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Daily Archives: January 28, 2016

Business & Politics

Norbord Reports 2015 Results; Announces Inverness Reinvestment; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
January 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. (TSX: NBD) today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $57 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 versus $30 million in the prior quarter and $14 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full-year 2015, Norbord recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $122 million compared to $115 million in 2014 as higher shipment volumes and a number of cost improvements offset lower oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $95 million compared to $82 million in the prior year and European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $38 million versus $47 million in the prior year.

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Tembec reports financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 26, 2015

Canada Newswire press release
January 28, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended December 26, 2015, were $354 million, as compared to $332 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated a net loss of $28 million or $0.28 per share in the December 2015 quarter compared to a net loss of $62 million or $0.62 per share in the December 2014 quarter. The current quarter results include a non-cash loss of $24 million related to the translation of US dollar denominated debt. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $29 million for the three-month period ended December 26, 2015, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $20 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $36 million in the prior quarter.

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Halalt files billion dollar suits against Catalyst

by Kevin Rothbauer
Cowichan Valley Citizen
January 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper says it will “vigorously defend itself” against a pair of civil claims that were filed against the company by the Halalt First Nation last Friday. The claims relate to Catalyst’s Crofton Mill. The first alleges that Catalyst has illegally trespassed on and caused damage to the Halalt’s traditional territories and fisheries since the mill began operation in 1957. In that claim, the band is seeking $2 billion and an injunction stopping the mill from conducting operations that interfere with the Halalt’s claimed land rights. The second claim was filed by the Halalt along with business partners Sunvault Energy Inc. and Aboriginal Power Corp., and alleges that Catalyst disclosed confidential information about a proposed anaerobic digester facility in breach of a confidentiality agreement. 

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Lower lumber prices resulted in lower profits for Potlatch Corp.

The Spokesman-Review
January 26, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A strong U.S. dollar contributed to lower lumber prices, which created a challenging year for Potlatch Corp., company officials said Tuesday. Potlatch reported fourth-quarter income of $3.5 million, or 9 cents per share, on revenues of $138 million. During the fourth quarter of 2014, the company earned $21.8 million, or 53 cents per share, on revenues of $174.5 million. …“We anticipate better results in 2016, based on a belief that the recovery in the U.S. housing market will continue and that lumber prices will improve,” said Mike Covey, the company’s chairman and CEO. Potlatch is a real estate investment trust, with 1.6 million acres of timberland in Idaho, Minnesota, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The company expects to harvest 4.4 million tons of logs this year, and sell 20,000 to 25,000 acres of timberland.

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Verso reaches restructuring deal on $2.4 billion debt

Press Herald
January 27, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

As its financial crunch worsened in November, Verso Paper Corp. marketed four of its eight mills, including the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, to potential buyers before deciding instead to file for bankruptcy and restructure its $2.4 billion debt. The company’s attempt to sell the mills was disclosed in a presentation it made to lenders this month when it was seeking money to finance operations and pay bills while it works through bankruptcy proceedings. The presentation was included in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Verso said it recognized in November that it was running out of money and decided to market the Jay mill’s paper and hydro operations and also sought to sell three NewPage mills, none of which is in Maine.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood industry looking to capitalize on publicity

Journal of Commerce
January 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Speakers at the 2016 International Wood Symposium in Vancouver issued a strong call to action for wood advocates to take advantage of momentum in the industry before it fades. “We are not doing enough. We are pretty much doing nothing,” said Robert Malczyk, principal of Equilibrium Consulting Inc. in a talk to attendees. Malczyk explained that while the wood industry has lauded boundary pushing, one-off pilot projects, little has been done to break into the everyday residential and commercial construction markets. He explained that the average large residential project is wood frame and most commercial buildings utilize masonry walls and steel beams – designs he believes could be improved by using advanced wood products like cross laminated timber (CLT) or glulam.

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Unitarian church wins award

The Bend Bulletin
January 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The new meeting hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon has won national recognition in the 2016 Wood Design Awards. The congregation’s home on the western edge of Bend won the Green Building by Design award from WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. It was one of nine national awards given in different categories to projects in Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Italy and Japan. Two building projects in Portland and one in Gresham also won awards. The awards seek to honor projects and design teams that showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material, Jennifer Cover, executive director of WoodWorks, said in a news release issued Tuesday.

