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Nov. 10, 2011; Furniture Today: By Thomas Russell. "WASHINGTON -- The U.S. International Trade Commission voted Wednesday that the U.S. wood flooring industry has been injured due to imports of unfairly priced Chinese-made wood flooring.

The 4-2 vote means that the U.S. Department of Commerce can begin issuing both antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese wood flooring imports.

Antidumping duties are assigned based on charges that the foreign industry is selling product at less than fair market values. Countervailing duties are based on charges that a foreign manufacturer receives direct financial support from its government.

Such duties are assigned to foreign manufacturers, but paid by U.S. importers of record of the merchandise. Read more... . external_link

"A Higher Bar Of Sustainability"

Feb. 10, 2011; Redwood Times: "Lindsey Holm and Dr. Michael Fay walked through many miles of redwood groves just like this one on their year-long trek from below Santa Cruz to Oregon.

The Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation continued its mission of education with a Saturday forum on the defining species of our bioregion, the redwoods.

The forum was held in the newly refurbished Turf Room at Redwood Acres, a space donated by Redwood Acres at no charge to the Foundation. Long-time forester and forestry consultant Jim Able was the program moderator. The speakers were Ruskin Hartley from the Save The Redwoods League, Dan Porter from the Nature Conservancy and Lindsey Holm, best known for participating with Dr. Michael Fay in a year-long walking transect of the redwood region from below Santa Cruz to Oregon." Read more... . external_link

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"Brookfield's Strategy Leads To Success In The U.S.: Vancouver Office Spearheads The Recovery Of A Washington State Paper Mill"

Feb. 10, 2011; The Vancouver Sun: "Future prospects for a Washington state paper mill are rosier these days, thanks to the efforts of some Canadians who believed the company could be turned around.

Brookfield Asset Management bought Longview Fibre for $2.15 billion US in February 2007, including 234,000 hectares of private forest and a sprawling mill property on the Washington-Oregon border.

In a rapid series of transactions through Brookfield's Vancouver office, managing director Hugh Sutcliffe moved Longview's forest holdings into an investment fund, sold off a series of corrugated box plants in the Western U.S., and targeted the flagship mill in Longview, Wash. as a candidate for its turnaround equity fund." Read more... . external_link

"Georgia Forests Are Worth Billions"

Feb. 10, 2011; Georgia Public Broadcasting: "ATLANTA -- Georgia’s timber industry is worth $28 billion a year. But a new study says the state’s untouched forests are worth even more.

Researchers with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources spent three years studying the state’s 22 million acres of privately-owned timberland.

Using industry-standard economic formulas, they applied a monetary value to the forest. They added up things like water storage and filtration, wildlife habitat, soil formation, and aesthetic and cultural importance. The tally came to $37 billion." Read more... . external_link

"RoyOMartin To Accelerate Hiring Process Due To International Paper Closure"

Feb. 10, 2011; The Town Talk: "RoyOMartin Lumber Company is accelerating the hiring process for the expansion to its plywood manufacturing facility to allow workers at International Paper's Pineville Mill to apply.

The facility in Chopin is expected to add between 40 and 50 jobs as part of a $10 million expansion to be finished in spring 2010. IP announced last week that it will close its Pineville Mill in December.

'Instead of waiting until the first of the year to really get into that process, we thought we would move it up earlier and give any employees of IP who might be interested a chance,' said Ray Peters, vice-president of human resources for RoyOMartin." Read more... . external_link

"U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Activists Reach Accord On Logging In Blowing Rock's Globe Forest"

Feb. 10, 2011; Citizen-Times: "BLOWING ROCK -- After five years of debate, environmental groups and the U.S. Forest Service announced an agreement this week on logging plans in a national forest near Blowing Rock.

The agency reduced its original logging plan for the Globe Forest by 75 acres, including dropping plans to log a stand of 300-year-old trees. It also reduced temporary road construction in the area and eliminated the need for new permanent roads.

The revised plan still allows the forest service to log 346 acres in Pisgah National Forest, but protects old growth forest habitat, and views from nearby communities. It also reduces the chance of muddy runoff from road construction." Read more... . external_link

"Warrenton Mill Beats Log Exports: Third World Countries Export Their Raw Natural Resources"

Feb. 10, 2011; The Daily Astorian: "OPINION -- The prospective reopening of the Warrenton Mill operated by Hampton Affiliates is excellent news. At a May board meeting, Hampton will have a formal decision on whether to reopen the mill that it purchased from the Weyerhaeuser Co. in December 2009. As Warrenton City Manager Bob Maxfield told city councillors on Tuesday night, as many as 75 jobs could be reinstated.

This good news is tempered by the reality of log exports, which are shrinking the supply of logs to mills such as Hampton’s. Here is how it works. China bids up the price of raw logs. Hampton and other mills must compete with China for raw logs and sometimes may have to drop out of the bidding, because the deal won’t pencil.

