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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Forestry

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Earth Rangers and SFI Want to Make Life Less Scary for Amphibians at Halloween and All Year Round

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ON – Slimy, slithery creatures take centre stage at Halloween, but they fascinate children all year round. Kids are onto something because these animals are important to the health and biodiversity of Canada’s forests. That’s why the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is proud to support important conservation research on amphibians and their habitat led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Earth Rangers’ School Assembly Program, which leverages kids’ love of nature – even the slimy and slithering kind.

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Community forest a model of disrespect

Letter by Beth Frederick
The Rocky Mountain Goat
October 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I attended the AGM for the McBride Community Forest on Saturday October 22, 2016. I don’t even begin to understand all of what the community forest is all about. But these are some things I took away from the meeting: 1. We paid out during 2015 (not including anything from 2016) in professional fees of 140,000 (minimum) for the “professionals “ to make a crucial mistake of not renewing the cutting permit, causing people to shut down their operations and a result of employees having no work. A local manager would have been fired for this mistake. 2. The board could not find minutes of the last AGM, so if they can’t be organized to do this simple task how can we trust that they can even run a community forest?

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Science fails firefighters

by Carmen Weld
Castanet
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Canadian professor says the scientific community in Canada has failed the forest fire industry. Dr. David Martell, from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, told the Wildland Fire Conference on Thursday that the scientific work done in Canada around forest fires is an embarrassment. “The effort that has been devoted to fire-smarting communities not withstanding, I am more than a bit embarrassed by how little the Canadian scientific community has contributed to that aspect of our business. And I am even more concerned about our ability to do that in the future,” said Martell.

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Revolution a life-changer for councillor

By Richard Rolke
Vernon Morning Star
October 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sixty years after confronting totalitarianism, Gyula Kiss still clings to his rebellious roots. It was in 1956 that Kiss and thousands of other Hungarians rose up against their communist oppressors. “We stood up for something we believed in was right. I’ve always done that,” said Kiss, who is now a Coldstream councillor and often a lone voice on a variety of issues such as the water utility. At the time the Hungarian Revolution broke out Oct. 23, 1956, Kiss was a 20-year-old in Vac and a third-year forestry student. …With the students idle in Austria, a dean sent out letters to a variety of countries in the hopes of the students continuing their education. In the end, an offer came from the University of B.C.’s forestry program. “We thought Canada was further away from Russia and there’s lots of forest,” said Kiss.

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Logging protests a big challenge

by Sean Eckford
Sunshine Coast Reporter
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sunshine Coast RCMP estimate it cost around $10,000 to enforce a court injunction issued against protesters trying to stop logging on Mount Elphinstone. Sunshine Coast detachment commander Staff Sgt. Vishal Mathura revealed the figure during his report to the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) policing committee Oct. 20. “That was probably one of our biggest challenges this summer,” Mathura told the committee. “We have spent in excess of, or very close to, $10,000 in overtime and manpower hours to deal with these logging protesters. It’s such an immense waste of our police resources, but we have to do it.”

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Watchdog chides government for role in 2014 Enderby, B.C., landslide

Government did not maintain forestry road and designed culverts improperly, report says
CBC News
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In May 2014, heavy flooding at Dale Lake triggered a landslide that washed out a forestry road and bridge near Enderby, B.C., in the north Okanagan. With the Cooke Creek forestry road washed out, and mud and debris forced onto adjacent Mabel Lake Road, nearly 200 residents were cut off and 700 were left without power. A local salmon hatchery was also destroyed. …Now a report from the B.C. Forest Practices Board, the province’s independent forestry watchdog, says the province should have done more to maintain the Cooke Creek forestry road and its culverts. Tim Ryan, the chair of the B.C. Forest Practices Board, said while good regulations existed, they were not properly followed.

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Ministry of Forests challenges Cooke Creek slide claims

Vernon Morning Star
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests is defending itself against claims that it played a role in a 2014 washout near Enderby. The Forest Practices Board has questioned the Ministry of Forests’ road maintenance and culvert design, as well as the response to public concerns, at Cooke Creek. “While B.C. Timber Sales did conduct regular inspections of the road, these were not as well-documented as required,” states the ministry. “As requested by the board, the (the Okanagan-Shuswap) district office and B.C. Timber Sales will be developing an action plan within the month so the public can be reassured that the necessary road inspections are occurring.”

