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Business & Politics

Ontario to lead Canadian export growth in 2015 on energy weakness: EDC report

Canadian Press
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Ontario is expected to lead all other provinces in export growth this year before a recovery in oil prices in 2016 restores the fortunes of energy-producing provinces like Alberta, according to a report issued Thursday by Export Development Canada…. Quebec is expected to pump out solid export growth mainly from its aerospace, automotive parts and forestry sectors, producing growth of seven per cent in 2015 and six per cent in 2016. Aerospace is expected to lead with 17 and 20 per cent growth over the next two years, helped by the entry into service of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft. Metals and ores will see modest growth despite weaker prices, while lumber exports are forecast to rise six per cent on higher U.S. housing starts.

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Media advisory – Forestry leaders facing more opportunities but also more risk

from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Canada Newswire press release
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER, – A recent global CEO survey by PwC found that forest, paper, and packaging CEOs are gearing up for more extreme conditions. To cope, they’re exploring new ways of competing via digital technologies, dynamic alliances, and new sources of talent. These issues coincide with the theme—From Innovation to Action—of the 28th Annual PwC Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference on May 6, 2015 in Vancouver, BC.

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Over 40m m³ of softwood lumber exported by Canada

EUWID
April 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada raised its softwood lumber exports by 5% last year to roughly 40.2m m³. The decisive factor for the increase was higher exports to the USA, Canada’s main market. These were 11% higher than the 2013 level at around 28.5m m³. The provisional figures from Statistics Canada of Ottawa show that in contrast the exports to Asia fell again for the first time since the increases achieved in exports in the previous years. At a total of 10.9m m³, roughly 7% less softwood lumber was exported to Asia whereby 5% less was sold to China at 7.6m m³, and 20% less to Japan at 2.2m m³.

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Prefab housing market faces pressures in U.S.

Globe and Mail
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Linwood Custom Homes is the big dwarf of the North American home-building market, its chief executive likes to say. But even the giants got trampled by the U.S. housing crash seven years ago. “It was ugly,” said Bill Mascott, head of the Delta, B.C.-based manufacturer of home designs and building kits. The High Line, a public park built on an abandoned elevated freight line, will, in its third and final phase, wrap around the Hudson Yards, offering views of the streets and the Hudson River. “I think it is reversing, but frankly, it’s been slower for a lot longer than I thought it would be. The Canadian market didn’t drop as much, but it’s been, I’d say, pretty sluggish.”

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West Fraser Timber improves Q1 profit to $43M; revenue tops $1 billion

Canadian Press
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber citing the impact of a lower Canadian dollar, has reported an increase in fourth quarter revenue and earnings. Vancouver-based West Fraser said net income in the quarter rose to $49 million or 58 cents per share from $43 million or 51 cents in the comparable 2014 period. Revenue improved to $1.014 billion from $964 million. In its earnings report, issued Thursday after markets closed, the company said reduced shipments and lower U.S. prices for SPF lumber were substantially offset by the benefits of a weaker Canadian dollar.

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Truckers win: court rules against Port Metro Vancouver in licence dispute

April 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s federal court has ruled in favour of Vancouver-area trucking companies who said they lost out because of an unfair licensing process conducted by the Vancouver port authority. In the ruling, judge Robert Barnes found that Port Metro Vancouver’s (PMV) method of processing applications from companies in batches, and applying a higher threshold to applications that were submitted later, made for an “evaluation model that was procedurally deficient and profoundly unfair.”

Port metro trucking license system unfair, court rules from The Vancouver Sun

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U.S. decision delayed on probe into Point Tupper mill’s subsidies

The Chronicle Herald
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — American investigators have until later this summer to decide whether a Point Tupper paper mill violated international trade law by accepting millions in government subsidies. Earlier this week, the United States Department of Commerce announced it will delay a preliminary decision into its paper mill probe at the request of the American paper companies that filed the complaint. The department has been investigating government subsidies paid to Canadian mills, including Port Hawkesbury Paper, which stands as a direct competitor to mills in Madison and Minnesota.

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EACOM Welcomes Ontario Budget, Including Measures that Support Ontario’s Forest Products Sector

EACOM
April 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QC,  — EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to see the needs of the forest products industry addressed in the 2015 Ontario provincial budget, which was delivered today by Finance Minister Charles Sousa. EACOM is pleased with Premier Wynne’s commitment of $60 million in resource road funding for 2015-16 and 2016-17. This funding demonstrates the Government’s support for building and maintaining public resource access roads in Northern and rural Ontario that benefit all Ontarians. The Company is also pleased with the government’s maintenance of competitive pricing of Ontario’s hardwood base dues.

