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Business & Politics

World’s First Large-Scale Nanocrystalline Cellulose Plant Launches In Canada

Press Release
Fortress Specialty Cellulose
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Last month CelluForce launched the world’s first large-scale nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) plant on site at a Domtar pulp and paper mill in Windsor, Quebec. “Today we celebrate a milestone that enables us to be the first in the world on the path to creating a significant market for NCC,” said Jean Moreau, president and CEO of CelluForce, at the plant’s opening in January. “There is an exciting future ahead for NCC and CelluForce.”

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Interfor Announces the Retirement of Sandy Fulton, Chief Operating Officer

Press Release by International Forest Products Limited
Marketwire
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED announced today that Sandy Fulton, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, has decided to retire from the Company effective February 1, 2012. He will continue to work with the Company on a consulting basis to oversee capital projects including the rebuild of the Grand Forks mill which is currently underway. Mr. Fulton joined Interfor in 2004 as Senior Vice President, U.S. Operations and was promoted in 2007 to his present position.

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Exports up 14.2 per cent in BC in 2011

B.C. posts record export numbers to Pacific Rim
Vancouver Sun
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s exports grew 14.2 per cent in 2011 to $32.8 billion, with exports to China jumping 24 per cent, according to year-end figures released by Statistics Canada. “If you are looking at where the exports are going we have seen a major shift over the last 10 years into China,” Central 1 Credit Union economist Bryan Yu said. Since 2003-04, the share of B.C.’s exports to China has gone from about three or four per cent to about 15 per cent, he said.

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BC Exports To Pacific Rim Hit Record High

Opinion 250 News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The increasing value of British Columbia’s economic ties to Asia and the Pacific Rim was underscored in last Friday’s year-end export numbers. Goods shipped to China and South Korea hit record levels and, for the first time, export levels to the Pacific Rim outstripped those to the United States. B.C.’s total exports grew 14.2 per cent to $32.8 billion in 2011.

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Western Forest Products will invest $16M in sawmill

Announcement leaves union president ‘optimistic’ for future of local operations
Nanaimo Daily News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

News that Western Forest Products plans to invest 16 million dollars into its Saltair sawmill is seen as a hopeful trend for the future of the forest company’s other mills in the region. Lee Doney, a WFP spokesman, said that thanks to the company’s efforts to cut costs in recent years and growing markets in Asia and Europe, WFP can now focus on a long-term strategy in preparation for the recovery of B.C.’s forest industry. Doney said he expects further announcements regarding expanding operation at the company’s two Nanaimo sawmills, which have been operating with skeleton crews since the forest industry tumbled in 2009, in about six months.

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Third year of losses reported for Burns Lake Comfor

Burns Lake Lakes District News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comfor Management Services Ltd. (CMSL) annual report shows a net loss of 716,564 dollars. It is the third consecutive year the company has recorded a loss. The report, released on Jan. 25, 2012 is a detailed account of the activities of all companies in the CMSL group, including the Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. (BLComfor) and Sheraton Holdings Ltd., for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011. Included in the annual report is the company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year, which show a net loss of 716,564 dollars. CMSL president Quentin Beach noted, “This is the third consecutive year that CMSL’s consolidated expenses have exceeded its combined corporate income.”

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Fibrek Fights for the Right of its Shareholders to Accept a Superior Offer: Company to Vigorously Oppose Abitibi’s Application to Cease Trade the $1.30 Mercer Offer

Press Release by Fibrek Inc.
Digital Journal
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. announced today that a hearing before the Bureau de décision et de révision, the administrative tribunal with statutory jurisdiction in securities law and regulatory matters in the Province of Québec, will be held on February 17 and 20, 2012 to consider the application filed by AbitibiBowater Inc. (doing business as Resolute Forest Products)  for an order to cease trade the superior offer proposed by Mercer International Inc.  to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek and the private placement of 32,320,000 special warrants to Mercer for gross proceeds of $32,320,000.

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Boise fined for environmental violation

International Falls Journal
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise White Paper LLC in International Falls was fined 5,010 dollars by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, according to an announcement made last week. The MPCA cited a water-quality violation by the Boise paper mill during the fourth quarter of 2011. Boise public relations manager Lori Lyman told The Journal that Boise prefers to be transparent about the issue. “We exceeded our waste water discharge permit,” Lyman said. “There were also errors related to water sampling and monitoring.”

