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Business & Politics

Record export numbers to the Pacific Rim in 2011

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Press release
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

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… 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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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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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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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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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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RISI Announces 2012 Event Lineup

Sacramento Bee
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOSTON — RISI announces the dates and locations for their 2012 event lineup. These events offer exclusive educational and networking opportunities for the Forest Products Industry. Each event will provide a valuable setting for professionals involved in all aspects of the global forest products industry to discover market trends and discuss important developments with peers, business prospects and industry experts.

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Deere says 1Q profit up 4 percent on strong sales

By Josh Funk
Atlanta Journal Constitution
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Deere & Co. said Wednesday that strong equipment sales, particularly abroad, boosted its quarterly net income by 4 percent and the company raised its outlook for 2012… Deere said it was also helped by strong 22 percent sales growth in its construction and forestry division. That unit contributed $1.4 billion to Deere’s sales in the quarter, up from $1.1 billion a year ago. 

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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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Burned forest to yield lumber bonanza

Bastrop wildfire zone mined for mulch and more
Austin News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BASTROP (KXAN) – On the surface, it appears that the once scurrying pace of burned tree removal from a Bastrop wildfire zone has ground to a halt…The slow down came because of the surprising emergency of some survivors of the fire, survivors that saved their lives by sitting out the blaze beneath the pine tree forest. They are Houston toads, members of an endangered species thought to have been all but wiped out by the flames and the months of drought that preceded them.

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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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Next LEED Comment Period to Clarify FSC-100% Requirement

Hardwood Floors Magazine
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

On March 1, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will open the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED program, and specifiers should have a clearer picture of where the green building group stands on requiring the use of products bearing the FSC-100% label to garner credits for using wood products. (In 2010, the Forest Stewardship Council updated the “FSC-Pure” label to read “FSC-100%.”)

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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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Going green in Dandenong

Eco Business
February 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Victorian ash timber salvaged from the Black Saturday bushfires is a key design feature of the new 6-star government services office built as part of the revitalisation of central Dandenong. The timber, which was salvaged by VicForests and milled by Montana in Montrose, is used extensively internally and externally, and is certified under the internationally recognised PEFC scheme. The $80 million building built by Grocon is a landmark designed to act as a catalyst for further investment in central Dandenong – a 15 to 20-year state government project that is Australia’s second-biggest urban renewal project after Melbourne’s Docklands.

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Forestry

Weyerhaeuser passes audit

Similkameen Spotlight
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An audit of Weyerhaeuser forest operation found it met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. “Virtually all Weyerhaeuser’s harvesting was salvage of beetle-killed pine and was well-managed,” said chairman Al Gorley. “Auditors did find one problem with gravel on bridge decks, and the board is pleased that Weyerhaeuser immediately corrected the practice.”

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Forest fire smoke linked to rise in hospital visits

Vancouver Sun
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As wildfires tore away at Kelowna in the summer of 2003 – consuming 25,000 hectares, uprooting 33,000 people, and engulfing 238 homes as well as the historic Myra Canyon railway trestles – concerns centred on the immediate safety of residents and firefighters. But an exhaustive new study has discovered a less-obvious threat from that disastrous event: the inhalation of fine particles in the smoky air that filled the Okanagan Valley. The study shows a close correlation between elevated particulate matter in the air (measuring 10 microns or less) and increased visits to physicians and hospitals due to respiratory problems.

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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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Logging of beetle-killed trees starts at Lake Como

KPAX-TV
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- Loggers are starting to remove beetle-killed trees around Lake Como this week as part of an effort to salvage the timber and improve safety around the popular recreation destination. The project has been planned for more than a year as Bitterroot National Forest managers had to make some adjustments to the timber sale after getting zero bids from logging companies to do the work. The agency dropped the minimum bid price with Bob Walker of Darby eventually taking the project that will send nearly 700,000 board feet to Montana sawmills.

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Timber payments in President’s federal budget

South County Spotlight
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Columbia County officials are optimistic inclusion of a one-year extension for federal timber payments that netted 705,000 dollars this year has been included President Obama’s federal budget proposal. Whether it will be enough to offset further cuts to county services at the start of the fiscal budget year in July is too early to tell. Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde, who spent a large portion of the morning on Tuesday, Feb. 14, discussing timber payment funding over the telephone with a lobbyist hired by the Association of O&C Counties, said he hesitates to put too much stock in the budget inclusion.

