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Business & Politics

Companies Come to Vancouver to Fill Hundreds of Job Vacancies in Northern BC

By Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Marketwire (press release)
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On February 29th, more than 20 companies from Northern BC will head to Vancouver to host the Job Fair of Northern BC. Companies including Canfor and RioTinto Alcan will be reaching out to job seekers currently living in the Lower Mainland, but willing to relocate to fill the increasing demand for labour. “Come North. Grow with Us. With more than 100 skilled trades, supervisory and administrative vacancies across 14 northern BC and Alberta locations, we’re looking for dynamic, talented people just like you.” says Rob Jarvis, Manager, Talent & Employee Development, Canfor.”

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Western Planning for the Future with First Step in Capital Plan

Woodworking Network
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

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

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District mayor has hope in Catalyst boss

HQ Cowichan Valley
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There may be no crystal ball to see into the future but some in the Cowichan Valley are putting their faith in one man to make things work for North Cowichan’s biggest taxpayer. Catalyst Paper CEO and President Kevin Clarke was visiting the valley this week, giving employees of the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill, as well as the municipal council, an update on the status of the company under creditor protection. North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure said Clarke was straightforward and honest. “He just wanted to say ‘yeah we’re in trouble. We need to work with the unions, with the municipality, with everyone, to keep this company going’.”

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Western’s Annual Results Show Continued Improvement

woodworkingnetwork.com
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Western Forest Products today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. The Company reported EBITDA of $13.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to EBITDA of $ $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $5.3 million ($0.01 per share), on sales of $220.7 million, which compared to a net income reported for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $20.1 million ($0.04 per share) on sales of $172.6 million.

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Burns Lake Recovery Efforts Continue

Opinion 250 News (blog)
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C., – The Province continues to work with the community of Burns Lake as the community tries to recover from the devastating loss of the Hampton Affiliates’ Babine Forest Products sawmill. Tourism experts will be heading to Burns Lake to work with First Nations and Burns Lake community leaders to develop a tourism strategy. 

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WFP builds on Asian connection

Diversification pays off as lumber company posts $24-million profit
Victoria Times Colonist
February 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Since Western Forest Products brought Doman Industries out of receivership in 2004, the company has shifted the focus of its exports from North America to emerging markets. And with the U.S. market expected to struggle again this year, the Asian connection isn’t going to change any time soon, according to Western vicechairman Lee Doney. Western, which this week released a year-end financial statement showing a $24-million profit in 2011, expects the U.S. market will take time to come back, and the company’s focus will remain on countries across the Pacific.

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BC to develop tourism strategy for Burns Lake after devastating sawmill fire

Global BC
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – B.C.’s jobs and tourism minister says the government is working on a short-term tourism strategy for Burns Lake after an explosion and fire ravaged a sawmill last month, putting 250 people out of work. Pat Bell says the province will collaborate with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C. and the Northern B.C. Tourism Association to drive economic opportunity to the village for the summer months.

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Fibrek shares slip as higher Mercer bid hits block

Reuters Canada
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

(Reuters) – Shares of Fibrek fell 8 percent on Friday, after Quebec regulators blocked a private placement by the pulp producer to friendly suitor Mercer International, boosting chances that AbitibiBowater’s hostile lower bid may succeed. “This ruling makes it significantly more difficult for Mercer to gain control of Fibrek, given Resolute’s hard lock-up of 46 percent of Fibrek’s shareholder base,” RBC Capital Market’s analyst Paul Quinn said in a note late Thursday.

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CBPP’s new general manager has experience turning paper mills around

Western Star
February 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK  – The new vice-president and general manager of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper said taking the job was like trying to grab a train moving at 60 miles per hour.
“If you don’t get your arm ripped off, you’re good to go,” joked Ric Tull, whose first day at the Corner Brook mill was this past Monday.