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that robust log exports – principally to China – are bailing out U.S. forest products companies during a weak domestic housing market ('U.S. Lumber Hoisted by China Sales'). If you have driven through Longview lately, you see tangible evidence of the log export boom stacked up on the docks." Read more... . external_link

"Court’s Talking Timber, Study"

Feb. 09, 2011; Blue Mountain Eagle: "CANYON CITY –- The Grant County Court broke its silence last week on its interest in the DR Johnson properties and recent talks with a private forest capital consultant.

In a special meeting Friday, Feb. 4, the Court answered questions from citizens and considered a proposed agreement with US Forest Capital LLC, a Portland firm.

Under the agreement, the company would do a feasibility study on the possible county purchase of timberland and mill property. The firm also would explore 'governance structures' and financing possibilities for community forest land." Read more... . external_link

"The Timber Payment Problem: With The Local County Budget In Dire Straits, Loss Of Historical Federal Timber Payments Could Prove To Be Catastrophic"

Feb. 09, 2011; The South County Spotlight: "An Oregon delegation of lawmakers and interest groups has ramped up its push for a proposed second reauthorization of a federally funded timber payment program for counties, which is set to expire in 2012.

But with a political climate that is more likely to cut existing programs than add new ones, timber payment proponents are concerned it may disappear altogether or be replaced.

Staff responsible for crafting Columbia County’s budget warns that without the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, which provides the groundwork for the federal timber payments, Columbia County stands to lose millions of dollars." Read more... . external_link

"Weyerhaeuser Finalizes Sale Of Timberlands To Hancock Timber Resource Group"

Feb. 09, 2011; TradingMarkets.com: "Weyerhaeuser Company announced the completion of the sale of approximately 82,000 acres of timberlands in southwestern Washington to the Hancock Timber Resource Group for approximately $200 million.

This will contribute approximately $150 million in earnings in the first quarter. The sale is part of an ongoing process to optimize the company's timberlands portfolio to ensure its ownership fits the long-term strategic needs of the company.

'Today's sale represents the continued efforts to strategically rebalance our timberlands," said Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser president and CEO. 'We have a competitive advantage in growing and processing Douglas fir, and the sale focuses our Western operations on managing that species. While the land sold is high-quality, productive timberlands, it no longer fits our long-term strategic plan'." Read more... . external_link

"If Oregon Bans Plastic Bags, A Beaverton Paper Sack Plant Has A Handle On The Situation"

Feb. 08, 2011; The Oregonian: "BEAVERTON -- You'd think it's good times for the nation's paper bag producers, what with plastic sacks on the run from environmentalists, politicians and picky shoppers. The bill pending in the Oregon Legislature to ban one-time-use plastic bags is an example of the heat generated in the 'paper or plastic' debate.

But International Paper, which has a grocery sack manufacturing plant on Southwest Western Avenue in Beaverton, isn't about to sit back and let the legislation ride.

From its global headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., the company dispatched Bill Gardner, general manager of its industrial packaging group, to testify before the Legislature Tuesday. With him was Donna Gehlhaart, a senior manager of state government relations who works out of Washington, D.C." Read more... . external_link

"Enviva Wins Incentives For 53 Jobs, $52m Wood-pellet Plant"

Dec. 20, 2010; Triangle Business Journal: "Richmond, Va.-based Enviva LP has won $270,000 in state incentives as part of a plan to build a new wood pellet manufacturing facility in Hertford County, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Enviva, a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel, plans to spend $52 million on the project, which will be located at the former Georgia Pacific lumber facility site in Ahoskie. The project is designed to create 53 new jobs, according to a written statement from the governor’s office.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $38,736. The Hertford County average annual wage is $27,456." Read more... . external_link

"Georgia-Pacific Closing Memphis Facility"

Dec. 20, 2010; Memphis Business Journal: "Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific LLC is shutting down its corrugated box manufacturing facility in Memphis in early 2011, according to a filing with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Georgia-Pacific, which employs 97 at its 611 Winchester Ave., will begin laying off employees Jan. 31. The plant should be completely shut down by mid-February.

The 233,000-square-foot Memphis facility was one of 55 plants acquired by Georgia Pacific in 1990, when it acquired Great Northern Nekoosa Corp." Read more... . external_link

"Logging, Timber Industry Faces Adaptation In Coming Years"

Dec. 20, 2010; Today's THV: "Finding a job these days can be tough - especially if you work in Arkansas' timber industry. The number of timber jobs in the state has continued to drop, as companies change to meet the new environment of logging.

The logging and timber industries in Arkansas have had a rough time in the past few years. In 2009 alone, employment dropped by 6,300 jobs.

The year before, the logging sector in the state lost almost 25-percent of its employment. The drop in new housing construction, record-breaking rainfall and a weak economic climate share much of the blame for timber's decline, but the industry has been suffering pains in other ways." Read more... . external_link

"Murphy Co. Reopens Rogue River Mill - Mill's Opening Leaves Many 'thrilled To Death' At Christmastime; Plant Hires 108 Workers"

Dec. 20, 2010; The Mail Tribune: "A plume of steam rising again from the plywood plant next to Interstate 5 this week signaled an early Christmas gift for Rogue River.

