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Daily Archives: July 30, 2013

Business & Politics

China’s imports of logs and lumber increases in H1/2013

International Wood Markets Group (Press Release)
July 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

New Zealand now China’s largest log supplier (over Russia); Russia regains its position as China’s largest lumber supplier (over Canada). The next issue of WOOD MARKETS’
China Bulletin will highlight China’s rebounding growth in log and lumber imports during the first half of 2013, continuing the trend of a steady recovery since the slowdown that occurred in the first half of 2012.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
July 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: The SPF market was not as “peppy” as in previous weeks, but limited availability left prices firm to higher. A combination of recent sales to China, volumes allotted for overseas shipments in August and September and summer shutdowns at mills in eastern Canada all contributed to fewer mill offerings. Good demand levels in the Southern Pine lumber market, despite significant caution among buyers, continued to absorb mill production, keeping upward pressure on prices.

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Catalyst Paper reports $28M Q2 loss

The Canadian Press
July 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. – Catalyst Paper said Monday less demand for paper products, particularly newsprint and directories, contributed to the company experiencing a steep loss in the second quarter. The B.C.-based pulp and paper producer reported a net loss of $28 million or $1.93 per share, more than double the $11.7 million, or three cents per share, loss in the same period a year earlier. “Markets for all the company’s paper products remain challenging and demand trended down overall compared to the same period of the prior year,” the company said in a statement.

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Critic rebuffs Kootenay sawmills’ plea for wood

Nelson Star
July 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest industry critic isn’t impressed with calls to free up more timber in the Kootenays for local sawmills. “We can’t just keep levelling forests and pretending it’s all going to grow back,” said Craig Pettit, a director with the Valhalla Wilderness Society, who thinks the annual harvest should actually be reduced. “We’re cutting it down faster than it’s growing now. We have to look at our biological and ecological needs.” This month the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association, which has 10 member companies in the Kootenays, asked the Regional District of Central Kootenay for help arranging a meeting with the premier and forests minister.

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Domtar buildings need heritage protection, architect says

Ottawa Citizen
July 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Historic buildings in the Chaudière Islands dating back to the days of lumber baron J.R. Booth risk “demolition by neglect” because they have never received the heritage protection they deserve, says Barry Padolsky, an Ottawa architect and vice-chairman of the City of Ottawa’s built heritage subcommittee. Padolsky was commissioned by the National Capital Commission in the 1980s to produce a major report on the J.R. Booth Board Mill, one of the significant buildings on the Domtar site on Chaudière Island.

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Miramichi mill CFO disavows criticism of J.D. Irving

Hal Raper says he never meant to imply forestry companies taking mill’s Crown allocations
CBC News
July 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An official with Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. has disavowed comments he made last week about two large forestry companies operating in New Brunswick, J.D. Irving Ltd. and Fornebu. Hal Raper, the company’s chief financial officer, sent a fax to CBC News last Friday afternoon saying he never meant to imply that Irving was taking some of Miramichi Lumber’s allocation of trees from Crown lands. “I acknowledge J.D. Irving Ltd. is not taking any of Miramichi Lumber Products’ Crown allocations,” he wrote in the statement.

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New CEO for Forestry Tasmania

AAP
July 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania’s Steve Whiteley has been made chief executive of the embattled government logging business. Mr Whiteley, who was previously FT’s chief operating officer, has been acting CEO since Bob Gordon departed in May. Chairman Bob Annells said Mr Whiteley had beaten interstate candidates for the top job. “Mr Whiteley’s combination of experience and personal qualities made him the best candidate to lead FT through the extremely challenging times ahead,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Undergraduate programs are next step: engineers

Prince George Citizen
July 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNBC still has more engineering work to do. Those in the engineering field were not talking about new structures, they were referring to education programs that still should be added. When university, government and private sector officials met at UNBC on Friday to announce two new wood-focused masters programs at the school, the name spoken most often as an advocate for the engineering expansion was Albert Koehler. An engineer and industrial product inventor himself, he has been lobbying for years, according to Prince George MLA Shirley Bond, the minister responsible for jobs and skills training.

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Low-tech materials used more in green building, report says

Denver Business Journal
July 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Old-school, low-tech building materials — such as wood, straw, and bamboo — are new again when it comes to green buildings, according to a new report from Boulder-based Navigant Research. Green construction, and the certification process for attesting to the use of sustainable building materials and practices, is driving new demand for building materials that have a smaller environmental impacts, due to their manufacture and use, according to the report, “Materials in Green Buildings,” issued Monday.

Building Green Increases Demand for Traditional Materials from Forbes

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Forestry

Hot, dry weather drives up forest fire risk across B.C.

CTV News
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver is poised to see a completely rain-free July, as dry weather drives up the risk of forest fires across B.C. Monday marks the city’s 32nd consecutive day without rain; by Tuesday, the dry spell will be one of the 10 longest ever recorded in Vancouver. No rain is expected until Friday, or possibly even later. Almost the entire southern half of B.C. currently has a high or extreme fire danger rating, according to the Wildfire Management Branch, as dry weather contributes to fires across the region.

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How wildfires can do more good than harm

UBC News
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lori Daniels is an associate professor in the Dept. of Forest Science in the Faculty of Forestry. She uses tree rings to reconstruct the history of forests and better understand the effects of fire, pest outbreaks and climate change. Every year Canadians fight wildfires that ravage forests and nearby communities. How does fire affect the forest?