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U.S. Stocks: Timber!

Seeking Alpha
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The stock market has seen yet another asset class partner fall by the wayside. Since the outbreak of the financial crisis in the summer of 2007 and also in the years since the market bottom in early 2009, stocks and lumber have moved in complete tandem with one another. But since the beginning of last year, these two asset classes began parting ways. And so far in 2015, the divergence has widened dramatically. What, if anything, does this dramatic parting of ways mean for stock prices going forward? The high correlation between U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:SPY) and lumber prices over the last decade is understandable. The fortunes of the U.S. economy are closely tied to its housing market, and lumber is a primary input used in the home construction process. 

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Home Depot phasing out toxic vinyl flooring

WTSP Tampa
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Most vinyl flooring contains chemicals called phthalates, many of which have been banned from children’s products over concerns of negative health effects. Now, a report released on Wednesday praised Home Depot (HD) as being “far ahead of its competitors” in requiring suppliers to stop using the chemicals. Phthalates are used to soften plastic and vinyl and make them more flexible. But they’re believed to be toxic and have been linked to a laundry list of ailments… The revelation about phthalates comes on the heels of a “60 Minutes” investigation that revealed Lumber Liquidators (LL) has been selling laminated wood flooring with high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

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Unsold Common Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry Depress Prices

Woodworking Network
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hardwood Publishing has released its updated Leading Hardwood Demand Indicator, which shows an increase from 126.4 in April to 139.6 in May almost entirely due to normal seasonal strengthening in key domestic and export markets (January 2013=100). The expectation of slower exports drops the index back to 135.8 in June. Importantly, actual sales growth is expected to lag index over growththe next several months because secondary wood products manufacturers in North America and abroad are overstocked with hardwood lumber.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber Framers Gather to Construct Public Pavilion

Mother Earth News
April 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Squinting against the bright September sky, project foreman Rick Collins surveyed the scene before him. Something extraordinary was about to happen in a small town in Michigan — a gathering of people from around the world to construct a timber frame pavilion. “I would go so far as to say that it’s probably been well over 100 years since anyone has built a structure this way,” Collins declared. The 120-by-46-by-24-foot post-and-beam construction would take 70 timber framers and 29,000 board feet to build — plus about 3,500 recyclable paper plates. More specifically: carpenters and apprentices from 20 U.S. states, Canada, France, England and Poland; white ash, oak, black locust, poplar, and cherry donated from local landowners.

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Forestry

Carihi forestry program receives funding

Campbell River Mirror
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) Forest Education Fund, generously founded and supported by TLA members, is donating $25,000 to the Carihi Forestry Education Program over the next five years. The presentation of the first annual contribution of $5,000 took place at the TLA Networking Event on April 16 at the Maritime Heritage Centre. “This is grass roots recruitment at its best,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “Forestry allows communities like Campbell River to retain their young people by creating steady, good paying jobs close to home.”

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Experts press case for forest management to head off catastrophic wildfires

Cronkite News
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday. Diane Vosick, director of policy and partnerships at Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute, said there is enough evidence to prove that forest restoration and tree-thinning will decrease wildfire risks and provide other environmental benefits as well. “We have a lot of science … to support the need for action,” Vosick said in testimony to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Rep. 

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Forest Service chief makes collaboration the agency’s business model

Idaho Statesman
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has an answer when he hears state leaders call on the U.S. Forest Service to do more logging and other forest treatments to reduce the size of wildfires. “We are doing more and we’re doing it for less money,” Tidwell said in an interview with the Idaho Statesman on Thursday. The Forest Service has reduced its nonfirefighting staff by 39 percent since 2000. But its Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program alone has treated 1.45 million acres over the past five years and harvested 1.2 billion board feet of timber from national forests.

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Pine Beetle timber boom could soon bust

marketplace.org
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When you hear the word “boom” in the West, you usually think of the energy industry, but in the last 15 years, a timber boom has taken over. Thanks to the mountain pine beetle, a tiny ravenous bug that’s now chomped its way through over 40 million acres of forest in the U.S., forest managers have turned to the timber industry to clean up all that dead wood, leading to a surge in jobs and enterprise.  But now, the bugs have almost eaten up all the host trees. And that raises the question, what’s next for the industry? 

