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Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Business & Politics

Mercer’s C170 million dollar offer for Fibrek tops Abitibi bid

Reuters Canada
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian pulp producer Mercer International Inc MERC.O MRIu.TO plans to buy smaller peer Fibrek Inc (FBK.TO: Quote) for about C170 million dollar (171.04 million dollars), topping AbitibiBowater Inc’s (ABH.TO: Quote) hostile bid by 30 percent. Mercer’s C dollar 1.30 a share offer represents a 15 percent premium to Fibrek’s Thursday close and will give the company access to three mills with a combined annual production capacity of 760,000 tonnes.

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Burns Lake jobs fair sparks hope in struggling town

Vancouver Sun
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The struggling village of Burns Lake held a jobs fair Friday, its first since an explosion and fire last month destroyed the community’s main employer and left two local men dead. “The tone that was set, as people came through and were wondering what was going to happen in the future, was very, very encouraging,” said John Rustad, Liberal MLA for Nechako Lakes, who attended the event along with Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Bell agreed, telling reporters in a late-afternoon telephone conference he was encouraged to see 25 different companies in attendance.

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Timber supply key to Burns Lake’s future

First Nations chiefs talk to forests minister about 1.1-million cubic metres of available timber
News 1130
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – First Nations communities near Burns Lake say a secure timber supply could be the key to rebuilding the town’s decimated sawmill. A meeting took place Friday between the six chiefs who are directors in the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation and Forests Minister Pat Bell. The corporation owned 11 per cent of the now-burned out Babine Forest Products sawmill.

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Distraught workers from ruined BC mill await decision

Minister says weeks-long timber supply analysis needed first
CBC News
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mounting bills and uncertain futures are putting pressure on out-of-work mill employees suffering the after-effects of last month’s deadly workplace blast, says Burns Lake Indian Band Chief Al Gerow. Gerow and five other area First Nations chiefs presented B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell with a plan Friday to help rebuild the Babine Forests Products mill.

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The Politics Of Log Exports

by Bob Simpson
Opinion 250 News
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The rhetoric around log exports has ramped up in recent weeks, in part because of the Premier’s announcement at the Truck Logger’s convention that her government would not ban log exports. She claimed that banning log exports was a “job killing” strategy – and she’s correct.  Adrian Dix and the NDP on the other hand continue to take advantage of the slogan: “exporting BC logs is exporting BC jobs.” They, too, are correct. …While it would maximize jobs if we manufactured every log in BC, what’s lost in the “exporting BC jobs” rhetoric is the fact that log exports actually sustain jobs on the Coast.

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Fire inside Tolko mill

Castanet
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire broke out in the power plant at the Tolko saw mill Saturday morning….Workers on site noticed the fire and took steps to limit damage until fire crews could arrive.Tolko staff say the plant will be operating with certain areas down for a couple of days. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and the investigation continues.

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Bowater Mersey plans spring shutdown

CBC News
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn in shutting down for three weeks because of a lack of new orders. Workers were told Thursday that the temporary shutdown would start March 11. “Weak market conditions continue,” mill manager Brad Pelley said in a statement. However, he added, the sales team is looking for new orders and that could mean a shorter shutdown period. Resolute Forest Products, which owns the mill, said world paper markets are saturated. It’s the second shutdown at the mill since before Christmas, when it was closed for three weeks for the same reasons.

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Lumber business a total loss in afternoon fire

Upper Michigans Source
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EAST KINGSFORD — A Saturday afternoon blaze left an East Kingsford sawmill a total loss. Members of the Breitung Township fire departments responded to the scene on Woodbine Street shortly after 4 p.m. To find Twin Pines Lumber completely engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire and the cause remains under investigation.

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Tas woodchip market woes

ABC News, Australia
February 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forest industry has blamed Tasmania’s woodchip market woes on environmentalists and politicians talking down the market. It has been revealed that while Tasmania’s hardwood woodchip market has collapsed, woodchip exports in the rest of Australia are going strong. Figures collated by industry analyst Robert Eastment for the past six years show New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have captured Tasmania’s market share. Terry Edwards from the Forest Industry Association has told 730 Tasmania that all political parties need to talk up the state’s market prospects.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Council to tackle hot-button issues at Feb. 14 meeting

Revelstoke Times Review
February 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The newly-elected Revelstoke city council hasn’t had much on their plate in the first couple of meetings in 2012, and even less in terms of controversial issues. That’s set to change… Wood First policy not enough for Forest Workers Society: Revelstoke city council has adopted a “wood first” policy, but the Revelstoke Forest Workers Society wants them to go further, including changing the existing policy to a resolution, enact a wood first bylaw similar to one in place in Quesnel, and to extend the boundary to include Golden and Salmon Arm, where some types of lumber not produced here are made.

