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Daily Archives: September 8, 2016

Business & Politics

Manitoba town offers paper mill giant tax break if it delays closure

Canadian Press in the Chronicle Herald
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

THE PAS, Man. — Town officials in The Pas in northern Manitoba are offering Tolko Industries a massive tax break in hopes it will delay the closure of its paper mill. The company announced last month they would close up shop on Dec. 2 and lay off 300 workers because the mill is no longer financially sustainable. Mayor Jim Scott says Tolko leaving would cripple the town’s economy. But he says he’s found a temporary solution by offering them a tax break of $840,000 a year for three years. He says the company would not have to pay property tax, business tax or education tax. Scott says it is not a last-ditch effort. “I just see it as checking out every possible opportunity,” he says.

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TLA commends government for First Nations Sustainable Economic Development Strategy

By the Truck Loggers Association
Truck Loggers Association
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) commends Premier Clark and the Liberal government for providing up to $2.5 million over three years to support the continued development of the First Nations Sustainable Economic Development Strategy by the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN). “First Nations relationship are a critical piece of the TLA’s strategic plan,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Last year we issued a position statement regarding the Tsilhqot’in Decision and our members (both First Nations and non-First Nations) continue to build successful relationships with First Nations communities and First Nations owned forestry companies.”

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The Pas tries to save paper mill by offering Tolko a major tax break

Town offers $840,000 a year in tax reduction for three years to keep local paper mill open
CBC News
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mayor of The Pas is offering a massive tax relief to the owners of a nearby paper mill in an effort to stave off a closure that could cripple the town’s economy. “We can’t just sort of sit back and see how things fall out, so we are going to take the lead and we are literally going to attack,” Mayor Jim Scott told CBC News. The town of 5,500 suffered a huge blow in August when Tolko Industries announced they would close the mill on Dec. 2 and lay off more than 300 workers. …The Pas mayor says he hasn’t received a response yet from Tolko executives. The company said it will provide CBC with a statement later today.

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Northern Pulp handed nominal fine for exceeding emission approval

By Francis Campbell
Local Xpress
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The paper manufacturer was fined $697.50 by the provincial Environment Department for exceeding allowable particulate emissions in a June stack test. The power boiler at the Pictou County mill surpassed the level of emissions permitted in the mill’s industrial approval. The Environment Department has meted out a penalty to Northern Pulp for exceeding the allowable emissions during a June stack test. “As a result of the mill’s non-compliance with the industrial approval, Environment staff conducted an investigation and served a summary offence ticket to the company in the amount of $697.50,” department spokeswoman Krista Higdon said in an email Tuesday.

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Patten Group buys $4,209,152 stake in Weyerhaeuser Co

By Susan Hanchard
Trade Calls
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Patten Group scooped up 3,852 additional shares in Weyerhaeuser Co during the most recent quarter end, the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 15, 2016. The investment management firm now holds a total of 132,114 shares of Weyerhaeuser Co which is valued at $4,209,152.Weyerhaeuser Co makes up approximately 1.93% of Patten Group’s portfolio.

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Neville-Smith native timber mill expansion evidence of thriving industry, sawmill boss says

ABC News, Australia
September 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s largest native timber sawmill’s latest expansion demonstrates the sector is thriving, the company’s chairman says. Neville-Smith Forest Products is spending $1.3 million on the expansion, with the help of a $440,000 government grant. The company has begun creating products out of wood residues that would have otherwise been exported as woodchips. It has a mill at Southwood and a drying plant at Mowbray, and expects to employ a further 12 people full-time. Garden stakes and wood pellets for residential heaters will be created out of residues; the company will also use shavings to fuel boilers at the drying plant.

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Minor fall in hardwood pulp prices while NBSK pulp remains stable

EUWID
September 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Overcapacity led to a renewed price drop for hardwood pulp in August. Softwood pulp prices did not change against the background of a quiet month. The eucalyptus pulp market in August still suffers from overcapacity. European converters therefore succeeded in their efforts to beat down prices. Not all converters had agreed on August prices by the first days of September, but in cases where contracts were finalised, prices were lower than in the previous month.

