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Business & Politics

LP Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Results

Business Wire press release
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, International

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) LPX +1.35% reported today results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 2011, …”Demand for building products slowed in the fourth quarter due to seasonality and inventory reduction actions taken by our customers at year end,” said LP’s CEO, Rick Frost. “For the full year, U.S. single family housing starts were down 9 percent to a 50-year low, which made 2011 another tough year for LP. On the bright side, our South American operations had a record year of profitability, and LP ended 2012 with a strong balance sheet that included $340 million in cash.”

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Today’s small-cap stocks to watch

Globe and Mail
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Acadian Timber Corp. (ADN-T11.000.232.14%) has announced a dividend of $0.20625 per share, payable on April 13, 2012 to shareholders of record on March 30, 2012. For the fourth quarter of 2011, Acadian generated net sales of $15.1-million, a 26 per cent decrease from the same period in 2010. Net income rose to $11-million from $2.6-million thanks to Acadian’s corporate conversion on January 1, 2010.
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Canfor Pulp Products reports net income of $5.9 million in fourth quarter

Canadian Press
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (TSX:CFX) rose to a profit in the fourth quarter but the forestry firm’s shares retreated as it announced a cut in its quarterly divided to 25 cents per share from 40 cents.  The Vancouver-based company said late Monday that its net income was $5.9 million or 17 cents per share, representing its take from a 49.8 per cent stake in the operating division Canfor Pulp LP. That compared to a loss of $11.3 million or 32 cents per share a year earlier.

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Where have all the jobs gone?

Letter to the Editor by Gregory Gowling
TB Newswatch
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

I write this letter to you in the hopes of an effort on my part, to bring to light the employment issues that are running rampant within the city of Thunder Bay and have been for the last several years (if not more) in this city and the surrounding region.  I will be honest in saying that I am a student, so this issue does not affect me as greatly as non-students. Though this issue does affect me in a more limited fashion, I have not been able to find part-time work in this city for over two years, and not for a lack of effort.   As I have understood, there were a total of six pulp mills in the vicinity of Thunder Bay, only one of which remains. I do not know the various reasons for the closures, but I have seen what it has done to the local economy.

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The Softwood Lumber Agreement

Finally, some good news!!
Mid North Monitor
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NATIONAL – Late last month, there was some other good news on the forestry front, this time in regards to the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States. The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) and the Council of the Quebec Forest Industry (QFIC) are satisfied with the two-year extension of the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA), announced January 23, 2012 by Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Ed Fast. They are also pleased the issues raised by Central Canada‘s forest sector with DFAIT were reflected in the extension.

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Cost cuts called risky for logging

Chronicle Herald
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Slashing the cost of logs harvested on Crown land could hurt Nova Scotia’s independent logging sector and small woodlot owners, a forestry analyst says. Matt Miller, forestry campaign co-ordinator with the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, says reducing stumpage fees will put added pressure on independent forestry workers in rural areas. “This would put small woodlot owners and small private producers of wood at a disadvantage because mills would have cheap Crown wood to fall back on,” he said Tuesday, amid speculation the province is poised to reduce the cost of logging public land. Chronicle Herald columnist Dan Leger said in a recent blog that the Dexter government is considering cutting fees to log Crown land. “The proposal is for a 30 per cent cut, which would amount to a cost to taxpayers of about $2 million a year,” he said. “A document has gone to the appropriate ministers for approval, but it is considered a done deal.”

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Timber enduring four years of slow, painful progress

Oregon Natural Resources Report
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Most measures are relatively constant this month, except unsold inventory made improvement, driven by decreased listings. Interest rates continue down. Prices of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics below, show the four-year dilemma of painfully slow progress out of this deep depression in lumber and housing. …This year, rather than track a good year from the prior cycle, such as 2006, our tracking starts with 2008, near the bottom of the lumber and housing depression, so as to show the pattern of business progression in this cycle. This approach emphasizes smaller changes in the statistics, and shows progress at a smaller scale. Compared to past cycles, volumes and price improvements today may seem insignificant, but they are what is happening month to month and year to year at this time.

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Softwood Lumber Check-off program building buzz

Forest Business Network
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Although the Softwood Lumber Check-off program was officially approved by the North American softwood lumber industry in the second half of last year, I’m hearing an increased buzz about this program lately, and for good reason. A unified softwood lumber promotion program — promoting softwood usage both domestically and internationally — is an exciting growth opportunity. This long-term investment in the future of the softwood lumber industry reaches a major milestone at the end of this quarter when all producers will be submitting their first program assessment payments of 35 cents per thousand board feet. The expected “war chest” for yearly marketing efforts is $12 million to $19 million per year. 

