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Daily Archives: November 6, 2013

Business & Politics

China imposes anti-dumping duties on cellulose pulp imports

Xinhuanet
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced Wednesday that it will impose provisional anti-dumping measures on cellulose pulp imported from the United States, Canada and Brazil. The preliminary ruling requires importers of the product to place deposits with Chinese customs ranging from 0.7 percent to 50.9 percent of the imports starting Thursday, depending on the dumping margin, said a MOC statement. The ministry said companies from the above-mentioned countries had dumped cellulose pulp on the Chinese market and such imports caused substantial damage to the domestic industry.

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B.C.’s resource economy shifts from U.S. to Asia

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
November 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Forest products and coal dominate provincial exports to China, which have grown sixfold in past decade. After investing millions of dollars in a British Columbia pulp mill, the Fulida Group, a major producer of textiles in China, is facing some tough issues on both sides of the Pacific. Fulida purchased the Neucel pulp mill at Port Alice on northern Vancouver Island in 2011. It was Fulida’s first pulp investment in North America. The textile manufacturer wanted to secure a supply of a specialty dissolving pulp, which is used in making everything from the screen on your cellphone to rayon clothing.

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Renewed Website Highlights Interfor’s Transformation and Robust Future

Marketwired
November 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products Ltd. has extensively revamped its website, www.interfor.com, to reflect its transformation over the past decade into one of North America’s largest lumber producers. “The website features our diverse product offerings, solid investment foundation and promising career opportunities,” President and CEO Duncan Davies said today. “It shows how we are building value for customers, shareholders, employees and communities – and it will continue to deliver up-to-date information as we embark on our vision for the future.”

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Catalyst Paper Q3 results reflect improved operations

Canada Newswire press release
November 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND,BC – Catalyst Paper posted improved results in the third quarter of 2013 with higher sales revenues and production volumes, less maintenance-related downtime, and the positive impact of a weaker Canadian dollar balancing the impact of underlying structural changes in the industry. Net earnings for the third quarter were $5.2 million ($0.36/share) with a net loss before specific items of $3.5 million. This compares to a net loss of $28.0 million and $18.1 million in Q2 2013.

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Millar Western Declares Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. (“Millar Western”) today announced that, subsequent to the filing of its results for the third quarter, and taking into account the company’s recent financial performance and outlook, the Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $750,000.00, to be paid in the fourth quarter.

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NS: Tenders going out for Bowater mill demolition, sale of assets

Daily Business Buzz
November 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[BROOKLYN, NS] – Two tenders have gone out for the former Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn, one for demolition and one for sale of assets. Bowater Mersey’s downtime has been extended a week, due to market conditions. The mill will reopen on Jan. 16. Deloitte Restructuring Inc., on behalf of the province of Nova Scotia, has put out a call for sale of a papermaking machine and other equipment still left on the mill site. The funds raised from the sale will go back into the company that took over the site, ReNova Scotia Bioenergy Inc.

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AF&PA recognizes five companies with sustainability awards

Pulp and Paper News
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association presented its 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at the association’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 1 in Charleston, South Carolina. Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

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New call for pulp mill at Hampshire

The Advocate
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A PULP mill should be built at Hampshire, not on the Tamar, Palmer United candidate Kevin Morgan says. Mr Morgan yesterday challenged Tamar Valley mill opponents the Greens to back a Hampshire model, in the wake of Gunns Ltd assets including the Tamar Valley pulp mill licence going on the market.  Gunns considered Hampshire and Long Reach for its controversial project. It chose the Tamar option despite much broader opposition to that site than to Hampshire.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Chinese Hardwood Plywood Supporters Win Antidumping Ruling

Woodworking Network
November 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – Hardwood plywood imported from China does not injure the U.S. industry and will not be subjected to antidumping duties, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled today. The ITC’s determination ran contrary to the Sept. 17 final determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce that Chinese hardwood plywood sold in the United States is subsidized at less than fair value. Today’s ruling also represented a reversal from the ITC’s preliminary determination one year ago “that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of hardwood plywood from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

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Forestry

Nominate B.C.’s forest capital

The Association of BC Forest Professionals
November 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Do forests play an integral part in your community? If so, celebrate it by nominating your city, town or village to be B.C.’s 2014 Forest Capital. The Association of BC Forest Professionals awards this designation to one community each year, bringing together residents who identify with the important contributions that forests make in their lives. This fun and prestigious designation means a community can take part in forestry-themed celebrations through art competitions, interpretive forest walks and logger sports shows.