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Gov’t warned to preserve biodiversity

BY BRYAN MEADOWS
Chronicle Journal
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s environmental watchdog has warned the government that it needs to do more to conserve the province’s biodiversity. Environmental commissioner Dianne Saxe says the Liberals need to take action to: combat wildlife declines, control invasive species, better monitor biodiversity, and implement better forest fire management, by letting more fires burn to enhance wildlife habitat. In her first annual Environmental Protection Report, Small Steps Forward, released Wednesday, Saxe said “the government often talks the talk when it comes to conserving Ontario’s biodiversity, but that’s not enough – they need to walk the walk.”

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Controversial forest clearcutting in Nova Scotia

By Marc Montgomery
Radio Canada International
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Approvals and policies for clearcutting in the east coast maritime province of Nova Scotia have been raising the ire of residents and environmental groups. A recent decision by the provinces Natural Resources Minister, Lloyd Hines, will allow clearcutting of almost 100 hectares of forest bordering Kejimkujik National Park. The decision on six hectares directly touching park boundaries has been deferred. Quoted by the CBC, Chris Miller, the national conservation biologist for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said, “Six hectares is a joke. It’s too small. It’s laughable if it wasn’t so serious”. He adds that protected areas shouldn’t become isolated islands within a sea of disturbances around them. “This cuts them off from the larger landscape and you have all sorts of impacts that occur inside the protected areas based on what happens outside the protected areas”.

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OPINION: May the forest be with you

by MIKE PARKER
Chronicle Herald
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wake up Nova Scotia. It matters little that well over 2,000 of you stepped forward in good faith a few years back, believing your input was valued in establishing a sustainable forestry plan for your province. Turns out the resulting 600 written submissions, submitted in large measure from your hard work, were mostly all for naught. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines wrote a letter to the Chronicle Herald on Sept. 7, defending his department’s recent decision to abandon The Path We Share: A Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia 2011-2020 (the one many of you contributed to), choosing instead to maintain the status quo in regard to clear cutting and other questionable harvesting practices.

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Better Nova Scotia forestry management needed, says critic

By Michael Gorma
CBC News
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The NDP’s natural resources critic says the minister is rolling over for bureaucrats in his department rather than standing up for good forestry management. Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau levelled the charge several days after Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines approved the vast majority of a proposed clearcut next to Kejimkujik National Park. “I think that, unfortunately, the culture that lives within the Department of Natural Resources is dominating the minister’s decisions,” Belliveau said in an interview. “It’s unfortunate that he’s not standing up against that particular culture … They’re not creating a balance.

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Waswanipi leader lobbies fashion companies to save boreal forest

By Christopher Herodier
CBC News
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the fight to save one of Northern Quebec’s last untouched boreal forests from logging, the Cree’s latest ally could be a group of fashion labels. Mandy Gull, deputy chief of the 2,000-member Cree community of Waswanipi, spoke to a gathering of 81 clothing companies in New York City on Oct. 26 in an effort to convince them to stop sourcing materials such as rayon and viscose from endangered forests. “I was asked to inform those companies how they could be buying products other than from a virgin forest, and how the impacts are felt by our people, the Waswanipi Cree, in our traditional lands,” said Gull.

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Letter: OSU must manage forests better

Letter by Dan Roper
Corvallis Gazette-Times
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ah, Corvallis. You are blessed with an amazing forest in your backyard, where an expansive trail network provides opportunities to hike, run, mountain bike, walk the dog or just get away from it all. Unfortunately, outdoor recreation takes a back seat to forest research and logging in this forest and many of the best trails remain unsanctioned, largely underused or unknown, and last only until the chainsaws and logging trucks come. I am referring to the college-owned Mac-Dunn, of course. …Is it too much to expect that in this growing and vibrant city where people embrace outdoor recreation that our forest managers do the same? Is it truly necessary for OSU’s School of Forestry, a world-class institution, to fund itself by logging the forest surrounding our town?

