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Daily Archives: February 27, 2012

Business & Politics

Raw-log exports hike cost for Nanaimo mill

Nanaimo Daily News
February 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more and more raw logs are being sent overseas, it is become increasingly difficult for Nanaimo’s Coastland Wood Industries to get the wood it needs for its veneer mill. A committee of NDP MLAs recently toured the mill to hear the concerns raised by raw log exports. The mill has had to adapt to the reality that Asian markets are getting the prime logs from Vancouver Island, said Coastland president Hans de Visser.

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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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Pulp producer and marketer Fibrek expects best offer to prevail for shareholders

CanadianBusiness.com
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Quebec pulp producer Fibrek Inc. expects the better offer from friendly takeover suitor Mercer International to go ahead, but hostile bidder Resolute Forest Company could increase its bid, Fibrek CEO Pierre-Gabriel Cote said Friday.

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Wood Pellet Maker to Develop Second Plant in VA

woodworkingnetwork.com
February 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, VA – Wood Fuel Developers LLC plans to open a second wood pellet manufacturing operation in Sussex County, VA. The $8.6 million investment by parent company Industrial TurnAround Corp. (ITAC) will create 28 jobs. Virginia beat out Georgia for the project, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office.

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Gunns spiked by strong dollar

Sydney Morning Herald
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Bowing under the weight of the high dollar, forestry company Gunns Ltd is still pinning hopes on its long unrealised pulp mill project to unlock company value. Gunns today revealed a 40 per cent revenue slump for the half to $217.4 million, and posted a $173.3 million loss on the back of impairments and asset write-downs. It predicted export woodchip margins would stay under sustained pressure, with alternative regional supply available at a significantly lower cost.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

EPA to report on cleanup of Yadkin County creosote plant

Winston-Salem Journal
February 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

YADKINVILLE — For more than 50 years until it closed in 2009, the Holcomb Creosote Co. treated wood to make it more resistant to rot. Creosote is obtained from distilling coal tar, and it used to pressure-treat wood such as utility poles and railroad ties. In January 2011, after state environmental officials asked for federal help, the Environmental Protection Agency began emergency removal cleanup at the site.

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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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Local architectural firm given Wood Design Award

The Sheboygan Press
February 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Smies & Associates, Architects LLC of Sheboygan was recently honored with a 2012 Central Region Wood Design Award by Woodworks, an organization promoting the use of wood for non-residential construction, celebrating their design for the Plymouth Intergenerational Center in Plymouth. The award, in a category named “Wood Behind the Walls,” honors the creators of non-residential buildings that are structurally more than 90 percent wood-frame; that demonstrate innovation in terms of architectural design and function, and showcase wood’s strength, versatility, cost-effectiveness and/or other qualities.

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Mixing nature with business

TODAY on Sunday
February 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The life detour that Heinrich Jessen took – into a rainforest wilderness – led him back to the family business where, as chairman, he is ensuring Jebsen & Jessen (South-east Asia) minimises its footprint on the earth.  He resisted going into the family business as a young man, preferring instead to pursue his passion for biology and the environment. But it was during a stint as a field assistant in the pristine rainforests of Papua New Guinea that Mr Heinrich Jessen saw a way for business and nature to come together.

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Forestry

Forestinfo.org: Dovetail’s New Home for Environmental Education

By Kathryn Fernholz
Dovetail Partners
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

In April 2010, a 21-year-old environmental non-profit named the Temperate Forest Foundation closed its doors. Through actions taken by the TFF Board, Dovetail Partners assumed responsibility for the delivery and maintenance of their website and many of the products and educational materials that TFF created. More recently, Dovetail redesigned and redeveloped the old Temperate Forest Foundation website and integrated resources that previously existed on our environmental education partner website – the F.R.E.E. Network.  The end result is Dovetail’s new one-stop site for environmental education resources named Forestinfo.org

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Protesters stage Occupy-style rally outside foresty firm

The Province
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 30 people marched from the Vancouver Art Gallery over to the Burrard Street tower Saturday afternoon where Brookfield Asset Management Ltd. has an office to protest its involvement in the logging of old-growth timber on Cortes Island. The group plans to have a 24-hour occupation in the front of the building. Brookfield and its wholly owned subsidiary Island Timberlands are preparing to log old-growth forest on Cortes Island.

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Fossil Beds Near Cache Creek To Become Heritage Site

Opinion 250 News
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George – As BC Heritage Week draws to a close, the provincial government has announced it will formally recognize the McAbee fossil site near Cache Creek as a Heritage Site. The fossil beds, which lie approximately 13-kilometres east of the community, have gained international attention for the abundance, diversity, and quality of fossils preserved in an ancient lakebed during the Eocene epoch, 56- to 34-million years ago.

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BC’s Great Gas Rush: Past as Prologue in Province’s Resource Sector

By Ben Parfitt, from the annual Association of BC Forest Professionals meetings in Victoria
Pacific Free Press
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The need to change how we manage our publicly owned natural assets is obvious when you look at the stresses and strains that our northern forests, water resources and water-derived hydroelectricity sources are under as natural gas developments in the northeast of the province accelerate. The most necessary changes lie in ratcheting down how much we extract and paying a lot more attention to our critically important water resources, which are the foundation of a healthy environment and economy.

