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Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

Business & Politics

Stephen Hume: China has not been behaving like a friend

With intelligence experts saying the country turns a blind eye to the ‘patriotic hackers’, Canada needs to be cautious about cosying up
Vancouver Sun
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

An electronic stealth operation allegedly based in China hacks into Nortel Networks Inc., Canada’s high-flying telecom superstar, loots its secrets for a decade and, says one cyber-security expert, con-tributes to the company’s fatal implosion. Queen’s University professor David Skillicorn points out that after the hackers penetrated Nortel around 2000, they began stealing technical papers, research and development reports, and strategic business plans.

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Mercer International Goes Red

Motley Fool
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Mercer International reported earnings on Feb. 15. Here are the numbers you need to know. The 10-second takeaway – For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Mercer International beat expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share. Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share dropped to a loss. Margins contracted across the board.

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Back in business?

TB Newswatch
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After being shut down for more than three months, the Global Sticks plant in Oliver-Paipoonge is preparing to call back its employees in early March. But the company’s president admits the start-up could be short-lived, as the callbacks are part of an effort show off the plant to potential investors. Global Sticks laid off its 80 employees in mid-November, just five months after the company’s grand opening celebration.

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NSBI sues bankrupt lumber mill to recoup loan

Chronicle Herald
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province’s business development agency is suing the directors of a bankrupt lumber mill in Region of Queens Municipality for $430,000 plus interest. In a notice of action filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Friday, Nova Scotia Business Inc. alleged that Carolyn Ann Holdright and Neily Roy Holdright, the directors of Holdright Lumber Products Ltd. of Harmony Mills, defaulted on a $430,000 loan issued in 2006.

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Court sides with Woodmark insurers in lawsuit

Northern Virginia Daily
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HARRISONBURG — The insurers for Winchester-based American Woodmark have succeeded in their lawsuit against two Kentucky lumber companies, with a U.S. District Court judge ordering the firms to pay more than $1 million. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. filed the $4.1 million suit in September 2010 against Herbert H., Melanie Ann, and James Robert “J.R.” Wesley Hoskins, all of London, Ky., Kentucky Lumber Sales LLC and Bluegrass Wood Products LLC.

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Louisiana-Pacific restates bigger 2011 loss

CBS News
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Building materials maker Louisiana-Pacific Corp. said Monday that its full-year loss in 2011 was bigger than it initially reported earlier this month. Louisiana-Pacific lost $181.3 million, or $1.36 per share during 2011. It reported a loss of $170.7 million, or $1.28 per share on Feb 7. The company said it was informed on Friday that its U.S. Greenfiber joint venture was worth far less than the company initially reported. The lower value was discovered through an audit of Greenfiber’s business.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

An Oregon Log Home’s Journey Toward Sustainable Living – a New Inspired Living Story from PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes

San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
February 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Renowned for extraordinary Mountain Style designs, PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes and its design firm, Mountain Architects have always striven toward customer satisfaction. PrecisionCraft presents yet another Inspired Living story, this one about an Oregon couple and their custom log home retreat resting at the base of Mt. Hood. Combining a rustic ski cabin with modern building technology; this 3,600 square foot winter retreat is a pioneer in modern sustainable living and was the first of its kind to become LEED Platinum certified. Mark and Crystal drew inspiration for their home from their desire for a winter escape, their MT. Hood location and a commitment to build a sustainable living space.

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Avera receives environmental awards

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

Sioux Falls Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center received two environmental performance awards. Green Globe awards went to the Prairie Center, located on the Avera McKennan campus. The cancer institute and surgery center are located at the Prairie Center. Avera’s Director of Facility Development Garrett Peters said Green Globe certification was part of the planning process for Prairie Center.  “Green Globes was a good fit for how we wanted to pursue acknowledgement of our efficient, sustainable building,” said Peters.

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Boat captain finds new mast in Delaware forest

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

GEORGETOWN, Del.  — It has been nearly two decades since Capt. Ed Farley drove to a lumberyard and selected a pine pole to craft into a mast for his skipjack, the H.M. Kretz. …Weeks earlier, he and Erich Burkentine had walked through these woods looking for the perfect tree. Burkentine, southern regional forester with the state Department of Agriculture, said the tree had to be rod straight and free of limbs 60 feet up. And it had to be big.

