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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces Fourth Quarter 2011 Results

Stockhouse
March 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2011 fourth quarter EBITDA loss of $1.5 million. For the third quarter of 2011, EBITDA loss was $0.8 million and for the fourth quarter of 2010, EBITDA was $3.6 million. Fortress reported an adjusted net loss of $6.3 million, or diluted adjusted loss per share of $0.44 for the fourth quarter of 2011 on sales of $49.5 million. 

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Canfor stumped by early break-up rumours

Vanderhoof Omineca Express
March 5, 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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Council Asked to Support Changing Rustad Mill Site to Trades Training Centre

Opinion 250 News
March 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Reps from Canfor and the BID Group of companies will be making a presentation to Prince George City Council this evening asking for upport for a trades training facility. The idea is to use the Canfor owned Rustad mill site to develop a trades training facility, one that will work closely with industry to try and address the shortage of skilled trades workers in the province. Council has prepared a resolution for consideration which reads:

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Campbell River pole peeler owner says sound report was a ‘financial burden’

Campbell River Mirror
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of a noisy, controversial pole peeler plant on Duncan Bay Road has no immediate plans to implement noise abatement options recommended by a sound consultant as he said he has already done enough. The city requested Northern Pressure Treated Wood Ltd., owner of the plant that is in violation of the public nuisance bylaw, hire an independent consultant to come up with a sound report. That report, conducted by BKL Consultants, came back with four different options to reduce noise emissions. …“The vast majority of debarking plants in the world are not under an insulated building as is our operation on Duncan Bay Road which has a heavy industrial zoning,” McCollough said in a letter to the city. “We trust that after receiving the attached report the city of Campbell River will agree that the financial burden already imposed by the city of Campbell River, by asking for a noise level report, will be sufficient.”

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Burn, chip or ship?

Bowen Island Undercurrent
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The neighbours complained about burning at Eddie’s Pit, as Ed Weismiller’s J&E Backhoe Ltd. (J&E) site is referred to. Yet wood waste has accumulated there and, in an effort to deal with it, Weismiller acquired a horizontal tub grinder. Shortly after, he received a letter from the municipal bylaw officer stating that the zoning of the property did not allow the operation of the grinder and it needed to be stopped until his rezoning application has been processed. At the Monday, February 27 council meeting, Weismiller asked for a temporary permit that would allow him to deal with the wood waste in the interim. “There are three major companies that currently look after the disposal of wood waste on their properties,” Bill Newport, who spoke for J&E Backhoe, said.

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Port of Newport looks at exporting logs

Longshore & Shipping News
March 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

As the Port of Newport nears completion of a nearly $20-million renovation of its International Terminal, two shipping companies are interested in using it as a log export hub. Shawn Teevin, president of Teevin Brothers Land & Timber Co., told port commissioners Tuesday evening he expects a log exporting facility at the terminal to create 22 full-time jobs.
“These are family wage jobs,” he said.

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Premier delivers State of the State address

Tasmania’s Premier, Lara Giddings, is preparing to outline her priorities for the year when Parliament resumes today.
ABC Online
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The State of the State address is expected to focus on the Government’s tough measures to deal with an ever-widening budget black hole… The Deputy Opposition leader, Jeremy Rockliff, says the Premier failed to deliver on last year’s speech. “She promised to protect frontline services, to look after the budget, to protect the forest industry.”

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Bell Bay woes raise alarm for heavy industry

Brisbane Times
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

AMBITIONS for Bell Bay to grow into a regional Australian industrial heartland are receding as heavy manufacturing braces for another hit there. The northern Tasmanian port’s longest-standing plant, the Alcan smelter, is the latest to face operational pressure, with Rio Tinto ripening its aluminium assets for divestment. …The warning is the latest to jangle nerves in the Tamar estuary, where infrastructure support for manufacturing is diminishing, and Gunns’ $2.3 billion pulp mill is unrealised.

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Arctic Paper posted EBITDA of over PLN 141.7 million in 2011

Lesprom Network
March 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Arctic Paper S.A. generated revenue during the four quarters of 2011 of over PLN 2.5 billion ($803 million), 10.5% higher than in 2010, EBITDA of over PLN 141.7 million ($45.6 million), and a net profit of over PLN 11.6 million ($3.7 million). Arctic Paper thus more than made up for the loss during the first half of the year, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green building practices have risk, liability issues

Growing use of ‘green roofs’ could give rise to lawsuits, construction group warns
Vancouver Sun
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Green building practices are a great idea, but carry risks and potential liabilities that could lead to lawsuits reminiscent of B.C.’s leaky condo crisis, according to a B.C. Construction Association report. “This is not a statement opposed to sustainable building,” said BCCA president Manley McLachlan, whose association represents about 2,000 construction companies. “But there’s a need for clarity. We’re aware that in the U.S. there is legal action around the performance of these buildings. “For example, you get points [with LEED certification] for using trees that grow and are replaced quickly. But they’re prone to mould growth.”

