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Business & Politics

CP Rail strike ends after only one day; workers agree to binding arbitration as Ottawa threatens back-to-work legislation

Financial Post
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Employees at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. returned to work Monday after only a day and a half on the picket lines, agreeing to binding arbitration before the federal government tabled its planned back-to-work legislation. Labour Minister Kellie Leitch announced the agreement Monday afternoon, shortly after the government signaled its intent to force the approximately 3,000 striking members of Teamsters Canada back to work. To the credit of the Teamsters and CP Rail, they’ve come to an agreement to go to mediated arbitration, and I think that’s in the best interests of Canadians and the Canadian economy,” Ms. Leitch said in a press conference.

CP Rail strike ends from Revelstoke Times Review
CP Rail, Teamsters union agree to arbitration from CBC News 
CP Rail strike ends as workers agree to arbitration from The Toronto Star

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Question of the week: Is Shipping raw logs a raw deal?

Kootenay News Advertiser
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest workers have been saying it for years now. Economists have been saying it for years and ordinary people have been saying it for years. This province absolutely needs to add value to its timber before shipping raw logs out of the province. The recent announcement of 81 layoffs at the Canfor Canal Flats Sawmill illustrates this and hopefully brings it home to the people (read politicians) who have helped us get to where we are now. “We continue in the province of BC to allow massive amounts of log exports, although there are mills that do not have enough timber to run the operations to full capacity,” said a frustrated Doug Singer, president of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook.

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New high stack design to reduce impact of Domtar emissions

Kamloops INFOnews
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – Though a major project has been delayed by nearly a year, Domtar is well on the way to living up to its promise to reduce emissions by 68 per cent by 2016. As part of the air permit process Domtar assumed the obligation, through purchasing the mill in 2007, to achieve a 61 per cent reduction by 2013 but following a review in 2009 revised its commitment to reach a 68 per cent reduction in the total boiler particulate emissions by 2016.

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With an LNG decision delayed, B.C.’s attention turns to forestry

Globe and Mail
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of British Columbia’s biggest forest companies, International Forest Products Ltd., acquired four new mills in December. The purchase …was a strong demonstration of growth. Forestry will be one of the bright spots featured in the B.C. budget that will be tabled on Tuesday by Finance Minister Mike de Jong. It will be trumpeted as a comeback commodity that delivers something in the order of $1.4-billion to provincial coffers. After a brutal slump, the province’s forest-product exports have bounced back, up more than 60 per cent over the past five years. There is one small problem with the storyline: Interfor’s new acquisitions are all in the United States. There is a recovery in British Columbia, but beneath the surface the industry is preparing for new challenges.

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Chetwynd building permit values spike

Alaska Highways News
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Building permit values in Chetwynd increased by $11.3 million in 2014, reflecting a significant increases in industrial activity for the town last year. It was a busy year. In 2014, Canfor announced plans for a new pellet plant at its mill; and a bio-energy plant at Chetwynd Forest Industries was completed. …Canfor announced its plans for the pellet plant last fall. The company has signed a 15-year purchase agreement with unidentified Japanese companies for the product. The construction timeline is as yet undefined, but once operational the plant is expected to create 16 to 20 full time positions. 

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Brokerages Set Canfor Pulp Products PT at $16.58

The Legacy
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shares of Canfor Pulp Products have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven analyststhat are currently covering the stock, American Banking News reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is C$16.58. Canfor Pulp Products  opened at 16.72 on Friday. Canfor Pulp Products has a 52-week low of $10.20 and a 52-week high of $17.00. 

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B.C. resource industries should be ready for a wild ride in 2015

February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A bright spot in the north this year, however, appears to be forestry. Last year, the impact of mill closures in Houston and Quesnel reminded us that forestry is still a major player in B.C., even if it doesn’t garner the headlines it once did. Industry analysts have been predicting a lumber market upturn for several years now, and it appears we’re finally in the midst of it. An ongoing reduction in B.C.’s interior timber harvest coupled with increased U.S. housing demand supports strong two-by-four prices in 2014. It also helps that Quebec has reduced its annual cut 35% since 2004, improving B.C.’s position to supply the U.S. market.

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Small Log Conference Brings Asian Lumber Buyers, Innovation and New Forest Industry Insights

Virtual-Strategy Magazine
February 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A pre-conference tour of the new HewSaw SL250 installation at the Idaho Forest Group sawmill at Lewiston, Idaho, kicks off the latest Small Log Conference,  March 24 – 26, 2015. …the Small Log Conference has been regarded as a premier networking event. …New this year will be multi-track educational panels allowing attendees to sit in on a variety of presentations catering to their specific interests and specialties. For example, one track will feature the newest in small log handling equipment, while a concurrent track will cover new and emerging markets for small diameter and under-utilized logs.

