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Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Business & Politics

Fight for Fibrek drags on

Financial Post
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It’s time to stop the nonsense. The matter has dragged on too long, there have been too many shenanigans by too many conflicted parties and too much activity around what should be the central part of the story, the price the independent shareholders at Fibrek Inc. will be allowed to receive in a takeover battle involving hostile bidder Abitibi and white knight Mercer International. Accordingly, it’s time for regulators to step in to try to ensure two key objectives: the integrity of the capital markets and the interests of investors. After all, it is their capital markets and raising the bar is never a bad thing. “The minority shareholders will lose about $40-million if Abitibi’s bid succeeds,” noted one Fibrek shareholder.

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Union files $11.7-million lawsuit against Fraser Papers directors over pensions

Canadian Press
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said Wednesday it has filed an $11.7-million lawsuit against directors of now-defunct pulp and paper company Fraser Papers. The union said in a release it filed its suit in Quebec superior court on Tuesday, and that futher legal actions on behalf of its New Brunswick members will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Hampton hoping to start the planer

Burns Lake Lakes District News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steve Zika, Hampton Affiliates chief economic officer is still optimistic that the Babine Forest Products sawmill will be rebuilt. Zika said the investigation is continuing into the cause of the Jan. 20, 2012 explosion and fire, but said no more news has come to the company from WorkSafe B.C. Zika said Hampton Affiliates hope to have the planer up and running in either March or April 2012 to process the remaining log inventory at the sawmill.

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Company baffled over reports that log yards are full

Burns Lake Lakes District News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Christine Kennedy, Canfor’s director of public affairs and corporate communications said reports that the company’s log yards are full, which will lead to an early break up this year are baffling and simply not true. She said the company is still hauling logs to all locations, including to its sawmills in Houston and Vanderhoof. “We are not anticipating an early break up … I really don’t know where these reports have come from,” she said.

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Have Alberta’s sawmills gone from depending on the American market to depending on the Chinese market?

Alberta Venture
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Canada is exporting more lumber to China than ever before. The total value of spruce, pine and fir exports from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to China rose from $932 million in 2004 to $8.2 billion in 2010. This shift is mostly due to large-scale suppliers who, unlike smaller lumber manufacturers with limited capital, have shifted an unprecedented share of their product base towards Asian markets. Brady Whittaker, chief executive officer of the Alberta Forest Products Association, says these exports have served as a much-needed lifeline for the industry. But he cautions against an over-dependence on overseas trade, pointing to the fact that certain sawmills have already started selling their entire product base to Asian buyers.

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Domtar told not to demolish any more buildings without telling NCC, Lemay says

Ottawa Citizen
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The National Capital Commission has warned paper-and-pulp giant Domtar not to raze any more of its buildings on federal land on the Chaudière islands, unless the company has cleared it with the federal agency. The warning follows the demolition last week of the century-old Groundwood Pulp Mill, which the Montreal-based company said was collapsing and needed to be torn down.

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Ex-Fraser Papers workers seek pension help

Provincial government secured $38M in preferred shares after bankruptcy
CBC News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Retired Fraser Papers workers are hoping an old loan from the provincial government could help them salvage some of their retirement benefits. The New Brunswick government loaned Fraser Papers more than $35 million in June 2008 to save mills in Edmundston, Plaster Rock and Juniper, but a year later, the company was bankrupt.

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Rayonier’s CEO to Present at Credit Suisse Global Paper & Packaging Conference (Transcript)

Seeking Alpha
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Thanks Al and thank you for coming folks. Turning to page four and for anybody that did not get a presentation we still have some up here to my left, but Rayonier is a global forests products company with a market cap of $5.4 billion. We have three core businesses, forest resources, real estate and performance fibers and we will explain that in more detail in a few minutes. Our annual revenues are about $1.5 billion and we have sales in 40 different countries comprising about 45% of revenue. And our current annualized dividend of a $1.60 per share is yielding about 3.6%. Our dividend is taxed at capital gains rates and dividend growth is a key part of our growth strategy.