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Oregon 2012 Legislature starts final week (maybe) with jobs bills still very much in debate

OregonLive.com
February 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Jobs. The word is repeated so often in Oregon’s Capitol that it’s almost a mantra. Yet as the 2012 Legislature draws to a close this week, how to create more jobs has sparked heated disagreements and even stalled work on unrelated proposals… Republicans want to leverage Oregon’s natural resources, creating more jobs by increasing logging on state forests, drawing more water out of the Columbia River for farmers and expanding enterprising zones that offer tax breaks to businesses that locate in economically hard-hit areas

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More toxins? Good news

Paper industry says chemical increase shows turnaround; others wonder
Morning Sentinel
February 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The pulp and paper industry is calling an increase of toxic chemicals that are being released into the state’s environment a sign the industry is rebounding from the recession. The latest annual Toxic Release Inventory report compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that 9.6 million pounds of chemicals were released by 84 Maine mills between 2009 and 2010, an increase of 1.14 million pounds over the previous year. State environmental officials say that increase falls within guidelines that don’t jeopardize the health of residents and emissions are still lower than they were a few years ago.

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Global pulpwood prices

IHB The Timber Network
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the 4Q, the US dollar continued to strengthen against the currencies of all of the countries covered by the WRQ except Japan. This development, together with a downward price pressure on pulplog and wood chips in local currencies because of weakening pulp demand, resulted in a decline of both of the global wood fiber indices. The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index fell for the second straight quarter to US$105.30/odmt in the 4Q/11. This was down 3.3 percent from the previous quarter, but 1.6 percent higher than 4Q/10. The biggest price declines from the 3Q took place in Western Canada, Brazil, Spain, Germany and Finland

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19 Paper Giants disclose their ecological footprint

WWF International
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gland, Switzerland – WWF is launching the second WWF Environmental Paper Company Index, a rating of paper producers on their global ecological footprint. In this round of the Index, 19 globally significant producers of fine paper, tissue and packaging have allowed WWF to scrutinize their global paper production on key environmental criteria, such as fibre coming from well-managed forests, clean production and public reporting.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Burbank residents get breathing room on wood roofs

Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Residents who have yet to comply with an ordinance passed 20 years ago requiring them to remove their wood roofs get a two-year reprieve. Those with a ‘roof-over’ receive an eight-year extension. Hundreds of Burbank residents who have yet to comply with a city ordinance that requires them to remove their wood roofs were given some breathing room last week, 20 years after the law was enacted.

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‘Green’ for green

February 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Perception and fact are often two different things, particularly when green construction is the subject. LEED certification costing builders and developers more than traditional construction is a misconception that has lingered for years, although that isn’t typically the case. Many of these builders, as well as contractors and architects, agree, with proper planning, it can cost the same or less, and can yield a healthy payback.

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Norway warming hut gets finishing touches

Lewiston Sun Journal
February 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Norway, Maine — Finishing touches on the timber-framed warming hut at Roberts Preserve are about to be completed… On Jan. 7, a community timber-frame raising was held after the timber was cut, mortised and tenoned in the greenhouses at Moose Pond Gardens in Otisfield. More than 50 people showed up to help put the frame up. The structure will be “off grid,” using solar power or a generator for light and power.

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Forestry

Students learn about Trades in Forestry

By Chris Lear
The Council of Forest Industries Blog
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On February 22nd I had the pleasure of co-hosting 30 high school students and their teachers from Hazelton and Smithers on a trades’ tour of West Fraser’s PIR Sawmill in Smithers. The program included an overview of mill operations, a detailed tour of the mill highlighting various trades required to keep the mill operational, round table discussions with various tradespeople, and an overview of trades training at Northwest Community College. Students commented that the tour gave them a great opportunity to meet tradespeople on-the-job and to gain valuable advice as they pursue their dreams of becoming a tradesperson.

