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Daily Archives: February 5, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber prices show hopeful signs

Prince George Citizen
February 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The lumber industry could be cutting deep into black ink for the first time in years….  “When lumber prices sink by such a degree – from $380 [per thousand board feet] in Jan. 25 print to $355 last week Wednesday, then bounce to $370 for Feb. 01 print that is very significant. It means the market found bottom and prices are on their way back up,” said Keta Kosman, editor of Madison’s Lumber Reporter, a B.C.-based industry periodical.

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Log Imports to China from New Zealand and U.S. Gain Steam in 2nd Half 2012

Wood Resources International LLC
February 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Demand for imported softwood logs in China increased in the second half of 2012 after declining during the first six months of the year. Total imports in the 2H/12 were up nine percent, but the increase was not equally distributed between supplying countries. Shipments from New Zealand and the US were up 29 percent and 20 percent, respectively, while Russian exports to China fell nine percent in the 2H/12 as compared to the 1H/12, reports in the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com).

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$6M upgrade for siding plant in Two Harbors

Minnesota Public Radio
February 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn. — A mill in Two Harbors, Minn., that makes wood siding for homes has closed for four weeks as it undergoes a $6 million upgrade. The Louisiana Pacific facility, which opened in the mid-1980s, employs 129 full-time workers. Thirty-two employees were temporarily laid off, with several volunteering for the time off, said plant manager Steve Twining. The company is installing a huge new machine that presses aspen chips under extreme heat and pressure into 8-by-16-foot sheets of engineered wood siding, a product used in new homes and remodels, he said.

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Stora Enso to cut 600 jobs

Pulp and Paper News
February 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso plans to restructure its operations through the permanent shutdown of two newspaper machines in Sweden. Stora Enso also plans efficiency improvements in the Printing and Reading customer service and the Building and Living Business Area. The profitability improvement actions are planned to reduce annual costs by EUR 54 million and reduce the number of employees by approximately 600 altogether.

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Mill owners waiting for ‘mess’ to be sorted

ABC News, Australia
February 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The owners of the Triabunna woodchip mill will not move on its future until Tasmania’s forest peace deal is finalised. A Legislative Council inquiry is scrutinising the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill. The Triabunna mill which was bought by entrepreneurs Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood in July 2011 remains closed. Mr Wood has told Radio National there is no rush to do anything with the moth-balled plant.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New West Wood Frame

Journal of Commerce
February 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dominion, a new six-storey wood frame structure is taking shape in New Westminster, B.C. The owner/general contractor is Ledingham McAllister and Integra Architecture Inc. did the design. The project includes 118 condo units and two levels of underground parking. RF Binnie & Associates Ltd. is the consulting civil engineers. END

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Guitar wood supplier predicts sound future

ABC News, Australia
February 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A specialty timber merchant in Tasmania believes there will be no problem with supply under the forest peace deal. Bob MacMillan has been salvaging speciality timber for decades. With many international tone woods now endangered, his wood is in demand with international guitar makers like Fender and Martin.

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Forestry

NDP forestry critic says it will take years to undue Liberal damage

Penticton Western News
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. NDP’s forestry critic said if his party wins this spring’s election, it will take up to five years to make a dent in the pile of forest-health issues created by the Liberal government. Norm Macdonald provided that estimate last week in Penticton while in the midst of a B.C. tour during which he’s meeting with community leaders and industry representatives. …“What I would argue is the B.C. Liberals have made conscious decisions to create problems that are now showing up.”

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Jon Ferry: Throwing more taxpayers’ money at ‘looming’ skills shortage not answer

The Province
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The pitch by six B.C. universities to fix a looming job “skills” shortage by having taxpayers spend $130 million over four years on 11,000 new spaces in post-secondary programs is both simplistic and self-serving. A boosterish report last week by the B.C. Research Universities Council warned that the number of jobs requiring university, college or trades training is expected to far outstrip the qualified labour supply – at least by 2020. But that’s not the case now. And with employers’ demands constantly shifting, it may never be – at least in certain fields.

