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Business & Politics

Once again, Canadian lumber’s fate hangs in a perverse balance

by Carl Grenier, former executive vice-president (1999-2006) of the Free Trade Lumber Council.
Globe and Mail
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Softwood Lumber Agreement negotiated by prime minister Stephen Harper’s new government in 2006 expired on Oct. 12, 2015, ending nine years of managed trade with the United States. Canadian exporters of softwood lumber now have free access to the U.S. market after more than a decade of poor conditions: Canadian market share tumbled to 28 per cent from 34 per cent and tens of thousands of jobs were lost, including about 20,000 in Quebec alone. Many companies simply disappeared, including the largest producer in Ontario. …It would be a big mistake to conclude that the end of the 2006 agreement came about because of a sudden change of heart on the part of the U.S. competitors who started this trade dispute more than 30 years ago.

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Norbord to Trade on New York Stock Exchange; TSX Ticker Symbol Changing To

Canada Newswire press release
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. (TSX: NBD) today announced that its shares have been authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Norbord expects its shares to begin trading on the NYSE on February 19, 2016 under the symbol “OSB”. The Company will retain its primary listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), but is changing its ticker symbol on the TSX to “OSB”, effective February 19, 2016. In connection with its application to list on the NYSE, Norbord filed a registration statement on Form 40-F with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc Draws Bullish Attention After Its Gap Up Today

Sonoran Weekly Review
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Canfor Pulp Products Inc (TSE:CFX) gapped up by $0.11 today and has $15.60 target or 56.00% above today’s $10.00 share price. The 9 months technical chart setup indicates low risk for the $704.96 million company. The gap was reported on Feb, 16 by Barchart.com. If the $15.60 price target is reached, the company will be worth $394.78M more.

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TimberWest welcomes BC budget market expansion program

TimberWest
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Victoria: TimberWest welcomes the initiatives in today’s provincial Budget which aim to enhance the international competitiveness of B.C.’s forest sector.  “Forestry is a pillar of B.C.’s economy generating annual export revenues close to $12 billion and payments to Government of $2.5 billion. 145,000 men and women in B.C. depend on a healthy forest sector. With the measures announced today in the areas of training and market access, the Government is supporting the competitiveness of the forest sector which is essential to the future prosperity of the Province.”

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Budget 2016 supports BC’s rural forestry communities

BC Truck Loggers Association
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) applauds the 2016 Budget released today. “It focuses on supporting BC’s rural communities where our forest industry continues to create jobs and support communities,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. The potential impacts of wildfire were addressed on two fronts. A new organization, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, will be established with $85 million of government funds. …Supporting BC’s rural towns and villages, the Rural Dividend Program will bring $75 million ($25 million a year, over three years) to communities with populations under 25,000. …“Logging contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities and the TLA welcomes building the populations in those areas so our members can continue to build their workforces,” said Elstone.

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Clark has 1 more chance to really put families first

By David Bond, author and economist 
Kelowna Daily Courier
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We are fast coming up on election season, the run-up to the next provincial polling day in 2017. The Speech from the Throne in the B.C. legislature last week gave a preview of what we have in store. …First up was the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement labelled “one of the greatest acts of conservation in our country.” If this is one of the greatest, the conservationists – as well as forward-looking B.C. industry – have a lot to worry about. A careful reading of the agreement shows some oddities. The albino spirit grizzlies, after which the forest is named, can still be hunted. The rules established for management of timber cutting are touted as the most stringent in the world. …The forests of Canada are healthy, but the companies in the forest industry are not. The industry employs more than 200,000, boasts the greenest forest practices in the world and exports more than $30 billion of products annually.

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Lumber Liquidators CEO John Presley discloses he has leukaemia

Richmond Times Dispatch
February 16, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

John M. Presley, who became the top executive at Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. in mid-November, told employees Tuesday that he has a very treatable form of leukemia and plans to stay on as CEO of the flooring supplier while he seeks treatment. The Toano-based retailer said in a regulatory filing that Presley will start a 30-day treatment program for the disease, which he says was caught early. “I feel strong physically and mentally going into this,” Presley said a letter to employees and shareholder. His treatment will be administered at an unnamed hospital in the Richmond area, he said in the letter.

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Tax avoidance by logging companies costing PNG more than $100 million a year, report says

ABC News, Australia
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tax avoidance by foreign logging companies is costing Papua New Guinea hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to a new report by the Californian-based Oakland Institute. The revelations come as PNG faces its worst cash flow crisis this century with health and education services not receiving expected funding and politicians and public servants not being paid on time. The Oakland Institute investigated the financial and taxation records of dozens of firms, including the Malaysian giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH). It found logging interests are using groups of linked companies to shift profit offshore, robbing PNG of tax revenue.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sourcing materials tough for pioneering wooden mid-rise

Yonge Street – Toronto
February 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Building Toronto’s first modern wooden mid-rise has certainly been a learning curve, starting with where to get the construction materials. …Though wood construction is considered to be somewhat cheaper than traditional concrete-and-steel construction techniques, these are still early days in the province and the supply chain can’t be described as particularly robust right now. Many of the components for Heartwood the Beach will be built with machines in a factory and then installed at the Queen East and Woodbine location, reducing the on-site construction time, as well as the on-site noise and dirt. But the Heartwood team has not been able to source cross-laminated timber in Ontario and is considering suppliers in British Columbia, Quebec and Germany. Yes, shipping components from Europe could be the best option. 

