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Business & Politics

Conservative Government’s Extension of Softwood Lumber Agreement Adds Insult to Injury: Steelworkers

by United Steelworkers
Canada News Wire press release
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – The Conservative government’s extension of the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement is the latest betrayal in a long list of actions that have damaged the Canadian forest industry says United Steelworkers (USW) Canadian Director Ken Neumann.  “Extending the softwood lumber agreement, while failing to even attempt to address many of the problems it has worsened, or even consult with forestry workers who have been impacted by job loss in the sector, adds insult to injury to an industry that has been hard hit in recent years,” says Neumann. 

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U.S. pending home sales down, but not out

Vancouver Sun Business Blog
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pending home sales in the United States were disappointing in December, down more than 3.5 per cent after improving in October and November. The British Columbia forest industry is heavily reliant on the U.S. market, though having learned its mistake the industry is now expanding into Asia. But with the U.S. still a big buyer, if housing there suffers so does the B.C. forest industry. But Jennifer Lee, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets says not to despair, the bad December numbers do not necessarily mean the U.S. housing market is back in the dumps. “This is only one month’s move and it is coming off of its highest level in over 1.5 years,” Lee writes in a note. “Employment has improved, affordability is at record highs, mortgage rates are at record lows, prices are low, and ongoing efforts to help the housing sector and struggling homeowners are providing relief. ” Mark Kennedy, an analyst with CIBC seems to agree.

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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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B.C. government hopes owners will rebuild Burns Lake mill

Globe and Mail
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is stepping in to help workers displaced by a deadly blast at a Burns Lake sawmill find new work – but for many, the jobs likely won’t be in Burns Lake.  B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell will travel to the village, about 200 kilometres west of Prince George, on Friday to launch on economic recovery plan.  The blast at the Babine Forest Products mill left two dead. A dozen others are still in hospital, some in critical condition.  Beyond the immediate tragedy, residents are worried about the future of the town if the mill is not rebuilt.

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Province to focus on Burns Lake economic recovery Corrected Jan. 24: 19 people injured

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation press release
January 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS
LAKE – Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, will be leading the
Province’s efforts to help the community of Burns Lake recover economically
from the devastating fire that destroyed the Babine Forest Products mill.
  As
an initial step, Bell will be in Burns Lake on Friday with Nechako Lakes MLA
John Rustad to meet with local community leaders and organizations.

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RCMP investigating safety concerns at B.C. sawmill

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

BURNS LAKE, B.C. – Sawmill employees being interviewed by police after a Friday night explosion levelled their workplace and killed two are telling police about safety concerns.  RCMP Const. Lesley Smith said Tuesday officers plan to speak to everyone who worked at the mill about the day of the disaster and the days leading up to it.  “Witnesses have been coming forward with concerns they’ve had in the past and those are being brought forward not only to RCMP investigators, but also to the WorkSafe BC investigator,” said Smith. “All that information is pertinent in finding out what the cause of this explosion was.”

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Explosion and fire decimates Babine Forest Products sawmill

Burns Lake Lakes District News
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

At approximately 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 2012, a large explosion and fire occurred at Babine Forest Products sawmill, East of Burns Lake.  Eleven members of the Burns Lake Fire and Rescue Department initially responded to several 911 calls from the scene.  Upon arriving at the mill, Burns Lake Fire and Rescue Department fire chief Jim McBride called in emergency assistance from neighbouring fire departments and 12 members of the Houston Fire Department immediately responded to the call.  At the time of the accident, there was approximately 60 employees working at the site, including 37 in the sawmill.

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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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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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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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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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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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Direct subsidies ruled out for Corner Brook mill

Union vows to soften impact of pending cuts at struggling newsprint mill
CBC News
January 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Newfoundland and Labrador minister said Wednesday the government will do what it can to support the struggling Kruger newsprint mill in Corner Brook, but ruled out direct subsidies.  “If a long-term plan is presented to us, to ensure the viability of the paper mill that doesn’t involve subsidies, we’ll certainly look at it,” Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy told reporters in St. John’s, while Corner Brook Pulp and Paper workers were still absorbing revelations this week that layoffs may be imminent. Kennedy said while direct subsidies are out, the government is prepared to look at other means, as it has in the past. In recent years, government has spent about $50 million related to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, including a power purchase agreement that involves Kruger’s 124-megawatt stake in Deer Lake Power Co.

