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Daily Archives: January 13, 2015

Business & Politics

Catalyst leaders pledge support for Biron paper mill

Appleton Post Crescent
January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

BIRON – Leaders from Catalyst Paper Corp. reaffirmed the company’s interest in ensuring the Biron paper mill’s longstanding success in central Wisconsin during a recent visit. Catalyst Paper, based in Richmond, British Columbia, announced plans in October to purchase NewPage Corp.’s paper mills in Biron and Rumford, Maine. The two mills were divested to expedite the Department of Justice’s review of Verso Paper Corp.’s acquisition of NewPage, which, at the time, operated three mills and one research and development facility in central Wisconsin. The sale of the Wisconsin and Maine mills to Catalyst for $62.4 million closed last week as the NewPage-Verso merger was finalized.

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Out of the woods and into real estate

Private timber companies set to harvest development revenue from massive Island landholdings
Business in Vancouver
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging companies know all too well that exercising timber-cutting rights anywhere near an urban centre on Vancouver Island can draw pushback from Islanders, many of whom don’t like to see forests clear-cut in what they consider part of their community’s backyard. That could explain why TimberWest has been pursuing a wide variety of new business ventures. They include a proposed new $60 million wood pellet plant in Nanaimo, wind and run-of-river energy projects and real estate. In 2009, TimberWest created Couverdon Real Estate, which is marketing roughly 620 hectares of residential real estate on Vancouver Island, as well as 166 hectares of commercial-industrial land adjacent to Campbell River’s airport.

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Tourism Vancouver Island to use Catalyst Paper for travel guides

Alberni Valley Times
January 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tourism Vancouver Island has turned to its own backyard to tell the world about our neck of the woods. Every year Tourism Vancouver Island produces a full-colour annual Vacation Guide and Outdoor Guide to promote Vancouver Island as the world-class destination that it is. This year they’re printing both on paper made in Port Alberni. Nanaimo design firm Primal Communications Ltd. talked to their partners at Mitchell Press about how they might better support their client’s “source locally” stance. Mitchell recommended using locally made paper for Tourism Vancouver Island’s printing needs. A quick call to Catalyst Paper, just down the road in Port Alberni, was all that was required.

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Canfor Pulp Products Price Target Raised to C$14.00

Dakota Financial News
January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products had its price target increased by RBC Capital from C$12.00 to C$14.00 in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning. The firm currently has a sector perform rating on the stock. RBC Capital has also taken action a number of other stocks recently. The firm lowered its price target on shares of Magna International Inc. from $126.00 to $125.00. They have an outperform rating on that stock. 

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Dust not to blame in Meadow Creek Forest Products fire

Nelson Star
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the cause of the fire that destroyed Meadow Creek Forest Products’ sawmill at Cooper Creek in November remains a mystery, the company says combustible sawdust isn’t to blame. “There’s absolutely nothing to that,” spokesman Bob Bortolin said in an interview this week. “The danger exists primarily in mills handling beetle-killed pine. All the lumber we were doing was still alive. You still have an issue with dust, but not to the same degree.” Accumulated dust has been responsible for several mill fires in BC over the last few years, some of them fatal. Bortolin said the company took an “active role” to ensure dust was vacuumed up as part of an overall cleaning program.

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Resolute Feud With Greenpeace Drags on Profit: Corporate Canada

Bloomberg
January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc., losing business to digital publishing, is facing a threat from Greenpeace as it urges customers to shun the world’s largest newsprint maker for what it claims are environmentally unsound forestry practices.

Greenpeace Canada is trying to persuade Resolute customers, including Canadian Tire Corp., to stop doing business with the Montreal-based company because of its logging in some areas inhabited by endangered woodland caribou. Greenpeace has already successfully targeted Best Buy Co., which said last month it would “meaningfully” shift its paper purchases away from Resolute after a social-media campaign said the electronics retailer used Resolute paper “to produce junk mail and flyers which are quickly thrown away.”

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USDA Seeks Nominees for National Softwood Lumber Promotion Board

USDA Department of Agriculture
January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the Softwood Lumber Board. The 19-member board will hold elections to fill six seats for members whose terms will expire on Dec. 31, 2015. Each member will serve a 3-year term. …Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, were authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966, when Congress passed the Cotton Research and Promotion Act. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards. 