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New forestry projects show promise in Southern Oregon, professors say

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

Initial results from experimental timber projects in southern Oregon indicate it’s possible to retain old trees, protect watersheds and wildlife and still provide jobs, a pair of forestry professors said. Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University released a report summarizing their work so far on three pilot projects on Bureau of Land Management forests. The projects on the BLM’s Medford, Roseburg and Coos Bay districts are intended to demonstrate the “ecological and economic merits” of a restoration strategy designed by the professors, who are longtime associates. A lay person’s reaction to seeing the projects might be, “Oh my gosh, there’s still a forest here,” Franklin said Wednesday afternoon. He and Johnson were on their way to the 900-acre Medford project, where 250 acres was sold for timber and is being logged.

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Super Forester

David Groeschl is ready to tackle his new title with the Idaho Department of Lands
Coeur d’Alene Press
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

David Groeschl has more than a few interests to balance, as the new state forester and division administrator of forestry and fire with the Idaho Department of Lands. Like those of environmental groups. Private landowners. Commercial industries. The Environmental Protection Agency, on top of the state’s interests. His run-on sentence of a title says it all. There’s a lot to juggle, including forest health emergencies, wildfires, quandaries with timber sales, easement requests. He’s ready for it all.

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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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Deal on conservation easement finalized

International Falls Daily Journal
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A 1.4 million dollar land deal that closed Friday conserves 6,966-acre in southeastern Koochiching County. Forest Capital Partners, The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources finalized the deal that creates a new conservation easement that boosts Minnesota’s role as a national leader in protecting the environmental contributions of private, working forests, according to the DNR. The DNR will pay Forest Capital 1.4 million dollar, the amount of the appraised value, for the easement, reported the DNR.

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Texas Drought Has Likely Killed Over 5 Million Urban Trees

StateImpact Texas
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A new study from the Texas Forest Service has bad news about the trees in your neighborhood. They estimate that 5.6 million trees in the urban areas of Texas – those leafy providers of shade around your home and dotting your parks – are now dead. This number could be up to ten percent of the urban trees in Texas. (A separate study late last year of forest trees in non-urban areas said that 500 million of those could be dead due to the drought.)

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Burned forest to yield lumber bonanza

Bastrop wildfire zone mined for mulch and more
Austin News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BASTROP (KXAN) – On the surface, it appears that the once scurrying pace of burned tree removal from a Bastrop wildfire zone has ground to a halt…The slow down came because of the surprising emergency of some survivors of the fire, survivors that saved their lives by sitting out the blaze beneath the pine tree forest. They are Houston toads, members of an endangered species thought to have been all but wiped out by the flames and the months of drought that preceded them.

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Push on to get log levy voted in

The Daily Post
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Opponents of the proposed commodity levy on harvested logs have been described as shortsighted and having their heads buried in the sand. The Forestry Owners’ Association wants to introduce a compulsory commodity levy on harvested logs to ensure all those who benefit from the association’s work contribute financially to its communication, policy development and research. While some forest owners have labelled the levy as “just another tax”, Forestry Industry Contractors Association chief executive John Stulen said it would level the playing field. “Any shortsighted farm foresters who complain that the proposed commodity levy for forestry is just another tax do not understand how modern markets or industries operate and have their heads in the sand.”

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Logging goes on despite moratorium

Northern Rivers Echo
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A group of about 25 people gathered near the Ballina Street Bridge in Lismore on Wednesday to express their concern about the continued logging of Tasmania’s native forests – despite a moratorium on logging being in place. Tasmania’s high-conservation value forests were promised protection in August last year by the Australian government under the terms of the Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement. But logging by Forestry Tasmania continues under pressure to fulfil contracts to Malaysian timber company Ta Ann.

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Recovery works at Mansfield Forest progressing well

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

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) says flood recovery works in the Mansfield Forest will benefit tourists, fish and the environment. Work started this week replacing some culverts that were washed away in the September 2010 floods. The DSE’s Michael Todd says contractors will use concrete railway sleepers to create river fords on King Basins Road and Westons Track.

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Ethiopia pushes for green economy ahead of Rio+20, forests are a major player

CIFOR Forests Blog
February 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – A green economy that prioritises forest conservation to boost development in one of Africa’s poorest nations is at the heart of a recent initiative launched by the Ethiopian government ahead of the Rio+20 summit. “Forestry is a central pillar of the strategy so the plan will definitely have a significant and positive influence on forests and agro-forests,” said Habtemariam Kassa, a CIFOR scientist based in Ethiopia. The Rio+20 summit in June aims to renew political commitment and progress on developing a global green economy. While forests are notably absent from the seven issues to be discussed at the summit, Ethiopia intends to raise the spotlight on the vital role forests can play in Ethiopia’s transition to a green economy, Habtemariam said. The word ‘forest’ is mentioned 345 times in the strategic document, he noted.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Emerging economies slam Canada over Kyoto withdrawal

Ottawa Citizen
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The world’s largest emerging economies are singling out Canada for its “casual” approach to fighting climate change, saying it raises serious doubts about the Canadian government’s credibility. In a joint statement, the so-called BASIC countries of Brazil, South Africa, India and China, said they were disappointed about Canada’s decision to abandon the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s only legally binding treaty on global warming.