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Southern and western German sawmills reduce production

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Southern and western softwood lumber producers believe the pace of business activity slowed again on domestic and foreign softwood lumber markets in February. In addition to halted building activity due to weather conditions, demand is being kept down by the majority of recipient industries’ meanwhile adequate stock levels. The period of frost in the last few weeks and the ensuing slack demand for lumber has led to a reduction in cutting by sawmilling businesses in Germany’s south and west as well, however. 

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Lumber May Extend Rally as China, U.S. Demand Gain, Ekstrom Says

Bloomberg
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Lumber futures that surged more than any other commodity in February may extend a rally to a 10-month high as China boosts imports and the U.S. housing recovers, researcher Wood Resources International LLC said. Prices have gained 11 percent since the end of January, the most among 35 raw materials tracked by the Rogers International Commodity Index. Lumber may reach $300 per 1,000 board feet by July on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, up 9 percent from today’s close of $275.20 and the highest since April 6, Wood Resources said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Six-storey wood-frame apartment gets OK

The Record (New Westminster)
February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Demolition of two aging apartment buildings is underway to pave the way for the first six-storey wood-frame building in New Westminster. Since the province amended the B.C. Building Code in 2008 to allow for six-storey wood-frame buildings, a handful of buildings have gotten underway in B.C. The building at 414 to 422 Royal Ave., which is across the street from New Westminster city hall, will contain 118 units.

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Guidelines help govern seismic retrofits in British Columbia

Journal of Commerce
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) is in the process of training engineers on its new guidelines governing the seismic retrofit of B.C. schools. …For instance, wood frames typically don’t collapse in extreme events because there are so many vertical elements supporting the floors and roof.  In a moderate event, however, wood framed structures tend to sustain a great deal of damage that can be costly to repair.

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An Inuit Builder Crafts His Last Canoe

National Public Radio
March 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a remote corner of northern Canada, Joe Goudie is at work on his very last boat for sale. The Inuit community in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador once used wood and canvas canoes to navigate the rivers of Labrador. Goudie, 72, is Inuit, but grew up as that tradition was drawing to a close. Today, he’s the last person building wooden canoes in this corner of Canada.

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Hardwood Lumber Sellers Optimistic about 2012

Woodworking Network
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Many hardwood lumber sellers are optimistic about better business in 2012, and we agree. Much is riding, however, on the speed at which both export markets and domestic lumber production accelerate this spring. Hardwood Publishing offers Hardwood Review, Hardwood Leader, WoodLogics and other services for lumber buyers and sellers in the wood manufacturing industries. Domestic lumber demand won’t improve much until 2013, so it will be incumbent on domestic producers to respond cautiously when log availability improves…despite present tightness in many lumber items. 

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China Wood Furniture Dumping, Biggest Ever, Lists Foliot

Woodworking Network
February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WASHINGTON, DC – Foliot is among a group of 198 Chinese firms have been listed in a complaint among firms suspected of dumping wooden bedroom furniture in 2011 – believed to be the largest such complaint ever. The move comes just as as federal agencies announced plans to pursue more aggressive enforcement programs to combat dumping and restrictive tariffs under a new Executive Order issued yesterday. The complaint published in the Federal Register today lists 198 wood furniture companies in China who will now be investigated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The period of the complaint covers furniture exported to the U.S. from January 1 through December 31, 2011. Firms listed can submit responses.

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Looking for forest, furniture and wood industry’s top performers

Voxy
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: International

Now is the time to nominate the best trainees and companies in the forest, furniture and wood manufacturing industry for the annual FITEC National Training Awards. The Awards are a major annual event for the industry – where people and businesses are recognised for their commitment to learning and the achievement of professional qualifications. Nominations are now open and forest, furniture and wood manufacturing companies have until 31 May to put forward their most outstanding candidates for awards including Modern Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

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Forestry

‘The Lorax’ targeted for its green credentials

Universal and the filmmakers of ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ are caught between those who claim the animated movie aims to ‘indoctrinate children’ and those who question whether the marketing is eco-friendly enough.
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

….So declares the environmentally minded title character in Dr. Seuss’ children’s book “The Lorax” — and in Universal Pictures’ big-screen adaptation, opening Friday. It may not seem like a controversial message, but the studio and filmmakers are finding themselves squeezed between two groups of critics: those who complain the animated movie aims to “indoctrinate children and turn them into millions of little eco-warriors,” and those who question whether the marketing and promotional tie-ins, including one for an SUV, are sufficiently eco-friendly. ….Controversy has trailed “The Lorax” since it was published in 1971 — it has been banned over the years in some schools and libraries, especially in regions with economies dependent on timber. The book so irked the National Wood Flooring Manufacturers’ Assn. that in 1995 the group published its own Seuss-like book, “Truax,” praising the logging industry.

