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Daily Archives: February 16, 2016

Froggy Foibles

The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood

Chicago Tribune
February 16, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

The cheese police are on the case. Acting on a tip, agents of the Food and Drug Administration paid a surprise visit to a cheese factory in rural Pennsylvania on a cold November day in 2012. They found what they were looking for: evidence that Castle Cheese Inc. was doctoring its 100 percent real parmesan with cut-rate substitutes and such fillers as wood pulp and distributing it to some of the country’s biggest grocery chains. …Cellulose is a safe additive, and an acceptable level is 2 percent to 4 percent, according to Dean Sommer, a cheese technologist at the Center for Dairy Research in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Business & Politics

A reader comments on forestry

Northern Insight
February 13, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reader Ken Barry today submitted a comment to an article written last July – Log exports update. It reminds of a subject that’s close to my heart and, I think, an illustration of how wrong-headed the Liberals have been in natural resource policy. …There was a day when the priority of government was maximizing benefits received from public forest lands by the broad community. Pulp and paper, lumber and value added wood products were produced all over British Columbia. Direct employment in the industries created many support jobs and communities thrived.

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Canada’s Top Employers picks Canfor as one of the best in B.C.

BC Local News in Clearwater Times
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor has been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers for the fourth year in a row. “Thank you to the Canada’s Top Employers organization for their recognition,” said Tracey Arnish, Canfor senior vice-president for people and culture. “Even more importantly, I thank our dedicated employees. We are one of the largest employers on the list of companies and our selection is clearly based on the strength and contributions of everyone at the company,” she added. …. “Some of the reasons why Canfor was selected includes the support we provide for life after work and retirement planning, and for our commitment to lifelong learning through internships, in-house apprenticeships, mentoring, subsidies for professional accreditation and other educational opportunities,” the Canfor vice-president said.

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Heavy industry again calling for Kamloops council to lower tax rate

Kamloops This Week
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In what’s becoming a budget-time tradition, heavy industries in Kamloops are once again urging city hall to bring down their tax rate. A letter headed to council on Tuesday from Domtar, Tolko Industries and Lafarge is calling on the city to “adopt a medium- to long-term industrial tax strategy that results in the Kamloops industrial class paying a competitive level of property tax relative to other B.C. municipalities.” The three companies (as well as Arclin, which has since closed for non-tax reasons), have been sending similar letters for the past several years. In a chart they have created, the companies note they pay just under $79 in property taxes per $1,000 of assessed value, while competitors in Prince George would pay $48 and those in Nanaimo about $15.

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Omak mill operation gets a new owner

Omak Okanogan County Chronicle
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

OMAK — Omak Wood Products announced has sold its business to Omak Forest Products. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Omak Wood Products said. Omak Forest Products will operate under the leadership of Richard Yarbrough, who brings more than 40 years of experience in the wood products industry. He has served on multiple boards and held a variety of executive-level positions with industry-leading wood products companies, including Louisiana-Pacific Corp., the Timberlands division of International Paper Co. and Skywood Forest Products LLC. Omak Forest Products will work with the Colville Confederated Tribes, which owns the Omak mill, to ensure a smooth operational transition, the company said.

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Timber industry strong despite struggling oil industry

NewsWest9
February 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LUFKIN, TX -The East Texas timber industry is remaining strong, despite the continuing woes of the oil industry. Industry experts believe the falling prices are allowing for smaller companies to save money when it comes to transportation of lumber. “Trees are heavy, wood is heavy, and we have to truck them from where we log them on the landowners property to the mill,” said SFA Associate Professor of Silviculture Jeremy Stovall. “If diesel prices are lower, that means more money the landowners make off their forest product because it is cheaper.” It’s more than just the transportation cost that are affected. Stovall said companies are seeing savings with harvesting. “Our harvesting operations use heavy equipment that use a lot of diesel, and so when diesel is cheap, harvesting is cheap,” Stovall said.

