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Daily Archives: January 25, 2013

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper shares plummet as co-gen startup delayed, costs higher

Canadian Press
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Fortress Paper Ltd. shares plummeted in early trading Friday after the company said the startup at its co-generation project at its Quebec speciality cellulose mill will be delayed and costs will increase by as much as 20 per cent. Shares in the company fell $1.21, or 11.7 per cent, at $9.55 in morning trading. Fortress also said Friday it expects to soon resolve “minor technical issues” as it continues to ramp-up production of dissolving pulp at the new facility in Thurso, Que.

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B.C. forest sector boom causes labour shortage

Some companies bringing in workers from the East Coast
CBC News
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s forest sector is booming again and those in the industry say rising price of lumber is leading to a labour crunch. Exports to China, a revitalized U.S. housing market and a hurricane on the East Coast have driven lumber prices to heights not seen in seven years — about $400 per thousand board feet dimension lumber. MaryAnne Arcand with the Central Interior Logging Association says the problem now is getting skilled workers. “This is the first time in B.C.’s logging lumber history where we had two big customers and so there is a lot more demand,” she said.

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Weyerhaeuser posts best sales in 4 years on U.S. housing recovery

Reuters
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Co, a century-old producer of forest products, reported its highest revenue in more than four years, adding heft to recent government data showing that a recovery in the U.S. housing market has taken hold. Fourth-quarter revenue rose 25 per cent to $2-billion (U.S.) – best since the third quarter of 2008 – and the company said it expected significantly higher current-quarter earnings in its wood products business, its largest. …Chief Executive Dan Fulton said the recovering housing market helped Weyerhaeuser improve its profit and raise dividend last year, and that the company would look to build on that.

Weyerhaeuser 4Q net income more than doubles from Bloomberg
Weyerhaeuser net rises on strong revenue, margins from MarketWatch

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Expect to hear more lumberjacks yelling “timbe-rrrrr” in 2013

Journal of Commerce
January 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Following a sharp pull back in 2010, which extended into 2011, there are clear signs that the fundamental drivers of demand for forest products are gaining strength heading into the new year.  The most visible evidence of this strength is the improvement in U.S. housing demand reflected by the steady, gradual acceleration in sales of existing homes and the concomitant increase in their prices.   …The combination of a rapid increase in demand for lumber fuelled by the acceleration in apartment starts over the past six months — against a background of low lumber inventories and reduced mill capacity — has driven framing lumber prices to their highest level since May of 2006.

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You could own part of Boise Cascade, again

Idaho Statesman
January 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Wood-products maker Boise Cascade LLC, which has been controlled by a Chicago private-equity company since 2004, is selling stock just as the housing market and its own fortunes begin to improve. It announced the upcoming sale Wednesday. The company will be renamed Boise Cascade Co. Why? To raise cash to invest in the business. Ultimately, taking the company public is designed to make more money for its owners. The planned February IPO opens the way for subsequent stock sales at the owners’ choosing.

Boise Cascade IPO could raise more than $190M from Portland Business Journal
Boise Cascade Plans Initial Offering for $16 to $18 a share fromBloomberg

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Forestry, dairy top price gains

Otago Daily Times
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Log prices, which remained flat most of last year, have risen markedly during the past month, the latest ASB New Zealand Commodities Weekly shows. Chinese inventories were run down over 2012, keeping prices in check during that time and limiting the volume of imports, Agrifax reported. Inventories had now reached a low level, suggesting prices would be supported by additional Chinese demand.

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Emerging nations will drive growth of global pulp and paper market this year

Pulp and Paper News
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Global production of pulp and paper this will significantly increase, with the highest growth rates are expected to be observed in Central and Eastern Europe as well as China and South America, according to projections of Dr. Heinz Zinner Chairman of JSC “Arkhangelsk PPM”, one of Russia’s largest pulp and paper mills. According to him, in regions such as Western Europe, the growth rate will be small or even minimal, but the emerging markets again will show good demand and continuing growth, as before.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

NDIT files new court documents

Prince George Citizen
January 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northern Development Initiative Trust  has added more documents to an already bulky statement of foreclosure submitted to court in late 2012 against the Commonwealth Campus Corp.  This latest affidavit adds a 16-page clarification of points made in the original complaint filed in November. The affidavit is a collection of prior documents on file at NDIT that outline the terms of the Commonwealth financing deal made in late 2009, early 2010. …McLaren counters that the deal was put in place in the first place at the urging of the provincial government in order to secure the land for purposes related to the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre.