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Western Montana timber may help rebuild quake-shattered Haiti

The Missoulian
February 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“When there’s a crisis,” retired University of Montana choral professor Gary Funk observed, “sometimes the universe conspires to bring good ideas out.” That’s how the aftershocks of the 2010 Haiti earthquake may ripple across time and space to shake up western Montana’s timber industry. After two years of work, Funk and a group of Missoula friends have nearly hatched a plan to shelter thousands of homeless Haitians with Big Sky Country lumber.

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Project Haiti IV

By Sally Gimbert (Blog)
Metropolis Magazine
February 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Early in the Project Haiti process, our team decided to meet the design requirements of the ICC 2009 International Building Code—also encouraged by the Haitian government for new construction since the 2010 earthquake….Our partner, the U.S. Green Building Council, is focused on adapting to a new global perspective in sustainable design. These two factors made for a project with unique challenges. And, we knew at the outset that we’d have difficulty following codes written for consumer-based, resource-rich nations.

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Forestry

Legislature Debate on Logging at Castle Special Place

94.1 CJOC-FM
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Government plans for clear cut logging in Castle Special Place came up in the Legislature Thursday. During Question Period, the NDP’s Rachel Notley asked the government why it’s been choosing the interests of industry over community, tourism, wildlife and the environment. Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, Frank Oberle says the public has always had input on the matter. He says it was a public landuse decision that was made with public input into management and harvesting plans and ongoing input opportunities. Oberle says the provincial government is always listening. Notley insists clear cut logging will also seriously threaten the future population of grizzly bears.
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As wildfire season nears, the aging fleet of air tankers raises concerns

By Darryl Fears
Washington Post
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

After a warm and dry winter, another deadly wildfire season is approaching in forests across the country. And, as in years past, the U.S. Forest Service is preparing to fight blazes from the sky with old workhorses, museum-quality air tankers so dated that the manufacturer no longer makes spare parts for repairs. The aging fleet of large, fixed-wing air tankers fell under intense scrutiny in 2002, when two aircraft built in the 1940s and ’50s broke apart in midair while fighting fires in California and Colorado, killing five crewmen.

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How logging weighs on the taxpayer

By Bruce Ross
Record-Searchlight (blog)
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California Watch has a good, lengthy round-up today about efforts to either extend the Secure Rural Schools bill or to overhaul it with new systems proposed in the Republican House to increase actual timber production, and thus help rural schools by getting out the cut. You can read some of the testimony on that bill, the subject of a September subcommittee hearing, here. Personally, I’d be glad to see a stepped-up cut — the Obama administration’s trying to get all the way up to 3 billion board-feet a year — to provide local jobs and thin those much-discussed overstocked forests. But would those logs be net winners, economically? Apparently not.

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Forest Service unveils strategy for replacing old slurry bombers

The Missoulian
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – The U.S. Forest Service released its long-awaited strategy Friday for replacing its wildfire-fighting fleet of aging heavy air tankers with ones that are newer, faster and more cost-effective, though it’s unclear how quickly those multimillion-dollar planes will come on line.
Its current fleet is owned and operated by private contractors, but the agency said it’s possible the government could own some planes in the future. “That’s an option,” said Jim Hubbard, the U.S. Forest Service’s deputy chief for state and private forestry. “We’re looking for the best value.”

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Here’s to sustaining the world’s forests

Santa Barbara View
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wood, our first fuel, has been warming us and cooking our foods, we’ve been building our homes with it, making boats, tools and utensils, furniture, objects of art and worship, musical instruments, for thousands of years. A couple of thousand years ago, wood became paper, which would then allow the notation, composition and transmission of information and creative works on a larger scale…. And the best thing of all, wood was and remains an infinitely renewable resource, if managed properly.