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Mass Timber Conference to spotlight multi-story building market prospects

Concrete Products
February 16, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Organizers of the Mass Timber Conference, March 22-24 at the Portland (Ore.) Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, have lined up 45-plus presenters from North America, Europe and Australia to address current opportunities and obstacles for cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, and laminated veneer lumber. A program focal point will be how engineered wood framing components—often consisting of lumber glued together to make large, solid floor and wall panels—are positioned to compete with concrete, masonry, and steel in mid- and high-rise buildings. The State of Oregon Building Codes Division approved the use of CLT last year, conference organizers note, “making Portland an ideal location to strategize how to increase the use of a newly rediscovered, environmentally friendly building product.”

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Forestry

Unstable snowpack can put workers at risk

The Free Press
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A press release from WorkSafeBC is reminding workers whose jobs take them into B.C.’s backcountry of the dangers of remote environments. Particularly they warn of the potential risk for serious injury or death in avalanche hazard zones. Hazard zones are most often visited in primary resource and construction jobs. Since 1998, avalanches have caused three worker deaths and 47 accepted time-loss injury claims. The East Kootenay has had four of the 47 injury claims. While the majority of workers injured were in occupations within the ski hill and winter lodge industries, a land surveyor and a truck driver were also injured.

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Castlegar releases Street Tree Master Plan

Castlegar News
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Castlegar has a vision of creating an urban forest. The vision uses a modern urban forestry model where trees are viewed as critical infrastructure, not ornaments, the focus is on overall forest management, the economic value of trees is recognized, emphasis is placed on larger long-lived canopy trees and ecological based design is used over design that is primarily aesthetic. The way the city plans to see this vision come to be is laid out in the Street Tree Master Plan (STMP) that was recently released. The plan has been in the works for about a year and a half and has included professional and public consultations that culminated in the report put together by McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

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EDITORIAL: What’s good for the goose…

Atikokan Progress
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is threatening to throw Resolute Forest Products entirely out of its green forestry certification program after a January meeting with company CEO Richard Garneau. FSC director-general Kim Carstensen said “there were no signs that Resolute is willing to engage in efforts to resolve the problems they pointed out so eloquently. This confirms the consistent, negative signals we are receiving from Resolute, and for this reason, FSC is abandoning the idea of a mediation process involving Resolute Forest Products.” Carstensen went on to say that, in March, the FSC board would be “asked to consider Resolute Forest Products’ destitution as a member of FSC, or whether there are other means in FSC’s statutes of making it clear that FSC does formally require from its members to share the same values of cooperation and constructive engagement that the FSC system is built on.”

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Alberta to start wildfire season a month early to ensure crews are ready

Canadian Press in the Edmonton Journal
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta is starting its wildfire season a month early after flames last year torched almost 5,000 square kilometres. Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier said Tuesday the extra time provided with the March 1 launch will ensure that crews are recruited, trained and positioned to respond quickly to any wildfires that break out in early spring and through the year. Carlier said the province is already wondering how the mild, dry winter will affect the fire threat in the forest zone. “While it is difficult to predict what weather conditions will be like in the weeks and months ahead, we know right now that there has been below-average snow and rainfall across much of Alberta over the past few months,” Carlier said.

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PERC scholar suggests more fees to fix public land management

The Missoulian
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

To better understand the qualities of America’s wilderness, Terry Anderson suggests putting it behind a toll booth. “Wilderness is not priceless,” Anderson said, quoting the title of his Tuesday night lecture in Missoula. “It’s just not priced. We think it’s quite valuable, but have lots of conflicts, caused by the fact we want a free lunch – or you might say, a free hike,” Anderson continued. “I think the time has come to pay for what we get.” …“We need to get more innovative in charging fees for things like horse-backing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness or hiking in the Rattlesnake,” Anderson said. “That’s how you get at that maintenance backlog and fix those trails. We don’t have to go that far to really move the dial on federal land management if we just use fees.”

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Bill would protect timber revenue for schools

Longview Daily News
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state Senate Tuesday approved Sen. John Braun’s bill that would make sure federal timbers sales money gets directed to local schools. Senate Bill 6292 would eliminate the reduction of state school funding to districts based on what they receive in federal forest revenues. The measure cleared the Senate by a vote of 35-14 and moves to the House of Representatives for consideration, “This bill makes a small but needed change to restore resources for many of our school districts, especially in rural areas,” Braun, a Centralia Republican who represents parts of Cowlitz County, said in a press release.  

