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"Sino-Forest Confirms Probe by Canadian Police Amid Allegations of Fraud"

Nov. 11, 2011; Bloomberg: TORONTO -- "Sino-Forest Corp. (TRE), the Chinese timber company whose shares were suspended in Toronto in August amid allegations of fraud, confirmed that it’s being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The company is cooperating with probes by the Ontario Securities Commission and the RCMP, Mississauga, Ontario- and Hong Kong-based Sino-Forest said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

Sino-Forest shares fell 74 percent since June 1, the day before short seller Carson Block’s Muddy Waters LLC research firm published a report that said the company was overstating its assets. The stock’s plunge cost investors including hedge fund firm Paulson & Co. at least C$3.3 billion ($3.25 billion).

Officers and directors at Sino-Forest may have engaged in acts 'related to its securities' that they 'knew or should have known' perpetuated a fraud, the OSC said Aug. 26. The shares were halted by the OSC that day. The company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Allen Chan resigned two days later." Read more... . external_link

"Taan Forest Achieves FSC Certification on Haida Gwaii"

Nov. 09, 2011; Media Release - The Rainforest Alliance: "NEW YORK -- The Rainforest Alliance today announced that Taan Forest, owned by the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo) of Haida Gwaii, in British Columbia, has successfully achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, becoming the first forest in British Columbia to meet FSC standards since 2009. Haida Gwaii is an archipelago of 200 islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia renowned for both its cultural importance and unique biodiversity.

'This investment by the Haida people in achieving FSC Certification is a big step forward for Taan Forest,' said Bob Brash, president of Taan Forest. 'The Haida Nation’s special relationship with their forests and environment is well known. We are extremely pleased that stringent independent audits under the world’s preeminent FSC standards confirmed as such.'

Taan Forest completed a series of assessments and reports over the last year led by the Rainforest Alliance. Taan is the group manager of the FSC certificate that includes Tree Farm Licence 60 and the Haida and British Columbia Timber Sales Forest Licenses within Timber Supply Area 25 on Moresby and Graham Islands, representing 884,884 acres (358,100 hectares).

'Taan Forest was able to achieve FSC certification in just 11 months, illustrating its strong commitment to adopting the highest social and environmental standards,' said Krista West, forest management coordinator at the Rainforest Alliance. 'This achievement sets a shining example to the forestry community in BC and Canada, demonstrating that FSC certification is within practical reach.'" Read more... . external_link

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"Biofibre Seen As Forestry Opportunity In Canada"

Feb. 10, 2011; Daily Commercial News: "MONTREAL -- Canada has a prime opportunity to gain a competitive global advantage and tap into what is potentially a $200-billion market for bioproducts made from wood fibre, says an industry-financed study.

The best way to harness the benefits of Canada’s vast forests and sustain thousands of jobs is by integrating new technologies with existing forest production, says the report sponsored by the Forest Products Association of Canada and FPInnovations.

'Combining the old and the new is the way forward for the next generation forest industry,' the study says." Read more... . external_link

"Chinese Company Purchases Neucel"

Feb. 10, 2011; North Island Gazette: "PORT ALICE -- A Chinese textile company celebrated Chinese New Year with a new acquisition: the Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill.

Fulida Group Holdings Ltd (Fulida) has purchased Neucel from a consortium of investors led by Wellspring Capital Management. Fulida, together with Zhejiang Fulida Ltd, which had established a minority equity position in 2010, is now assuming full ownership of the company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Employees at Neucel were told the news Feb. 3. Current management, led by President and CEO Bob Taylor, is expected to continue the day-to-day operations of the mill." Read more... . external_link

"TimberWest To Log Large Tracts On Vancouver Island Bought From Western Forest Products: $21.9 Million Paid For Island Land"

Feb. 10, 2011; The Vancouver Sun: "TimberWest is planning to log, not develop, large tracts of forest on the southwest corner of Vancouver Island, bought from Western Forest Products Wednesday.

