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Daily Archives: June 2, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Fort Kent students combine elegance, big rigs at prom

Bangor Daily News
June 1, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

Limos are so 2014. This weekend a group of Fort Kent high school students traded in the standard mode of transportation to their prom in favor of something a little more in keeping with the traditions and culture of northern Maine. …All the students borrowed the trucks from local logging contractors and were pre-approved to drive the large trucks by the owners CNA Trucking & Theriault Boys and Rioux Trucks Inc. …As the students and adults gathered Sunday afternoon in a grassy field to admire the line of trucks, it was hard to tell who had more fun. “It would be a good business renting these out,” Rudy Rioux said with a laugh. “It would beat driving in the woods.”

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Business & Politics

What Falling Estimates & Price Mean for Resolute Forest Products – Tale of the Tape

Nasdaq
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio. One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is Resolute Forest Products Inc., which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year. A Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) further confirms weakness in RFP.

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Paper renaissance: $270 million expansion planned for Calhoun paper mill

Times Free Press
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

CALHOUN, Tenn. — A few years ago, the future of the Resolute Forest Products pulp and paper mill here was shaky as it grappled with a downturn in business. But on Monday, company officials said they plan to invest $270 million in a major expansion at the mill, the second in a year, and hire 105 more workers. For the first time in the plant’s 61 years, and in company history, Resolute will make a product — tissue for paper towels and toilet paper — that will go directly to the consumer market. “This is a big day for Resolute. It’s a big day for the mill,” said Richard Garneau, chief executive of the Montreal-based company whose local plant was known for many years as Bowater.

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ITA forms Forestry Sector Advisory Group

ITA
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

ITA has announced the formation of the Forestry Sector Advisory Group, which is tasked with the essential role of advising government and ITA on industry-specific issues that are key to skills training. The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) led the consultation and recruitment of members of the Sector Advisory Group. This group includes forestry professionals who have a history of championing and employing tradespeople, along with representation from small-, medium- and large-sized organizations from across key forestry sectors including forest management, harvesting, silviculture, wood product manufacturing, and pulp and paper manufacturing. Aboriginal community members are also advisory members of the group.

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Jemi Fibre completes acquisition of Aallcann Wood Suppliers Inc.

Lesprom
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jemi Fibre Corp. has completed the acquisition of Aallcann Wood Suppliers Inc. for $1.62 million in cash, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.  Aallcann is a post peeling and treatment operation based in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan that produces treated timber products for agricultural markets. Its treatment facility is situated on approximately 180 acres of land and it holds a license for 36,000 cubic meters of Crown annual allowable cut. Mike Jenks, Chairman & CEO, commented: “Aallcann is in line with our strategy of acquiring and adding value to underutilized assets, and has similar capacity to our existing high-margin Kootenay wood preserving facility. …”.

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Luxor 2015 First Quarter Sales Approach $ 1,000,000

Nasdaq
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Luxor Industrial Corporation wishes to provide an update on corporate activities. Sales for the 3 month period ending March 31, 2015 were $ 998,827 compared to $ 383,778 for the period ending March 31, 2014. The net profit for the 3 month period ending March 31, 2015 was $ 156,113 compared to $ 16,992 for the same period in 2014. The Company has recorded a profit in each of the last 7 quarters. 

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Jurisdiction in International Commercial Contracts: New Guidance from the B.C. Court of Appeal

Canadian Appeals
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We live in an increasingly interconnected world with trade liberalization and globalization continuing unabated. These changes present many opportunities for businesses but also raise new challenges for businesses operating across borders. …JTG Management Services Ltd. (“JTG”) was a B.C. corporation that engaged in lumber trading from Richmond, B.C., including the export of softwood lumber to customers in China. Nanjing Bank is a Chinese Bank. JTG agreed to sell three lumber shipments to Nanjing Overseas Wood Co. (“Nanjing Overseas”). …In October 2011, in connection with the second shipment of lumber, Nanjing Bank refused to honour the Letter of Credit.

