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Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Products Introduces New Line of Eco-Conscious Papers

A to Z of Materials
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Resolute Forest Products has introduced its Align portfolio of high-brightness, eco-responsible papers that are ideal replacements for chemical pulp uncoated and coated freesheet used in several commercial printing applications. Align papers are environmentally responsible as they consume less wood fiber, thus requiring only fewer trees for their production.

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Mills to take on wood, workers from BFP

Houston Today
February 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sawmills in Houston, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof are hauling in logs that had been decked and ready to haul to Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake before it was destroyed by fire. For now, only the logs that were already processed and piled up for January and February deliveries will be hauled out, said Richard Vossen, woods manager for BFP’s parent company Hampton Affiliates. “It’s short-term work,” he said. “It’s going to keep the fellas busy probably close to break-up.”

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Money allocated for eastern Oregon forest projects

OregonLive.com
February 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Malheur Lumber Co. in John Day has come close to going under. Despite being perched on the edge of the Malheur National Forest, timber sale reductions have made it hard for the mill to operate on a steady basis.  “We’ve had some close calls the last few years,” timber manager Mike Billman says. “It’s been tough.”  That’s why announcement Thursday of a $48.4 million allocation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was particularly welcome in the eastern Oregon community. 

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Emerald Brand Tree Free Tissue Products Receive Canopy Rating

By Paradigm Group
PR.com (press release)
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Syosset, NY — Paradigm Group (www.Paradigm-grp.com), a leader in environmentally friendly office, break room and disposable products for businesses, announces that its Emerald Brand tree free paper products have received a rating of “Environmentally Improved” from Canopy – a leading advocacy group for sustainable paper products in North America. Emerald’s tree free tissues are the first of their kind in Canopy’s database of environmentally preferable paper products available in the North American marketplace.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Lessons in sustainability: Avoiding 100-year mistakes

Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Vancouver’s skyline is dotted with construction cranes. …Only one problem: Few of these projects are deeply sustainable. …Next-generation green buildings can be built now with mostly off-the-shelf technology at a cost similar to equivalent conventional buildings over their life cycles (in other words, higher construction costs are offset by lower operating and capital renewal costs). The UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one such example. …Its wood structure — much of which utilizes pine beetle-affected wood from B.C. and Alberta — sequesters more than 600 tonnes of carbon and offsets greenhouse gas emissions from other non-renewable materials used in the building’s construction.

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Material6 Custom Wood iPhone 4 Backs Replace Glass With Awesome

Tapscape
February 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Replace the standard prone-to-break iPhone 4/4S glass back with the warmth and durability of wood using one of these gorgeous custom rear cases from Material6. With several natural timbers to choose from, including South American Rosewood, Wallnut and Birdseye Maple and a range of different finishes, there’s a look to suit all tastes. Each piece is hand-crafted by a team with over 30 years of custom fabrication expertise and comes with its own mini-screwdriver for removing the stock glass backing. Prices from $89.00.

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Forestry

Where the jobs are: job gains, losses by province and sector

Province-by-province breakdown of industries with biggest, smallest job growth
CBC News
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

New job numbers released by Statistics Canada Friday show modest employment growth of 0.7 per cent across all Canadian industries from January 2011 to January 2012. Provincially, the picture was much the same, with growth of less than one per cent overall in most provinces. …The biggest job gains nationwide were in natural resources, which includes forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying and oil and gas, while the biggest drop in employment was in the finance, insurance, real estate and leasing sector.

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Forest Practices Board Confirms Bell Understated Forest Problems

Former Forest Minister Understates True State of Not Satisfactorily Restocked Land
BC NDP Caucus
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS –The Forest Practices Board has confirmed that former forest minister Pat Bell has been grossly understating the true problems facing B.C.’s forests. New Democrat forest critic Norm Macdonald said Bell needs to explain why his estimate of crown lands that have not been adequately replanted was less than 10 per cent of the total the Forest Practices Board revealed Thursday. “Either the minister was badly misinformed or he was purposefully understating the problem facing our forests,” said Macdonald. “The Liberal government has utterly abandoned B.C.’s forests. Tree planting and silviculture work has been reduced even after cutting increased and at a time when fire and pests like the beetle are already taking their toll on the forests.

