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Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

Business & Politics

Canfor ends rough year with a loss

Prince George Citizen
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

After a year in the black, Canfor Corporation has suffered a year in the red. The integrated forest company reported Wednesday a 56.6 million net loss, or 40 cents per share, for 2011, compared to an 81.4 million, or 57 cents per share, profit in 2010. For the fourth quarter, the net loss was 44.1 million or 31 cents per share, compared to a 21.6 million, or 15 cents per share, loss for the third quarter of 2011 and a shareholder’s profit of 32.9 million, or 23 cents per share, for the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Resolute Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and 2011 Financial Results

by Resolute Forest Products
Canada News Wire press release
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL- AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products today reported net income of 41 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, or 0.42 per share, on sales of 4.8 billion, compared with net income of 2.6 billion, or 27.63 per share, on sales of 4.7 billion in the year ended December 31, 2010.1

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Poll suggests Canada eager for China’s help on economy, to a point

Globe and Mail
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A new poll suggests Canadians want China’s help driving the economy, but don’t want them in the driver’s seat. In the Canadian Press-Harris Decima survey, 51 per cent of Canadians polled welcomed Chinese investment when it helps fuel business that otherwise wouldn’t get off the ground. But the poll suggests Canadians are less enthused about the Chinese having a controlling stake in Canadian-owned or operated companies.

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Canfor Reports Sizeable Fourth Quarter Loss

Opinion 250 News
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Vancouver, B.C. – Canfor Corporation is reporting a net loss attributable to shareholders of $44.1 million, or $0.31 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011…That continues a trend set in the third quarter but is more than double the loss of $21.6 million, or $0.15 per share, and the end of September, and is in stark contrast to the shareholder net income of $32.9 million, or $0.23 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Canfor Corp. swings to $44.1M loss in Q4; revenue slips $53M to $576M

Winnipeg Free Press
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp. swung to a big loss in the fourth quarter as the forest products company reported sharply lower revenues and higher costs and other charges. Canfor said Wednesday that its net loss attributable to shareholders in the three months ended Dec. 31 was $44.1 million or 31 cents per share. That compared with shareholder net income of $32.9 million 23 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sale revenue for the period ended Dec. 31 was $576.2 million, down from $629.1 million in the same year-earlier period.

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PM highlights exceptional growth of Canadian lumber exports to China

Canada’s New Government (press release)
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today visited the China-Canada Green Building Design Center – one of China’s largest wood frame buildings – to highlight Canada’s achievement as China’s largest supplier of lumber. “Our Government is committed to helping the Canadian forestry industry to diversify and succeed in priority markets around the world. With Canadian lumber exports to China at a record high, our efforts are paying off, creating jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The China-Canada Green Building Design Center is just one of the ways Canada is promoting its world class environmentally-friendly wood frame technologies and materials in this rapidly growing market.”

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Logging truck burns in Alberni

Alberni Valley News
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The driver of a fully loaded lumber truck is being credited with averting a larger disaster when his truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon. The driver from Island Pacific Transport Ltd. in Ladysmith was travelling up Redford Street, past 10th Avenue, on his way out of Port Alberni shortly before 3:30 p.m. when he smelled fuel. He turned onto a side road to get out of traffic and was headed down Maitland toward Berk’s Intertruck on Sixth Avenue when the engine began smoking, Port Alberni Fire Department officer Les Norden said.

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Premier Clark visits Midway, mill steadily increasing production

[follow up to Monday’s story]
Grand Forks Gazette
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark dropped by Midway’s mill for a guided tour and a discussion on job creation, especially for smaller cities. Recent trade agreements with Asia have helped benefit the forestry business, and with it, the small towns with lumber mills like Midway, stated Clark. “It drives up the demand, it drives up prices, and then we have a business case to produce more lumber than you otherwise would,” she said. “It all starts with a job, and if that job is in Midway, or if that job is in Surrey, it makes a difference for the entire province.” Clark noted that with a forestry job, it will likely begin in a small town and the ripple effect will be felt across the province.