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Northern Pulp mill could resume production by end of June

CBC News
June 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County will return to production by the end of the month, according to the company’s communication manager. The mill shut down on May 30 to install a ten-storey precipitator to meet air pollution reductions demanded by the Nova Scotia government. Northern Pulp will install the equipment after a 15 day maintenance shutdown completes the work needed to connect the device to ductwork. An extra 600 tradespeople have been brought in. …Meanwhile, Northern Pulp is appealing the Nova Scotia Government industrial approval imposing new environmental standards including the air pollution reduction expected from the precipitator.

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$200K spent on Roddickton wood pellet plant justified, says manager

CBC News
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The manager of a wood pellet plant on the Northern Peninsula says a 2014 government loan was necessary even though the plant didn’t operate. Holson Forest Products owns the Roddickton plant, which was built in 2011 and was supposed to provide jobs for residents of the area. Four years later, the plant is still not producing pellets even though government loaned the operation nearly $200,000 last year. Manager Todd May says the money was needed to develop a new business plan and to pay for insurance.

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Resolute Forest commits $270 million for bathroom tissue, paper towel plant

Resolute Forest gets into tissue business
Chronicle Journal
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products Inc. says it’s getting into the paper towel and bathroom tissue business. The company says demand for tissue has been growing while demand has fallen for other types of paper products. The Montreal-based company says it’s investing US$270 million for a tissue-making operation in Tennessee that would make private label premium products for the home market.

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Lumber Liquidators explains why it relabeled products; shares bounce

MarketWatch
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc.’s stock bounced sharply off multiyear lows Monday, as investors digested the company’s explanation as to why it held some wood flooring products, then relabeled them with new safety-standard certificate numbers. …On Friday, the stock tumbled 5.8% to close at the lowest level since Feb. 22, 2012, following a Seeking Alpha report that raised concerns over a potential coverup. In “response to inquiries,” the company issued a statement via a regulatory filing: “Lumber Liquidators discovered in an internal review that a supplier had included an inapplicable [California Air Resources Board] certificate number on the label for a limited number of engineered hardwood flooring products. 

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Foley Cellulose Mill plans river restoration project

Tallahassee Democrat
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

For decades, Perry’s pulp mill has been blamed for turning the Fenholloway River into one of the most polluted waterways in Florida. Now the plant’s new owners say they are committed to spending as much as $100 million on a pipeline that would restore the river’s water quality. Officials at the Georgia-Pacific Foley Cellulose Mill said they’re committed to making the river suitable for recreational use. However, skeptical environmentalists say the pipeline plan will worsen river pollution and create a “black solid blob” at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico since the pipeline will discharge two miles from where the river empties into the gulf. The plant discharges 26 miles upstream.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Respected Selkirk woodwork teachers retire

Nelson Star
June 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Michael Grace says the biggest challenge for woodworking students is not wood, tools, or technique. Dave Fraser agrees. “Woodworking is the easy part.” “The hard part is yourself,” says Grace. “We have people who will not challenge themselves enough and people who challenge themselves too much. But at some point you come up against yourself. Your Achilles heel is you… you come up against your own personality fairly quickly, asking yourself why you are like this.” Dave Fraser has been instructor Michael Grace’s assistant in Selkirk College’s fine woodworking program in Nelson for the past 20 years. They are both retiring this year. …Fraser and Grace say they often hear from former students, years later, who thank them and say that only later did they realize how much they’d learned.

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It’s about to get easier to build mid-rises in DC

Greater Greater Washington
June 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Soon, it might be a lot easier and less expensive to build mid-rise buildings along transit corridors in DC. This is thanks to a 2015 update to the International Building Code. The code now permits light-framed buildings of wood or steel, which are often faster and less expensive to build than equivalent heavy-framed structures… How much less expensive? The blocks above illustrate three potential scenarios for a light frame apartment building built with wood or steel studs, and with sprinklers. On the left, the building has five floors of light wood framing (yellow) over a one-floor “podium” of heavy concrete framing. On the right, the building has eight floors, all of heavy concrete framing. Switching from the left to the right increases the building area by 33%, but because concrete is more expensive, costs increase by 60%.