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Forestry

BC Forest Service Centenary Clothing Now Available

BC Forest Service Centenary Society
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Service Centenary Society is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Sports Traders – Victoria BC to market BCFS100 branded clothing and memorabilia. Click read more below for order details. Items include: Sport Shirts, T-Shirts, Baseball Caps, Skull Caps, Toques, Scarves, Jackets, Pants, and Vests. Groups can pool together orders to save on shipping costs to the same location. Our thanks to Sports Traders for helping us celebrate the proud past of the BC Forest Service.

Visit the Centenary Society at www.bcfs100.ca

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Forest Service has seen better days as it marks its 100th anniversary

by Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The invitation promised a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the B.C. Forest Service, not too many speeches, plus cake. All there in the rotunda of the legislature building Monday, along with several ex-chief foresters, a scattering of politicians current and former, and some well-meaning talk about the future of a great institution. I wouldn’t begrudge the service and its many dedicated workers the cause for celebration. Still, walking around the room, talking to some of those present, and reflecting on recent headlines, I came away with a sense that the service, the forests and the industry have all seen better days.

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Dramatic Rescue Mission Plucks Injured Loggers From Remote Site

CTV News
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LADYSMITH – Two Vancouver Island loggers on a rigging crew suffered life threatening injuries after an accident deep in the back country. Just after 11:30 on Monday morning BC ambulance launched their rescue helicopter to reach the logging zone not accessible by ground. A crew of loggers were working south west of lady smith near Holland Lake when something happened on a steep embankment that seriously injured the two men. Once the helicopter arrived on scene paramedics were dropped into the location, but the helicopter could not land to load the wounded loggers aboard.

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Activists gather for vigil outside Island Timberlands

Group says old-growth forest on Cortes Island is at risk of being wiped out
Nanaimo Daily News
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Occupy protesters began a 24-hour vigil on Saturday in front of the Island Timberlands office on Commercial St. in Nanaimo to protect old-growth forest on Cortes Island. The group of nearly a dozen residents joined together with Occupy groups in Vancouver and New York to protest Island Timberlands’ logging practices and criticize raw log exports taking away B.C. jobs. Oddly enough, occupiers said that a parent company of Island Timberlands, Brookfield Asset Management, owns the very same Zuccotti Park that Occupiers took over for their Occupy Wall Street protests last year.

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Forest service marks its 100th year under scrutiny

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – B.C. Forest Service staff shared a cake with former ministers and deputies at a ceremony at the legislature Monday to mark the service’s 100th anniversary, before politicians resumed their bitter debate about the state of the province’s forests. NDP forests critic Norm Macdonald said the recent auditor general’s report highlighted the need to update B.C.’s forest inventory, 70 per cent of which is out of date. But he said last week’s B.C. budget reduced spending on forest health over the next two years.

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BC Mountain Pine Beetle: Evolving Impacts & Opportunities

By International Wood Markets Group
Press Release
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mountain pine beetle in BC, as well as throughout western North America, will continue to have a massive and ongoing effect on global timber and wood products supply and demand throughout this decade. This devastation caused by the mountain pine beetle is expected to create new opportunities for the BC Interior from many biomass opportunities. At the same time, the BC Coast industry will benefit where a combination of old-growth and more second-growth timber will offer some excellent fits in global markets.

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Dropping trees to kill the pine beetle

Castanet.net
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Kelowna is removing more than 1,000 infested Ponderosa pines from City parks this spring to stop the spread of pine beetle infestation within Kelowna. …“Again this year, we are seeing an increase pine beetle infestation in areas surrounding Kelowna,” says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “We are encouraging land owners to watch for and remove infested pine trees,” says Stewart. “However, in order to stop the spread of the beetle, it is important to remember that infected wood should not be used as firewood, transported, or stored for any length of time unless it is first debarked. Infested bark must be chipped, burned or buried.”

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Aerial moose survey conducted at Fundy Park

CBC News
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fundy National Park staff and students from the Maritime College of Forest Technology conducted an aerial moose survey on Sunday. The weekend snow storm forced the researchers to conduct the entire moose survey on Sunday, instead of using both days to count the local moose population. While the snowfall reduced the survey to a single day, a Parks Canada news release said the timing was ideal.