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Don’t sell Elliott’s hard-won vision of a state forest

By Joe Blakely, Author
The Register Guard
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest was the vision of Oregon’s 14th governor, Oswald West, and Oregon’s first state forester, Francis Elliott. That quest began in 1911. Their dream was to amass enough of Oregon’s scattered school fund lands in order to trade them for a solid block of federal forest land, enough to create Oregon’s first state forest. After nearly 20 years, Elliott gathered 70,000 acres of these remote and inaccessible lands. With tact and perseverance, he tackled the Legislature and the U.S. Congress and forged a way to make the trade for a solid block of federal forest land east of Coos Bay and Reedsport and south of the Umpqua River. …Why does the State Land Board want to auction off our first state forest, which took so many years to acquire? Once lost, the Elliott would be gone forever. Its historic value lies in the fact it is a single block of land and includes 40,000 acres of old growth forest.

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An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?

by Elizabeth Shogren
High Country News
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…By the end of the year, the Forest Service expects to finalize an amendment to the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan that would phase out large old-growth clear-cuts over 16 years. “We are being very forward-leaning here,” Bonnie, 48, says. DellaSala vehemently disagrees. He’s now the chief scientist of Geos Institute, a small Oregon-based group of scientists and policy wonks who work with land and water managers and communities on climate change. DellaSala believes the Forest Service and Bonnie in particular should end old-growth logging across the 17 million-acre forest much faster — not just for the sake of the ancient sitka spruce, cedar and hemlock, but for the planet.

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State endangered species listing could ‘raise flag’ for threatened seabird

By Tristan Baurick
Kitsap Sun
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Getting listed as “threatened under the state’s endangered species law nearly 25 years ago didn’t do the marbled murrelet much good. The little seabird’s population has been in free fall, dropping by 4.4 percent annually for the past decade. Fearing that the species could be extinct in Washington within 50 years, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing to “uplist” the murrelet to “endangered” status — the top tier for species that have hit the lowest lows. …Related to the auk and about size of a robin, the murrelet spends much of its life at sea but nests in old-growth trees. …Logging has “fragmented” old-growth stands, allowing crows, jays and other forest edge predators to raid murrelet nests, Anderson said.

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Solutions needed

Ketchikan Daily News
October 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The trust’s board of directors and management have the fiduciary responsibility to manage trust land to its benefit, realizing returns to pay for mental health services in Alaska. The trust’s directors — after waiting 10 years to exchange its land on Deer Mountain and some other acreage in Ketchikan, Petersburg and other areas — have decided to harvest timber on the mountain if Congress doesn’t approve the proposed land swap by Jan. 15. There’s no time like the present for the most return because of the near extinction of the timber industry. Waiting any longer only increases the likelihood of a drop in value of the mountain for the trust. This week the directors reaffirmed an August decision to proceed with a harvest. The trust is on track to offer a timber sale in January.

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California Sudden Oak Death Reaches Catastrophic Levels

By Wilson Walker
CBS Bay Area
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Head into California’s Sierra foothills and you might think the colorful views are seasonal. But what may look like attractive fall foliage is actually evidence of an ugly reality. … “In 2008 when I was in this exact location, you couldn’t see any sky,” said Yana Valachovic, a forest advisor for the University of California. She has been watching a disease called sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum) spread from Monterey County, through the Bay Area, and right on up the state’s north coast. From the tips of the leaves, infected oaks turn brown – and then a ghostly gray – before falling to the forest floor. There’s really no stopping the disease in a forest so overgrown. While the disease delivers the fatal blow, Valachovic also blames an overpopulated forest.

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Virginia Launches First Century Forest Program

Lancaster Farming
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia has launched the nation’s first Century Forest Program designed to honor and recognize families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years. State law authorizing the program went into effect July 1. Virginia’s agriculture and forest industries contribute a combined $70 billion annually to Virginia’s economy, and timber is the third-largest contributing sector. “Nearly two-thirds, or 10 million acres, of Virginia’s woodlands are controlled by family forest landowners. How they feel about their woodlands, the options available to them, and the decisions they make to manage and conserve (their land) are crucial to sustaining the commonwealth’s $17 billion timber industry,” said Mike Santucci, forestland conservation manager for the Virginia Department of Forestry.