Murphy Co. of Eugene, which spruced up the property over the past year, began producing plywood again this week, hiring 108 workers initially.

'Everybody's thrilled to death,' said Sandy Henderson, a 75-year-old Wimer resident. 'There are people who'd been laid off who are back to work. It couldn't happen at a better time of the year'." Read more... . external_link

"Toll Continues From Mill Closing"

Dec. 20, 2010; Democrat Herald: "The names etched into the picnic table that sits in front of the the now-closed Millersburg Store tell the story. They are the names and nicknames of customers - International Paper mill workers for the most part - who were regular visitors to the store over the years.

Becky McKibben remembers most of them. She closed the business just over a month ago but she will take her “table of love” home to her yard as a reminder of the five years she ran the store.

'There was such great support from the community. We were like family. I saw them every day,' McKibben said." Read more... . external_link

"$400 Million Paper Mill Gets OK"

Dec. 19, 2010; The Buffalo News: "WHEATFIELD — A $400 million plan to construct a new paper mill in Niagara Falls won the support of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

The IDA board last week approved a 20- year tax break for Norampac Industries’ new Greenpac Mill plant on Packard Road in Niagara Falls.

The new plant, with a capacity of 1,500 tons of brown paper per day, will be built next to Norampac’s existing plant. The site is currently occupied by an abandoned mill, which will be demolished." Read more... . external_link

"A Look Inside 'the Greening Of Aiken' At The University Of Vermont"

Dec. 19, 2010; The Burlington Free Press: "JERICHO — The oak tree was about a century old and 65 feet tall. Bill Torrey had it down, cut up and loaded on a cart in less than half an hour.

He hauled the six logs about a quarter mile through the picturesquely snowy forest, then deposited them with scores of other selectively felled trees awaiting their fate.

Once they’re milled, they’ll become the interior trim, paneling and accents in the University of Vermont’s next architectural tour de force, which likely will be the greenest structure on campus. That’s saying something, in an era when colleges in Vermont and across the country vie to make their facilities environmentally sustainable showpieces." Read more... . external_link

"Billionaire Gives Millions To Conservation: Rocky Mountains Project Could Shield About 1 Million Acres From Future Development"

Dec. 19, 2010; The Telegraph Herald: "BILLINGS, Mont. -- Philanthropist Hansjorg Wyss grew up in Switzerland and now spends the bulk of his time outside Philadelphia, but it is the wild landscapes of the Rocky Mountains where he could leave his most lasting mark.

In recent years the publicity-shy billionaire has quietly donated tens of millions of dollars to the preservation of pristine areas of Idaho, Nevada, Utah and other states.

Now, what appears to be his most ambitious project to date has come to fruition as conservation groups this month closed a deal to purchase vast tracts of Plum Creek Timber Co. land in western Montana. Backers say the deal -- which included $35 million in donations from Wyss -- could shield about 1 million acres from future development." Read more... . external_link

"Elliott State Forest Eyeing New Management Plan: A Clearer Vision For The Tract Of Timber"

Dec. 19, 2010; The News-Review: "ELLIOTT STATE FOREST —- Eighty years ago Oregon's first state forester, Francis Elliott, finished piecing together 93,000 acres in the Southern Oregon coast range to give the state a supply of timber that could be logged to support schools and counties.

For the past 15 years, however, most of the Elliott State Forest has been off-limits to large timber harvests. A new management plan under consideration by the state could change that.

State forest managers are proposing reopening the entire forest to logging and increasing the annual timber harvest by 40 percent." Read more... . external_link

"Freeze-dried Vegetation Could Set Stage For Bad 2011 Wildfire Season"

Dec. 19, 2010; Naples News: "GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — Wildfires and frosted windshields seem an unlikely pair.

But officials say that recent freezes, previous rainy conditions and a La Niña weather pattern could make Southwest Florida more vulnerable to wildfires this winter and spring.

Freezes kill plants, shrubs and trees, and when vegetation dies it becomes more fuel for wildfires, said Victor Hill, Florida’s Division of Forestry wildfire mitigation specialist. Most freezes happen inland, in areas most at risk for wildfires." Read more... . external_link

"Montanans Take Tester To Task"

Dec. 19, 2010; Helena Independent Record: "OPINION -- Sen. Jon Tester made many promises during his campaign against former Sen. Conrad Burns, including working to protect all inventoried roadless areas, not using riders to manage public lands, and not supporting riders for funding special interest groups. Tester broke all three of those promises this week when he slipped a rider in the trillion dollar Omnibus spending bill that ended up getting defeated in the Senate. Plenty of Montanans remember what Tester said during his campaign, however, so it’s no surprise to see major newspaper editorials and op-ed columns across the state taking him to task for breaking his promises and providing Montanans no chance whatsoever to provide input to Congress on the issue.

That Montanans’ response has been universally condemning is clear and convincing. Tester’s desperation tactic of using a rider for such a major piece of legislation is nothing short of despicable. His logging and wilderness bill couldn’t even make it out of the Senate committee because of opposition to the mandated logging and the manner in which it seriously undermines the basic foundations of the 1964 Wilderness Act.

