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Daily Archives: March 27, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber sector enters ‘super cycle’ as U.S. housing recovery gains steam

Financial Post
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber and forest-product stocks have been on a huge tear over the past year as the U.S. housing market recovers, but there is still more room for prices to rise thanks to the emergence of a “super cycle” in the underlying commodity, say analysts.  “Although it is a cyclical area and we have seen forestry stocks appreciate greatly in the past 12 months due to the recovery in the U.S. housing market, demand is greater than supply, which should push areas of the sector higher,” said Arthur Salzer, chief executive at Northland Wealth Management Inc. in Markham, Ont.

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Tembec sells B.C. pulp mill to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp. for $89M

Canadian Press
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB) is selling a pulp mill in Skookumchuck, B.C., to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp. for $89 million. The company acquired the Skookumchuck pulp mill in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. This mill, where 290 employees currently work, started up in 1968 and ships pulp to customers in North America and Asia. The sale is expected to close later this year, subject to regulatory approvals. Tembec has said its poor 2012 results were due to its paper pulp business and that it wanted to reduce its exposure to the business.

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COFI Convention Countdown On

HQ Prince George
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The countdown is on for the start of the Council of Forest Industries convention set for the Prince George Civic Centre next week. While much smaller than during the convention’s heyday of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, COFI Vice-President Doug Routledge is pleased with what should be a fairly well attended event. “It’s nice to bring the conference back after three years of hiatus during the downturn during the recession. We’re at the 445 registrants mark right now which is very positive,” said Routledge.

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Domtar A-line shutdown means better air quality

Kamloops Daily News
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The closure of Domtar’s A-line was a black cloud for about 125 workers who were laid off, but there was a silver lining for the city’s air quality. Domtar Kamloops mill environmental lead Kristin Dangelmaier told City council Tuesday the A-line closure will mean a reduction of in particulate coming out of the Mission Flats operation. It will also reduce the amount of sulphur dioxide emissions out of the high stack by 90 per cent.

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Interior mills outside beetle zone draw investment

Companies hunting for wood are finding it in the north and southeast of the province
Business Vancouver
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Areas of the Interior that were largely spared from the pine beetle blight are now attracting investment from large forestry companies. Canfor plans to invest $80 million in its Mackenzie and Elko sawmills this year, and reopened its shuttered Radium mill last fall. Interfor has invested $26 million to rebuild its Grand Forks sawmill and has sunk another $5 million into its Castlegar mill. Mackenzie mayor Stephanie Killam has worked hard to convince forestry companies that investing in her northeastern B.C. town will be good for their bottom line.

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Forestry jobs on the rise

HQ Comox Valley
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

3,000 jobs were added to the forestry sector last year, according to the Provincial Government. That’s an increase of six percent, and good news for an industry that’s been through some hard times, says Minister of Forests Steve Thompson. “They’ve come through one of the most difficult periods that the industry has ever been through, with the collapse of the U.S. housing market.” says Thompson. However, Thompson sees good things for the future.

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Miner inks another deal

Prince George Citizen
March 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another week, another partnership agreement with Cardero Resource Corp. The mining company leading the development of the proposed Carbon Creek Coal Mine near Hudson’s Hope said it has a letter of intent with forest company Conifex Timber Inc. and its transportation subsidiary Navcor Inc. …Friday’s developments were for more aspects in the movement of the coal. Part of the Conifex deal is to lease lands held by the forestry company at the Mackenzie industrial zone.

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Timber Prices to Surge Following Beetle Epidemic: Report

DesignBuild Source
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An epidemic of mountain pine beetles is one of three factors set to fuel a long term surge in Canada and US timber prices, a new report predicts. A supply shock associated with the epidemic of mountain pine beetles is one of three factors which will drive a surge in timber prices throughout Canada and the United States in 2013 and beyond, a new report predicts. In its latest edition of Timber Trends, The Campbell Group LLC described 2013 as the “beginning of a long term bullish trend for the timber industry.”

