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Daily Archives: August 14, 2013

Froggy Foibles

How many car air fresheners are too many?

Globe and Mail
August 13, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

My brother’s a smoker and smokes in his truck. To compensate for the smoking, he has one of those Little Trees hanging from his rear view mirror …After about 30 seconds, with all the windows down, I started getting dizzy and felt like throwing up. …What’s in these things? The formulas have been a secret since the company invented the iconic cardboard pines in 1954, when chemist Julius Sämman studied tree aromas in the forests of Canada and tried to come up with a mask for the smell of spoiled dairy in milk trucks, according to the company’s website.

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Business & Politics

North America, led by the US South, achieved highest global sawmilling earnings in 2012 and Q1/2013

International Wood Markets Group
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

In 2012 and especially in Q1/2013, U.S.-based sawmills led all 32 global countries and regions surveyed in financial earnings, mainly from improved demand, a run up in lumber prices and from low log costs. This also meant that North American mills (including Canada) achieved the highest global earnings for both 2012 and Q1/2013 as compared to Europe, Russia and the Southern Hemisphere.  Since 2008, sawmills in the U.S, South have attained the highest EBITDA earnings in North America: in  2012 this advantage widened as delivered log costs remained flat since 2010 while other regions had log supply issues and/or rising costs.

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Kruger Products improves Q2 revenue but net income slips due to Tennessee project

Canadian Press
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Kruger Products LP had $15.4 million of net income in the second quarter with $248.8 million of revenue, according to KP Tissue Inc., which was formed to hold a limited partnership stake in the operating company. Kruger’s revenue was up 6.7 per cent from a year earlier. Its net income was down $200,000, however, as it recognized expenses related to a startup project in Memphis, Tenn.

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Structurlam nails down big contract

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Penticton Western News
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s tallest wood building will be made with pre-fabricated components assembled here in the South Okanagan. Structurlam Wood Products president Bill Downing said Tuesday his company was selected to supply the shell of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in downtown Prince George. “That’s a secret, but not anymore,” he added. The company will provide structural components like beams and wall panels, and the first load of material is expected to be delivered to Prince George next month.

Click here to read the press release from the BC Government

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Western Forest Products Announces Final Results of Its Substantial Issuer Bid

The Wall Street Journal
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products announced today the results of its substantial issuer bid by way of modified “Dutch Auction”, pursuant to which the Company offered to purchase for cancellation up to $100 million in value of its outstanding common shares and non-voting shares from shareholders at a price of not less than $1.30 per Share and not more than $1.50 per Share. The Offer expired on August 12, 2013.

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Ted Seraphim: Saw bucks

Business in Vancouver
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On a recent sunny Friday afternoon, the reception desk of B.C.’s biggest timber company appears to be abandoned. Not so, assures the company’s CEO: there simply is no receptionist. Then he rushes off to fetch a glass of water for his visitor. Welcome to the offices of West Fraser Timber, whose modest ambience belies its current position atop B.C.’s lumber world. The company now edges out its better-known rival, Canfor, in both earnings and number of employees worldwide.

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Conifex 2nd Quarter Numbers Released

250 News
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Conifex has released its 2nd quarter results, and while they are down from the first quarter, they are much improved when compared to the 2nd quarter of 2012. Conifex Timber Inc reports a net income of $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to net income of $6.2 million for the previous quarter and a net loss of $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2012.

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Weyerhaeuser Unit Draws Bid Interest

Wall Street Journal
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

Plans by timber conglomerate Weyerhaeuser Co. to market its home-building unit, valued at more than $3 billion, accelerated last week as prospective bidders submitted preliminary expressions of interest in a deal, according to people familiar with the matter. The names of the possible bidders weren’t available. But most of the country’s largest home builders are expected to explore a possible purchase of the unit, which was the 18th-largest U.S. builder last year with sales of roughly 2,300 homes, according to Builder Magazine.

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Weyerhaeuser Continues Leadership in Sustainable Forestry Operations

AZO Cleantech News
August 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

With the completed acquisition of Longview Timber’s approximately 645,000 acres of forestland in Washington state and Oregon in July, Weyerhaeuser Company now owns or manages approximately 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada, making the company one of North America’s—and the world’s—largest private sustainable forestry operations.