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A training centre for every part of the timber supply chain opens in southern Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
January 28, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A $14 million forestry transformation centre is being formally opened today at Electrona in southern Tasmania. The Australia Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Forest Value is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania and seven industry partners including Forico, the Pre Fab Lab, SFM Environmental Solutions, and Forestry Tasmania. The aim is to produce graduates that will increase the value of Tasmanian wood products. Three new postdoctoral research positions and 10 PhD projects will allow researchers and industry specialists to add value to Tasmanian timber and forests by working in every part of the supply chain.

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Forestry

Alberta’s forest management regime based on ‘best practices’

Cochrane Eagle
January 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Spray Lake Sawmills (SLS) would like to respond to the Jan. 14 letter to the editor in the Cochrane Eagle regarding the Alberta Forestry model. The assertion by Mr. MacMahon that forest management practices in Alberta are outdated is simply incorrect. Alberta’s forest management regime is based on best practices and takes into consideration the latest research pertinent to our province’s ecosystems. Any deviation from Alberta’s Operating Ground Rules must be identified up front in plans submitted to the government, which are approved only after a thorough review has been conducted to ensure environmental protection objectives are met. Alberta forest companies follow rules put in place for operating in identified wildlife zones and/or adjacent wetland areas that are included as part of the environmental review and approval process.

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Controversial Cape Breton moose cull illuminated in new documentary

Cape Breton Post
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A recent moose cull in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park generated controversy and a protest but a new documentary finds ample evidence of the damage caused by the park’s large moose population. “Moose Cull” examines all sides of the issue, from Parks Canada’s call for a pilot project to reduce the number of moose in an attempt to bring back the boreal forest to the involvement of Mi’kmaq hunters exercising their treaty rights and revisiting traditional hunting practices, to angry protestors, some not believing a cull is necessary while others simply want to be part of it. …”Moose Cull,” produced by Halifax’s Creative Atlantic and airing this Sunday on CBC TV’s “Land and Sea,” tracks the history of the moose in the park — from extinction in the early 1900s to reintroduction in the 1940s to an estimated 2,000 today — and the effect on the North Mountain ecosystem, including the birch trees that serve as habitat for other creatures.

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Editorial: Difficult spot

January 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist has put the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners into a difficult spot. While Linn County’s lawsuit against the state of Oregon promises a big payday for the state’s timber counties, it is unclear whether that ultimately would be a good or bad thing for this county or for all of Oregon. Clatsop County is the big kahuna of Oregon’s state forests. Only Tillamook County has more state forest acreage, but Clatsop’s forests produce the most revenue. The Clatsop State Forest is a major component of the county’s budget, and it feeds school districts and smaller special districts. Our county resides in the heart of the North American Temperate Rainforest. The combination of soils and climate make it God’s tree farm. As such, our timberland — public and private — will be a significant element in a carbon strategy.

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Grants awarded to help with tree mortality

Sierra Star
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Lakeshore subdivision at Bass Lake and the North Fork Biomass Disposal Facility have been awarded grants of $97,000 and $99,700, respectively, from the State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fund to assist in tree mortality. The grants are a result of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Emergency Declaration regarding Tree Mortality on Oct. 30, 2015. Many federal, state, and local agencies are identifying and coordinating resources to mitigate tree mortality hazards. Lakeshore, made up of 46 homes on 12-acres of leased PG&E land, like so many other area in the state, has experienced an unprecedented attack by pine beetles accompanied by extreme drought conditions. Suddenly, the homeowners were faced with more than 200 large Ponderosa trees that were either dead or dying, with the cost of tree removal and clean up far exceeding funds generated by annual dues from homeowners.

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Forest thinning makes strides on Observatory Mesa

AZ Daily Sun
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The forest across Observatory Mesa is looking much more open these days. That’s because this fall, the city of Flagstaff finished thinning and pile burning on nearly 700 acres on the mesa just west of downtown. The work was part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, the taxpayer-funded initiative to reduce the threat of wildfire and post-fire flooding around the city’s watersheds. The biggest project on the mesa was a 475-acre mechanical thinning zone where operators removed 60 percent to 70 percent of the trees, many of them small-diameter, to get the forest closer to its historical lower density and structure, said Paul Summerfelt, wildland fire management officer for the city of Flagstaff.

