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Earnings jump for western Canadian forestry companies

Apr 01, 2014 - Limited mill capacity could drive up lumber prices as demand increases Full Article


UBC harnessing robot technology to up wood ante

Feb 11, 2014 - Hundegger drive could establish B.C. wood as a leading precision building material Full Article


Beetle wood salvage estimates ring alarm bells

Apr 08, 2014 - Forest Practices Board report predicts sustainable timber shortfall in wake of Interior pine salvage program... Full Article

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Babine and Lakeland families march “for justice”

Apr 23, 2014 - The families of workers killed and injured in two 2012 British Columbia sawmill disasters will march today in Prince George to call for a public... Full Article

No charges approved against Lakeland Mills

Apr 14, 2014 - Criminal charges will not be pursued against Lakeland Mills for the April 2012 fire and explosion that killed two workers and injured 22, the... Full Article

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Beetle wood salvage estimates ring alarm bells

Apr 08, 2014 - Forest Practices Board report predicts sustainable timber shortfall in wake of Interior pine salvage program and recommends province re-evaluate... Full Article

Vancouver's Fortress Paper 'very disappointed' with China's pulp duty decision

Apr 04, 2014 - The Chinese government is sticking by its previous decision to impose a 13% duty on cellulose pulp coming from Canada, the U.S. and Brazil — ... Full Article

WorkSafeBC fines Burns Lake sawmill owners $1 million

Apr 03, 2014 - The owners of the Babine Forest Products sawmill will have to pay just over $1 million to WorkSafeBC as penalty for its role in a deadly explosion ... Full Article

Opinion: What Adrian Dix wants to see in mill tragedy inquiry

Apr 02, 2014 - For all the faith chief coroner Lisa Lapointe has in her authority to get to the bottom of the Burns Lake mill tragedy, the opposition New... Full Article

Earnings jump for western Canadian forestry companies

Apr 01, 2014 - Limited mill capacity could drive up lumber prices as demand increases Full Article

Rules on deadly B.C. sawmill dust not tough enough: union

Mar 31, 2014 - As the two-year anniversary of a deadly sawmill explosion in Prince George nears, the union representing B.C.'s forestry workers says toothless... Full Article

Quesnel Sawmill cuts its last board

Mar 18, 2014 - The last board has been cut into lumber at Quesnel Sawmill. Full Article

Investigation finds safety issues with forestry bridges

Mar 06, 2014 - The Forest Practices Board is questioning the safety of more than two dozen bridges on forestry roads in the British Columbia Interior.... Full Article

Dix renews call for independent mill case review

Feb 28, 2014 - NDP leader Adrian Dix met with former employees of Lakeland Mills and their families this week, following WorkSafeBC’s recent decision to... Full Article

No criminal charges pending in Lakeland explosion

Feb 26, 2014 - WorkSafeBC has concluded its investigation into the explosion which destroyed Lakeland Mills and has forwarded its report to the British Columbia... Full Article

Conifex banking on new power plant to bolster bottom line

Feb 24, 2014 - Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX-V:CFF) has posted a much-improved net income of $9.5 million in 2013, compared with a net loss of $16.2 million in 2012,... Full Article

Union leader blasts Clark for blaming failed sawmill probe on WorkSafeBC

Feb 14, 2014 - Union leader Jim Sinclair says laying all the blame on WorkSafeBC for a failed investigation into a fatal sawmill disaster won't fix fundamental... Full Article

Clark blames WorkSafeBC for failed Burns Lake sawmill investigation

Feb 13, 2014 - Premier Christy Clark is laying the blame for a failed investigation into a fatal sawmill disaster squarely on WorkSafeBC.... Full Article

$180m deal makes Interfor North America's fifth largest lumber company

Feb 11, 2014 - Vancouver-based Interfor (TSX:IFP.A) made the jump to North America's fifth largest lumber company this week in announcing a cash-and-shares... Full Article

UBC harnessing robot technology to up wood ante

Feb 11, 2014 - Hundegger drive could establish B.C. wood as a leading precision building material Full Article

Sawmill probe points to conflicts between agencies in investigations

Jan 28, 2014 - Critics say Canada's poor safety record linked directly to reluctance to use federal legislation Full Article

Inquest announced for deadly sawmill explosion; mill owner sues equipment maker

Jan 22, 2014 - The British Columbia Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the deaths of two workers who died at a northern B.C. sawmill in January... Full Article

Surrey lumber companies lament fibre shortage

Jan 21, 2014 - Business leader warns that more local mills will disappear unless timber sales focus on the domestic marketplace and local companies have open... Full Article