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Gay ‘unaware’ he had data which could affect Gunns’ share price

ABC News, Australia
August 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Supreme Court in Launceston has heard the former boss of the collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns was not told he might be in possession of price-sensitive information, before illegally selling millions of shares. In court last week, 70-year-old John Gay pleaded guilty to illegally selling $3.1 million worth of Gunns shares in December 2009. At the time, the boss of the former timber giant had access to an October management report predicting a dramatic drop in profits.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hanley Wood and USGBC Establish a Strategic Partnership With Gree

Woodworking Network
August 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Hanley Wood LLC, the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the construction industry and the U.S. Green Building Council announced today a strategic partnership whereby Hanley Wood has acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. USGBC will continue to produce Greenbuild’s hallmark programming: the thought-provoking plenaries, industry-leading education, the popular pre-conference sector summits, the USGBC Leadership Awards and other special events that make Greenbuild the leading conference and expo for the green building movement. 

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Design Students Imagine A Mixed-Use Complex For Red Hook

Curbed (New York)
August 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Concrete, steel, and glass dominate the palate of building materials used in new developments. Building and fire codes made wooden frames a thing of the past, but a design competition called Timber in the City recently challenged architecture students to create a mixed-use development using “innovative wood technologies.” Specifically, this means the use of relatively new things like cross-laminated timber (CLT), a fire-resistant engineered wood building material that’s strong enough and rigid enough to replace steel. 

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Forestry

Forest fire in Harrison Hot Springs now under control

The Province
August 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest fire that broke out Monday in Harrison Hot Springs is now under control. The fire, located near the marina and some homes, was reported to the B.C. Forestry Service at around 4:30 p.m. It is believed to be human-caused. Earlier, thick smoke could be seen billowing from the woods on the east side of Harrison Lake as three helicopters repeatedly doused the blaze with lake water and air tankers dropped retardant to prevent the flames from spreading.

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Chopper beats bad weather on Vancouver Island to get injured man to hospital

The Province
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A rescue helicopter battled bad weather Monday to take a badly injured logging worker from northern Vancouver Island to a Victoria hospital. The middle-aged man was hit by a falling branch while on the job at a logging facility in Holberg, a seven-hour drive from Victoria. An ambulance crew managed to treat the victim at the site, but his injuries were so serious that an RCAF Cormorant helicopter was called in from the Canadian Forces base at Comox.

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Forest company goes under microscope

Prince George Citizen
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nazko Logging is the latest firm to face the scrutiny of the BC Forest Practices Board. The province’s independent forest industry watchdog will be investigating the activities of Ndzakhot’en Forest Management (Nazko Logging) during the week of August 19.  “The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction, maintenance, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning activities carried out by Nazko for compliance with forest practices legislation,” said BCFPB spokeswoman Helen Davies.

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

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Ontario should stop logging of old-growth forest

August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Temagami’s soaring forests are home to more than half the world’s old-growth red and white pine trees. It’s an impressive distinction, except that only a tiny fraction of the original growth still exists, leaving the trees — and the biodiversity they support — on the edge of extinction. That precarious existence, exacerbated by the harsh winds or fires of extreme weather patterns, is further harmed when the Ontario government allows logging companies to remove the old growth, pines that have populated these forests for some 140 to 400 years.

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Nebraska’s State Tree May Be Threatened

The Hebron Journal Register
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

LINCOLN, Nebraska. — Early settlers and Native Americans in Nebraska used the eastern cottonwood tree for firewood, landmarks and construction materials. Even today, cottonwood is by far the most harvested and processed timber tree species in the state. But that could all change if the tree continues to decline in population, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension forester said… Flood control, land conversion, livestock grazing and herbicide damage are all causing a decrease in cottonwood population.

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Governor: At least 12 homes destroyed in Utah fire

Idaho Statesman
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

WANSHIP, UTAH — A wildfire destroyed at least a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of hundreds of others near a Utah resort town Tuesday as lightning-sparked blazes devoured dry grass and brush across the West and burned to the edges of small communities in several states. …Nationwide, there were 35 large active fires burning Tuesday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. All were in the West. Even so, fewer than 3 million acres have been burned by U.S. wildfires this year, NIFC reported, well down from the 5.9 million acres that had burned by this time last year and 6.3 million acres that had burned through mid-August in 2011.

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Deaths in Idaho and elsewhere prompt agencies to reform how they protect firefighters

Idaho Statesman
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fires near Anderson Ranch Reservoir were jumping roads and fire lines two-bulldozer- blades wide the night of Aug. 8, driven by winds so strong they were putting out firefighter’s blowtorches. The local, state and federal crews who quickly jumped on the eight fires started by lightning already had caught a 3,000-acre fire and put out two 100-acre fires before the weather and erratic fire behavior forced managers to pull their crews off.

