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Business & Politics

Forest products M&A activity holds steady in 2014

Pulp & Paper Canada
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Global merger and acquisition activity in the forest, paper and packaging sector in Q4 2014 saw an increase in deal volume and total deal value relative to the third quarter (Q3) of 2014. A total of 34 M&A deals were announced during Q4 2014 with a total value of US$2.8 billion and an average (mean) deal size of approximately US$83 million, according to management consulting firm PwC. This compares to 26 deals in Q3 with a total value of US$0.5 billion and an average deal size of approximately US$20 million.

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B.C. wood product companies look to rebound from recession

Vancouver Sun
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — With British Columbia’s primary, commodity-based forest industry experiencing a rebound from the 2008 recession, a segment of the secondary, value-added sector is looking for some help to also take part in the resurgence….The industry group that represents them argues they have been squeezed out by changes to the province’s timber auction process, export taxes under the Canada U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement and consolidation in the bigger, primary industry that has put forest tenures into fewer hands. “We could rebuild,” said Russ Cameron, president of the Independent Wood Processors Association of B.C. “If we can get some of that (Crown-controlled) wood and access to the U.S. (market), we’ll employ a pile of people and do that.

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Enderby firefighters extinguish mill blaze

Vernon Morning Star
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Enderby firefighters were quick to respond to a mill fire Monday. Crews were called to reports of a blaze at a mill on Highway 97, next to the Starlight Drive-In, at 4 p.m. “We were able to put it out pretty quickly,” said chief Kevin Alstad. The fire apparently started when an individual at the mill was using an old oil furnace to construct a kiln to dry lumber. A cause has not been determined but it’s possible some residual oil in the furnace may have been accidentally ignited. “He lost the lumber he was drying and an old truck body was impacted,” said Alstad. “The fire didn’t get into the main buildings.”

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WFP’s Ladysmith Sawmill Reopens For Now

Nanaimo Business News
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products (WFP) has reopened its Ladysmith sawmill as of Monday (January 19). The mill ladysmith millhad been shut down during the first week of December due to weakness in Asian market. The Ladysmith sawmill specializes in cutting hemlock for the Chinese lumber market. The decision to reopen the mill follows receipt of fresh lumber orders from China. According to WFP, all the 85 workers previously working in the mill will be offered their jobs back.

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A Separate Inquest for Burns Lake?

250 News
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – 250News has learned B.C.’s Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe is considering a separate coroner’s inquest for the Burns Lake mill explosion. That from Maureen Luggi, widow of Robert Luggi Junior, one of two men killed in the Babine Forest Products mill explosion three years ago today. “Well we did request from the coroner to have it moved to Burns Lake and she (Lisa Lapointe) did attend a meeting in Burns Lake with the leadership,” said Luggi this morning. “She met with the mayor and some of the representatives from the First Nations in Burns Lake and I understand that she is giving it serious consideration and a this point I understand a decision hasn’t been made yet.”

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New TLA Executive Director Hails From Sunshine Coast

Truck Loggers Association
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is pleased to announce that David Elstone, RPF, a long-term Sunshine Coast resident, joined the TLA as Executive Director in January 2015. “We’re excited to bring someone as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as David onto the TLA team,” said Don Banaksy, TLA President. “David also brings an interesting community perspective to the TLA. He lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast with his wife and children and has done so for the last 14 years. The Sunshine Coast residents are active stakeholders in the forest industry debate within the urban-rural interface. 

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Investors’ $9-billion case against Sino-Forest gets green light

Globe and Mail
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A $9-billion class-action launched by burned investors in Sino-Forest Corp. – the Toronto-listed Chinese forestry giant that collapsed amid fraud allegations in 2011 – has been given the green light to go to trial by an Ontario Superior Court judge. In a ruling released on Tuesday, Justice Paul Perell also approved a move to put proceedings against the big-name Bay Street financial institutions that underwrote Sino-Forest’s stock and debt offerings on hold, pending court approval of a tentative settlement.

