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Daily Archives: August 29, 2012

Business & Politics

Softwood pulp prices taking a hit

Montreal Gazette
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Western Canada lumber mills may be running at the highest operating rates in five years because of strong Chinese demand and an improving U.S. housing market, but softwood pulp used mainly for papermaking is taking a hit from new capacity and heavy price discounting, analysts said Tuesday. Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Inc. has posted a $20 decline in softwood pulp for September, bringing the list price to $830 U.S. a tonne, they said. But spot market discounts range up to 28 per cent and sales in China are being made below $600 U.S. a tonne.

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Global sawlog prices fall 11.5 per cent

Canadian Press
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – British Columbia bucked a global trend as strong demand from Asia and the United States boosted sawlog prices in the second quarter. Global prices fell for the fourth consecutive three-month quarter and were 11.5 per cent lower than a year ago, industry publication Wood Resource Quarterly said Tuesday. The only exceptions were Canada’s key wood producing region and the western U.S. No specific price increases were disclosed.

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Maine mills fear overcrowded market

U.S. papermakers: Prices will drop
Chronicle Herald
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Papermakers in Maine are worried that a restart of Nova Scotia’s heavily subsidized former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill could threaten the New England state’s struggling paper industry. … . “Any time you have a market that is oversupplied and you bring a similar product into the market, obviously there is price pressure,” Bill Cohen, a spokesman for Verso Paper Corp., which has papermaking facilities in Bucksport and Jay, Maine, said in an interview Tuesday.

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Court rules Pacific West can back out of tax deal

CBC News
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Richmond County has lost the first round in its tax fight against the prospective buyer of the idled paper mill in Point Tupper. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice John Murphy ruled Pacific West can go forward with its legal argument to back out of the 10-year deal setting out annual property taxes. The judge ruled provincial legislation enacting the 2006 deal merely authorized an agreement between the mill’s former owner, NewPage and Richmond County. The county argued the deal could not be altered because it is enshrined in provincial legislation.

Judge extends creditor protection for idle NewPage mill from The Chronicle Herald
Richmond County won’t end NewPage fight from The Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotia judge says company’s bid to nix mill tax deal can proceed from The Canadian Press

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To buy or not to buy the Bowater land

Queens County Advance
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An interesting movement is afoot in the province, and gaining momentum. Buy Back the Mersey is urging the provincial government to buy all the land that Resolute Forest Products has up for sale in Nova Scotia. It amounts to around 500,000 acres and valued well over $100 million, though the exact figure is hard to pin down. It’s a lot of land. It’s also a lot of money. As gambles go, it’s not the worst one out there. Forestland is still useful to a lot of people and companies. However it isn’t something that will make that money back quickly.

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Log exports drive timber harvest increases

The Chronicle
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Data recently released by the Oregon Department of Forestry shows that timber harvest levels statewide have increased for the second year in a row. Harvests, which were at a low of 2.75 billion board feet in 2009 following the collapse of the domestic housing market in 2008, posted gains in 2010 and 2011. …“Much of these gains can be attributed to an active export market to Eastern Asia, especially China,” said Brandon Kaetzel, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s principal forest economist. “The U.S. housing market’s slow recovery and other domestic markets are also driving demand for Oregon wood products.”

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Striking timber workers in coffin protest

Sky News Australia
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Striking South Australian timber workers concerned about the loss of 1000 jobs have laid a wooden coffin outside ForestrySA in the state’s south-east. The workers from timber company Carter Holt Harvey walked off the job on Tuesday morning for 24-hours and marched on the headquarters of ForestrySA in Mt Gambier. Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union spokesman Brad Coates told AAP about 700 people marched to the headquarters and laid down a full sized coffin that members had constructed out of wood.

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Forestry fallout: Adams attacks ALP

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A federal Labor MP is considering his political options as a result of the State Government’s imminent carve-up of Forestry Tasmania. …In a statement, Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams accuses the State Government of not helping to keep the forest industry viable. He said that making a pact with Greens and expecting them to keep an agreement was at the best naive and, at worst, a “dereliction of ALP philosophy”. He accused the Greens of successfully dismantling Forestry Tasmania.

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Minister confirms Forestry Tas carve up

ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The State Government has officially announced plans to carve up Forestry Tasmania, after a report found it is one of the state’s biggest budget risks. As expected, Resources Minister Bryan Green has officially announced the state-owned company will be split in two Its non-commercial functions will be transferred to Government departments. Mr Green said the company’s projected annual cash deficits meant the status quo was no longer an option.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

North American home builders should adopt European wood construction methods

Journal of Commerce
August 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

I was quite amused to read that “Canada is sometimes said to have the best housing stock in the world” in the Aug. 22 Construction Corner column, Are Canada’s “stick builders” ready to use cross-laminated timber? in the Daily Commercial News — stick built houses maybe — but certainly not in an overall housing stock scenario. North American houses — and Canadian houses certainly included — are in no comparison to quality of European built houses, not only from a structural aspect but also from an energy efficiency point of view.

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California Lumber Association Renamed

Building-Products.com
August 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Lumber Association of California & Nevada has adopted a new name, the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.  Although the change has been finalized, some materials and events may take several months to reflect the new name. Phone numbers, email, website and physical addresses remain the same.  The association’s board noted the title LACN was too limiting both geographically and product-wise.

