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Daily Archives: February 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest products industry will need 60,000 new workers by 2020

Montreal Gazette
February 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The forest products industry, severely hit by the 2007 U.S. housing collapse, the recession and surging Internet growth, is determined to convince the world it has taken a clear-cut path to revival and future growth, says David Lindsay, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada. Lindsay used the final day of the Paper Week technical convention in Montreal to launch the FPAC’s human resources tool TheGreenestWorkForce.ca website, saying it is already drawing strong attention to the “new” forest products industry and its urgent need for 60,000 new workers by 2020.

Canadian forest industry steps up its recruitment efforts from Edmonton Journal

Click here to read the press release from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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J.D. Irving Ltd. plans to hire 6,500 people (& video)

Irving will be seeking more than 2,700 new employees in New Brunswick
CBC News
February 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd. is looking for 6,500 new employees over the next couple of years, including more than 2,700 in New Brunswick. Mary Keith, a company spokesperson, said the positions will be in various sectors of the company’s operations, such as shipbuilding, railroad, forest products, the port and retail. “These are jobs that are the result of what we’re forecasting by way of growth from 2013 to 2015 as well as retirements and natural turnover,” she said.

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Lumber Extends Rally to Five-Week High on Demand Gains, Beetle

Bloomberg Businessweek
February 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber futures extended a rally to a five-week high in Chicago on signs that demand is increasing in the U.S. and China while an infestation of beetles threatens to cut supplies from Canada.  Prices have climbed 13 percent in the last six sessions on the Chicago Board of Trade, after rallying 44 percent last year as Commerce Department data showed the U.S. built the most new homes since 2008.

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Boise Cascade shares rise as much as 27% in debut

Globe and Mail
February 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Shares of U.S. plywood and lumber maker Boise Cascade Co. rose as much as 27 per cent to $26.75 (U.S.) on Wednesday in their New York Stock Exchange debut. They last changed hands at $26.03 in afternoon trading. Boise Cascade, whose products are used in home construction and remodeling projects, capitalized on investor enthusiasm for a recovery in the U.S. housing market.

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Forest industry not quite recovered after recession

Statesman Journal
February 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute released its 2013 Oregon Forest Facts & Figures booklet in late January, highlighting a number of statistics regarding the Beaver State’s sprawling forests….Unfortunately, the forest industry took a hit in the recession, much like many other major industries. In Oregon, it hasn’t quite yet bounced back. …Despite the slump, the state still tops the list for national producer of softwood and plywood. Oregon alone produces more than 15 percent of the total national softwood lumber and 24 percent of the nation’s plywood, in addition to hosting 16 of the 53 plywood mills in the U.S.

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Forestry expert calls for timber industry strategy

ABC News, Australia
February 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A forest industry expert has urged the WA Government to develop a meaningful timber industry strategy to help struggling forestry companies. Numerous local businesses have reported a downturn in trade. Businesses and analysts say the forestry industry is struggling and woodchip exports from Albany port have fallen 30 per cent from previous peaks. The Government says it is confident the industry remains strong and does not need more assistance but forestry consultant David Wettenhall says it needs to do much more.

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Norske Skog faces challenging markets

Pulp and Paper News
February 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skog continues to reduce debt and fixed costs despite challenging markets. Net loss was significantly influenced by non-cash items such as impairments and change in value of energy contracts. Norske Skog had gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the fourth quarter of 2012 of NOK 327 million, down from NOK 365 million in the third quarter. This decline was due to weak seasonal effects and NOK appreciation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Contract for Wood Innovation and Design Centre to be Awarded Soon

HQ Prince George
February 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The contract to build Prince George’s Wood Innovation and Design Centre should be awarded by the end of the month. After months of receving and reviewing design submissions, the finalist out of a list of three contenders will soon be chosen. Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation Minister Pat Bell says ground should be broken on the facility in April. “Partnerships BC is reviewing those submissions, and there will be final financial submissions coming forward towards the end of the month – at which point we’ll be directing the contract to the successful proponent.”

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Wood construction takes centre stage this year at Buildex

Journal of Commerce
February 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

As stronger wood products hit the construction market, expect the height of wood structures to rise, say engineers and architects. In the seminar Innovation in Wood Construction, engineer Eric Karsh and architect Jana Foit will hammer home the benefits of wood construction and how new wood building materials will lead to projects beyond the six-storey limit that exists in B.C. today. “The new wood products have progressed so much. Building codes need to recognize the differences and include them in the standards,” said Karsh, a civil engineer and principal at Vancouver’s Equilibrium Consulting.

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Halifax backs off wood-first policy after backlash

Chronicle Herald
February 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Halifax city staff have reversed their endorsement for a municipal wood-first building policy after lumber and concrete lobbyists clashed over the proposal. The new report, which goes before the environment and sustainability committee Thursday, recommends the politicians take no position on what materials are best used to repair old government buildings or to construct new ones. …While the lumber bureau president said she is disappointed her group’s proposal will not become municipal policy, Diana Blenkhorn is hopeful the debate has made the public more aware of wood’s environmental qualities in building.

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Forestry

Audit of forestry operation near Chilliwack finds issues

BC Forest Practices Board
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A Forest Practices Board audit of 606546 B.C. Ltd. found the company failed to comply with provincial forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “Auditors found three poorly constructed road sections, two bridges built without proper designs and that the licensee moved heavy equipment over an unsafe bridge,” said board chair Al Gorley. “All three of these issues have potentially significant implications for worker safety and the protection of forest resources.”