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Support forest treatment in Rattlesnake

The Missoulian
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoulian’s editorial of Jan 10 opposed restoration treatments in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. This stated opposition was partly premised on the special character of this unique place. I share their appreciation but not their conclusions. …Why do I advocate for restoration work? For the same reason that a congregation of a church or synagogue that had a roof leak and damage to the rafters would want to restore the structural integrity of the sanctuary. Renovation would no doubt temporarily diminish the usual splendor of the treasured place, but is tolerated because the restored structure would function well for decades. Restoration forestry has the similar goal: a functioning ecosystem that meets the community’s desires for the RNRA.

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Salvage logging is welcome

Baker City Herald
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We were pleased to hear the staccato rasp of chain saws echoing across the canyons east of the Dooley Mountain Highway on Monday morning. The sound of the saws was punctuated by the occasional thump of a fire-blackened tree crashing onto the snow. Barely five months ago the Cornet/Windy Ridge fire raced through these publicly owned forests of ponderosa pine and fir on the way to becoming the biggest blaze, at 104,000 acres, in the county’s history. Now, some of those tens of thousands of burned trees are being trucked to a Boise Cascade mill, where they’ll be sawed into valuable lumber. This is pretty fast work by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s Whitman Ranger District.

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Speaking as a Professional

Oregon Society of Amercian Foresters
January 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One certainty these days is that public policy will continue to shape the future of forestry. We foresters seem to take what’s served up, wishing we had more influence on the ingredients and how they are prepared. We need to assert more leadership in providing forestry knowledge to citizens and decisionmakers. However, information delivery is not enough; we need to be involved in the process of policy as well as its content. Technical information and good science will not prevail on their own. We don’t have to push a particular option to be effective. We can use our skills and enthusiasm to present a perspective, a process, or the issue itself. Our technical skills and science are important, but we must interpret them to the public and decisionmakers. If we don’t do a good job of providing “knowledge services,” citizens and decisionmakers will develop judgments without us, and perhaps without the necessary technical or scientific information. Here are some tips for making the most of our communication efforts.

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Oregon forests get $700K+ in grants as restoration efforts take hold

Portland Business Journal
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest collaboratives in Oregon are set to receive upwards of $700,000 for federal forest restoration projects this year. The grants, given to boost forestry planning group staff and resources, are provided by a partnership between the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Earlier this month, forest collaboratives in Central Oregon, Hood River County, the Oregon Coast, Wasco County and the Western Cascades received more than $200,000 to clear standing dead trees and improve forest habitat. Those groups include timber industry workers, environmentalists, county commissioners, small business owners and others that develop forest use recommendations. The Oregon forestry department expects to give out another $500,000 in similar grants in two rounds in April and June.

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Georgia Tech report: Trees make money for state

Coastal Courier
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Employees working in forestry earned more in wages and salaries in 2014 than people in any other Georgia manufacturing industry, according to a report issued by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Georgia’s forest industry ranked first in the state for compensation, with workers earning $3.03 billion, an increase of 3 percent from the previous year. The report said the forestry industry supported 48,740 jobs, ranking third among manufacturing sectors, behind the food processing and textile industries. That is a 1.2 percent increase from 2013, with the pulp and paper industry continuing to dominate all sectors within the industry. It was the fourth consecutive year of positive job growth.

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U.S. Representative Gwen Graham visits Madison

Greene Publishing
January 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On the second day of her tour, Graham visited Murphy Citrus Nursery in Taylor County and then headed Madison County on Wednesday, Jan. 20. During her time in Madison, Graham traveled to Gary Mills’ tree farm and Greene Timber Farm. Many members of the Florida Forestry Department, the Madison County Farm Bureau and Florida Forestry Association also attended this tour. While at Greene Timber Farm, Graham learned about the forestry industry and, after enjoying lunch, she opened up the floor for those who attended to express any concerns within the forestry industry. “Getting information from people firsthand will help us make better decisions,” said Graham. After her tour in Madison, Graham moved on into Jefferson County to tour Waukeenah Fertilizer & Farm Supply.

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Domtar to celebrate 100 years

Bristol Herald Courier
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Domtar Corporation’s Kingsport mill is celebrating its 100th year of operation in 2016. The Kingsport mill was a key proponent of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Kingsport Higher Education Center. In addition, the company has contributed more than $5 million to the community in the form of land, financial donations and labor for numerous recreational and social efforts. As part of its centennial celebration, Domtar’s Kingsport mill will hold a number of special events and philanthropic efforts. The mill is kicked off its year-long commemoration by donating 5000 pounds of copy paper to The United Way of Greater Kingsport and 30 of its member agencies. Additional activities and events will be announced throughout the year.