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Salamanders Learn to Live With Pollution

A Yale University researcher has documented the ability of salamanders to adapt to harsh environments like wetlands polluted by runoff from roads.
New York Times (blog)
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Amphibians, and those who love them, was the subject of a recent article by our colleague Kim Severson, who noted that Mississippians are joining the legions worldwide who don’t want to see salamanders or frogs become roadkill when they cross highways to mate. Hence toad tunnels, salamander bucket brigades and the like… But for all of this to-ing and fro-ing across asphalt, attention must also be paid to the wet places where salamanders hang out once they’ve gotten to the other side — and whether those homes are good for them. Steven P. Brady, a doctoral candidate at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has stepped in to fill the gap.

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A Business-Friendly, SUV-Driving Lorax

Sustainable Business Forum
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forty years after Dr. Seuss wrote the classic children’s book The Lorax, about a creature who “speaks for the trees” and the greedy industrialist who ignores his warnings, things sure have changed. Some change has been for the better: Many, if not most, corporations are no longer the evil despoilers of the planet. To the contrary, these days they are often “greener” than consumers, and allied with environmental groups. Some is for the worse: While Dr. Seuss, to the best of my recollection, resisted commercialization of his characters, now even the anti-industrial Lorax is for sale.

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Oregon House debates logging bill: This time Republicans and most Democrats agree

OregonLive.com
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon House spent more than a half hour Monday debating a proposal that has no teeth other than the ones on the chain saw that Rep. Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg, hoisted onto his desk. Freeman acknowledged that Senate Joint Memorial 201 does not carry the force of law. It merely asks the President and Congress to allow Oregon counties to manage federal forests that currently fall under the designation “O & C” lands, an abbreviation for about 3 million acres that once belonged to the Oregon and California railroad. “The counties are capable of managing those lands in a balanced and responsible manner,” Freeman said. “It’s time to start managing these lands…and get people back to work.” 

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Logging trucks taking to roads near Stevensville

KPAX-TV
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- Drivers need to be aware that more logging trucks will be taking to the roads east of Stevensville. Bitterroot National Forest officials report that there will be logging traffic in the Sapphire Mountains beginning this week and lasting into May. Travelers are advised to drive with extra caution as there will be machinery and log trucks travelling the roads during the weekdays.

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Bill increases timber harvest 60% to 85%

Rep. Sal Esquivel Press Release
Natural Resource Report
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s most abundant resource, timber, is being underutilized. This lack of productivity has hurt Oregon’s economy and our rural communities. The federal government owns 60 percent of Oregon’s forest land, and many in Southern Oregon understand that Washington DC does a very poor job managing our forests. Timber harvest on federal lands has declined, leading to high unemployment in rural communities.  As Co-Chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee, I have been working to advance measures that allow Oregonians to responsibly utilize our natural resources to improve our economy. While the Oregon Legislature can do little to affect federal timber policies, we can act to properly manage our state forests and put rural Oregonians back to work.

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Global warming feeds bark beetles: Are they unstoppable?

Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Hear the sound of chewing out in our vast forests of lodgepole pine, spruce and fir, the chewing that’s already destroyed half the commercial timber in important regions like British Columbia? That’s the sound of climate change, says biologist Reese Halter. Global warming in the form of a bark beetle. Halter’s short but disturbing new book, “The Insatiable Bark Beetle,” addresses one of the biggest and most visible issues facing global forests, and particularly the relatively large forests left in the U.S. and Canada. 

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Rock pianist Chuck Leavell named forest ranger

Charlotte Observer
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA Rock and blues pianist Chuck Leavell is getting a new title to reflect his environmental work outside the studio: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making him an honorary forest ranger. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell was scheduled to bestow the honor on Leavell at a private ceremony Monday in Atlanta. Leavell was a member of the Allman Brothers Band and has played keyboard for acts including the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. He’s also a noted conservationist and co-founded the Mother Nature Network, an online environmental news service.

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Minnesota issues new quarantine rules to stop spread of tree-killing emerald ash borers

Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued new rules meant to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer. The quarantine covers Hennepin and Ramsey Counties in the Twin Cities and Winona and Houston in the southeast. The rules announced Monday formalize and update an emergency quarantine imposed last year.

