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Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

Business & Politics

Weyerhaeuser, Domtar Survive Late-2011 Drop in Pulp Prices, but Expect No Increase Soon, an Industrial Info News Alert

MarketWatch (press release)
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SUGAR LAND, TX — Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) — Weyerhaeuser Company (Federal Way, Washington) and Domtar Corporation (Montreal, Quebec), two of the largest North American forest product companies, reported revenues and profits for fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 that were lower than those from the previous year, as seasonal slowdowns and a plunge in global pulp prices negatively affected the industry.

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The Canada-China Connection

The Meaford Independent
February 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The sale of oil from the oil sands to China, for which the Northern Gateway pipeline and a tidewater loading terminal are controversially proposed, is the latest chapter in Canada’s oldest Pacific rim relationship. The story of the Sino-Canadian linkage began 1,500 years ago, when a Chinese Buddhist missionary first reached out for this continent. The relationship has been marked by tears, blood, anguish, racism and a complex matrix of trade, immigration, investment and cultural, social, political and personal interests. In its best moments Canadian and Chinese interests have come together to make life better for the people of each nation.

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Gunns in trading halt

ABC News Australia
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Financial analysts believe timber company Gunns may be on the verge of announcing a joint venture partner for its long awaited $2 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill in Tasmania’s north. Gunns has requested an immediate trading halt pending a significant announcement to the stock exchange on Wednesday. The company secretary, Wayne Chapman, says the announcement’s in respect of capital raising and equity investment.

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Congo invites Indian companies to invest in timber

Economic Times
February 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW DELHI: Home to one of Africa’s largest forest expanses, the Republic of Congo wants Indian companies to invest in the timber industry, the second biggest money-spinner after oil in the central African country, says its Forestry and Environment Minister Henri Djombo. “We have a big timber industry and would want Indian private companies to come and invest in the our timber companies,” Djombo said in an interview here. Explaining the steps taken by the government for efficient management of forests in the country, Djombo said: “We are the first tropical country in the world to have 2.5 million hectares of certified forest cover and are expected to double it between 2012 and 2015.”

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China the world’s largest importer of softwood lumber and logs

Troy Media
February 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE, WA – Importation of softwood logs and lumber to China has increased continuously over the past 15 years, and in 2011 the country was the largest importer of softwood lumber and logs in the world. Total import value equalled almost US$8 billion, which was an increase of 57 per cent from 2010, and up from only US$70 15 years ago. Annual growth over the past five years has been almost 30 per cent, and over the past 15 years, the CAGR has been as high as 36 per cent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Inspired thinking highlights this year’s Buildex Vancouver

Journal of Commerce
February 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Exhibits this year will include a showcase of green products, including new wood products. BC Wood Specialties Group is bringing 11 different value-added manufacturers to the show, as a response to the growing use of wood in government, multi-family and institutional facilities. BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh said changes in the B.C. Building Code, as well as the Wood First Act have created awareness and demand for products with new uses in the marketplace. Engineered wood products are becoming more prevalent with companies such as Port Alberni’s Coulson Forest Products bringing forward an engineered wood panel that utilizes cedar veneer on a plywood base.

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Getting a Leg Up with Furniture Components

woodworkingnetwork.com
February 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada, United States

Although it is not the largest market segment for wood turnings and parts, furniture components remains a steady source of business for North American component manufacturers. According to a recent survey of the dimension and components market by the Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. the furniture industry continues to be the third largest market for its members, accounting for 20.9 percent of component and dimension sales in 2010, preceded only by the cabinet industry (ranked first) and the building products industry (second). According to information from the WCMA, the stability of the furniture components market is due in part to the fast turnaround achievable by North American manufacturers as opposed to those overseas, especially on customized parts.

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WorkWise: Expanding abroad means seizing opportunities

Modesto Bee
February 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

For some entrepreneurs, opening international markets is part of the job. For others, it requires a new model for providing essentially the same service. Gastineau Log Homes Inc. in New Bloomfield, Mo., with 22 employees, designs, manufactures and installs log homes. Company president Lynn Gastineau launched in 1977 and has built a market in 50 states and 10 countries. A projected mid-February first sale in China will make that country the 11th after 14 years of initial market research there. “(Its) economy had to reach a point where it made sense,” she says. “It has gone up and ours is flat.”

