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Press release from CNW Group

Prima Colombia Hardwood Inc. Advises Notification of Forestry Permit Denial

Friday, August 24, 2012

Prima Colombia Hardwood Inc. Advises Notification of Forestry Permit Denial03:20 EDT Friday, August 24, 2012TSX-V: PCTVANCOUVER, Aug. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Prima Colombia Hardwood Inc. (TSXV:PCT) ("Prima" or the"Company") announces that the Company was notified that all of its pending forestry permit applications have been denied by the National Authority of Environmental Licenses ("ANLA").  Notification was made by Resolution 0689 issued on August 23, 2012.The Company is in the process of translating and analysing the Resolution, but it appears the reasons for denial include the steepness of the terrain, the timber allocation to the region and the consultation between the licensor, the Community of Los Delfines, and its community members.On the completion of the detailed review of the Resolution, the Company will consult with the Community of Los Delfines and assess its options.About Prima ColombiaPrima Colombia Hardwood Inc. is a TSX Venture Exchange-listed Canadian based forest products company focused on international tropical hardwood timber development, production and marketing.  Prima's initial operations are located near Bahia Solano, Department of Choco on the west coast of the Republic of Colombia.  All Prima forestry concessions are intended to be operated following the highest standards of sustainable forestry and environmental management.  Prima brings over 30 years of forestry experience and dedication to best environmental operating practices and working with local communities and governmental agencies.Forward-Looking InformationThis news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "estimates", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Examples of such statements include statements pertaining to permitting and timing of and revenue from current and proposed timber development, operations, production and marketing.There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements and information are based will occur. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those discussed in Prima's quarterly and annual management's discussion and analysis and under "Risk Factors" in Prima's Annual Information Form dated May 11, 2011, which are available at www.sedar.com under Prima's profile, and any of which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Prima to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained in this news release.  Some of the factors which could affect future results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements and information contained herein include: general economic, market, business and governmental conditions; lack of operating history; results of operations and development activities; continued availability of capital and financing; reduced demand for timber (cyclical nature of industry); availability of necessary equipment or the failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; transportation, development, construction and production delays; anticipated and unanticipated costs; accidents; the regulatory and foreign environment and the timing and possible outcome of regulatory matters, including governmental approvals; political instability in Colombia; property title disputes or claims; environmental risks, including natural disasters; reclamation expenses; labour disputes and other risks of the timber industry; and any of the assumptions below not being correct.Such forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to: cutting permits are issued on a timely basis; tree cutting commences on a timely basis; heavy lift helicopter arrives and harvesting commences on a timely basis; other equipment is delivered on a timely basis; and customer trial orders are fulfilled.The factors identified above are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect Prima.  Additional factors are noted under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Annual Information Form dated May 11, 2011 available at www.sedar.com under Prima's profile. Further, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievement may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained in this news release. Forward-looking statements and information are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements are made and are subject to change without notice. These factors should be carefully considered and viewers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information, which speaks only as of the date of this news release.  Other than as required by law, Prima does not undertake to update forward-looking statements or information if management beliefs, estimates or opinions or other circumstances should change, or to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. All forward-looking information attributable to Prima herein is expressly qualified in its entirety by the cautionary statements contained in or referred to herein.Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.SOURCE: Prima Colombia Hardwood Inc.For further information: Donald P. Hayes Chief Executive Officer & Director Suite 880-1090 West Georgia Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3V7 Tel: 604-630-7600 Fax: 604-630-7610www.primahardwood.com