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Timber terminal opens at Gothenburg

Pulp and Paper News
January 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A new transloading terminal for timber products has opened at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden. This means that more sawmills throughout the Nordic region can now ship their timber via the port. The terminal will be run by the family-owned company Sören Thyr AB. Paper, pulp and timber products account for a large proportion of exports that pass through Gothenburg. Until now, the port has lacked a dedicated terminal for transloading sawn timber products. The new terminal is adjacent to the port’s ro-ro and container terminals, and can handle more than 1m cubic metres of timber each year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Leaders: Rural Oregon needs special help

Laminated-wood products could help economy recover
Portland Tribune
January 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Although not every potential worker in the Portland region is fully employed, the metropolitan-area economy is doing much better than the rest of the state. …But the biggest announcement at the summit concerned a $600 million initiative to develop and market a new lumber product that does not require logging old-growth trees — or older trees at all. Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are teaming up to research a new type of laminated wood product that already is being used to build tall residential and office buildings in Europe and Canada. Called “mass timber” and “cross-laminated lumber,” it can be made by certified companies with sustainably grown trees — a green building practice that is better for the environment than manufacturing the steel now used for high-rise buildings.

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Woodworking enthusiasts and resources are on the rise in China

China Global Times
January 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

When Sun Yong launched Sunmao in June 2014, he didn’t expect the app, which provides the users with information on woodworking, would become a hit. It was downloaded from the Apple’s App Store more than 400,000 times in the following two months. Sunmao is the Chinese term referring to the “tenon,” or the projection on a piece of wood that connects one wooden block to another in carpentry. Providing 3D diagrams of Chinese traditional wooden structures and information on carpentry tools and wood varieties, Sunmao is targeted at the growing number of China’s amateur carpenters. “We now realize that it is not that young people were not interested in traditional woodcraft, but they didn’t have a way to understand it,” wrote Sun

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Forestry

Campbell River supplies blueprint for reversion of sawmill site

Comox Valley Record
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conspicuous in its degraded and barren state, a leftover from industrial activity in our estuary, the Field Sawmill site adjacent to the 17th Street bridge and Comox Road constitutes a blight on our community. …It doesn’t have to be this way. The site is currently for sale and represents an opportunity for restoration and conservation. For an example of how our estuary could be transformed we need look no farther than the Campbell River estuary where two former mills, the Campbell River Sawmill and the Ocean Blue Cedar mill on Baikie Slough, were purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the latter purchase aided by the Tula Foundation and the City, on behalf of, and for, the local citizens.

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Loggers, conservationists stand by Kootenai timber sale

The Missoulian
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

America is a nation of laws. But that does not mean the courtroom is necessarily the best place to resolve problems. … The people of northwestern Montana are no strangers to legal battles, especially over our national forests. But as conservationists, loggers, mill workers, community members and sportsmen, we’re proud of the work we’ve done to resolve differences and move the Kootenai National Forest ahead. That is why we are so disappointed that the Alliance for the Wild Rockies has formally threatened to sue over a substantial, but carefully crafted logging and forest-restoration project near Lake Koocanusa.

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Victoria-Prince George flights open resource connection

Victoria Times Colonist
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pacific Coastal Airlines is setting its sights on northern B.C. with direct flights between Victoria and Prince George on Monday. “Our intention is to look at other opportunities once we establish Prince George as our beachhead,” said Kevin Boothroyd, director of sales and marketing for Pacific Coastal. The six-day-a-week service — there are no flights on Saturdays — will see a 30-seat Saab A340 turboprop depart Victoria International Airport at 5 p.m. and arrive in Prince George at 6:40 p.m. It will leave Prince George at 7:05 p.m., and be back in Victoria at 8:45 p.m. The one-way cost is $140 with an early booking, Boothroyd said.

Pacific Coastal’s Inaugural Victoria Flight lands in PG from 250 News

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New Forestry Standards Will Better Safeguard Wetlands

from Ducks Unlimited
Market Wired
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA–Revised forest certification standards from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) will ensure companies don’t miss the forest – or its wetlands – for the trees. Launched last week, the standards incorporate recommendations brought forward by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and others. DUC is a national leader in wetland conservation and strongly supports forest certification. It works with many partners, including SFI®, to conserve wetlands and associated habitats.

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The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind.

Washington Post
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

We know a lot about the pros and cons of reading a hard-copy book vs. reading electronically. …Digital reading has some real advantages. …There’s also the environmental argument. Think of the trees! Yet the soundness of this case is arguable. The earth metals we’re using up to build e-readers and tablets are not just rare but highly toxic. And think about all that energy needed to run servers and cooling fans. And remember, trees are a renewable resource. …But the real nail in the coffin for one-size-fits-all electronic reading is concentration. Over 92 percent of those I surveyed said they concentrate best when reading a hard copy.

