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Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

Business & Politics

Fibrek agrees to friendly takeover

Financial Post
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian pulp producer Fibrek Inc. has agreed to a friendly cash-and-share takeover bid from global producer Mercer International Inc. worth as much as 170-million dollars, or 1.30 a share. Fibrek had been seeking alternatives to an unsolicited insider bid made by AbitibiBowater Inc. last November that valued the company at 1 dollar a share.

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Forest sector research body undergoes reorganization

Laboratory Products News
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Montreal, QC – Forest industry research organization FPInnovations has unveiled a new organizational structure. The reorganization follows an in-depth review of its business model which it says required a series of changes to better position itself as a strategic partner to industry members and clients, federal and provincial governments, and the larger research community, especially universities. The organization also says it will keep a strong hold on R&D through its collaborative research with forest industry members. To this, it is adding a business development component which encompasses strategic research alliances; products and services; and licensing and ventures.

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Resolute Applies to Cease Trade Mercer’s Offer to Acquire Fibrek

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 applied to the Bureau de décision et de révision (Québec), the administrative tribunal with statutory jurisdiction in securities law and regulatory matters in Quebec, for an order to cease trade the proposed offer by Mercer International Inc. to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek Inc. Fibrek and Mercer announced the offer on February 10.

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Canfor CEO maintains faith in lumber industry

Prince George Citizen
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canfor Corp. chief executive officer Don Kayne isn’t letting a year many would rather forget get in the way of a relatively upbeat outlook over the coming months. The lumber producer reported a 44.1 million net loss, or 31 cents per share, attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with shareholder net income of $32.9 million 23 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2010. Conditions in the U.S. housing market were steady over the quarter and in line with expectations but it will be a further 18 to 24 months before the American market returns to normal levels, Kayne said Thursday during a conference call.

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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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Domtar moving faster than expected on particulate reductions

Kamloops Daily News
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar is ahead of its schedule to reduce particulate emissions from its high stack in Kamloops. The company submitted a 2012 annual update to City council that goes to the regular meeting Tuesday. In it, Domtar said the high-stack particulate emissions are at 38 per cent of where they were in 2010. Last year, they dropped by 13 per cent. The pulp mill’s goal is to reduce particulate by 68 per cent in 2014.

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Nothing but a joke?

Letter by Ed Pitt
Dawson Creek Daily News
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

To the Editor: Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation reports that B.C. lumber export sales are way up from previous years. That is good news for some unemployed mill workers. B.C. is making huge sales to China and the U.S. and has a burning desire to supply all the wood that India can use. It amazes me that none of our current governments know or care what “sustainable” means. Our forest inventory has suffered enormous losses from fire, drought and insect damage but it is just business as usual for Pat Bell. We need to realize that the forest industry is no longer labour intensive. Modern technology has killed most of our mill related jobs. We should not be wiping out our forests in a destructive, futile attempt to employ more workers than our forests can adequately support.

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No cause into Tolko blaze

News Talk Sports AM 1150
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The exact cause of an inferno at Tolko Mill in Kelowna has yet to be determined. Damages estimate at $30,000 after flames, heavy smoke, and steam rolled out of the building. Platoon Captain Henry Roelofs says there was a lot of sawdust and boilers that could have sparked the blaze. “We’ve had investigators out there. Our investigator Paul Johnson was on the scene later on. All he was able to determine is it wasn’t electrical in nature. There’s no wiring in the area.” Start up for the mill will determine on approval from the Ministry of Environment. Roelefs adds the fire could have been a lot worse had Tolko not had any other crew on the scene battling the flames before the fire department arrived.
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Bell Calls Burns Lake Jobs Fair A Success

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

B-C Jobs Minister Pat Bell says Friday’s Jobs Fair in Burns Lake was an overwhelming success. The event was organized to help people, now unemployed in the wake of last month’s Babine Forest Products mill explosion, find other work. He says about 400 people attended the fair, with over 13-hundred jobs available, ranging from labourer jobs to management positions. He says a number of jobs were from outside Burns Lake, but he says it’s important to make sure the community remains viable.