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URB rejects $5.1M in Nova Scotia Power fuel costs

Cape Breton Post
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — The provincial energy regulator has rejected a Nova Scotia Power contribution to fuel spending costs for the dredging of Sydney harbour as well as fuel costs for two natural gas contracts with NewPage Port Hawkesbury. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board issued its 64-page decision ruling on the utility’s fuel adjustment mechanism application Tuesday. In total, more than $5.1 million in costs were disallowed. The decision means that Nova Scotia Power will have to cover those amounts and they will not be recovered from ratepayers.

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American Forest & Paper Association Releases December 2014 Paperboard Statistics Report

WhatTheyThink
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2014 U.S. Paperboard Report. Total boxboard production decreased 2.6 percent when compared to December 2013 and decreased 3.2 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month last year but decreased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased when compared to December 2013 and decreased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to December 2013 and decreased when compared to last month.

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Longtime sawmill set to close

Upper Michigan Source
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

L’ANSE — After more than sixty years in business Erickson Lumber in L’anse is closing down. The sawmill is the only part of the family business to shut down. Saws are still operating at Erickson Lumber, and former owner 86 year-old Donald Erickson often helps out. However, this won’t be the case by the end of the month, when the Sawmill closes down. “Well, I hate to see that happen, but the circumstances indicate that we have to do that,” said Donald Erickson, former owner. The sawmill was originally opened by Erickson’s father more than 60 years ago and has remained in the family ever since.

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Timbervest Sells $14.2 Million of Forestry Assets, 10,400 Acres

Woodworking Network
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA – Timber investment firm Timbervest LLC has sold more than 10,000 acres of timberland assets in Florida, South Carolina and Vermont from its fund. The combined value of the three transactions totals more than $14.2 million. News of the sale was announced January 15. Approximately 6,710 acres in Lafayette County, Florida, were sold to an institutional, environmentally-themed investment entity. Timbervest also sold 2,416 acres in Kershaw County, South Carolina, to a timberland investment group.

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The Next Trade Fight: Office Paper

Four Companies and Union Allege Dumping by China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia
Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Four paper manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union are asking the U.S. government to impose duties on imports of office paper that they say are priced unfairly low. Their claim, due to be filed with the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday, alleges that rivals in China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia are dumping certain types of uncoated paper on the U.S. market, including that used for such things as computer printers, book publishing, junk mail and envelopes. Dumping involves selling at prices deemed less than “fair value,” which can mean below the price in the exporter’s home country or less than the cost of production plus a reasonable profit.

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UPM closes 675,000 tonnes of publication paper capacity

Employee negotiations concluded in Finland and the UK
Pulp and Paper News
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM permanently closes down paper machine 2 at UPM Kaukas and paper machine 5 at UPM Jämsänkoski in Finland, along with paper machine 1 at the UPM Shotton mill in the UK. Production will be ceased by the end of March 2015 at the latest. Employee consultation processes concerning the closing plans were concluded in mid-January 2015. The employee consultation process concerning the planned closure of the paper machine 3 at UPM Chapelle in France, also announced in November, is proceeding.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hanley Wood Launches Redesigned ARCHITECT Magazine

PR Web
January 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries, announces the launch of its newly redesigned ARCHITECT magazine. The redesign will feature a fresh new look, as well as rich content offerings to inspire architects through the language of design. “ARCHITECT – the Official Journal of the American Institute of Architects – has always been focused on celebrating design innovation in architecture and engaging and educating our audience…

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Turning Rice Straw Into Sustainable Materials For Building

Sustainablog
January 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

One of the broad benefits that’s come out of organic farming: more and more, farmers don’t view byproducts of harvesting and processing their crops as waste. Rather, they’re often used as soil amendments or soil builders. If they’re not used in that capacity, there may well be a market for those leftover husks and stems and fibers. Steve Hanley has discovered one such new use for rice straw, the leftover material from rice farming: a building material. Green Wood is waterproof, fungus-resistant, and mud-proof alternative to earthen blocks or wood. It also means reducing or even eliminating burning of rice straw, which contributes to CO2 emissions and particulate pollution.