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Crews battle more than 90 wildfires over the weekend

WSB-TV Atlanta
October 30, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. – Firefighters across the metro area are warning of an increasing fire threat. Georgia forestry officials spent most of the day Sunday putting out about 10 acres of wildfire in Cherokee County. The statewide drought and dry conditions are contributing to fires, officials say. The Georgia Forestry Commission tells Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls they have responded to 92 wildfires since Friday morning. They also responded to 16 illegal burns during that time — reminding people that permits are not being issued for most of the state because it isn’t safe to burn now.

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7,000 acres of East Texas forest shielded from development, but some logging will continue

by Jeff Mosier
Dallas News
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

About 7,000 acres of forest along what’s called Texas’ last wild river are now permanently off limits to development, the Texas A&M Forest Service announced Friday. The agency collaborated with The Conservation Fund to obtain a conservation easement on the property, which will keep it a working forest. Harvesting timber is still allowed, but sustainable forestry practices must be followed. The land, known as Bobcat Ridge, is in East Texas along the Neches River near Palestine. The conservation of this acreage will nearly double the amount of protected land within the boundaries of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge.

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Forestry students at UMFK take part in a hands on lab with two local professionals

By Nicole Duplessis
WAGMTV.com
October 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


FORT KENT, Maine – These forestry students traded in the comfort of their desks on Wednesday for an opportunity that can’t be experienced in the classroom. An experience that brought a local Land Surveyor and Geographic Information Systems Professional to the college, along with their cutting edge technology known as RTK-GPS. This stands for Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System. “Forestry utilizes lesser technology because you’re usually in a hostile environment being in the woods,” said Michael Cyr, who is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, #1255. But even as a forester, knowing how to use the technology is a beneficial skill to have. Michael Cyr says being able to share his knowledge with the students is rewarding.

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Greens groups warn of widespread protests if forests unlocked

By Pablo Vinales
ABC News, Australia
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Former and current key figures in the Greens movement in Tasmania have warned they are ready to fight plans to unlock forests for logging. The plan is part of a proposed revamp of state-owned business Forestry Tasmania which has reported a $67 million loss. Earlier this month, the Government announced plans to make available about 400,000 hectares of land, two years earlier than legislation allows….Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said the party was ready to fight the plans to reverse that decision. “The Liberals have made it clear they want to escalate conflict in the forests,” she said. Former federal Greens leader Bob Brown said he anticipated wide community protest if the changes went ahead.

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Growth of city trees can cut air pollution, says report

By Mark Kinver
BBC News
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities. A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reported than the average reduction of particulate matter near a tree was between 7% and 24%. Particulate matter (PM) is microscopic particles that become trapped in the lungs of people breathing polluted air. PM pollution could claim an estimated 6.2 million lives each year by 2050, the study suggests. Lead author Rob McDonald said that city trees were already providing a lot of benefits to people living in urban areas. 

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Company & Business News

As Canada Negotiates New Softwood Pact, Complaints of BC Subsidies Resurface

By Andrew MacLeod
The Tyee
October 31, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, United States

The way long-time conservationist Vicky Husband sees it, American negotiators working on a new softwood lumber agreement with Canada are right to complain that the logging industry is subsidized in British Columbia. “They’re absolutely right,” Husband said in a phone interview. B.C. is responsible for about half of Canada’s production of softwood, which includes spruce, pine, fir, hemlock, cedar and other trees. Lack of government oversight, allowing excessive cutting and charging low stumpage fees for logging trees on public land in the province all amount to subsidies, Husband said. For example, she said, the company logging East Creek on northern Vancouver Island pays as little as 27 cents in stumpage to the government for a cubic metre of timber, an amount of wood similar to the size of a telephone pole.

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Canfor reports results for third quarter of 2016

Canada Newswire press release
October 26, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada


VANCOUVER, – Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP) today reported net income attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net income”) of $50.9 million, or $0.38 per share, for the third quarter of 2016, compared to shareholder net income of $36.0 million, or $0.27 per share, for the second quarter of 2016 and a net loss attributable to shareholders of $17.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s shareholder net income was $112.9 million, or $0.85 per share, compared to $23.1 million, or $0.17 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

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Norbord Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
October 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

TORONTO; – Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $114 million for the third quarter of 2016 versus $30 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $94 million in the second quarter of 2016. The improvement versus both comparative periods is primarily due to higher North American oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $106 million in the quarter compared to $22 million in the same quarter last year and $85 million in the prior quarter. European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $10 million compared to $11 million in both comparative quarters.