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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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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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Future of St. Marys Paper Will Be Made Tuesday

Local 2 Sault St. Marie
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

On February 14, 2012, Ernst and Young Inc., the court appointed receiver for St. Mary’s Paper Corporation will make a decision on the future of the mill. “In recent years our government has twice stepped up to support the restructuring efforts at St. Mary’s Paper because we are committed to protecting local jobs” said Orazietti. “Tomorrow the receiver will recommend to the court a preferred offer and begin negotiations. It is my expectation that the parties involved will consider, most importantly, the impact on workers and their families and the economic impact on the community in selecting a potential operator.”

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Temple-Inland Acquired by International Paper

Woodworking Network
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MEMPHIS, TN – International Paper has completed the acquisition of lumber and building materials giant Temple-Inland. The two forest products firms form a packaging behemoth, controlling 37 percent of that market in the U.S., a fact that caused the U.S. Department of Justice to require they sell three mills after acquisition closes. While International Paper is primarily focused on packaging, Temple-Inland has a long history as a lumber and particleboard business. It was founded in Diboll, Texas in 1894 as a lumber company, eventally expanding into packaging, building products, real estate and banking.

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Universal Forest Products Earnings Preview

DailyFinance
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Universal Forest Products didn’t meet the Street’s expectations last quarter, but investors hope that it will rebound this quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Universal Forest Products provides capital, management, and administrative resources to subsidiaries that design, manufacture, and market wood and wood-alternative products for DIY/retail home centers and other retailers.

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Log exports, not harvests, key to timber future Guest viewpoint

The Register-Guard
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Politicians, industrialists and environmentalists seeking to bolster timber revenues and jobs by increasing logging are ignoring the elephant in the room: log exports. Without downsizing log exports, we won’t solve our timber problems. Why? Because it’s not just about how much timber is logged. It’s where this timber goes, who works on it, and how it’s taxed that has the real effect on our economy. In a Register-Guard guest viewpoint on Oct. 11, Lane County Commissioner Peter Sorenson said, “History has taught us that we can’t cut our way to prosperity.” Indeed, in 2010 a substantial boost in timber cutting failed to increase local jobs or revenues.

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Lumber mill fire

UpperMichigansSource.com
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

KINGSFORD — A fire at a lumber mill in East Kingsford is being described as “a total loss” by the owner. The Breitung Township fire department was called to the Twin Pines Lumber at around 4:00 pm on Saturday where the building was engulfed in flames. Officials say it is believed to be an electrical fire that got out of control, but are unsure at this point of the official cause. They also had to wait for WE Energies to turn off the power before they could suppress the fire.

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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

First Nations key to sawmill, tourism opportunities says Bell

Courier Islander
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new sawmill and Aboriginal tourism are among the favorite potential projects of Jobs Minister Pat Bell following the BC Jobs Plan pilot forum in Campbell River. And Bell highlighted the role of First Nations in both cases. Long before the Regional Economic Investment Pilot forum took place, Bell had suggested Campbell River could be a good location for a high-speed sawmill to process the North Island’s abundance of second growth hemlock. 

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Charlotte Gill’s ‘Eating Dirt’ wins $40000 BC award for Canadian non-fiction

Canadian Press
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Charlotte Gill has won the $40,000 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for her heralded memoir on tree planting. “Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe” nabbed the annual prize on Monday at a ceremony in Vancouver. The book, which focuses on trees and deforestation, was also nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the Charles Taylor Prize.

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Vancouver author Charlotte Gill wins BC’s National non-fiction book award

February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — B.C. author Charlotte Gill won the 2012 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction on Monday for her memoir about tree planting Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe. Gill was a tree planter for 17 years, first in Ontario, then in British Columbia; she estimates she has planted one million trees. Today, she teaches in the University of B.C.’s online creative writing program from her new home in Powell River, but she says she misses tree planting every day.

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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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US Forest Service to host 7th annual “Virtual Summit”

USDA Blog
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

For the seventh year in a row, thinkers and leaders from the U.S. Forest Service will team up with partners across the country to discuss sustainable operations affecting the agency. The 7th Annual Forest Service Sustainable Operations Summit will take place in Sacramento Feb. 14 – 16. Hosted by the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest region (California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands) and the agency’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, the summit will be attended virtually by 90 percent of the participants from around the country.