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‘The Lorax’ a clear-cut winner

Dr. Seuss’ cautionary environmental fable emerges from its gorgeous big-screen adaptation with its message intact.
Portland Press Herald
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

From the day it was published, Dr. Seuss’ environmental parable “The Lorax” has courted controversy. A screed about consumerism, greed and its cost to the environment, this anti-clear-cutting tale prompted protests in lumber-country school districts and just last week inspired an attention-starved Fox Business News anchor to attack its “indoctrination.” That’s what you get when you write a character who says, “I speak for the trees” — Lou Dobbs speaking up for the clear-cutters.

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Alberta declares early start to wildfire season due to very dry conditions

Edmonton Journal
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A mild and dry winter has prompted the Alberta government to declare Thursday as the beginning of wildfire season, one month earlier than usual. The province says the early start for the season will help get people, equipment and aircraft in place, after the mild winter left many areas with little or no snow, and dry forests. Wildfire season typically begins April 1. Even with recent snow in some areas, precipitation levels are lower than usual. “This year, we have a higher risk of early wildfire, and resources have been on alert in high hazard areas throughout the winter,” Sustainable Resource Development Minister Frank Oberle said in a news release.

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Half is not enough for the Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver Sun
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Six years ago an amazing thing happened. Environmental organizations and the forestry industry, former foes in the fight over the future of the Great Bear Rainforest, stood alongside first nations and the provincial government in front of the cameras of the world and made a promise.  …There have also been advancements for human well-being in first nations communities, particularly through the $120-million Coast Opportunities Fund. But while local businesses and resource management departments are starting to take root, reform of forestry tenures and tourism licensing and region-wide capacity building initiatives are incomplete. As on the conservation side, the province has yet to create the conditions that will allow coastal communities and the forestry sector to thrive without undermining the environment.

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New cut level set for Okanagan timber supply area

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Office of the Chief Forester
Press Release
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for the Okanagan timber supply area will decrease from 3.375 million cubic metres to 3.1 million cubic metres, chief forester Jim Snetsinger announced today. The allowable annual cut was increased in January 2006 to salvage mountain pine beetle-attacked timber. Since then the predicted level of pine mortality has decreased from 72 per cent to 37 per cent.

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CRD hands off Forest Capital designation to province

100 Mile House Free Press
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Feb. 22, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) handed off the Forest Capital of Canada designation to the province of British Columbia to celebrate the centenary of the BC Forest Service in 2012. For the past two years, the CRD has proudly served as Canada’s Forest Capital, hosting a celebration of the region’s forest resources. A ceremony took place at the Association of BC Forest Professionals Convention in Victoria with Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson accepting the Forest Capital plaque from CRD chair Al Richmond and Director John Massier.

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Injured Ladysmith loggers taken by helicopter to Nanaimo hospital

Investigations continue after men struck by log that was hooked up to yarder
Nanaimo Daily News
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two cable-loggers, struck by an errant log southwest of Ladysmith on Monday, were just too close to the action, their company has said. Both men were airlifted to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a log they had hooked up to a yarder swung their way and laid them out Monday morning. The experienced hook tender and rigger slinger are now OK, according to Nanaimo Lakes Logging, which has completed its preliminary investigation into the accident.

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Clearcutting strategy rules delayed

CBC News
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia environmental group says the clearcutting strategy has been a “colossal waste of time” as the province missed another deadline to implement reforms. In August, the Department of Natural Resources announced a five-year plan to limit clearcutting in Nova Scotia’s woodlands. The plan promised to develop rules defining whole-tree harvesting within six months and carry out a harvest tracking system by types of tree and location.

