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Business & Politics

Shares of Domtar Under Pressure, Down 1.7%

Financial News Network On Line
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

One of today’s notable stocks in decline is Domtar, down 1.7% to $86.00. The S&P is currently trading 0.2% lower to 1,311 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading 0.5% lower to 12,608. Domtar Corporation produces uncoated freesheet paper. The Company manufactures business papers, commercial printing and publication papers, and technical and specialty papers. Domtar manages forestland in Canada and the United States, and produces lumber and other wood products.

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Softwood lumber dispute could resurface in TPP negotiations

Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s bid to join the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, that club of Pacific Rim nations that are forming a free-trade bloc spanning the Pacific, has rattled an old enemy of the B.C. forest industry – the U.S. Lumber Coalition.  That’s the group of American lumber companies that has been claiming for the last 30 years that Canadian softwood lumber is subsidized. They are the reason B.C. lumber companies now pay a tax on every two-by-four they ship to the U.S.  Their persistant attacks on Canadian lumber are the reason Canada signed the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement despite winning its case in U.S. courts and through a North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlement panel.  The coalition had no objections when both Canada and the U.S. decided earlier this week to extend the term of the SLA to October, 2015.

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Trade pacts aren’t the solution to softwood dispute, forest products VP says

BJ Siekierski iPolitics.ca
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The only way to end the softwood lumber dispute is for Canada to continue diversifying its exports, the Forest Products Association of Canada’s vice-president of international trade told iPolitics on Tuesday.  “I don’t think you ever resolve the dispute if you send 75 to 85 per cent of your product to the U.S. marketplace. Their industry will constantly be pushing back, trying to stop that,” said Andrew Casey.  “The way you solve that is by reducing the amount of product you send there. The only way to do that is to open up markets or expand existing markets.”  Monday, Trade Minister Ed Fast’s suggested that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations could be the forum to discuss the longstanding softwood dispute. Casey said he had a tough time imagining how that would be done.

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UPDATED: Catalyst wants provincial help after losing tax appeal

Cowichan News Pictorial News
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Catalyst Paper’s brass is now looking for provincial answers to solve what Catalyst sees as unfairly hefty property-tax rates by North Cowichan on the Crofton mill.  The firm’s Lyn Brown saw the sunny side of Friday’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada, dismissing Catalyst’s appeal that North Cowichan’s bylaw puts unreasonably high taxes on Crofton mill.  The high court saw those tax rates as as harsh, but allowed under B.C.’s Community Charter.  “We were looking for clarity, and that’s what we got in the Supreme Court’s judgement,” Brown said of the ruling she said removed uncertainty about how problems of taxation need to be solved.

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Future of B.C. mill up in the air after fatal blast

CTV News
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The owners of the Burns Lake sawmill that exploded Friday, killing two workers and injuring 19, won’t say whether they plan to rebuild the facility that has been described as the lifeblood of the small town.  At a heated town hall meeting in the small community Monday night, Hampton Forest Industries CEO Steve Zika told the crowd that the future of the Babine Forest Products mill depends on B.C.’s lumber supply.  “Only with a secure midterm timber supply will it be feasible to rebuild a new sawmill,” Zika said.

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Angry mill workers want answers – now

BY GORDON HOEKSTRA,
VANCOUVER SUN
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Angry Babine Forest Products workers want quick answers about the cause of an explosion that destroyed the sawmill and killed two workers, but officials say the explanation will take a while. Police and WorkSafeBC have said their investigation of the wreckage – which is still smoking – could take months. The first priority is to interview workers who were on shift during the explosion Friday night, Work-Safe director of investigations Jeff Dolan said Tuesday. But investigators are eager to talk to any workers with information that could help explain the explosion. Some workers continue to be treated for severe burns in hospitals in Prince George, Vancouver and Edmonton.