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Tribe’s plywood mill in Omak to reopen

Woodworking Network
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

OMAK, WA— Wood Resources LLC has signed a 25-year lease with the Colville Tribe to reopen the Colville plywood mill in Omak, WA. As many as 200 workers could be hired to operate the mill. Shut down in 2009, the mill “will require significant restorative maintenance and upgrades to become operational,” according to a statement from the company. The Omak mill will initially produce softwood veneer for Northwest markets, as well as Douglas fir plywood for specialty and commodity applications.

Tribe’s plywood mill in Omak to reopen from the Puget Sound Business Journal

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Sustainable forest products: why should business care?

A new guide aims to enable companies to make informed choices on the forest-based products they purchase and use
The Guardian
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…In order to help companies make informed choices on the forest-based products they purchase and use, the Forest Solutions Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute (WRI) jointly developed and released the Sustainable Procurement Guide for wood and paper-based products. Now in its third edition, the guide and associated resource kit provide an overview on forests and their management and explain the 10 most critical issues underpinning the procurement of forest products, including sourcing, legality, and environmental and social aspects.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Things Are Looking Up In Prince George – High-Rise Wood Project Announced

Minister Pat Bell Shows Support for Construction of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre
Canada Wood Council
March 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ottawa – The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! British Columbia are elated with the announcement made earlier today by Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Pat Bell, regarding the selection of PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. as the preferred proponent to design and build the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George.

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Liberal MLA calls on jobs, justice ministers to leave cabinet

Kash Heed says Pat Bell and Shirley Bond should step aside amid allegations of bid-fixing
CBC News
March 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A backbench B.C. Liberal MLA is calling for the resignation of two cabinet ministers from his own government after allegations surfaced about tampering with the bidding process for a new six-storey wood building in Prince George. Kash Heed says Pat Bell, the minister of jobs, and Justice Minister Shirley Bond should step down from cabinet in order to ensure the public maintains confidence in its provincial government.

Kash Heed Calls Pat Bell, Shirley Bond to Resign from the The Huffington Post
My BC Liberal Caucus Colleagues (And Ministers) need to Step Down from the The Huffington Post

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Bell, Bond pay no heed to Heed

Prince George Citizen
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pat Bell and Shirley Bond shot back at Liberal caucus colleague Kash Heed on Tuesday after Heed called on both of them to resign their cabinet posts. “Kash Heed has got zero credibility,” Bell, the jobs, tourism and skills training minister, said. “This is a guy who has had to step down from cabinet twice.” Bond, the justice minister, said it’s never pleasant to have a colleague call for your resignation but as a departing MLA Heed has nothing to lose.

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Forestry

Expanding the forest

B.C. celebrated the Day of Forests on Thursday with a ceremonial tree planting in eastern Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A provincial minister helped mark an ecological milestone at Loon Lake in east Maple Ridge Thursday afternoon, March 21. B.C. minister of forests, lands, and natural resource operations Steve Thomson stood shoulder to shoulder with local dignitaries as they plunged shovels into the soil to plant the seven-billionth tree in B.C., since the province’s reforestation program took root more than 80 years ago.

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Nelson Rotary club looking for keen young forestry enthusiasts

Nelson Star
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Rotary Adventure in Forestry and Environmental Studies Program, launched in 1990 by the Rotary Club of Prince George Yellowhead, is intended to promote an interest in careers in forestry. The Adventure in Forestry program annually introduces 25 to 40 high school students to the wide variety of careers the forest and environmental industries have to offer.

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PROVINCE BUYS 2.3 MILLION TREES TO RENEW FORESTS

Government of Saskatchewan
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Environment has signed a contract with a Saskatchewan nursery to grow and store 2.3 million tree seedlings, which will be planted in 2014 to renew the province’s publicly owned forests. PRT Growing Services will grow the pine and spruce seedlings this year and store them for the winter. In the spring of 2014, the trees will be planted in various locations as part of the province of Saskatchewan’s forest renewal program. PRT operates a forest nursery north of Prince Albert.