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Wooden Boat Builders Create Award Winning Restaurant

WoodWorking Network
June 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The complex geometries of a sculpted wood interior for Raw Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan required the services of a boat builder . Architect Camiel Weijenberg and his team said, “It was important to create a space that served as a sanctuary from the hectic Taipei scene, evoked by the use of natural materials and soft finishing. The unique feature of the design is the continuous natural wooden structure, which runs throughout the restaurant without obvious columns and structural elements holding it up.”

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World’s tallest wood building proposed in Paris could store 3,700 metric tons of carbon

Inhabitat
June 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Michael Green Architecture (MGA) just unveiled a proposal for a carbon neutral wooden skyscraper in Paris that, if constructed, will be the world’s tallest wood building. Created in collaboration with DVVD and real estate developer REI France, the wooden skyscraper—dubbed the Baobab—was designed as part of the city’s Réinventer Paris, a competition seeking innovative and environmentally friendly urban projects. The designers estimate the 35-story wood high-rise could sequester 3,700 metric tons of carbon—an amount equivalent to keeping 2,207 cars off the road for a year. MGA is no stranger to tall wood architecture; the Vancouver-based architecture firm designed North America’s tallest wood building and has even published a study, The Case for Tall Wood Buildings, that explains the many sustainable benefits of timber buildings. 

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Forestry

What ignoring the environment is costing us

iPolitics
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

In response to a question posed to the Tyee Solutions Society, a Vancouver non-profit journalism centre I work with, I re-examined a quarter century of Canada’s record on environmental protection and experience. I found that this country has never fully implemented or enforced state-of-the-art legislation to protect biodiversity, the safety of air and water, and critical natural systems. Our natural security is badly degraded and its erosion continues. The idea of natural security conflicts with an aspect of Canada’s founding ethos — that natural capital is meant to be drawn down and that there is a zero-sum tradeoff between the environment and prosperity. It’s the idea that you can always sacrifice a little bit more of the landscape, a river here or forest there, for wealth — and protecting the environment must always come at a cost to prosperity.

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Yukon sets forest fire record for May

CBC News
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

May was a record month for wildfires in Yukon, says Yukon Wildland Fire Management Information officer George Maratos. “We had 17 new starts since Friday with three yesterday,” says Maratos. “That brings our total to a historic high of 93 fires in May which is unusual. I mean, we definitely have busy seasons but to have that many fires in May is very unusual.” More than 70 of the 93 fires are still burning. Moratos says the new fires on the weekend all started by lightning.

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With climate change, species are increasingly hybridizing to survive

PRI
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…Some scientists and conservationists see the coywolf as a nightmare of the Anthropocene — a poster child of mongrelization as plants and animals reshuffle in response to habitat loss, climate change and invasive species. Golden-winged warblers increasingly cross with blue-winged warblers in the US Northeast and eastern Canada. Southern flying squirrels hybridize with northern flying squirrels as the southern species presses northward in Ontario. Polar bears mate with grizzlies in the Canadian Arctic along the Beaufort Sea to produce “pizzly bears.” All of this interbreeding upsets the conventional notion of species as discrete, inviolable entities. Moreover, some scientists and conservationists warn that hybridization will degrade biodiversity as unusual species are lost to genetic homogenization. 

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US Forest Service publishes plan for North American Bat Monitoring Program

EurekAlert
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

ASHEVILLE, NC — A report just published online by the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) provides detailed guidelines for participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), an international multiagency program created to provide the data needed to make effective decisions about bat populations across the North American continent. …North American bats face unprecedented risks from continuing and emerging threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, white-nose syndrome (WNS), wind energy development, and climate change.