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Louisiana-Pacific’s CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Interview with LP CEO Rick Frost
Seeking Alpha
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Q4 2011 Earnings Call. Operator – Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Fourth Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call.

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Earnings: Louisiana-Pacific posts $170.7M loss for 2011

Nashville Business Journal
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Nashville-based Louisiana-Pacific continued to see its losses grow in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company reported losses of $46.6 million, or 34 cents per diluted share, for the quarter on revenue of $312.2 million. Analysts, on average, had anticipated a loss of 20 cents per share on revenue of $319.6 million.

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Prices for hardwood pulp grades still heading upwards

EUWID Pulp and Paper
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Hardwood pulp prices are still heading up, the target price producers had set their sights on for eucalyptus pulp remained out of reach, however. The bulk of the volumes is said to change hands at the upper end of the current price bracket. Industry experts are assuming that prices will continue to rise and reach the target price producers announced before the end of this month.
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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Modest Upswing for Engineered Panel Industry in 2012

Woodworking Network
February 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Engineered panel sales are projected to increase modestly in 2012, according to representatives of the composite panel and hardwood plywood veneered panel industries. “CPA expects overall North American composite panel sales to be modestly up in 2012, following three successive years of exceedingly low demand due to weak markets,” said Tom Julia, president of the Composite Panel Assn. (CPA). “If there is a silver lining to this lingering cloud it is that most companies have figured out how to operate at demand/capacity ratios that were once considered impossible.”

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To Alter Lacey Act, Sen. Rand Paul Introduces FOCUS Act

Hardwood Floors Magazine
February 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In another push to amend and scale back the Lacey Act, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced an amendment Thursday aimed at removing every reference to “foreign law” from the act and substituting its current federal penalties with civil penalties. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and James Risch (R-Idaho) are co-sponsors on the legislation, which is referred to as the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012, or FOCUS Act. The amendment follows in the wake of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s raids on Gibson Guitar, carried out in November 2009 and August 2011. The Lacey Act was most recently amended in 2008 to expand its scope for the purposes of combating illegal logging in foreign countries.

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2012 International Builders’ Show to Showcase the Industry’s Largest Product Display

National Association of Home Builders press release
February 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Housing professionals from across the country and abroad will convene at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-11, for the 2012 International Builders’ Show (IBS), the housing industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) event, held in one of the largest convention centers in the country, will feature the most cutting-edge designs, technologies, and products for all segments of the industry.  Here are just some of the many exciting innovations that builders will see at the event of the year for the home building and remodeling industry.

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ASTM C1096 / C1096M – 07(2011)e1 Standard Test Method for Determination of …

By ASTM International
Environmental Expert (press release)
February 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The determination of wood fiber in asbestos-cement products is necessary because such fibers may be added when multi-wall paper bags containing the asbestos are included in the batch formulations, or cellulose may be added as a processing aid during the manufacture of the products. Although moderate concentrations of wood fiber usually have a negligible effect on product durability and performance, higher concentrations can have deleterious effects on products exposed to moisture and thermal shocks.

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Forestry

Thumbs up to government’s response to Burns Lake tragedy

Letter to the Editor by Greg Norman
Vancouver Sun
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Re: Tragedy at Burns Lake, Jan. 28
Two thumbs way up for Premier Christy Clark and Nechako-Lakes MLA John Rustad. On January 20, in the dark with blowing snow and a temperature of -20, Babine Forest Products mill, without warning, exploded in a ball of fire, so beginning the worst disaster of Burns Lake’s short history. The heroism of the mill workers involved and of the rescuers cannot be overstated. Nineteen men survived the initial blast and nineteen men made it to the hospital – two were killed.

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Foresters flag Meadow Creek Cedar

Nelson Star
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The professional body that regulates foresters in BC is considering legal action against Meadow Creek Cedar. The Association of BC Forest Professionals says the Lardeau Valley operation doesn’t have a registered forester overseeing its logging, in breach of provincial legislation. A newsletter item to members reads: “Meadow Creek Cedar Ltd. is or has been engaged in activities that may involve the unauthorized practise of professional forestry by its employees or contractors, without the services of a member of the ABCFP in contravention of the Foresters Act of British Columbia.”