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China-Canada Green Building Design Center

Canadian Government (press release)
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada, Canada West

Langfang, China – The Government of Canada is committed to helping the Canadian forestry industry to diversify and succeed in priority markets around the world. To this end, on February 9, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the China-Canada Green Building Design Center in order to highlight Canada’s achievement as China’s largest supplier of lumber. The China-Canada Green Building Design Center is a 2,500 square-meter facility which features environmentally friendly, seismically stable, and energy efficient Canadian wood frame technologies and materials.

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Weyerhaeuser Already Anticipating The Turn

By Stephen Simpson
Investopedia
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


Maybe, just maybe, there are finally some signs of life in the U.S. residential construction market. Shares in Weyerhaeuser have already jumped more than 25% in the past couple of months on this improving outlook and that has taken a lot of the undervaluation out of the stock. Weyerhaeuser’s fourth quarter results were actually pretty positive in a lot of respects. Total revenue did drop 3% from last year and about 2% from the prior quarter, but they nevertheless came in a little better than expected. Although the large wood products segment saw revenue fall 14% sequentially, cellulose fiber, real estate and timberlands were all up sequentially.

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USDA official to meet with Maine wood pellet producers

BDN Maine Business
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CORINTH, Maine — Maine wood pellet manufacturers are meeting with a U.S. Department of Agriculture official to discuss the future of the pellet industry and its economic impact in the state. Dallas Tonsager, the under secretary for USDA Rural Development, will be at the Corinth Wood Pellets plant in Corinth on Thursday to meet with the heads of Corinth Wood Pellets, Geneva Wood Fuels, Maine Wood Pellet Co. and Northeast Pellet Co. The president of the Maine Pellet Fuels Association will also be on hand.

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Gunns up as Kiwi chips in for troubled company

Herald Sun
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TIMBER company Gunns’ share price surged after New Zealand billionaire Richard Chandler tabled a 280 million financial lifeline for the troubled firm. The stock jumped 36 per cent to close at 17c yesterday on the back of an agreement that will help bankroll the stalled Tasmanian Bell Bay pulp mill development. It’s the firm’s biggest gain since May 2010. The deal, which still needs a tick from the Australian Securities Exchange and the approval of Gunns shareholders at a vote in April, will result in the Richard Chandler Capital Corporation investing $150 million through a share placement and bond issue.

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Gunns signs deal with NZ billionaire

ABC News, Australia
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian timber company Gunns has signed an agreement with New Zealand billionaire Richard Chandler to raise company capital to $380 million in a deal that is expected to help it secure a partner for a controversial pulp mill. Gunns is currently worth around $100 million, and it will release another $280 million worth of shares. Mr Chandler, who lives in Singapore and is worth almost $4 billion, will pay $150 million for 40 per cent of the company and the extra $130 million worth of shares will open as a rights issue, available first to shareholders and then to the market.

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Stora Enso ranked sector leader by the Forest Footprint Disclosure report

Stora Enso has been rated as sector leader in the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Review for 2011 published in London. This recognition rewards the company for managing and transparently reporting its forest footprint. 
Packaging Europe
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A ‘forest footprint’ measures the total amount of deforestation caused directly or indirectly by an organisation or product. Many businesses unknowingly source products that contribute to deforestation in their supply chains, and their resulting forest footprint can create unexpected valuation risks and add to their climate change impacts. The Forest Footprint Disclosure Review analyses questionnaire responses submitted by international companies who disclose information to FFD in order to assess how their activities directly or indirectly contribute to deforestation. “We are very proud of this recognition, as responsible forestry is one of the cornerstones for Stora Enso’s business” says Antti Marjokorpi, SVP Group Forest Operations. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Farmer knew he violated dump permit, Crown contends

Kamloops Daily News
February 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Crown lawyer is challenging a Barnhartvale farmer’s claim that he acted legally by accepting demolition waste into his farm’s landfill, saying it’s clear Edward Blackwell knew otherwise. On Wednesday, prosecutor Joel Gold cross-examined Blackwell, who is charged with violating his landfill permit by allowing trucks to dump construction waste from the demolition of two city motels between 2008 and 2010. Blackwell’s permit allows him to accept 2,200 tonnes a year of forestry operations waste, hardwood trim ends and asphalt, concrete and cement.