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Eco Building Products Available Coast to Coast

By Eco Building Products
Woodworking Network (press release)
February 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

VISTA, CA — Eco Building Products, Inc. announced that the company has started delivery of Eco Red Shield protected lumber to build the dream home of Gregory Artura and Patricia D’Alessio in Litchfield County, CT. Having made the choice to utilize Eco Red Shield Lumber over one year ago the Atura’s did not seem so concerned about breaking ground during the winter months. ECOB is now delivering protected lumber on the east coast with the first homeowner to build with Eco’s Red Shield Protection from mold, wood-rot, termites and fire. 

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Quake Resistant Timber and Green Chemicals to be showcased at Future Forestry Finance

By The Forest Industry Engineering Association
Scoop Independent News
February 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Promising innovations, such as cross laminated timber, green chemicals and more will be showcased at the upcoming Future Forestry Finance conference. “Innovations like cross laminated timber and green chemicals are the way forward for forestry. These products will enable the forest industry to make the most money out of our forest resources,” says John Stulen, Event Director for the Future Forestry Finance conference series. It is estimated that the value of a tree can be tripled by manufacturing value-added products compared to just selling raw logs to overseas buyers.

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Forestry

BC asks Ottawa to help fund ‘pre-treaty’ agreements with First Nations

Edmonton Journal
February 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – The B.C. government is pushing Ottawa to participate in, and contribute money to, “pre-treaty” agreements as a way to revive a stalled treaty process that has produced a paltry three final agreements over two decades. The pitch comes even though the province’s approach has been openly questioned by the independent body set up by B.C. and Ottawa in 1992 to facilitate treaty negotiations between First Nations the two governments. …Polak said the B.C. government has signed about 70 “forest consultation revenue-sharing agreements” and two “mining tax revenue agreements” as part of the push to advance economic development and provide First Nations with tangible benefits.

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Learning to think like a watershed

Vancouver Sun
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whether we like it or not, the British Columbia economy currently relies on resource development — from forestry to fishing, to energy and mineral extraction, to tourism. Our communities would like to move on the good projects, and leave the others behind. How do we go from conflict to agreement? Last week, people from across Canada gathered in Vancouver to talk about using collaboration to solve resource conflicts in watersheds, and move to new “solutions” that better engage citizens, first nations, governments, the resource sector and environmental organizations.

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Proof Is in: Our Forests Are Badly Mismanaged

By Norm Macdonald – MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke and Opposition critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
The Tyee
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On the second of February, I attended a presentation at the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association AGM in Kamloops. The presentation was made by Marvin Eng, a special investigator at the Forest Practices Board, who is tasked with clarifying the status and implications of “not satisfactorily re-stocked” (NSR) forest in British Columbia. Eng presented Phase 1 of the Forest Practices Board report. The need for this investigation arises from questions and concerns in both the professional forester community and in the general public about our current knowledge of the state of British Columbia’s public forests and the level of effort that is being made to ensure that disturbed forest lands are replanted.  

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Sharp prose illuminates tree-planting memoir

Victoria Times Colonist
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gill has written a wonderful new memoir about her experiences: Eating Dirt. She’s giving a reading/talk on Tuesday in Victoria. I’m certain it’s worth seeking out. Eating Dirt, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, is replete with the gritty, closely observed details only a true insider can provide. At the same time, Gill often steps back to provide an interesting and knowledgeable overview of deforestation. I’d always assumed, naively, that tree-planting is an adequate replacement for a natural forest. A tree’s a tree, right? Not so. Gill told me this week tree-planting is indeed fine if all you require from a forest is a future timber supply.