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Tissue Rolls to Mill’s Rescue

Northern New Hampshire Buoyed by Paper the Digital Revolution Can’t Displace
Wall Street Journal
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ORHAM, N.H.—For a while, it looked like northern New Hampshire’s papermaking heritage was gone for good. When the region’s last mill closed in 2010, 197 workers were out of good-paying jobs, and the pain of lost paychecks rippled through this tiny mountain town of 2,848. Many feared the digital age had finally felled the local tradition of producing paper for printing and writing. But the century-old Gorham paper mill is running again, under new owners, with 176 employees and plans to hire 48 more. The rebirth, and optimism at other paper mills nationwide, is due to one of the few bright spots in the industry: steadily rising demand for toilet and tissue paper that goes with population growth.

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Ta Ann refuses to name names

ABC Online
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber company Ta Ann Tasmania is refusing to name the Japanese customers it says it has lost due to campaigns by anti-logging groups. The company says it has had to lay off 40 mill workers because its exports to Japan have halved. Ta Ann blaims overseas misinformation campaigns by state-based green groups. The Greens Leader and Cabinet Minister, Nick McKim, wants Ta Ann to provide the figures to back up its claims.

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Tenon purchases Australian timber company’s assets

New Zealand Herald
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tenon, which up until now has focussed its attentions on the North American timber moulding market, said it had expanded into Australia with the purchase of assets from Victoria-based Whiteline Timber Products for an undisclosed sum. Chief operating officer Tony Johnston said the move will make Tenon the second biggest supplier in the Australian hardwood mouldings and profile products.

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Mondi offers €280m for the rest of Mondi Swiecie

Engineering News
February 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Paper and pulp group Mondi on Thursday made an all-cash offer of €16.48 a share for the 17-million shares (34%) it does not already own in its Polish operation, Mondi Swiecie. The offer comprises a premium of 15.6% over the last three months’ average price of €14.26 a share and a premium of 4.1% over the last six months’ average price of €15.82 a share. Mondi Swiecie is an integrated manufacturer of virgin and recycled containerboard. In 2011 it produced 1.33-million tons of containerboard. The company employs about 1020 people under MD Maciej Kunda.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

See the forest and the trees

Letter by Dick Murphy
Nelson Star
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The kafuffle over a local wood purchasing policy by Nelson city council is a tempest in a teapot. There is only one main issue regarding our forest that should capture our attention. Who should manage this vast resource that surrounds us? Victoria has always regarded our forest as a cash cow; it mattered not what political party was in power. As the years went by, timber quotas were consolidated and local public management was eliminated, and the corporations were given the ability to self-regulate. Ninty-five per cent of the land around us is public domain. We own the land and we own the forest. But we are a community of immigrants and immigrants do not see the forest, they only see each other and the products from the forest.

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Sony’s paper-powered bio-battery turns waste into fuel

Manufacturing Digital
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics published in November 2011, Sony achieved a respectable sixth position thanks to high product energy efficiency, the avoidance of hazardous substances and a commendable chemical management policy. All these factors are clear to see in one of the company’s latest innovations, recently showcased at the Eco-Products exhibition in Tokyo. Sony’s eco-friendly bio-battery takes waste paper and turns it into fuel in a process which can be likened to how a white ant or termite digests wood. Paper or cardboard is dropped into a liquid solution made up of water and enzymes which causes the material to decompose into glucose sugar. When combined with oxygen and additional enzymes, the reaction turns the material into electrons and hydrogen ions.

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Stricter Green Standard for Composite Panels

Building Products Digest
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Composite Panel Association is rolling out a new voluntary eco-certification standard for composite wood panels and finished products made with particleboard, MDF, hardboard, and engineered wood siding and trim. The Eco-Certified Composite Standard (CPA 4-11), or ECC Sustainability Standard, is a more rigorous successor to CPA’s Environmentally Preferable Product specification and certification program. The EPP program was established in 2002 and is currently in wide use throughout North America.