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Big question: What would the NDP do?

Victoria Times Colonist
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Oh yeah? Well, what would you do? It’s become a chant that prevails in the halls of the legislature. Most Liberal defences of this week’s budget in the face of disdainful NDP criticism ended with that riposte. An increasing number of questions from reporters to NDP MLAs end with: “What would you do?”…There would be more spending on forests and natural resources. Forest health looks to be the Opposition’s latest target, based on a number of recent reports suggesting budget cuts have led to slack timber management.

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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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LEED-Bashing: SFI Couldn’t Join LEED, So Now It Is Out To Destroy It.

By Lloyd Alter
Tree Hugger
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I have called it the Rumble in the Lumberyard; Artist/activist Franke James calls it the War in the Woods. It was the long-running battle by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) to get recognition for their wood certification system in the LEED green building certification system, which only recognizes wood certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) . I will not go into the merits of their argument here, that has been the subject of many a post that can be found in the related links to the left. What is more important is that, having failed to get into the LEED rating system, Kathy Abusow and SFI have changed tactics, and now appear to be out to destroy it.

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Loggers Compete in Log Loader Contest

KEZI TV
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Logging Conference serves as a meet-and-greet for people in the industry, but it also makes room for a little fun. While the shovel machine and the logs seem big and bulky, competitors say the log loader competition relies on a gentle touch.
It’s not a competition you can practice for. “Totally opposite than what you do in the brush,” said Nevada, a competing shovel operator. Log loaders like Nevada and Andy from Staley Enterprises work with shovel machines every day at work.

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Protecting our forests, our values

Lompoc Record
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly 193 million acres of America’s 2.26 billion acres of land area are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and about 6.3 million of those acres are in California. Almost all of the public facilities on our national forest lands are in some stage of decay and disrepair. We have our own piece of nature’s wonders here on the Central Coast — Los Padres National Forest, created with the merger of the Santa Barbara and Monterey National Forests in the mid-1930s, and now spread over about 1.7 million acres.

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No bidders for Wagon Roads timber sale

Coos Bay World
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A forest management experiment between the Coquille Indian Tribe and Bureau of Land Management failed to attract any bids in a timber sale held Feb. 17. The auction for the 127 acres of forest was held at the BLM office with a minimum bid price of $727,288.20. Only two timber companies were present at the auction — 3H and Roseburg Lumber — and neither placed bids on the 6.1 million board feet at stake.

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Edgewater logger makes her mark as heavy machinery operator

Amanda Jopp is the only woman in the Columbia Valley who operates a log processing machine
Columbia Valley Pioneer
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wearing neon reflective safety clothing and heavy work boots, Amanda Jopp stands casually on a fresh cut log, fiddling with a sliver of wood between her oil-stained fingers. Amanda’s hands are working hands. Standing in the door frame of a mammoth logging machine, she is totally at ease. And she should be — Amanda’s family has a long history of working in forestry, and she’s been operating one type of machinery or another since she was an elementary school student.

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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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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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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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Remaining woodland caribou in US (in Idaho) barely holding on

Tiny herd spends most of its time in British Columbia
The Wildlife News
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The woodland caribou have been on the endangered species list for a long time, several million dollars have been spent on their conservation. That might sound like a lot, but it is a total over many years… They depend on old growth rain forest, living mostly on lichens that grow on the trees. The only one of the 48 states that still has them is extreme northern Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains. Here a herd of about 45 struggles, spending most of its time just over the international border in B.C.

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Tuscarora State Forest helps track golden eagles for migration survey

By Wade Fowler
Penn Live
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state Department of Conservation and National Resources is cooperating with a West Virginia University study on the migratory habits of golden eagles. Steve Shaffer, a ranger with DCNR in the Tuscarora State Forest, is among those helping with the survey tracing the migration of the eastern golden eagle, which winters locally and spends summers beyond the tree line in the Canadian tundra.

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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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US biofuel policy excludes Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil amid industry protests

Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BALI, Indonesia – Palm oil industry experts in Indonesia and Malaysia — two of the world’s largest producers — have criticised a recent analysis by the US Environmental Protection Agency that biodiesel produced by palm oil does not qualify as a renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The EPA’s Notice of Data Availability concluded that biodiesel and renewable diesel produced from palm oil do not meet the minimum 20 percent lifecycle greenhouse gas reduction threshold needed to qualify as renewable fuel under the scheme.

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Thai King blames ‘greedy’ civil servants for floods

TODAY Online
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BANGKOK – Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has expressed concern about deforestation and the resultant flooding in Thailand, urging the government to plant more trees and take harsh punitive steps against “greedy” civil servants who allowed illegal deforestation to occur. The King was speaking to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and members of the Strategic Formulation Committee for Water Resource Management at Siriraj Hospital on Friday, where he was presented with the committee’s report on urgent water management and flood prevention plans. 