'It is certainly highly productive forest land,' said TimberWest spokeswoman Sue Handel.

'It's a good age class and species mix and a great complement to our existing private-managed forest lands, so we don't have plans to manage it for real estate,' she said." Read more... . external_link

"Company Ponders Sawmill"

Feb. 08, 2011; Terrace Standard: "A northwest company is looking at adding a piece of economic stability to help revive a decade-long stuttering forestry industry.

'We’re looking at a sawmill project for Terrace,' said Coast Tsimshian Resources’ CEO Wayne Drury last week. 'Sawmilling is a logical phase in the evolution of our business, which will add value to the harvested resource and add employment to the northwest region,' he explained.

A thriving business of exporting whole logs to China has resulted in Coast Tsimshian being able to advance on plans to cut lumber products from northwestern B.C. hemlock." Read more... . external_link

"Forestry Firm Unveils Conservation Values Report"

Feb. 08, 2011; Cochrane Eagle: "A Cochrane-based forestry company has launched a public consultation process as part of its bid to obtain certification from a reputable, worldwide organization.

About 40 members of the public attended the first open house in Bragg Creek Feb. 3, where representatives of Spray Lake Sawmills (SLS) and biologist consultant John Kansas presented an assessment conducted to find out whether threatened species or ecosystems are present in the forest management area.

Kansas’ assessment determined that some of those high conservation values include species such as bull trout and grizzly bears. The assessment will be included in a draft that will be posted on the company’s website, said forestry manager Al Kulcsar. Kansas said he selected the Highwood area, which is recognized nationally, as a high conservation forestry area." Read more... . external_link

"Union Workers Approve Plan For Canfor-Vavenby"

Feb. 07, 2011; Clearwater Times: "A meeting of unionized Canfor-Vavenby workers on Sunday overwhelmingly endorsed arrangements with the company designed to the local sawmill operation.

'The membership showed up in force and ratified the propose changes,' said Marty Gibbons, president of Steelworkers Local 1-417. 'With this done we have been told that a proposal to invest more than $24 million in the Vavenby operation would be put before the Canfor board this week.'

Gibbons said that if the construction goes well Vavenby could be running on one shift by August and with a second shift starting three months after that." Read more... . external_link

"Insider Holdings Grow At Interfor"

Jan. 21, 2011; The Globe and Mail: "We are seeing more insider accumulation in the west coast forestry industry. Late last year we wrote about buying at Canfor Corp.

Today we take a look at rival International Forest Products Ltd. (IFP.A-T6.100.081.33%).

Over the past three months, six insiders at the firm have acquired 162,300 shares through option exercises at a price of $3.65 (not shown on chart). There have been no reported subsequent sales." Read more... . external_link

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"U.S. Wins Lumber Case Against Canada"

Jan. 21, 2011; The Vancouver Sun: "OTTAWA -- An international arbitration panel ruled Friday that two Canadian provinces have breached the terms of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement with the United States.

The London Court of International Arbitration set a financial penalty of $59.4 million US that Canada will have to pay if it doesn't resolve the dispute.

'The tribunal agreed that a number of provincial assistance programs put into place by Quebec and Ontario circumvent the Softwood Lumber Agreement and breach the deal struck by the United States and Canada in 2006,' said U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk in a statement on Friday. 'This result is important for U.S. workers, firms and our softwood lumber industry. We look forward to Canada working quickly to implement the decision of the tribunal.'" Read more... . external_link

"Bankruptcy Canada Documents Show Deep Debt Of Two Local Mills"

Jan. 20, 2011; Thunder Bay NewsWatch: "Records produced by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada show two Buchanan-owned mills in Thunder Bay are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars.

The documents, acquired by Dougall Media, show that Great West Timber lists debts of $31 million and assets of just $8 million.

