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Daily Archives: November 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper weighs legal options as China imposes dumping duty

Canadian Press
November 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper says it’s considering legal challenges to China’s new duty on a type of Canadian wood pulp used to make cloth, cellophane, tires and other products. As anticipated, China’s Ministry of Commerce has set a 13 per cent interim anti-dumping duty, which will increase the price of dissolving pulp from Fortress and make it less competitive. The company’s shares, already down substantially from their 2013 high of $12.08, declined even further to the lowest level in more than a year. They closed at $5 on the TSX on Wednesday.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces New $50 Million 5 Year Term Loan

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. today reported it has completed a new $50 million, 5 year term loan (“the Term Loan”) with HSBC Bank Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to support its previously announced energy projects at its Northwood and Intercontinental pulp mills. The Term Loan matures on November 5, 2018 and has a floating rate of interest. Concurrently, CPPI also took the opportunity to extend its existing $110 million operating line of credit to January 31, 2018.

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Interfor’s Q3 Results Impacted by Lower Prices and Higher Log Costs

Marketwired
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor reported a net loss of $0.1 million or $0.00 per share in the third quarter of 2013 compared to net earnings of $15.8 million or $0.28 per share in the second quarter and $0.9 million or $0.02 per share in the third quarter of 2012. EBITDA, adjusted to exclude the effects of share-based compensation and other items, was $24.6 million compared with $36.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $17.1 million in the third quarter last year.

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Conifex Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results

Market Wired
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– Conifex Timber Inc. today reported a net loss of $0.1 million or $0.01 per share for the third quarter of 2013 compared to net income of $2.4 million or $0.12 per share for the previous quarter and a net loss of $3.7 million or $0.19 per share for the third quarter of 2012. Net income for the first nine months of 2013 was $8.5 million or $0.41 per share compared to a net loss of $12.6 million or $0.68 per share over the same period last year.

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Pictou County’s Northern Pulp ordered to cut sulphur smell

Mill in compliance only 85 per cent of the time
CBC News
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new Liberal government wants to curb the smell of pollution from the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County and is demanding monthly reports on sulphur levels. The mill owners and taxpayers have spent millions of dollars over the years trying to cut down the bad sulphur odour. But while there’s been progress, the smell is still a problem. This is the third time in less then three years the company has been ordered to clean up its emissions.

NS to pulp firm: Cut sulphur emissions from The Chronicle Herald>
Environment Dept. issues third directive to Northern Pulp from The New Glasgow News

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Weyerhaeuser Joins International Voices in Support of Forest Certification

PRNewswire
November 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Weyerhaeuser Company this week joined 25 of the world’s leading forest products companies in announcing the need to significantly scale up sustainable forest management. Weyerhaeuser and the 25 other members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group are responsible for nearly 40 percent of annual global forest product, paper and packaging sales. These companies are committed to transforming forest-related challenges into forest-based opportunities and solutions.

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Southeast Forest Products Hit by OSHA for Noise, Combustible Dust

Woodworking Network
November 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONTGOMERY, AL – Southeast Forest Products Inc. was cited by the the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for seven repeat and three serious safety and health violations – including worker exposure to noise and combustible dust. OSHA says an April inspection at the company’s ‘s Southeast Pallet & Box Co., a manufacturer and refurbisher of wooden pallets, resulted in $76,230 in proposed penalties and was initiated as part of OSHA’s local emphasis program on noise reduction.

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Chinese dumping duties affect pulp producers in Canada, U.S. and Brazil

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

China’s imposition of new dumping duties on a type of wood pulp used to make cloth, cellophane, tires and other products will affect several large producers in Canada, the United States and Brazil. Fortress Paper and Tembec, along with two private dissolving pulp producers in the Maritimes, face 13 per cent interim duties. Several large firms in the U.S. will be subject to duties of around 20 per cent, while the duty for a South American producer is 6.8 per cent.

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Blaze at sawmill hits exports

Nelson Mail
November 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A large fire at a Brooklyn sawmill on Tuesday night is likely to see export orders delayed by up to a month. The fire razed the planing shed at the Prime Pine mill in Little Sydney Valley, where about 35 firefighters worked for about four hours to put out the fire and prevent it spreading to other parts of the mill. Prime Pine general manager Kevin Sturgeon said this morning he arrived at the mill just before the firefighters, and the 30-metre by 10m shed was ablaze from “end to end”. His son Luke, who also works at the mill, was the first to spot the fire at about 5.50pm.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Masons launch campaign against National Building Code’s anticipated wood-frame provisions

Canadian Contractor
November 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…Since British Columbia introduced its Wood First Act in 2009, the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association has been doing what it can do discredit wood structures. The National Building Code to be released in 2015 is also expected to allow for six-storey wood-framed structures, which the CCMPA believes is a dangerous precedent. …“These political policies are wholly self-indulgent. They limit and undermine the professional freedom and good judgment of a designer to choose the best material for the application. They undermine the credibility and effectiveness of the building codes.

