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Business & Politics

Canada: Where Does The Softwood Lumber Agreement Currently Stand?

By Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
Mondaq
October 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement expired on October 12, 2015. While that agreement mandated export measures on Canadian softwood lumber exports destined for the United States, it also protected those lumber exports from the potential imposition of onerous import measures by the U.S. Currently, a 12-month post-termination stand-still period protects Canadian softwood lumber exports from U.S. import measures. However, that residual protection will soon expire. On August 18, 2016, Martin Moen, Canada’s Chief Negotiator, provided an update report to the Standing Parliamentary Committee on International Trade.

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Welcome to Domtar: An inside look at what’s behind that smell in Kamloops

By Ashley Legassic
Infotel News
October 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – Dan Wudrick has lived in Kamloops for about 40 years and vividly remembers when the musky odour from the pulp mill would blanket the entire city. “Back in the 1970s, it was really bad so they must have made some improvements,” he says. …Dangelmaier says the company has made substantial improvements to the not-so-pleasant odours and the air quality in Kamloops. The mill was first built in 1965 by the Weyerhaeuser Company and expanded in 1972. Domtar bought the mill in 2007. Dangelmaier says when the mill first opened, it was operating at about 50 Total Reduced Sulphur parts per billion. Now the norm is zero parts per billion, which makes the sulphur smell only noticeable when there are production issues, Dangelmaier says.

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K’ómoks First Nation and TimberWest sign Memorandum of Understanding

By Monica Bailey
TimberWest
October 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comox, Vancouver Island — Today, K’ómoks First Nation and TimberWest Forest Corp. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets-forth a commitment to partner on cultural, environmental and economic opportunities around existing and future forestry operations for both parties. “This agreement solidifies and formalizes our long standing relationship with K’ómoks First Nation, and represents the commitment of both parties to working together respectfully towards our common goals,” says Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of TimberWest. “We look forward to collaborating with the K’ómoks Nation on a number of important environmental and economic projects.”

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages

American Banking News
October 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products Inc (TSE:CFX) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the six brokerages that are covering the firm. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is C$13.30. Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. TD Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a C$13.50 price objective on shares of Canfor Pulp Products in a research note on Thursday, July 28th. CIBC decreased their target price on shares of Canfor Pulp Products from C$15.00 to C$14.00 in a report on Friday, July 29th.

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Mental toll from Tolko shutdown

By Cole Wagner
Merritt Herald
October 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sudden announcement that the Tolko mill in Merritt would cease operations by December — leaving more than 200 employees out of work and affecting a number of associated contractors and trucking companies — was a shock to the community. Weeks after the announcement, reaction from local politicians, city managers, councillors and members of the industry continue to roll in. Merritt’s city council, for example, were preparing for the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting before news of the closure dropped, quickly forcing council to reorganize their priorities heading into the meeting of elected officials.

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Washington Trust Bank buys $401323 stake in Weyerhaeuser Co

Market Digest
October 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Washington Trust Bank scooped up 2,092 additional shares in Weyerhaeuser Co during the most recent quarter end , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Oct 4, 2016. The investment management firm now holds a total of 13,098 shares of Weyerhaeuser Co which is valued at $401,323.Weyerhaeuser Co makes up approximately 0.10% of Washington Trust Bank’s portfolio. Other Hedge Funds, Including , Eqis Capital Management boosted its stake in WY in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 2,421 additional shares and now holds a total of 9,917 shares of Weyerhaeuser Co which is valued at $303,857.

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Weyerhaeuser sells paper mill in Longview

The Columbian
October 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LONGVIEW— Weyerhaeuser Co. has sold its NORPAC paper mill to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC, ending Weyerhaeuser’s nearly 90-year papermaking presence in Longview. Weyerhaeuser said that it will use a substantial portion of the after-tax proceeds from the sale to pay off debt. The sale includes the printing papers mill located in Longview, which Weyerhaeuser has operated through a joint venture with Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Nippon’s 50 percent stake in the newsprint mill is included the sale. While the price of the NORPAC sale wasn’t immediately available, Nippon reported that it sold its half of the company for $40 million. .The sale leaves Weyerhaeuser still owning a sawmill and log export operation at the Longview plant site and, of course, more than a half million acres of timber in Cowlitz County.