Northern Hardwood owes $33.7 million and lists assets of $6 million." Read more... . external_link

"Permanent Clearcuts: Development Culprit"

Jan. 20, 2011; The Chronicle-Herald: "LETTERS -- It has been interesting to follow the ongoing controversy of clearcut harvesting in Nova Scotia. Over the past year, a number of articles have been published in local media which depict the overuse of clearcutting and the bold new strategy of the provincial government to limit commercial clearcutting by 50 per cent over the next five years.

Historically, forestry practitioners have relied too heavily on the clearcut method, and this has had negative impacts on the natural characteristics of our native Acadian forest. Nonetheless, clearcutting is a legitimate silvicultural system and, under specific conditions, is an appropriate management option.

My concern, however, is not necessarily the overuse of clearcutting for forestry purposes, but rather the current rate at which forest land is being fragmented and deforested for residential and commercial development — that is, 'permanent clearcuts.'" Read more... . external_link

"British Columbia Band Reaps Benefits From Wholly Owned Forest Products Firm - First Nation Succeeds With Project That Many Thought Was Destined To Fail"

Dec. 20, 2010; The Vancouver Sun: "METRO VANCOUVER -- Almost 1,000 people filed into the community centre in the isolated coastal first nations village of Lax Kw’alaams last Thursday to pick up the first dividend cheques to be issued by their own wholly owned forest company, Coast Tsimshian Resources.

There were a lot of happy faces, Chief Counsellor Garry Reese said of the occasion. Reese is also chairman of Coast Tsimshian and was on hand for the historic day. The company handed out almost $100,000 in dividend payments.

'We are paying out $100 a member, and that’s for every man, woman and child,' Reese said in a telephone interview from the Lax Kw’alaams band office. 'I think our people are quite pleased'." Read more... . external_link

"Cutting Permit Worries Activists"

Dec. 20, 2010; Canada.com: "Environmental groups worry a cutting permit for a highly-sensitive Nanoose Bay forest could be approved in time for Christmas.

Environmental protestors and community governments have supported the ongoing fight to block logging by the Snaw-naw-as First Nation on District Lot 33.

DL 33, a rare mixture of old-growth forest home to a variety of wild and plant life, is within the boundaries of the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO biosphere reserve, one of only two such zones on Vancouver Island." Read more... . external_link

"Government of Canada Invests in Alberta's Forest Industry"

Dec. 20, 2010; Marketwire: "GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA -- The Government of Canada has announced an investment in Weyerhaeuser Company Limited to help it become more productive, competitive and sustainable. The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State for Transport, and Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, announced today that Weyerhaeuser's Grande Prairie mill will receive over $32 million from the federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.

'At a time when the global economy is still fragile, clean energy projects are helping to drive the transformation of Canada's forest sector toward a more secure future,' said Minister Merrifield. 'Challenging market conditions have pushed this industry to seek out new partnerships and explore the broad range of products wood can yield. Through strategic investments, our Government is helping create the conditions for success today and beyond'.

Weyerhaeuser is investing its credits in a new turbine generator so its Grande Prairie pulp mill can better meet its own energy needs and sell excess electricity to the grid. As a result, approximately 2,800 homes in regions that need electricity will have access to carbon-neutral power." Read more... . external_link

"Local Forestry Jobs Are So Far Secure After Reorganization"

Dec. 20, 2010; The Daily Townsman: "Despite the fact that the Ministry of Forests and Range is no longer a stand-alone ministry after a massive government reorganization in October, there have been no forestry layoffs in Cranbrook associated with the reorganization, says the new Minister of Natural Resources Operations.

Kelowna - Mission MLA Steve Thomson was appointed Minister of Natural Resources Operations on Oct. 25, 2010 at the same time as the former Ministry of Forests and Range became part of the new ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands.

In a phone interview with the Daily Townsman Dec. 15, Thomson was asked if the reorganization resulted in any government forestry jobs being lost in Cranbrook." Read more... . external_link

"West Fraser Increases Capital Spending Plan To $230 Million In 2011"

Dec. 20, 2010; Canadian Business: "VANCOUVER -- West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd (TSX:WFT) has approved a $230-million capital program for 2011, by far the company's biggest budget for long-term improvements in recent years.

