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Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

Business & Politics

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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Frustration mounting in Strait area as mill negotiations continue

Cape Breton Post
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — The mayor of Port Hawkesbury wants the company negotiating to buy the shuttered NewPage paper mill to issue a public update. Billy Joe MacLean said that while some information is getting out — including that talks between Pacific West Commercial Corp. and Nova Scotia Power have concluded as negotiations with the union representing employees are about to begin — it’s been a frustratingly long time since public comment about the sales process was made

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Nova Scotia Business, Inc sues lumber firm for $430,000

NSBI continued to loan money, even as Holdright Lumber failed to pay back earlier loans.
The Coast
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Business, Inc appears to have thrown good money after bad, compounding one bad loan with a second, and then a third. Now, the province’s economic development arm is out $430,000. Friday, the provincial department of Justice filed suit in the Supreme Court on behalf of NSBI and naming Carolyn Anne Holdright and Neily Roy Holdright as defendants. The Holdrights were directors of Holdright Lumber Products Limited Limited, a Caledonia firm; according to the registry of joint stocks, the company’s corporate status was revoked in 2008 for failure to pay fees.

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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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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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LP Adjusts Year End 2011 Results

Business Wire press release
February 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Louisiana-Pacific Corporation reported today that it has adjusted its 2011 results to reflect a non-cash impairment charge related to its investment in its U.S. Greenfiber joint venture due to information received after the release of earnings.

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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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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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Independent Review of Planted Forest Investment Opportunities

SOURCE RISI
MarketWatch (press release)
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BRUSSELS — Analysis of the most attractive forest resources and timberland investment opportunities in all major timber producing countries across the world, was published today in the new edition of Global Tree Farm Economics Review. Produced by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, the report benchmarks investment costs and returns for a wide cross-section of potential plantation forest projects. It also analyzes major economic, geographic and political factors in each country that could impact returns for tree farm investors.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WoodWorks Hosts Free Long Beach Wood Solutions Fair

Sustainable Industries
February 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program will host a Long Beach Wood Solutions Fair on February 29, 2012. Free to design and building professionals, the Fair will include 18 seminars and a trade exposition dedicated to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. 

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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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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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Nyloboard says ‘no worries’ with decking from recycled materials [A Wood Substitution Story]

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

…A relatively new manufacturer in Covington has an alternative. Nyloboard is a manufacturer of composite decking boards, exterior trim, soffit, fascia, sheets and sheathing…The decking is made using 100 percent recycled carpet fiber that is combined with a proprietary resin and encapsulated in a monolithic composite board. The board is then finished with edging, embossed and covered with an ultraviolet protectant.

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Make the most of woodfuel potential

FarmersWeekly
February 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There has been a sharp increase in demand for biomass fuels such as wood chip, pellet and traditional logs over recent months. This has been driven by the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive last November, which pays eligible installation owners for the heat generated from sources such as biomass, combined with a steady rise in energy costs; per unit of heat, biomass is significantly cheaper than oil. The Forestry Commission has committed to introduce an additional 2m tonnes of woodfuel to market by 2020, but there are a number of ways woodland owners can use their resource and bring woodfuel to market.

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Forestry

Large stand of old trees illegally cut down in Anmore

News1130
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ANMORE-Who would brutally chop down an ancient stand of magnificant trees and let them rot? That’s what people in Anmore are wondering after the discovery of around 35 Cedar, Hemlock and Fir stumps on a private property. Corporal Jamie Chung with Coquitlam RCMP says one of the trees came crashing down on a neighbouring fence.

