ash trees under threat from disease. Now it’s the continent’s olives in the firing line. A killer pathogen that has established itself in southern Italy is now “very likely” to spread, posing a major risk to European olive trees, according to an assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa). Xylella fastidiosa, also known as olive leaf scorch, has taken hold in the Apulia region at the southernmost tip of Italy, where several thousand hectares of olive plantations are now affected. The bacterium kills infected plants by preventing water movement in trees, causing leaves to turn yellow and brown before falling off, their branches following soon after.

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Forest management: Plotting the future of forestry

A new European-wide project has been launched to analyse issues such as forest management, governance and ownership
Irish Independent
January 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests cover 159m hectares or 37pc of Europe’s land area. These forests are a major natural resource with multiple ecological, economic and social functions, and they provide a multitude of forest products… A Europe-wide project is now underway which aims to mobilise forest owners, promote collaborative forest management, and ensure sustainable forest functions. The project concentrates on five research themes, namely governance, ownership, management, forest functions, and harvesting, with case studies being carried out in 14 model regions with the help of local stakeholders.

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Adelaide Hills bushfire: Number of homes lost in fires downgraded to 27, rain helps ease fire threat

ABC News, Australia
January 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The number of homes lost in the Adelaide Hills bushfire has been been downgraded from 32 to 27, and the Prime Minister has announced a new disaster payment for affected residents. Tony Abbott toured the One Tree Hill Command Centre with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill this morning. Mr Weatherill pledged $1 million worth of assistance, while Mr Abbott announced an Australian disaster recovery payment of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child for bushfire victims who lost their homes or had their homes severely damaged by the fires.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Where Is the Political Leadership to Confront Climate Change?

Huffington Post
January 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Abundant, cheap fossil fuels have driven explosive technological, industrial and economic expansion for more than a century. The pervasive infrastructure developed to accommodate this growth makes it difficult to contemplate rapidly shifting away from coal, oil and gas, which creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues… As a northern country, Canada is especially vulnerable to climate change. Polar regions heat faster than temperate and tropical zones — Inuit have noticed the growing impacts for decades. With the longest marine coastline of any country, we’re also subject to sea-level rise. And our economy relies on climate-dependent activities such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism and winter sports, all of which are already feeling climate change impacts.

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NASA—How Tropical Rainforests May Help End the Climate Change Issue

The Science Times
January 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

If 2014 made anything evident on the global stage, it’s that climate change is a serious issue and one that must be dealt with urgently. Many hope that the United Nations Summit in 2015 will bring some sort of international change, but with new research from the US space agency NASA, researchers are now saying that we may have some added help on our side-tropical rainforests… While some CO2 is absorbed by “boreal forest” regions in Canada, Siberia and other northern regions densely covered in snow, the new study published in the journal Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences estimates that tropical forests absorb approximately 1.4 billion metric tons of the total global absorption of 2.5 billion metric tons per year.

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Photosynthesis May Hold the Key in Solving Climate Change

Empire States Tribune
January 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

According to NASA scientists, more than fifty percent of carbon dioxide generated worldwide is absorbed by tropical rain forests. This figure is much higher compared to previous scientific assessments. “This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years,” said David Schimel, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead author of the study. Tropical rain forests are responsible for absorbing 56 percent of the planets 2.5 billion tons of absorbed carbon dioxide every year, while indigenous snow or boreal forests of the continental US, found south of Canada and north of Mexico, account for only 38 percent of carbon dioxide absorption.

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Firm in bid to calm biomass plant fear

Swindon Advertiser
January 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International


A JOINERY company has vowed to be good neighbours to the people of Old Town, despite some residents raising concerns about a biomass heater the company plans to run from its new base. TT Solutions and Interiors, which opened at the Central Trading Estate in December, has applied to Swindon Council to operate the system. The company, which makes furniture and employs 35 people, intends to use the heater to burn offcuts of wood for fuel rather than sending them to landfill.

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General

Forest Service discusses Four Forest Restoration Initiative with Tusayan

Grand Canyon News
January 6, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

TUSAYAN, Ariz. – On Nov. 19 a new draft record of decisions for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) was published to update the public on changes to the initiative. After careful review 4FRI is considering a final draft in early 2015. …Before the newest draft was released, the forest service received 213 comment letters and over 2,000 individual comments. The main concerns included smoke from prescribed fire, retention of old and large trees, post treatment canopy cover and openness, scope and scale of treatments, T & E habitat and the range of alternatives and comparisons.

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