Most of the money will be spent on solid wood operations, the Vancouver-based forestry company said Monday.

In addition, West Fraser plans $88.5 million in improvements to its Canadian pulp mills to be funded through a federal government program." Read more... . external_link

"Western Forest Companies Report Positive Earnings"

Dec. 20, 2010; Clearwater Times: "For the first time since the second quarter of 2000, nine of the largest Western Canadian-based forest industry companies posted positive earnings in the third quarter of 2010, according to a recent report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The report states that the aggregate net earnings of $179 million for the nine companies during the quarter were an improvement from losses totaling $201 million in the same quarter of 2009.

Earnings for the quarter were: Mercer, $62 million, West Fraser, $45 million; Canfor, $34 million; Ainsworth, $10 million; Millar Western, $8 million; Western, $7 million; Catalyst, $6 million; Timberwest, $5 million; and Interfor, $2 million." Read more... . external_link

"iLevel Continues To Face Serious Market Based Challenges"

Dec. 19, 2010; Lake Of The Woods Enterprise: "Faced with tough markets, layoffs and cost-cutting measures, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Howard Hampton said the Kenora iLevel plant had other concerns. He said last week that the operation was for sale, but the parent company Weyerhaeuser was having a difficult time.

'There's no buyers. Not with the world the way it is,' he said.

Meanwhile, company spokesman Wayne Roznowsky said a holiday shutdown at the mill was planned well in advance. However, he did acknowledge the company was continuing to struggle with a soft American housing market." Read more... . external_link

"Whitedog Members Protest Logging On Reserve Land - Community Members Prevent The Removal Of Wood Harvested Last Summer"

Dec. 19, 2010; Lake Of The Woods Enterprise: "Less than two months after a partnership was signed to help bring peace to the Kenora Forest, Wabaseemoong residents posted 'No Trespassing' signs at their reserve line. The actions came Wednesday, as community members moved to prevent the removal of wood harvested last summer.

'As best as we can determine to this point, the cut block was laid out accurately according to the maps that the contractor has (and that Weyerhaeuser has),' said Weyerhaeuser spokesman Wayne Roznowsky.

'We understand there will be further investigation to see where a discrepancy in information might exist,' he added." Read more... . external_link

"Activists Line Up 'Avatar' Hikes"

Dec. 18, 2010; Times Colonist: "Anyone yearning for a walk on the wild side will have an opportunity to take a hike in Avatar Grove, near Port Renfrew, next year.

The 50 hectares of old-growth forest -- dubbed Avatar Grove, after the movie, by members of the Ancient Forest Alliance -- can be difficult to find.

So, in the hope of increasing public interest in saving the area from logging, the group is planning monthly public hikes to the grove, starting in January." Read more... . external_link

"Beaten-down Forest Sector Starts To Sprout"

Dec. 17, 2010; The Globe and Mail: "If a tree falling in an empty forest doesn't make a sound, what about a tree stock going up in a crowded stock market?

To find out, look at Tembec Inc. (TMB-T3.700.041.09%) which has shot up by nearly 300 per cent in the past year, but still barely registers on most investors' minds.

Look, too, at AbitibiBowater Inc. (ABH-T22.580.411.85%), which is pre-trading in Toronto and New York as it awaits its exit from restructuring jail. (Pre-trading means the new shares haven't been issued yet but they can be traded in advance of the issuance.) The posted price is higher than many analysts predicted." Read more... . external_link

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"Cathay Forest Provides First Default Status Report"

Dec. 16, 2010; Marketwire: "TORONTO, Ontario -- Cathay Forest Products Corp. ("Cathay Forest" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CFZ) provides this bi-weekly Default Status Report in accordance with National Policy 12-203 – Cease Trade Order for Continuous Disclosure Defaults ("NP 12-203"). On December 1, 2010 the Company announced that it was not able to timely file its interim financial statements and accompanying management's discussion and analysis and related CEO and CFO certifications for the period ended September 30, 2010 (collectively, the "Third Quarter Financial Statements").

