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OSU scientist-writers win national prize for ‘Ricky’s Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire’

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 20:40

Author Judith Li and illustrator M.L. Herring, both associate professors at Oregon State University, won one of five awards for outstanding science writing from AAAS and Subaru of America, Inc. Ricky’s Atlas was named the best “hands-on science book.”(more)

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Is it time to rethink the Forest Service?

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 19:49

  Since the Clinton years, the Forest Service has undergone a great deal of change.  The agency was producing over 12 billion board feet of timber in the late 80’s, and by the mid 90’s that volume dropped to 2 billion.  To provide context, if that were converted to lumber, it would be a difference … Continue reading "Is it time to rethink the Forest Service?"

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Potlatch Board Declares Distribution on Common Stock

Forest Products IIII - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 19:30
[GlobeNewswire] - SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. 17, 2017-- The board of directors of Potlatch Corporation has declared a quarterly distribution on the Company's common stock. The distribution of $0.375 per share is payable March ...

Three Online resume Cover Letter Templates for Word

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 15:54

Follow the conditions of your original contract or agreement in canceling providers, when you nolonger require the services of the supplier. Recognize that as well, in case you have a that stipulates a quantity of notice, usually 30-days. Format Your Notice Format your notification on company letterhead and target it for the operator of the business or perhaps the sales consultant who serves as your …

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Russian plywood and panel industry in 2015-2016: financial status and capacities

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 13:00
We publish the abstracts of WhatWood’s chief editor Kirill Baranov presentation at the conference “Panel industry of Russia”, which was held by the editorial board of the journal LesPromInform in October 2016 at Lesdrevmash Expo. During this time some of the realities of the market have changed, and we have corrected and supplemented the information […]

WestRock Named to Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Company List WestRock selected for second straight year for excellence in the packaging and containers industry

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 11:12
NORCROSS, Ga., Feb. 16, 2017 -- WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) announced today that it has once again been named to Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”

The “World’s Most Admired Companies” survey measures nine attributes considered critical to a company’s global success, including quality of management, social responsibility, people management and global competitiveness, among others. The list, widely considered to be the definitive report card on corporate reputation, is based on company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors and analysts.

“WestRock is honored to once again be recognized by Fortune Magazine as a most admired company,” said Steve Voorhees, WestRock chief executive officer. “The enthusiastic commitment of our employees to partnering with our customers and doing business the right way around the world is reflected in this recognition.”

The full list appears in the magazine’s March issue, available now on Fortune’s website at fortune.com/WMAC, and on newsstands February 20.

About WestRock
WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 39,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 250 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Media Contact:
Chris Augustine, 470-328-6305
Director, Corporate Communications

Sonoco to Acquire Peninsula Packaging Company

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 11:11
HARTSVILLE, S.C., Feb. 16, 2017 -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Peninsula Packaging Company for approximately $230 million in cash. Peninsula, which is owned by a fund managed by Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC, is a leading manufacturer of thermoformed packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables found in the fast-growing perimeter of retail supermarkets. The transaction is subject to normal regulatory review and is expected to close by the second quarter of 2017.

Founded in 2001, the Exeter, Calif.-based company has 2016 proforma sales of approximately $190 million¹ and operates five manufacturing facilities, four in the United States and one in Mexico. The majority of its business is focused on packaging for a wide range of whole fresh fruits, pre-cut fruits and produce and prepared salad mixes, as well as baked goods. Peninsula’s customer base includes most of the leading household names for fresh fruits and vegetables found at retail.

“Our goal has been to strategically expand our consumer packaging portfolio to grow our offerings in both the center of the store and the fast growing perimeter,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco President and Chief Executive Officer. “With the addition of Peninsula, Sonoco will nearly double its thermoforming packaging capabilities and occupy a strong packaging position serving the perimeter in fresh food products, combined with our existing offerings in the center of the store, including those serving a range of frozen and shelf-stable foods.”

Sonoco Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Tiede noted over the past several years, supermarkets have spent $15 billion growing their freshly prepared options in order to increase sales of items along the perimeter of the store, and recent industry research projects that perimeter store sales of fresh foods could achieve a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of between 6 percent and 7 percent over the next four years.

“Combining Peninsula’s product lines with Sonoco’s packaging capabilities positions us extremely well to capture new growth in the rapidly expanding fresh and natural category, while greatly accelerating and enhancing our ability to offer our customers the most diverse consumer packaging formats and solutions in the industry,” Tiede said. “For example, this combination will allow Sonoco to deliver manufacturing and supply chain synergies gained from the connection between thermoformed trays and film lidding stock, which is an important customer differentiator.”