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Enviros want BC premier to protect more of Great Bear sooner

By Andrew MacLeod
TheTyee (blog)
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three environmental groups are calling on British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to accelerate protection of the Great Bear Rainforest on the province’s northwest coast. “With the leadership of your government, the milestones required to protect the rainforest and improve well-being in communities can be implemented within one year,” wrote Valerie Langer from ForestEthics, Eduardo Sousa from Greenpeace and Jens Wieting from the Sierra Club of B.C. in the Feb. 7, 2012 letter.

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Truck hauling poles to controversial Campbell River pole plant involved in accident with neighbour’s vehicle

Campbell River Mirror
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

An accident involving a logging truck en route to a pole peeler plant on Duncan Bay road has neighbours calling for the operation to be moved out of their neighbourhood. A log hauler, owned by Buttle Lake Resources Ltd., was coming around the corner, near a home at Gordon Rd., around 4:15 p.m. last Thursday when it ran into trouble. The logs, roughly 90 feet in length and hanging off the back end of the truck, nearly took out someone at the scene and sideswiped a car, according to a witness.

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All the trees, All the minerals, All the oil, All the gas, All the coal, pipelines everywhere and damn all the rivers

Comox Valley Record
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dear editor, Tom Fletcher’s significant, eye-opening editorial “Questioning U.S. ‘environmentalists” (Jan. 25) was truly frightening. It’s no longer even a question; the facts have been revealed — the hijacking of our very democratic processes and systems is backed by massive foreign funding. The big, multinational organizations that Tom mentions speaks of owe no loyalty to any one country and are therefore a threat to democracy.  They have no ethics and only care about the bottom line — making their donors happy. Soon they will be more powerful than governments.

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Politicians turn replanting turned into numbers game

Prince George Citizen
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A presentation by a Forest Practices Board (FPB) official last week has been turned into a political football. NDP forest critic Norm Macdonald has accused former forest minister Pat Bell of grossly understating the amount of Crown land that have not been adequately replanted and used a presentation by FPB special investigations manager Marvin Eng to support his claim. However, Bell has shot back that Macdonald is distorting Eng’s findings, which were given at the Western Silviculture Contractors’ Association annual conference in Kamloops on Friday. …As for Britneff’s claim of 9.1 million hectares, Bell said it’s “completely off base.” “He is talking about a significant amount of area outside the timber harvesting land base that is never considered to be viable stands and shouldn’t be considered viable stands,” Bell said. “There are ecosystems that would not be appropriate as creating a harvestable, marketable stand – it’s parks, it’s protected areas.”

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No spots for owl protesters

Chilliwack TImes
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group protesting logging in one of the spotted owl’s last remaining habitats in Canada tried to crash the nomination meeting for Liberal Chilliwack-Hope by election candidate Laurie Throness at the Coast Hotel Saturday. “What we wanted to do was just draw Premier Clark’s attention to the fact that people are really concerned that we have logging in an area that’s been set aside for the protection of the spotted owl,” said Gwen Barlee, policy director for the Vancouver-based Wilderness Committee. “We weren’t going to shout or heckle or anything.”

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Park plea falls on deaf ears

Penticton Western News
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s environment minister has rejected an appeal by the Okanagan Nation Alliance to reconsider withdrawing provincial support for a national park, at least for now. In a press release Monday, Alliance chair Grand Chief Stewart Phillip urged both senior levels of government to “revisit” their respective decisions relating to the park. “I’m not sure what to make of it (Alliance release)” Minister Terry Lake told the Western News this week. “We’ve made our decision and that’s not going to change at this time. We’re not entering into that process but we are certainly interested in discussing other ways of protecting those ecosystems and species, but not through a national park at this time.”

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Liberals and NDP Clash over Reforesting Practices

HQPrinceGeorge.com
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A disagreement on the restocking of BC’s forests has the government on the defensive. The NDP is claiming the BC Liberals are underestimating the amount of forest that falls into a category called NSR or, Not Satisfactorily Restocked. The term previously dealt with areas not re-seeded prior to mandatory reforest laws which came into effect in the 1980’s. But now, the NDP and the armslength Forest Practices Board claim the amount of unseeded land is far greater than the government’s estimated few hundred thousand hectares. Forests Minister Steve Thomson says while there is a dispute on the numbers, there is no major problem.