In accordance with NP 12-203, and as previously announced, the Company applied to the applicable securities commissions for Management Cease Trade Orders related to the common shares of Cathay Forest to be imposed against certain of the Company's executive officers (and at the discretion of the applicable securities commissions, some or all of the directors, officers or insiders of the Company) instead of a general Cease Trade Order being imposed against all common shares of the Company. On December 8, 2010, the Ontario Securities Commission issued a temporary management cease trade order expiring on December 23, 2010 related to the Company's common shares against certain executive officers of the Company for so long as the 2010 Third Quarter Financial Statements are not filed. The issuance of such Management Cease Trade Orders does not generally affect the ability of persons who have not been directors, officers or insiders of the Company to trade the common shares of the Company. A general Cease Trade Order may be imposed by the applicable securities commissions if the Company fails to satisfy the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines required pursuant to NP 12-203 (the "Alternative Information Guidelines").

Cathay Forest is working with its auditors to complete the review of the 2010 Third Quarter Financial Statements as soon as possible. Until the 2010 Third Quarter Financial Statements are filed, the Company intends to satisfy the Alternative Information Guidelines by issuing bi-weekly Default Status Reports, each of which will be issued in the form of a press release. If the 2010 Third Quarter Financial Statements are not filed beforehand, the Company intends to issue its next Default Status Report on December 30, 2010." Read more... . external_link

"Montreal's Domtar Leaves Lumber Behind: Sells Remaining Stake In Eacom Timber Corp."

Dec. 16, 2010; Montreal Gazette: "Montreal-based Domtar Corp., North America's leading manufacturer of business papers and specialty pulps, has finally exited the lumber business.

It has sold its remaining 11.74-per-cent ownership stake in Eacom Timber Corp. for 51 cents a share, or a total of $24 million.

Last June, Eacom, a new company set up by Rick Doman, son of British Columbia lumber baron Herb Doman, acquired Domtar's sawmills in the east for $80 million, plus working capital. Domtar kept a small minority interest." Read more... . external_link

"Protest Over Cutting At Whitedog"

Dec. 16, 2010; Kenora Daily Miner & News: "Partners involved in the wood harvest at Wabaseemoong First Nation are sorting things out following a protest Wednesday.

During the day, community members posted signs at their boundary for their reserve land, in an effort to block further logging.

'As best as we can determine to this point, the cut block was laid out accurately according to the maps that the contractor has (and that Weyerhaeuser has),' said Weyerhaeuser spokesman Wayne Roznowsky." Read more... . external_link

"Demarketing Alberta: In The Guise Of Environmentalism, United States Foundations Are Spending Millions To Stop Oil Tankers Along The British Columbia Coast"

Dec. 15, 2010; The Financial Post: "FP COMMENT – Last week, Michael Ignatieff and 142 other Members of Parliament voted in favour of a motion to ban oil tanker traffic on the north coast of British Columbia. This week, Liberal MP Joyce Murray from Vancouver Quadra introduced Bill C-606 to put that motion into law by amending the Canada Shipping Act to prohibit oil tanker traffic on the north and central coast of British Columbia.

Ms. Murray and every single one of those MPs played right into the hands of the U.S. foundations seeking to block oil tanker traffic. Whether intentional or not, these actions will also stop oil exports to Asia. On the surface, this is about oil, Canada’s single most important export. More important, this is about the sovereignty of our country, which should be decided by Canadians, not foreign-funded campaigns.

The charge to pressure MPs to vote for a tanker ban was led by the Dogwood Initiative. In 2009, a U.S. foundation paid $30,000 to the U.S. Tides Foundation to fund the Dogwood Initiative “to expand an outreach campaign to mobilize urban voters for a federal ban on coastal tankers.” Another U.S. foundation paid the Dogwood Initiative “to help grow public opposition to counter the Enbridge pipeline construction …”." Read more... . external_link

"Asian Forest Exports Match United States Sales"

Dec. 14, 2010; Invermere Valley Echo: "VICTORIA – Surging forest products sales to Asia have for the first time nearly equalled sales to the United States, where the housing market continues to decline.