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Linn County will hold off $1.4 billion lawsuit until after Legislature adjourns

The Albany Democrat-Herald
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — A month ago the Linn County Board of Commissioners notified Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Forestry of a potential lawsuit seeking $1.4 billion due to decreasing timber harvest payments to 15 counties. The 30-day notice of intent is required by law, but Board Chairman Roger Nyquist said Monday, the first day such a lawsuit could be filed, the county intends to wait until the current legislative session is completed in early March before proceeding. “We’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt to take any action until the session is over,” he said. “In theory, they could solve this problem if they desire to do so while they are in session.” On January 13, Nyquist was joined by fellow commissioners John Lindsey and Will Tucker at a press conference at the Capitol.

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The Beetles: Eighty-Nine Million Acres of Abrupt Climate Change

Truth-Out
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We were awash for 19 days in a tumultuous sea of mountains and forests, drifting a course through the heart of the US Rockies on a 6,000-mile journey of observation. Our film, What Have We Done, the North American Pine Beetle Pandemic, was released in 2009. It was the story of what is now 89 million acres of forest across the North American West that have been attacked by native insects. These insects had been driven to unprecedented numbers by warming that is twice or more the global average. Most of the trees in impacted forests were killed in the wake of the beetles. It has been four years since the Climate Change Now Initiative’s last post-film observation in 2010. 

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Pine beetle battle not over

By Frank Carroll
Rapid City Journal
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The news about mountain pine beetles this year is good, mostly. While activity is down from past years, acreage affected is slightly up from 2014. In this 20th year of the current beetle cycle, there is still much to be done. Quoting from a recent Forest Service analysis, “Although both aerial photo analysis and ground surveys show overall mountain pine beetle populations declining from prior years, there are areas in the Black Hills that continue to be at high risk for mountain pine beetle expansion, especially in the west central part of the Hills near the South Dakota/Wyoming state line, the northwest corner of the Hills and southeast of Custer.”

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Gypsy Moths Coming

Mesabi Daily News
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ELY — The gypsy moths are coming to Ely. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture wants the community to be prepared for an infestation this spring. The MDA will hold an open house on the issue from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Ely City Hall. The gypsy moth is one of the most destructive tree pests, causing millions of dollars in damage to forests as it has spread rapidly from New England to Wisconsin in recent decades. Gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forests. The pests are now starting to establish themselves in Minnesota. The MDA has a monitoring program to watch for start-up infestations and — when one is noted — the department conducts aerial treatments before the infestation can spread. The MDA found an infestation covering portions of Ely.

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A ‘collision of visions’ over Sand Prairie logging

Associated Press in Minnesota Public Radio
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Nicki Costello sees stacks of pine logs and piles of pine slash as a destroyed landscape, unwelcome for wildlife, an ugly scarring of the Sand Prairie area where she moved a few months ago because of its beauty. Mary Stefanski sees the logs and slash as a way to make the 30 acres on Upper Sand Prairie look as it did 150 years ago, a land going back to its roots with different kinds of habitat, the Post-Bulletin reported. The two views of the same scene are part of a collision of visions at the end of a long road near where the Zumbro River enters the Mississippi River near Kellogg. Costello and others who believe as she does live on private land near the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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Greater glider discovery prompts call for change to pre-logging surveys

ABC News, Australia
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Skilful in the air, but awkward on land – the greater glider, or clumsy possum as it is otherwise known, is having a big impact on the logging wars in Victoria’s East Gippsland. Last week the state’s logger, VicForests, agreed to lock up 100 hectares of forest after environmentalists discovered 15 of the gliders. Environmentalists argue VicForests has not done a good enough job at surveying the forests for protected rare and threatened species, so they are conducting their own surveys in other areas. The Goongerah Environment Centre have completed a night search for the clumsy possum’s smaller mate, the yellow-bellied glider. In the remote Kuark forest, outside of Orbost, the centre’s Ed Hill plays recordings of the powerful owl, a predator of the glider, to see if he could hear the frightened response.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. and Western Boreal will feel climate change effects

Canadian Biomass
February 16, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

February 16, 2016 – Climate change is happening quickly, but forests adapt slowly. That’s the root of the problem that will challenge Canada’s forest industry for the next hundred years. The effects of climate change will vary by region. It is believed that Canada will experience a greater rise in temperature than the predicted global average. During a webinar called Tracking Indicators of Change in January 2016, Dr. Catherine Ste-Marie of Natural Resources Canada noted that under a moderate climate change scenario, where global temperatures are expected to rise 3.2 degrees, Canada’s average is predicted to rise 5.6 degrees. Temperature increases are forecast to be greatest in the high Arctic, and greater in the central portions of the country than along the east and west coasts.

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South-east Australia highlighted in global map of vegetation sensitive to climate change

Sydney Morning Herald
February 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Victoria and New South Wales feature prominently in a global map revealing areas of vegetation most sensitive to some of the ravages of climate change. The map, produced by Norwegian and British scientists from 14 years of satellite observations, and published in the journal Nature, shows most parts of south-eastern Australia are least able to cope with the changes in air temperature, water availability and cloud cover wrought by global warming. …Near Australia, areas of key tropical forest such as those in Indonesia also show high sensitivity. Other regions of the world sensitive to variations in climate include the Arctic tundra, vast swaths of the boreal forest belt, the tropical rainforests, alpine regions worldwide, specific steppe and prairie regions and the Caatinga forest in eastern South America.

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