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Law Enforcement Called To Occupy Forest Demonstration

By Tracy Leong
KRCR TV
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol came out to the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference Saturday to cool down a heated debate between demonstrators and event-goers.
A group called Occupy The Forest was there to protest clearcutting in California, but not everyone supported their demonstration. People from several organizations, including Battle Creek Alliance and Occupy Redding, stood at the parking and event entrance with signs that read “Stop Clearcutting.” 

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Western Montana timber may help rebuild quake-shattered Haiti

The Missoulian
February 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“When there’s a crisis,” retired University of Montana choral professor Gary Funk observed, “sometimes the universe conspires to bring good ideas out.” That’s how the aftershocks of the 2010 Haiti earthquake may ripple across time and space to shake up western Montana’s timber industry. After two years of work, Funk and a group of Missoula friends have nearly hatched a plan to shelter thousands of homeless Haitians with Big Sky Country lumber.

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Forest Service picks up the pace in restoration plans

White Mountain Independent
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ARIZONA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a national media conference call on Feb. 2 to announce a new report that outlines a strategy to speed up the pace of forest restoration that includes job creation and watershed restoration. Last month he announced the new Forest Management Plan and the new plan is called “Increasing the Pace of Restoration and Job creation on our National Forests.” …Vilsack identified several major threats to the forests that include wildland fire, climate change, beetle epidemics and invasive species. …Only one of the 10 current projects and none of the 10 new projects is in Arizona.

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UM students fear drunken misbehavior could end Foresters’ Ball

The Missoulian
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s hard to imagine doing away with a 95-year-old tradition, but that’s what some University of Montana students fear may happen to the popular chainsaw-slinging, jitterbug-swinging event known as the Foresters’ Ball. Those fears grew out of the most recent ball, which saw a host of intoxicated students ejected. Since 1917, UM forestry students yearly build an 1890s ghost town and host a dance as a way to raise money for student scholarships. The Foresters’ Ball has always been a little rowdy in nature. Men dress up as loggers, women as cowgirls or can-can dancers. Inside, there’s a marriage booth, barbershop, and in some years, a slide to enter.

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These rings are forever

February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In a small room tucked away in an obscure corner of Southern Oregon University’s Science Building, Kenneth Olejar positions himself on a pillow atop a gigantic, 6-foot wide slab of redwood, peering intently through a microscope at the tree rings underneath him. The microscope is attached to an electric micrometer, which in turn is hooked up to a computer in the corner of the room. The micrometer allows Olejar to precisely measure the size of each tree ring, telling him how much moisture the tree got that year, and during which part of the year the tree got it.

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Ninth Circuit Dumps U.S. Forest Service’s Sierra Plan, Bureaucratic …

By Richard Frank
Legal Planet (blog)
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Court of Appeals recently issued a major decision invalidating the U.S. Forest Service’s 2004 Plan directing the USFS’s management of the 11 national forests (totaling 11.5 million acres) in the Sierra Nevada range. A divided Ninth Circuit panel found that the environmental impact statement accompanying the Bush Administration plan–which loosened logging and grazing restrictions previously imposed in the waning days of the Clinton Administration–violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Audit dings Ark. Forestry Commission

By Andrew DeMillo
Stuttgart Daily Leader
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Little Rock, Ark. — The Arkansas Forestry Commission improperly borrowed more than $6.4 million from federal grants to prop up its strained budget, according to a legislative audit to be presented Friday to lawmakers who are studying the commission’s finances. The Division of Legislative Audit found 59 instances since September 2007 in which money was transferred from federal grants to pay for the commission’s operations.

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Madison Logging Company Fined for Clearcuts

MPBN News
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A Madison logging company has agreed to pay a 35,000 dollar civil fine to settle allegations of forest practices violations. The Maine Forest Service says T.R. Dillon Logging Inc. was fined for improper harvest operations on land in the towns of Industry and Peru. State officials say the practices resulted in a Category 2 clearcut and two Category 3 clearcuts that were done without harvest plans prepared beforehand by a licensed forester, or the onsite review required for Category 3 clearcuts.