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Ladysmith man takes over as new president of Association of BC Forest Professionals

Nanaimo Daily News
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steve Lorimer of Ladysmith is now president of the organization representing B.C. registered professional foresters. The announcement came at the 65th annual Association of B.C. Forest Professionals’ council conference in Victoria.

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New cut level set for Tree Farm Licence 49

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press release
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for Tree Farm Licence 49 will be decreased from 580,000 cubic metres to 330,000 cubic metres, chief forester Jim Snetsinger announced today. In December 2005, the allowable annual cut was increased from 380,000 cubic metres to 580,000 cubic metres to recover economic value from damaged timber. The decrease reflects that logging of mountain pine beetle-attacked timber is almost complete. 

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At BC forestry conference, Cortes Island youth voice logging concerns

The Vancouver Observer
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Foresters in Victoria for a conference this week were alerted to public concerns over logging on the small BC island. The struggles they face illustrate common challenges in today’s forestry industry… Cortes is currently in the midst of negotiations with private landowner Island Timberlands, who announced last December that they were planning to commence logging in large swaths of the island’s forests—areas that are home to significant old growth stands and a number of rare wildlife species.

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The elk shrink: With parks under siege, one researcher tries to unravel ungulate personalities

Ottawa Citizen
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

University of Alberta biologist Rob Found is conducting a study to determine the personality of elk in Jasper National Park. The idea that elk and other wild animals have personalities is often dismissed as silly anthropomorphism, which is not all that surprising when you consider the science of human personality is just a little over a century old and still fraught with theological, sociological and evolutionary debates

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Logging some time on Vancouver Island

Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reporting from Port Alberni, Canada – In the cab of Alberni Pacific Railway’s No. 7, a small, tough logging locomotive that has spent its 82 years on Vancouver Island, Canada, George Williamson — at 78, nearly as old as the engine — notched out the throttle. In the fireman’s seat was his son, Pat, not a young man himself. Nor was I, returning to a locomotive cab in which I’d ridden in 1969, when I’d wangled a ride out of the forest when this locomotive was hauling logs. Now it was toting tourists, and my cab ride was available for a modest extra fare. We were headed upgrade on the six-mile run from the 1911 Port Alberni depot to McLean Mill, a steam-powered sawmill — since 1989 a National Historic Site — which is fired up routinely to show visitors how the business of logging and lumbering was conducted.

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Nation’s Urban Forests Are Losing Ground: Green Spaces Turning Brown in Cities

Living Green Magazine
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a new U.S. Forest Service study. Tree cover in 17 of the 20 cities analyzed in the study declined while 16 cities saw increases in impervious cover, which includes pavement and rooftops. Land that lost trees was for the most part converted to either grass or ground cover, impervious cover or bare soil.

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‘The Lorax’ Environmental Stance Draws Criticism From Left & Right

Includes video file
International Business Times
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The environmental stance of “The Lorax” has drawn criticism from both the left and the right as observers argue, respectively, that it is not environmentally-conscious enough and that it is left-wing propaganda. “The Lorax,” the ubiquitous new Universal animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book set to be released March 2, is coming under fire from both sides of the political spectrum as word gets out about how it deals with the environmental views the movie espouses. As “The Lorax” is a children’s book, and the movie is clearly aimed chiefly at kids, pundits are paying close attention to its message, and it seems that observers at both far ends of the political spectrum are up in arms at what they’ve found.

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Front Range forest thinning may be misguided

New study shows historic fire conditions much more variable than previously thought
Colorado – Summit County Citizens Voice
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Many recent forest management efforts along Colorado’s Front Range ponderosa pine belt have been aimed at creating widely spaced stands of trees, based on the conventional wisdom that those forests were historically shaped by low-intensity ground fires.
But severe, high-intensity fires were probably much more common in the region than previously believed, said Mark Williams, one of the University of Wyoming researchers who found that at least 80 percent of the ponderosa pine forests in the region were subject to moderate-to-intense fires that destroyed stands and created a patchwork structure, leaving some dense stands and some open forests.