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Wearable art’s Walker explores personal themes in latest piece

Creating clothing from wood veneer
Juneau Empire
February 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

For Walker, who has participated in 10 of Juneau’s 12 shows, the creative process has involved increasing command of his chosen medium: wood, specifically wood veneer. In every show but the 2011 show, in which he worked with recycled wire, Walker has used his expertise as a furniture maker and carpenter to create exquisite works in wood that frequently wind up as audience favorites — not only in Juneau, but at the World of Wearable Art show in Wellington, New Zealand. 

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Eastman Launches Perennial Wood Business

Woodworking Network
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

KINGSPORT, TN – Eastman Chemical announced the launch of Perennial Wood, a new brand line of Southern Pine lumber thermally and chemically modified for endurance and protection. It is milled and processed in the U.S. Eastman says that Perennial Wood will now be available for use in furniture manufacture, promoting it for outdoor furniture lines. Produced with a proprietary process called TruLast, it was shown at the 2012 International Builders’ Show last week in Orlando, where the Perennial Wood line was demonstrated for flooring and decking.

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New in town

City Pulse
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Mass-produced furniture has its place — almost every place, in fact — but if furniture hand hewn from old growth cypress salvaged from the Vlasic Pickle Factory lights your fire, Against the Grain offers a thoughtful alternative. Against the Grain is a Michigan-based sustainable wood works company that designs and makes sustainable art, home décor and furniture pieces. “Everything that we do in a project we make, from lighting to sinks to furniture and cabinets — it’s all urban recycling, primarily coming from industrial buildings and diseased trees in the area,” owner Jay Belous explained.

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IKEA creates plastic pallets as an alternative to wooden pallets

Plastics Today
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

IKEA, the international furniture retailer giant, has developed plastic pallets to replace the traditional wooden pallets when shipping goods across its global operations.. The IKEA spokesperson said the initiative to phase out wood pallets is an ongoing process. In North America, IKEA has already eliminated the use of wood pallets, but the spokesperson said there is still a lot of work left to do in Europe.

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Forestry

All of Avatar Grove now protected

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations press release
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – All of Avatar Grove, a unique stand of old-growth cedars near Port Renfrew, is now protected in an expanded old growth management area, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. After a public review and comment period during fall 2011, the existing old-growth management area around Avatar Grove has now been expanded to 59.4 hectares, protecting the grove in its entirety. There were 236 comments received during the public review period, with 232 expressing support. Old-growth management areas conserve biodiversity and wildlife species associated with old-growth forests. These ecosystems provide plant and animal habitat, are excluded from timber harvesting and are usually available for public use.

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Local politicians fight logging plans

Courier-Islander
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local politicians are joining forces to try to prevent logging of old growth and sensitive ecosystems on Cortes Island. North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, and Cortes Island Regional Director, Noba Anderson, are calling on the provincial government to help stop the logging of stands of old growth Douglas fir. Much of the community on Cortes Island is concerned about plans by Island Timberlands to log in old growth and areas of “provincial ecological significance.” “Stands such as these are extremely rare, and the clusters of trees found on Cortes is truly important for the province,” said Trevena. “We hope that the government realizes the value of them remaining and works with us to persuade the company to protect them. We recognize the need for forestry, but it should be done responsibly.”

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Charlotte Gill talks about trees

Video
The Globe and Mail
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Award-winning author Charlotte Gill says her non-fiction book “Eating Dirt” began as a very personal story, but it soon grew into a larger tale about the issues surrounding world of tree planting.

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Another new woodlot licence available near Quesnel

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 
Press release
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL – Here’s your chance with a new woodlot licence available near Quesnel, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot includes 1,175 hectares of Crown land approximately 35 kilometres south of Quesnel and has a proposed allowable annual cut of 1,479 cubic metres. Most of the woodlot is a mix of fir and aspen.

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New Woodlot Licence Available Near Quesnel

Opinion 250 News
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – For the fourth time since 2010, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations is making a new woodlot licence available in the Quesnel area. The woodlot is a mix of fir and aspen and includes approximately 1,175 hectares of Crown land, approximately 35-kilometres south of Quesnel. It has a proposed annual allowable cut of just under 15-hundred cubic metres.

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Budworm outbreak poses $1B threat to NB forests

CBC.ca
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest scientists are warning a bug that first troubled New Brunswick forests for 40 years ago is on the brink of another outbreak. A spruce budworm infestation could cost the province’s forest industry more than $1 billion because the larvae eat the type of trees that make up more than half the province’s woodlands. The budworm population has been booming in Quebec for the past three years. Entomologist Jeremy Gullison said last season’s surveillance traps for budworm moths in Northwestern and Central New Brunswick showed the highest numbers in six years.