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Forestry

Cowichan Valley’s Halalt First Nation drops billion dollar Catalyst lawsuits

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Halalt First Nation has decided to discontinue two civil lawsuits, one asking for billions of dollars in damages, it had filed against Catalyst Paper earlier this year. Halalt Chief James Thomas said the First Nation has decided to “regroup” and meet again with the forest company, which owns and operates the pulp and paper mill in Crofton, to try and address the issues without resorting to court action. He said the Halalt came to the conclusion that the lawsuits weren’t “the best strategy” to have its concerns dealt with. The first claim, filed in January in the Supreme Court of B.C., alleged that Catalyst had illegally trespassed on, and caused damages to, the Halalt’s asserted territories and fishery resources through the operation of the Crofton mill since it opened 1957.

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Cortes Island: A Different Vision for Forestry in British Columbia

By Daniel Pierce
DeSmog Canada
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 2012, I took a fateful trip to Cortes Island — a northern gulf island three ferry rides away from Vancouver — to document the Cortes community’s fight to fend off an impending logging operation by coastal timber giant Island Timberlands. Community members took us deep into the woods privately owned by Island Timberlands and showed us the hidden pockets of old-growth that the company was targeting. I was struck by how passionate and knowledgeable these Cortes residents were about the land, sharing a trove of fascinating information about the fungal networks underlying our footsteps and their relationships with the giant trees that were scattered throughout this complex and ancient ecosystem.

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Sailors restricted by dock renovations at Catalyst in Crofton

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Visiting sailors on commercial vessels tied up at Catalyst Paper’s Crofton pulp and paper mill are now highly restricted in their movements entering and exiting the dock area. But a company spokeswoman said it’s for their safety, and the safety of others on the dock, as construction continues to upgrade the dock’s facilities. Eduarda Hodgins, a spokeswoman for Catalyst Paper, said sailors are not prohibited from entering and exiting the dock area where the construction is taking place. …“We’re not going to apologize for making people safe,” Hodgins said.

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Past, Present, Future (Part 4)

By Dave Skinner
Flathead Beacon
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Examining Montana’s role in Weyerhaeuser’s strategy—In examining Montana’s forestry sector, let’s move now to Montana’s role in the “big picture” of the national forest-products market basket, more specifically, Montana’s part in Weyerhaeuser’s strategy. After merging with Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser now owns over 13 million acres of U.S. timberlands in 19 states, plus harvest rights on 14 million acres of Crown lands in Canada – a continental empire of which Montana comprises a tiny, tiny part. In any business, long-term investments should have the highest possible rate of return. For “core” productive timber lands, the rate of return is determined mainly by the growth rate of the forest – functioning fiscally as the “interest rate” of the forest land investment of buying land, planting trees and guarding them until harvest time.

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Downed trees could lead to insect problems in 2017, forester says

By Matthew Weaver
Capital Press
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Windstorms last November resulted in a lot of downed trees, said Steve McConnell, WSU Extension forester in Eastern Washington. The bark beetles incubate under the bark. McConnell expects them to be “really pervasive” in 2017. “The beetles are insidious because you won’t know a tree has got a problem until it’s already dead,” he said. “If you walk your property and watch for beetle attacks, you can get ahead of it, but it can sneak up on you and take out a lot of timber.” Many Douglas fir trees were killed by drought or pine engraver beetle in the past two years.

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Board of Forestry announces new Oregon State Forester

Oregon Department of Forestry
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM – The Oregon Board of Forestry today unanimously selected Peter Daugherty as the next State Forester, concluding a process that began in early May when current State Forester Doug Decker announced plans to retire in October at the end of the current fire season. The Board announced the selection following an executive session to discuss the final two candidates, which also included ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata. “The Board is excited to announce Peter Daugherty as the Oregon’s new State Forester,” said Board Chair Tom Imeson. “Peter brings a wealth of experience, energy and credibility to this critical position.” Daugherty currently serves as ODF’s Chief of the Private Forests Division. He takes over as the 13th State Forester since the agency’s creation in 1911.

