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Daily Archives: February 23, 2015

Business & Politics

Canfor House a creation of forest giant’s employees

Prince George Citizen
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If not for some inspired thinking from a handful of rank-and-file employees, Canfor House, a popular attraction at Canada Winter Games Plaza, might not have been there at all. As Canfor Pulp president Brett Robinson put it, the idea originated about a year-and-a-half ago when the conversation turned to the Games during a company function. “A bunch of our employees ended up in my room drinking beer and they said ‘we should build Canfor House,'” Robinson said Wednesday. Already busy helping to organize the Games – he’s the executive chair of the Games host society – Robinson made it clear he simply did not have the time to participate in the project.

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Delays force Rentech to borrow to finish pellet plants

Northern Ontario Business
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A California wood pellet manufacturer, which landed a long-term supply contract to fuel the Atikokan Generating Station, said it needs to borrow money to finish off rebuilds at its two Northern Ontario mills. Rentech said the cost to acquire and construct pellet plants in Atikokan and Wawa was higher than anticipated and they’re citing delays in construction and high labour costs to install equipment. The Los Angeles-based company announced Feb. 17 that its capital partner has increased its credit facility up to $63 million. Most of the funds are earmarked for plant completion, which is estimated to be $125 million to $130 million, up from $105 million.

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Forestry

Province designates old-growth areas

Coast Reporter
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has designated 567 old-growth management areas on the Upper and Lower Sunshine Coast. Announced last week by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the protected areas cover 18,421 hectares, or about 13.6 per cent of Crown forest within five landscape units of the Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District. …The province said it initiated the process of setting boundaries for the old-growth areas in 2010, relying on input from natural resource professionals and forest tenure holders. Consultation with First Nations began in November 2013 and a 60-day public review and comment period ended in February 2014.

The
province said it initiated the process of setting boundaries for the
old-growth areas in 2010, relying on input from natural resource
professionals and forest tenure holders. Consultation with First Nations
began in November 2013 and a 60-day public review and comment period
ended in February 2014. – See more at:
http://www.coastreporter.net/news/local-news/province-designates-old-growth-areas-1.1768390#sthash.UeLyNafa.dpuf

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Northwest communities in decline, future uncertain

Letter by Lee Kennard, Mayor Township of Ignace
Chronicle Journal
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As one of 260 communities in Ontario dependent on the forest industry, for years we have followed processes regarding woodland caribou conservation and recovery strategies. We have watched certain environmental activists using this issue to attack the forest industry. We as key stakeholders will continue to make ourselves heard. After Christmas the State of the Woodland Caribou Resource Report was released by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Rather than seeing its findings as “sobering,” we find them incomplete and inconclusive.  We also see the findings do not provide a clear explanation for the decline in caribou.

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Weekend Focus: Uprooting our hardwood industry

Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Last year, Finewood Flooring in Middle River closed because it couldn’t get enough hardwood. This week, River’s Bend Wood Products Inc. of Pomquet, Antigonish County, shut down, citing a lack of steady supply of hardwood lumber. Meanwhile, the Group Savoie hardwood sawmill in Westville is running at less than half capacity because it can’t get enough hardwood logs to turn into lumber. In Bible Hill, guard rail poll and railway tie manufacturer Stella-Jones Inc. says production is being slowed by a short supply of hardwood. Northern Nova Scotia’s value-added, homegrown hardwood industry is dying.

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Forest policy failure

Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: “No hardwood, no business: Flooring firm to close doors, will lay off 11 workers,” (Feb. 19 story). Once again, a value-added hardwood mill closes due to lack of wood supply, and once again, the government refuses to accept any responsibility for creating this problem. A lack of quality hardwood or harvesting capacity isn’t the issue. The manner in which government licenses access to Crown land wood supply is the problem, because access is consistently given to the high-volume, low-value users at the expense of low-volume, high-value users who provide much higher employment and value per unit of wood used.

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Clearcutting myth

Letter by Ed Bailey
Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a Jan. 25 Reader’s Corner, Syd Dumaresq implies that the clearcutting method is unsustainable. This assertion is an urban myth. Unfortunately, if you repeat a myth enough times, it becomes a truth in the minds of many unfamiliar with the science. The reality is that the clearcutting system has proven over the past 50 years to be a viable and sustainable method of forest management, resulting in ever-increasing yields and harvests.

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