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Meade County enters agreement with Forest Service to battle pine beetle

Rapid City Journal
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Meade County Commissioners have entered into an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to help combat the pine beetle infestation within Meade County. The agreement would allow the county to use volunteers from the fire departments to help combat mountain pine beetles on forest service land, using title III funds for the projects. The volunteers would be covered by the county worker’s compensation to complete the projects. “This is a very historic thing because up to now the Forest Service has not allowed the counties to help with that,” Commission Chairman Alan Aker said. “We’re very fortunate because there’s still time to do a lot of good with a little bit of effort in Meade County.”

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Communities create healthy forests

Our Colorado News
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On June 8, 2002, the Hayman Fire provided a wake-up call for Colorado residents, reminding them of the importance of healthy forests. The devastating fire that destroyed about 138,000 acres of forest in four counties was the culmination of several years of extreme drought and a century of aggressive wildfire suppression. The problem was put in succinct terms in a brochure from the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station, which states: “A century of aggressive wildfire suppression has led to increased fuel loads on the nation’s forests, and has made wildfires more difficult and expensive to suppress. For example, suppression expenditures on national forest land exceeded $1 billion for the first time in 2000 and again in 2002 and 2003.”

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City cautious about planting more trees

KYTX
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EAST TEXAS — Dry, brittle branches on saplings line Old Jacksonville Hwy in Tyler. All were planted within the last year and many are not showing signs of life. Brian Pearson is part of a group of volunteers who teamed up with the city to plant trees as part of the Mayor’s Tree Tyler Initiative. “I think we knew we’d lose some trees, didn’t expect as many as we did,” Pearson said. Stephanie Rollings, with the Parks and Recreation Department, said of the 15,000 donated trees planted last year — they could have to replace about half. “With the drought, they go into a state of shock and we’re hoping this Spring they come back out,” Rollings said. “We need to look for other ways to water trees.”

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Fire in national forest 85 percent contained after burning 75 acre

News 14 Carolina
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BIRKHEAD MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Firefighters will be back out Monday morning battling a forest fire in a national forest in Randolph County. The fire has so far burned 75 acres and is about 85 percent contained. It was fueled Saturday by strong winds. On Sunday, firefighters said they changed their tactics because the fire is burning in a wilderness area. “Because it’s wilderness and we’re trying to maintain the wilderness characteristics, we do limit the suppression tactics that we use,” said Deborah Walker, ranger at Uwharrie National Forest. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Property owners in the area are being asked to call authorities if they see signs of flames.
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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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The Prime Minister attacks greens campaigns

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

The Prime Minister says some environmental groups have waged an irresponsible and inaccurate campaign against the Tasmanian timber company Ta Ann. The company is sacking 40 mill workers, blaming a campaign by green groups targeting its customers in Japan The Prime Minister today told Caucus members that some environmental groups had been waging an irresponsible campaign in international markets, and that has led to the job losses at Ta Ann. Ms Gillard has told her Caucus that the groups had behaved in an irresponsible and inaccurate way, and were putting at risk the forest deal struck by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments.

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Agarwood chopped even as CM checks on illegal logging site

Malaysia Star
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GEORGE TOWN: A gaharu (agar­­-wood) tree was felled in the rain­­-fo­rest behind the Penang Rifle Club just three hours before Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng went on an inspection near the Penang Botanic Gardens. Lim was in another section of the rainforest with reporters and officials from the state Forestry De­­partment to check on allegations of chopped trees at about 4pm on Sunday. A runner with the Penang Hash House Harriers, Gurdial Singh, 52, said fellow runners stumbled upon the felled tree at around 1pm the same day

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Tasmanian forest deal on the rocks

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

TONY EASTLEY: When the Prime Minister and the Tasmanian Premier signed a forestry agreement last year it appeared that an end was in sight to the protracted and bitter Tasmanian forestry debate. This morning however the deal would appear to be in tatters. Felicity Ogilvie reports from Hobart.