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Metsä Wood expecting stable sales revenue in Q1

EUWID
February 15, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The lumber and plywood division “Metsä Wood” of Metsä Group is working from the assumption that its sales revenue in the first quarter of this year is going to remain stable at the level of the same quarter of last year. The surplus that still exists in the supply of a number of specifications of spruce lumber in connection with an anticipated usual seasonal upswing in demand will probably decrease. The surplus in the supply of pine lumber will probably persist due to continuing slack demand in the Arab countries. Business in birch plywood is also likely to remain governed by a surplus in supply. The volume of sales of the other wood products such as softwood plywood and kerto LVL is expected to remain stable.

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New Tasmanian rail log containers expected to ease road burden

ABC News, Australia
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian freight operator TasRail says 40 new custom-built log transport containers should help ease the burden on the state’s roads. The containers were unveiled today and were funded by a $1 million federal grant. They each carry 22 tonnes of logs, and TasRail CEO Damien White said the decrease in log trucks on Tasmanian roads would be noticeable. “We keep getting plenty of messages from the community about getting freight on rail, and it’s important to note we think our role is about getting that non-time sensitive freight off the road, such as logs,” Mr White said. “But roads still have a role to play with time-sensitive, perishable, express-type freight.” Mr White said the new containers — dubbed logtainers — would add to an estimated 100,000 truck trips taken off Tasmanian roads annually by the rail freight system.

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Kinleith mill showcases its new image

Waikato Times
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The rebranding of Kinleith Mill was celebrated with an open day organised by its new owners. One thousand registered visitors who attended the event were shown around the site. Manufacturing manager John Patterson said the plant had gone through a major change since new owners Oji Fibre Solutions took ownership in December 2014. Oji is the third largest pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. “We wanted to celebrate that and we’re trying to show the younger generation that this is an exciting place to work at,” Patterson said. “It is a big employer, we’ve got an aging work force so we need to bring a lot of younger people through and get all the older fellas teaching how the mill works. We’d like to see an interest from the younger people.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

House Works: A wood foundation is not as risky as it seems

Ottawa Citizen
February 15, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Question: What do you think of pressure-treated wood foundations (PWF) instead of concrete or block foundations? I’m getting contradictory advice. Answer: Using wood as a foundation for a house seems risky and prone to failure from rot, but I’ve never heard of any problems with it. Pressure-treated foundations have been accepted in the building code for decades. If I was building a PWF, I’d consider using structural insulated panels (SIPs) made for the job.

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Saving America’s forests one wooden high-rise at a time

E&E Publishing
February 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MADISON, Wis. — If the invention of steel forged the high-rise, the iconic building’s future may be pine. …Proponents of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber products say it could create demand for the woody material clogging overgrown forests, especially in the West. Creating a market for small-diameter trees or diseased or burned forests by turning it into a high-value building material would create jobs, something once-great rural paper mill towns desperately need. USDA, the Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory and a handful of the forest products industry groups have jumped in the cross-laminated timber game, throwing money at educating engineers and architects, promoting the product, and moving forward with research.

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Forestry

West Boundary Forest Report

Boundary Creek Times
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

President Randy Kappes has released an update of the West Boundary Community Forest guiding principles, which include the provision of local employment opportunities by hiring qualified staff to manage and oversee community forest operations, including harvesting and silviculture. …The WBCF also mandates to maintain an economically viable forest through the employment of innovative harvesting methods and equipment while following provincial utilization standards and attempting to maximize that utilization through value added products. It would also like to foster cooperation with adjacent woodlot licensees to take advantage of joint efficiency’s in forest operations and infrastructure as well as utilize market cycles to maximize economic advantage. 

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Province-wide petition promotes glysophate ban

Saint Croix Courier
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is a movement afoot in the province urging the provincial government to ban the use of the herbicide glysophate. Using a Facebook portal “Stop Spraying in New Brunswick,” organizers Damon Wes, of Saint John and Matthiew Vienneau, St. Anne-De-Kent, have watched as membership has grown over the last year. Now the group has more than 13,000 members, and has launched a province-wide petition aimed at pressuring politicians to levy a ban on the chemical.  “We need to get rid of this glysophate that they are spraying in the woods, in the trees,” said Wes. “It’s possibly cancer-causing they say, but there’s so many studies out there that show it’s harmful, and they are spraying it all over our flora and fauna, all through New Brunswick.” The product is used primarily to curb or stem the growth of hardwoods. It is the primary ingredient in domestically available products like Round-up.

