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Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

Business & Politics

Interfor’s Q4 Results Decline on Lower Volumes and Market Prices

NASDAQ
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products Ltd., commonly known as Interfor, reported a net loss of $6.5 million or $0.12 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in the company’s accounts in the quarter was the effect of unrecognized tax assets of $3.9 million or $0.07 per share.

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NDP MLAs hit the road to fight raw log exports

By Chris Bush
Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A New Democrat forestry committee is touring the province to tackle raw log exports. Committee members… started touring Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast Thursday to meet with industry, labour, local government representatives and other forest industry stakeholders. Over the next four months, the committee will also visit the Lower Mainland, the southern and central Interior, the Kootenays and northern B.C. to develop strategies to curtail raw log exports.

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Mill Near Babine Sawmill Tragedy to Reopen

Woodworking Network
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, BC – Sheraton Holdings Ltd. said it will reopen its sawmill next month in the same remote community that experienced a devastating mill explosion and fire last month that killed two workers and severely injured several others. Sheraton’s sawmill closed in December 2010 due to the sluggish construction market. It produces specialty wood products for domestic consumption and export. The facility, owned by Comfor Management Services, will create up to nine jobs, according to Vanderhoof Omineca Express.

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Private timber owners have a right to export their logs

Oregon Register Guard
February 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In a renewed effort to divert attention from the lack of timber harvests from federal forests, Roy Keene, in his Feb. 13 guest viewpoint, is again harping on log exports from private timberlands. Keene advocates banning private log exports or taxing them to death by imposing a tariff. Does he advocate the same for wheat exports, another renewable crop from private land? The public deserves to have a better understanding of the economics of Oregon forests. …Privately owned timberland is no different from other privately owned land and property. The crops harvested, although the cycle is longer, should be treated like any other agricultural product. Export can be an essential market at times that should be available to enable private owners to successfully operate their business.

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No threat to Labor-Green alliance over pulp mill talks

ABC News Australia
February 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader says a meeting between the Deputy Premier and new Gunns investor, the Richard Chandler Corporation, does not threaten his party’s support for the State Government. Bryan Green will today meet representatives from the company in Singapore on the first day of his Asian trade mission. Mr Green says he will outline why Labor wants a pulp mill built in Tasmania. The Greens have threatened to withdraw support for Labor if the government moves to materially assist the progress of Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill. But the Greens leader, Nick McKim, says today’s meeting will not trigger the move.

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Confor business plan identifies action list

Timber Trades Journal
February 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Confor has identified an ambitious 27-point action list in its newly-published business plan.
The top five “challenge” areas flagged up in the business plan are wood supply in the short and longer term; promoting and supporting a fit-for-purpose Forestry Commission; growing awareness of the sector; developing a wood energy strategy which complements existing businesses; and recruitment to the industry and training. “The 27 actions identified for 2012 are ambitious and substantial, especially given the time-consuming and difficult nature of those actions that rely on effective lobbying,” said chief executive Stuart Goodall.

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UK paper mills outperform Europe

letsrecycle.com
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The UK paper industry has bucked the European trend of a downturn in production with figures for 2011 actually up on 2010 levels. The Europe-wide economic downturn hit Europe’s paper industry hard in 2011 with production of paper and pulp down 2% on 2010, according to provisional Europe-wide figures released today by the European Confederation of Paper Industries (CEPI). Data from the Brussels-based organisation shows that production of paper slumped in 2011 after a small revival in 2010. The one bright spot was in the tissue sector, known as ‘hygienic paper’, where there was a rise in output of up to 2% compared to 2010.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sawkill lumber gives vintage wood new life

WABC-TV New York News
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

EW YORK (WABC) — There’s a local company that’s re-purposing that vintage wood and giving it new life. Alan Solomon and Klass Armster are looking for treasure amidst the ruins. They’re after pieces of wood that were used in New York City buildings in the 1800’s and early 1900’s because old wood that has great value. “The finest antique lumber is probably better than anything freshly cut,” said Alan Solomon, of Sawkill, “The lumber has less knows the grain is tighter, the hue and color of the wood is a little better and it’s often harder.”