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Forestry

Investing From The Ground Up in BC’s Rural Communities

Truck Loggers Association
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Annual Convention & Trade Show is January 21-23, 2015 at the Victoria Conference Centre and The Fairmont Empress Hotel. “With this year’s theme, Investing From The Ground Up, we take a hard look at how forest contractors—running small, locally owned businesses—can invest in themselves as they build a diverse workforce, develop lean operations and ultimately a strong forest industry,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Our members are the backbone of coastal BC’s rural communities. They create jobs so people can work where they live on the coast.”

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LETTER: New land-use plan needed

by Virginia Thomson
Revelstoke Times Review
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Having attended the meeting on January 13 concerning logging on Mount MacPherson, I wish to respond. …I was struck by the one-sidedness of what was called for over and over again: we must work together. Sounds nice, but in fact the forest companies under the umbrella of provincial legislation have all the rights and those affected such as recreationists. tourists and spiritual seekers have none. Nor do the municipalities involved or the regional districts. …Times have changed immensely since then, and a new land use plan is direly needed, one which will recognize the several powerful driving economic forces of this town — not just logging.

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LETTER: BCTS thanks open house attendees

by Earl Hunt RPF, Woodlands Supervisor, BC Timber Sales
Revelstoke Times Review
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) would like to thank members of the public who attended the open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre on January 13, and especially those who provided input. …BCTS will now develop a detailed harvest plan and will discuss it with the Revelstoke Cycling Association and the Revelstoke Nordic Club before it is finalized later this year. All input received from the public will also be considered. The harvest plan will be advertised as part of the bidding process in 2016, with harvesting expected to begin soon after.

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Dolter represented Canada at UN forestry conference in Italy

The Western Star
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sean Dolter had another chance to spread the collective knowledge gained by the Canadian Model Forest Network when he attended an international conference in Rome, Italy last week. Dolter, former manager of Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador based in Corner Brook, is this province’s representative with Model Forest Connect, a division of the national network which has been formed since the national organization lost federal funding last year. Last week’s conference, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, focused on identifying criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management on a global scale.

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County and Forest Service work together on jobs program

Plumas County News
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An agreement between Plumas County and the U.S. Forest Service could provide 270 local jobs during the next few years. Supervisors Kevin Goss and Sherrie Thrall have been working with representatives of the U.S. Forest Service on a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations. According to the document, the Plumas National Forest’s goal is to “increase the pace and scale of fire restoration activities on national forest system lands from 2015 through 2019.”

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WSU revives its forestry major

Capital Press
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington State University is reviving its forestry major after budget reductions in 2011. Students will be admitted to the forestry major program beginning this fall. Washington State University is updating and re-establishing its forestry major beginning in the fall. WSU had phased out the program in 2011 as part of budget reductions. The Legislature instructed that the major be re-established in WSU’s 2013-2015 biennial budget. Industry members also supported re-establishing the program, said Keith Blatner, program leader for forestry and a professor at WSU.

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Forest Service Seeks Female Firefighters

Santa Barbara Independent
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Los Padres National Forest, which covers roughly 1.9 million acres across mid-California, is looking to train a handful of women as wildland firefighters as part of its diversity outreach. The four-day “boot camp” over two weekends will teach the basics of fire organization and firefighting techniques, equipment, and safety, with the goal of graduating on-call wildland firefighters. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and able to do “arduous” work.

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Invading Insect May Devastate Utah’s Ash Trees

Good4Utah.com
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY – Foreign invaders that have killed 50 million in the United States are on their way to Utah. Before you panic, we’re talking about insects that have killed 50 million trees. It’s a tiny green Asian beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer and as that name would indicate, it only eats and lays its eggs in ash trees. Originally introduced by Asian packing material in Michigan in 2002, Emerald Ash Borers have spread throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Now according to Meridith Perkins of the Utah Division of Forestry, arrival of the insect in Utah is imminent.

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Peninsula counties hope for timber subsidy to stave off impacts on road departments

Peninsula Daily News
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

North Olympic Peninsula road departments will suffer if a federal subsidy isn’t renewed, officials said. Congress hasn’t reauthorized the Secure Rural Schools program for county road funds, which compensates western timber counties for low harvests. Jefferson County stands to lose $400,000 this year if the program isn’t reauthorized. Although the lack of the fund hurts, the Clallam County road department wasn’t expecting a cent this year. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service is sending more than $50 million to 746 timber counties in February. That compares to about $300 million paid out last fiscal year under the Secure Rural Schools subsidy program.