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Water, trees and politics

The Oregonian
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s Capitol ought to be equipped with a siren, like a tsunami alarm on the coast, that would blare every time legislators try to take over management of the state’s natural resources. They’re at it again in Salem, pushing legislation that would alter two of Oregon’s precious resources, the Columbia River and its state forests. But there is a key distinction between the bills. In House Bill 4098, lawmakers seek to dictate forest management from their desks at the Capitol. With House Bill 4101, they would rely on the expertise of water managers to pursue greater withdrawals from the Columbia. The state forest bill is the latest bid to turn the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests into industrial lands, running roughshod over all their other public values.

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Local timber voices weigh in on BPA project

The Columbian
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You might call small-scale timberland owners and tree farmers a reserved bunch, seldom seeking attention. That’s their nature, according to Rick Dunning. “We’ve always been the quiet, silent type of folks,” said Dunning, executive director of the Washington Farm Forestry Association. But in the debate over where to put a high-powered transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, Southwest Washington’s timber interests have quietly made their voices heard. Input has come from both the relatively small operations, many represented by Dunning’s farm forestry association, and well-known giants such as Weyerhaeuser. Players of all sizes fear the new power line — and the 150-foot utility towers carrying it — could cut through some of the region’s valuable timber holdings. “Wherever you put the line is going to impact some of our members,” Dunning said. “Somebody is going to be impacted.”

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Could logging trucks avoid downtown?

Lincoln News Messenger
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While logging trucks traveling on Highways 193 and 65 will be a part of downtown Lincoln’s atmosphere once the bypass opens this summer, that might not be the case in the future. During the summer, “a couple hundred” logging trucks travel through the city each day, according to Mark Luster, Sierra Pacific Industries spokesman, on Friday. That’s because alternate routes for the logging trucks don’t currently exist, according to Sierra Pacific and city representatives. “There were no off ramps designed into the bypass that would reroute truck traffic,” Luster said. “There was talk about Gladding Parkway, which would have been able to bypass Lincoln and is different than the bypass.”

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Editorial: As fires worsen, air tankers are even more vital

Record-Searchlight
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Perennial critics of the costly aircraft fleet that provides high-powered backup for firefighters during wildland blazes complain that the U.S. Forest Service, in planning to replace its aging planes, is missing a chance to embrace a new fire-management philosophy. Rather than newer, faster planes to drop water or retardant in the path of flame fronts, they argue, fire crews need better to tools to monitor wildfires that are ultimately healthy for the landscape and should often be allowed to burn when it’s safe. Well, there might well be room for more healthy burning here and there. California’s forests after all did evolve with fire.

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Mississippi lumber company cited by US Department of Labor’s OSHA for combustible dust and other hazards; more than $103,000 proposed in fines

Injury Lawyer
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

JACKSON, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Franklin Lumber Co. in Bude for 22 safety violations. OSHA initiated its inspection as part of the agency’s national emphasis program to reduce employees’ exposure to combustible dust hazards. Proposed penalties total $103,356. 

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O’Neill Urges Farmers To Create New Woodlands

eGov monitor
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today called on farmers to help increase woodland cover across the north of Ireland by planting more trees. The Minister was speaking after a visit to woodland belonging to Mr Robert Chesney, near Toomebridge, County Antrim, which received support from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013. Minister O’Neill said: “Woodlands play an important role in helping us meet many of society’s challenges and priorities, including provision of social and recreational benefits, maintaining and enhancing biodiversity, responding to climate change, as well as producing fuel wood or timber for construction. However, our countryside is one of the least wooded areas in Europe and we are keen to address this. The Forestry Strategy aims to double woodland cover and this project highlights the good work being undertaken by farmers in support of this goal.

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No return to the forest table

ABC News, Australia
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s biggest forestry lobby is standing by its decision to pull out of the forest peace agreement, despite talks last night with the Premier. The Forest Industries Association walked away from the process after timber processor Ta Ann Tasmania laid off 40 mill workers on Monday. All but three members of the Legislative Council have threatened to block legislation to implement the federally-funded agreement to end most native forest logging in the state.