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Finland’s biggest wood construction project to start in Espoo

Invest in EU
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Espoo will become a showcase for wood construction and know-how, utilising the latest research from Aalto University. Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Aalto University and the City of Espoo have signed a cooperation agreement that will provide a major boost to wood construction and the whole wood products sector in the country. According to the agreement, the parties will develop modern Finnish wood construction and the diverse know-how associated with the sector by bringing together wood architecture, high quality design, resource and energy efficiency, demand and user based innovation activities, and effective commercialization and marketing.

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Chen Yu’s WPC Plate Forming Machines Set for Mass Production

The Taiwan Economic News
February 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Taipe — Foreseeing WPC (wood plastic composite) to become one of the world’s trend-setting green building materials, Chen Yu Plastic Machine Co., Ltd., a supplier of plastic product making machines, is poised for mass production of WPC plate forming machines to ride on the trend.  In light of international wood prices spiraling upward along with growing demand for eco-friendly building materials, the company has been devoted to developing WPC plate making machines for a while, and recently confirmed that its models are readily set for mass production. 

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Forestry

Forests minister has no plan and no answers

Letter by RIchard Vollo
Williams Lake Tribune
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The auditor general’s recent report on the state of our forests and the ministry responsible for them should alarm everyone living in forest dependent communities across B.C. …We now come to the punch line. What was Minister Steve Thompson’s response to the auditor’s report? I quote: “We also continue to examine approaches for management-unit-level planning as a means to establish and/or refine timber objectives and stewardship principles.” Translation: The government is still examining the issue.

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ABCFP Comments on the Status of the Forest Inventory

Association of BC Forest Professionals
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) today released a report on the status of the forest inventory in BC. This report is a review of changes that have taken place since the last Inventory Status report was released in 2007. While there have been some significant improvements, the fundamental problem is still the same: There is a lack of adequate and stable funding for the forest inventory program. “In recent years, the mountain pine beetle epidemic, as well as several severe fire seasons, has had tremendous impact on the forests,” says Sharon Glover, CEO. “Yet due to cutbacks the scale of the provincial inventory program has been reduced.” The report indicates that forestry decisions are being made with dated inventory information and funding limitations are forcing a risk management approach to investment decisions in our forests.

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B.C. risks becoming a silvicultural slum

Letter by Jim Walker
Vancouver Sun
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: B.C.’s resources need support, Column, Feb. 17, Province fails to protect, restore beetle-ravaged area: report, Feb. 17 Both Stephen Hume and Auditor-General John Doyle have pointed out in spades the neglected state of B.C.’s forests. Without corrective action – and yes, that means money and staff – B.C. stands the risk of rapidly becoming a silvicultural slum. People, don’t be fooled into thinking this will always be the land of big trees, grizzlies and salmon for your children to enjoy. Our world-class reputation for forest productivity and biodiversity is not a free good.

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No plan for forest future, say MLAs of forest ministry audit

Alberni Valley Times
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations “have not managed the forests at all,” which has worsened the current crisis in the industry, contends Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser. …On Friday, Fraser toured several mill sites with forest ministry critic and Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog and B.C. NDP member Barry Avis, while asserting the province has failed forest companies and workers here, and throughout the province. Their message: the ministry must take the audit seriously and plant more trees, reduce raw log exports and inventory its forests.

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Foresters say funding cuts leave timber inventories out of date

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. forest inventories are so far out of date that the foresters’ professional association is questioning whether provincial forestlands can still be managed sustainably. A report by the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals released Monday says that at a time when wildfire and insect pests such as the mountain pine beetle are on the rise, funding for inventory work has been cut almost in half. The beetle has created “the need for inventory updates on an unprecedented scale,” yet the budget for inventory work has been cut from a long-term average of $15 million a year to $8.4 million in the current fiscal year. The foresters are calling on the government to restore funding to $15 million.

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Forestry news

by MLA, Donna Barnett
Williams Lake Tribune
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the province continues to work hard on the B.C. Jobs plan, and in light of the great economic news we’ve discovered this week, I think it would be an appropriate time to highlight some news from one of our region’s top industries: forestry. Last week we found out exports to the Pacific Rim are at record highs, outstripping exports to the U.S. for the very first time. Lumber exports to China rose by 60 per cent in 2011, surpassing the $1 billion dollar mark.