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Boise Cascade Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results

by Boise Cascade Holdings
MarketWatch (press release)
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. (BC Holdings or Company) announced a $13.8 million net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, and a $46.4 million full year 2011 net loss. The Company’s wholly owned operating subsidiary, Boise Cascade, L.L.C. (Boise Cascade), reported fourth quarter 2011 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $0.5 million, compared with negative EBITDA of $2.6 million in fourth quarter 2010.

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Bitterroot National Forest sells 4.5 million-board-foot timber sale

The Missoulian
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEST FORK – Bitterroot National Forest Service officials breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the agency sold a major timber sale in the southern reaches of the valley. Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. of Seeley Lake purchased the 4.5 million-board-foot Lower West Fork Timber Sale after outbidding Tricon of St. Regis. The timber sale is designed to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland/urban interface, but was thought to be outside the range of western Montana’s remaining sawmills just a couple of years ago.

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County, Forest Service work together on thinning

White Mountain Independent
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ST JOHNS — The first ever contract between the Forest Service and a county was signed on Feb. 21 at the Board of Supervisors meeting in St. Johns. The Apache County Stewardship contract was forged as a result of the county’s actions to speed up forest restoration projects after the Wallow Fire last summer. The contract will be funded by the Forest Service at about $500 an acre for about 82 acres on the west side of Greer.

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Wyoming joins Black Hills National Forest management plan lawsuit

Casper Star-Tribune Online
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle epidemic led Wyoming to file a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend an amendment to the Black Hills National Forest managment plan, Gov. Matt Mead’s office announced Wednesday. The forest is divided into four ranger districts, with one based in Sundance. Black Hills revised its management plan in 1997, forest Environmental Coordinator Ed Fischer said. …In October, the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Native Ecosystems Council, Prairie Hills Audubon Society and Western Watersheds Project filed a petition in Wyoming District Court saying the amendment didn’t address the flaws from the original plan and still didn’t adequately protect various plant and animal species, said John Persell, attorney for the petitioners.

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World’s oldest forest discovered by State Museum researchers

Scientists say world’s oldest forest in Gilboa predates dinosaurs
Albany Times Union
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY — State Museum researchers are part of a team of international scientists who reported Wednesday the discovery of the world’s oldest forest, about 385 million years old, near the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County. The find will be published in a March 1 cover article in Nature, a leading international journal of science. An illustration on the magazine’s cover depicts a surreal landscape: a dense tropical forest dominated by spindly, reed-like trees reaching 50 feet and higher and topped by a spiky appendage of webbed twigs that resemble today’s sago palm.

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Rangers, state police probe wood theft complaint in Medway

Bangor Daily News
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MEDWAY, Maine — Maine Forest Service rangers and state police served search warrants at several locations Wednesday as part of an investigation into a report of about $20,000 worth of wood allegedly cut illegally from a Hartland timber lot. “Most people don’t understand the value of wood,” Currier said as he stood outside the Inn. “I’ve seen several [logging] trucks pass by here, and from my knowledge of market conditions, I bet that each carried about $1,000 worth of wood. Wood gets very expensive.” The investigators were searching for weight-scale slips and trip tickets, items that loggers and truckers use to verify the amount of wood they haul and the paper or saw mills they deliver it to, Currier said.

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Measures in place to manage Phytophthora disease in Larch

UK Forestry Commission
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Commission Scotland has introduced a new support package to encourage early detection, reporting and action against a serious plant disease now increasingly affecting larch trees in the west of Scotland. Phytophthora ramorum, which has jumped from shrub species such as Rhododendrons to larch, threatens to kill thousands of larch trees across Scotland, resulting in an economic and environmental impact for woodland managers.

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Indonesia’s tiger habitat pulped for paper, investigation shows

Greenpeace evidence reveals threatened trees have been chopped down and sent to factories to be pulped
The UK Guardian
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger is being rapidly destroyed in order to make tissues and paper packaging for consumer products in the west, new research from Greenpeace shows. A year-long investigation by the campaigning group has uncovered clear evidence, independently verified, that appears to show that ramin trees from the Indonesian rainforest have been chopped down and sent to factories to be pulped and turned into paper. The name ramin refers to a collection of endangered trees growing in peat swamps in Indonesia where the small number of remaining Sumatran tigers hunt.