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Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Juneau

Sit News
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Petersburg, Alaska – The fifth meeting of the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) is January 20–23, 2015 at Aspen Suites Hotel, 8400 Airport Blvd., in Juneau, Alaska. The meeting will focus on reviewing themes and suggestions from public comments submitted to date; reviewing procedures for formalizing TAC recommendations; clarifying perspectives and interests about where and how young growth should be harvested; refining a list of possible implementation strategy topics in anticipation of further deliberation; and revisiting the goals and logistics of future TAC meetings.

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My Turn: Tongass Advisory Committee fails tourism

Juneau Empire
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The battle over the Tongass continues as the 15-member Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) prepares for its next meeting Jan. 20 in Juneau. …The TAC, however, has only a single commercial fisherman and no representatives from the tourism industry. It’s difficult to take the Forest Service’s hand-picked committee seriously if it excludes the two most economically important industries in our region, both of which rely on healthy, intact forests. Tourism accounts for 8 percent of the region’s economy ($175 million) and fishing is 12 percent ($250 million), while timber is less than 1 percent ($17 million). Thus far, the TAC has focused solely on timber.

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Armed illegal loggers devastate Tanzania’s coastal forest

Reuters
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – A surge in illegal logging is devastating native forests in coastal Tanzania’s Rufiji district, despite efforts by authorities to curb forest losses, officials said. Hundreds of tonnes of trees are being smuggled out of the district each month by timber traders to feed a lucrative construction market and furniture industries within the country and abroad, said district forest officials. District records show loggers, who often invade forests at night, are targeting indigenous tree species, notably mninga, and mpodo, which are now on the verge of local extinction due to high demand for their wood.

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Europe’s Club du Bois: A foundation for jobs, growth, and climate goals?

The Parliament Magazine
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last September, as part of their activities in the club, the European panel federation (EPF), the European organisation of the sawmill industry (EOS) and the European confederation of woodworking industries (CEI-Bois) hosted the ‘Wood action days’ in front of the European parliament. …Given this great potential, it is my pleasure to announce that from 2015, I will take the reins as president of the newly revitalised Club du Bois. The role will be an outlet for my interest in forestry and agriculture issues which began during my childhood in Rosenheim, a wooden town known worldwide for its university, its craftsmen and the highest wooden house -house number 8- in Germany.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Big Biomass 101: When Burning Wood for Energy Makes Sense

Huffington Post Canada
January 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The great boreal forest straddles the country and provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia have ample forestry resources. In a place like Canada biomass to energy can make a lot of sense. So we headed to the largest, closest biomass operation we could find — the Alberta Pacific Forest Industries (ALPAC) pulp mill. …in 2009 they installed a condensing steam turbine to make green electricity from waste wood. …On an annual basis ALPAC brings in $14 to $18 million from selling power to the grid. They also generate carbon credits and make about $2 million a year from that and get another $7 million a year from the Alberta Bio-Producer credit program. This is on top of $350 million a year in pulp sales.

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Lavington pellet plant passes another hurdle

Vernon Morning Star
January 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A controversial proposal for a pellet plan in Lavington has overcome another hurdle. On Monday, Coldstream council voted 3-2 (Coun. Richard Enns was away) to issue a development permit for a pellet plant adjacent to Tolko Industries’ mill on School Road. “The permit simply looks at the esthetics of the building, and does it meet the (district’s) guidelines,” said Mike Reiley, director of development services. One of the issues covered by the permit is landscaping. Many residents in Lavington are concerned that a pellet plant may impact air quality and create issues around noise, traffic and fire.

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Could forests help states offset coal plant emissions under EPA rule? Probably not

E & E Publishing
January 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A funny thing happens when states are told to cut greenhouse gas emissions or shut down their coal plants: They start looking for solutions in unexpected places, like forests. U.S. EPA’s draft rule to cut power sector carbon emissions suggests states could reach their targets by making coal plants more efficient, using more natural gas and renewable energy, and reducing power consumption. But it doesn’t limit them to those options. At least two states — Georgia and Kentucky — have expressed interest in using trees as a carbon sink to offset emissions from fossil fuel plants. EPA seems to be throwing cold water on that idea, though.

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