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Logging the Last Spotted Owl to Extinction

Press release by The Wilderness Committee
Pacific Free Press
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wilderness Committee is joining local residents to sound the alarm about cutting permits which could be issued any day for logging near Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, in a Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) that is supposed to be set aside for the critically endangered spotted owl. “I’m horrified that the provincial government is considering allowing logging to proceed in the habitat of a critically endangered species,” said Gwen Barlee, Policy Director with the Wilderness Committee. “We join with concerned local residents in saying that this logging must not proceed – there must be no cutting in this spotted owl habitat.” 

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Dispatch from Alberta’s War in the Woods

They call us ‘obstructors’ for trying to save the forest they named a ‘Special Place.’
The Tyee
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was St. Valentine’s Day, but the concrete square at Premier Redford’s Calgary office offered cold comfort to 150 people, there to rally against clear-cut logging in Alberta’s Castle Mountains. It was my turn to speak and I began with a question: “Do you realize that it’s against the law for me to stand on this publicly owned land and talk to you today?” The crowd seemed confused by this gambit, though most of them were aware that some citizens, mostly grey-headed types like myself, had been trying to block logger access to the sublime mountain forests of southwest Alberta. It is a priceless watershed and an area famed for wildlife and rare plants, designated by the government as the Castle Special Place protected area.

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New group gives voice to woodlot owners

There are thousands of woodlot owners on the Island, and a local group wants to give them a stronger voice.
Journal Pioneer
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Last November a group of about 10 volunteers formed an interim board for the P.E.I. Woodlot Owners Association.  The association’s acting manager, Greg Ridgway, said the goal is to provide information and connections for owners. “These days we need more and more of these non-profit, arms-length-from-government associations because they fill a need,” said Ridgway.

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Ban aerial spraying and log exports? Same script, new cast

Guest viewpoint by John L. Perry of Brownsville – a retired private industry forester and former member of the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission.
The Register-Guard
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Reading The Register-Guard’s op-ed pages lately has been like “deja vu all over again,” with a nod to Yogi Berra. There seems to be a continuing effort to diminish Oregon’s timber industry, an effort reminiscent of the political climate of the 1970s and ’80s. Instead of Citizens Against Toxic Sprays, we now have the Pitchfork Rebellion wanting forest herbicide spraying banned. Now, as then, log exports are vilified to inflame public opinion against private forest management. Same territory, same issues, but a new cast of disaffected characters.

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State pushing forest-road rule

Denver Post
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado officials are making an intense final push to establish their own rule for managing the last roadless national forests in the state. It would allow some roads for industrial development — including the expansion of coal mining and ski resorts — and for removal of beetle-killed trees near communities. Conservationists say this is intolerable kowtowing to special interests. …”The Colorado rule is better for the unique circumstances in our state,” said Bob Randall, deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources. “It provides enough flexibility to protect the environment and communities at higher risk of wildfire tied to the pine-beetle epidemic. It provides very small, but critical, economic exceptions that allow venting for coal mines and land for ski areas.”

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Time right to update Forest Service management system

Modesto Bee
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Anyone who has spent time in California’s national forests knows that these treasures are in trouble. Too many have meadows that are degraded or vast stands of conifers that are diseased and dying. Many of the communities in and around these forests also are less than healthy. Lumber operations have closed, tourist businesses have waned with the economy, and the specter of wildfires returns nearly every summer. For decades, the competing demands of wildlife protectors and the logging industry have defined how these forests are managed. 

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Court Halts Timber Sale Near Rio Grande Headwaters

Environment News Service
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER, Colorado, February 20, 2012 (ENS) – After three years of legal battles, conservation groups have won a lawsuit challenging a logging project near the headwaters of the Rio Grande on the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado. While the Forest Service claimed that logging on Handkerchief Mesa would reduce current or potential impacts from insects and disease, Rocky Mountain Wild and WildEarth Guardians argued that logging and roads would further degrade forest health and watersheds.