Instead, Montanans got a significantly changed proposal tacked on to the Omnibus spending bill with three days left in the lame duck session and no chance for the public here and across the nation to review the measure or comment to lawmakers. That might be the way they do things in D.C. these days, but it’s not the way we do things in Montana." Read more... . external_link

"My Turn: A Welcome New Direction On The Tongass"

Dec. 19, 2010; Juneau Empire: "OPINION -- As a custom builder in Sitka, I'd like to run my business using only local woods that come from the Tongass. Unfortunately, it's an impractical goal right now. The easiest way for me to get wood is to buy from Sitka's local lumber yard, which stocks only wood from the Lower 48 or Canada. I scratch my head and wonder why the local yard can not stock wood right from my backyard?

I will soon start work on a house that's built almost entirely with Tongass wood. It required me to make special arrangements months in advance with a mom-and-pop mill down in Wrangell. It's not easy to plan months before a project even starts, however both my client and I are committed to using local wood. It's good for the local economy and it can be done in a way that doesn't require wholesale clearcutting of old-growth, like we had when the region's two pulp mills were running full bore.

Those logging boom times are long gone, and they inflicted a lot of environmental damage that needs to be repaired. By fixing that damage, and shifting to a second-growth timber supply, the Tongass can support local businesses like mine while ensuring that the wild and wonderful places that make the Tongass special are here for all future generations." Read more... . external_link

"Division Of Forestry Works To Limit Wildfire Danger"

Dec. 18, 2010; The Daytona Beach News-Journal: "PALM COAST -- The sounds that some city residents may have heard deep in the woods this week wasn't from wild animals crunching through the underbrush seeking warmth. Rather, it was the sound of work crews trying to make sure things don't get too hot anytime soon.

Florida Division of Forestry crews were out in force in the Quail Hollow neighborhood doing some hazard mitigation -- essentially removing dead and dried vegetation that can catch fire easily and spread fires quickly -- according to Mike Kuypers, district manager for the division.

The work includes using heavy equipment to knock down small trees and clear underbrush, also known as fine fuels, depriving wildfires of a potential fuel source. Kuypers said by limiting fine fuels, it gives fire officials a leg up on controlling wildfires if they occur." Read more... . external_link

"Stewards Of The Land: How The Upper Lochsa Land Exchange Might Affect The Land On The Palouse"

Dec. 18, 2010; Moscow-Pullman Daily News: "There are about 145,000 acres in the Palouse Ranger District -- scattered parcels that make up the U.S. Forest Service's land in Benewah, Clearwater and Latah counties.

The PRD, with its ranger station in Potlatch, is one of the smallest national forest ranger districts in North Idaho -- and one of the most productive.

This USFS land is fairly unusual because many of its parcels are disconnected, or have tracts of private or state lands that disrupt its borders, said USFS retiree John Krebs, who began working for the USFS in the St. Joe National Forest in Idaho's panhandle in 1958." Read more... . external_link

"Weyco Intends To Transfer Road To County"

Dec. 17, 2010; Albany Democrat-Herald: "Weyerhaeuser is concerned that opening the Upper Calapooia Road to general traffic could cause safety and road maintenance issues, but the company intends to reconvey the road to the county, their legal counsel noted in a letter last week to Linn County counsel Thomas Corr.

In late October, at the request of the board of commissioners, Corr sent a letter to Weyerhaeuser asking that the process of reconveying the road to the county be stepped up. For several months, commissioner Will Tucker has held meetings in Brownsville that included Weyerhaeuser staff, government officials and members of the general public.

At issue was Weyerhaeuser’s installation of a large steel gate that allowed the company to close off a large section of Upper Calapooia to road traffic that passes through 35,000 acres of its land. The closure especially angered sportsmen who traveled the roadway for hunting and fishing excursions, as well as families who enjoy picnicking along the Calapooia River." Read more... . external_link

"Greenpeace: Sears, Best Buy, Other Big Brands ‘Failing Our Forests’"

Dec. 16, 2010; The Environmental Leader: "Sears, Best Buy, Toys R US, Home Depot, and Harlequin are “failing our forests” according to the “2010 Boreal Marketplace” annual report from Greenpeace.

The study evaluates 23 major forest-products customers on their concrete actions to protect the Boreal Forest and the woodland caribou. “True leaders” were determined to be Axel Springer, Cascades, Indigo Books, Kimberly-Clark, Office Depot and Rona.

Greenpeace used eight criteria to judge companies, including activities to protect endangered forests; recycling, recycled content and reduction; supplier engagement, and communications standards." Read more... . external_link

"Level The Lumber Playing Field"

Dec. 15, 2010; The Daily News Online: "DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL -- There are encouraging signs of recovery for a Pacific Northwest lumber industry laid low by the so-called Great Recession. Daily News business writer Erik Olson reports that Western lumber production was up 7.9 percent through the first 10 months of the year compared to 2009. That's largely due to increased lumber demand from China, but industry analysts are predicting modest improvement in domestic housing starts in the coming year.