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USGBC Releases 2012 Top States for LEED List

Woodworking Network
January 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country.  The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012. …Once again, the District of Columbia tops the ranking, with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012.

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Forestry

Cutting in Kananaskis

FFWD
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Changes to logging plans in the Bragg Creek area have upset recreational user groups. The government’s plan to clear-cut parts of the forest to create fire-breaks west of Bragg Creek as part of a preventative Fire Smart program were met with public opposition in August 2012. … Shaun Peter, president of Bragg Creek and Kananaskis Outdoor Recreation (BCKOR) is now accusing the government of altering the project to permit more logging than originally planned. “This is in an area [ESRD] admitted isn’t for ‘fire-smarting,’” says Peter.

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Alberni city council can learn from Hump logging protest

Alberni Valley News
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kudos to Island Timberlands for ceasing plans to log a line of trees right beside Highway 4 at the Hump—known as one of the most scenic drives in Canada. …Until then, we urge the company to engage in better community dialogue about its upcoming plans. This relatively small cutblock is the tip of the iceberg where Island Timberlands is concerned: they have plans to harvest at McLaughlin Ridge, Loon Lake and behind Coombs Country Candy sometime in the future. …All we are asking for is a conversation, and not at the last minute.

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Thank you, Island Timberlands

Letter by Chris Alemany
Alberni Valley News
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was not a small amount of surprise when the news came on Monday that Island Timberlands would not be logging up to the roadside at the Hump. …It seems the issue was a lightning rod because many people have come to see Island Timberlands as unresponsive and possibly even arrogant in the way it has conducted its operations in the past….My hope is that this change of direction was a sign, perhaps a proverbial cedar branch, offered to the community that Island Timberlands would be consulting, and listening, more in the future.

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Tsq’escenemc, B.C. government sign innovative forest agreement

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

100 MILE HOUSE – The Province has issued a First Nations’ woodland licence to the Tsq’escenemc people of the Canim Lake Band, enhancing economic opportunities and forest stewardship in the region, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The licence allows the band to harvest up to 20,000 cubic metres of timber a year –about 5,000 logging truckloads — from a 21,400-hectare parcel of Crown land next to the Canim Lake Reserve.

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Taking The Pulse on Forestry Health

250 News
January 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Norm Macdonald is the Provincial New Democrats Forestry critic, and he has been huddling in Prince George to talk with forestry stakeholders on their concerns. Macdonald has, in the past, talked about a $100 million dollar plan that would restore forestry health in B.C., through increased silviculture, and the development of a detailed report on the status of the fibre supply. He says the information being referenced now is painfully out of date, and out of touch with the new reality that has been created by the invasion of the mountain pine beetle.

Current forest inventory needed: NDP critic from the Prince George Citizen

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Clear-cutting is not future for Alberni Valley

Alberni Valley Times
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unlocking Port Alberni’s next 100 years of prosperity begins with ending the practice of clear cutting the forest, once and for all time. In a rapidly changing climate, clear cutting the forest is anti-stewardship, not to mention cutting into future profits, sustainable profits, in eco-and eco-agri-tourism. Considering the many natural assets of our city, it’s proximity to the playground of the West Island, clear cutting is backwards forest policy at best and a crime against humanity at its worst.

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Letters: Enough forest is protected

Letter by Alexandra Martin
Sooke News Mirror
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Sooke has designated over 20 per cent of its land base as park, with an additional five per cent required on sub-division, while Capital Regional District Regional Parks is 5.4 per cent of the total CRD land area. …Haven’t we contributed more than our fair share for conservation and the environment in the CRD, and isn’t it time that we re-open one road (that we already have) to restore legal recreational access to our lakes and channel it on a designated route where it will do no harm?