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Logging cutting into owl survival chances

(author unknown)
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tree cutting started last weekend for logging roads in one of the spotted owl’s last remaining habitats in Canada, near Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. Canada’s spotted owls are found exclusively in B.C., where population estimates range from 10 to 30. “The province says they’re handling it, but are they really handling it?” says Victoria forestry consultant Mike Fenger, who chaired the province’s Spotted Owl Enhancement Team that worked in 2006 and 2007 to produce a recovery plan for the critically endangered bird.

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Count black bears

Letter to the Editor by Clio Smeeten
Calgary Herald
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Logging protesters arrested,” Feb. 2.
Alberta’s Department of Sustainable Resource Development listed grizzly bears as threatened, meaning they know there aren’t many left. SRD does not know how many black bears there are in Alberta because it is too expensive to find out (George Hamilton, SRD, 2011). This is odd, as bears are hunted in the province, and therefore, are a resource. Numbers are needed to develop a resource sustainably. SRD’s black bear population estimate is gathered from 1993 aerial photographs of wilderness habitat, a survey resulting in a management plan. Plan and population estimate remain unchanged despite alteration of our landscape caused by industrial development since 1993. Logging in the Castle Crown Wilderness is a poor management decision that results in bear losses and orphans.

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Province lacks specific limits in screening risk of dust blasts

Globe and Mail
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia does not directly monitor for risk of dust explosions in sawmills or other industrial settings, leaving it up to employers to ensure that they control hazards in the workplace. Following a deadly explosion at the Babine Forest Products mill two weeks ago, WorkSafe BC confirmed that its regulations governing combustible dust contain no specific limits, leaving employers to extrapolate what is safe from guidelines. …“There isn’t an agency that has a mandate to monitor airborne explosive limits. It’s the employers’ responsibility in the province of B.C. to ensure a healthy and safe workplace,” said Al Johnson, WorkSafe BC’s regional director.

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Protest to save spotted owls in Chilliwack

Group says logging is threatening birds habitat
News1130
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – Protestors in Chilliwack are angry about logging, which they say is threatening the last handful of spotted owls living in BC. An information picket was staged Saturday at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel, in hopes of increasing public awareness. The Wilderness Committee’s Gwen Barlee says logging is underway in an area she claims was supposed to be protected owl habitat.

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New Democrats Attack Bell’s Tenure In Forests Ministry

Opinion 250 News
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – The B.C. New Democrats are claiming the Forest Practices Board has confirmed that former forest minister Pat Bell has been grossly understating the true problems facing B.C.’s forests.  New Democrat forest critic Norm Macdonald said Bell needs to explain why his estimate of crown lands that have not been adequately replanted was less than 10 per cent of the total the Forest Practices Board revealed Thursday.

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Quebec boosts protected northern areas to 20 per cent

Environmentalists celebrate increased safeguarding of extra 100,000 square kilometres of land
Montreal Gazette
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Calling it perhaps the largest environmental conservation project on the planet, Quebec Premier Jean Charest unveiled how the government plans to safeguard 50 per cent of the province’s northern territory — a region the size of France — from industrial development Sunday. Chief among the measures was the announcement that 20 per cent of the region will be declared protected areas by 2020, nearly twice the amount of land Quebec first pledged would be granted full protection. Another 30 per cent of the land will be closed to mining and hydroelectric projects, although other development projects deemed to have less impact on the ecology, like ecotourism, for instance, will be permitted. The nature of those development projects have yet to be defined.

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Forest plan weakens wildlife protection

Bend Bulletin
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Back in the 1980s, when conservation advocates were trying to stop logging in old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, they relied on a 1982 regulation that required the National Forest Service to protect wildlife such as the spotted owl throughout its range. They won, and a new Northwest forest plan in 1990 greatly reduced logging in the region’s old-growth forests on federal land. Now the national planning rule that governs individual national forest plans is about to change, for the first time since the Reagan era. Scientists and environmentalists say many of the changes are improvements, but they object to a key change in the way the plan would protect wildlife.

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N. Idaho communities may lose Forest Service jobs when headquarters move

The Republic
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — A plan by the U.S. Forest Service to relocate the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest supervisor’s offices away from Grangeville and Orofino will hurt those communities, Idaho and Clearwater county officials say. The Forest Service announced last week that moving the supervisor’s office to Kamiah will save $2 million a year. The agency is leasing a building in Orofino through 2014. Another building is being leased in Grangeville with that lease expiring in 2022.

