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Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Products extended offer for Fibrek while evaluating Mercer bid

Canadian Press
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products, formerly known as AbitibiBowater, has extended its hostile bid for pulp producer Fibrek Inc. until Feb. 23 while also looking to scuttle a competing bid by Mercer International. The Montreal-based newsprint, pulp and lumber producer said late Monday it has applied to Quebec’s Bureau de decision et de revision for an order to block a friendly 170-million dollar deal between Fibrek and Vancouver-based Mercer. Earlier in the day, Resolute said 66 million Fibrek shares had been tendered to its bid as of the close of business Friday, representing approximately 52 per cent of the outstanding common shares.

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Canfor reports shareholder net loss of 44.1 Million Dollars

IHB
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canfor Corporation today reported a net loss attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net loss”) of 44.1 million, or 0.31 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to a shareholder net loss of $21.6 million, or 0.15 per share, for the third quarter of 2011 and shareholder net income of 32.9 million dollars, or 0.23 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company’s shareholder net loss was 56.6 million dollars, or 0.40 per share, compared to shareholder net income of $81.4 million, or 0.57 per share, for 2010.

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Abitibi extends offer for Fibrek by 10 days

Reuters
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Resolute Forest Products, formerly known as AbitibiBowater, extended its hostile offer for Canadian pulp producer Fibrek Inc, which on Friday agreed to be bought by larger peer Mercer International. Resolute extended its bid for Fibrek by 10 days to February 23, without raising its initial offer price of about 130 million dollars, which is about 30 percent lower than Mercer’s bid.

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Resolute Extends Offer for Fibrek to February 23

by Resolute Forest Products
Canada News Wire press release
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, today announced that it has extended to February 23 the expiry date for its offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek Inc. . The offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Fibrek made by Resolute, together with RFP Acquisition Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is more fully described in the offer circular and other ancillary documentation that Resolute filed on December 15, 2011, on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website (“SEDAR”), as varied and extended.

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Canfor Positioned To Benefit From Improving Lumber Markets: CIBC

iStock Analyst
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canfor Corp., a forest products company, is positioned to benefit from improving lumber markets, says CIBC World Markets Inc. Canfor is expecting to close the Tembec sawmill and tenure acquisition in southeast B.C. by mid-March, which improves its green timber mix in B.C. The company also remains positive on the outlook for lumber shipments to Asia in 2012, the brokerage noted. CIBC said lumber markets are showing some signs of improvement in 2012 with pricing at 270 per Mfbm at present having moved up some 10% from the start of the year. Futures markets are showing lumber prices in the US$290 per Mfbm range in H2/12.

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Resolute extends offer for Montreal-based Fibrek to Feb. 23

Montreal Gazette
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. is extending its hostile bid for Montreal-based pulp producer Fibrek Inc. from last Friday to 5 p.m. on Feb. 23, saying it will evaluate all its options stemming from a counterbid from Vancouver’s Mercer International Inc. Canada’s largest forest products group also said that as of last Friday, 66 million Fibrek shares had been deposited under its bid – or 52 per cent of those outstanding. Resolute’s offer, originally filed Dec. 15, equalled 1 dollar a share for all the Fibrek shares and was to have expired Monday (Feb. 13). The new deadline of Feb. 23 can be extended again or withdrawn.

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Sino-Forest Truth May Never Be Known as Chairman Ardell Defending Founder

Bloomberg
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Sino-Forest Corp. Chairman William Ardell says he found no sign of major fraud while overseeing an eight-month probe of the company. He also says a full account of the Chinese timber producer’s activities and business ties may never be known. “There has been no material evidence provided that would indicate that there has been a major fraud,” Ardell said in an interview. “I can’t give you a 100 percent guarantee as to everything.” Ardell led an independent committee of company directors charged with investigating allegations made by research company Muddy Waters LLC that Sino-Forest exaggerated its timber assets and operated a Ponzi scheme.

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Western Positioning for the Future with First Step in Capital Plan

by Western Forest Products
Marketwire press release
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Western Forest Products Inc. announced today the first project in our capital plan; a $16 million investment in the Saltair Sawmill. Western was joined by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, for the formal site announcement. The Saltair Sawmill, built in 1972, converts coastal mid-size logs into high value specialized lumber products in Hemlock, Douglas fir and Western Red Cedar. This capital project will make Saltair the largest single line sawmill on the coast of BC and will provide upgrades to the edgers, stacker and sorters.

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Sheraton Mill Near Burns Lake to Restart In March

CFTKTV
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It certainly won’t make up for the loss of Babine Forest Products — but a small sawmill operation east of Burns Lake, which has been down for almost a year, will be starting up again next month. Comfor Management Services has announced its Sheraton Holdings mill will re-open in March, creating seven to nine full-time positions. Sheraton president Quinten Beach says improved demand for some of the mill’s traditional products, coupled with some other developments in the industry, made it feasible to re-start the operation.