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Bell To Head Up Burns Lake Economic Recovery Effort

Opinion 250 News
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, B.C. – Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell,   will be taking the lead in the  Province’s efforts to  help  the community of Burns Lake  recover economically from  Friday’s fatal  fire that destroyed  the Babine Forest Products sawmill.  Bell will be in Burns Lake this Friday to meet  with community leaders and organizations.   Bell’s Ministry  will be working closely with the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural resources on  planning short and long term economic strategies.”We need to work quickly and collaboratively with the community to develop a plan to support Burns Lake, its families and workers when the immediate crisis has eased” says Bell “My ministry is leading government’s efforts to stabilize  the community and see the community’s economic development objectives  achieved.”

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BC Government to Launch Burns Lake Task Force in Wake of Mill Disaster

Rustad says village’s response to crisis has been tremendous
CJFW.ca
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

The provincial government is creating a task force specifically to help Burns Lake, in the aftermath of the Friday explosion and fire which destroyed its main employer.  Nechako-Lakes M-L-A John Rustad said the task force is being created by Jobs Minister Pat Bell, “to be working through the issues, working with the community to find out what their needs are.”  The Liberal M-L-A says Premier Clark “has been very clear that the government is going to be there; we’re going to do what we can to help the community through this, to help the workers and like I say, ultimately the solution is that we see a new forest facility in Burns Lake.”

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Record China lumber exports

100 Mile House Free Press
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

With lumber export sales of 4.28 billion board feet as of November, British Columbia exports to China have already surpassed the province’s 2008 goal of exporting four billion board feet in 2011. Last year’s export sales to China, with December still to report, are up 74 per cent from 2010 and 200 per cent from 2009. Sales to China, now with a value of more than $1 billion, make up about 29 per cent of all B.C. lumber exports. Only the United States at 42 per cent is larger.
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Job cuts likely as Kruger moves to improve competitiveness at Corner Brook mill

Canadian Press
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK, N.L. – Job cuts appear to be in store at the Kruger Inc.-owned pulp and paper mill in Corner Brook, N.L., as the company moves to implement what it describes as a rationalization plan to improve competitiveness.  “To ensure the mill’s long-term viability, the company must reduce its labour costs, which are significantly higher than the Canadian industry average,” the company said in a news release Tuesday.  However, the release – and an internal memo inadvertently released to one media outlet then made available to others – gave no indication of how many jobs might be lost among the mill’s 385 workers. Nor did it say specifically whether other concessions might be sought.

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EACOM Timber Corporation Confirms Fire Damage at Timmins, Ontario Sawmill

by EACOM
Marketwire press release
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – EACOM Timber Corporation today confirmed that a fire was discovered in its Timmins, Ontario sawmill in the evening on Sunday January 22. The Timmins Fire Department responded quickly to the scene and the fire was brought under control. There were no injuries from the fire.

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Adding Timber to Your Portfolio

MSN Business News
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Timber may not sound like the most attractive investment right now; everybody knows that we are not seeing too much activity in construction. Also, paper use is expected to decline in the following years due to technological change and ecological concerns. Precisely for that reason, it may be a good time to consider adding some cheap timber stocks to a long term portfolio. We have seen some early signs of stabilization in the housing market over the last months, nothing very conclusive though. But from a long term perspective, construction has much more upside than downside potential.We are still at depressed levels so, regardless of the stage of the cycle, I believe it’s reasonable to assume that housing and construction are likely to see better demand and fundamentals in the following years.

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Canada, US Sign New Lumber Agreement

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The Canadian government has signed a new agreement securing access to the US market for softwood lumber until 2015, which it is hoped will bring stability and predictability to the industry.  Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the US Trade Representative Ron Kirk signed on January 23 a two-year extension to the 2006 Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). The agreement, which entered into force in October, 2006, had been set to expire in October, 2013. The new deal extends the SLA without modification.  According to Fast’s department, the SLA has served the Canadian industry well in difficult economic circumstances. It maintains stable and predictable access to the US market, protects the ability of provinces to manage their forest resources, and provides for independent and impartial rulings on matters relating to softwood lumber trade disputes.