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Forestry

B.C. First Nation takes aboriginal-title fight to the country’s highest court

Canadian Press
November 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA – A small British Columbia First Nation will be before the Supreme Court of Canada today, in a case that could have far-reaching effects on aboriginal title in Canada. The case began more than two decades ago, with a provincial decision to grant logging rights in an area within the Xeni Gwet’in (hon-ay gwi-teen) nation’s traditional territory in the B.C. Interior. The Xeni Gwet’in and their larger Tsilhqot’in (sill-ko-teen) National Government filed suit, and a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled in 2003 that the band had aboriginal rights throughout the claimed area, including the right to hunt, trap and earn a moderate living from it.

Key BC aboriginal land claim case starts before Supreme Court from The CBC News

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Decision nears for B.C. tree planters claiming filthy, racist conditions at camp

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

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal will hear final arguments next month as it considers the case of a group of tree planters who allege they endured slave-like conditions and discrimination while working at a remote camp in southeastern B.C. The roughly 50 planters, many of them recent immigrants or refugees from Africa, complained about the conditions of the Khaira Enterprises Ltd., camp in July 2010.

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BC Hydro transmission line passes audit

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

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Hydro’s fire prevention practices on four licences to cut associated with the Columbia Valley Transmission Project found operations met the requirements of B.C.’s Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. “The board reviewed emergency response plans and burn plans, among other things, as part of the audit,” said Al Gorley, board chair.

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New rules threaten protection of endangered species in Ontario, watchdog says

The Canadian Press
November 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s environmental watchdog is again taking aim at the governing Liberals, saying new rules they brought in this year threaten the protection of endangered species… By exempting some groups from obtaining permits, the full protection of the law no longer applies to activities like forestry operations, aggregate pits and quarries, hydroelectric dams and infrastructure construction, Miller said.

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Protest Continues in Port Saunders

VOCM
November 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A protest over a logging permit continues in Port Saunders this week. Ralph Payne, a spokesperson for G&R Enterprises Ltd. says the department of Natural Resources took away the company’s permit to harvest timber. He says it has left some 30 individuals at a standstill after working since June.  He says they’re fighting to have the permit reinstated immediately, but
isn’t getting anywhere with forestry. Payne says he’s been on a hunger
strike over the matter since they began protesting last Thursday.

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An absence of trees

Letter from C.J. Carrol
Chronicle Journal
November 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re Deciduous Mixed Forest Clear-cut, Replaced by Monoculture Conifers — letter, Nov. 2: In 1998 I was working for Provincial Papers which had just hired a silvaculture expert fresh out of university. He was heading a program to educate the mill’s employees about clear-cutting and its benefits, of which I could see none.  I asked him why we would cut down all the birch, maple, etc., and replace these beautiful hardwoods with only jackpine. My exact words were, why would we take all the animals out of the forest and replace them with tigers? He had no reply.

  Deciduousmixed forest clear-cut, replaced by monoculture conifers from The Chronicle Journal

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Neptune deserves a next generation airtanker contract

by Willis Curdy, a retired smokejumper and Forest Service pilot, writes from Missoula.
The Missoulian
November 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The company has looked at various aircraft before settling on the BAe-146 four-engine jet aircraft. On Oct. 12, Neptune managers explained that they have invested millions of dollars in retrofitting these aircraft, developed a tanking system compatible to the aircraft and completed numerous drop tests as a part of the evaluation to determine if the aircraft meets Forest Service requirements. The bottom line is that Neptune, on its own initiative and innovation, became the first airtanker company to provide next generation aircraft.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report Charts 26.5 Million Hectares Under Protection as Demand Grows for Forest Carbon Offsets

Business Wire
November 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON-Carbon finance is supporting the management of forests spanning 26.5 million hectares worldwide after businesses in 2012 injected a near-record $216 million into projects that plant trees, avoid deforestation, improve forest management, and support low-carbon agriculture. These projects, a key defense against the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change, were financed by the sale of 28 million tonnes of carbon offsets, according to the 2013 State of the Forest Carbon Markets report released by non-profit researchers Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace this week in London.

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Cambridge EnTech Helps Advance Sustainable Wood Energy in Maryland with the Maryland Wood Energy Coalition

PRWEB
November 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Cambridge EnTech, a division of Cambridge International, was a top-tier sponsor of the Maryland Wood Energy Coalition’s 2013 conference, “Advancing Sustainable Wood Energy in Maryland,” last week in Annapolis, Maryland. The coalition is composed of agencies, organizations, businesses and others committed to advancing the responsible use of Maryland’s vast supply of woody biomass for clean, affordable energy production. Since Cambridge EnTech joined the Maryland Wood Energy Coalition in 2012, the partnership has achieved all major priority goals for 2013.

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Defining “forest” could improve REDD+ monitoring in Indonesia

Forests News
November 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

If policymakers fail to consider carefully how they define forests, they risk compromising the potential success of the U.N.-backed REDD+ program, which aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, scientists say. A recent case study in Indonesia found that such challenges as determining whether to classify eucalyptus and teak plantations as “forest” could have a significant impact on how carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation are measured and reported, and how the drivers of deforestation are assessed, according to a study.

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