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Western Forest Products investing $16 million to upgrade Saltair sawmill

Ladysmith Chronicle
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson, provincial minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, was in Ladysmith late Monday afternoon to join Lee Doney of Western Forest Products today in announcing the company’s plans to upgrade its Saltair mill. This fall, Western Forest Products announced its plan to invest $200 million in its Vancouver Island operations.

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Politicians listen to concerns in Burns Lake

Vancouver Sun
February 11, 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 call that he was encouraged to see 25 companies in attendance.

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$16-million investment protects Island jobs

(press release)
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

LADYSMITH – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson joined Lee Doney of Western Forest Products today in the company’s announcement to upgrade its Saltair mill. In fall 2011, Western Forest Products announced its plan to invest two hundred million dollars in its Vancouver Island operations. 

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BlueLinx Wins Distribution Agreement for Weyerhaeuser Engineered Wood Products in New England

Benzinga
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BlueLinx Corporation today announced a new distribution agreement with Weyerhaeuser to become the independent distributor of Weyerhaeuser’s engineered wood products, including Trus Joist® TJI® joist, TimberStrand® LSL, Microllam® LVL, Parallam® PSL, and TJ® Rim board, in the New England area effective today, February 13, 2012.

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AEP rates pushes local sawmill toward closure, others feel the pinch

Jackson Times Journal
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

McARTHUR – The air around the local sawmills these days weighs heavy with something more than sawdust – uncertainty. For many industry-based companies in the area, the new American Electric Power rate hikes signal a potential death knell, with Vinton County’s Glandon Lumber being the first to decide to close its doors. The move will put close to 40 employees associated with the business out of a job. “It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said owner Bob Glandon. “We’re shutting down (this) week. Between (the AEP rates), the economy and the lumber business in general, I am giving up.”

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Four fire departments battle lumberyard fire

WKYT
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Members of four fire departments helped battle a large fire in the Salt Lick community of Bath County. The fire started around ten Monday morning at White Manufacturing. The lumber company is located along Main Street. “Everything we’ve worked for is gone,” said Timmy Charles. Charles is one of several employees who tried to knock down the fire with extinguishers, but it spread quickly. “When the extinguishers went down, I felt the heat hit me in the face, I knew there wasn’t anything else I could do,” said Charles.

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Ta Ann workers protest in Huonville

ABC News, Australia
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There have been angry scenes in the streets of Huonville this afternoon as Ta Ann workers march over job losses at the timber processing plant. Environmentalists’ overseas campaigns against the Tasmanian timber industry are being blamed for the loss of more than 40 jobs at Ta Ann’s Huonville and Smithton facilities. Up to 40 workers and supporters marched to the Huon Valley Environment Centre and demanded spokeswoman Jenny Weber come out and speak to them.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Furniture exporters rejecting buyers due to labour shortage issue

Malaysia Star
February 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

PETALING JAYA: Furniture makers and exporters are urging the Government to take steps to resolve the sector’s labour shortage, which is said to be limiting growth for the industry. In a recent interview, industry players told StarBiz that many furniture exporters had to turn down buyers due to production constraints “We have to be selective where customers are concerned as we cannot meet demand. We need more foreign workers,” said DPS Resources Bhd executive chairman Datuk Peter Sow.

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Forestry

Impact of logging no picnic for bears

Globe and Mail
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yogi and Boo-Boo are in trouble again. But this time it’s not by Ranger Smith.  Two bear cubs were rescued last week after their den was disturbed by logging operations outside of Prince George, B.C., causing their mother to flee. The loggers kept a close eye for several hours but the mother was nowhere to be found, and the cubs – later named Yogi and Boo-Boo – nearly froze to death before they were scooped up. …Ms. Langen is no stranger to saving wildlife, and said there have been five or six animal rescues related to logging over the past few years. In 2010, Ms. Langen successfully helped raise and release into the wild two cubs after a slash-and-burn project left them homeless.

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Locals invited to walk to help protect trails

Alberni Valley Times
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Island Timberlands plans to log a large portion of its property below the popular hiking spot known as the Lookout. Jane Morden is hoping they will reconsider if they see just how passionate this community is about the trails in that area. In order to send that message, she has organized a community walk on Feb. 19. Morden is a concerned resident who uses the trails on a regular basis. Although she is a member of the West Island Woodlands Advisory Group, she admits when it comes to the logging business she has a lot to learn. But what she does know is that work has already begun and the trails will be forever changed if the area is logged.