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Forests Minister says NDP leader wrong about raw log exports

Steve Thompson says Dix is wrong – raw log exports help create jobs in BC
CFJC TV Kamloops
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s Forests Minister says NDP leader Adrian Dix is wrong when he tells the public the export of raw logs costs us jobs. Steve Thompson says Dix may be referring to the days when previous governments relied too heavily on a single expert market, the United States. But things have changed. Thompson says Dix may be referring to the days when previous governments were too heavily reliant on one export market — the United States. But Thompson says BC now aggressively markets to China, which has increased annual exports almost 2-thousand percent, putting men and women back to work at newly re-opened mills. Thompson says the truth is log exports are creating hundreds of jobs in BC for people who would otherwise be unemployed.
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Charest boosts protected areas for Quebec’s northern plan

CBC News
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has promised to boost the number of protected areas in the province’s north. Charest says 20 per cent of the land included in the government’s northern development plan will be protected from any development by 2020. That’s up from the 12 per cent announced earlier.

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Forest Jobs and Recreation Bill will cause trouble not jobs

Letter to the Editor by Bob Van Gieson
The Missoulian
February 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Sen. Jon Tester’s “jobs” bill will not create jobs. It will only create more wilderness. Tester knows that.
All Forest Service timber sales of any importance have been appealed or litigated into oblivion by groups bent on obstruction. Those groups have sued the Forest Service so often that Judge Donald Molloy offered them a key to the courthouse. Why do they continue to do that? Self preservation is one big reason. You cease to cause trouble – your fellow obstructers lose interest and drop away – your group’s prestige goes down the drain.

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Praise for Charting a New Direction on National Forests

USDA Blog
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and I announced our intent for finalizing a new planning rule to govern management of the National Forest System. The 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands are critical to President Obama’s vision of an economy built to last, providing clean air, clean water, habitat for wildlife, opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, jobs and growth in rural communities, and a range of other benefits for all Americans….We listened to input from the public to develop the preferred course of action, included as the preferred alternative in the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement released last week. We hosted the most collaborative and transparent rule-making process in agency history, and carefully considered more than 300,000 public comments. Here is what some of our partners and interested members of the public have said about the preferred alternative:

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Obama, the logger’s friend?

Record-Searchlight
February 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Prompted by the Forest Service’s announcement today of a new initiative to “expand the number of forest acres treated by 20 percent over the next three years and increase the pace of active forest management,” and specifically to “increase the amount of forest products sold in 2014 to 3 billion board feet, up from 2.4 billion board feet in 2011,” I found myself wondering how those numbers compared with recent years and the “good old days” when business was strong in timber country. Well, if government agencies are good anything, it’s keeping statistics. Here’s the tally of national forest harvests from 1905 through last year, when, indeed, 2.44 billion board feet were harvested. Funny thing about that number. Believe it or not, despite (or perhaps because of) all the hair-pulling among environmental groups in the Bush administration about how former timber lobbyist Mark Rey intended to clear-cut the West, the actual timber harvest on the national forests was higher last year than in any year of the Bush administration. Seriously. See for yourself.

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Who should pay to save Salt Lake City’s ailing trees?

Salt Lake Tribune
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bug-infested forests, scarring our mountainsides with swaths of red or gray trees, receive more scrutiny. But a similar malady menacing Salt Lake City’s urban forest suddenly has the attention of arborists and politicians alike. The city’s stately sycamores — along with maples, honeylocusts and other species that canopy streets and give neighborhoods character — are sick. And since City Hall doesn’t have enough cash to combat the insects and disease through regular spraying, it may turn to its residents to help pay for a remedy. Tree hugging, it appears, may get more expensive.

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At the cutting edge of logging

New approach could keep industry, environmentalists from being at loggerheads
Mail Tribune
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hanscom is a young 66… Starting out as a small-scale salvage operator with little more than a self-loading log truck, his work has evolved into large-scale contracts and computerized machines that gobble up logs with ease. Hanscom, a 1971 graduate of Oregon State University who majored in forestry [said] “They think I should go find high volume per acre on flatter ground — no brush and on and on,” he added, describing a choker setter’s idea of heaven on Earth. “They’ll snivel about this, then bail out over the bank and get ‘er done.” While he may joke about his hard-working crew, the second-generation logger from Eagle Point is deadly serious about successfully taking on the new forest-restoration approach to logging that’s now under way in a pilot project on U.S. Bureau of Land Management timberland in the Applegate Valley.