Forests Minister Pat Bell released September statistics for the industry Thursday, showing that total lumber, pulp, paper, plywood and other manufactured wood product sales to China and Japan reached 40 per cent of British Columbia’s output.

Sales to the United States, where historically the vast majority of British Columbia products have gone, are at 42.2 per cent. United States sales are expected to reach six billion board feet this year, about the same as the last two years and far below historic highs." Read more... . external_link

"Good Marks For Pacific Inland Resources: Forest Practices Audit Is Positive"

Dec. 14, 2010; CFTK TV: "Pacific Inland Resources has received good marks again from B.C.'s Forest Practices Board for its operations in the Bulkley Valley.

The provincial forestry watchdog audited 27 cutblocks covering almost 800 hectares, plus more than 1,200 kilometres of road, in its latest audit and it found planning and practices met all legislative requirements.

Pacific Inland Resources is a division of West Fraser Mills." Read more... . external_link

"Positive Outlook For Forest Industry: Canadian Lumber Exports To Asia Continue To Increase"

Dec. 14, 2010; Burns Lake Lakes District News: "According to Pat Bell, forests, mines and lands minister, the forest industry is back and it will continue to grow well into the 21 century.

Bell made the announcement last week after releasing the most intensive and thorough report ever produced on the state of B.C.'s forests.

'The report suggests sound laws and policies, including public reporting by an independent forest practices board, are supporting sustainable forest management in British Columbia,' Bell said." Read more... . external_link

"Western Extends Its Credit Facilities"

Dec. 14, 2010; Marketwire: "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) ("Western" or "the Company") announced today that it has finalized agreements to amend both its term loan and revolving credit line facilities.

Under the terms of the amended term loan agreement, the maturity dates of Western's $75 million revolving term loan and $32 million non-revolving term loan have been extended to June 14, 2013 and December 14, 2012, respectively. In addition to the extended maturities, pricing for the term loans has significantly improved.

Under the terms of the amended revolving credit line agreement, the new maturity date has been extended to December 14, 2015 and overall availability has also improved." Read more... . external_link

"Canada's Caribou Crisis Calls For Collaboration"

Dec. 13, 2010; Times &Transcript: "It isn't every day that an international science summit brings together traditional Aboriginal knowledge and Western science. However, threats to a unique species call for a unique approach.

The issue in this case is the staggering decline of North America's caribou populations. Hundreds of scientists, wildlife managers, and Aboriginal leaders from across Canada and as far away as Greenland, Russia, and Norway recently met for four days in Winnipeg to discuss the problem.

Biologists estimate that global caribou populations are less than half of what they were 50 years ago. Canada is no exception. A 2009 federal study by a blue-ribbon panel of caribou biologists found that 29 of the 57 remaining herds of boreal caribou in Canada are not self-sustaining, and in some places, like northeastern British Columbia, are on the verge of collapse. The scientific evidence points to two leading factors: expanding industry in the caribou's boreal forest home - including forestry, mining, and oil and gas development - and climate change, which is putting caribou populations under enormous additional strain." Read more... . external_link

"Southern Albertans Speak Out Against Logging Plan"

Dec. 12, 2010; CTV Calgary: "A public forum was held in Pincher Creek last week for area residents to voice their concerns about the province's plan to increase logging in the Castle Wilderness region.

The 20-year C-5 Forest Management Plan has been in the works since 2006. Alberta Sustainable Resource Minister, Mel Knight, approved the plan in July, but the plan isn't sitting well with many people in the area.

"I think people are really getting fed up with seeing our public lands used as a resources base for industry," said James Tweedie with Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition." Read more... . external_link

"David Paterson steps down at AbitibiBowater: 'Right man at the right time'. Richard Garneau takes over newsprint firm Jan. 1; will try to lead company into new product areas"

Dec. 11, 2010; Montreal Gazette: "The refloated newsprint giant AbitibiBowater Inc. will soon have a new hand at the helm.