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Council moves to divert trucks

The Chronicle Journal
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Residents living on or near Dawson Road are pleased that their efforts to make the roadway safer are moving forward. Council also received a draft report on the urban forest master plan. Senior consulting urban forester Skip Kincaid said urban trees have a huge benefit for the city, including helping storm water drainage, reducing energy consumption, and providing aesthetic appeal within the city.

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UNB to host forest task force symposium | Newsroom

University of New Brunswick News Room
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick Private Lands Taskforce and Crown Lands Taskforce will present a day-long symposium on their reports and recommendations at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre on Monday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., in Fredericton. University of New Brunswick faculty members and researchers from Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will present the results on the newly completed survey of non-industrial forest owners. An economic analysis of the private-lands silviculture program and a new wood supply model for the province’s private-forest lands will also be presented.

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Black Locust: the Sustainable Hardwood of our Future?

Metropolis Magazine
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Considered by some to be a nuisance tree, Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), which grows across most of the US, may be an important resource in the near future; it could be the sustainable replacement to rainforest hardwoods. Whether you are a landscape architect designing a park bench or an engineer designing a pedestrian bridge, the materials you select for your work must meet specific and often rigorous standards that involve strength, durability, cost, texture, and color. Many of us don’t appreciate the hard choices designers have to make. Michael Van Valkenburgh, a landscape architect well known in New York for his role in designing Brooklyn Bridge Park, has lots of ideas to throw around when it comes to the materials his firm uses. When asked what lead to the realization of the potential for Black Locust, he said, “As a designer, there just seemed to be no satisfying alternative [to rainforest hardwoods] in sight: there were no types of North-American harvest lumber that could work as a substitute.”

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Tree-hugging Dr. Seuss character will be marketeer

USA TODAY
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES – The Lorax, perhaps the most famous anti-industrial crusader from children’s literature, is about to become a big-time corporate spokesman. With a host of commercial tie-ins — albeit for eco-friendly products —Universal Pictures will begin promoting “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” this month. …EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency hopes the movie will help children understand the link between saving energy and saving the environment. “It’s important to connect these dots between energy savings and efficiency and a cleaner environment,” she said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. “Bringing together the Lorax and Energy Star is a great venue for doing that.”

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Wood Science 101(3) – Lignin

By Chuck Ray, Associate Professor of Wood Operations Research at The Pennsylvania State University
Go Wood Blog
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

You’d be hard pressed to find a material more universally researched right now than lignin. Let’s talk about it a little today. It’s the second most abundant organic polymer on earth, behind cellulose. It’s what makes trees stand upright, what makes wood hold its shape, and what makes furniture support your weight when you sit on it. It’s been called “God’s glue”, and “nature’s plastic”, because it fills the space between plant cells, called the middle lamella, where the lignin is highly concentrated, and binds to the cell walls which themselves have a lower concentration of lignin mixed with the cellulose and hemicellulose fibrils which make up the primary and secondary cell walls. It’s really sticky, durable stuff, and that’s what all the research is about.

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Climate change to be key in Shoshone Forest plan

Billings Gazette
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CODY, Wyo. — Predictions of larger and more frequent fires across the Shoshone National Forest and other possible consequences of a warming climate are expected to play a factor in the agency’s efforts to manage the forest in the coming years. The Shoshone is working to revise its new forest management plan, and must consider climate change in doing so. It was selected as one of four forests nationally to participate in a pilot study on climate change. “We’re a little further ahead of the other (forest) units on this,” said Shoshone Supervisor Joe Alexander. “We have to create a plan that’s flexible and acknowledges the kind of things climate change can potentially do to our forest. We’re trying to be proactive.”

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New forest-management plan weakens wildlife protections, critics say

By Renee Schoof
Online Athens
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

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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Oregon national forests see $6 million boost this summer for restoration work

The Oregonian
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two landscapes in Oregon managed by the U.S. Forest Service are among the 10 nationally named by Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture, for special funding in an accelerated restoration strategy. The southern Blue Mountains’ Malheur National Forest has a budget of $2.5 million and forests around the Lakeview federal stewardship unit, mostly the Fremont National Forest, has $3.5 million. Released late last week, Vilsack’s report, Increasing the Pace of Restoration and Job Creation on our National Forests, 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.