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Logging to continue above Naramata

Castanet
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trucks piled high with logs will be rolling in and out of Naramata again this year. West Kelowna-based Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. plans to harvest more Mountain Pine Beetle infested timber in the Chute Creek and Robinson Creek areas above the small community starting in June. “Basically once the beetle gets in, it has a shelf life, so our objective is to get as much value out of the timber that we can,” said Kerry Rouck, operations forester for Gorman. The way it works with the beetle is the wind blows them in, or they get there by other means, said Rouck.

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Stephen Hume: Remembering the athletes who wrestled with trees

World champion log birler Ardy Wickheim was a hero in his day
Vancouver Sun
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…So the other day, with that peculiar combination of sadness at a life
lost and nostalgia for a life well-lived, I noted the death notice for
Ardy Wickheim.  It’s a milestone only for readers of a certain age.
His fame has little currency in a time when sports values have been
coarsened by television and too much money.  But in his day, a day
more than 50 years ago when the forest industry still defined B.C., a
day when logger sports could still make the front page, Ardy and his
brother Jubiel were not only world champion log birlers, they owned that
podium.

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Blasting is shaking whole home

Cowichan Valley Citizen
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a resident living just off Mountain Road, south of Duncan, I can echo many of the concerns my neighbours in Cobble Hill area have expressed about the “bombing” in our area. I am specifically referring to the enormous blasting that is going off on the other side of the mountain from us. … I’m not sure why each blast could not be of smaller volume, even if
slightly more frequent, and on a schedule so we could know in advance. …I have phoned Island Timberlands to complain (250-755-3500) and suggest others do too.

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Four accused of illegally harvesting timber west of Longview

Longview Daily News
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Four Longview people face first-degree theft charges after they were arrested Saturday on allegations of illegally harvesting timber from a neighbor’s land west of Longview. Guy Daniel Johnson, 62, Joel Scott Stehman, 40, Clayton Richard Olsen, 42, and Jenny L. Gemar, 50, all of Longview, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft for cutting down $7,800 worth of timber, Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies said Monday. The three men said they were working for Gemar, who showed deputies an expired permit from the state Department of Natural Resources to harvest timber, according to sheriff’s deputies.

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US Forest Service to hold job fair

KIVI-TV
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Monday, February 11th between 12:30 and 4 p.m., representatives will be available to discuss job opportunities with the United States Forest Service at six Department of Labor Offices. The event will be held simultaneously in Caldwell, Meridian, Boise, Mountain Home, Emmett and McCall. “This is an exciting first-time event that we hope will provide information on the many job opportunities within the national forests in southwest Idaho,” said Marie Louise Smith, Boise National Forest Deputy Forest Supervisor.

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Anger over extra forest protection

ABC News, Australia
February 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It has been revealed signatories to Tasmania’s forest peace deal were kept in the dark about the final size of a Wilderness World Heritage Area nomination. The key industry and environmental groups wanted an extra 124,000 hectares added as part of an agreement to end the state’s forest wars. But Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke last week submitted a nomination to increase the heritage area by 170,000 hectares.

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The Future of Global Forests: Change Proposed for 2060

The International
February 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…The BBC reports that the Independent Panel on Forestry, IPF, established in Britain in March 2011, released a report in July 2012 with proposals to combat the disposal of British public forests. These recommendations included, “measurably increasing the quantity and quality of access to public and privately owned woodlands” and “ensuring every child has an element of woodland-based learning.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Hardwood Products Could Have Carbon Credits Attached

Woodworking Network
February 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

LEXINGTON, KY – The University of Kentucky’s Department of Forestry has completed a project to help hardwood sawmills determine the feasibility of increasing revenues by selling carbon credits tied to their role in producing long-lived wood products that store carbon. …Hardwood sawmills can use an Excel tool developed for the study to estimate probable gross and net revenues from the sawmill’s potential participation in future carbon markets.

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