Richard Garneau, a newcomer to the company's board and the former head of Catalyst Paper Corp., takes over from David Paterson on Jan. 1 as CEO of one of the world's largest newsprint producers.

The announcement was made yesterday, one day after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection, an arduous process launched in April 2009 in Canada and the U.S." Read more... . external_link

"Juniper Sawmill Closes Permanently"

Dec. 09, 2010; Farm Focus of Atlantic Canada: "Twin Rivers Paper Co. in Juniper, New Brunswick closed its doors permanently Dec. 1 putting 70 people out of work.

The sawmill that at one time employed over 200 people had operated sporadically since it temporary shutdown in 2009.

’I think it's just another example of what's happening in the industry as a whole,’” Carleton-Victoria Forest Products Marketing Board Tim Fox told CBC News Dec. 2. ”’That's a lumber mill and we all know what the housing start affect in the United States has done to those mills.’" Read more... . external_link

"Paper Maker Emerges From Bankruptcy"

Dec. 09, 2010; The New York Times: "OTTAWA - AbitibiBowater, the large newsprint maker formed through a merger three years ago, announced it had emerged from bankruptcy protection on Thursday.

Debt and declining newsprint demand in North America led the company to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, as well as similar protection under Canadian receivership laws, in April 2009.

The restructuring cut the $8.78 billion in debt to just over $1 billion, mainly by having creditors exchange their claims for equity. But the company must still grapple with the continued decline in newsprint demand caused by falling newspaper circulation and cost-cutting measures like slimmer newspapers. North American newsprint shipments have fallen by just over half since 2001." Read more... . external_link

"Canada’s Caribou Crisis Calls For Collaboration"

Dec. 08, 2010; Canoe News: "It isn’t every day that an international science summit brings together traditional Aboriginal knowledge and Western science. However, threats to a unique species call for a unique approach.

The issue in this case is the staggering decline of North America’s caribou populations. Hundreds of scientists, wildlife managers, and Aboriginal leaders from across Canada and as far away as Greenland, Russia, and Norway recently met for four days in Winnipeg to discuss the problem.

Biologists estimate that global caribou populations are less than half of what they were 50 years ago. Canada is no exception. A 2009 federal study by a blue-ribbon panel of caribou biologists found that 29 of the 57 remaining herds of boreal caribou in Canada are not self-sustaining, and in some places, like northeastern British Columbia, are on the verge of collapse. The scientific evidence points to two leading factors: expanding industry in the caribou’s boreal forest home – including forestry, mining, and oil and gas development – and climate change, which is putting caribou populations under enormous additional strain." Read more... . external_link

"Forest Products CEOs Discuss Industry Future With Minister Flaherty"

Dec. 08, 2010; Canada NewsWire: "OTTAWA, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - Thirteen CEOs from companies belonging to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) held a pre-budget meeting with the Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, yesterday in Ottawa. The meeting provided an informal opportunity for industry leaders and the Minister to discuss the Government's priorities for the economy and for the CEOs to provide the Minister with a vision for the forestry products industry as it emerges from the recent recession and continues to transform itself into a green and innovative player in the bio-economy.

During the meeting, industry CEOs commended the Minister and the government for the Economic Action Plan and sound management of the economy during the recent economic downturn which have put Canada and the industry in a position of strength. "Unlike many other countries, Canada is now able to build from a position of strength," says Avrim Lazar, the President and CEO of FPAC. "Looking ahead, the industry supports the Government's commitment to developing a strategic long term economic plan for the country that includes sound fiscal management and the business tax reductions announced in 2007, which are an important part of the industry's recovery plan for the period ahead."