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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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California cap-and-trade law spurs US forest carbon projects

Mongabay.com
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Now that California’s carbon market has arrived, an Australian-based company that specializes in forest carbon offsets has jump started two forest projects with private landowners in the western U.S. The new company, Forest Carbon Partners, will make the projects available as carbon offsets for California polluters. “As the California carbon market comes online, New Forests believes that forest carbon projects will become a critical source of offset supply. Forest Carbon Partners brings together a sophisticated understanding of both forestry and carbon markets to meet the demand for high-quality carbon credits that ensure important co-benefits for family forest landowners and the environment,” says managing director, David Brand, in a press release. Forest Carbon Partners is a subsidiary of New Forests Inc., headquartered in Sydney.

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Biomass removal targeted at summit

Record-Searchlight
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Since 1999 about half a million acres of forest have burned in Trinity County, but the damage didn’t have to be that widespread, a county supervisor said Wednesday. About 260,000 of those acres burned in 2008, when dry lightning moved and caused wildfires over large swaths of the north state, said Roger Jaegel, a supervisor from Hayfork. The fires wouldn’t have burned as hot and done as much damage if the forests in Shasta and Trinity counties had been thinned of smaller trees that forestry officials call “biomass,” Jaegel said. The Trinity County supervisor was at a “summit” in Redding on Wednesday where about 30 people gathered to try to figure out ways to get more biomass out of the forests. Removing biomass would reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, improve the health of forests and create jobs, Jaegel said.

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Coming Soon: Wood-Based Biofuels

Confidential Reporter
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

But other wood-based biofuels are becoming a reality. In the Netherlands and Canada, projects are underway to prove commercial production of ready-to-use bio-coal and bio-gasoline, respectively, from an ideal, inedible feedstock–biomass. Commonly called waste wood or junk wood by loggers, biomass as the term is used in timberland management refers to the lowest grade wood that is typically left over from responsible forestry operations. Treetops, twigs, branches, bark, even stumps and some roots are all considered biomass–tree parts that can’t be used to make lumber or paper or even firewood. 

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Renewables Not Australian Native Forest Furnaces

Energy Matters
February 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

589,000 member strong independent political action group GetUp has launched a campaign against Independent MP Rob Oakeshott’s motion to remove provisions that prevent the burning of native forests for energy from being counted as renewable energy. Mr. Oakeshott’s motion was seconded by another Independent, Tony Windsor. GetUp says that if Mr. Oakeshott’s motion is successful, this would undermine investment in renewable energy projects such as solar power and endanger native forests and wildlife.

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Timber high rises touted to tackle carbon footprint

ABC News, Australia
February 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Let’s hear now from the South Australian academic who is proposing a radical rethink of building construction in Australia in order to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Professor Steffen Lehmann proposes that instead of using steel and concrete Australia should use timber construction, including in high rise buildings. He outlines the concept in his new book “Designing for Zero Waste”, and he spoke about it to Nance Haxton in Adelaide.

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What does the future have in store?

Guide and Gazette
February 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

THE EAST coast of Scotland, including our area, could find itself in the peculiar position in coming years of facing drier summers and shifting fish stocks as well as flooding, which seems contradictory but could come to pass. A Scottish Government document, the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) for Scotland, contains the latest evidence on the threats which will be brought by global warming up to the year 2100, and the opportunities which may arise…It found that warmer conditions could lead to an increase in forest productivity and yields of key agricultural crops, although there is a potential for increased threats due to new or more widespread pests and diseases.

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Climate change threatens tropical birds

Global warming, extreme weather aggravate habitat loss
EurekAlert (press release)
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

SALT LAKE CITY — Climate change spells trouble for many tropical birds – especially those living in mountains, coastal forests and relatively small areas – and the damage will be compounded by other threats like habitat loss, disease and competition among species. That is among the conclusions of a review of nearly 200 scientific studies relevant to the topic.

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General

International Paper Acquires Temple Inland

Analyst Blog
Zacks
February 15, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

After an eight month chase, International Paper Co. (IP) has completed the acquisition of Temple Inland (TIN) for nearly $4.5 million… It is expected that this acquisition will augment the bottom line in the very first year and yield synergies of $300 million annually within two years of closing. Moreover, the combination will fortify the packaging business of North America by increasing its share in the corrugated packaging market to about 40%.

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