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Forest road blasts shaking South Cowichan

Cowichan Valley Citizen
January 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Islands Timberwest spokeswoman Morgan Kennah has confirmed the company is indeed blasting for new logging roads near Cobble Hill and will be continuing to do so for another month. Kennah said signs have been erected in the blasting zones and for those with any doubt about whether they should be in the area, it’s best not to proceed. “The activity is going on, on private property,” she reminded. Kennah also acknowledged a late night blast Monday night that may have disturbed the neighbours.

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Studies raising awareness of caribou health and diet in Alberta’s oilsands region

Financial Post
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Specially trained rescue dogs are helping scientists measure the size and health of the caribou population in Alberta’s oilsands region. The research is part of Statoil Canada’s ongoing effort to monitor the environmental impact of its Kai Kos Dehseh Project, comprising four oilsands leases in northeastern Alberta. Statoil will use the information it gathers to understand the impacts that industrial development and logging are having on caribou, allowing provincial wildlife managers to make better-informed decisions.

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NOMA disappointed in being left out of Endangered Species Act panel

TB Newswatch
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Members of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association say they’re disappointed they were excluded from a panel dedicated to improving the Endangered Species Act. NOMA issued a news release to media Wednesday expressing their dismay for not being included in the government-appointed panel that made recommendations to Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle. 

Municipalities want to be involved in Endangered Species Act consultation from the Kenora Daily Miner and News

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Forestry funding

Pellet plant got money before marketing plan was assessed
Western Star
January 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — The Liberal Opposition party is hoping the provincial government has learned some lessons from how it spent its Forest Industry Diversification Program funding. According to Auditor General Terry Paddon’s review of the fund, established in 2008 to help the forest industry identify and develop new products and market opportunities, there were concerns with how the Department of Natural Resources managed the program. Paddon’s report identified issues with the assessment and approval of applications for the $15.6 million in loans, equity and grants given to three companies for four projects.

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Province taking over woodland management — with a little help

Atlantic Farm Focus
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province added a large chunk of land to their crown assets last month, with the purchase of the Resolute assets in Nova Scotia. Now they are figuring out how best to manage it. Officially the province took over the land on Dec. 21. Charlie Parker, minister of natural resources, says planning is already underway to find the best uses. While they are working on a plan though, the lands still need to be managed. That role falls to the Department of Natural Resources, with help from former Resolute employees.

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Forest Restoration Planned

Mountain View Journal
January 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Cibola National Forest is looking to complete a forest restoration project in the Sandia Ranger District during 2013. The 1,700-acre area that will be restored is located south of the Crest Highway, N.M. 536, and west of N.M. 14, and will encompass the area around the Doc Long, Sulphur Canyon and Cienega Canyon picnic grounds, according to a scoping letter from Acting District Ranger Susan Millsap. “This project proposes to apply treatments to five different resource areas — vegetation, fire management, wildlife, watershed and recreation — in order to accomplish forest restoration,” Millsap wrote.

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Tester Sees Hope for Outdoors and Forestry Bills

With new faces in Congress, senator believes his signature bills have a shot
Flathead Beacon
January 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Jon Tester hasn’t given up hope on two of his signature bills from his first term: the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and the Sportsmen’s Act. In particular, he sounds invigorated about the forest bill’s chance of revival. But Tester’s enthusiasm, while cautious, comes with a major caveat: He knows nothing will get done on those bills, or many others, until the federal government figures out its financial situation.

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Swedish forestry firms in migrant labour scandal

The Local.se
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Swedish forestry companies have come under fire over accusations they use migrant workers from Africa to plant trees for low pay, with many ending up broke and stranded in Sweden. “We’re talking about human trafficking, plain and simple,” Tommy Andersson of GS, the Swedish union of forestry, wood and graphical workers, told Svergies Television (SVT) investigative news programme Uppdrag granskning.  According to a programme to be broadcast on Wednesday night, Swedish forestry giants SCA and Holmen hire agents to recruit migrant workers from Cameroon, luring them to Sweden with false promises of good pay.

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