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Florida Forest Service shares importance of prescribed fires

WJHG-TV
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

POINT WASHINGTON, Fla. – The Florida Forest Service (FFS) carried out a 10 acre prescribed burn Tuesday inside Point Washington State Forest, which is a pretty routine practice. Before getting started, Foresters look at the weather carefully and they check conditions often during the blaze. Communication is a top priority. Techniques they use include making a fire that goes against the wind, laying down strips, flanking (allowing the fire to pull outward with less intensity), and spot firing. “We go into these smaller pines and do what’s called spot firing,” Wayne Rushing, the Senior Forest Ranger at Point Washington State Forest, said. “They’ll go up through a gridlock pattern. [You have] little dabs of fire.

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Waving goodbye to a piece of Americana – the lumberjack

Associated Press in the Montreal Gazette
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GREENSBORO, Vt. – In the snowy woods of northern New England and other forested parts of the country, the lumberjack is an endangered species. As high-tech machinery replaces chain saws, which themselves replaced the axe, a generations-old way of life is disappearing, one that historically saw fathers pass on to their sons their love and knowledge of the woods and the independence that came from working for oneself. Ken Davis feels this keenly as he reaches retirement age after a half-century career with no one to pass the torch to. Davis once employed 19 people full-time to cut the wood, haul it and then truck it, sometimes to his log yard, other times directly to the now-disappearing mills across Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and upstate New York that would turn it into lumber or process it into paper.

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Logging suspended in Victoria’s east after reported discovery of rare ‘clumsy possums’

ABC News, Australia
January 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Victoria’s logging agency has halted the practice on the Errinundra Plateau in East Gippsland after the discovery of a colony of rare greater gliders. The Goongerah Environment Centre conducted a night time citizen survey on Monday and found 15 of the rare possums in two areas earmarked for logging.The greater glider has large furry ears, is capable of gliding up to 100 metres and is known as the “clumsy possum” because of its awkward gait on land. Ed Hill from the Goongerah Environment Centre said a pre-logging survey should have been completed to check for the species. “If our survey work was not taken, the [area] would have been logged and all of those greater gliders that we did detect would most likely be dead this week,” he said.

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Belo Monte: Burning Legal Timber Stokes the Fires of Brazil’s Illegal Lumber Market

Upside Down World
January 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

… The ground, covered by a thin layer of white powder, is still hot. There are no trees standing. All that is visible are tree trunks transformed into coal and piles of dry branches. The wind stirs still-burning embers. In the center of the island, surrounded by the marks of the fire, lays a dead alligator. …The burning was authorized by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), but it has been criticized by environmentalists, local residents, and public authorities. “The smoke harms the environment, and for this reason [burning] is prohibited by law,” says Luiz Alberto Araújo, municipal secretary of the environment in Altamira, one of the municipalities where the plant is located. “Small farmers can’t [set fires], but IBAMA gives the plant authorization. It’s a double standard.”

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Tasmanian fires: Crews back-burn in north-west as rain fails to help

ABC News, Australia
January 28, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Heavy rain that has fallen in Tasmania’s far north-west has failed to reach fire grounds. An emergency warning which was in place for Temma has now been downgraded to advice status. The coastline between Temma and Sandy Cape has a watch and act alert in place while Arthur River and Nelson Bay are also at advice level. Crews are back-burning near Arthur River as a bushfire continues to burn out of control. The blaze was burning about five kilometres away from the small shack community. On Wednesday, some shack owners and firefighters were forced to take refuge on a beach as the fire closed in. Rain forecast for the area, as well as other bushfire-affected parts of Tasmania, has fallen but authorities warn it will not be enough to extinguish the blazes.

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General

Editorial: Difficult spot

January 28, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist has put the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners into a difficult spot. While Linn County’s lawsuit against the state of Oregon promises a big payday for the state’s timber counties, it is unclear whether that ultimately would be a good or bad thing for this county or for all of Oregon. Clatsop County is the big kahuna of Oregon’s state forests. Only Tillamook County has more state forest acreage, but Clatsop’s forests produce the most revenue. The Clatsop State Forest is a major component of the county’s budget, and it feeds school districts and smaller special districts. Our county resides in the heart of the North American Temperate Rainforest. The combination of soils and climate make it God’s tree farm. As such, our timberland — public and private — will be a significant element in a carbon strategy.

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