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Forestry

Unreliable industry

Letter by Frank G. Sterle, Jr.
Surrey Leader
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…It’s time to obey our own provincial laws, let alone invest more into our forests. Our federal government has made it clear that it’s not going to accept as good enough one’s unrelenting efforts at finding paying forestry work when applying for EI. This, regardless of the fact that the BC Liberal government has – by its notoriously pathetic non-maintenance of B.C.’s forests – broken provincial laws stating that it must adequately maintain a healthy forestry sector.

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Wildfire risk will remain high in region

Nanaimo Daily News
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Summer is winding down, but the forest fire risk for Nanaimo and the surrounding region is expected to remain high during the coming weeks. August’s heat wave dried out the mid-Island region, prompting fire departments in Cedar and Lantzville to go on high alert. Donna MacPherson, fire information officer at the Coastal Fire Centre, said recent sporadic rainfall won’t diminish the threat of a fire in the region, as hot weather has dried out large trees and logs that can act as the perfect fuel for a major blaze.

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Large forest fire burning near Vernon

Global BC
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another wildfire is burning in the North Okanagan. This one is a 50 hectare fire near Aberdeen Lake, about 20 kilometers southeast of Vernon. The blaze is burning in a strip, one and a half kilometers long, running north and south toward the lake. At this time, no structures are threatened by the fire, and there is no evacuation alert or order in place for area properties. However, four people from the Nicklen Lake Resort have self-evacuated, as have four people at a nearby forest service site.

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Crews use delicate methods to take down Okanagan wildfire

Vancouver Sun
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews wrestled an Okanagan wildfire into submission Tuesday with delicate tactics sensitive to the ecosystem surrounding it. “It’s burning in sort of a riparian area … a watershed, an ecosystem,” said Kamloops Fire Centre spokesman Kevin Shrepnek. “We don’t want to disturb too much. We’re trying to be kind of light-handed on the line.” Sparked Monday afternoon roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Vernon, the blaze expanded to 50 hectares within several hours, “burning a long, skinny south-to-north finger” near Aberdeen Lake, Shrepnek said.

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Political deception doesn’t measure timber the right way

Letter by Michael Beauclair
Merritt Herald
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After reading Mr. Lali’s misleading statements on blaming the Liberal government for their elimination of “supports” and the resultant loss of high-paying forestry jobs, the public should know that Mr. Lali is more concerned about political self-preservation and deception than truly representing the electorate. …The Liberal government allows devaluation of public’s resource; jobs disappear in the name of innovation and efficiency (greed). One of these devaluation policies is the use of timber cruising for the purpose of “setting” payable log grades and measuring timber depletion volumes for the allowable annual cut.

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Markers stir fears of Walbran logging

by Judith Lavoie – But Forests Ministry says nothing planned in that area of old growth
Victoria Times Colonist
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Island old-growth forest that, over the decades, has sparked bitter confrontations over logging is again in the spotlight after survey tape was found near a grove of massive western red cedars. Members of the Ancient Forest Alliance found the tape in the Upper Walbran Valley, near Castle Grove, which contains the Castle Giant, a western red cedar with a five-metre diameter. The tree is listed in the provincial big tree registry as one of the widest in Canada.

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Forest Service providing grant money to Northwest MT

KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC- The U.S. Forest Service has given out $3.5 million in grants as part of a new program to support jobs and healthy forests in communities across the U.S., and some of that money is headed to the Flathead. A news release states that $400,000 is headed to Flathead County, in partnership with Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, to protect a 170-acre section of forest near Kalispell.

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Logger killed in N. Idaho identified

Northwest Cable News
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KOOSKIA, Idaho — Officials in Idaho County have released the name of northern Idaho man who was hit by a falling tree and killed while he worked at a logging operation north of Kooskia. Sheriff Doug Giddings said the victim of the Monday morning accident was 51-year-old Vernie R. Sinclair of Weippe. Officials say Sinclair was working with a logging crew on the Blue North Forest Products site in the Smith Creek area. END

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New policy soon to remove encroachment from forest

Indian Express
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More than 20,000 acres of forest land has been encroached upon in various parts of the state, with farmers having ploughed the land for more than three decades in some cases, said Punjab Forest Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani on Tuesday. Jayani said that with farmers occupying most of the areas, a new policy was required to reclaim the land.

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Forestry industry backing welfare reforms

NZ City
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industry believes it’s about time the issue of drugs in the workplace was taken seriously. Beneficiaries who refuse to apply for jobs which require drug testing will feel the pain in their bank accounts, in the next phase of Government welfare reforms. John Stulen from the Forest Industry Contractors Association says his organisation has been lobbying the Government to get serious about safe workplaces.

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About 40 percent of forest reserves in Eastern Region degraded

Modern Ghana
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Koforidua – The Eastern Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission (FC), Mr Attah Owusu, has appealed to the public to cultivate the interest of planting trees to replenish the environment. He said Ghana’s forest cover was fast depleting due to human activities such as illegal mining, lumbering and farming practices which had devastated water bodies, viable lands and the environment in general.

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APP Honored for Sustainable Breakthroughs in China

Marketwire
August 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SHANGHAI—-The world’s leading pulp and paper manufacturer Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has been recognized for its use of innovative technologies with Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper’s waste water treatment project as a Key Technology R&D Programme of China by the Guangxi Province’s Science and Technology Bureau1. The R&D programme, into which APP-China will inject a total investment of 200 million yuan (USD $32 million), enhances waste water treatment from chemi-mechanical pulp production with high-grade oxidization technologies.

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