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New Orleans trees show nation’s steepest dropoff

NOLA News
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Just two weeks after New Orleans’ Parkway Partners celebrated the planting of its 10,000th tree after Hurricane Katrina, a new U.S. Forest Service study tagged the city’s urban forest as having the greatest decline since 2005 — a finding that, in New Orleans’ case, can be directly attributed to the storm. The area of the city covered by trees dropped from 32.9 percent in 2005 to 23.3 percent in 2009, a 29 percent reduction. The study, published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening magazine, found that the nation’s cities are, on average, losing about 0.25 percent of their tree cover a year. In New Orleans, the cause of the decline was definitely Katrina.

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Logging will destroy state forests

MyCentralJersey.com
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Representatives of the timber industry are happy to instruct us that harvesting makes for a healthier forest, since opening the canopy allows young trees to grow. Today in New Jersey, in the oak-dominated hardwood forests common to the northern half of the state, this is, unfortunately, no longer the case. For a decade or more, New Jersey’s hardwood forests have been severely stressed by a combination of the overpopulation of deer and invasive plants. As it turns out, the hoards of hungry deer that have made it impossible to grow plants in our yards also inhabit the woods, and there, they eat all the young hardwood saplings that dare to emerge.

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Texas Forest Service keeps wildfire outbreaks on radar

Personnel, equipment positioned where fires are expected
ReporterNews.com
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A year ago today, as the sun came up in Howard and Mitchell counties, residents were discovering just how much damage a 13,000-acre wildfire that swept through the area overnight had caused. …Since the catastrophic fire season of 2005-2006 — which included the loss of more than 100 homes in Cross Plains — fire officials and weather forecasters have been on the lookout for “Southern Plains wildfire outbreaks” — a potentially explosive combination of weather systems that can sometimes be predicted as much as three days in advance. “Up to 72 hours out, we’ve got a pretty good idea one of these is building,” said Tom Spencer, head of TFS’ Predictive Services Department.

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Forestry experts to lawmakers: Pass law on prescribed burns

The Times and Democrat
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An Orangeburg County forester says a current Senate bill that would protect private property rights and eliminate frivolous lawsuits related to prescribed fires needs to be on the front burner of legislative priorities. House Bill 3631 – the “Prescribed Fire Act” – would require greater oversight and management on the site of a prescribed burn and would not make the property owner, lessee or agent liable for damages caused by the resulting smoke of a prescribed fire unless gross negligence is proven.

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Big brother is watching: Forest surveillance systems could reveal new terrestrial animals

Center for International Forestry Research
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia – A global network of remote cameras placed in the tropical forests of seven countries has the potential to discover unexpected land-dwelling mammals and species that are thought to be extinct, according to the results of a study by a consortium of researchers. “There has never been this kind of monitoring across the globe,” said Douglas Sheil, Senior Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research and director of the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation.

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Forestry conference will launch national strategy

By Forest Industry Contractors Association
Scoop Independent News
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

After years of working without the a long-term cohesive plan, the national forest industry has melded together to form the Wood Council of New Zealand (Woodco) and bring a national strategy into action. “The Forestwood 2012 conference, to be held at Te Papa, marks the launch of a national strategy and will be a great leap forward for the industry,” says John Stulen, CEO of the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA). Lees Seymour, Chair of Woodco’s Governance Group delivers Woodco’s “Strategic Action Plan” in response to a twelve-month review of the issues confronting the industry. He will outline an aspirational growth path for the industry to embrace.

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Reforestation, or tree farms?

Bangkok Post
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government says it will heed His Majesty the King’s advice on reforestation, but the three billion baht budget allocated to reforest seven million rai of land over five years is so small that it is questionable the project can be carried out effectively. So it seems there is good and not so good news about the government’s reforestation scheme.   The good news is that the government has put forest rehabilitation and preservation on the national agenda, which means it is serious about the project. The rather disappointing news is that only three billion baht will be allocated to reforest seven million rai of land over the next five years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Fears grow over pipelines, climate change

By Anthony Britneff
Vancouver Sun
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Immediately after reading Stephen Hume’s column, I reflected on the implications of such unprecedented neglect of our natural world and what it means for my children. My emotions were a strange mixture of anger and sadness. Why anger? Over the last decade many resource professionals within the provincial government have voiced their concerns about the declining stewardship of the public’s renewable resources. But no one is at home; the politicians are intransigently deaf and hostile to professional advice at odds with their political ideology.