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Hills weighs tree ordinance

Observer & Eccentric
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Green is the color that defines Bloomfield Hills, and it has nothing to do with money. The city takes pride in its lush canopy of trees that stretches almost unbroken from boundary to boundary. Even waves of stylized trees dominate the city’s official seal. So far, the trees have been pretty much on their own, but now the city is seeking to give them a layer of protection with a new tree and woodlands ordinance, a 16-page document that specifies what, how and when trees can be removed and what can be use to replace them. But does it go too far?

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Colorado Court Halts Forest Servicve Logging of Beetle Infected Forests

Rocky Mountain Wild press release
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Denver, CO –Two conservation groups won a lawsuit today challenging a massive logging project on the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado. The court order issued by Judge William J. Martínez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado puts a stop to logging on 3,436 acres that would have produced approximately 8.3 million board feet of timber (about 2,075 log trucks) and require 10.8 miles of road reconstruction. While the Forest Service claimed the logging would reduce current or potential impacts from insects and disease, Rocky Mountain Wild and WildEarth Guardians argued that logging and roads only further decline the forest health and watersheds.

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County payments included in White House budget proposal

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

WASHINGTON – In a boost to financially strapped rural counties in Oregon and across the West, the Obama administration on Monday included $294 million to extend the county payments program in the next fiscal year. …The payments were also acknowledgment that the federal government should help local governments after logging on federal land was reduced. Counties receive 25 percent of the revenue from timber sales but when logging plummeted, so did revenue. By law, the money was to be used to finance public education. In 2008, $250 million poured into 33 Oregon counties from the program.

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Oregon State Senate confirms three for Forestry Board

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

SALEM — Despite rumors that there might be trouble mustering the votes, the Oregon Senate on Monday confirmed three new members to the state Board of Forestry. They are Cindy Williams, a fishery scientist and president of Environmental Consultants in Medford. Nils Christoffersen, who is executive director for Wallowa Resources in Enterprise. And Tom Insko, of La Grande, who is Inland Regional Manager for Boise Cascade.

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Obama budget includes money for timber counties

Associated Press
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

President Barack Obama’s new budget proposal includes money to get timber counties in Oregon and across the West through one more year, The Oregonian reported Monday. The administration’s decision to back $328 million for timber counties lends support for budget battles ahead in Congress as Oregon’s congressional members try to keep the aid alive. …Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon wants to extend county payments for at least another year while Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader develop a less costly alternative. They want to designate about 2.4 million acres of federal land in Oregon as public “trusts.” Half of the acres would be managed as a conservation area while the rest would be designated for commercial purposes, such as logging.

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Guy named Forrest named director of Minnesota DNR forestry division

Duluth News Tribune
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Minnesota has a new state forester, but it’s not someone new to the state’s forests. Forrest Boe, a 29-year veteran of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, was named director of the DNR’s forestry division today. Boe most recently served as the deputy director of the Parks and Trails Division and spent 20 years of his career in northern Minnesota with the agency’s former Trails and Waterways Division.

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DNR names Forrest Boe director of Forestry Division

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources press release
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced today his selection of Forrest Boe as director of the DNR’s Forestry Division. For the past 29 years, Boe has worked for the DNR in numerous leadership positions, most recently as the deputy director of the Parks and Trails Division. …  “Forrest has a long track record at the DNR of working closely with industry groups and citizens on complex issues, including off-highway vehicle and recreational trail access in northern Minnesota,” said Landwehr. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership at every place he has worked within the agency.”

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Forestry Commission to give away seedlings

Times-Journal
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Alabama Forestry Commission is giving people an opportunity to plant a seedling and watch it grow. The Forestry Commission’s annual tree giveaway is Wednesday. The Fort Payne office will have about 2,000 seedlings available for distribution to the public. The seedlings are free and include five species of oak, six species of flowering trees and some longleaf pines. “We have close to 2,000 bare-root seedlings,” said Dan Green, forestry management specialist. “We’ll be giving away handouts with planting tips and care information.”

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Medway group no longer pushing for Quimby park feasibility study

Bangor Daily News
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MEDWAY, Maine — One of the first groups formed to investigate environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s 70,000-acre national park proposal is benching itself because of disagreement with her over the direction of the park effort, a founding member said Monday. The National Park Regional Citizen Evaluation Committee “will become inactive” and “will no longer participate in the pursuit of a National Feasibility Study Campaign because a clear path forward could not be established,” the group announced. “We have worked tirelessly for the past six months and it has been an enormous drain on our personal lives and we are not willing to continue with this sacrifice.”

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Carving Initials Into A Tree May Be Permanent Mistake

CBC Philly
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PHILADELPHIA – Carving a heart into a tree is very old fashioned, but it has a lot in common with today’s technology too – short messages made on impulse that can last a long time – and even come back to bite you. If you see initials carved in a tree, it’s usually a beech; our American beech has a silvery smooth bark that’s been a tempting canvas for centuries. Cute as it seems, it’s not great for the tree, as when any bark is breeched, it’s a path for pathogens and insects to get in.