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Tri-Pro to close Orofino mill

Press release from Steve Linton, owner and president of Tri-Pro Forest Products
Clearwater Tribune
October 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

It is with deep regret that we officially announce the closure of the Tri-Pro Forest Products, Inc. – Orofino division. The lack of a consistent, economical log supply has made continued operations here impractical. It has been difficult this year to keep the plant running and from this point forward, the log supply will only become worse. We sincerely regret this outcome and are solemnly aware of the impact the plant closure will have on families and the community as a whole. …The restriction of federal timber availability and the limited availability of state and private cedar has forced us to make this very difficult decision, We appreciate the opportunities we have been given in the Clearwater Valley and will work to minimize the economic impacts we know this imposes on our employees and the community.

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Kyushu ports, Japan: Softwood log exports up 6% in 1H 2016

Lesprom Network
October 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Softwood log exported from Kyushu ports, Japan, for the first half of this year is 254,848 cubic metres, 6% more than the same period of last year but the value is 9.1% down due to lower export value, ITTO reported. Log exporters have been complaining about poor return as a result of lower export value by strong yen particularly for China market. Total log export from all Japan is 313,632 cubic metres, 2.2% less than 2015 and the value is 15.4% less. Compared to all Japan, Kyushu export business is better. There are eight log exporting ports in Kyushu.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Structurlam’s Bill Downing Named Runner-Up in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

MarketWired
October 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA–Structurlam is proud to announce that the mass timber manufacturer’s President, Bill Downing, has been named Runner-up in the Construction category of the Pacific region EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 awards program. The program recognizes an impressive group of Pacific region entrepreneurs for their financial performance, vision, leadership, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. Bill Downing has been with Structurlam since its inception in 2007. He recently led the mass timber manufacturer through a time of substantial innovation, as the company shifted towards the application of technology such as 3D modeling and robotics in the manufacturing of glue-laminated (Glulam) and cross-laminated timber (Crosslam® CLT) panels in pre-fabricated mass timber packages.

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Harrison project earns accolades

The Agassiz Observer
October 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs, along with six other distinguished recipients, was awarded the prestigious 2016 Community Recognition Award by the Lower Mainland Local Government Association for the successful completion of recent upgrades to their Beach Washrooms Facility. …“We congratulate these six local governments for their visionary initiatives which resulted in beautiful new wood structures that truly enhance their communities and streetscapes,” Executive Director of Wood Works BC Lynn Embury-Williams said of the award. …“These projects also connect us with the wood story of our province and contribute to community pride, especially when using local labour and wood products. By choosing wood as the primary building material, they are also helping secure prosperity for all of B.C. and the many communities that depend on forestry,” said Williams.

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First Woman in Quebec Awarded Most Prestigious Title in Sustainable Construction

By RPM Sustainable Development
Canada News Wire
October 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Josée Lupien Sole Canadian of 2016 Cohort to Win LEED Fellow—At the recognition gala of the Greenbuild International Conference in Los Angeles, Josée Lupien – LEED AP BD+C & ID+C – was awarded the status of LEED Fellow. This title is the most prestigious distinction in the sustainable building industry. The first woman in the construction industry from the Province of Quebec to become LEED Fellow and part of the professional green building industry for over 12 years, Josée’s journey has been an exceptional one. Among her qualities that stand out, this honour recognizes her technical proficiency, leadership, commitment and dedication to the advancement of the sustainable construction industry in Quebec as well as abroad. A founding member of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council, her leadership has been recognized on more than one occasion.

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Forest Stewardship Council Recognizes Forest Champions

Forest Stewardship Council
3BL Media
October 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES – Celebrating its strongest group of award winners to date, the Forest Stewardship Council US presented its FSC Leadership Awards last night to a diverse group of organizations and individuals at Greenbuild 2016. Collectively their leadership shows that wood from FSC-certified, responsibly managed forests can meet society’s needs, across a wide array of sectors. “We were blown away by the accomplishments of our award winners this year,” said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. “By building the market for FSC products, the award winners show we can conserve forests, even as we use forest products in our daily lives,” he added.