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Tasmanian MPs fail to agree on Triabunna mill inquiry findings

ABC News, Australia
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian MPs who have been investigating the 2011 sale of the former Gunns Triabunna woodchip mill have failed to agree on what their eight-month inquiry has found. State Parliament’s Community Development Committee has been investigating the sale to environmentalist investors Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood since July 2014. The committee’s final report on the sale will be handed to Speaker Elise Archer on Wednesday. The ABC understands the final report will include two dissenting reports – one by Labor MP Rebecca White and the other by Greens MP Cassy O’Connor – indicating the committee has not agreed on its findings.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Project insurance a key impact to consider for mid-rise wood projects

Daily Commercial News
February 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

As the gates open to allow six-storey wood mid-rise construction in Ontario, this new industry faces a number of obstacles to success. One hinges on the perception that wood is a combustible building material. While insurance coverage will be available, it won’t always be easy to obtain, nor will it be for the terms and rates expected. “There are a number of insurers across Canada which are willing to participate in light wood frame and midrise construction. They are not in the majority but there are enough out there to find a solution,” Mark Parry said at a recent symposium on mid-rise construction.

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Government Introduces Building Act Changes

Nanaimo Business News
February 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“The Building Act balances the consistency the construction sector desires with the flexibility local governments need and paves the way for greater innovation. Streamlining building requirements will also help reduce construction costs and improve housing affordability,” explained Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing. The Act proposes to: …Expand Provincial Review – furthering the Province’s ability to review innovative building proposals (such as the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George).

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Inside Ikea’s Globe-Spanning Project to Make Solid Wood Furniture

Gizmodo
February 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Ikea is one of the largest furniture company on Earth. …we learned that Ikea is bringing a new solid wood line to the US—a big change from the traditional way Ikea makes its products using particleboard … The new line is called Nornäs, and … it’s all inspired by the forests of Northern Sweden from where the furniture is sourced. …Ikea is ramping up its use of solid wood—which has been a years-long undertaking. …In the end, this is still Ikea—it’s all about shaving off every last possible cent from the process. But solid wood is sturdier and longer-lasting than particleboard, which makes this an interesting move for a company whose main byword has always been disposability 

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Forestry

Professional Reliance and Environmental Regulation in British Columbia

Environmental Law Centre, UVIC
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Our focus in this report is not on the performance of individual practicing professionals, or of the professional associations they belong to, but rather on the overall robustness of the regulatory regime. Government has long maintained that it believes in adaptive management and continuous improvement. The new approach has been around long enough now to merit close evaluation and “tune up” or “major servicing.” Many problems have been identified by independent watchdog agencies within government over the course of the last decade, yet government has not been very responsive to these reform recommendations. 

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Tree planting subsidies available for landowners

Free local workshops being held across Ontario
Forests Ontario
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ONTARIO, FEBRUARY & MARCH 2015 – Trees Ontario, in partnership with local plant delivery agencies, will host 12 tree planting workshops for landowners across the province during February and March of 2015. Each workshop will offer information on forest management and stewardship, tree planting subsidies and other financial incentives for establishing and managing your forests.

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Burning the budget: Forest auctions reflect fire-caused fiscal woes, expert says

Rapid City Journal
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The September sale was the latest in the ongoing divestiture of up to nine tracts totaling 362 acres of Black Hills National Forest property. Congress, at the behest of the South Dakota delegation, passed legislation authorizing the sales 15 years ago. Land and some buildings in five of the nine tracts have sold so far. The most recent sales, finalized in December and January, raised more than $1.9 million in total proceeds that are earmarked for the purchase, construction or renovation of Black Hills National Forest offices or work sites. The divested tracts are mostly old work sites deemed no longer necessary to the management of the forest, and if all of them eventually sell, the subtracted land will amount to far less than 1 percent of the Black Hills National Forest’s more than 1 million acres.

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Kate Brown could be stronger on environment than Kitzhaber

Portland Tribune
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

John Kitzhaber cut his teeth politically as the fly fisherman from Oregon timber country, the emergency room doctor who could schmooze equally well with environmentalists and timber barons. Kate Brown, who replaces Kitzhaber as governor next week, brings more of an urban orientation to Mahonia Hall, as a longtime Portland resident with limited experience in natural resource issues. …“She hasn’t weighed in on our issues,” says timber industry leader Tom Partin, executive director of the American Forest Resource Council based in Portland. He’s worked closely on forest issues with Kitzhaber but hasn’t had much association with Brown. “We need to get to know her better,” Partin says.

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Funding a sustainable Southeast

Haa Aani program gets cash infusion from Nature Conservancy
Juneau Empire
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With sustainable Southeast Alaska businesses as a goal, the Nature Conservancy has partnered with Haa Aani for yet another program. …One example of sustainable development that the Nature Conservancy and Haa Aani are both working toward is a transition from old-growth to young-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest. That might include supporting companies that turn young-growth timber into finished products instead of operations that ship logs elsewhere to be processed. “People say they can’t transition to young growth because they don’t have capital, so we say we’re going to help fund a loan fund that has that capital available,” Cohen said.