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Infrastructure is key to healthy, growing forests

By Betty J. Munis is director of the Idaho Forest Products Commission in Boise.
Idaho Statesman
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Today is Arbor Day. It is a chance for Idahoans to reflect on the importance of trees, forests and wood products in our everyday lives. …Last year, forest-products businesses employed 22,000 people and contributed $3.7 billion to Idaho’s economy. This doesn’t just happen. It depends on a solid industry infrastructure including everything needed to grow, harvest, process, transport and sell products made from trees. It involves highly skilled loggers, foresters, planters and haulers, productive mills and plants, high-tech equipment and well-trained employees, and a network of safe forest roads and highways, railways and barges. ……Today on Arbor Day, remember all the good things that come from trees and support the forest-products businesses that will keep it that way for future generations.

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The 4FRI dividend: Collaboration at the landscape level

AZ Daily Sun
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Enter the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, which crossed not only jurisdictional boundaries but set up a new way for the Forest Service to collaborate with stakeholders. More than 2 million acres were placed on the table, and as many as 35 different groups weighed in at various stages on the scope of the project, its goals and outcomes, how the multiple uses of the forest should be coordinated and where, and what was needed in a harvesting operation that the private sector would be willing to underwrite. Nearly five years later, the final plan for the initial 600,000 acres has been endorsed by all 35 stakeholders representing a wide range of interests.

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DNR salvage logging in lower Valley gets go-ahead from state board

Pollution control board rejects claim that heavy equipment will increase erosion
Methow Valley News
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging of trees that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire can go forward this spring and summer, now that a state board has denied an appeal to halt the salvage sale in the lower Methow Valley. The Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) found on April 14 that the environmental groups that sought the stay had not demonstrated that their argument?—?that the logging would cause erosion, deposit sediment in streams, and harm water quality and fish?—?was likely to prevail in court. Showing that a court would uphold the appeal is the standard in this type of case, according to attorney Wyatt Golding of the Washington Forest Law Center.

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100,000 trees to be planted on Modoc Forest

Herald and News
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the second straight year, 100,000 trees will be planted on Modoc National Forest lands devastated by the 2012 Barry Point Fire as part of the 10th annual Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge. The Modoc planting was selected to help restore critical water resources in the drought-ridden region that was damaged by the Barry Point Fire. The lightning-caused fire began in Oregon and crossed into far northern California. It burned nearly 93,000 acres of public and private land west of Goose Lake, including large tracts on the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Oregon and Modoc National Forest in California.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 3: An Interview With Glen Bailey

Evergreen Magazine
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Glen Bailey is a Bonner County Commissioner. Bonner County, in the Idaho Panhandle, is named for Edwin Bonner, a turn-of-the-century ferry operator on Pend Oreille Lake. Sandpoint, the county seat, was for nearly a century the epicenter of Idaho’s sprawling timber industry. Minnesota’s Humbird Lumber Company once operated the largest sawmill in the world at lake’s edge, a five-minute walk from downtown Sandpoint. Today, a large condominium complex sits on the old mill site. Its presence underscores the fact that Bonner County also has a thriving tourism industry with anchors in skiing, boating and world-class lake fishing.

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Montana Demands More Action From U.S. Forest Service

Fox Montana
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON D.C. – Montana’s congressional delegates are calling on the U.S. Forest Service, demanding more action. In a letter sent to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke are demanding answers about how the agency plans to implement the forestry provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill. When the Farm Bill passed last year, the Forest Service approved recommended areas that deserve expedited treatment for timber harvest, since however there has been no progress.

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When Will Arizona’s Public Lands Battle End?

Public News Service
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX – The battle over control of federally managed public lands in Arizona doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Following this year’s legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed two bills (HB 2176, HB 2318), which sought state control of federal lands. Ducey did sign House Bill 2658 into law, establishing a committee to examine the transfer, management and disposal of federal lands. Tom Mackin, president of the Arizona Wildlife Federation, says the Grand Canyon State can barely manage its own lands. “State parks, they’ve let them go unfunded,” he stresses. “They don’t fund Arizona’s State Land Department to adequate levels to maximize their efficiencies.”

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LePage pens Earth Day letter to Obama opposing new national park

Bangor Daily News
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Augusta, Maine — While proponents continue their efforts to set aside 150,000 acres in northern Maine for a national park and recreation area, Gov. Paul LePage voiced his opposition to the plan in a letter addressed to President Barack Obama. A company called Elliotsville Plantation Inc. wants to donate the land to the federal government, along with a $40 million endowment for management of the land. The plan is for half the land to become a national park, while the other half becomes a national recreation area. The plan would require an act of Congress, but no bill has been drafted yet… The governor cited concerns about a loss of available land for hunting, all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile use and commercial timber harvesting that would go with handing over the land to the National Park Service. 