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The case for tall wood buildings

How Mass Timber Offers a Safe, Economical, and Environmentally Friendly Alternative for Tall Building Structures
Canadian Wood Council
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, Canada West

This report introduces a major opportunity for systemic change in the building industry. For the last century there has been no reason to challenge steel and concrete as the essential structural materials of large buildings… How we address climate change in buildings is a cornerstone in how the world will tackle the need to reduce emissions of green housegases and indeed find ways to store those same gases that are significantly impacting the health of our planet… In a rapidly urbanizing world with an enormous demand to house and shelter billions of people in the upcoming decades we must find solutions for our urban environments that have a lighter climate impact than today’s incumbent major structural materials. This report is a major step in that direction. Indeed it introduces the first significant challenge to steel and concrete in tall buildings since their adoption more than a century ago. 

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Wood WORKS! BC presents 2012 Wood Design Awards

Canada News Wire Press Release
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Leadership and innovation in wood use was celebrated this evening at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, as more than 350 distinguished design and building professionals, including architects, engineers, project teams and industry sponsors and guests [and a Tree Frog] gathered to honour the nominees and winners of the 2012 Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. …The 8th annual awards evening in Vancouver recognizes and encourages continued excellence in the building and design community. There were 106 nominations in 12 categories for projects all over the province, and included some national and international projects; one in China and another in South Africa.

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Wood award for City Hall makeover

Comox Valley Echo
March 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The extensive use of wood in the makeover of Courtenay City Hall has secured a prestigious B.C. Wood Design Award. City Mayor Larry Jangula was at the Vancouver Convention Centre last night (Monday) to receive the trophy – appropriately made of wood – at a gala event attended by professionals associated with the construction industry from across the province. The ‘Wood Works’ awards are made by the B.C. section of the Canadian Wood Council to honour “excellence in wood-based construction projects, and to recognize the people and organizations that are pioneering and preserving the use of wood.”

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Fiber can be recycled or composted

Albert Lea Tribune
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Paper-based materials are recyclable or compostable. What is a preferred method of disposal? It depends. During and after the holidays we seem to have a lot of paper and boxes around that could be recycled. Maybe it would be better to compost them. Recycling has the edge, however, because when we recycle fiber materials we help prevent old-growth trees from being cut and it supports increased jobs and energy savings to industry. Recycling paper uses 80 percent less water, 65 percent less energy and produces 95 percent less air pollution than virgin paper production.

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LEED’s Artificial Barriers Continue to Fail Responsible Forestry

By Sustainable Forestry Initiative
press release
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) continues to put up artificial barriers in its latest draft of its LEED rating tool, shutting out 75 percent of North America’s certified forests from the LEED credits that deal with “responsible extraction of raw materials.” The third draft of LEED 2012, released on March 1, includes credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better”. “This new language raises more issues than it resolves: Who will decide what is ‘better than FSC’ and on what basis?” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®).

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Minn. company will spend $170 million to convert Cloquet paper mill to serve textile industry

Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CLOQUET, Minn. – With demand for paper declining in the electronic age, a Cloquet company that has been making pulp for paper mills for 113 years is converting to serve the textile industry. Sappi Fine Paper has secured permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to begin construction on a $170 million project to convert its mill. The project is the first of its kind in Minnesota, according to the Duluth News Tribune ( http://bit.ly/wsm8wN). Instead of sending its pulp to papermakers, the mill will convert wood to a purer cellulose fiber to make textiles like rayon, which can be made into bandages, diapers, cigarette filters, cell phone screens and many other products.

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Green buildings add to resiliency in disasters finds U.S. report

(author unknown)
March 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning have released a landmark report that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. The report, titled Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions, describes potential adaptive strategies available to green building practitioners.These strategies add an important new dimension to green building’s long-standing focus on reducing greenhouse gases through energy efficiency and renewable and low-carbon energy supplies. The council said.

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Drought-stricken trees gain new life as furniture

KETK
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

San Antonio — After a decades-long relationship, Ralph Wells hated to see the end. But he knew it was time. Last month, the retired internist called in an arborist to remove a drought-stricken pecan tree that was dropping limbs on the roof of his King William house. But he couldn’t bear to say goodbye forever, so he and his wife also called in artist Peter Zubiate to make something – likely a dining table – from the wood. “At this point, the trees are friends,” said Ruth Wells, noting that her husband purchased the house, his first, in 1975.

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Forest deal hits wrong chord

Tasmania Mercury
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: International

AT about $5000 a pop they don’t come cheap, but each of Mark Gilbert’s guitars represents 150 hours of painstaking work. Despite carving out a niche in a highly-competitive industry, Mr Gilbert is worried that the forest peace deal will mean he is no longer able to source the specialty timbers he needs for his work. Yesterday he added his voice to the growing number of woodworkers, craftsmen and boatbuilders worried that they may be collateral damage in the deal between the loggers and the environmental movement.