Feds announce additional $600K investment in Canada’s forest products trade with India

Jan 17, 2014 - The federal government is investing $600,000 to support Canada’s forest products market development office in Mumbai, Minister of Natural... Full Article

B.C. forests emitting CO2 at alarming rate: Sierra Club

Jan 17, 2014 - An environmental group is calling on the provincial government to take action as B.C.'s forests continue to emit more carbon dioxide than they... Full Article

Burns Lake sawmill fire was preventable: WorkSafeBC

Jan 16, 2014 - WorkSafeBC's investigation into the fatal sawmill fire that killed two workers in Burns Lake may not have met standards needed for criminal... Full Article

Pellet plant could solve northwest waste wood woes

Jan 14, 2014 - First Nations forestry company hopes wood pellets will lead to a future sawmill Full Article

Crown will not press charges on fatal Burns Lake sawmill explosion

Jan 10, 2014 - B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch will not approve criminal or regulatory charges in relation to a deadly fire and explosion at a B.C. sawmill, in... Full Article

Conifex acquires Lignum Forest Products for $4 million

Jan 07, 2014 - Conifex Timber (TSX:CFF) has entered into an agreement to acquire Lignum Forest Products for $4 million. Full Article

Family business report: Vancouver Island forest products business rooted in family values

Dec 17, 2013 - Coulson family expands its decades-old Port Alberni-based enterprise to include logging, firefighting and manufacturing Full Article

Analysts applaud Canfor’s China mill move

Dec 16, 2013 - Decision to invest in wood manufacturing facility seen as key to establishing a beachhead in Asia’s market for higher quality wood products Full Article

B.C. sees record-breaking wood exports to China in 2013

Dec 13, 2013 - British Columbia's wood exports to China have broken the record set in 2011. Full Article

Concrete forms stiff opposition to Wood First

Dec 09, 2013 - Concrete and steel construction industry alarmed at spread of B.C.’s Wood First policy Full Article

Canfor plans new wood manufacturing facility in China

Dec 02, 2013 - News comes on heels of company's plans to close B.C. mill that made similar products Full Article

Canfor planning wood joint venture in China

Nov 27, 2013 - A new Chinese sawmill Canfor (TSX:CFP) plans to invest in will make some of the same products that are currently cut in the company's Quesnel mill,... Full Article

Burnaby company signs US$80m lumber deal with Chinese firm

Nov 25, 2013 - Burnaby’s Bluestar International Business has signed an US$80 million agreement with China’s Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co. Ltd. to provide... Full Article

Lakeland Mills rebuild “going well”

Nov 21, 2013 - The weather up until last week was helping the rebuild of Lakeland Mills. Full Article

Haida building business success in island forestry

Nov 19, 2013 - Quality over quantity the new mantra as native band companies increasingly take charge of forest industry on Haida Gwaii archipelago Full Article

Lower rates for B.C. loggers bad news for forestry: report

Nov 13, 2013 - Consolidation in British Columbia’s coastal forestry sector has put the squeeze on independent logging contractors, resulting in less... Full Article

B.C. produced more than half of Canada’s softwood in 2012: StatsCan

Nov 12, 2013 - More than half of Canada’s total softwood production in 2012 was in British Columbia, according to Statistics Canada data released November... Full Article

Pine beetle leads to future timber harvesting reduction in 100 Mile House region

Nov 12, 2013 - Despite the recent market upturn for forestry, the consequences of the mountain pine beetle epidemic continue to be felt in British... Full Article

Long road to recovery for B.C. forestry sector

Nov 05, 2013 - Lumber production in B.C. held steady in August, but early-year momentum appeared to stall with a modest softening in U.S. housing starts.... Full Article

Forest economics tome from former UBC professor set to hit bookshelves in China

Nov 04, 2013 - New edition and Chinese translation of Peter Pearse’s ground-breaking textbook to tap into huge potential market in Asia’s rapidly... Full Article

Lumber production steady in August: Central 1

Nov 01, 2013 - British Columbia lumber production remained steady in August, according to a November 1 report released by Central 1 Credit Union.... Full Article

West Fraser reports weaker earnings in Q3

Oct 29, 2013 - Lower lumber prices meant weaker earnings results for West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT), which released its third quarter results October 28.... Full Article

West Fraser, Canfor to swap timber, close mills

Oct 24, 2013 - West Fraser Timber will close its Houston, British Columbia sawmill in 2014 in an attempt to deal with the effect of the mountain pine beetle... Full Article