The forest products industry CEOs and the Minister Flaherty also agreed that Canada's forest products industry and the 240,000 direct jobs it supports across the country face a positive future. In this context, the CEOs and the Minister were also able to discuss past and future Government initiatives and partnerships which will help accelerate the industry's transformation to a next-generation forest products industry, one capable of attracting private investment and delivering sustained economic, social and environmental benefits." Read more... . external_link

"MLA Barnett Points To Resources For Fiscal Recovery In British Columbia"

Dec. 07, 2010; 100 Mile House Free Press: "The province’s second quarterly report recently revealed British Columbia remains on target to meet its budgeted deficit, and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett says it also shows the recession is not over.

“Fortunately, we are amongst the leaders in Canada. The deficit is $1.7 billion, and basically it’s on track to what the projection was in the last budget.”

Hopefully with private sector growth and investment growth B.C. can receive more revenue from resource-based industry, such as mines, or if it picks up again, forestry, she adds." Read more... . external_link

"Trust Not Always A Good Thing: Citizen Groups Acting As Consultants To Industry Would Do Well To Hold Onto A Little Healthy Mistrust To Keep Debate And Critical Thinking Alive, Says A University Of Alberta Researcher"

Dec. 07, 2010; PhysOrg.com: "After studying public advisory committees in the forestry sector, professor John Parkins concluded that in some cases, high levels of trust led to familiarity and apathy on the part of citizens entrusted with representing the public’s interests.

Parkins, a researcher in the Department of Rural Economy at the U of A, hopes his findings will give businesses and industry a fresh understanding of what makes citizen committees effective.

“Meaningful public engagement involves more than bringing like-minded people together for regular meetings. It is also important to understand how ‘group think’ emerges within these groups over time." Read more... . external_link

"Western Canadian Forestry Sector Back In Black Due To Robust Asian Market"

Dec. 07, 2010; The Vancouver Sun: "VANCOUVER - Western Canada's forestry industry can thank Asian demand for a bounce back in the lumber and pulp markets that pushed all of its top companies back into the black in the same quarter time since 2000, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The top eight Western companies posted agregate third-quarter earnings of $179 million, compared with losses of $201 million, PwC reported in its third-quarter earnings summary.

“Canadian forest and paper producers recorded strong results and a solid performance for the third quarter of 2010 amid ongoing market uncertainty,” PwC said in the report." Read more... . external_link

"Conifex Timber Inc. Appoints Chief Operating Officer"

Dec. 06, 2010; Marketwire: "Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CFF) ("Conifex") announced today the appointment of Kevin Horsnell as its Chief Operating Officer ("COO"). Mr. Horsnell is a Forestry Graduate from the University of British Columbia and obtained his MBA from Royal Roads University. Mr. Horsnell is also a Registered Professional Forester. His extensive industry experience includes the management of all aspects of woodlands and manufacturing operations at a large interior BC sawmill complex.

Mr. Horsnell's key responsibilities in his new role at Conifex will be the oversight and continued development of its forestry, manufacturing, and marketing operations at Fort St. James and Mackenzie. Conifex recently restarted the Site II sawmill at Mackenzie on a one-shift basis and is planning to add a second shift at its Fort St. James facility during the first quarter of 2011." Read more... . external_link

"Green Groups Blast Plan To Log Old-growth Forest On Flores Island"

Dec. 06, 2010; Westerly News: "An aboriginal logging company is betraying an agreement that brought peace to Clayoquot Sound by planning to log old-growth forests on eastern Flores Island, environmental groups charge.

Joe Foy, campaign director for the Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC), said a memo of understanding in 1999 agreed that pristine areas of Clayoquot Sound would be protected and managed for their non-timber values while logging could occur in areas no longer intact." Read more... . external_link

"Promotion Of Bio Mile Continues"

Dec. 06, 2010; Drayton Valley Western Review: "As work on the TTS fibre mat plant in Drayton Valley progresses the Town of Drayton Valley continues to look at increasing exposure to the Bio Mile.

On Nov. 25 the town welcomed a delegation of more than 20 Vietnamese government representatives to the MacKenzie Centre for a presentation on the initiative, followed by a tour of the Bio Mile site where the TTS fibre mat plant is taking shape." Read more... . external_link

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