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Schrader Worried About NSA, Defends Logging Bill

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…He talked about a bill that would allow Oregon loggers to more than double their harvest of lumber in Federal forests that were formerly part of the Oregon and California Railroad land. Just before the recess, Schrader saw that bill, pass out of the Natural Resources Committee. He helped write the bill with Oregon representatives Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden. Schrader responded to a listener who disagreed with the move to increase logging.

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UGA sustainable forestry coordinator wins Wise Owl Award

Athens Banner-Herald
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

The Georgia Forestry Association, has awarded a University of Georgia coordinator one of its highest honors for her years of service to the forestry community. The association also honored the committee she coordinates for, recognizing its efforts to promote sustainable forestry in the state. Donna Gallaher, coordinator for the Georgia Sustainable Forestry Initiative and based in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, won the Wise Owl Award from the organization, only the second woman to be given the honor in its 33-year history. 

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Media Speculation After Farm Fatality Uncalled For

By Forest Industry Contractors Association
Scoop Independent News
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Media reports earlier this week about a forestry worker being killed are factually incorrect and forest industry leaders are not happy about being unfairly blamed for accidents that are not part of their industry. The media need to retract and correct their reporting if they want to maintain their reputation. Reports on Monday that a 51-year old man who died in Southland was a forestry worker were completely false. Accident investigators from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have confirmed the deceased man’s occupation was freezing worker.

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Devon farmer says ash dieback ‘spreading’ in older trees

BBC News
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An outbreak of ash dieback in Devon is spreading further in older woodland, a farmer whose land is at the centre of the episode claims. Last month, approximately 1,500 young trees were felled and burnt on John Greenslade’s farm near Tiverton to try and contain the disease. But Mr Greenslade now believes in the region of 1,000 more older trees were showing signs of the fungus. Defra said it was still trying to manage the problem. The disease, Chalara fraxinea, was first confirmed in saplings in the UK in March last year.

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Peru has “great potential” for sustainable forest industry

Peru This Week
August 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An official for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization was quoted as saying Peru has a great potential for forest industry development and biodiversity conservation, the Andina news agency reported. According to Eduardo Mansur, the director of FAO Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division, Peru has important aspects for biodiversity conservation and for the economy terms of forest production… Peru is one of the ten countries with the largest forest areas in the world and its forests have a “great potential” to benefit Peruvian society and the world.

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‘Little known’ about ancient Pett Level sunken forest

BBC News
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A sunken forest that can be seen in the sand at low tide on the Sussex coast is thought to be at least 6,000 years old – and a relic of a time when sea levels were about 100ft (30m) lower than today. Its spongy tree roots and branches emerge from beneath heaps of sand, rocks, barnacles and mussels when the tide goes out. Remains of the trees can be identified as oak, birch and hazel, saplings have been spotted standing in the sand, and walkers have gathered hazelnuts carbon-dated to 5,200 BC.

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ABC Support for forestry workers ‘not an election sweetener’

ABC News, Australia
August 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government will spend $2.4 million retraining Tasmanian forestry workers. Federal Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor has visited Wesley Vale in Tasmania’s north-west to make the announcement. Mr O’Connor says the funds are separate from the forest peace deal and it is not an election promise. “This is something that we have costed for under the economic statement, it’s something that we determined before we went into caretaker,” the minister said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Swindon biomass plant decision is deferred

BBC News
August 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A decision over whether a biomass plant can be built in Swindon has been deferred by councillors at a meeting held earlier. The application has been opposed by some who say the plant will cause smoke and increase traffic congestion. Wood that cannot be recycled will be burned to create heat and power to process wood chips and animal bedding.

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General

Ontario should stop logging of old-growth forest

August 14, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Temagami’s soaring forests are home to more than half the world’s old-growth red and white pine trees. It’s an impressive distinction, except that only a tiny fraction of the original growth still exists, leaving the trees — and the biodiversity they support — on the edge of extinction. That precarious existence, exacerbated by the harsh winds or fires of extreme weather patterns, is further harmed when the Ontario government allows logging companies to remove the old growth, pines that have populated these forests for some 140 to 400 years.

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Forest Service Chief Tours Tongass with Murkowski

Sitnews.us
August 13, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Ketchikan, Alaska – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has been touring the Tongass National Forest with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski with stops including a lumber yard, Bell Island and Anan Bear Observatory. Friday’s schedule also included a flyover of the proposed Niblack Mine. Chief Tidwell and Murkowski also held meetings with tourism, air taxies, mining and timber interests. After touring communities of the Tongass, Murkowski said she hopes Tidwell leaves with a recognition that in his role, it’s not just about management of the trees, it’s about management of the economy of a region.

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