This is good news for the region and locally, where Simpson Lumber Co.'s Longview mill had to curtail operations for more than a dozen weeks in 2009 and several more weeks earlier this year. Officials at the Tacoma-based company told Olson they're hoping the mill will operate full time in the coming year.

That's encouraging. But any hope of a strong recovery next year is clouded by a number of factors. Most of those factors are directly related to this lingering recession, which is only now showing signs of easing. But not all. Unfair competition from Canadian softwood lumber producers almost certainly would slow the United States industry's recovery." Read more... . external_link

"New Mckay Tract Plan Hatched: Green Diamond, Land Trust Put Forward Timber Conservation, Community Forest Proposal"

Dec. 15, 2010; The Willits News: "The Green Diamond Resource Co. is working with the Trust for Public Land to craft a plan to protect the 7,500-acre McKay Tract next to Cutten and virtually the entire Ryan Creek watershed from development.

The timber company and the land trust -- which has worked on the Arcata Community Forest's Sunny Brae expansion -- have agreed in concept to use conservation easements that would restrict use of the land east of Ryan Creek to timber harvest and potentially set up a community forest on the west side of the creek. A small portion of the land, 256 acres already out of timber production zoning, could remain available for development.

'We're at a point in the process where we need to start talking with other people,' said trust Northern California Director David Sutton. The tract's jagged northern and western edges border the outskirts of Eureka, and toward the south, borders Cutten. To the northeast is Mitchell Heights, a forested area dotted with houses and crossed with roads. The tract is about the size of Eureka, and its proximity to the city has made parts of the land attractive to developers, plans which have inevitably been controversial." Read more... . external_link

"No Word Yet On Potential Smurfit Stone Mill Buyer"

Dec. 15, 2010; KAJ18: "MISSOULA - It's now been one year since Smurfit Stone Container Corporation announced it was closing it's Frenchtown mill, laying off over 400 workers.

There have been rumblings of potential buyers for the site in the intervening months.

We spoke with a Smurfit Stone public relations representative on Wednesday morning to see if a deal had been reached in the purchase of the former paper mill." Read more... . external_link

"Life After Smurfit-stone: One Year After The Company Leaves The Company Town"

Dec. 14, 2010; NewWest: "More than 400 people lost their jobs last December when the mill in Frenchtown, Montana, shut down. Here, two stories about trying to pick up the pieces.

With hands worn from three decades of labor, Tim Steigers slides a small metal wedge out of an axle frame and turns toward his toolbox. Opening a drawer, he aligns the chunk of old steel – once the property of Smurfit-Stone Container – among the others of various sizes.

Steigers, 54, peers inside a frame, trying to figure out what to do next. Even with decades of craft experience, this is a complex riddle. Each casting and gear removed is met with another and another, like an endless Russian nesting doll." Read more... . external_link

"United Effort Can Create A Better Shelton Waterfront"

Dec. 14, 2010; The Olympian: "Shelton Harbor in Oakland Bay is still a working waterfront in every sense of the phrase. There is very little public access or environmental restoration taking place in the marine waters and shoreline in downtown Shelton, unlike Olympia’s Budd Inlet.

Lower Budd Inlet features Percival Landing, marinas, the Port of Olympia Plaza, Rotary Park, East Bay redevelopment and other features that attract people to the water and the water’s edge. The Shelton waterfront is dominated by Simpson Timber Co. wood products operations that keep downtown Shelton separated from Oakland Bay.

But there’s some subtle changes in the wind that could lead to a new, more environmentally friendly vision of Shelton Harbor. The Squaxin Island Tribe recently announced plans to begin work on a fish and wildlife restoration project in Shelton Harbor, which is the southwestern most terminus of Puget Sound." Read more... . external_link

"International Paper To Demolish Buildings At Former Mill In Corinth"

Dec. 13, 2010; The Post-Star: "CORINTH -- Gary Farr has spent nearly four decades living next to the International Paper Mill in Corinth, an experience that has given him a first-hand glimpse at the company's rise and fall in the community.

Where once there were cars lining both sides of his street, there are now none. The site where a recreation hall once stood is empty. And, beginning next year, there won't be much to look at on the mill property, either.

Company officials said on Monday that, beginning as early as January, they plan to tear down most of the buildings that dot the 300-acre parcel, structures that were once used in the paper manufacturing process. The work will clear from view much of what Farr has seen from his back yard for the past 39 years." Read more... . external_link

"Timber Project Cuts Both Ways – Improved Forest Health, Resident Safety"

Dec. 13, 2010; Rapid City Journal: "It’s not about pine beetles this time. It’s about fire and keeping people safe.

It’s also about improving the overall health of state-owned forest just south of Spearfish, near the mouth of Spearfish Canyon.

Commercial logging operations on 208 acres of forest south of Spearfish will be a “break-even” deal financially for the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, which owns the land. But the work, which will include thinning, will help improve the diversity of the forest and protect two vulnerable rural subdivisions and the city of Spearfish." Read more... . external_link

"Timber Industry Is Unstable, But Growing"

Dec. 13, 2010; The World: "The forest products industry may have had its knees cut out from under it when the housing bubble burst, but don't count it out, said Allyn Ford, Roseburg Forest Products' CEO.