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Crews making good progress on wildfire

Alberni Valley Times
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Calmer winds overnight have helped crews make good progress in the fight against a wildfire burning five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls. The Wildfire Management Branch says the blaze is now 70 per cent contained. Since it was reported Sunday afternoon, the fire has scorched an estimated 70 hectares, or just under three-quarters of a square kilometre of grassland, sage brush and open timber, about 20 kilometres south of Penticton.

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Study shows boreal forests burning at historic rate

Daily News-Miner
July 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FAIRBANKS — A new study of the Yukon Flats region has revealed that the world’s boreal forests are burning at an historically unprecedented rate. Not only that, but the authors concluded fire rates likely will continue to grow in coming decades. Both fire frequency and the amount of total biomass burned are higher now than they have ever been in the past 10,000 years, according to the study, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

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Our trees are biological monuments

Letter from Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario
The Toronto Star
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fascinating history is embedded in many of our city’s trees. One such example is the 150-year-old silver maple on Laing St. that recently fell victim to a severe thunderstorm. As a relatively young nation, Canada relies on its heritage trees to preserve and share the landscape’s history. For this reason, trees that have existed for more than a century — like the Maple Leaf Forever tree, which inspired our nation’s song — are biological monuments and living relics. To recognize and document the significance of such trees, a Heritage Tree Program was developed by Trees Ontario with assistance from the Ontario Urban Forest Council.

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Ore. fires prompt evacuations; 2 percent contained

Associated Press
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Lightning late last week touched off dozens of fires in southwest Oregon near Glendale. Most of the small ones were contained, and some merged into larger fires that make up the Douglas Complex. Those fires have burned 21,000 acres, or nearly 33 square miles, and were just 2 percent contained as of Monday afternoon. More than 100 houses have been evacuated and others are on evacuation alert. Cheyne Rossbach, a fire spokesman, said a total of 400 homes are threatened, but none has burned. More than 1,000 firefighters and support staff have been assigned to fires that have scorched one outbuilding and two railroad trestles.

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Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

MPR News
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On any given day, there’s a wildfire burning somewhere in the U.S. — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many western forests have evolved with fire, and actually benefit from the occasional wildfire. A nice little ground fire every few decades cleans house in the forest. It burns the grass and brush, and maybe some smaller trees — the “ladder fuels” that might carry a fire up into the tree canopy. Those canopy fires are the worst kind — they kill forests.

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Suspicious fire destroys VT logging company office

Associated Press
July 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARDWICK, Vermont — Vermont State Police say a fire that destroyed a logging company’s office is suspicious. Authorities were called to Hardwick around 1 a.m. Monday and found the building completely engulfed in flames. The structure was a complete loss. Hardwick Police and state police are investigating. The cause of the fire remains undetermined but police believe it is suspicious.

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Federal Opposition under pressure to reveal National Park logging plans

ABC News, Australia
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Coalition is being pressured to come clean on whether it will allow logging in National Parks if it wins the Election. The North East Forestry Alliance has issued the challenge following recent comments by Nationals candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, and Nationals senate candidate, Barnaby Joyce, supporting the idea. Spokesman, Dailan Pugh, said there has already been over-logging in State Forests and now the timber industry wants access to National Parks.

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No jobs for forestry graduates

Cyprus Mail
July 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE FINAL seven graduates from the forestry college have been told that they will not be employed by the forestry department, despite 60 years of tradition, which saw graduates inducted into the department’s ranks. Following a decision by the finance ministry, the graduates will have to look for employment elsewhere. … The college is due to close following last Sunday’s graduation ceremony despite playing an important role in training forestry officials for more than half a century.

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Forest protection laws criticised

The Age
July 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging agreements in four states have led to substandard protection of native forests due to gaps in state government laws and enforcement, a report has found. The report, by lawyers from Environment Defenders Offices in three states, commissioned by anti-logging groups, says years of evidence from court cases and independent reviews suggest state governments have struggled to monitor and enforce a series of regional forestry agreements. It says inadequate state laws to protect endangered species had undermined the agreements, which largely devolve authority to the states.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Harmac’s $45-million electrical generation plant expected to soon connect to hydro grid

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
July 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

After approximately six months of construction, Harmac pulp mill’s new $45-million electrical generation plant is completed and is in its final testing stages. The generation plant is expected to be connected to B.C. Hydro’s provincial power grid within the next two weeks. Nanaimo Forest Products, which owns the mill, and B.C. Hydro signed a 15-year agreement last year that will see Harmac sell approximately 15 megawatts from the 25-megawatt plant to the Crown corporation, while using the rest to help meet the mill’s power demands.

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Wood Pellet Manufacturing is Risky Business and it Just Got Even Riskier

Dogwood Alliance
July 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In just the last two years or so, the wood pellet export industry in the US has exploded to meet spiking demand in Europe, where utility companies are phasing out coal and phasing in wood as a primary fuel source for electricity. Almost overnight, a multitude of new companies no one has ever heard of have incorporated and set up manufacturing facilities that are turning trees from America’s forests into wood pellets to supply this new global market.

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General

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Woodworking Network
July 29, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

North American wood pellet exports reached a new record of over one million tons in the 1Q/13, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. There has been a steady growth in shipments from both the US and Canada the past few years, mainly as a result of the continued increase in demand for pellets in the United Kingdom. Seattle – Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent – the US South and British Columbia – showed no signs of slowing in early 2013, with the rate of growth likely to accelerate in the second half of the year.

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