B.C. signs wood agreement with China's Zhejiang province

Oct 22, 2013 - The British Columbia government has signed an agreement with Zhejiang province in China to promote the use of wood frame construction.... Full Article

EU trade agreement could benefit B.C. forestry – eventually

Oct 22, 2013 - Europe represents a tiny fraction of Canada’s wood exports, but that doesn’t mean the recently announced free trade agreement between... Full Article

Teck purchases East Kootenay land for conservation

Oct 18, 2013 - Teck Resources has purchased a large parcel of land in the East Kootenays, which the company intends to use for conservation purposes.... Full Article

B.C. forest forage products finding niche markets

Sep 24, 2013 - First Nations groups introduce traditional food to high-end restaurants, experiment with marketing essential oils from evergreen needlesBy Jen St.... Full Article

Conifex Timber confirms $100 million deal to restart stalled bioenery project

Sep 16, 2013 - Conifex Timber Inc. has secured $100 million of financing for its stalled bioenergy project in Mackenzie, B.C. Full Article

Canfor workers vote to strike

Sep 16, 2013 - United Steelworkers members in Prince George hope a 97% vote to strike will spur Canfor (TSX:CFP) to meet their demands for wage increases.... Full Article

International wood buyers expected to snap up $48 million in B.C. product

Sep 06, 2013 - The province’s wood products makers expect to see $48 million in sales in three days at the annual Global Buyers Mission event.... Full Article

Ainsworth Lumber to be acquired by Louisiana-Pacific for $1.1 billion

Sep 04, 2013 - Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE:LPX) has signed an agreement to acquire Vancouver-headquartered Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (TSX:ANS) for... Full Article

Foresters hoping to harvest bioeconomy opportunities

Sep 03, 2013 - Demand for traditional wood products down, interest in innovative forest renewables up Full Article

Minister focused on market development in Asia

Aug 27, 2013 - Kelowna-Mission MLA Thomson also says he's pursuing forestry legislation changes Full Article

Re-evaluation of forestry audits legislation pushed

Aug 20, 2013 - Provincial forestry watchdog says system of professional reliance needs review Full Article

Former Canfor CEO takes the reins at struggling Catalyst

Aug 19, 2013 - A former Canfor CEO will take the top job at battered Catalyst Paper Corp. (TSX:CYT), the company announced today.... Full Article

Learning how to log for fun and profit

Aug 19, 2013 - Western Forest Products offering paid logging courses to help fill B.C. forest sector’s growing skills shortages Full Article

Forests minister tours Structurlam’s new plant, applauds company’s cutting-edge work

Aug 14, 2013 - Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, has lauded timber firm Structurlam after touring the company’s expanded... Full Article

Salman Partners bullish on Canfor stocks

Jul 30, 2013 - Solid second-quarter earnings and a continued rebound in the U.S. housing market have prompted investment dealers Salman Partners Inc. to bump... Full Article

B.C. leads surge in wood products manufacturing: StatsCan

Jul 25, 2013 - Wood products manufacturers have seen a 19.7% jump in production in the 12 months leading to May, with much of the gain benefitting B.C. companies,... Full Article

Link between LNG and forest carbon offset program raises environmental concerns

Jul 23, 2013 - Green MLA questions whether reforestation offsets will reduce overall carbon emissions or merely be used as a way to advance LNG development Full Article

West Fraser Timber's Q2 results affected by lumber volatility

Jul 22, 2013 - West Fraser Timber reported second-quarter earnings of $109 million, up from $67 million in the first quarter. Full Article

Contentious forest carbon program could cost taxpayers, critics charge

Jul 16, 2013 - Victoria's plan to sell tree-planting carbon offsets to businesses under fire as NDP raises concerns over Pacific Carbon Trust's potential involvement Full Article

Domtar reports $30 million loss for Q2

Jul 12, 2013 - Pulp and paper company Domtar is reporting an operating loss of between $30 million and $35 million for the second quarter of 2013 – the... Full Article

Forestry Minister slammed by NDP for ‘sweetheart’ wood chip export deal

Jul 05, 2013 - The New Democrats are demanding that Forestry Minister Steve Thomson explain why he signed a decade-long wood chip export deal when a provincial... Full Article

Forestry report: Sustainable forest management has deep roots in British Columbian economy

Jul 02, 2013 - While B.C. ships mostly raw logs and sells less than $350 million in finished wood products, the annual sales of value-added wood products in... Full Article

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