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Upper House forest law threat labelled premature

ABC News, Australia
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian Independent Upper House MP is accusing his colleagues of acting prematurely in threatening to block legislation to implement the forest peace deal. Kerry Finch is the only Independent MLC who has refused to block legislation to create new forest reserves. The 12 Independents made the threat after timber processor Ta Ann announced job losses, blaming green groups’ misinformation campaigns with its overseas buyers. The Member for Rosevears says he needs more information about markets in Japan and China. “I only had before me what Ta Ann were saying,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

US Pushes to Cut Emissions of Some Pollutants That Hasten Climate Change

By john Broder
New York Times
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON — Impatient with the slow pace of international climate change negotiations, a small group of countries led by the United States is starting a program to reduce emissions of common pollutants that contribute to rapid climate change and widespread health problems. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to announce the initiative at the State Department on Thursday accompanied by officials from Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the United Nations Environment Program.

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Dr. Patrick Moore

Portage Online
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cellulosic biofuels should power our vehicles in the future, according to a former Greenpeace leader who spoke to farmers at the Manitoba Special Crops Symposium last week. “It’s going to be a long time before our reliance on fossil fuels diminishes because we depend on it for the majority of our energy, although in Canadawe’re lucky that our electricity is 60 percent hydroelectric and 15 percent nuclear,” says Dr. Patrick Moore. “That’s compared to the United States which has 75 percent fossil fuel electricity.”

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Biomass isn’t carbon neutral, study finds

United Press International
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 15 (UPI) — Burning wood for electricity instead of using fossil fuels might increase levels of atmospheric carbon, a study of the U.S. Southeast determined. A study conducted for the National Wildlife Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center concluded that using wood for large-scale power plants could lead to higher levels of atmospheric carbon for the next half century.

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A Green Power House Rises in Cellulose Valley: How the Flathead Valley is …

OpEd News
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

F. H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company has been a fixture in the Flathead Valley for more than 100 years… At their mill site between the towns of Columbia Falls and Whitefish, they have recently provided major assistance to a small, new, cutting-edge business, Algae Aqua-Culture Technology (AACT), that is racing to return Stoltze and the forest industry to the forefront of technological innovation. AACT has almost completed an innovative wood chip to energy and fertilizer processing plant that will initially employ about 9 people. 

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‘Come clean on biomass’

Eden Magnet
February 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

It may have coincided with Valentines Day, but Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor weren’t feeling the love from the Greens this week after they jammed their feet into the door slamming on native forest residue being used to produce renewable energy. In doing so they have breathed fresh life into the plans of South East Fibre Exports (SEFE) to develop a biomass power plant using residue from the milling process, and regional communities like Eden, who are reliant on much-needed timber industry jobs. The Independents combined to move a disallowance motion in Parliament on February 9 in line with a key finding from a November 2011 parliamentary inquiry into the Australian forest industry – Seeing the Forest through the Trees.

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‘Gold’ standard for REDD forest conservation project in Colombia’s Choco

Mongabay.com
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A pioneering project to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in a former conflict zone in Colombia has won gold certification under the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) standard. The accreditation will help local communities access carbon finance in their efforts to safeguard biologically-rich forests. The project is located in Colombia’s Darien region, near the border with Panama. The area is part of the Chocó, the rainforest ecosystem that runs along the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador but has been heavily impacted in places by logging, mining, and clearing for agriculture and cattle ranching. The Chocó ranks as one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. The project is led by Anthrotect, which started working with Afro-indigenous and indigenous Embera–Wounaan communities in 2007 after its founder, anthropologist Brodie Ferguson, completed research on the impact of forced displacement in the region.

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General

Record export numbers to the Pacific Rim in 2011

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation press release
February 15, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

VICTORIA – The increasing value of British Columbia’s economic ties to Asia and the Pacific Rim were underscored in last Friday’s year-end export numbers. Goods shipped to China and South Korea hit record levels and, for the first time, export levels to the Pacific Rim outstripped those to the United States. B.C.’s total exports grew 14.2 per cent to 32.8 billion dollars in 2011. …The forestry sector continued its strong recovery, shipping $9.9 billion of solid wood and pulp and paper products in 2011, an increase of nine per cent.

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