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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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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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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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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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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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Wood, Paper & Green Building

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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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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Forestry

ForestEthics: Affidavit Accuses Prime Minister’s Office Of Threatening Environmental Charity

Canadian Press
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A former employee of an environmental group critical of a proposed
oilsands pipeline says the Prime Minister’s Office threatened a funding
agency if it didn’t pull its support for the group.  A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper denies the allegations.  In
a sworn affidavit released Tuesday to The Canadian Press, Andrew Frank
says he was told by his supervisor at ForestEthics that a PMO official
had referred to their organization as an “enemy of the state.” The
affidavit describes how staff were told their jobs were at risk after
the official told Tides Canada, which supports the work of ForestEthics,
that the government would “take down” all of the agency’s projects
unless it cut ForestEthics loose.

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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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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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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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Redford won’t stop logging project in Castle region

Clara Ho
Calgary Herald
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

‘We have to balance environment and economic development,’ Alberta premier tells reporters
CALGARY – A logging project in the Castle region of southwestern Alberta will go forward despite pleas from protesters calling for the entire area to be protected, says Premier Alison Redford.  The Castle region is under a forest management plan where Spray Lake Sawmills is allowed to harvest a percentage of timber in one-third of the land, and the province will continue with that agreement, said Redford, adding the remaining two-thirds is considered protected land.  “This is an issue where we have to balance environment and economic development,” Redford told reporters Tuesday.  Meanwhile, protesters continued to occupy the site even after receiving trespassing notifications and notices to vacate, even getting the support of the local business community.

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Logging protesters deny government’s claims of camp being dismantled

Canadian Press
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. – Provincial government officials said Tuesday they had broken up protesters who were camping out in southwestern Alberta to try to stop logging in a foothills recreation area.  However, members of the ad hoc group called Stop Castle Logging denied that claim, saying the camp was still operating.  “We had one of our guys out there 15 minutes ago with a flashlight, and it’s exactly the same as it’s been for two weeks,” spokesman Gordon Petersen said late Tuesday night.  “The tents are the same, the signs are the same – nothing’s been dismantled.”

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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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Letter: The feds should pay property taxes on forest land

Oregon Live
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

The loss of the federal timber payments, a safety net set up in 2000 to allow counties to transition from excessively extractive forest practices, was obviously intended to be a short-term solution. I would like to propose a potential longer-term solution.  Currently, the federal government does not pay property taxes to counties. Counties, on the other hand, are required to forgo revenues related to natural resource extraction as part of the greater good to maintain ecological balance. I would propose a restructuring to require the federal government to pay property taxes to counties to compensate for revenues lost through federally mandated environmental policies.

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Sacramentos suffer from bark beetles

Alamogordo Daily News
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

RUIDOSO — Bark beetles have “drastically affected” pine trees on approximately 65,000 forested acres around the Sacramento Mountains. Property owners and others around the region were told of the bark beetle outbreak that ramped up last year and were provided with ways to deal with the infestation during an informational meeting Tuesday afternoon. “What’s happening is natural but out of proportion,” Andrew Graves, a entomologist with the USDA Forest Service’s regional Forest Health section, told the audience of nearly 100 people.

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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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Riley wants to plant 10,000 trees

Post and Courier
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

Mayor Joe Riley announced an ambitious plan to plant 10,000 trees in the suburban parts of Charleston as he delivered his annual State of the City address tonight.  …But the idea of planting 10,000 trees was a new offering. He called it something needed to beautify and reforest areas off the peninsula that, over the decades, have become more concrete than green as major roads expanded.  “The result of this over time has been widened arteries and somewhat of a roughness in appearance on the edges of wonderful suburban neighborhoods,” said Riley, who has been mayor since 1975. He was re-elected to a 10th term in November.

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Gov. Walker Awards State Forestry Grants

Fox 21 News Wisconsin
January 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

MADISON – The DNR Urban Forestry Grant program awarded $527,706 to 48 Wisconsin communities, nonprofit organizations, and a county for community urban forestry projects. Grant funds for 2012 will support tree inventories and assessments, management plans, emerald ash borer (EAB) preparedness plans, urban forest restoration projects, staff training, public education and other urban forestry efforts. Communities were encouraged to apply for grants to bolster their preparedness for emerald ash borer.

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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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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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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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Logging and bushfires

Online Opinion
January 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Allegations of scientists ignoring expected standards of objectivity to push personal agendas have featured prominently in the climate change debate. While the truth is hard to fathom for such a complex and nebulous issue, this isn’t necessarily the case with other more tangible environmental issues.  Forestry issues are an example where biased or agenda-driven ‘research’ can be more easily exposed given that Australia’s forests are easily accessible and have been widely studied, managed, and observed for at least a century.  Over the past two-years, some scientists have used the media to demonise Victorian native forest logging for allegedly exacerbating devastating bushfires such as those of ‘Black Saturday’ in 2009 which burnt 450,000 hectares of forest and killed 173 people.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

$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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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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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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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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