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Owner of part of Angell Woods ready to cut 5000 ash trees

Montreal Gazette
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Faced with a legal challenge by the city of Beaconsfield, a private owner of a tract of land in Angell Woods is proposing a timetable to potentially fell more than 5,000 ash trees as a preventive measure to control the spread of the destructive emerald ash borer beetle. Last October, city council tabled a resolution calling for legal recourse targeting private land owners who have yet to submit a plan to protect wooded areas from the spread of the EAB, whose presence had been confirmed within Beaconsfield’s territory and neighbouring municipalities. …Montreal, which considers Angell Woods as a key component of the Rivière-à-l’Orme eco-forest corridor, plans to purchase lots owned by Yale and Seda Holdings, except for a strip along Elm Ave. which is tagged for residential development in a regional master urban plan.

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It’s like darts but with axes: Traditional lumberjack axe-throwing enjoying popularity in Canada

Canadian Press in the National Post
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A growing number of people have started living up to the Canadian stereotype of a plaid-wearing lumberjack. Axe throwing is gaining in popularity, with clubs, leagues and lounges opening everywhere from Alberta to Nova Scotia. Darren Hudson, co-owner of a new axe-throwing lounge opening soon in Halifax, said the traditional lumberjack sport is captivating Canadians because it’s simple and has an immediate payoff. “It’s a very rewarding, enjoyable sport in which people have the opportunity to cast away their cares,” said the 38-year-old man, a world champion lumberjack who has been throwing axes for more than three decades. “Axe throwing for a first-timer is a moment they won’t forget for the rest of their lives.”

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Forestry plan approved

The Advertiser
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Crown Zone 5 Five-Year Forestry Operating Plan (2016-2020) has been released from the province’s environmental review process. The approval was confirmed in a press release from Perry Trimper, Minister of Environment and Conservation, last week. The project was released subject to the condition that the proponent (Forestry and Agrifoods Agency) must: maintain a 30-metre buffer around wetland areas; maintain the hydrologic function of nearby wetlands; and direct any runoff from development away from wetlands.

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Grains and trees unite

Bay Today
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Municipal leaders along with the agriculture and forestry sector have banded together to launch a bold new strategy called Growing Ontario to celebrate the innovation and contribution provided by the agriculture and forestry sectors to the economy of rural and Northern Ontario. Initiated by the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and stakeholders from the forestry sector, Growing Ontario brings together voices that represent the interests of 28,000 grain farmers, 50,000 forestry workers and over 140 municipalities that rely on thriving resource sectors to survive. 

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Social and financial impacts monitored, too

AZ Daily Sun
February 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In addition to tracking environmental responses to forest restoration work, the 4FRI plan calls for social and economic monitoring. Anne Mottek Lucas, an independent consultant, has been heading up that part of the project. Her first task was to conduct focus groups with a total of 25 residents in Williams and Flagstaff as well as with Forest Service employees. The discussions centered on the participants’ perceptions and awareness of forest health and restoration. In general, there was a high knowledge about and acceptance of fire’s natural role in the ponderosa pine ecosystem, the benefits of fire as a land management tool and the importance of 4FRI in protecting the area from high severity fire, Mottek Lucas said.

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A Midstream View: Sierra forests are in a state of crisis

Calaveras Enterprise
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

My first thought when I read the headline for a story in the Jan. 12 issue of the Calaveras Enterprise titled “Scientists say Sierra forests need thinning” was, “What gave them the first clue?” The article stated scientists came to that conclusion after a 10-year study. It is incomprehensible that a decade was required by (I’m rather sure) well-paid researchers to determine, quoting: “The U.S. Forest Service should proceed with aggressive forest-thinning projects in the Sierra Nevada. The benefits of thinning forests include increased yields of water for farms, cities and rivers and reduced chances that catastrophic wildfires will destroy forests, homes and habitat. As the size and intensity of wildfires gradually increases, the danger posed by failing to act is increasing.” Scientists involved in the study included both state and federal entities with the main players being the University of California and the Forest Service.