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Study: Beetle-killed pines burn 3 times faster than live trees

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

A recently study should put to rest the notion that green lodgepole pine needles burn as fast as red ones. But more than that, Matt Jolly said, the study could help open firefighters’ eyes to the dangers lurking in mountain pine beetle-infested forests where the trees still look to be alive and doing well. Jolly is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and co-author of a recent study that set out to document the flammability of lodgepole pine needles during different stages of pine-beetle attack.

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DEP begins to cut trees to stop pine beetles

Warmer winter forces action to be taken ‘earlier than ever’
Asbury Park Press
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state Department of Environmental Protection has begun cutting trees in the Pinelands and offering grants to local groups and governments to do the same in an ongoing campaign to combat southern pine beetle infestation in South Jersey. “DEP is taking aggressive actions to stop the spread of the southern pine beetle through the Pinelands and adjacent regions of southern New Jersey by gearing up earlier than ever to combat the pest,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “We’ve already launched our aerial surveillance flights well ahead of schedule and have begun cutting infested trees on state lands due to early pine beetle activity.”

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Not much but tree growth on Pownal forest land

Bennington Banner
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

At the time of a federal Superfund cleanup project around the site of the former Pownal Tanning Co. site in North Pownal, the town acquired hundreds of acres of forest land along the Taconic Range west of the Hoosic River and Route 346. The town has since established a small park site on the east side of the river, where the old 19th century factory building stood, complete with benches and a historic marker near the North Pownal Bridge. But that has been about it. …And there was supposed to be a master plan for recreational uses of the 740 acres. What happened?

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Scientists Urge Reform for a Broken Global System

By Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

VANCOUVER – Unless governments work actively to build a brighter future for humanity, climate change, poverty and loss of biodiversity will worsen and continue to exacerbate existing global problems, top scientists warned ministers at the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) governing council meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday.

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Russia preparing to lower log export taxes

Timber Trades Journal
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Russia is preparing to lower its softwood log export taxes as part of a deal allowing it to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), according to Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
Russia was accepted into the WTO last December on the provision that it lowered export and import taxes on forest products. Russia has not yet publicised the proposed changes, but WRQ said they involve lowering pine log export duties from 25% to 15% and spruce duties to 13%.

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298 million-year-old forest found preserved by volcanic ash in China

The forest was burned to ash in days when a volcano erupted. But just like in Pompeii the remains of the forest were preserved in the ash
Mirror News
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ancient trees have been found fossilised by ash from a volcanic eruption 298 million years ago. The forest was burned to ash in days when a volcano erupted. But just like in Pompeii the remains of the forest were preserved in the ash. The find near Wuda, China, has given scientists a unique glimpse into how the planet looked 300million years ago when the climate was similar to today. The plants were preserved as they fell, in many cases in the exact locations where they grew.

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Patrick Moore’s environmental beliefs | Kiwiblog

David Farrar
Kiwiblog
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

I blogged yesterday on Patrick Moore’s views on what has happened to Greenpeace. From the same source, I want to today blog on his modern environmental beliefs, and encourage debate of which ones people agree with. They are: • We should be growing more trees and using more wood, not cutting fewer trees and using less wood as Greenpeace and its allies contend. Wood is the most important renewable material and energy resource. • Those countries that have reserves of potential hydroelectric energy should build the dams required to deliver that energy. There is nothing wrong with creating more lakes in this world.

[The comments at the end of this piece are also interesting reading]

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Alternative plan to forests peace deal being hatched to end conflict

The Australian
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A SECRET alternative Tasmanian forest plan is being hatched as the Gillard government’s $276 million peace deal faces collapse. The alternative comes ahead of expected findings that the peace deal cannot deliver promised conservation gains. “Plan B” is being drawn up by Bob Gordon, managing director of the state-owned Forestry Tasmania, and has been discussed with state and federal ministers. It would deliver almost the same size of reserve area sought by green groups as their minimum ask – 430,000ha – but is more fragmented and includes some different forest areas.