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Bat’s threatened status could affect area logging concerns

Fish & Wildlife Service proposes new rules
SW News 4U
February 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Recent action by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding the threatened Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) species has area loggers concerned, with action pending that would prohibit any activity within a quarter mile of a known, occupied bat hibernation site. Since most logging activity takes place in the wintertime, and this particular bat species hibernates in southwestern Wisconsin’s many limestone caves, area loggers are worried the USFWS’ new rules could adversely affect their livelihood. “If you have a bat cave on your land you can do nothing within a quarter mile of that cave under these new rules,” said Gary Halpin of Riverside Sawmill north of Muscoda. “This has some real potential to be an issue for private landowners. It’s a problem for me as a business working with landowners to buy timber.”

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DNR partners with Natural Resource Conservation Service to aid private forest landowners

Petoskey News-Review
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help train foresters and other professionals who help private forest landowners. The $1 million project, “Training foresters to enhance the sustainable management of private forest land”, announced Jan. 28, will last five years and will allow the DNR to provide assistance in training 450 professional land managers. This includes DNR public sector and local conservation district foresters, private sector foresters and wildlife biologists who work with forest landowners.

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WA Premier rejects offer by environmentalists to buy back Margaret River forest

ABC News, Australia
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WA Premier Colin Barnett has flatly rejected an offer from environmentalists to ‘buy back’ part of a South West forest, insisting it will be logged and will grow back. About 80 people protested outside Parliament today and brought with them a cheque for $90,000 they had hoped to give to the State Government. In exchange, they wanted the Forests Products Commission to stop logging 1,600 hectares of the 8,000-hectare Mowen forest, near Margaret River. The Save Mowen Forest group said questions in Parliament last year revealed the Forest Products Commission would earn a net income of about $90,000 from the logging.

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On Indonesia’s paper trail: There’s just too much illegal wood

A new report by Forest Trends and the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition shows that Indonesia’s forest industry sector gets almost a third of its wood from illegal sources today – this could double if companies scale up their operations and build new mills.
Eco-Business
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s forest products sector, dominated by pulp and paper companies, gets a third of its wood from illegal and unsustainable sources today. And even as some companies have made zero-deforestation pledges, there is simply not enough legally sourced wood to meet the demand, a new study has found. In a new report launched on Tuesday, American non-profit Forest Trends and Indonesian group Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition revealed that 30 per cent of the wood used by forestry companies in Indonesia is illegal.

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FLEG: report shows timber-tracking system in Belarus highly effective

The Financial
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Research supported by the EU-funded project on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II, has shown that the effectiveness of the timber tracking system in Belarus country is high, especially regarding the fight against illegal logging. The Feasibility Study for Introduction of Electronic Timber Tracking Technologies in Belarus was presented on 13 February at the Ministry of Forestry in Minsk, according to the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre. The research found that additional measures are not necessary and would not be effective economically. “The existing timber market in Belarus is transparent for legal entities and for ordinary people.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Massive Forest Fires Could Be Cooling the Earth

Gizmodo
February 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

A forest fire may not sound like a great way to cool off, but Earth’s climate is a complicated beast. It turns out that some of the world’s fiercest blazes are actually lowering our planet’s temperatures. …[Boreal forests] are optimized for burning. Strangely enough, this has to do with the frigid climate [where] …it takes longer for vegetation to decompose. …In a paper which appears in Nature Geoscience this month, a group of ecologists demonstrated that these fires scorching Earth’s northernmost forests can, paradoxically, have a chilling effect on our climate. …So, fires can cause temperatures to teeter up and down. And when it comes to boreal lands, it’s not at all clear which direction we should expect the thermometer swing.

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General

B.C. resource industries should be ready for a wild ride in 2015

February 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

…A bright spot in the north this year, however, appears to be forestry. Last year, the impact of mill closures in Houston and Quesnel reminded us that forestry is still a major player in B.C., even if it doesn’t garner the headlines it once did. Industry analysts have been predicting a lumber market upturn for several years now, and it appears we’re finally in the midst of it. An ongoing reduction in B.C.’s interior timber harvest coupled with increased U.S. housing demand supports strong two-by-four prices in 2014. It also helps that Quebec has reduced its annual cut 35% since 2004, improving B.C.’s position to supply the U.S. market.

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SOAR overlooking economic, job potential of forests

Kentucky.com
February 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

As SOAR moves into its second year, we wonder why the forest hasn’t been at the forefront of discussions on the economic future of Eastern Kentucky. The forest is intertwined with the culture of the people who live there and largely defines a region that is 80 percent to 90 percent forested. We have many opportunities for utilizing this natural resource for economic gain. A recent analysis indicated the forest industry could provide the region with an additional $1.4 billion annually and over 7,000 new jobs. These increases can be obtained through expanding current industries and improved use of abundant degraded timber resources, as well as improving the utilization of raw timber products currently harvested in the region.

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Forest Products Employees Hit Capitol Hill To Share Local Impacts Of Legislation And Regulations

from Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council
PR Newswire
February 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

WASHINGTON — American workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry visited Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of Congress and administration officials. Their goal was to educate elected and appointed officials and staffers on the impact of legislative and regulatory decisions both on the environment and on the families and communities that depend on forest products manufacturing for their livelihood. The Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council (PPRC) is a grassroots organization of hourly employees of the forest products industry who educate on issues that impact jobs in their industry.

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