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Court: Sierra logging plan left out impact on fish

San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bush administration’s decision in 2004 to dramatically expand logging in Sierra forests throughout California, as a means of fire protection, failed to analyze the potential impact on numerous species of fish, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws by omitting from its public report any reference to the effect of increased logging and road-building on fish in the mountain streams, including nine species listed as threatened or endangered, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The 2-1 ruling does not require an immediate halt to any tree-cutting or other work authorized by the so-called 2004 Framework for 11.5 million acres in 11 national forests.

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Reflections from the Tongass Salmon Forest Residency

The Sitka Conservation Society
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I arrived in Sitka in May, after the herring opener had ended and before the salmon season had really gotten fired up, for a six month stint as the Tongass Salmon Forest Resident. The position, a collaboration between the Sitka Conservation Society, The Wilderness Society, and the Forest Service, was a new venture for everyone. For the Forest Service, it was one of the tentative steps the agency is taking towards a transition from a timber-only to a multi-resource management approach for the Tongass National Forest. For the Sitka Conservation Society and The Wilderness Society, it was part of a long term shift by environmental organizations towards collaborating rather than fighting with the Forest Service in Southeast Alaska. For me, a newly minted master of marine affairs, the residency was an opportunity to position myself at the crossroads of public policy and science, practice my science writing abilities, to return to my home state, and—I’ll be honest—to eat a lot of fish.

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Sierra Nevada Plan Left Out Critical Fish Details

Courthouse News Service
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service neglected to study how increased logging, road-building and livestock grazing in national forests throughout California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains would affect fish populations, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday. The federal appeals court in San Francisco found that an environmental impact statement (EIS) recommending amendments to the agency’s management plan for 11 national forests “contains no analysis whatsoever” of the Sierra’s more than 60 species of fish.

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Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests

KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Restoration projects in Eastern Washington’s Colville National Forest are a model for the nation; that was the word from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago. And now those efforts are netting nearly a million dollars in new federal funding. At the same time, funding has been renewed for another project in Washington: the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative, near Yakima. The secretary announced a new round of grants on Thursday for collaboration in national forests – all aimed at taking better care of the nation’s managed forests, with the ultimate goals of preventing expensive wildfires, promoting recreation and creating badly needed jobs in rural areas.

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Hunt under way Down East for invasive insects

Bangor Daily News
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Forest Service says a survey crew has begun a search Down East for signs of an invasive insect that’s already damaged trees along southern Maine’s coast. A Forest Service crew is looking for evidence of hemlock woolly adelgid on Mount Desert Island. The crew also will work with national park and U.S. Forest Service staff to survey in Acadia National Park before moving on to coastal Waldo, Hancock and Washington counties.

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Forestry Commission responds to 200-acre wildfire in Georgetown County

MyrtleBeachOnline.com
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Firefighters with the S.C. Forestry Commission have responded to a 200-acre wildfire in Georgetown County, according to authorities. As of 5:20 p.m., the fire was 200 acres in size with the potential to increase to 700 acres if forestry firefighters don’t get it contained, said Scott Hawkins, spokesman with the S.C. Forestry Commission. They were dispatched at 3:26 p.m. Saturday to U.S.17 and Pennyroyal Road in Georgetown, Hawkins said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UNBC looks to Sweden for bioenergy and forest products

Clearwater Times
February 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two senior faculty members from Linnaeus University in Sweden will visit University of Northern British Columbia from Feb. 6 to 9 to explore opportunities for collaboration in engineering education and research related to wood construction, bioenergy, and forest products. Linnaeus University is located in Växjö, a city of 82,000 in southern Sweden. The region is home to a large forest industry and the university has a corresponding focus on education and research connected with forestry and the wood industry. 

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Logging waste to be used more for biofuel production

New Europe
February 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

More Lithuanian logging waste could make way for usage in biofuels production. The ‘national forestry sector development programme’ submitted recently to the government of Lithuanian by the ministry of environment proposed for maximising the use of logging waste for biofuels raising the usage from 80,000 cubic metres to 500,000 cubic metres per year. The data prepared through extensive research showed this amount of waste can be taken from Lithuanian forests without damaging their ecosystems. 

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