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Forest management helps ease budgets

Letter by Molly Pitts Healthy Forests Healthy Communities
The Durango Herald
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The reality is the U.S. Forest Service used to be able to fund a variety of programs, including recreation and roads, thanks to revenues generated through active forest management. According to a congressional report, the Forest Service once averaged more than $1 billion in revenues annually. Today, the Forest Service spends $2 for every $1 it produces, and with smaller budgets, cuts to programs become necessary. Timber harvests on National Forests are down 80 percent over the last 30 years, while at the same time, 65-82 million acres of Forest Service lands are at high risk of wildfires. Additionally, the Forest Service now spends more than 50 percent of its budget fighting fires, compared to just 16 percent in 1995.

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Bumps likely in the long road to a new Tongass plan?

KTOO
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The plan aims to create a Tongass National Forest that, in the words of Secretary Vilsack, is “ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable.” Andrew Thoms, director of the Sitka Conservation Society, attended the open house. He thought the Forest Service was headed in the right direction. “The proposed plan that the Forest Service put together has a lot of really good tools in it, especially for renewable energy and doing renewable energy projects like our Blue Lake hydroelectric project in Sitka, and for doing habitat restoration. And outlines, of course, what logging would look like that conserves high-priority ecological areas, salmon-producing areas, and tries to supply timber for a timber industry that can exist using this plan. I think that it will get adopted by this administration, and that it will survive into the next administration and be implemented, because it’s a good plan.”

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Some projections by GEP AZ called into question

AZ Daily Sun
February 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Late last month, Good Earth Power AZ CEO Jason Rosamond stood in front of more than 50 attendees at a monthly meeting on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. Academics, timber industry representatives and heads of conservation organizations listened as Rosamond outlined his company’s latest progress on thinning northern Arizona’s forests. Good Earth has the largest contract on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, with a goal of thinning 300,000 acres by 2022. At the core of Rosamond’s presentation was a roadmap for how the company will accelerate its operations in 2016, including plans for an $80 million mill in Coconino County Rosamond said is expected to be up and running by May 2017. Many who were in the audience remain skeptical of Rosamond’s promises though, saying his projections just don’t pencil out.

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Into the thick of ‘thinning’

USFS, local groups talk Polallie Fuels Reduction plan
Hood River News
February 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


The U.S. Forest Service met face to face with the public Wednesday to delve into the finer points of the proposed Polallie Cooper thinning and fuels reduction project on the north slope of Mount Hood. Despite the controversy which has mounted within concerned citizen groups over the project, the meeting at Hood River Fire/EMS Station took an informal approach. Hood River Ranger District staffers unrolled maps on tables and dug into details with the 40 or so people who turned out to learn about and discuss the impacts of the Forest Service’s nearly 3,000-acre thinning project.  The Forest Service has planned the “Polallie Cooper Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project” primarily to combat the threat of fire danger on northern Mount Hood, about 10 miles south of Parkdale.

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Forestry bill features logging rules that would curb abuses

Vermont Digger
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lawmakers have crafted legislation to protect the timber industry, but loggers say the new proposed state statutes would punish loggers who are following the rules. The initiative would establish a “right to conduct forestry operations,” much in the same way the state has already recognized a “right to farm.” But the legislation also addresses abuses by some loggers who have cut forests without a landowner’s permission. In cases of theft of more than $1,000 worth of timber, prosecutors could press felony charges. Michael Snyder, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, says the legislation puts “some hurt on the bad guys” by giving the state better environmental enforcement tools and landowners more recourse.

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Change at Newnes could pose threat to mining

Lithgow Mercury
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FEARS have again raised surrounding the future of the Newnes State Forest at the most recent meeting of Lithgow City Council. On Thursday June 18, 2015, The Lithgow Mercury reported that the Forestry Corporation of NSW had indicated that they had no immediate plans to re-plant in the Newnes State Forest, where current logging operations are winding down. This will have much more far-reaching repercussions than just a decrease of logging trucks on local roads. Concerns have again been brought before council that if the State Forest status if Newnes lapses, the area may become an extension of the national park system across the region. The logging operations in the Newnes State Forest plantation have been been a feature of the forestry industry for decades.