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Domtar Starts Massive Advertising Campaign to Let Us Know Why We Love Paper and Need To Print That Email

Tree Hugger
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

It must be hard, being in the typewriter or the film camera or the CD pressing business, to see your entire industry get vaporized by the digital onslaught. But giant papermaker Domtar isn’t taking it lying down; they are behind a big advertising campaign promoting paper. They want us to know how important it is to our lives. …Except, really it isn’t anymore. But they are not stopping there; They actually want you to print that email. …Yes, how many of us? Now it so happens that Domtar makes much of its paper from FSC sources, and can plausibly make a case that its product is carbon neutral or even negative. But there is more to it than just chopping wood and planting forests.

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Nearly 150,000m³ of EU duty-free quota depleted by 17 January

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The duty-free quota for softwood plywood imports into the EU, which is again set at 650,000m3 this year, is being used up at about the same pace as last year. The European Commission’s Directorate General for Customs and Taxation Union reported that 141,058m3 or 22% of the original amount had been used up by 17 January 2012. Some 211,491m3 of softwood plywood had been imported into the European Union duty-free in all of January 2011, with some 142,150m3 of this amount coming in the first half of the month. The duty-free quota then expired on 28 June 2011, with the last consignments awarded duty-free status on 4 July.

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Latin American Wood Chip Exports at Record High Levels

Woodworking Network
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE, WA — Wood chip exports from Latin America are on track to
reach a record high of almost eight million tons in 2011, reports the
Wood Resource Quarterly. This would be an increase of seven percent from
last year and of almost 60 percent higher than in 2006. Chile is by far
the biggest exporter, accounting for two-thirds of the total shipments
from the continent, while Brazil and Uruguay both account for about 16
percent each. In 2011, Chile was the world’s second largest supplier of
hardwood chips after Vietnam.

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Price pressure in sawmilling industry shows short-term effect on softwood log sector

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A number of Austrian sawmilling companies’ calls for marked reductions in prices for spruce/fir sawlogs have evidently been followed by some first contracts at a lower price level in the last few weeks. Price cuts of 5-6/m3 for the benchmark grade of L 2b/3a are being reported from Lower and Upper Austria, for example. According to information from forest owners, however, these price reductions only apply to existing price peaks, prompt deliveries, and short-term contracts with terms of one month.

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European Wood Flooring Market Remained Stable in 2011

Hardwood Floors Magazine
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Based on preliminary member reports obtained during Domotex Hannover, the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP) announced Friday that wood floor consumption in 2011 in “the European market remained stable in comparison with the previous year.” Still, the market picture is not uniform in light of the ongoing European financial debt crisis, which has hit some countries more than others. As a result, market performance varies considerably from country to country, FEP noted.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood innovation centre may be cut short

Prince George Citizen
January 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre proposed for downtown Prince George may not end up as tall as first envisioned. When making the announcement in Prince George last summer, Premier Christy Clark said the goal was to make the proposed 10-storey centre slated for Fifth Avenue and George Street the tallest multi-use wood building in the world. However the province is reconsidering the height after many of the 34 firms responding to last fall’s call for expressions of interest suggested shorter would be better, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell said Tuesday. “It’s just that a significant number of those who submitted expressions of interest said that six storeys would accomplish the objective of an iconic building and would be easier and more timely to build,” said Bell.

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Concrete Log Homes: a ‘Worry Free’ and Fire-Resistant Solution

Concerned about wildfires, a Southern California cabin owner decides to rebuild using EverLogsTM concrete logs instead of wood. Completed last week, the cabin is now ready for wildfire season and whatever else mother nature can deliver.
PRWEB press release
January 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Idyllwild, CA – When Robert Brahm decided to rebuild his mountain cabin in a wildfire prone area of Mt. San Jacinto outside of Idyllwild, California, his architect reminded him of strict new building codes. Specifically, new fire codes requiring all exterior materials to have a Class A fire rating. With the rebuild completed last week, Mr. Brahm recalls that he wanted a log cabin look but knew traditional wood logs were not an option. The solution? He turned to Montana-based EverLog SystemsTM, a company that makes worry-free log homes using concrete instead of wood.