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I won’t be silenced on forestry

Tasmania Mercury
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is the international timber markets, not environmental groups, that are hurting the Tasmanian forestry industry, writes Greens Leader NICK McKIM. MANY of the architects of the current crisis facing the Tasmanian forest industry were prominent in the media last week. And no, I don’t mean conservation groups or the Greens. I mean the Liberal Party, many of our Legislative Councillors and the Forest Industry Association of Tasmania, all of whom seized on the announcement by Ta Ann that up to 40 jobs would be lost and tried desperately to blame someone, anyone, for their own failures.

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Forest suffers as sand mining takes toll

Daily Monitor
February 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists have raised the red flag on the continuous sand mining at Kyewaga central forest reserve near Kitinda Resort Beach located 10 kilometres off Entebbe Road in Wakiso District. The environmentalists warn that if nothing is done, the about 2009-hectare forest reserve may go extinct in a few years to come if nobody intervenes to halt the sand mining taking place in the area.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

As Climate Change Increases Forest Fires, Smoke Forecasting Could Help Protect Public Health

Net News Publisher
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Satellite images, air quality measurements and smoke forecasting models are useful tools to help individuals and public health professionals prepare for smoke episodes in areas at risk from forest fire smoke, according to University of British Columbia researcher Michael Brauer. Brauer shared his insight into the health impacts of smoke exposure and suggests effective strategies to mitigate them at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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Where is the pollution coming from?

Richmond Review
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

My brain is hurting and Black Press columnist Tom Fletcher is not helping. It is hurting trying to figure out where all the pollution is coming from. It can’t be from “clean coal” nor “ethical oil” nor “green biomass” nor “waste-to-energy facilities” nor “carbon sequestered wood smoke.” It must be coming from from… well perhaps Tom Fletcher can educate us? After all, as a paid journalist he has the time to do the research and provide a balanced opinion.

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Forest Carbon Partners Funding Scheme Wins Support of FRA

SBWire (press release)
February 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Seattle, WA — News of the new Forest Carbon Partners forestry investment scheme from New Forests Inc. has won the support of Forestry Research Associates (FRA), which analyses various forms of forestry investment project. Forest Carbon Partners is an investment vehicle that offers funding for carbon offsetting projects in California. The fund helps to manage these projects and deliver revenue to landowners. Among the first projects it is involved with is a scheme to develop forestry carbon offsets over 11,000 acres in the West of the US. The scheme sees it partner with a Native American tribe and a family who own the forest in the area.

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New study highlights need for REDD+ to look beyond carbon

Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research
February 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia – A new study on rubber plantations highlights the need for the REDD+ climate change scheme to further consider biodiversity and rural livelihoods. Agricultural policies worldwide have traditionally favoured the conversion of rotating crops to homogenous, permanent rubber plantations because they are often perceived to be more beneficial for local development and better sequesters of carbon. However, this needs to be reconsidered – especially if REDD+ is to be mainstreamed, says the study involving the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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General

Battling beetles in Pinelands

Cherry Hill Courier Post
February 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: US East, United States

The Department of Environmental Protection has begun cutting trees in the Pinelands and offering grants to local groups and governments to do the same in an ongoing campaign to combat southern pine beetle infestation in South Jersey. …The New Jersey chapter of the environmental Sierra Club criticized the state’s tactics, saying it is tantamount to logging in the preserved Pine Barrens because both infected and healthy trees can be cut.

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Singapore talks to reaffirm support for Gunns pulp mill

The Tasmanian Greens leader says a meeting between the Deputy Premier and new Gunns investor, the Richard Chandler Corporation, does not threaten his party’s support for the State Government.
ABC Online
February 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Bryan Green will today meet representatives from the company in Singapore on the first day of his Asian trade mission. Mr Green says he will outline why Labor wants a pulp mill built in Tasmania. The Greens have threatened to withdraw support for Labor if the government moves to materially assist the progress of Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill. But the Greens leader, Nick McKim, says today’s meeting will not trigger the move.

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Company behind Gunns’ deal breaks silence

ABC News Northern Tasmania
February 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The company considering buying a 40 per cent stake in Tasmanian timber company Gunns has broken its silence on the proposed deal. Gunns told the stock exchange earlier this month it had reached a proposed $150 million deal with the Richard Chandler Corporation.
In return, the Singapore-based company will receive a 40 per cent stake in Gunns which will be able to clear its debt by the end of the year.

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