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The future of fibre

By Andrew Snook
WoodBusiness
October 13, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

As a way to learn more about the latest technologies and research underway to improve Canada’s forest industry, Canadian Forest Industries sat down with FPInnovations’ executive vice-president Dr. Trevor Stuthridge, to discuss the organization’s latest projects. In the first of a multi-part series of interviews with Trevor, we discussed some of FPInnovations’ current work related to Canada’s fibre supply. Q: What is FPInnovations currently working on to help ensure a sustainable fibre supply for the Canadian forestry sector? Trevor: We spend 80 to 150 years growing a tree in Canada – some of the longest growth rates in the world. This is a significant national contribution to off-setting greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration. So with all that investment in carbon stored in our forest, and all the added value potential in a tree, we need to recover the fibre at an optimum level. 

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announces third quarter 2016 results and quarterly dividend

Canada Newswire press release
October 26, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada


VANCOUVER,  – Canfor Pulp Products Inc.(TSX: CFX) today reported net income of $22.4 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $2.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of 2016 and $31.2 million, or $0.45 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s net income was $47.7 million, or $0.70 per share, compared to $76.9 million, or $1.09 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

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Alberta minister to explore trade opportunities with Asia

By Diego Romero
CTV News
October 30, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier is heading to Asia in November to explore trade opportunities with China and South Korea. Carlier’s mission will focus on agricultural products, such as beef, pork, grains, hemp, honey and more, as well as lumber and pulp. “Building strong trade and investment relationships in like Asia is essential to creating jobs and diversifying the Alberta economy,” Carlier said in a press release. “There is tremendous potential for growth of our exports and business partnerships in China and South Korea where there is increasing demand for high-quality food and wood products.”

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Norbord and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. to exchange ownership Quebec of mills

Canadian Press in CTV News
October 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB) and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. have agreed to exchange ownership of two wood panel mills in Quebec. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Louisiana-Pacific’s mill in Chambord, Que., is bigger than Norbord’s oriented strand board mill in Val-d’Or, Que., but both have been idled for a number of years. Tennessee-based Louisiana-Pacific said the swap is part of its strategy to increase capacity for its siding business, which has seen rapid growth. LP also recently acquired a former OSB site in Cook, Minn., to increase its siding capacity.  The Chambord OSB mill that will be acquired by Toronto-based Norbord was built in the 1980s and has a stated capacity of 470 million square feet of OSB panels, which are used in construction.

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International Paper Reports Third Quarter 2016 Earnings

PR Newswire
October 27, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

MEMPHIS, Tenn., — International Paper (NYSE: IP) today reported third quarter 2016 net earnings attributable to International Paper of $312 million ($0.75 per share) compared with net earnings of $40 million ($0.10 per share) in the second quarter of 2016 and net earnings of $220 million ($0.53 per share) in the third quarter of 2015. Net earnings in all periods include the impact of special items, if any, non-operating pension expense and discontinued operations. Adjusted operating earnings in the third quarter of 2016 totaled $380 million ($0.91 per share) compared with $379 million ($0.92 per share) in the second quarter of 2016 and $407 million ($0.97 per share) in the third quarter of 2015.

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Weyerhaeuser tops 3Q profit forecasts

Associated Press in Yahoo News
October 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. _ Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY) on Friday reported third-quarter profit of $227 million. On a per-share basis, the Federal Way, Washington-based company said it had net income of 30 cents. Earnings, adjusted to account for discontinued operations, were 23 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. The timber and paper products company posted revenue of $1.71 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.74 billion.

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Roseburg Honored by FSC

Building Products
October 28, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Roseburg, Or., was recognized at the Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Awards for being one of the longest continually certified companies in the U.S. and for providing a continuous supply of FSC-certified products to the green building marketplace. Roseburg was nominated for the award by SCS Global Services, the company’s FSC certification body, in recognition of excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and commitment to responsible forest management. The company owns and sustainably manages approximately 175,000 acres of California timberlands that are certified to the FSC Forest Management Standard. In addition, all 13 of its manufacturing facilities are certified to the FSC chain-of-custody and controlled wood standards.