William Blair served as financial advisor to Sonoco. Peninsula was advised by BMO Capital Markets and Lazard Middle Market.

¹ Proforma sales includes projected full-year sales from a new operation in Mexico which started in mid-year 2016.

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Hartsville, S.C.-based Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of $4.8 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

About Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC is a leading middle-market private equity firm with a 20-year history of partnering with management teams and investing in North American companies. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Odyssey has acquired over 40 platform companies and over 125 add-on acquisitions.

About Peninsula Packaging
Peninsula Packaging is a provider of thermoformed plastic packaging products serving the fresh produce and bakery markets. Products include hinged containers (clamshells, produce trays, etc.), bases, lids and domes. Primary markets served include a wide range of berries, packaged salads and cut vegetables. Extrusion, thermoforming and labeling are managed from five production facilities located in Exeter, Calif., Hollister, Calif., Wilson, N.C., Yakima, Washington, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

International Paper Once Again Selected to FORTUNE's List of America's Most Admired Companies

PaperIndex TimesNews - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 11:10
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 16, 2017 -- International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced that it has been named again by FORTUNE magazine as one of "America's Most Admired Companies." International Paper has earned this recognition fourteen times in the last fifteen years based on scores achieved in the following categories: ability to attract and retain talented people; quality of management; social responsibility to the community and the environment; innovativeness; quality of products or services; wise use of corporate assets; financial soundness; long-term investment value; and effectiveness in doing business globally.

"Our vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world," said Mark Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our 55,000 employees are committed to doing the right things, in the right ways, for the right reasons, all of the time—this is The IP Way. Congratulations to our global team for achieving this well-deserved recognition."

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

Mapping bamboo forest resources in East Africa

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 07:13

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation is working with partners across the world on an ambitious project to map bamboo resources. The findings will form an important part of Flagship 4: Landscape Dynamics, Productivity and Resilience, of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Bamboo has vast potential to help tackle global poverty and natural resource problems. This […]

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Indonesian district government funds replication of ICRAF approaches

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 03:15

The Government of Buol District, Indonesia, has committed to replicate three activities of the Smart Tree-Invest project run by ICRAF with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.   The activities include farmers’ learning groups that run...

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NWTF and LP sign agreement to promote the conservation of forest wildlife habitats

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 03:09

The National Wild Turkey Federation and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation have teamed up to create an exciting new partnership aimed at promoting active forest management for the health and benefit of the nation’s forests, as well as for the wildlife and people who enjoy them.  

Understanding the socio-ecological processes that shape tropical reforestation

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 02:30

Tropical Forests in a Connected World: Collaborative Solutions for a Sustainable Future A presentation to Yale ISTF 2017 By Robin Chazdon, University of Connecticut > Click here to view/download a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation

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Colorado forest woes increase in ‘16 as Summit braces for new beetle

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 00:10

Nearly one in every 14 standing trees in Colorado forests is dead, and the possibility of even more in Summit County could come as early as this summer.

New partnership concerned about forest fragmentation

GFIS - Fr, 17/02/2017 - 00:06

Despite being the second-most urbanized state, Rhode Island remains more than 50 percent forested.

Harvesting trees essential to wildlife management

GFIS - Do, 16/02/2017 - 23:53

Every year, a few hunters hunting on WMAs will arrive to their stand location only to realize that their favorite tree to hang a stand in has been removed by a logging operation during the summer.

Teachers learning forestry

GFIS - Do, 16/02/2017 - 23:38

The Chambers County Forestry Planning Committee hosted Chambers County School Teachers at the Farmers Federation Building where eighteen teachers from Chambers County Board Of Education, Lanett City Schools, Springwood School and invited guests were in attendance.

CatchMark Registers Strong Year-Over-Year Results for Full-Year 2016 and Fourth Quarter; Declares Dividend

Forest Products IIII - Do, 16/02/2017 - 22:05
[PR Newswire] - ATLANTA, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Successfully integrating recent acquisitions into operations , CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) reported 18% in revenue growth, a 32% increase in GAAP net ...

Deltic Timber Declares Quarterly Dividend and Establishes Annual Meeting Date

Forest Products IIII - Do, 16/02/2017 - 21:16
[Business Wire] - The Board of Directors of Deltic Timber Corporation announced today a quarterly dividend of $.10 per share will be paid to stockholders of record as of March 6, 2017, with a payment date of March 20, 2017.

Central Texas now has an airtanker base to help fight wildfires

GFIS - Do, 16/02/2017 - 19:09

Feb. 16, 2017 Central Texas now has an airtanker base to help fight wildfires AUSTIN, Texas — Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp joined State Rep. John Cyrier and officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service on Thursday to unveil the newly establi


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