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Weyerhaeuser, Coos Watershed Association team on $2M fish passage plan

KCBY.com 11
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY, Ore. — Weyerhaeuser and the Coos Watershed Association have teamed up on a nearly $2 million project. Nearly sixty years ago, a part of the Millicoma River was blocked off by two bridges that lead to Weyerhaeuser’s 210,000-acre Millicoma Tree Farm. This cut off the east fork of the Millicoma, making it difficult for salmon to come up and spawn. More than a decade ago, the Coos Watershed Association and Weyerhaeuser began a project plan. “The project was to reconnect the river to the oxbow and get fish passage for the Oregon Salmon Plan — the governor’s plan to get Coho populations back up in Oregon,” Weyerhaeuser forest engineer Jason Richardson explains.

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County’s $1.4B timber lawsuit survives state’s motion to dismiss

Capital Press
September 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBANY, Ore. — A judge has denied the State of Oregon’s motions to dismiss a lawsuit by Linn County that seeks $1.4 billion over state forest management practices. Linn County Circuit Judge Daniel Murphy also said he’s inclined to certify the case as a class action — which would include other counties in the litigation — though he’s postponed ruling on that matter. According to Linn County’s lawsuit, filed earlier this year, insufficient logging on state-owned forestland has cost 15 counties more than $1.4 billion. The complaint claims the counties turned over ownership of forestlands to the state in the early 20th Century with the expectation that it would maximize timber revenues, but since 1998, forest managers have instead prioritized wildlife habitat, water quality and recreation values.

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Yosemite National Park to Add 400 Acres of Meadows, Forest in Largest Expansion in Decades

By Scott Smith
NBC Bay Area News
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Visitors to Yosemite National Park will soon have more room to roam after officials on Wednesday announced a 400-acre expansion, the largest in nearly 70 years. The addition to the park in California features wetlands and a grassy meadow surrounded by tall pine trees on rolling hills that are home to endangered wildlife. Ackerson Meadow is located along Yosemite’s western boundary. The area was purchased from private owners by the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit conservation group, for $2.3 million and donated to the park. Officials told The Associated Press that Yosemite will preserve the land — historically used for logging and cattle grazing — as habitat for wildlife such as the great grey owl, the largest owl in North American and listed as endangered by California wildlife officials.

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Judge: Linn County’s lawsuit against Oregon likely a class action

Associated Press in Statesman Journal
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBANY, Ore. — A judge signaled he plans to certify Linn County’s timber lawsuit against the state as a class action, meaning it would include other counties. The county filed the lawsuit earlier this year, asserting insufficient logging had cost it and more than a dozen other timber-rich counties more than $1.4 billion. The complaint says the counties turned over ownership of forestlands to the state in the early 20th century with the expectation that timber revenues would be maximized. But a forest management plan adopted more than a decade ago emphasized improvements to fish and wildlife habitat and other conservation measures.

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W.Va. Forestry says it can’t routinely regulate logging sites any more

West Virginia MetroNews
September 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Because so many of its employees have been laid off, the state Division of Forestry says it’s no longer able to perform routine regulation of West Virginia logging operations. Instead, those duties will be spun off to other agencies. If there’s a complaint that logging has built up mud on a road, the state Division of Highways will handle it. If a complaint focuses on logging sediment running into a stream, that becomes the problem of the Division of Environmental Protection. Whereas forestry inspectors worked with logging operations to prevent problems and schedule clean-ups, State Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette predicted the new oversight model won’t be as synergetic.

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Forest Fires

LETTER: Fire ban regulates fun out of camping

Letter by Walter Cicha
North Shore News
September 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It seems that the B.C. government has made an annual tradition out of the ban, regardless of the moisture level of the vegetation. Earlier this August my family camped on a certain Gulf Island where the fire risk level was medium (according to an indicator in front of an island fire station), yet the island had a fire ban in place…. The B.C. government’s decision here is an all-too-common example of laying down a blanket restriction without carrying out intelligent analysis, in order to save money.

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