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Environmentalists look to insert Great Bear Rainforest into B.C. election agenda

By Jonathan Fowlie
Vancouver Sun
February 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — An environmental coalition will Thursday attempt to push protection of the Great Bear Rainforest onto the already crowded election agenda, issuing open letters to B.C.’s main political leaders, calling for more immediate action. “The people of British Columbia want the Great Bear Rainforest agreements completed,” said letters sent by the coalition to Premier Christy Clark and New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix. “We are asking your party to include the completion of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements in your platform and priorities for the first 100 days after the election.”

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Alta. to ready forest-fire crews a month early

Canadian Press
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Alberta is bracing for another early forest-fire season by readying crews in advance. Like last year, wildfire crews will be on duty starting March 1 instead of April 1. Starting the season early when conditions are dry was a recommendation in the review into the May 2011 wildfires that ravaged the Slave Lake area. …Wildfires last year in Alberta burned 3,750 square kilometres of timber — about 1.5 times more than the five-year average.

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Board raises concerns over B.C. forest roads and bridges

Vancouver Sun
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A report warning about the declining state of privately constructed forest roads and bridges on Crown land is a wake-up call for B.C.’s truck loggers, an industry official said Wednesday. “This goes to the heart of our concerns,” said B.C. Truck Loggers Association executive-director Dwight Yochim. “Our biggest concern (in the report) is the safety aspects. That was a surprise. “We’ve circulated the report to our membership to ensure that they’re aware of it.” Yochim was commenting on a report issued earlier Wednesday by the Forest Practices Board — B.C.’s independent watchdog that oversees the activities of licensees — about the state of privately constructed roads and bridges on Crown land.

Click here to read the press release for this report from the BC Forest Practices Board

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Industry marks seven years of change in the Great Bear Rainforest

Coast Forest Products Association
February 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

February 7 is a great time to look back at how much has changed on the ground in the Great Bear Rainforest – and since I became a member of the negotiating team representing industry, I see many opportunities ahead for coastal forests and communities. It was seven years ago today when the British Columbia government and First Nations announced land use decisions for the north and central coast planning regions, also known as the Great Bear Rainforest. The agreement, which included full protection for one third of the planning areas, has already led to significant changes on the ground– less harvesting, smaller cutblocks, and unprecedented protection for old growth.

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SFI Pledges $400,000 in 2013 for Conservation Research

Woodworking Network
February 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative announced today it will deliver up to $400,000 in 2013 to support research into responsible forestry practices through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Since 2010, SFI has awarded 33 grants totaling more than $1.32 million to support projects that promote sustainable forestry practices and engage communities. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $4.8 million.

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Building a Better Website for the Battle Against Forest Invaders

USDA Blog
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Forest Service is making it easier than ever to report the spread of insects that have invaded America’s national, state, private and urban forests.  Forest Health Protection has released Version 2 of its mapping and reporting portal. Built on the latest technology, the portal is an interactive and engaging complement to the agency’s Major Forest Insect and Disease Conditions annual reports.

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BLM holds back part of timber county payments

Associated Press
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal agency is holding back 10 percent of a special payment to timber counties in Oregon in case federal budget cuts known as sequestration go through, posing another hardship for rural counties already struggling to pay for law enforcement and other services. ……When logging was booming in the 1970s, some counties did not have to charge property taxes. But since cutbacks in logging on federal lands to protect the northern spotted owl and salmon, the payments dropped precipitously.

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Kitzhaber panel fails to reach consensus on O&C lands logging

The Oregonian
February 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


After three months of work, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s panel of timber executives, environmentalists and leaders from Oregon’s most financially strapped counties couldn’t agree on how to solve the logging tug-of-war over on 2.6 million acres of federal forestland in Western Oregon. But the 14-member panel has teed up Congress to forge a compromise by drawing on options the committee explored, Kitzhaber said Wednesday. He’s recommending it remain in place to advise Oregon’s Congressional delegation.

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WWF welcomes halt of clearing Indonesia’s rain forests

Pulp and Paper News
February 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WWF welcomed the announcement by the Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) stopped clearing Indonesia’s tropical forests and peatlands to allow an assessment of their conservation and carbon values. But the conservation organization urged paper buyers to wait for confirmation of the claims through independent monitoring by civil society before doing business with APP.

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Small businesses band together to meet high cost of Indonesia’s timber certification scheme

Forests Blog, CIFOR
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JEPARA, Indonesia_Next month, the Indonesian government will have fully phased in legislation requiring all furniture companies exporting to the European market prove sourcing of legally harvested timber. While this has been touted as a step in the right direction for conservation, for many small carvers the high costs associated with the new certification scheme are simply unaffordable.

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Amazon forest more resilient to climate change than feared – study

Reuters
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The Amazon rainforest is less vulnerable to die off because of global warming than widely believed because the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide also acts as an airborne fertilizer, a study showed on Wednesday. The boost to growth from CO2, the main gas from burning fossil fuels blamed for causing climate change, was likely to exceed damaging effects of rising temperatures this century such as drought, it said. “I am no longer so worried about a catastrophic die-back due to CO2-induced climate change,” Professor Peter Cox of the University of Exeter in England told Reuters of the study he led in the journal Nature.

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