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Modular Design Can Be Both High Quality and Fast

October 7, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Contrary to general assumptions, the design process for industrial wood construction can be both high quality and fast. The advantages of modular design are clear: dimensionally accurate wood elements can help in improving both the technical design process and collaboration between partners. Prefabricated wood elements enable fast, efficient and easy design without reducing quality. Reports on the benefits of such a lean approach are convincing: In a study of companies that have applied lean construction methods, 84% report higher quality in construction and 80% experienced greater customer satisfaction.

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Modular Design Can Be Both High Quality and Fast

October 7, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Contrary to general assumptions, the design process for industrial wood construction can be both high quality and fast. The advantages of modular design are clear: dimensionally accurate wood elements can help in improving both the technical design process and collaboration between partners. Prefabricated wood elements enable fast, efficient and easy design without reducing quality. Reports on the benefits of such a lean approach are convincing: In a study of companies that have applied lean construction methods, 84% report higher quality in construction and 80% experienced greater customer satisfaction.

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Forestry

Ontario Forest Industries Association Partners with Habitat for Humanity GTA to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday

Ontario Forest Industries Association
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO — In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) last week announced their new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat for Humanity GTA) during OFIA’s 2nd Annual Forestry Reception at Queen’s Park. The partnership will focus on Phase II of the Pinery Trail Project, Habitat for Humanity GTA’s largest building project in the organization’s history. Located in Toronto’s east end, the Pinery Trail project is a “back-to-back” stacked townhouse project that is being built in three phases. This project will enable 50 working, low income GTA families achieve stability, self reliance and a better future through affordable homeownership.

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Forest values balanced on Mount Elphinstone

Letter by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Coast Reporter
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There has been discussion about Mount Elphinstone lately, including the spread of misinformation that requires clarification and correction. First, I wish to reassure your readers that this government is committed to sustainable forest management. …To imply that there has been a lack of community consultation is disingenuous. When it comes to community consultation, BCTS shares its five-year harvest plans annually and meets regularly with First Nations, local governments and community groups….Continued discussion in the right forums and understanding of each other’s points of view are the best ways to work together.

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So distressed by logging

Letter by Yvonne Mounsey
Coast Reporter
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am so distressed by the logging that is taking place in the forests of Mount Elphinstone. I do not feel confident to speak to the issues of cutblocks, timber licences, community forests, etc., but I will speak from my heart. I know in my heart and in my gut that it is short-sighted and wrong to be logging the forests in our community’s back yard.

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Logging company files new injunction application

by Sean Eckford
Coast Reporter
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lawyers for Peninsula Logging Ltd. and Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) were back in court Oct. 5 for a hearing on the company’s application for a new injunction against protesters blocking its operations on Mount Elphinstone. There were more than a dozen arrests between Sept. 9 and Sept. 27 when a judge ruled against extending an interim injunction granted in late August. In its latest application, the company claims work at cutblock A87125 has been disrupted every working day since Sept. 8, and that demonstrators have: blocked the logging road or piled logs and debris across it, impeded the movement of equipment and vehicles, been inside the cutting area, chained or locked themselves to logging equipment, and sabotaged or interfered with equipment.

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Growing old: Vancouver Island moves away from its logging heritage

By John McKinley
BC Local News
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a decisive vote last week, the Union of B.C. Municipalities voted to call for the end of logging in Vancouver Island’s Crown old-growth forests. The decision gave an exclamation point to gradual shift in Island thinking that has energized the environmental movement and terrified the forest industry. In the weeks prior to the vote, the Vancouver Island Free Daily talked to several people close to the issue to find out why… According to David Elstone, executive director of Truck Loggers Association, a ban on old growth logging would devastate the industry… “In general, I am concerned about the tone and the concept. Don’t know if all the facts are being drawn forward,” Elstone said. “I don’t want to fall back on being alarmist, but if you suddenly turn that off there doesn’t take much imagination to see the impact.” Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association, agreed and was concerned both the AVICC and the B.C. chamber may have made decisions in absence of all the facts.