My first point is, there is a future," he told the 2010 Bay Area Economic Outlook Forum in Coos Bay on Friday.

'We've seen the worst, but we're not literally out of the woods.'" Read more... . external_link

"Vicksburg International Paper Without Rail Service After Derailment"

Dec. 13, 2010; The Sun Herald: "VICKSBURG, Miss. -- A weekend train derailment near Vicksburg has left International Paper Co. temporarily without rail access to move inventory in and out of its local plant.

The Vicksburg Post reports a train pulling 30 freight cars carrying huge rolls of paper left the tracks and caught fire Sunday afternoon near U.S. Highway 61 North and Mississippi Highway 3.

International Paper spokeswoman Amy Sawyer says company officials are gathering information about the incident. She says 18-wheelers can be used to transport products." Read more... . external_link

"Biomass Boiler Called Crucial To Way Nippon Mill Can Survive, Thrive In Future"

Dec. 12, 2010; Peninsula Daily News: "PORT ANGELES -- On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the paper mill on Marine Drive, what does the future hold for the plant that became a Nippon Paper Industries USA facility in 2003?

It depends.

In a recent interview, mill manager Harold Norlund predicted "disastrous" consequences for Nippon if the company is not allowed to build a new biomass boiler." Read more... . external_link

"Body Discovered In Harbor Identified; Second Man Missing Since Oct. 27"

Dec. 12, 2010; Fort Bragg Advocate: "Sheriff's officials have confirmed that body parts found in the water near the Noyo Harbor jetty are that of Michael O'Brien, 35, of Marin County.

"Preliminary information indicates that Mr. O'Brien walked away from his motel room at the Emerald Dolphin Inn sometime during the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 27," A police report said after his disappearance.

A Coast Guard crew noticed what appeared to be part of a human body and clothing at about 1:40 p.m. near the jetty Oct. 30. Sheriff's coroners, Fort Bragg Police and Fort Bragg Fire Department conducted the recovery." Read more... . external_link

"Douglas County's Spotted Owl Saga: Still An Emotional Issue 20 Years Later"

Dec. 12, 2010; The News-Review: "Twenty years ago, when the northern spotted owl was placed on the threatened species list, many Oregonians had never heard of the medium-sized raptor with dark eyes and white-spotted, chocolate-brown plumage.

Instantly, that changed.

Logging on federal forests was sharply curtailed to protect owl habitat between British Columbia and just north of San Francisco. The owl became vilified throughout the Pacific Northwest. “Spotted owl soup” was added to cafe menus. T-shirts were printed with the message, “Save a Logger, Eat an Owl.”" Read more... . external_link

"Grum Family Donates $50,000 From ‘living Estate Sale’ To Two Lufkin Charities"

Dec. 12, 2010; The Lufkin Daily News: "One local couple recently made a contribution of $50,000 to two Lufkin-based nonprofit organizations.

When former Temple-Inland CEO Clifford Grum and his wife Mary K. decided to downsize, they knew that they would not be able to take all of their possessions. They chose to hold a living estate sale and donate the proceeds to two local charities: the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center and Hospice in the Pines. Each organization will receive $25,000.

“We felt that that would be a gift that would keep on giving,” Mary K. said." Read more... . external_link

"International Trade Commission Ruling Couldn't Save Whiting Mill"

Dec. 12, 2010; Wisconsin Rapids Tribune: "A recent ruling expected to boost some of central Wisconsin's largest employers did not stop a papermaker from deciding to close what a company leader called its least cost-effective mill in the state.

NewPage officials were elated when the International Trade Commission ruled Oct. 22 in favor of the Miamisburg, Ohio-based papermaker and others in the industry in a trade case that alleged unfair Chinese and Indonesian paper imports harmed domestic producers.

However, that decision did not improve the economic situation enough to prevent the company from deciding it will close its Whiting mill in late February, eliminating about 360 local jobs, a corporate NewPage spokeswoman said." Read more... . external_link

"Newer, Poorly Constructed Homes More Likely To Harbor Fungus"

Dec. 12, 2010; The Columbus Dispatch: "When Lori and Nate Lee moved from Maryland to Lewis Center five years ago, they bought the perfect home for their growing family: 2,800 square feet, four bedrooms and a basement they immediately finished.

For four years, they enjoyed the home - until this summer, when they decided to replace the wood deck with a concrete patio and discovered rotted wood where the deck was attached to the home.

The Lees contacted Craig Reichman, owner of C&R Builders in Sunbury, who started removing stucco to determine the extent of the rot." Read more... . external_link

"Nippon's Two Machines Churn Out Paper (Gallery)"

Dec. 12, 2010; Peninsula Daily News: "PORT ANGELES -- If the main boiler is the heart of the Nippon Paper Industries USA paper mill, its paper machines are its soul.

As such, the two -- both built in the 1920s -- work separately but in tandem, as the paper machines have for the 90 years that the mill -- which became a Nippon facility in 2003 -- has operated at 1902 Marine Drive.