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Amazon Deforestation: A Tenth Of Tree Lost In Past 50 Years, Drastic Impact On Climate Change

International Business Times
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new study funded by the Natural Environment Research Council has revealed that nearly a one tenth of plants and trees in the dense Amazon rain forest has been lost in the last five decades. The researchers have blamed the human activities for the eradication of the natural flora. Jean-François Exbrayat and Mathew Williams, researchers from the University of Edinburgh have revealed that the loss of trees has led to an increase in the total percentage of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The rise in the gas has further contributed to the global climate change. However, the study also revealed how the total increase in the atmospheric carbon due to Amazon deforestation is still little as compared to the increase because of the burning of fossil fuels.

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North-west Tasmanian community and scientist fight to stop Forestry Tasmania logging

Appeal to Forest Stewardship Council auditors
ABC News, Australia
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A resident action group in Tasmania’s north-west is vowing to fight Forestry Tasmania’s final decision to clearfell a neighbouring 60-year-old regrowth coupe. The Friends of Lapoinya Action Group and a prominent forest ecologist say logging will harm endangered mammals, birds and the giant freshwater crayfish. But the state-owned forestry company said the original harvest area has been almost halved to appease community concern, and significant changes have been made to protect endangered species’ habitat.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Artificial trees and nanotechnology: climate saviours?

US scientists are making progress on radical methods to capture carbon dioxide and neutralise emissions
Respond to Climate Change
April 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Two groups of US scientists are exploring new ways of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. One technology mimics the tree by using artificial photosynthesis. The other exploits a membrane that is a thousand times more efficient than any tree… So some researchers have been exploring the technology of carbon capture and storage (CCS): ways of trapping CO2 as it leaves the power station chimney or machinery exhaust and storing it for burial or reuse. Others have proposed “artificial trees” that could remove the gas from the atmosphere.

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U.K. renewable energy targets drive increased U.S. pellet exports

Biomass Magazine
April 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40 percent between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons, as the United States continues to be the largest wood pellet exporter in the world. Canada, formerly the global leader in wood pellet exports, fell behind U.S. exports in 2012. 

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Secretary Vilsack Announces Partnerships with Farmers and Ranchers to Address Climate Change

USDA Blog
April 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners understand the threats that a changing climate can have on their operations and on their bottom line. As the world warms, that warming triggers many other changes to the Earth’s climate, including an increase in extreme events. Over the last 50 years, much of the U.S. has seen increases in excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions, severe floods and droughts. These events can drastically impact the agriculture and forestry sectors… Our strategy lays the foundation for agriculture and forestry to be part of the climate change solution.

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Australian taxpayers funding climate contrarian’s methods with $4m Bjørn Lomborg centre

April 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Danish political scientist and climate change contrarian Bjørn Lomborg says the poorest countries in the world need coal and climate change just isn’t as big a problem as some people make out. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says “coal is good for humanity” and there are more pressing problems in the world than climate change, which he once described as “crap” but now says he accepts. So it’s not surprising then that the latter should furnish the former with $4 million of taxpayer funds to start an Australian arm of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre (CCC) at the University of Western Australia’s business school.

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Australian taxpayers funding climate contrarian’s methods with $4m Bjørn Lomborg centre

April 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Danish political scientist and climate change contrarian Bjørn Lomborg says the poorest countries in the world need coal and climate change just isn’t as big a problem as some people make out. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says “coal is good for humanity” and there are more pressing problems in the world than climate change, which he once described as “crap” but now says he accepts. So it’s not surprising then that the latter should furnish the former with $4 million of taxpayer funds to start an Australian arm of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre (CCC) at the University of Western Australia’s business school.

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Truckers win: court rules against Port Metro Vancouver in licence dispute

April 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Canada’s federal court has ruled in favour of Vancouver-area trucking companies who said they lost out because of an unfair licensing process conducted by the Vancouver port authority. In the ruling, judge Robert Barnes found that Port Metro Vancouver’s (PMV) method of processing applications from companies in batches, and applying a higher threshold to applications that were submitted later, made for an “evaluation model that was procedurally deficient and profoundly unfair.”

Port metro trucking license system unfair, court rules from The Vancouver Sun

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Wood fiber costs for pulp mills in the Western US have increased substantially

Wood Resources International
April 23, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Wood fiber costs for pulp mills in the Western US have increased substantially over the past year while other regions in the US have experienced only modest increases, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Pulp mills in the US South continued to have stable wood fiber prices in the 1Q/15 at levels lower than any other region in the country. The dramatic increase in chip prices in the Northwest during 2014 started to level off early in 2015, while tight fiber supply in both the Lake State region and in the Northeast resulted in upward price pressure, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review.

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