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Feds move Aspen into warmer climate zone

By Andrew Travers
Aspen Daily News
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal agriculture officials recently released new national climate designations for the United States, confirming for Aspen what you may have already noticed: winter is getting warmer around here… The USDA revised its zones, and developed new mapping technology, in the hopes of using national climate info to understand increasing problems with spreading invasive plants and insects nationwide. Those include the mountain pine beetle, which has killed millions of acres of lodgepole pine trees in the Mountain West and led to forest health initiatives in Aspen.

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Frozen forests | Logging in winter protects ground from damage

Yakima Herald-Republic
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LIFFDELL, Wash. — On a recent morning, a brisk wind cut across the Cascades as a heavily loaded log truck cautiously rumbled down an icy dirt road leading to State Route 410… “Snow and frozen ground protects the soils quite well,” said Nate Standish, a timber sales administrator with the Wenatchee National Forest’s Naches Ranger District. “Also, there seems to be less slash left on the ground because when the trees are felled, the snow is soft and doesn’t cause as many limbs to break off of the trees like it does in the summer months.”

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Federal court overturns Forest Service fees

White Mountain Independent
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — In a ruling that is binding in nine western states and sets a nationwide legal precedent, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously last week that the U.S. Forest Service’s recreation fee programs must allow citizens to park at trail heads and go for a hike without paying a fee. The case (Adams vs. U.S. Forest Service) was brought in 2008 by four hikers who visit the Coronado National Forest around Mt. Lemmon, near Tucson.

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Walden: Increase logging in national forests

La Grande Observer
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said he wants logging to increase in Oregon’s national forests during a town hall meeting this week at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City. Walden, who is running this year against Joyce Segers of Ashland for a seventh two-year term representing the Second Congressional District, addressed a variety of topics with local significance that he’s worked on. Walden said two-thirds of the state’s sawmills have closed, and 45,000 mill jobs have been lost, since 1980.  

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Mood brightens at logging show

The Register-Guard
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There is a key difference at the Oregon Logging Conference this year compared with the past two or three years, Scott Wasson said. “This year, people are stopping and talking to you,” he said, while manning General Trailer Parts’ booth at the conference on Thursday. “The past couple of years, they wouldn’t even look at you, they just went on past.” The Springfield company was one of more than 40 local firms exhibiting on Thursday, the first day of the annual three-day conference, from large ones such as Peterson Pacific Corp. and the Papé Group, on down to Ken Brauner, Artist.

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Conservation groups challenge USFS logging plan that could take down old-growth trees on Arizona’s Kaibab Plateau

Conservation groups have blocked similar logging plans twice before
Summit County Citizens Voice
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — For all the talk of restoration and ecoystem protection, the U.S. Forest Service sometimes still seems intent on logging old-growth timber. Sparking the latest showdown, the agency in January approved a 25,000-acre timber sale in the Kaibab National Forest, near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Conservation groups challenging the project say it could harm rare, threatened species like northern goshawks. A source population of goshawks lives on the Kaibab Plateau. According to a Forest Service report, goshawks are “vulnerable to extirpation or extinction in Arizona.”

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One man’s mission to save our region’s trees

For the love of hemlocks
Blue Ridge Now
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I’ve long had a pessimistic view about the hemlocks of our southern Appalachian mountains. Every year our slopes reveal more new patches of ghostly white amid the beautiful canvas of green — the result of the clustered skeletons of the dead evergreen giants… Altogether, Horan has released more than 75,000 Sasi beetles in an effort to save our region’s hemlock trees. While our hemlocks still face an uphill battle against the HWA, Horan’s crusade is evidence that just one dedicated person can make a difference in protecting Western North Carolina’s natural treasures.