The machines produce some 160,000 tons of paper annually." Read more... . external_link

"Parties Differ On How Best To Preserve Old Forest"

Dec. 12, 2010; The Commercial Appeal: "Twelve stories tall and as wide as a pickup, the Shumard oak reaches skyward like an immense pillar, culminating in a crown overlooking the city that literally grew up around it.

If Tom Heineke is right, this tree and others in Overton Park's old-growth forest have been around since the Revolutionary War. They're testaments to what Heineke, a botanist and plant ecologist, calls the continuing richness and diversity of a forest that dates back to the last ice age.

"It is a highly unique ecosystem, especially when you consider it's in the middle of a large metro area. There's nothing quite like it anywhere, that I know of," said Heineke, who conducted a city-commissioned botanical survey that counted 332 flowering species in the forest in Midtown Memphis." Read more... . external_link

"Picking On The Forest Service - Again?"

Dec. 12, 2010; Citizen-Times: "As one who spends considerable time trying to help the USDA Forest Service in its activities at the Cradle of Forestry historic site, I found it sad that the Forest Service seemed to take fire both from WCU Assistant Professor Bob Mulligan and also my old friend, your multitalented and great writer, John Boyle.

On Dec. 5, lead article writer Jon Ostendorff and Prof. Mulligan called it “outrageous” that the Forest Service has 25 staff members in Bucombe County making more than $100,000 annually.

My reaction was — 'is that all?'" Read more... . external_link

"Swiss Billionaire Puts $35m Into Montana Conservation"

Dec. 12, 2010; The Washington Post: "BILLINGS, Mont. -- Philanthropist Hansjorg Wyss grew up in Switzerland and now spends the bulk of his time outside Philadelphia, but it is the wild landscapes of the Rocky Mountains where he could leave his most lasting mark.

In recent years the publicity-shy billionaire has quietly donated tens of millions of dollars to the preservation of pristine areas of Idaho, Nevada, Utah and other states.

Now, what appears to be his most ambitious project to date has come to fruition as conservation groups this month closed a deal to purchase vast tracts of Plum Creek Timber Co. land in western Montana. Backers say the deal - which included $35 million in donations from Wyss - could shield an estimated one million acres from future development." Read more... . external_link

"Port Angeles Paper Mill At 90: Its Legacy Mirrors Ups, Downs Of Community"

Dec. 11, 2010; Peninsula Daily News: "PORT ANGELES -- Eric Childers was 10 or 11 when he pressed the magic button. As a child, he was a frequent visitor to the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Port Angeles where his father worked. But this was something special -- his dad let him start a winder, which rolls finished paper onto giant spools at 60 mph.

"Being able to have my dad say push the button right there and watch the machine start up was pretty cool," Childers, 38, recalled recently. "It was fun being able to see what he was doing, too." Childers, a father of three, works where his father worked, and his father before him, at the plant in Port Angeles now owned by Nippon Paper Industries USA.

The mill -- which now produces about 160,000 tons of paper annually -- will mark its 90th anniversary Tuesday by serving cake to each of the departments in the plant that employs about 200 people." Read more... . external_link

"Biomass CHP Plant For Oregon Sawmill"

Dec. 09, 2010; Power-Gen Worldwide: "Iberdrola Renewables has started construction at its 26.8 MW Lakeview biomass cogeneration plant in Lakeview, Oregon, US, with construction completion expected by the autumn of 2012.

Located approximately 90 miles (145 km) east of Iberdrola Renewables' existing Klamath CHP plant, the Lakeview project will be entirely air-cooled – reducing water use by more than 80% compared to conventional water cooling.

Collins Pine Company will provide fuel, comprising a combination of logging and sawmill residuals from its Fremont Sawmill." Read more... . external_link

"Forest Project Involves All Sides Of Issue"

Dec. 09, 2010; The Mail Tribune: "A proposed 80,000-acre pilot project to improve forest health while producing timber harvests on federal land in the Applegate Valley is gaining traction, both locally and in Washington, D.C.

Proponents on both sides of the timber wars met in the nation's capital on Wednesday to talk about the project roughed out by two top forest scientists in the Northwest. Joining them were Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, members of the Oregon congressional delegation and federal agency employees.

The project would be in the mid-Applegate Valley on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District, and would include portions of watersheds in the Chapman and Keeler creek drainages. A sister project is proposed on BLM land in the Myrtle Creek drainage in Douglas County." Read more... . external_link

"KCMA Strengthens Green Cabinet Certification Program: New Rules For The Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program Require Cabinet Manufacturers To Use Products Meeting Carb Regulations; Bonus Points Added For Chain-of-custody Certification"

Dec. 09, 2010; Hanley Wood EcoHome: "The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) has strengthened and clarified requirements for companies that currently have or are looking to become certified under the association's Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP).

The new measures, decided at KCMA's November meeting and announced today, mandate the use of California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM)-compliant low-formaldehyde emitting particleboard, hardwood plywood, and MDF panel.