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P.O.P. Display Designers Are Using Wood Powder Coating to Save the Environment and Money

by  GCC Coatings
PRWEB press release
January 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

South Beloit, IL – Successful P.O.P. Display companies are providing their customers more value for less money. Powder coating wood parts can save 50% or more over conventional liquid finishing …. and it is more durable and eco friendly. GCC Coatings is respected in the wood powder coating field for their unique ideas. Today they announced Impact CoatingTM another innovative solution for parts that require high impact resistant surfaces or edges. GCC Coatings has managed to add yet another process for coating wood products to its already impressive range of wood finishes. Having taken the wood powder coating niche by storm, the company desired to expand its repertoire even farther by adding its new Impact CoatingTM finish that combines features like high impact resistance, chemical resistance and water resistance. “We are always looking to take something that may seem unconventional and make it work for us”, said Troy Greenberg, President. “We really enjoy being able to show our clients that wood is still a viable material for building just about anything when the right coating is applied.”

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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation Selects Eco Building Products, Inc.

ECOB Supplying Eco Blue Shield(TM) Treated Wood Products to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans
PRNewswire via COMTEX hosted press release by Eco Building Products, Inc.
January 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

VISTA, Calif., – Eco Building(TM) Products, Inc., ECOB +3.33% announced today the company has been supplying Eco Blue(TM) Shield treated wood products to Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to assist in the building of a home design by world renowned architect Frank Gehry utilizing Eco-Friendly building materials. Recognizing the need for protection against Mold, Wood Rot and Termites, due to the inherent climate in New Orleans, Eco Blue Shield protection was an easy choice. The Company has shipped six home packages to date with three more ready to ship and a backlog of fifteen more homes shipping in the next few weeks. Leveraging our affiliate network we are able to purchase and treat the lumber at Guthrie Lumber in Austin, Texas allowing ECOB to provide superior and cost effective service to the project.

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Forestry

Questioning U.S. ‘environmentalists’

Opinion – BC Local News
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver set off a loud, but poorly informed debate as environmental hearings began into the Enbridge proposal to pipe Alberta oil to the seaport at Kitimat.  Oliver’s open letter blasted foreign-funded environmental groups that “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.” …Greenpeace founder-turned-critic Patrick Moore was in Victoria last week to speak to the Truck Loggers’ Association. He pointed out that North American “green building” standards reward locally sourced concrete and steel, but not wood. Why? Because big international organizations like Greenpeace and Sierra Club are so invested in opposition to logging, they end up backing environmentally destructive policies.

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Environmentalist’s departure sheds light on tension felt by green groups

Nathan Vanderklippe and Shawn McCarthy
Globe and Mail
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A prominent environmentalist has been fired from an organization that has staunchly protested the Northern Gateway pipeline after he accused the Prime Minister’s Office of resorting to intimidation tactics against the project’s critics.  The dismissal of Andrew Frank, spokesman for anti-oil-sands group ForestEthics, comes amid an increasingly tense atmosphere among environmental groups – especially those registered as charities, whose public advocacy is supposed to be limited – that have come under fire by the federal government for harbouring “radicals” intent on “hijacking” the review process for Gateway. …One of the groups that has received the most attention is Tides Canada, a wide-reaching foundation that supports nearly 40 organizations, including ForestEthics, an environmental organization with roots in the mid-1990s fight against clear-cut logging.

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Peter Foster: Faust in the forests

January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

There has been much controversy over the Harper government’s complaints about U.S. foundation-funded environmental “radicals.” I suggested here last week that it was at least as important to emphasize green NGOs’ use of misinformation and bully-boy tactics as their funding. It is also crucial to recognize that their actions are part of a broader plan — allegedly justified by the existential threat of environmental problems — to outflank national governments and control corporations. Arguably, some of the greatest successes of the prospective global governors have come in Canada, due to its role as the leading exporter of forest products, and because forestry has long been a focus for promoters of that noble-sounding, but dangerously nebulous, concept of sustainable development.

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Alberta officials dismantle logging protester camp

The Castle Mountain area once designated as a “special” site
Canadian Press
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial government officials have broken up protesters who were camping out in southwestern Alberta to try to stop logging in a foothills recreation area.  The protesters had been blocking logging trucks owned by Calgary-area forest company Spray Lake Sawmills for almost two weeks.  The Castle Mountain area was once designated by the province as a “special” site needing environmental protection.  Anti-logging residents say taking down trees in the area will hurt tourism, disrupt the watershed and destroy core grizzly bear habitat.

