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Summary of news in the forest products industry
Date Posted: 9/4/2001
A host of different agencies in the Interior and Agriculture departments handle wildfires. "What I think the agencies need to do is figure how they will unify their forces," said McInnis.
In eastern Kentucky, the beetles have killed up to 90% of the pine trees in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The new CSA program tracks products from the forest through phases of ownership, transportation and transformation prior to reaching the consumer. Qualified forest products will be identified by a new version of the CSA mark called the CSA Sustainable Forest Management Mark indicating that they originated from a certified forest.
Grande Alberta Paper was granted a year-long extension in the summer of 2000 to file environmental plans for the light-weight coated paper mill outside Grand Prairie.
"We won’t have an environmental review done" on time, said GAP chairman Jim Hole. The company is seeking to renegotiate terms of an agreement with province officials.
The company apparently will totally rebuild the mill, tripling capacity to 1,200 tons per day. A new fine paper machine will produce printing and writing paper as well as offset and copy paper.
One report noted Willamette’s recent major capital investments and speculated that building to increase volume while the market is soft will position the company ahead of competitors, increasing sales potential when demand improves and prices recover.
Georgia-Pacific sold stand-alone uncoated fine paper mills in Ashdown, Ark., Nekoosa and Port Edwards, Wis., and Woodland, Maine, as well as associated pulp facilities. The operations employ about 3,200 people.
The wood shortage was predicted many years ago after insect infestations in the 1970s killed many of the trees in the province.
Trex makes composite decking products from wood fiber and recycled plastic.
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