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Deal protects Koochiching County forest

By John Myers
Duluth News Tribune
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Nearly 7,000 acres of undeveloped forest in southeastern Koochiching County will be permanently conserved under a deal announced Friday. Under the $1.4 million effort, the land holding company Forest Capital Partners will continue to own and pay property taxes on the 6,966 acres. But the company sold conservation easements to the Nature Conservancy that will be held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Madison logging company fined for clear-cuts in Peru, Industry

Lewiston Sun Journal
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Maine Forest Service reported Friday that it fined T.R. Dillon Logging Inc. of Madison 35,000 dollars for improper clear-cuts within the past two years on Dillon land in Peru and Industry. The forest service and Dillon entered an agreement to resolve the violations of state forest practices law, Tim Post, MFS field team leader, said in Augusta. Post said the Peru clear-cut was 212 acres at the end of Burgess Hill Road, which is south of Route 108. The Industry clear-cuts were 32 acres and 101 acres off Rand Road. He said they didn’t have harvest plans prepared by a licensed forester prior to the harvests. A required on-site review of the two larger cuts also wasn’t done, he said.

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Annual survey shows bark beetles continue to kill Wyoming forests

The Republic
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bark beetles continued to kill more trees in Wyoming last year. The U.S. Forest Service and the Wyoming State Forestry Division say that the 2011 aerial survey of the state showed that an additional 167,000 acres of beetle-infested forest were found across the state. That brings the total infested acreage up to 3.3 million since the first signs of the outbreak in 1996.

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Azerbaijan ranks second in environmental protection

Trend.az
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Azerbaijan also in the evaluation related to forests, on all three components – the situation of forest resources, changes in forest cover and forest loss, according to the index of the situation of the environment and ecological development indicators showed the highest score and ranked first among 132 countries. This assessment took into account an increase from 11.4 to 11.8 per cent of forest in the total area, a ban on industrial waste, strengthening measures for the protection of forests, including the suppression of illegal logging, gasification of regions, a decrease from year to year of cases of felling through advocacy carried out by mass media and NGOs in conjunction with the public.

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Using Tree Rings to Determine the Start of the Medieval Dark Ages

io9.com
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The science of dendrochronology observes changes in the pattern of tree rings in an attempt to create a time line and infer climate changes. Using tree ring data, it is possible to link the past 11,000 years in parts of Germany & Northern Ireland, but only the past few centuries in other parts of the world. …Tree ring data supports a dramatic worldwide climate event between 535 and 542 AD, with samples from California, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, and Siberia all exhibiting extremely narrow tree rings. The worldwide proliferation of poor rings is likely due to “short summers” and a generally negative change climate. This change in growth is of particular interest to one dendrochronologist,

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Nestlé, Nike And The Economics Of Forest-Friendly Supply Chains

Forbes
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists and businessmen have always talked two different languages. One group talks about climate, atmosphere, and beauty; the other talks about food, water, and resources. …At issue is the global supply of “forest risk” products such as soy, palm oil and biofuel, not to mention timber. All are harvested either directly from forests or from recently-deforested land, and failure to manage that land properly will lead to higher prices for these commodities, more destruction of rainforests, and more liability for companies involved. …“Wood is the most important raw material for Stora Enso, and responsible forestry is the cornerstone for our operations,” said Antti Marjokorpi, Senior Vice President of Sustainability for Finnish materials groupo Stora Enso Oyj, which earned top marks in the materials sector. “The way we see it, only sustainably-managed forests and plantations can bring real value to all our stakeholders, including our customers.”

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Big versus small battle on forest levy

By Simon Hartley
Otago Daily Times
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Big business forestry owners and farmers with small forestry interests are on a collision course over a proposal for an industry-wide compulsory levy order. “It’s the big boys versus the little boys,” one forestry industry source said, declining to be identified. In one corner, making the proposal, is the Forest Owners Association and its more than 119 members, mainly large forest owners covering two-thirds of the forestry estate.

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Tropical forest study gives 50000-year clues to biodiversity changes

Northern Borneo
Click Green
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As dawn breaks, a Cantor’s Roundleaf bat flies through the lush rainforest canopy searching out its colony. Its home is the Great Cave of Niah, Sarawak, in northern Borneo, where it accompanies tens of thousands of other bats, careening through the cave after a night’s work hunting insects. It’s a scene that has probably been replicated daily for tens of thousands of years…. “There had been some debate as to whether the rainforests were a major barrier to the dispersal of modern humans because of the difficulties of foraging in an environment where food is widely dispersed and ephemeral, and sometimes inaccessible in the canopy.  