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Mitt Romney Won’t Stop Talking About Michigan Trees

Mitt Romney really loves those Michigan trees
Reuters
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Republican presidential aspirant was at it again on Friday, praising the greenery of his birth state in advance of next week’s primary… The latest bout of rhapsodizing almost perfectly echoes Romney’s earlier comments about the size of the Great Lake state’s timber earlier this week… Romney’s past tree-hugging has drawn scorn from late-night comics, cable news hosts and even a hilarious viral video that compared the former Massachusetts governor’s political pandering to a clip from “Anchorman.”

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Forestry Dept teams to spend nights in forests to curb illegal logging

Malaysia
The Sun Daily
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GEORGE TOWN – The Penang Forestry Department will deploying patrol teams to camp overnight in forest reserves and state land to curb illegal logging. Dubbing the initative as ‘Ops Jejak Karas’, its director Abdul Wahab Deraman said two teams will be placed around areas to prevent illegal loggers from taking away valuable forest resources. “The team will set camp and stay overnight at areas identified by the department as ‘hotspots’ to be on the look out for illegal loggers,” he said.

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MILF doubts Hataman’s new logging policy will protect forests

Inquirer
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

COTABATO CITY, Philippines—The new logging policy that the highest officer in charge of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) plans to implement would not guarantee the safety of forest areas from loggers, a senior Moro rebel official said Thursday.
Earlier, ARMM acting governor Mujiv Hataman said the regional government will be conducting an inventory of tree plantations in the ARMM to determine who would be given tree-cutting permits under the selective logging policy. The review could be completed next month, he added.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Farm Credit Canada Finds Benefits in Bioeconomy

By Ted Andrew
HQ Prince George
February 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The latest issue of Farm Credit Canada’s Knowledge Insider shows Canada’s bioeconomy offers many opportunities for agribusiness. The Insider report found Canada’s bioeconomy has lead to businesses finding new ways of creating energy. Farm Credit Canada’s Senior Agriculture Specialist JP Gervais says there are three major ways BC creates bioenergy. “You can use the residual from the paper mills themselves so what we call the wood pellets for example that could be used to create some biofuels,” says Gervais, “second you pick up the residuals from the forest floor and use them as biomass.”

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Viridis energy Inc has purchased a wood pellet plant

(author unknown)
February 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Viridis energy Inc. has bought a huge plant on the manufacturing of wood pellets from one Canadian company. The plant is located in Nova Scotia (Canada). Its annual production capacity is estimated at 110,000 tons of wood pellets. According to the director of the British company Viridis energy Inc., the transaction cost it $ 2.5 million. In short term the export of pellet at this plant has already increased by 19,000 tons. The favorable geographical position of the purchased plant makes it easy to deliver pellets to the Canadian east coast and to the EU.

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State peat bogs to be climate study labs

They are a unique ecosystem for studying global warming dynamics.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A bog north of Grand Rapids will be home to a $50 million, 10-year federal research project to study the effects of climate change on peatlands and forest, an ecosystem dispersed around the top half of the globe that is expected to have a critical impact on the dynamics of global warming. The project, announced Friday by federal scientists, will be the first of its kind.

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DeKalb Development Authority OK’s funding for biomass plant

Atlanta Journal Constitution
February 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The DeKalb Development Authority has agreed to issue $53 million in bonds for a proposed biomass plant near Lithonia that has drawn fierce opposition from residents. Green Energy Partners wants to burn wood on a 21-acre site on Rogers Lake Road near Lithonia, converting the wood into energy it will sell to Georgia Power.

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EU seeks tighter CO2 grip on farms and forests

Al-Arabiya
February 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The EU forestry and farming sectors will have to monitor and report from 2013 changes to land use that could affect greenhouse gas emissions, as part of the bloc’s measures to curb climate change, under a draft law seen by Reuters… EU farmers voiced major concerns about the plan, while environmentalists said it would be a step in the right direction, especially because it did not rely on the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme to tackle greenhouse gases generated by land-use change.

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