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A cathedral of trees

The UK Guardian
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Viewed from the top of Bow Hill, the ancient yew forest appears lush and green, but beneath the dense layered canopy a brooding gloom and silence descends. There is a noticeable absence of bird life and little light filters through the parallel rows of flattened needle-like leaves, so the thin soil of the forest floor is barren. At my feet the downland chalk is stained the dark rust of dried blood by sap and fallen fruit. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records a 9th century battle being fought on Bow Hill between marauding Danes and local Saxon forces. Legend has it that the yews were planted on the graves of the slain Viking warriors.

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The Forestry IGA under a cloud

ABC News, Australia\
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government says money for regional development in Tasmania under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Forestry will still be allocated, despite overnight developments which throw the IGA into question. Leon explored the issue with the Federal Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean, with Greens Leader and cabinet member Nick McKim, Huon MLC Paul Harris, Former Greens leader and environmental consultant Peg Putt and Alan Duggan of the Huon Resources group.

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McKim encourages forest fight

ABC News, Australia
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader has encouraged protestors to continue overseas campaigns that are being blamed for damaging markets and putting the federally-funded forest peace deal at risk. The move is set to enrage the Forest Industry Association, which has already walked away from the peace deal. The forest industry wants the Greens leader, Nick McKim, to rein in the protest action. The Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, says it is possible.

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Forest clashes in Launceston

ABC News, Australia
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tensions over the forest debate have spilled into the streets in Launceston, as anti-logging protesters clashed with supporters of the forest industry. Activists from the group code Green are in Launceston’s Brisbane Street Mall protesting over the logging practices of Ta Ann Tasmania. Ta Ann has announced it is shedding 40 jobs in response to a downturn in international markets. The activists have been confronted by Brett Lucas from the pro-forestry group Code Red, and the federal Liberal candidate for Bass, Andrew Nikolic.

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Forest peace deal collapses

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ABC News, Australia
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Twelve members of Tasmania’s Upper House have pledged they will block the federally-funded forest peace deal legislation.

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Protesters clash as Tassie tensions rise

Rival protesters have clashed as tensions rise in Tasmania a day after the latest job losses in the forestry industry were announced.
Ninemsn
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Pro- and anti-logging groups came together in Launceston while employees of timber company Ta Ann, which on Monday said it would shed 40 jobs, marched on the headquarters of environmentalists in the south of the state. Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic and pro-forestry group Code Red member Brett Lucas confronted members of anti-logging group Code Green in a mall in Launceston, where a crowd and police looked on, the ABC reported.

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Firm stops tree cutting

Sun.Star
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ENVIRONMENT officials and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) have stepped-up their efforts to prevent the cutting of 1,033 pine trees inside Camp John Hay. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje, in a memorandum dated January 27, ordered John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) to cease and desist from cutting and earth-balling trees relative to the ongoing development in the former US military base.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

USDA Powers Woodwork Industry

Woodworking Network
February 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

…It’s one of scores of firms involved in biofuels and other renewable energy sources that will benefit as the U.S. Department of Agriculture ratchets up spending on projects large and small. Funding runs from thousands into tens of millions of dollars, even hundreds of millions – such as a 232.5 million dollar USDA commitment to the ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery in Boardman, OR – which will convert wood into transportation fuel. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week launched two programs, each funded at 25 million dollars, to encourage use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels – both programs using wood byproducts or conversion of wood to fuel.

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Senate approves Hatfield-sponsored pulp mill biomass bill

Longview Daily News
February 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A bill that would classify decades-old incinerators and boilers at pulp mills as renewable energy cleared the state Senate on Saturday, sponsor Sen. Brian Hatfield announced Monday. The bill has the potential to save local pulp producers millions of dollars. …If the bill becomes law, Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging and Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Longview plants stand to save millions of dollars over a long term because they won’t have to buy renewable energy credits, industry officials say.

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Wood-to-ethanol plant set for construction

BioEnergy News
February 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Construction of the US’s first large-scale, wood-to-ethanol plant is set to begin this year in Upper Peninsula, Michigan.  The $232-million (€175.05 million) biorefinery is to be built on 40 acres in Kinross Charter Township, with completion expected in late 2013.  A company called Mascoma developed the wood-to-ethanol process which combines wood chips with microorganisms, but the project initially struggled financially. However, with an $80 million (€60.39 million) grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the backing of Valero Energy, the project is back on track.

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What frogs tell us about the planet

Climate Change Impact
Deccan Herald, India
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A team of scientists at Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve reason that analysing sound recordings of frog croaking combined with readings from climate data loggers could improve our understanding of the effect of climate change on amphibian populations, writes Atula Gupta….What if frog calls changed with changing climate? What if frogs could foretell the future of the planet?

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