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WoodLINKS USA Names Rick Hill National Director

Woodworking Network
February 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MADISON, WI – Rick Hill, WoodworkingNetwork’s popular bloggist and a columnist for Custom Woodworking Business, has been named national director of WoodLINKS USA. “Rick will be a great resource as we look for financial support to help sustain the organization,” said Patrick Molzahn, Program Director, Cabinet Making & Millwork, at Madison Area Technical College, and WoodLINKS USA board president. Hill succeeds Steve Ehle, who had been serving as executive director on an interim basis until a permanent replacement could be found.

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Fire Chief: Safety Regs Don’t Address Open Land Covered in Mulch

Fire chief says may not be much can do legally or otherwise to prevent future mulch fires at wood recycling operation on Farm Ave.
PeabodyPatch
February 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Monday’s two-alarm fire at the lot off Farm Avenue leased by J.D. Raymond Transport, Inc. was the second large mulch fire in that spot in less than two years. In June 2010, a four-alarm fire ripped through several acres of the site, damaged about $1 million in equipment and burned for days until it was fully extinguished

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Forestry

Rick Jeffrey – WSCA Conference 2012 You Tube

You Tube
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A presentation recorded at the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association Conference in Kamloops, BC, from February 1st through 3rd, 2012. Rick Jeffrey is the President & CEO of Coast Forest Productions Association. His presentation was about “China and the BC Economy.”

[You Tube Video of the presentation]

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Agreement establishes relationships: chief

Williams Lake Tribune
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the words of Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie, the participation agreement signed between her band and Mount Polley Mining Corporation on Feb. 6 sets the stage for doing business with First Nations in the province of B.C. “First Nations do not oppose economic development, but want to be included in all decision making from the beginning,” Louie said. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson reiterated the day’s importance, saying the agreement provides an opportunity to build an economic future for both parties.

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Radloff, Mayes join airport authority board

Prince George Free Press
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Blair Mayes and Bob Radloff have joined the board, filling positions vacated by Neil King and Mike Tkachuk, whose terms on the board were complete. Mayes spent close 30 years with Dunkley Lumber Ltd., the last 17 years as general manager, leaving there to form his own consulting company focused primarily in the forest industry. He brings knowledge and experience in quality control, human resources, and business management to the board, and now serves on a variety of boards including the 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society. Mayes was nominated by the Prince George Airport Authority.

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BC’s population figures reflect resource boom-and-bust cycles

The Province
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s boom-and-bust cycle outside the Lower Mainland is reflected in population figures released Wednesday. Parts of B.C. are booming — Kelowna’s agriculture, aviation and baby-boomer influx led to 10.8-per-cent growth in five years — while resource-dependent Kitimat is in a bust phase, with a decrease of 7.3 per cent in the same 2006-2011 time period. …B.C.’s struggling forest industry lies at the heart of two other B.C. communities which shrank — Prince Rupert’s population fell 2.5 per cent, while Williams Lake dropped 1.4 per cent — but those communities have seen ups and downs for decades.

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Woodlot group encouraged by report

CBC News
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Private woodlot owners in New Brunswick are encouraged by a new report that suggests private woodlots are the best way to increase the province’s wood supply. But some have doubts about the report’s recommendation that an independent facilitator be appointed to help them settle their long-running dispute with industry over prices and how much wood should be purchased from private land as opposed to the amount harvested from Crown forests.

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The H&N View: Lake County gets a payoff for a ton of hard work

By Pat Bushey
Herald and News
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s federal forests need help. So do rural Oregon residents. A combination of the two can help solve a pair of problems. So congratulations to the people of Lake County. Last week, a Lake County stewardship group was awarded $28 million in federal funds at $3.5 million per year over eight years, which would have to be re-approved on a year-to-year basis. The group’s members have been working with success for years to find ways to use, and improve, the Fremont-Winema National Forest around them.

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Exhibitors return to familiar locale

Sierra Cascade Logging Conference starts with talk on social media
The Record-Searchlight
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 63rd annual Sierra Cascade Logging Conference kicks off today in Anderson.The event, which brings in industry professionals from around the West, returns to the Shasta District Fairgrounds after two years at the Redding Convention Center.