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State Goes Its Own Way to Regulate Forest Roads

New York Times
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — A road into the piney woods can be fraught with consequences. That was the premise, more than a decade ago, behind a Clinton administration rule that restricted road building on millions of acres of national forests in the West. The so-called roadless rule, fought over in court from the start, was validated last year by a federal appeals panel, setting off a wave of euphoria among supporters and consternation among critics. But there is a big wrinkle here in Colorado, which was one of only two states — Idaho was the other — that at the urging of the Bush administration developed their own rules about roads in the wild.

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Seeing the forest for the trees

Corvallis Gazette Times
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SWEET HOME — On a steep, south-facing mountain slope about 20 miles east of Sweet Home, two dozen people are talking ideas for the management of 1,600 acres of mostly 40- to 110-year-old Douglas firs. They represent the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, private timber land owners, environmental groups and loggers. Twenty years ago, such a meeting could have resulted in a shouting match or brawl. But this group — which took place last Monday and included both tree huggers and tree cutters — had a shared goal of determining how to help the area in the long term.

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Cedar decline linked to cold, lack of snow

Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States, US West, Canada West

They began dying in the early 20th century, leaving scientists with a perplexing and enduring mystery about what exactly has been killing vast swaths of yellow-cedar forests along the Pacific Coast of southeast Alaska and northwest British Columbia. Now, U.S. researchers believe they’ve found the answer, concluding in a study published this month in the journal BioScience that reduced snow cover in recent times, combined with occasional cold snaps and the shallow roots of the tree – a long-lived and valuable species favoured by First Nations carvers – are the chief culprits in the mass die-off.

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Forest control taken over by eco-extremists

Herald and News
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The old saying “The fox is guarding the hen house” certainly applies to many of Oregon State University’s so-called “biologists.” Animal rights advocates more accurately describes their mentality. Statements by two OSU professors, that Oregon has enough potential wolf habitat for as many as 1,450 wolves confirms what I have observed for the last 30 years. The management of our forest and fauna has been taken control of by animal rights and eco-extremists. As a graduate of game management from OSU, I have seen this mentality slowly infiltrate the very organizations that manage these resources for all Americans, not just a few eco-nuts. 

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County to cut down 1000 trees at Mount Madonna County Park

San Jose Mercury News
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For generations, Mount Madonna County Park has been a favorite camping spot for Bay Area families. But for the next three months, the park, which straddles the Santa Cruz Mountains between Gilroy and Watsonville, will play host to a new type of visitor: loggers with buzzing chain saws, aluminum helmets and heavy trucks. Concerned by the spread of a virulent root disease, officials with the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department have drawn up plans to cut down about 1,000 trees in the park between now and April. …The disease, a root rot known as Armillaria, has affected mostly tan oaks and a few madrones, causing fears that as the infected trees fall, they could hurt or kill visitors. 

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9th Circuit says Forest Service plan for Sierra is flawed

Panel says the agency failed to adequately assess how fish would be affected by increases in logging and road building.
Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a controversial blueprint for managing national forests in the Sierra Nevada was flawed because the U.S. Forest Service didn’t adequately assess how fish would be affected by increases in logging and road building. …”In the same way the water in the Sierra is used by millions of people, it’s also the water resource that fish require all the way down to the ocean,” said Chris Frissell of the Pacific Rivers Council, which sued the Forest Service. “Our main objective is not to stop a bunch of projects,” Frissell said. “Our goal has been to raise the bar for how the Forest Service treats water resources and fisheries.”

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Sequoia Forest among first to revise management plan

Porterville Recorder
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sequoia National Forest will be one of eight national forests that will be the first to revise their land management plans using a new National Forest System Planning Rule. Of the nation’s 155 forests, Sequoia is at the top of the list and SNF Supervisor Kevin Elliott said it is a “tremendous opportunity” for his staff. The Planning Rule is still being formulated and is expected to be finalized this year, but Elliott said work on the Sequoia plan could begin later this year. Besides Sequoia National Forest, also on the list are Sierra National Forest to the immediate north and Inyo National Forest to the immediate east.