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Tourism suffers under Forest Service management

Juneau Empire
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Several letters have appeared in this newspaper recently expressing disappointment in the Tongass Advisory Committee’s mandate to maintain an expensive corporate welfare program for the timber industry while ignoring impacts to the visitor industry. We agree. Both Regional Forester Beth Pendleton and Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack initially promised that their efforts to “transition to young growth harvests” would include alternative economic opportunities and support the recreation industry with investments to attract increased tourism use and jobs. It hasn’t happened.

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Timber sale on hold after landslide concerns raised

The state has put a 119-acre timber sale near Index on hold after concerns were raised about a potentially unstable landslide zone.
The Seattle Times
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state Department of Natural Resources has put a 119-acre timber sale on hold after the Washington Forest Law Center staff raised concerns about a potentially unstable landslide zone underneath the harvest area. The department’s forestry officials are planning additional reviews to determine whether the Deer Wrap timber sale on state lands near Index should go ahead as initially planned, undergo a redesign or be canceled. “We’re always concerned about making decisions with full information,” said Aaron Everett, the state forester. “I came to the conclusion that we needed to take a second look.”

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Montanans unite for a better future for our forests

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Given the frequent and sometimes noisy disagreements over natural resource management in our state, we might have expected Sen. Daines’ letter to trigger a food fight with all of us running to our corners, rekindling old conflicts and throwing rocks at each other. Instead, something quite remarkable happened: A unified response emerged from more than 40 individuals representing diverse interests including the Montana timber industry, conservation groups, Montana sportsmen, small businesses, and retired Forest Service leaders. In the interest of moving forward together toward a better future for our forests and for all of us, we developed some guidelines we have asked Sen. Daines to follow to help ensure his work has the desired effects on the ground.

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Maine agriculture commissioner explains LePage administration’s call to cut forest ranger jobs

Bangor Daily News
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb on Tuesday shared new details about a plan from Gov. Paul LePage’s administration to restructure the Maine Forest Service, including the elimination of about 12 to 13 forest ranger positions. Whitcomb told a joint meeting of the Legislature’s budget writing Appropriations and Agriculture committees that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation wants to separate rangers’ firefighting and law enforcement responsibilities. The department also wants two new positions to focus on resource protection in anticipation of another destructive infestation of spruce budworm or other invasive insect species that could spell trouble for
Maine forests.

LePage proposes new type of forest police force for Maine from The Portland Press Herald

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Maine Forest

WM TV
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine —Maine’s agriculture commissioner outlined Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed changes to Maine’s forest rangers. …The governor’s budget proposed reorganizing the forest ranger program by splitting the force into one group that focuses on law enforcement and another that deals with environmental issues affecting Maine’s natural resources.

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Timber industry spokesman takes axe to Labor’s koala plan

The Northern Star
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TIMBER industry spokesman Andrew Hurford has come out swinging against NSW Labor’s plan to create a 315,000-hectare Koala National Park. The chairman of Timber NSW and managing director of Hurford Hardwood described the plan as “a thought bubble” from new Labor leader Luke Foley that would lead to business closures and job losses in the North Coast timber industry. “This is straight out of the Bob Carr playbook; an unfunded National Park five minutes before an election … he hasn’t conferred with the industry on how people will be impacted,” he said. “All we get to do is read about it in the newspaper and guess what’s going to happen.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

U of M study says state’s tree species will change with climate

Forum News Service
January 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota’s northern forests will look much different in coming decades as a warming climate encourages tree species like oaks and maples and pushes others, including spruce and fir, out of the region. That was the finding of a University of Minnesota study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change that used growing plots near Cloquet and Ely and added the amount of warmth expected later this century. The study was the first of its kind in a northern forest to use ceramic heaters to warm the air near newly planted seedlings as well as heating cables in the ground.

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