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Prescribed burns set for Lumby and Cherryville area

Vernon Morning Star
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON – Prescribed burning is planned in the Lumby and Cherryville area between Thursday and May 15.  This controlled burning will assist with ecosystem restoration and will occur in several phases during this period. The burns will be conducted by Wildfire Management Branch crews and staff from the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District.The Satellite Hill burn area covers an estimated 36
hectares, about six kilometres south of Lumby and Highway 6 in the
Harris Creek area.

Additional Press Release
Ecosystem restoration burns planned for South Okanagan from BC Government
Ecosystem restoration burns planned for North Okanagan from BC Government

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BC Land Use Plans Hardwired for Failure

The Tyee
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Beginning 20 years ago, community members, stakeholders and government representatives sat down around planning tables across the province and worked out strategic land use plans that cover most of British Columbia. …Scientific review suggests we have reason to be concerned. …” And: “Ecosystem degradation from forestry, oil and gas development, and transportation and utility corridors has seriously impacted British Columbia’s biodiversity.”

BC’s Environmental Protection has Fallen Behind from The Tyee

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New protections in effect for forestry contractors

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Province has fulfilled a commitment to bring into force new financial protections for forestry contractors, effective April 1, 2013. Forestry sector contractors have the ability to secure payments for work done under contract by making a charge on accounts or registering a lien on forest products that have been delivered to licensees. A lien is a right to keep property belonging to another person until a debt is paid. Contractors can register a lien using the Personal Property Registry at B.C. Registry Services.

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Mountain pine beetle’s genome decoded

Canadian Press
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The days of the mountain pine beetle gnawing, unchecked, through the forests of B.C. and north-central Alberta could be numbered, thanks to a microscopic breakthrough. Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre have decoded the genome of the voracious pest, permitting the first crystal clear look at how the little beetle wreaks such tremendous havoc.

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Forest Service rule governing predecisional objection process published

Provides for public input prior to decision-making for many projects and activities
USDA Forest Service
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Forest Service today announced the final rule governing the objection process for projects and activities implementing land-management plans. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on March 27. “This rule gives the public more effective involvement, supports our collaborative processes and will result in better decision-making,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

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Forest peace deal debate stalls

Tasmania’s Upper House has made little progress in furthering the forest peace deal legislation, with yesterday’s debate shelved after only three hours.
ABC News
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Yesterday was expected to be a big day with MLCs set to tackle the most contentious amendments to the peace deal, including wood supply and forest reserves. But after three hours of heated debate which centred on a vision statement, the legislation was shelved in favour of changes to the Mental Health Act. Rumney MLC Tony Mulder said he needed more time to finalise his amendment. He told House there was an issue with its drafting.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Auditor General John Doyle critical of carbon crowd’s dirty tricks

By Ben Parfitt
The Province
March 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

For months, vested interests in government and the private sector have known that a damning report was in the offing by John Doyle, B.C.’s outgoing auditor general. … . It is now evident that the organization that spearheaded that campaign was none other than Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), a Crown corporation set up by the provincial government for the express purpose of buying “carbon offsets” or emission reductions achieved by third parties.

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BC auditor’s carbon neutrality report to be withheld over leak concerns

By Gordon Hoekstra and Jonathan Fowlie
Vancouver Sun
March 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The release of a B.C. auditor general’s report on the province’s controversial carbon trading system was delayed Tuesday over allegations the report was improperly leaked. The Speaker of the B.C. legislature, Bill Barisoff, announced he would withhold the report until he has concluded discussions with the auditor general, noting a “breach of parliament may have occurred.”

BC’s push for carbon neutrality falters from the Globe and Mail
BC’s auditor’s report on carbon-neutral initiative delayed from the Canadian Press
Carbon offset audit held back from BC Local News

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