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Loggers hurt near Ladysmith

Victoria Times Colonist
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two loggers working on TimberWest land at Holland Creek near Ladysmith were injured Monday when they were hit by logs. The relatively minor injuries were believed to be a broken arm as well as cuts and bruises, said Cpl. Tim Desaulniers of Ladysmith RCMP. The accident occurred about 11: 30 a.m. when a bundle of logs was being moved, said Desaulniers. The men were removed from the site by helicopters and taken to hospital.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Loss of City Trees Costs Billions

Discovery News
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new U.S. Forest Service analysis of 20 U.S. cities, including Atlanta Ga. (above), pegs urban tree loss at about 4 million trees a year. That decrease translates into an astronomical annual loss in environmental services, such as reduced heating and cooling costs, when you consider that each tree represents as much as $2,500 in such services during a its lifetime (a return rate three times greater than tree care costs), the forest service says.

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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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Residents Concerned About Logging Project

KLCC FM Public Radio
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Residents around McKenzie Bridge say they are surprised about a new logging project in their back yard. They are concerned the U.S. Forest Service didn’t do enough to inform them.  The Goose Project is a 2 thousand acre timber sale that will produce 38 million board feet of lumber. Spokesman for Cascadia Wildlands Josh Laughlin says the Forest Service fulfilled their legal disclosure requirements.

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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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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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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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Crews fight fire in western NC national forest

WRAL.com
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NANTAHALA NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. — Firefighters in western North Carolina are battling a rapidly spreading blaze in a remote and rugged corner of the Nantahala National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is expected to reach between 500 and 600 acres Tuesday, an increase from about 60 acres Monday. Officials say 90 percent of the fire is on national forest land and no homes or other buildings are in danger.

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Forest Ranger Hat for a Rolling Stones Sideman

New York Times
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA — In an age of creative marketing and rapid-fire social media, some government agencies are struggling to promote themselves. Take the United States Forest Service, the bigger but less well-known cousin of the National Park Service. A couple of years ago, it tried to make Smokey Bear, 68, a hipster with a new tagline: Get your Smokey on. They even gave him a Twitter account. And now the agency has made a Rolling Stones piano man an honorary forest ranger.

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Door County logger sues town in dispute over land access

Logger says officials driving down value so conservancy can buy property
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Wayne Lautenbach was born and raised in Door County and continues to eke out a living as a logger and home builder amid the upscale transplants, artists and tourists drawn to the area’s natural beauty. That’s been a struggle of late, he said, because some local officials are conspiring to drive down the value of his land so a nonprofit group can add it to a conservation area along North Bay. Lautenbach said that after the Town of Liberty Grove granted him access to his landlocked property via a 124-year-old right of way in 2008, it abruptly blocked the road so he can no longer bring in equipment or remove timber.

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Daniel Boone National Forest celebrates 75th anniversary

Lexington Herald Leader
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It covers parts of 21 counties; draws 1.2 million visitors a year to its trails, sandstone cliffs, rivers and lakes; and protects ancient rock shelters, arches and rare species amid the beauty of its steep, forested ridges. And it just turned 75 years old. Daniel Boone National Forest was established Feb. 23, 1937, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a proclamation to create what was then called Cumberland National Forest. It was renamed in 1966.

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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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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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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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Forestry industry quizzed about new uni course

ABC News, Australia
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry industry representatives have been consulted in south-east South Australia about a new national education program. The University of the Sunshine Coast, with the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, is looking to develop a university course in forestry operations management. Professor Loren Kellogg from Oregon State University, in the US, has just started a tour of the nation to find out what training is needed and to consider the diverse needs.

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Karnataka: Fire destroys forest

IBNLive.com
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SHIMOGA: A devastating forest fire that has been in full force since Saturday afternoon has destroyed the flora and fauna in 6,000 hectares in Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary. Rich forest wealth, various animals, including deer and various bird species, crops like cashew, areca and banana in 40 acres of land were gutted in the ravaging fire. The Forest Department personnel could not enter the thick forest to put out the fire. The fire was first noticed by the residents of Basavanagadde in Thirthahalli taluk on Saturday. The villagers tried to put out the fire. But on Sunday afternoon, the entire hill range was gutted and burnt into ashes.

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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

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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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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