The rules now include extra rewards to companies that use sustainable forestry-certified solid wood and plywood as well as companies that offer a chain-of-custody sustainable forestry certification on at least one line of products. ESP also upped the number of points awarded to manufacturers who use hardwood and softwood plywood." Read more... . external_link

"Log Truck Runs Into Back Of Disabled Chip Trailer: Jaws Of Life Used To Extricate Driver From Wreckage"

Dec. 09, 2010; The Daily Astorian: "An Astoria-area log truck driver was seriously injured Wednesday morning when the truck he was driving crashed into the back of a disabled chip trailer on U.S. Highway 30 about 15 miles east of Astoria.

The injured man, James D. Sollars, 38, of Astoria, is a driver for J.M. Browning Logging.

According to the Oregon State Police incident report, Knappa Fire District had to use the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the man from the wreckage. He was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries and underwent surgery Wednesday night." Read more... . external_link

"Arkansas Man Booked On Felony Timber Theft Charge"

Dec. 08, 2010; KATC: "Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said state forestry enforcement officers arrested an Arkansas man Wednesday on a felony timber theft charge.

Harry Massey, 67, 118 Seven Brothers Road, Norphlet, Arkansas, was arrested by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) investigators at the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office and charged with one count of failure to remit payment for timber.

Strain said an absentee landowner from Los Angeles, Cal., hired Massey to cut 40 acres of timberland in Bienville Parish in May through June 2009." Read more... . external_link

"Dueling Sides Meet With Salazar On Oregon Logging"

Dec. 08, 2010; The Washington Post: "GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Obama administration is working on a pair of pilot logging projects in southwestern Oregon that are designed to find a new way out of decades of conflict between timber jobs and spotted owls and salmon.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar met Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with veterans of the long-standing timber wars in Oregon, members of the Oregon congressional delegation, and federal agencies.

They listened to forest ecology professors Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington describe their ideas for a pair of large-scale forest restoration projects on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property that are also expected to produce a significant supply of logs for struggling mills." Read more... . external_link

"New Page Shutting Down Whiting Paper Mill"

Dec. 08, 2010; WHBL News Radio: "WHITING, Wis. (WTAQ) - A paper mill in central Wisconsin will close by the end of February.

The New Page Corporation said Wednesday it would shut down its plant in Whiting, just south of Stevens Point. It will leave 360 people out of work.

In a statement, CEO George Martin noted a modest recovery in the demand for coated papers – but he said New Page still had to make tough choices to avoid an oversupply of its product. He also said the Whiting mill had the company’s highest cost per ton among its coated groundwood facilities." Read more... . external_link

"Virginia Tech Students Take On Forest Fires"

Dec. 08, 2010; Virginia Tech Collegiate Times: "When a forest fire breaks out, students at Virginia Tech are ready to answer the call.

“If there’s a wildfire and they need extra people,” said Lindsey Curtin, a senior and fire information officer with the Wildland Fire Crew, “they can call us up and we’re there to help.”

Anyone at Tech can join the club and become a firefighter if he earns a Red Card, which is the standard certification for wildland firefighters." Read more... . external_link

"Housing Starts, China Demand Help Lumber Producers"

Dec. 07, 2010; Peninsula Daily News: "LONGVIEW -- A small boost in domestic housing starts and China's growing demand for lumber are giving Western producers encouragement for the new year.

"We're hopeful that we'll be able to run our mill in Longview full time in 2011," Doug Reed, vice president and general manager of Tacoma-based Simpson Lumber Co., told The Daily News of Longview.

The Western Wood Products Association reported Monday that lumber production in the West was up 7.9 percent through the first 10 months of the year compared to 2009." Read more... . external_link

"Migrant Workers Abused, Lied to and Cheated"

Dec. 07, 2010; Courthouse News Service: "Twenty-four migrant workers say a farm labor contractor recruited them for a job where they were grossly underpaid, forced to live in "filthy, overcrowded," vermin-infested trailers, and threatened with deportation if they tried to leave. They sued International Personnel Resources and the estate of its deceased owner, alleging human trafficking, forced labor and other federal violations.

The workers, from Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico, claim that International and its deceased owner Michael Glah preyed upon their "fear, poverty and isolation," and falsely promised to get extensions on their visas, in order to maintain "a steady labor force" for a forestry company.

The workers say that International obtained H-2B visas for them to work in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2008, and that they had to take out "loans in their home countries to cover travel and other costs related to coming to the United States." Read more... . external_link

"U.S. and China Narrow Differences at Climate Talks in Cancun"

Dec. 07, 2010; The New York Times: "CANCUN, Mexico — The United States and China have significantly narrowed their differences on the verification of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, officials said, providing hope that a United Nations conference here on climate change can achieve some modest success.

The verification issue, which cuts deeply on matters of national sovereignty and international trust, was a major factor in the torpedoing of last year’s climate negotiations in Copenhagen. But China has since significantly softened its position and the United States has moderated its insistence on the issue.

The reduced friction between the two nations has greatly improved the mood here, and envoys from both expressed guarded optimism that a deal could be reached by the end of the conference on Friday." Read more... . external_link

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