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South Australia’s largest pine plantation One Forty One Plantations wants to harvest more trees, despite over-harvesting concerns

ABC News Australia
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The largest plantation owner in South Australia’s south-east, One Forty One Plantations, says it wants to harvest more pine trees, but can not due to a lack of manpower. The company’s desire to increase its pine harvest is in stark contrast to recent issues raised by construction union, the CFMEU, on the sustainability of the forestry resource. Chief operating officer of One Forty One Plantations, Owen Trumper said the company was not concerned with over-harvesting. “No question; we’re operating at about 2 million cubic meters — that’s a sustainable yield of our estate,” Mr Trumper said. “In many ways, we’re actually undercutting.” Three years ago, the company paid the South Australian Government $675 million for the harvesting rights to 80,000 hectares of state-owned plantations.

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Japanese Satellite to Help to Fight Illegal Forest Logging

Prensa Latina
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tokyo – Japan announced that it will contribute to international efforts to end illegal logging in the forests near the equator line, offering free online satellite images of endangered areas. To that end, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) stated in advance Sunday that it will use the observation satellite Daichi-2, which was launched into orbit in May 2014 and can monitor the Earth throughout the day, regardless of weather conditions . So far the scientists used their ability to observe mainly the propagation of floods and changes in the field caused by natural disasters, but since August will be also used to monitor forests.

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SW China forest fire kills 1, injures 6

Xinhua
February 15, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUNMING — One firefighter was killed and six others injured struggling to put out a forest fire in Shangri-La of southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Sunday. Around 50 local firefighters and more than 120 villagers were mobilized after the fire broke out at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday in Liangmei Village, Shangri-La City, according to a statement issued by the provincial forest fire control headquarters on Monday. The victim was burned to death as wind buffeted the fire. The injured are being treated in a local hospital. The local government sent another 280 people at 5 a.m. on Monday to help put out the fire. They succeeded at 10 a.m. after the flames burned an area of about 150 mu (10 hectares), the statement said.

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Forest Dept seizes 650 sawn timber in anti-illegal logging raid

Borneo Post
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KOTA SAMARAHAN: A total of 650 sawn timber of various sizes and species were confiscated by a team of enforcement officers from state Forest Department (SFD) during a raid on a sawmill here yesterday. The team also seized a bandsaw, believed to have been used to process the timber, from the site. The department’s state director Sapuan Ahmad said the success of the raid could be attributed to investigative works by his men over the past few days, which were set up following public tip-off. He disclosed that investigation papers would be opened to estimate the value of the seized items, in addition to making sure that the perpetrators would not get off scot-free.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cap, trade poses critical choices

by David Struhs, vice president corporate services and sustainability at Domtar
Chronicle Journal
February 15, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the next couple of weeks, Ontario’s government will propose rules to “cap-and-trade” greenhouse gas emissions in the province. Depending on how these rules are written , we will either: See our economy become more efficient and sustainable for the long-term by leveraging one of Ontario’s greatest renewable resources — our forests, or Quickly become uncompetitive in global markets and lose thousands of green jobs in Northern Ontario. …First, Ontario must take credit for the province’s early progress in reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. If we don’t, we end up penalizing ourselves for our leadership — and rewarding other countries for being environmental laggards. For example, companies such as Domtar are already meeting the government’s emission reduction goals for 2030, thanks to major efficiency investments made in the past 15 years.

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General

West Fraser Management Transition

Stockhouse
February 15, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

VANCOUVER, BC–West Fraser announced today that Peter Rippon, Vice-President, Pulp and Energy, will retire at the end of April 2016 and Dave Lehane, Vice-President, Woodlands, will retire at the end of June 2016. We are also announcing, as part of our ongoing leadership advancement and succession process, the following organizational changes: Ray Ferris, currently our Vice-President, Wood Products, has been appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Ray will be responsible for the successful implementation of our operating strategies. …Chris McIver, currently our Vice-President, Lumber Sales and Corporate Development, has been appointed Vice-President, Sales and Marketing and will assume overall responsibility for sales and marketing of lumber, panels and pulp products and for transportation matters.

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