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New York forest over time

The Corning Leader
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If you look at photos around Corning that were taken in the late 1800’s through early 1900’s much of the area lacked forest do to clearing for farming, lumber and fuel. Around the turn of the century it is estimated that only ten percent of New York was forest where today we are about sixty-five percent forest. Without the large scale cutting practices of the past, the present forest composition is older and resulting in changes in wildlife and plant communities. The increase in the deer population is another major negative factor affecting forest diversity. When land was cleared for farming, lumber and fuel and then left to regenerate at a time of low deer density, the forest developed in multiple stages, including the all important young growth. Today the forest is older, less disturbed and rapidly becoming genetically inferior because of selective and diameter limit cutting.

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Ga. Forestry says it’s time to start prescribed burns

WALB-TV
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Because of unseasonably warm weather, the Georgia Forestry Commission is urging land owners to start prescribed burning now to lower the wildfire danger later. Tuesday Forestry Commission Rangers burned 200 acres along U-S 19 in South Dougherty County. Rangers say undergrowth in forests got an early start this year, so they urge landowners to get their prescribed burn schedule underway. Ranger Tommy Young said “Yes. This is the time of the year, while everythings cured out from the winter season. What winter we’ve had. It’s a good time for hazard reduction. Controls pests and disease and everything. So this is the time to get your fire break in, get a permit, and go at it.”

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Forest Preserve harvesting native endangered trees

The Rock River Times
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Our Winnebago County forest Preserve district (WCFPD) has fallen victim to prairie mania.
Under the guise of restoring native habitat, more than 5,500 mature pine trees have been harvested since December 2011; in addition, untold thousands of mature native hardwood trees have also been destroyed to aid in removing the pines. The WCFPD explains their actions at www.wcfpd.org as removing non-native pine trees to restore native prairie and also removing pines because they were planted too closely together.

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Trees in Torbay ‘worth about £280m’ says survey

BBC News
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A survey in Torbay has revealed its trees are worth about £280m. The Treeconomics survey looked at what the trees were worth by measuring their size and working out the amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide they store a year, the amount of pollution they filter out and what it would cost to replace them. The survey cost £30,000, of which £10,000 was paid using taxpayers’ money. Environmentalists hope that by valuing the trees it will also help to protect them. Torbay Council said the results of the survey showed the importance of the trees in the borough, but it would not be a “barrier to development”. The survey found more than 800,000 trees in Torbay.

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Boost for forestry workforce program

Camden Haven Courier
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Council’s Forests Taskforce has been successful in its application for funding of a crucial workforce development program for the North Coast Forest area. The funding injection of $106,000 was obtained from the National Workforce Development Fund and will be used to support training and workforce development in areas of current and future skills need, within the forest and milling industry. Economic Development Manager, Trevor Sargeant said funds would assist in providing school-based apprenticeships and pathways for people to gain work within the local forest industry.

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Report on genetic resources to be submitted to FAO

Times of India
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

COIMBATORE: Scientists and forest officers from across the country met at Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) here to prepare a report on the status of forest genetic resources. The report will be submitted to the ministry of environment and forests, which will forward it to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), a United Nations body. Kannan C S Warrier, scientist, IFGTB said that representatives numbering 21 from state agricultural universities, forest departments, Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, TN Forest Development Corporation and ICAR institutes attended the workshop. “A template has been provided to us by FAO. We are consulting various organisations across the country. It will have data on the various types of forests in India,” he said.

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India State of Forest Report 2011 Released

Government of India press release
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Survey of India (FSI) has been publishing a series of biennial assessment report the forest cover in the country since 1987. The India State of Forest Report is recognized as the authoritative assessment of the country’s forest resources. The India State of Forest Report 2011 is the twelfth report in the series. It is based on interpretation of satellite data recorded during October 2008-March 2009 from the indigenous IRS-P6-LISS III sensor on a resolution of 23.5m with a minimum mappable area of one hectare. The assessment made on the basis of satellite imageries is backed by rigorous ground truthing carried out by the staff of FSI.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK’s destructive bioenergy policies

The Ecologist
February 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biofuelwatch warn of an unfolding ‘biomassacre’ as the UK is set to rely on a growing amount of wood-based biomass, driving landgrabbing, replacing old growth forests with plantations, destroying biodiversity and causing air pollution Most readers will be only too well aware how palm oil for biofuels causes rainforest destruction on, say, Sumatra, threatening the lives and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and decimating wildlife, such as orangutans, elephants and rhino. This article is about a new elephant in the room that threatens to have an equally destructive affect on people and planet. The link between deforestation and climate change is well known and estimated to cause between 25-30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – and excessive demand for wood is one of the main causes of forest destruction .

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