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Forest fire near Northcliffe jumps containment lines

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

Firefighters are still trying to bring a fire burning in the Shire of Manjimup under control. More than 170 fire personnel are shoring up containment lines around the blaze which has burned through 16,000 hectares of forest and bushland. The fire is being held 13 kilometres south-east of the town of Northcliffe but there is concern it could break containment lines and move towards rural properties. Local Thomas Fahey says the fire is only four kilometres from his house.

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Behind the forest cover

OneWorld South Asia
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In its latest report, the Indian government has attributed the declining forest cover in India to forest clearance by Maoist guerrillas. The statistics, however, say the contrary. India’s recorded net loss of 367 sq km of forests between 2009 and 2011, as reported in the recently-released ‘The India State of Forest Report’ needs to be seen in the light of what Indian Prime Minister said recently. As per the present assessment, the forest and tree cover of the country is 78.29 million ha, which is 23.81 % of the geographical area of the country.

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Toolangi: Supreme Court begins hearing in logging case

Maroondah Weekly
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE battle over logging in the Toolangi State Forest north of Healesville continued last week as a Supreme Court trial involving an environmental group and VicForests began. My Environment is trying to have the court stop VicForests logging three coupes within the forest which the lobby group argues is home to the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. VicForests is the state government agency that sells logs to industry. Protesters rallied at the forest several times last year, which led to the Supreme Court of Victoria granting of an injunction against logging until a civil trial could take place.

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Wood producers urge lifting of moratorium on timber harvest

Malaya Business Insight
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) is reiterating its appeal for the lifting of logging ban due to business vacuum and loss of jobs among members of the group. PWPA is appealing once again to President Aquino to lift Executive Order 23, which set the moratorium on the harvesting of timber from the natural residual forests in the country in February of last year. The group said the continued moratorium would result in long-term negative repercussions.

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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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Molpus Woodlands Group Announces Purchase of Tennessee Timberland

The timberland is located in Morgan and Scott Counties in north-central Tennessee, northwest of Knoxville, and offers both geographic and hardwood species diversity.by Molpus Woodlands Group
PRWEB press release
February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry

Molpus Woodlands Group (Molpus), a timberland investment management organization headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, announced today, on behalf of Molpus’s third co-mingled fund, the successful purchase of approximately 42,464 acres of timberland in Tennessee. The timberland is located in Morgan and Scott Counties in north-central Tennessee, northwest of Knoxville, and offers both geographic and hardwood species diversity. Molpus currently manages over 60,000 acres in Tennessee. This transaction is the third acquisition for Molpus’s third co-mingled fund.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Approved state Senate bill may help biomass projects

KONP.COM 1450
February 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

(Olympia) — Rural jobs and the environment may be protected under a bill adopted Saturday by the Washington State Senate. Senate Bill 5575 will alter some of the regulations of Initiative 937, adding new sources to the list of eligible biomass products, organic matter used to generate electricity with steam turbines. The bill will also revers an I-937 rule and allow biomass facilities in operation before 1999 to qualify as eligible for renewable energy credits.

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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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Forest waste plan slammed

A plan to make native forest waste eligible for renewable energy credits has angered the North Coast Environment Council
ABC News, Australia
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A peak north coast environmental group has slammed a plan to give renewable energy status to native forest waste used to fuel power stations. Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott plans to support the move to make native forest waste eligible for renewable energy credits. The North Coast Environment Council says it’s throwing a lifeline to the industry by subsidising unsustainable practices. NCEC spokeswoman Susie Russell says it would lead to more clear felling if forest managers are to decide what constitutes ‘waste”.

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General

Vancouver author Charlotte Gill wins BC’s National non-fiction book award

February 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

VANCOUVER — B.C. author Charlotte Gill won the 2012 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction on Monday for her memoir about tree planting Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe. Gill was a tree planter for 17 years, first in Ontario, then in British Columbia; she estimates she has planted one million trees. Today, she teaches in the University of B.C.’s online creative writing program from her new home in Powell River, but she says she misses tree planting every day.

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