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Daily Archives: January 28, 2013

Business & Politics

Update: Fraserview Cedar Products Fire

Fraserview Cedar Products
January 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As an update to the fire incident that occurred on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, Fraserview Cedar Products would like to inform you that nobody was injured in the incident. The entire staff at Fraserview Cedar would like to thank everyone who reached out to the Company to offer their best wishes and support, including all customers, vendors, suppliers and all other associations. Further, Fraserview Cedar would like to thank the Surrey Fire Department for its quick and vigilant actions in controlling and containing the fire to a single area of the site.

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Alberta forestry rebounds

Lumber prices rising due to increasing demand in the U.S.
CBC News
January 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Alberta forestry industry is rebounding as the price for lumber increases. The price jump is being driven by higher demand in the United States. “It’s one of the sectors of the province that’s kind of on fire,” says Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist with ATB Financial. “Lumber prices have almost doubled from where they were a couple of years ago. We’re finally starting to see the housing market in the United States pick up some steam again.”

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Pitching pellets

The Telegram
January 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When Corner Brook Pulp and Paper stopped taking timber from the Northern Peninsula in 2008, forestry workers there were hit hard. Loggers no longer had a bulk market for timber. It was uneconomical just to cut logs for sawing, which meant the Holson Forest Products sawmill in Roddickton had no raw material. So the owner, Ted Lewis, came up with a plan: turn the bulk of his operation into a pellet plant, with an aim to corner some of the European market.

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Firefighters knock down blaze at Irving Forest Products

Bangor Daily News
January 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DIXFIELD, Maine — Firefighters were able to knock down a fire at Irving Forest Products within a half hour of being called to the scene Thursday morning. Dixfield Fire Chief Scott Dennett said crews were sent to the scene at 8:06 a.m. to deal with a fire in one of the company’s silos. Dennett said mechanical equipment in the silo is the likely cause of the fire, which caused wood chips in the silo to burn, he said.

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Cherry Prices Inch Up, Strong Red Oak Demand

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

The outlook for cherry is somewhat improved, buoyed by some long-awaited sales of upper grades, modest growth in common-grade use in cabinet door production, and a doubling of cherry exports to China in 2012. Sales of #1 and #2 com cherry will nudge up over the next two months, pulling prices slightly higher, and there is every reason to believe Chinese demand will keep expanding. …Red oak will be a strong performer over the next two months.

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Weyerhaeuser’s profit doubles, but investors aren’t impressed

The Federal Way-based lumber, wood products and real-estate company reported fourth-quarter net income of $143 million as revenue rose 24 percent.
The Seattle Times
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser reported Friday that its fourth-quarter net income more than doubled, exceeding analysts’ expectations. But the news didn’t impress investors, who pushed down the stock of the Federal Way-based lumber, wood products and real-estate company.  ,,,But the better-than-expected results were “generated by lot and land sales in the real estate segment that can be very volatile from quarter to quarter, and this quarter were unusually high,” Joshua Zaret, a New York-based analyst at Longbow Research, said in an email. “Higher raw material costs in wood products also constrained earnings.”

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What’s the Outlook for Timber in 2013?

The Motley Fool
January 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

 …Timber as an asset class is a favored investment for many institutions. It has a lot to offer as it’s a lower-risk asset, which provides portfolio diversification and acts as a hedge against inflation risk. Unlike many of the other investment options available, it offers investors true “organic” growth as the trees grow each year. Looking into the year ahead, there are three major structural changes under way in the industry that investors need to watch.

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Bucking the recession, small Oregon mill finds a successful wood products niche

by Eric Mortenson
The Oregonian
January 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

INDEPENDENCE — For a company representing the resurgence of Oregon’s wood products industry, Elk Creek Forest Products isn’t dressed for a party. The lumberyard is ice-crusted mud and gravel. The office is a converted single-wide mobile home. Company executives wear jeans and sweatshirts. The protective paper wrapped around lumber shipments was purchased from a company that went broke and sold off its inventory. Rather than spend money on wrapping paper of its own, Elk Creek snapped it up and put it to use. As a result, some of the loads going down the road or across the ocean bear the failed company’s label rather than its own.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Unwanted urban trees become retail gold at Mpls. wood shop

Minnesota Public Radio
January 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS — The emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the United States and Canada in the last decade. Here in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis parks department forestry crews were cutting down hundreds of trees at the Fort Snelling Golf Club after many became infested. Normally the wood is chipped up and burned. But some are being salvaged along with many other varieties of unwanted urban trees. At Wood from the Hood, cyclists whiz by on the Midtown Greenway just over the fence from the shop.

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Forestry

B.C.’s strategy to cut down blockades

Globe and Mail
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


There has been a long history of native bands blockading logging roads in British Columbia, but the big, dramatic confrontations of the past may be fading, thanks to a quiet shift in government policy. …Blockades will always be an option for bands that often feel desperate and ignored. But such protests may become unnecessary if the B.C. government succeeds with an innovative program it began recently, which is giving bands the power to decide if, when and how logging takes place around their communities.

