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Forestry

Mill layoffs create need for action plan (11/04)

Smooth Rock Falls has not felt the effects of planned layoffs at a Tembec’s kraft pulp mill in the community, although the town intends to establish an adjustment committee and hire a consultant by next year, says the mayor of the community.

Columbia expanding veener plant (11/04)

As part of a division-wide modernization plan, Columbia Forest Products will begin a multimillion-dollar expansion at its Rutherglen veener plant.

Forestry sector needs “room to grow” (11/04)

A proposed overhaul of Ontario’s protected areas legislation should not take more wood out of Ontario’s dwindling wood supply by allowing the creation of more protected areas, says a forestry industry official.

“Clear-cut” misperceptions continue (11/04)

Public knowledge of forestry practices has improved over the years, but some misperceptions about the state of Ontario’s forests still persist due to “junk science” and environmental alarmism, say officials with two of the country’s largest forest co

Build-with-wood message spreads (11/04)

Plans by a major industry-led campaign to promote wood in commercial and institutional construction in the lucrative southern Ontario construction market could be a major boost for Northern Ontario forest producers, says the campaign’s executive dire

Cost of certifying can be shared (11/04)

Smaller forestry companies in Northern Ontario need not fear mandatory certification, says an official with one of the largest forest companies in Canada. If anything, mandatory certification should provide a chance for companies to become creative.

New bill could spell hardship for lumber producers (10/04)

Higher lumber prices are helping Atikokan Forest Products stabilize operations after a long period of hardship, but company officials are worried that a bigger hardship may still lie ahead.

Government demands push foresters to go green (09/04)

Consumer, retail and now government demands for certified wood have convinced a northeastern Ontario forest licence holder to go green. The Sustainable Forest Licence holders harvesting wood fibre on Crown forests north and east of Sault Ste.

Harvesters brace for worst when forest management plans reviewed (09/04)

Alex Welch and his son Curtis of New Liskeard would have gone bankrupt if they had been making payments on their logging equipment during a recent work stoppage in the Temagami forest. Luckily, they weren’t. But, Welch is not sure about next time.

Land-use plan maps out potential in far North (09/04)

A massive land-use planning study is underway to open up vast expanses of virgin wilderness in Ontario’s far North to commercial forestry within the next decade.