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Fire season hot topic for meeting between Clallam board, public land commissioner

Peninsula Daily News
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark told Clallam County commissioners Monday to be ready for an “ominous” fire season. A combination of a dismal snowpack and an El Nino weather pattern are expected to dry out the forests of Western Washington in July and August, creating the potential for catastrophic fire, Goldmark said. “The signs are very ominous about the possible severity of the season,” Goldmark said in a half-hour briefing with the county board. …Goldmark requested $4.5 million from the state Legislature to pay for fire crews and other resources to “meet the needs of what appears to be a worsening fire and weather situation here this summer.”

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LePage violating state responsibility with Public Reserved Lands harvest plan

Bangor Daily News
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Paul LePage threatens to increase logging on Maine’s Public Reserved Lands beyond sustainable levels and divert the revenues to unrelated purposes. But his plans run contrary to the origins, unique characteristics and purpose of these Lands. Maine has about 600,000 acres of Public Reserved Lands, comprising 30 parcels across the North Woods and Down East regions. Many people have hiked, camped, birded, fished or hunted on them, including at the Bigelow Preserve, Donnell Pond, Little Moose and Deboullie units. They differ from other Maine-owned places, such as state parks, wildlife management areas, lands purchased with funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program, and boat launches.

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Director-generals inaugurated as merger of Indonesian Environment, Forestry Ministries continues

Mongabay
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s newly merged Environment and Forestry Ministry completed a major step in its restructuring last week with the inauguration of 13 director-generals, with important implications for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s agendas on climate change, land reform and more.  Notable appointments include Climate Change Oversight Director-General Nur Masripatin, Environmental and Forestry Spatial Planning Director-General San Afri Awang and Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships Director-General Hadi Daryanto, all of whom have held various Forestry Ministry positions before Jokowi combined it with the Environment Ministry upon taking office last year. 

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VicForests to postpone FSC audit

Lesprom
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

VicForests has announced it is postponing its upcoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood audit. VicForests’ CEO, Robert Green, said the audit will be deferred until later in the year. “Following the recent listing of the Leadbeater’s Possum as critically endangered, we believe it would be premature to go ahead with an FSC audit in June as originally planned,” Mr Green said. “There have been a range of views put forward regarding the best way to manage the forest within the species range and the Federal Government has indicated work will be done to update the National Recovery Plan for the Leadbeater’s Possum.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cutting trees to fight climate change?

Washington Post
June 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

European countries are subsidizing the cutting of forests across the southeastern United States to produce wood pellets that can be burned in power plants as a climate-friendly alternative to coal. But some scientists say burning wood to make electricity could lead to higher levels of carbon pollution for decades.

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Scientists: US and EU climate plans blind to land use emissions fears

Business Green
June 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

The US and EU will today be accused of ignoring the potential emissions savings on offer from more responsible approaches to forestry and agriculture, after official climate action plans submitted to the UN largely sidelined the issue of so-called land use emissions.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is to publish a new report analysing the intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) plans filed with the UN by the US, EU and Mexico ahead of this year’s Paris Summit. It concludes that while Mexico has set out ambitious plans to tackle emissions from deforestation and agriculture, the US plan ignores the issue entirely and the EU makes only a “vague” commitment to address the issue.

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USDA announces restart of BCAP

Biomass Magazine
June 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

On June 1, the USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

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General

Changes in forest structure affect bees and other pollinators

Environmental Research Web
June 2, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists. The study shows how common, present day forest conditions affect pollinators, especially bees. “Bees prefer open forests,” says Jim Hanula, a research entomologist at the Southern Research Station (SRS) Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants research unit. “We found that total tree basal area was the best predictor for how many bees would be present.” Tree basal area describes the amount of space occupied by tree stems within a given piece of land. Hanula and his colleagues found that in stands with high basal areas, bees were scarce. Bees were also less common in stands with dense shrub layers.

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