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Forest Service resumes prescribed fire operations Monday

Tahoe Daily Tribune
February 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will resume prescribed fire operations in several locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin on Monday, according to a statement from the agency. Operations may take place north of Emerald Bay, Kingsbury Grade near North Benjamin, the Kings Beach area and the Elizabeth Road area of McKinney Bay near Homewood. Locations and size of the operations will depend on conditions at each site. Operations may continue through the week and possibly into the weekend, weather permitting.

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Building slump cuts lumber demand, hurts state’s nursery tree sales

Press of Atlantic City
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Between the evenly spaced rows of plants that stretch away from Back Neck Road in Fairfield Township, workers at Halka Nurseries uprooted old trees, pushed them into piles and set them on fire. Halka Nurseries is one of many companies with huge fields of trees and shrubs in Cumberland County, a place where more plant nursery products are produced than in most states. Since the housing and construction market collapsed, nursery wholesalers such as the Halka family have struggled. 

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Logging is a crime against nature

The West Australian (blog)
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The madness of logging our forests. It is anyone’s guess why the State Government wants logging in native forests to continue. Against all the evidence, it claims that logging is sustainable. So let’s turn the question round and ask: why should we stop logging native forests? For starters, there’s climate change. Already, across the landscape, trees are dying. Without enough rain, the forests won’t grow back after being logged, especially under the intense logging practices being used today. Given the 20 per cent decline in south-west WA’s annual rainfall over the past 40 years and further decline more than likely, if we want forests for the future, we must stop logging now.

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Green groups claim evidence of old growth logging

ABC News Australia
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists say they have obtained samples of a tree more than 250 years old which was cut down in an area being logged in Tasmania’s south. The Huon Valley Environment Centre says the celery top pine is from a coupe being logged for timber company Ta Ann in the Picton Valley. Eight members of the environment group have disrupted the logging this morning by setting up a tree sit in the coupe. Group spokeswoman Jenny Weber says it is old growth forest that should be protected.

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Toolangi logging threatens rare possum, court told

ABC News Australia
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A civil trial is underway in the Victorian Supreme Court as environmentalists try to save an endangered species of possum. The My Environment lobby group is taking court action against the state-owned timber company, VicForests. The group wants to stop the logging of three coups within the Toolangi State Forest north-east of Melbourne. At the heart of the case is the threatened extinction of the rare leadbeater possum.

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MoU to create wildlife corridor for Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve

The Borneo Post
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KOTA KINABALU: The state government, represented by the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and the Rhino and Forest Fund (RFF), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Colloquium. This agreement lays the foundation to improve a wildlife corridor between Tabin – Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve and adjacent conservation areas. Tabin Wildlife Reserve is one of the last areas on Borneo where large wildlife still coexist. This includes the Bornean Rhino, Bornean Elephant, Orang Utan, Banteng and Sun Bear. But Tabin is almost completely isolated from other forests and surrounded by oil palm plantations.

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Logging and woodworking are livelihood of over 90% of people in Bulgarian municipality of Rakitovo

Focus News
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rakitovo. Logging and woodworking are the livelihood of more than 90% of the residents of the southern Bulgarian municipality of Rakitovo, mayor Lyubomir Petkov told FOCUS – Pazardzhik Radio. Any wood market jolts will bring social problems in the municipality. Legislative changes cause some hesitation among the people working in the sector. There were almost no public tenders for wood in January. The firms selling wood do not have supplies and cannot fulfill their contracts. I am worried, because if some of these firms stop operating, the unemployment rate in the municipality, which is one of the highest in the region, will climb further, added the mayor.

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Opinion: SFU ecologist seeks middle ground between conservation and development

by Pete McMartin
Vancouver Sun
February 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two things happened when it was announced in January that Brent Loken had discovered a Borneo monkey thought to be extinct. One, the world called. Media from everywhere wanted to interview him. Here for once was good environmental news. The world was hungry for good environmental news. Two, the war between our appetites versus our urge to protect the world threatened by those appetites continued unabated. It remains to be seen if the rediscovery of a monkey affects that war’s outcome.