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Mexicans look at forestry during visit

Prince George Citizen
January 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mexico has forests, and a delegation of forestry specialists was in Prince George from south of the Rio Grande to learn from local expertise. “They came here for the know-how this region represents,” said Ernest Daddey, executive director of the Innovation Central Society, one of the agencies that participated in the visit. “A delegation of local companies presented their capabilities to the delegation of forestry interests from Mexico.” Daddey said the learning went both ways.

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City of Victoria needs to replenish its forest, report says

Victoria Times Colonist
January 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Victoria’s urban forest is aging and in need of a significant replacement program that diversifies the species and ages of trees, says a new Urban Forest Master Plan, endorsed by Victoria councillors. The city’s aging tree population “is a real issue,” said David Speed, Victoria’s recently retired assistant parks director, who presented the master plan to council.

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In B.C., to keep one owl alive, another species must die

Globe and Mail
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia government has approved the shooting one species of owl in a last-ditch effort to save their endangered cousins, as the number of northern spotted owls continues to decline decades after they became the mascot of the “War in the Woods” over old-growth logging. Northern spotted owls are on the brink of extinction in Canada, with only 10 birds remaining in the wild in southwestern B.C., according to some estimates.

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Ben Parfitt: Sneaky Liberals are planning a B.C. forest giveaway

The Province
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Given the short duration of the upcoming legislative session and the provincial election to follow, a government plan to introduce a scant two-paragraph bill granting it powers to fundamentally alter the course of forestry in B.C. is disturbing, to say the least. According to several sources who have been briefed on the legislation, the bill would give the provincial cabinet powers to grant forest companies de facto private control over public forestlands without first having to notify or consult with the public.

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Work begins on proposed community forests

Queens County Advance
January 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Monday, December 10, Premier Dexter announced that the province was buying the Bowater Mersey woodlands, and that portions of them would be given over to community forests. That was just six weeks ago, and Christmas intervened, but people have hit the ground running. …There have been questions about what community forests are, and how they work. Some have had concerns about the concept, wondering whether there will be fewer tax dollars and limitations on the ability of sawmills to get the logs they require for lumber. Neither is true.

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Sierra Pacific Moonlight Fire Case Unearths State Scandal

Woodworking Network
January 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

lREDDING, CA – Plywood and millwork manufacturer Sierra Pacific may have better luck in its next trial over the 2007 Moonlight Fire. …Now the State of California is also seeking millions of dollars in damages in a trial set for July 2013. But the case has taken an unexpected turn, reports the Wall St. Journal, following discovery by Sierra Pacific attorneys of an unlawful off-budget firefighting fund set up by Cal Fire, as the State of California Department of of Forestry and Fire Protection is commonly known.

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Trott named the state’s master logger

Shelbyville Times-Gazette
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Sam Trott of Shelbyville was recently named Tennessee Master Logger of the Year. The award was presented at the Tennessee Forestry Association annual convention in Kingsport. Trott was nominated for the award by Tom Hall (retired) and Chris Carney with the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Trott is a third generation logger with roots in Bedford County. He was recognized for his ability to work with landowners and his emphasis on environmental and safety practices.

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Drought is killing trees across the Midwest

USA Today
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Hundreds of thousands of trees died in the historic drought of 2012, and many more will succumb in the next few years, scientists say. “This is just beginning,” says Janna Beckerman, a plant pathologist at Indiana’s Purdue University. “I suspect we’ll see trees still dying for the next two or three years.” Indiana’s white cedar and Florida cypress trees began dying in late summer, she says, and Alberta and Colorado blue spruce are succumbing now.

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Brazil to record inventory of Amazon trees

PanARMENIAN.Net
January 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Brazilian government has announced that it plans to undertake the huge task of recording an inventory of the trees in the Amazon rainforest, BBC News reported. The Forestry Ministry said the census would take four years to complete, and would provide detailed data on tree species, soils and biodiversity in the world’s largest rainforest. The last exhaustive survey was carried out more than 30 years ago. In that time the rainforest has become increasingly threatened by logging.

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Forest harvest rights sale not justifiable – study

RTE.ie
January 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new study has found that the sale of the harvesting rights of Ireland’s forests could not be justified economically. The report, commissioned by the Coillte branch of IMPACT, found any economic benefit would be outweighed by the liabilities the State would incur. It said the State would remain liable for costs of €1.3bn following a sale of the harvesting rights. It found that Coillte would need to sell the rights at almost double its average selling price, around €78 per m3, in order for the State to cover those costs.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest monitoring technology could help in carbon accounting

Science Network Western Australia
January 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

TECHNOLOGY developed by CSIRO is providing an unprecedented level of information about the stability of Australia’s forests and greenhouse balance. The National Forest Trend (NFT) is a time-series summary that produces maps of in-forest vegetation changes over time taken at very high resolution. Forest changes can be the result of a variety of natural and management actions including forest thinning, harvesting, disease or weeds.

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Forestry sector awaits biofuel report

Stuff.co.nz
January 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Crown-owned forest researcher Scion is set to present a report into the viability of generating biofuels from trees at the end of next month, a move that could throw a much-needed financial lifeline to the struggling sector. … But while the technology has been proven in the lab, questions remain over the long-term commercial viability despite extensive research by forestry-dependent countries such as Canada and Sweden.

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