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The 10 most expensive wildfires in the West’s history

by Lyndsey Gilpin
High Country News
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The National Interagency Fire Center estimates the suppression cost of each individual wildfire, though that doesn’t reflect the total, which could include aviation costs and other bills after fires are extinguished. The Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and state and local governments pitch in, but according to Jessica Gardetto, deputy chief of external affairs for BLM Fire and Aviation at the NIFC, it’s unclear how the expenses break down exactly. “These large fires are just so complicated, and have so many different entities working on them, that it’s almost impossible to provide a solid total fire cost number,” she says. In general, money goes to wages for firefighters, hotshot crews, smokejumpers and support personnel; food, shelter, equipment and supplies for crews; and equipment like air tankers, helicopters, water scoopers, bulldozers and water tenders.

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Save the Elliott State Forest group meets to rally, inform

by SAPHARA HARRELL
The World
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — Everyone from young conservationists to old hunters milled around in the Egyptian Theatre Wednesday, discussing the topic of the night — saving the Elliott State Forest. The event was held to inform people about the State Land Board’s sale of the forest and encourage them to sign a petition against it. Max Beeken, co-director of the Coast Range Forest Watch, was one of the event’s speakers. He said the end goal is stopping the state from selling and keeping ownership in public hands. Beeken said there’s a wide base of support for the cause; he’s gotten around 1,500 petition signatures so far. “I’ve talked to thousands of people over the past two years and only five were in favor of selling,” Beeken said.

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Crow Wing County recognized for excellent forest management

Pineandlakes Echo Journal
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crow Wing County managed forest lands have achieved certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for the eighth consecutive year. Crow Wing County’s 105,000 acres of public forest land are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  Both the SFI and FSC are third party certification programs. “By seeking and achieving dual certification, Land Services is ensuring that standards of excellence in public land management are being met,” Mark Liedl, Land Services director, said in a news release. “Our forest lands are a vital resource for our community. It is crucial that we continue to manage our forests in a sustainable way for future generations.”

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Dworshak offers timber sale to improve forest health

Clearwater Tribune
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, invites interested parties to bid on the sale of approximately 77 acres of timber on Corps-managed forest lands at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir in Clearwater County, Idaho. The timber sale is planned to remove mainly Grand fir and Douglas fir that are infected with root rot, heart rot and fungus, as well as beetle infestation in the area east of Canyon Creek Campground in Section 8, 9, and 17 of T37N, R02E, Boise Meridian. …“This timber sale will help improve forest health in the Canyon Creek area by removing infected and beetle-infested trees,” said Jake Chaffee, Dworshak’s forester. “That will also reduce the risk of disease and beetles spreading to trees in other areas around the reservoir.”

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Wildfires Costs U.S. Forest Service Millions of Dollars

by Ja’Nel Johnson
Capital Public Radio
October 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The rapidly increasing cost of fighting wildfires is causing the U.S. Forest Service to burn through its budget. For the first time in more than a century, wildfire costs in fiscal year 2015 totaled more than half the agency’s budget. White House Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan argued Tuesday that Congress should provide the agency more funding. “Congress needs to get the job done, ensure not another season goes by that risks more homes, more communities, more water supplies and more importantly, more lives,” Donovan says. In California, the Soberanes fire near Big Sur cost 8 million dollars a day to fight during its peak—the costliest wildfire in U.S. history.

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Business Corruption fuels illegal logging, destroying Ukraine’s forestland

By Josh Kovensky
Kyiv Post
October 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CHERNIVTSI, Ukraine – Ukraine’s forests are rapidly disappearing as foreign corporations import thousands of tons of illegally cut timber through the nation’s western borders. Environmental and anti-corruption activists allege that companies operating sawmills near Ukraine’s border with Romania, Poland and Hungary are processing the illegally cut wood, in violation of Ukrainian forestry and customs law, as well as a recent moratorium on log exports. World Wildlife Fund Ukraine coordinator Bohdan Prots said the customs service is largely to blame.

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