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Expert speaks out on impact of logging in PNG

ABC Radio Australia
February 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of the world’s leading tropical biologists says clear felling of forests on Papua New Guinea’s controversial Special Agricultural and Business leases is likely to have profound impact on PNG’s environment. As you heard earlier in the program, logging on SABLs has pushed PNG’s log exports into record territory. In 2011, 650,000 cubic metres of logs were exported from SABLs. A prominent scientist in tropical biology says the environmental impact of this sort of logging is very significant.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BIOMASS SUPPLY AVAILABILITY: IS THER ENOUGH WOOD TO …

Forest Operations Review
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

This research is excerpted from the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) project, “Integrating Large-Scale Biomass into the US Wood Supply System,” a collaborative effort by Forisk Consulting and the Center for Forest Business at the University of Georgia. This analysis estimates potential impacts from emerging wood-using bioenergy markets on traditional forest raw material supplies.

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Nano Patents and Innovations: Tree Rings May Underestimate Climate Response To Volcanic Eruptions

Nano Patents and Innovations Blog
February 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Some climate cooling caused by past volcanic eruptions may not be evident in tree-ring reconstructions of temperature change because large enough temperature drops lead to greatly shortened or even absent growing seasons, according to climate researchers, who compared tree-ring temperature reconstructions with model simulations of past temperature changes.

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UNLV researcher finds stalagmites may reveal clues to climate change

Las Vegas Review – Journal
February 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Across the sweep of a thousand years, as ancient cities bloomed and died in southern Mexico, the water in Juxtlahuaca Cave went drip, drip, drip. Now a UNLV researcher is using a stalagmite built by those droplets to chart 2,500 years of rainfall and draw new links between human history and climate change. The findings by professor Matthew Lachniet and his research team could help shed light on Nevada’s climate over the past several thousand years and offer clues to how it might change in decades to come.

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Giants of the New Zealand forest give climate clues

Herald Sun
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

NEW Zealand scientists using the rings on kauri trees to look at climate patterns are tipping global warming to bring more big weather extremes in the coming years. The Auckland University study, published in the monthly journal Nature Climate Change, identifies that growth rings from the trees in Northland provide an insight into climate variations over centuries. The El Nino weather pattern, which brings cool southwesterly winds and droughts, is linked to wide tree rings as the trees grow rapidly, while La Nina, which brings brings wetter, warmer conditions, is shown in narrow, slower-growing, rings.

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New plan to change perception of charcoal production

The Standard Kenya
February 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is planning to increase the use of new-age charcoal kilns this year to raise production efficiency. The regulator also wants to encourage charcoal production from alternative materials — like agricultural waste — as opposed to wood fuel. KFS has already held demonstrations of the kilns in Bondo, Kitui, Kwale and Kilifi. The forest regulator is also advocating for the use of agricultural waste like dry leaves, coffee husks, sugarcane trash that can be converted into charcoal briquettes to provide a cheap fuel that is cleaner to burn. This is expected to reduce tree harvesting, which has been cited as a key contributor of deforestation in the country.

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General

US Forest Service highlights expansion of restoration of national forests

PoliticalNews.me (press release)
February 5, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, —Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report, Increasing the Pace of Restoration and Job Creation on our National Forests, that outlines a strategy and series of actions for management on 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. As part of the accelerated restoration strategy, $40 million for 20 forest and watershed restoration projects have been announced for the upcoming year. 

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Three California Forests Selected for New National Program

KCET (blog)
February 6, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Nancy Upham imagines a group of Sierra Club hikers meeting with folks from the California Cattleman’s Association to discuss the issue of grazing in the National Forest. Maybe there are fights, maybe not, but everything gets discussed out in the open. “Then we watch,” Upham, a Public Affairs Officer for Inyo National Forest, said. From there, the Forest Service knows how to build their policies. This is the collaborative model behind the U.S. Forest Service’s “Preferred Alternative” (PA) for the future of land management planning within the country’s forest system. The plan will dictate how individual forests manage things like hiking, hunting, road construction and mining.

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Wood pellet pricing now part of N.H. energy report

Forest Business Network
February 5, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) is now the second state-affiliated energy information provider in the Northeastern U.S. to include average residential pricing for wood pellets used in home heating applications, following Maine, the first to include wood pellet pricing data in its weekly fuel report. As of January 30, 2012, the New Hampshire OEP fuel prices report shows that one ton of delivered wood pellets costs roughly $237. The price used on the OEP report is generated by averaging the price data provided by several wood pellet providers in the state.

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