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Protecting preventive forests remains a thorny struggle

Local residents and illegal lumberjacks have been ignoring the laws and destroyed the forests. Meanwhile, local authorities say they do not know about that because they are not reported.
VietNamNet Bridge
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tens of hectares of the preventive forests in the two communes of Dak Somei and Ha Dong of Dak Doa district in Gia Lai province have been destroyed.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Why Stephen Harper is probably incapable of recognizing the reality of climate

By Charlie Smith
The Straight
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is fond of declaring that Canada is an “emerging energy superpower”. We heard it again this week on his trade trip to China. In his eagerness to export Canadian oil and gas, Harper seems remarkably blasé to the reality of climate change….Here in B.C., we’re also seeing the effects. The mountain pine beetle has wreaked economic havoc by chewing through pine forests because warmer winters couldn’t kill these pests. Salmon runs are threatened. Snowpack levels will decline, which will undermine electricity production.

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Report Projects Upswing in Torrefied Biomass Use

Many of you will be interested in a new report by consulting firm Hawkins Wright that predicts global demand for torrefied biomass to exceed 70 million metric tons per year by 2020.
Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The report claims torrefied biomass is on the brink of becoming a viable feedstock for utility-scale electricity generators, potentially replacing coal, as well as some types of wood pellets. Favorable renewable energy policies in Europe, North America and Asia would drive that demand, it continues. Hawkins Wright also reports that significant volumes of torrefied biomass are expected to reach the market in the coming months, with commercial-scale production plants operating by 2013. 

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Cash in on carbon: Timber firms can harvest profits from greenhouse gas initiative

Record-Searchlight
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON — California’s call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 means new revenue for timber landowners willing to play the carbon-offset market. Steven Brink of the California Forestry Association said the Global Warming Solutions Act, or Assembly Bill 32, is an opportunity for the industry. “The cap-and-trade element of the initiative is where the opportunity is for forest landowners,” Brink said during a panel discussion on forest carbon Friday inside Fusaro Hall at the Shasta District Fair grounds. The two-hour presentation, attended by some 40 people, was part of the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference.

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These rings are forever

February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In a small room tucked away in an obscure corner of Southern Oregon University’s Science Building, Kenneth Olejar positions himself on a pillow atop a gigantic, 6-foot wide slab of redwood, peering intently through a microscope at the tree rings underneath him. The microscope is attached to an electric micrometer, which in turn is hooked up to a computer in the corner of the room. The micrometer allows Olejar to precisely measure the size of each tree ring, telling him how much moisture the tree got that year, and during which part of the year the tree got it.

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USDA official visits Corinth wood pellet plant

WCSH-TV
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CORINTH, Maine — Maine’s growing wood pellet industry has sparked the interest of some top officials with the United States Department of Agriculture. Dallas Tonsager, the USDA Under Secretary of Rural Development got a tour of the Corinth Wood Pellets plant today from President and CEO George Soffron. Prior to the tour Tonsager had a rountable discussion with Soffron and the heads of Maine’s three other wood pellet manufacturers. They pressed him about what they see as a bias in Washington towards wood biofuels when it comes to subsidies.

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2 Celsius is low estimate for climate change by 2100: study

World could be 5 degrees hotter by century’s end
Agence France Press
February 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

French scientists unveiling new estimates for global warming said the 2 C goal enshrined by the United Nations was “the most optimistic” scenario left for greenhouse-gas emissions. The estimates, compiled by five scientific institutes, will be handed to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for consideration in its next big overview on global warming and its effects.

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Ghana to develop National Climate Change Policy

Vibe Ghana
February 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, is developing a National Climate Change Policy Framework to provide strategic direction and co-ordinate issues of climate change in the country. National strategies are also being targeted at enabling the execution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the co-ordination and harmonizing of climate change activities in the country through the National Climate Change Committee.

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Wood energy way to go: MP

Port Macquarie News, Australia
February 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

CLASSIFYING the burning of native wood waste officially as renewable energy is a measure which would promote sustainability within the forestry industry, Rob Oakeshott argues.
But a leading local environmental campaigner, Susie Russell, is adamant it would give the green light to native forest clearing. And critics, including Greens leader Bob Brown, say Mr Oakeshott and fellow New England independent Tony Windsor have backed away from a critical aspect of emission regulations ahead of the implementation of the carbon tax.

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