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Report attacks forest ownership

Scotland on Sunday
February 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SCOTLAND has the smallest amount of forest in public ownership of any country in Europe. The vast majority of forestry in Scotland is in the possession of a small number of landed estates, with many of the owners living abroad. A report, Forest Ownership in Scotland: A Scoping Study, calls for steps to be taken to change the pattern of ownership, claiming that it “may not be optimal for securing the full suite of potential public benefits”.

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Nepal, China to cooperate on forest conservation

China Daily
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KATHMANDU – Nepal and China have agreed to strengthen and enhance the coordination in the fields of forest conservation and management. A joint meeting between the two neighbors was held in Kathmandu from February 22 for the first time after a Memorandum of Understanding on Forestry and Biodiversity conservation was signed on June 3, 2010 in Beijing. With a view to further deepen the cooperation between the two countries, the meeting has agreed to hold biennial ministerial meeting alternatively in both countries.

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Logging and conservation: all part of the equation

Eco-business
February 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When it comes to deforestation, loggers have usually received the bulk of the bad press. Armed with chainsaws, they are the bogeymen typically blamed for doing away with not only our forests, but also the biodiversity which inhabits them. But as anyone who has worked on forestry issues – particularly in the tropical regions home to the world’s greatest biodiversity – knows, the demise of natural forests usually comes in the form of a double whammy: first come the loggersbut then come the settlers who turn the land into farms or plantations, preventing the re-growth of natural forest.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How did 2011 compare to the last 130+ years

AccuWeather
February 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The National Climatic Data Center put together a nice review of the global climate of 2011 and how it compared to the last 130+ years. Last year (2011) will go down as the 11th warmest year globally (tied with 1997) since records began back in 1880, according to the NCDC climate report.

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Sustainable resources discussed at Pinal Partnership economic summit

Pinal County Today
February 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West
The keynote speaker was Rick Merritt from Phoenix-based Elliott D. Pollack & Co. Merritt… Mitchell said Western Bio-Energy has four total projects, with two in California. “There’s nothing magic about biomass,” he explained. “It’s carbon-neutral, that’s the big thing.” “The difference is we burn wood instead of coal,” Mitchell added. The clean wood waste is burned to create high-pressure steam at close to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit that spins a turbine to create electricity. The waste wood comes from surrounding agriculture sites and certain landfills.

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Business Beat: La. forestry industry looks to waste material to fuel growth

Alexandria Town Talk
February 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The use of waste wood products for energy needs was the key talking point at a forestry forum Thursday in Alexandria… “People are really interested in the fact that their target is waste material,” said Robbie Hutchins, area forestry and wildlife agent for the Agcenter. “Debris that traditionally is burned in site preparation before replanting a harvested site.”…“These are some exciting times,” said Buck Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association. 

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Calm Opposition to the Storm of Climate Change

Wizbang (blog)
February 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

This past week Dr. Richard Lindzen spoke before the House of Commons on the issue of global warming. Lindzen is a professor at MIT in the Departement of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He’s long had a history of arguing against the purported catastrophic effects of global warming. As such, whether people support or deride him sadly comes down to their political beliefs. That is not how it should be with science but that is a topic for another post.

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Designed a method to more accurately measure the carbon in forest …

Spain
Ultra Future World
February 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A work by the Sustainable Forest Management Research Institute (IUGFS) at the University of Valladolid, located on the campus of Palencia (Spain), has designed a method for estimating the amount of carbon fixed in forest biomass that improves any other used to date worldwide. The study, which combines the research of the doctoral thesis of Celia Herrero Aza and work to master of Javier Castano, both the Engineering Research Program for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Systems, has been published in the journal Annals of Forest Science.

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European Finance Ministers Adopt Conclusions on Durban Follow-up

International Institute for Sustainable Development
February 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

During the Council meeting on Economic and Financial Affairs, European Finance Ministers adopted conclusions on “Climate Finance – Follow-up to the Durban Conference,” which welcome the approval of the governing instrument for the Green Climate Fund at the Durban Climate Change Conference, the work programme on long-term finance, and the decision on financing for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

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AboitizPower to adopt 1000 ha of forest land as carbon sink

Philippines
Business Mirror
February 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

CAGAYAN de Oro City—One of the country’s leading power producers will adopt a thousand hectares of forest land in Mindanao as its carbon sink as it pursues a plan to build a 300-megawatt (MW) circulating fluidized-bed coal-fired power-plant project in the southern part of the island.

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General

Green agenda on forestry peace ‘shafted’, says Milne

The Greens are fuming about the Federal Government’s latest change to the forest peace deal.
ABC News Australia
February 24, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The first $20 million in regional development funding under the deal is no longer conditional on the success of legislation to create new forest reserves. Greens Senator Christine Milne says it is a massive breach of faith. “The loggers get their money, the regional development money flows and the conservation agenda is shafted.”

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Is the Conservative government muzzling federal scientists?

By Stephen Bede Scharper
Toronto Star
February 26, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

…Among those whose federal contracts were recently severed is Marianne Karsh, who had worked with Environment Canada since 2006. Karsh, a forestry expert specializing in biodiversity and climate change, was with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division (AIRD), which has now been “discontinued,” according to Karsh, despite its high rate of productivity, its fiscal responsibility and an auditor’s recommendation that it be given additional support.

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