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Protected trees pulped for paper in Indonesia, Greenpeace says

Bikya Masr
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta – An Indonesian paper company has been logging protected trees in forests that are home the endangered Sumatran tiger, Greenpeace said Thursday. Greenpeace said a year long investigation showed that ramin, an internationally protected tree species, was regularly mixed in with other wood at the largest mill operated by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) in Riau on Sumatra island. Tests on samples by an independent laboratory in Germany confirmed that the trees were ramin, the environmental group said.

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Sack Forestry Tasmania, urges McKim

ABC News Australia
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader wants the Forestry Tasmania board sacked after revelations the state-owned company is negotiating to hand over land marked for protection to Tasmanian Aborigines. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has confirmed it is pushing for ownership of the forests being considered for protection under the federally funded forest peace deal.

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SPC Signs MOU with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute of Japan

Solomon Times Online
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Forestry and Forest products Research Institute (FFPRI) of Japan. The MOU will enable SPC, through its Forest and Trees team in the Land Resources Division (LRD), to work with FFPRI in identifying and providing solutions to issues of tree breeding and stand improvement in coastal areas through collaborative research activities (CRAs).

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Forestry starter farms in demand

The Scottish Farmer
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE EAGERNESS of Scottish farming’s new entrants to get a foothold in the industry has been forcibly demonstrated by the strong response to Forestry Commission Scotland’s offer of ‘starter farm’ units for lease. The FC launched its pilot initiative at the end of January – and to date, over 50 application packs for each offered site have been issued to interested parties.

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APP Pulping Protected Indonesian Rainforest Trees: Greenpeace Investigation

Jakarta Globe
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Results of potentially explosive research by Greenpeace allege that controversial paper giant Asian Pulp and Paper has been engaged in the pulping of protected Indonesian rainforest trees. Greenpeace, in a news release, said multiple visits to APP’s Indah Kiat Perawang mill, Indonesia’s largest pulp mill, had caught the company “systematically violating Indonesia’s laws protecting ramin, an internationally protected tree species.” “Greenpeace has caught Asia Pulp and Paper red-handed — this investigation shows its main pulp mill is regularly riddled with illegal ramin,” said Bustar Maitar, head of the forests campaign for Greenpeace Indonesia.

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Looking for forest, furniture and wood industry’s top performers

Voxy
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: International

Now is the time to nominate the best trainees and companies in the forest, furniture and wood manufacturing industry for the annual FITEC National Training Awards. The Awards are a major annual event for the industry – where people and businesses are recognised for their commitment to learning and the achievement of professional qualifications. Nominations are now open and forest, furniture and wood manufacturing companies have until 31 May to put forward their most outstanding candidates for awards including Modern Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

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1000 year old forest call for help

Viet Nam News
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HA NOI – A thousand year-old lim (iron wood) forest in Son Tay Township on the suburbs of Ha Noi is in the throes of being consumed by parasites, local authorities claim. Embracing 242 trees over an area of 17ha, the forest surrounds Va Temple and has long been the relic’s unique feature, said Phung Van Cuong, head of the relic management board. Built between the 7th-8th century to worship Tan Vien God – who represents people’s desire to conquer nature and overcome natural disasters – Va Temple and the surrounding forest has been recognised as a national cultural and historical relic since 1964.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EIA releases early version of Annual Energy Outlook

Biomass Power and Thermal
February 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has made public an early release version of its 2012 Annual Energy Outlook. The report predicts biomass and wind electricity to dominate projected increases in U.S. non-hydro renewable electricity generation.

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Green Activists Seeing REDD Over Program’s Effect on Forest Tribes

Jakarta Globe
February 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. Environmental activists have objected to plans to use Kayan Mentarang National Park as a pilot project for offsetting carbon emissions, citing the impact to the area’s indigenous residents. The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) warned that the way of life of tens of thousands of forest dwellers would be threatened if the park, which straddles the districts of Nunukan, Malinau and West Kutai in East Kalimantan, was used in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) schemes.

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