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Bark beetles, drought killing trees

Danger of fire, falling trees increases
KRQE News 13
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

RUIDOSO, N.M. – Thousands of trees in New Mexico are dying a slow death, their killers a miniscule insect called a bark beetle.  Forest and fire officials met Tuesday with a lot of worried people in Ruidoso to address questions and concerns.  Though it’s not easy to notice from the outset, thousands of acres of trees are being infested with bark beetles . Not only are the beetles spreading in the Sacramento Mountains, they’re creating more of a fire danger.

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Extension offers online course for forest landowners

News Leader
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

BLACKSBURG – Virginia forest landowners looking to gain an understanding of how to keep their woods healthy and productive can do so in the comfort of their own home. Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment are offering an online course to help private landowners become better stewards of their land. The 12-week Online Woodland Options for Landowners course, which runs from March 5 to May 25, teaches basic management principles and techniques for both novice and veteran private forest landowners.

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Forest Service to Conduct Prescribed Burn on Bearpen Mountain

Mountain Xpress Asheville
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. — The USDA Forest Service today announced that it will conduct a 1,200-acre prescribed burn in the Bearpen Mountain area of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, in February or March 2012. The Forest Service will implement the prescribed burn to reduce woody debris in the forest, which will help prevent catastrophic wildfires. The prescribed burn will also improve wildlife habitat.

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Report suggests songbirds, bats at risk of mercury poisoning

Bangor Daily News
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

Researchers examining the effects of mercury on wildlife found elevated levels of the neurotoxin in songbirds and bats from Maine to Virginia, prompting the study’s authors to call for more monitoring and stronger conservation measures. …Other recommendations included restricting logging near water bodies, controlling reservoir levels to avoid remobilizing sequestered mercury, and tracing unknown sources of mercury.  Reducing this neurotoxin from the environment will benefit wildlife and people, Tim Tear with The Nature Conservancy said in a statement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

U.S. group wants trade ban on Canada for polar bear hunt

Centre for Biological Diversity says Arviat quota increase violates a 1973 convention
CBC News
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

A U.S. conservation group is calling for trade sanctions against Canada because of an increased polar bear hunt quota in the Western Hudson Bay region. In October, Nunavut’s environment minister increased the quota in the Arviat, Nunavut, area from eight to 21. The Centre for Biological Diversity claims this increase violates the 1973 Convention on Polar Bears, which was signed by Canada and several other countries. The group filed a formal request with the U.S. Department of the Interior Tuesday. It is calling for a ban on Canadian wildlife products.

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Forest research firm gets $700,000 in name of bio-products

Mark Nielsen, Prince George Citizen
January 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

Forest research institute FPInnovations has been awarded $700,000 to to help forest companies create jobs by turning their waste wood into high-value “bio-products,” Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell said Tuesday.  Specifically, FPInnovations will gauge the extent of B.C.’s bio-economy, and help industry identify cost-effective fibre available for new projects, including areas affected by the mountain pine beetle.  “This investment will help create jobs for families in rural communities all around B.C. by letting us get the most value from every tree we harvest, while helping the forestry industry protect the environment,” Bell said in a statement.

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$700K research investment to boost B.C.’s bio-economy

BC Jobs, Tourism and Innovation press release
January 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada West

VANCOUVER – A $700,000 investment to help forest companies create jobs by turning their waste wood into high-value bio-products will address many of the recommendations from government’s Bio-Economy Committee, Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, said today.  The Bio-Economy Committee, chaired by John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Clean Technology, was formed in July to identify ways to expand B.C.’s bio-economy. Its report highlights the need for government to take a leading role in developing the bio-economy. 