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Court overturns 2004 forest plan

Stockton Record
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN ANDREAS – The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a Bush-era forest management plan that increased the amount of logging allowed in national forests in the Sierra Nevada. In a ruling issued Friday, the court found that the Sierra Nevada Framework plan finished by the Forest Service in 2004 failed to adequately assess the plan’s impacts on fish. The ruling is just the latest twist in decades of battles over how to manage logging and grazing on national forests in the Sierra. A Sierra Nevada Framework adopted in January 2001, at the end of the Clinton administration, proposed policies intended “to conserve and repair the aquatic and riparian ecosystems,” the court found.

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Corrigan’s Corner

By Ryan Corrigan
The Doane Line
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s a new way to go green on the Internet, and it’s as easy as switching your search engine. Last week, Ecosia.org, a green search engine that receives donations through ad clicks, hit $1 million in donations that go toward rain forest protection. There are many search engine sites that advertise environmental responsibility, but none are as concrete as Ecosia.  According to Ecosia, 80 percent of its total revenue goes toward a rain forest protection program in the Tumucumaque region of Northern Brazil. The program was instituted by the World Wildlife Fund.

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UPDATE Beebe: Funding found to restore 15 firefighter jobs at forestry agency Posted on 08 February 2012

Arkansas News
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe’s office said today that funding has been found to restore 15 firefighter jobs at the state Forestry Commission. Beebe will direct the state Agriculture Department to reallocate $550,000 annually from its budget to the Forestry Commission, according to the governor’s office. The commission laid off 34 people last month — another two agreed to retire — because of a $4 million shortfall in the agency’s budget. The layoffs included 14 firefighter jobs, raising concerns about the commission’s ability to carry out its mission of protecting and preserving the state’s forests.

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Englewood Forest

WilliametteLive.com
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Englewood Forest is a term given by urban foresters and naturalists to a unique stand of trees in Salem and the life that accompanies it.The heart of the grove is Englewood Park, a 7-acre city property situated between 19th Street and 21st Street, and Nebraska Avenue and Virginia Street – in an older northeast neighborhood of town. But Englewood Forest extends beyond official boundaries, across street divisions and into the civic life of Salem and its ecology and history. The park in the forest’s center is historical and beloved. Englewood is Salem’s oldest, located on land purchased in 1926 from the Kay family. Its trees are primarily Douglas fir and Oregon White Oak, with two varieties of cedar intermixed in small numbers.

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‘Deadhead’ logs bill passes committee

By Kristina Torres
Atlanta Journal Constitution
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Sunken logs could be raised from Georgia’s rivers and sold to the highest bidder under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday.Environmentalists oppose “deadhead” logging, saying it chokes waterways with sediment and contaminants and eliminates habitats for fish and aquatic species. Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, however, has pushed for years to sanction it. He said Senate Bill 362 would create jobs for loggers and raise money for the state.

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New disease identified in native juniper trees in Upper Teesdale

UK Forestry Commission
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A damaging plant disease that was until recently almost unknown in Britain has been confirmed in rare native juniper bushes at the Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in the North Pennines of England. The disease is caused by Phytophthora austrocedrae, a fungus-like organism that infects the plant through the root system and causes the foliage to decline and eventually die. Juniper is a native conifer and a member of the Cypress (Cupressaceae) family of plants. P. austrocedrae infection was only confirmed in the UK last year on other trees from this family, at two sites in Scotland.

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PNG timber industry says record logging will continue

ABC Radio Australia
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest clearance on disputed land-leases in Papua New Guinea is likely to continue at record levels for the next five to six years, according to the organisation which represents logging companies. In 2011, logging on Special Agricultural and Business leases pushed Papua New Guinea’s log exports to record highs – so much so that some commentators now place PNG as the second largest exporter of tropical logs in the world.

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Rajasthan forms new forest reserve

Prokerala News
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With an aim to promote eco-tourism and protect wild life, the Rajasthan government Wednesday cleared a proposal to declare 13,100 hectares of reserved forest land in two districts as a conservation reserve. The land, in Raghunath forest block spread over Sikar and Jhunjhnu districts, will be named Shakambhari Conservation Reserve. The proposal was cleared at a cabinet meeting held at the chief minister’s office here, an official said.