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Mill changes are pivotal for growth

Texarkana Gazette
October 30, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East


The evolution of paper production continues at Domtar’s Ashdown, Ark., mill, with a recent, $160 million project to convert a paper machine to a fluff pulp machine. “This conversion—the largest capital project in the company’s history—makes Domtar the world’s third-largest fluff pulp producer. It also places the Ashdown mill at the forefront of Domtar’s growing personal care business. Much of the fluff pulp produced at the mill will be used in the personal care division, where Domtar makes baby diapers and incontinence products sold around the world,” said Tammy Waters, manager of communications and government relations for the mill.

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Cochran, Wicker pressure Obama on Canadian Softwood Lumber exports

Political News
October 30, 2016
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canadian Foot-Dragging on Lumber Agreement Affects Industry in U.S. & Mississippi. U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are among a bipartisan group of Senators pressuring the Obama administration to make progress with Canada on a new softwood lumber agreement to protect U.S. timber jobs and communities. Cochran and Wicker signed a letter to President Obama that encourages the administration to remain firm in negotiations to reach an agreement that addresses the effects of subsidized Canadian lumber exports to the United States. The Magnolia State lawmakers signed the letter to signal the importance of not allowing subsidized exports to diminish the $1.1 billion forestry industry in Mississippi.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Awards recognize biomass advocates across Ontario

by: Lindsay Kelly
Northern Ontario Business
October 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Biomass North Development Centre acknowledged 10 key contributors to advancing the use of biomass across the province during its annual general meeting and inaugural conference in North Bay this week. From Oct. 24-26, stakeholders gathered for three days of workshops, lectures and plenary sessions to network and share best practices with the goal of advancing the use of biomass — wood waste converted into fuel — in Northern Ontario and across Canada. Biomass North’s executive director, Dawn Lambe, said the awards “reflect some of the neat things that are happening within the bioeconomy.”

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Converting Oregon Coal Plant to Biomass Stokes Controversy

By Paul Shukovsky
Bloombern BNA
October 30, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Plans to convert a coal-fired power plant in Oregon into what would be the nation’s largest biomass facility will be tested before year’s end when 8,000 tons of toasted wood thinned from a national forest is burned to ensure compatibility with the power plant’s equipment. …“If projects like Boardman were to go forward, we would see the biomass industry shift from waste feedstock to a feedstock relying on extra thinning projects in the forest,” Sierra Club conservation organizer Alexander Harris told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 27. “We would see trees harvested and combusted that would otherwise remain in the forest, sequestering carbon for decades.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

MP Report: Penticton’s Structurlam innovating wood products industry

by Richard Cannings, MP for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay
Penticton Western News
October 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry has been a critically important sector in the B.C. economy for over a century, but it has been hit hard. …A 30-year trade war with the United States cost our industry billions of dollars. …In South Okanagan-West Kootenay, the Weyerhaeuser mill in Okanagan Falls closed in 2007, putting over 200 people out of work. …The B.C. industry has been working hard to build new international markets. They have been working on innovative new wood products: In Penticton, Structurlam has been a world leader in the use of huge glulam beams for beautiful structural supports in large buildings, and combining those beams with crosslam wood panels to allow the construction of very tall buildings without steel and concrete.

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Wood from disaster-hit areas of Japan to be used to build Tokyo 2020 National Stadium, reveals architect

By Liam Morgan
Inside the Games
October 30, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood from disaster-hit regions of Japan will be used to construct the National Stadium being built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the project’s architect Kengo Kuma has revealed. Kuma’s announcement came after the Japan Sports Council (JSC) unveiled the interior design for the Stadium, due to be the main venue when Tokyo hosts the Olympics and Paralympics in four years’ time. The Stadium is due to feature a number of components which Kuma claims reflects Japanese culture, such as the inclusion of traditional andon lights installed on the concourse. Other elements include shoji and lattice screens in the VIP lounge and wooden walls and ceilings, revealed after the JSC released an artist’s impression of the venue.

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