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Don’t knock wood as energy source

January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

OLDTOWN – Burned for eons by cold humans, wood is making a comeback as an energy source in the mind of Derrick Bender, University of Maryland Extension educator, especially as consumers attempt to find ways to save money.  Bender, using the Oliver Beltz Road home of Henry and Nancy Maier as his laboratory, is partially through a case study that will provide a dollar-to-dollar comparison of the expense of using wood, wind and sun as alternative energy sources.  And what a perfect place to do so. The Maiers have solar panels on one side of their home, two wind turbines on the other side and an industrial strength woodburner in a garage.

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Dovetail Partners Explains the Forest Carbon Debate in Plain English

National Alliance of Forest Owners
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A new report from Dovetail Partners provides a concise primer to policy makers on the forest carbon cycle, carbon accounting, biomass energy emissions and other critical topics.  This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how and why biomass must be allowed to fulfill its potential as a key source of renewable energy, contributing jobs to the economy and benefits for the environment.

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CO2 emissions traded to help Tohoku region

Yomiuri Online
January 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Firms that emit greenhouse gases but also want to help revitalize business in the Tohoku region following the Great East Japan Earthquake are being drawn to participate in a carbon dioxide offset trading scheme.  Named J-VER (Japan Verified Emission Reduction), the scheme is a type of carbon-offset program.  Under the scheme, entities practicing silviculture through thinning, planting and other means can enter a certification process to claim credits, depending on how much carbon dioxide their forests absorb.  Including prefectural governments, the entities can then sell their credits to other bodies wanting to act on global warming.  The scheme was set up in November 2008 by the Environment Ministry and the Forestry Agency.  So far, 180 projects nationwide have been certified under J-VER. The total amount of carbon dioxide nationwide that can be traded in the form of credits is about 157,000 tons.  The Kamaishi regional forest cooperative association in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, has sold nine times as many credits as it did before the earthquake, boosting the scheme’s prominence.

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Indonesia sets aside 45% of forest-rich Kalimantan to be world’s lungs

Center for International Forestry Research
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia – Following a moratorium on new logging concessions last year, Indonesia has allocated 45 percent of Kalimantan, the country’s part of Borneo island, to remain as conservation and forested areas and serve as “the lungs of the world.” The move was part of Presidential Regulation no. 3/2012 on Kalimantan’s spatial plan, signed by Indonesia’s leader, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, early in January and announced last week. A calculation by this writer would suggest that the regulation may, in effect, protect 24.6 million hectares of mostly land in Kalimantan, seven months after the government announced a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions nationwide.

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New Video Reveals Global Resistance to Forest-Carbon Project

By Global Justice Ecology Project
Scoop Independent News
January 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Global Forest Coalition and Global Justice Ecology Project have produced a new video entitled A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests. The twenty-eight minute video, launched today, documents opposition among Indigenous Peoples, forest-dependent communities and environmental justice groups around the globe, to controversial programs that claim to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) by putting forests into the carbon market.  As REDD policies and programs are promoted around the world by corporations and governments, Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities are raising the alarm that these programs will have serious negative impacts – and will not mitigate climate change.

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General

Peter Foster: Faust in the forests

January 25, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

There has been much controversy over the Harper government’s complaints about U.S. foundation-funded environmental “radicals.” I suggested here last week that it was at least as important to emphasize green NGOs’ use of misinformation and bully-boy tactics as their funding. It is also crucial to recognize that their actions are part of a broader plan — allegedly justified by the existential threat of environmental problems — to outflank national governments and control corporations. Arguably, some of the greatest successes of the prospective global governors have come in Canada, due to its role as the leading exporter of forest products, and because forestry has long been a focus for promoters of that noble-sounding, but dangerously nebulous, concept of sustainable development.

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Don’t knock wood as energy source

January 25, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

OLDTOWN – Burned for eons by cold humans, wood is making a comeback as an energy source in the mind of Derrick Bender, University of Maryland Extension educator, especially as consumers attempt to find ways to save money.  Bender, using the Oliver Beltz Road home of Henry and Nancy Maier as his laboratory, is partially through a case study that will provide a dollar-to-dollar comparison of the expense of using wood, wind and sun as alternative energy sources.  And what a perfect place to do so. The Maiers have solar panels on one side of their home, two wind turbines on the other side and an industrial strength woodburner in a garage.

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