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Funding Spurs New Bioproducts From Alberta Biomass

By Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
MarketWatch (press release)
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON, ALBERTA — Three companies developing industrial products from Alberta biomass in the agricultural, forestry and municipal waste sectors are now a step closer to the marketplace after receiving a total of $4 million in grants from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

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Fibrek: Proud Partner of the Carbon Footprint Québec Pilot Project

By Fibrek
Canada News Wire Press Release
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. is delighted to have been selected to participate in the pilot project on product carbon footprint announced today by the Québec government. This initiative fits perfectly within Fibrek’s business strategy and reflects its determination to apply the principles of sustainable development. This pilot project will serve to identify priority actions that will help reduce the environmental impact of Fibrek and of other participating businesses. The project will allow the Québec government to assess the feasibility of implementing certification for the carbon footprint of products.

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Ecologist to Present Talk on Forests and Climate Change

Linfield College
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Richard H. Waring, distinguished emeritus professor of forest ecology at Oregon State University, will speak on the effects of climate change Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Waring will present “Effects of Climate Change on our Forests and Options for the Future.” He is the author of numerous publications, including Forest Ecosystems: Concepts and Management. His research focuses on environmental change on forest productivity and biodiversity across landscapes and regions.

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Global warming feeds bark beetles: Are they unstoppable?

Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Hear the sound of chewing out in our vast forests of lodgepole pine, spruce and fir, the chewing that’s already destroyed half the commercial timber in important regions like British Columbia? That’s the sound of climate change, says biologist Reese Halter. Global warming in the form of a bark beetle. Halter’s short but disturbing new book, “The Insatiable Bark Beetle,” addresses one of the biggest and most visible issues facing global forests, and particularly the relatively large forests left in the U.S. and Canada. 

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Biomass worse than coal, group says

WWLP 22News
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As many of us strive to be more “green,” one western Massachusetts group is worried that we aren’t going in that direction… Now, a locally-based volunteer group known as Massachusetts Forest Watch is pushing the state to drop its interest in biomass as an energy source, because they say soot, particulate pollution, and carbon dioxide pollution will actually increase if biomass energy is used to replace coal energy… “While we’re closing down this coal plant which we should be doing becasue it’s very dirty, at the same time the citizens are being almost forced to subsidize dirty biomass wood-fueled energy, which is even worse,” said Chris Materia, founder of Massachusetts Forest Watch.

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Pilot study shows trout habitats are more resilient to warming temperatures

Charlotte Observer
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Not so long ago, scientists forecast that much of what remained of eastern brook trout habitat would be severely affected by climate change… But a new study in progress across seven Southeastern states has found reason to believe that many cold-water streams – those found at elevations where brook trout love to linger – may be less vulnerable to warming temperatures than previously forecast. The study’s investigator, Andrew Dolloff, is team leader for the cold-water fisheries research unit of the Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in Blacksburg, Va. Brook trout are very sensitive to water temperatures, preferring to live in the cleanest cold water streams below a critical threshold of 69.8 degrees.

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‘It could go on for days’: Fears grow over huge blaze that broke out at Europe’s biggest ‘green’ power station in Essex

UK Daily Mail
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A severe fire that broke out at one of Europe’s largest green power station is now under control but there are fears that the blaze could continue to burn for days. Around 120 firefighters have been tackling the fire at Tilbury Power Station, which erupted in a fuel storage area at 7.45am. …Earlier today, he said it involved 4-6,000 tonnes of biomass in a wood pellet hopper high up in the power station building.

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General

Getting the Dirt on Forests

By Katrina Marland
American Forests
February 27, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

.. Justin Whisenant, a senior student researcher at Texas A&M University, says that while so many focus on the role of carbon in the air and the trees, its role in the soil is often overlooked. Yet, much of the carbon cycle does not take place over our heads, but under our feet. In fact, his research states that a forest ecosystem stores twice as much carbon in the soil as is it does in “aboveground biomass,” meaning trees and other plants… His research involved two months of testing soil samples from different stands of a loblolly pine forest in Florida.

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