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Comments invited on operating plan for Arrow TSA

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NELSON – The public is invited to review and comment on BC Timber Sales’ latest operating plan for logging and road building in the Arrow and Cascadia timber supply areas until Jan. 3, 2014. The operating plan provides detailed information on proposed logging and road construction activities and meets requirements as outlined in BC Timber Sales’ approved 2006-16 forest stewardship plan for the Arrow Boundary forest district.

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Old-growth forest cutblock to be logged, groups fear

Victoria Times Colonist
November 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new logging road through a formerly protected old-growth forest near Cathedral Grove has conservation groups, and one area MLA, worried that the area’s habitat is under immediate threat. “I was in the area last [month] and saw they started logging a road,” said Jane Morden of the Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance. “Once it’s in, they can basically log it any time they want.” Island Timberlands, the company that owns the land, also has closed south-ridge access to the Mount Horne trail — a popular hiking and mushroom-picking area.

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The benefits of logging

Letter by Don Graham
Cowichan Valley Citizen
November 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chemainus – Wow, the ecological benefits of logging! We are all familiar with the bad rap logging gets from the tree huggers. So who would have guessed that Save Echo Heights group would praising the after effects of dastardly logging? Echo Heights was logged in the early 1900s and to some extent up until 1939. While the area may be a scruffy collection of snags, swamp, second growth, rock outcrops and thick underbrush, we are told that it teams with biodiversity and contains a cornucopia of natural pharmaceuticals –

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Tsilhqot’in land-claims dispute heading to Supreme Court

Globe and Mail
November 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a week-long road trip from B.C. to Ottawa, Roger William is looking forward to his day in court. That will come Thursday, when the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to hear a case concerning Mr. William and other members of B.C.’s Tsilhqot’in Nation, who have spent more than 20 years fighting to prevent logging and other industrial activities on what they consider their land. …The court case was launched to oppose proposed logging activities in the region.

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How a New Toxicity Test Will Help Protect Canada’s Boreal Forest

Saskatchewan Research Council
November 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The boreal region is one of the world’s largest intact forest ecosystems, an amazing 2.9 million square kilometers in size, and is composed of the Boreal Cordillera, Plains and Shield regions. The boreal forest is home to Canadian industry, from mining, oil sand production and forestry to oil and gas production and agriculture, as well as many communities. Responsible remediation is required to reduce the impacts of industrial activity and to protect the boreal forest.

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Factory Forests? USDA Considers Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees

Center for Food Safety
November 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers whether to approve the first genetically engineered (GE) forest tree for commercial use, Center for Food Safety (CFS) released its new report, Genetically Engineered Trees: The New Frontier of Biotechnology. The report details the potential ecological and socioeconomic hazards of GE trees currently under commercial development. USDA is currently reviewing a GE Eucalyptus for unrestricted planting.

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WBCSD Announces Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification

Canada Newswire press release
November 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a statement Monday that promotes the expansion of forest certification across the supply chain. The statement marked a significant step towards the growing trend of recognizing all credible forest certification programs as a proof point for responsible forestry. …”SFI applauds the decision made by these global market leaders to
support responsible forest management,” said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow,
who participated in the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group meeting that
discussed the new statement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass cleans up its act

KTOO.org
November 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

…Supporters believe wood biomass could be a solution to high energy and heating costs in the region, which continues to be dependent on fossil fuels. But fossil fuels are considered a dirty source of energy. Whether its oil spills or CO2 emissions, it’s a resource associated with pollution. In some circles, biomass also has a dirty reputation. In part two of the series, KTOO’s Casey Kelly reports on some of the air emission improvements in newer biomass heating systems.

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Forestry and weeds the key to biochar’s future up north

ABC Rural
November 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Northern Territory has some of the world’s largest plantations of African Mahogany and Indian sandalwood, as well as thousands of hectares of country infested with woody weeds – all of which could contribute to an emerging biochar industry. Known as a “carbon sponge”, biochar is essentially charcoal, and is created by converting biomass into a charred product under oxygen-limited conditions (in a reactor).

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Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests

Phys.org
November 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. The findings, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, have important implications for conservation since there are now many re-growing forests in South and Central America. The new study is the first large-scale analysis of the recovery of both plant biodiversity and carbon pools in re-growing forests.

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