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Owners against giving forest to foreigners

DAWN.com
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PESHAWAR: Reacting to an alleged agreement between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and a UK-based company, Merlin Wood, to give the company 0.2 million acres of a forest on a 40-year lease, the leaders of Sarhad Awami Forestry Ittehad (Safi) warned on Wednesday that if the agreement was not cancelled immediately they would move a court against it. Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, Safi leader Jamshed Khan said that the agreement had been kept secret and owners of the forest had not been taken into confidence in this regard.

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Satellite Images To Be Used In Mapping Forests In Fiji

Bernama
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUVA — The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has embarked on a programme to build capacity in mapping land/forest cover in Fiji using very high resolution satellite images, according to SPC Regional Community Forester Jalesi Mateboto on Thursday. The programme has three phases consisting of both theory and practical work, including “ground truthing” (on-site verification of data from satellite imagery) exercises to be held later this month, Xinhua news agency reported Jalesi Mateboto said. The training, which is jointly organised by SPC’s Land Resources Division (LRD) and its Applied Geoscience and Technology (SOPAC) Division, involves participants from the Fiji’s Department of Forestry and SPC.

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Village management turns around Nepal’s forests

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Reuters AlertNet
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KATHMANDU – When Reshma Kunda talks about the land surrounding her village, her voice is full of reverence. “Our mountains and forests are like our gods. They give us grass, wood for fuel, water, medicines and food – everything we need for our lives,” says the farmer who lives in Godavari Kunda village, about 15 km (10 miles) southeast of the Kathmandu valley. “In return, we owe them protection (and must) keep them safe for future generations.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ric Slaco – WSCA Conference 2012 You Tube

You Tube
February 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A presentation recorded at the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association Conference in Kamloops, BC, from February 1st through 3rd, 2012. Ric Slaco is a VP at International Forest Products Limited, and talked about “The Bio-Economy Opportunity – A Forest Industry Perspective.”

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Gardiner saving estimate of $195000 with pellets

Kennebec Journal
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GARDINER — The city will save an estimated $195,000 in heating oil costs during the next 25 years with its new pellet boiler. The boiler is expected to be running in a month or so. Gardiner is the first municipality in Maine to use a wood pellet boiler system, according to the Maine Municipal Association. The boiler, delivered to City Hall on Friday, is the second the city has bought in the last two years. The city replaced the oil-fired boiler in the public works garage on Brunswick Avenue with a $75,000 pellet boiler in December 2009.

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Spanish Electricity Market Benefits from PEFC-Certified Biomass

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Electricity consumers in Spain are shortly to take advantage of renewable energy produced from PEFC-certified biomass. Valoriza Energía has recently obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification for three of its plants in Andalusia with a combined capacity of 33.8 megawatts, sufficient to provide electricity to an equivalent of more than 23,000 households per year. Valoriza Energía, which is part of the Sacyr Vallehermoso Group, is committed to utilizing forest biomass in a responsible manner and obtained PEFC certification to demonstrate the sustainability of the high volume of biomass it procures.

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General

FPInnovations unveils its New Organizational Structure

By FPInnovations
Canada NewsWire (press release)
February 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: Canada East, Canada, Canada West

FPInnovations unveiled its new organizational structure on Monday to its 550 employees across Canada. The reorganization came about after an in-depth review of FPInnovations’ business model which required a series of changes to better position the organization as a strategic partner to industry members and clients, federal and provincial governments, and the larger research community, especially universities. FPInnovations will keep a strong hold on R&D through its Collaborative Research with forest industry members. To this, it adds a Business Development component which encompasses Strategic Research Alliances; Products and Services; and Licensing and Ventures.

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Landholders rush to establish carbon forests

The Fifth Estate
February 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Landholders spiralling interest in carbon forests has resulted in CO2 Australia investing an estimated $23.3 million in rural economies during 2011 and partnering with more than 300 farming families. CO2 Australia land acquisition manager Mark Ritchie told The Fifth Estate the organisation secured revenue of $35 million for the financial year 2011 and manages a contract portfolio exceeding $160 million. It expects a significant increase in interest by companies looking to manage their carbon liability. It has 33 full time staff and has jobs in rural areas for contractors engaged in site preparation, planting and monitoring phases of the program.

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