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Forestry

Canfor Technology Park Idea Gets Council Support

Opinion 250 News (blog)
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The top brass from Canfor were in Prince George City Council Chamber this evening to seek support for their vision to develop a new trades centre. Don Kayne, the President and CEO of Canfor was joined by Alistair Cook Senior Vice President, Wood Products Operations – Canada in calling on Council for its support for their vision for the former Rustad Sawmill site. Their vision is to have a trades school that will provide hands on experience and links with existing industry and as has been the sales pitch in the past, the idea is to train young people from the north in the north because it makes it easier to retain trained personnel.

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Quesnel Ski hill’s forest practices pass audit

by BC Forest Practices Board
Press Release
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of forest planning, harvesting and road practices at family-owned Troll Resort Ltd., found that the resort met the requirements of provincial forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “The Board includes all types and sizes of forest licences in its audit program,” said board chair, Al Gorley. “In this case, the ski hill harvested trees on public land in a controlled recreation area as part of its operations, and the Board decided to check if it was meeting the legal requirements.”

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Still no clearcut definition

Cape Breton Post
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government announced on Dec. 1, 2010 a goal to reduce the proportion of wood harvested by clear cutting across the province to no more than 50 per cent within five years. At the time, we said that was a laudable goal, but that it would prove challenging to both the government and contractors, as about 95 per cent of wood harvested in Nova Scotia comes from clearcuts. …It’s 15 months later and DNR still hasn’t done that. As time wears on, that’s becoming increasingly unacceptable.  In its natural resources strategy for 2011-20 — which was released eight months late on Aug. 16, 2011 — the province reiterated its goal to reduce clear cutting, although there was no technical definition in that 84-page document.

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Flagler Forest Division Chief Warns of Fire Season “Possibly as Severe as 1998”

FlaglerLive.com
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

There were 111 wildfires last year in Flagler County. They burned 6,293 acres, cost the county more than $400,000 in overtime, equipment repair and replacement and other firefighting costs, and severely taxed the county’s four fire departments in fatigue and a few injuries. This year’s fires could be worse. “My personal feeling,” says Mike Kuypers, district manager for the Florida Division of Forestry, “is that it’s probably going to be as active if not more. A lot will depend on how soon the rainy season kicks in. Ideal situation would be a tropical storm in mid-May. That would be great if we got 10 or 12 inches of rain but we’re not anticipating that, so we’re kind of gearing up for something like last year, possibly as severe as ’98, but we hope not.” Several factors are combining to create dangerous grounds for wildfires.

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Oregon loggers raise $80000 for children’s hospitals

Albany Democrat Herald
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s loggers, log truck drivers and timber companies raised another $80,000 through the annual Log A Load for Kids program to support three children’s hospitals in the state, according to Jim Geisinger, executive director of Associated Oregon Loggers in Salem. Geisinger said the group has donated that amount annually for at least 10 years. It is divided among Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.

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Common ground in forest project worth defending

Helena Independent Record
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It sounds like a familiar story at first glance: Leading conservation groups, the timber industry and the U.S. Forest Service are in federal court, battling over a proposed forest-restoration project. But wait! The lawsuit over the Colt Summit Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project near Seeley Lake has an unfamiliar twist: Those conservation groups, timber interests and government foresters? Those one-time adversaries? They’re all are on the same side. They are united in defense of a project that will improve habitat for wildlife and fish, reduce fire danger, bolster a local economy and help create a healthier forest for future generations. The project at issue is compelling. So is the painstaking collaborative process that led diverse interests to find common ground in the Lolo National Forest. A new day has dawned in Montana’s forests, and no better proof exists than the broad coalition of groups rising in defense of Colt Summit.

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Spotted Owl Protection Plan Seeks to Control Habitat

The Epoch Times
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal conservationists this week announced a new plan to protect the spotted owl. In a proposal that aims to actively control the bird’s habitat, recommendations included further preservation of old growth forest, opening some areas to controlled logging, and an effort to remove a competing species… When U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited three forestry pilot projects in Oregon last week, he called for moving beyond the lawsuits and court battles, and instead focusing on how both sides can come together.

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Leavenworth logger among those who’ve adapted to changing industry

The Wenatchee World Online
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PLAIN — Driving up the bumpy, snow-covered road in his F-350 Ford pickup, Hans Trummer admired the landscape as he made his way to the Dead Nat timber sale near Plain, where he and his crew are working this winter. “We logged that in the summer,” he said proudly of the passing forest, where large Ponderosa pines still loom, and small clearings offer views into the woods beyond. This newly logged forest looks different than it would have 40 years ago, when Trummer, 63, was just finding his niche in the then-booming logging industry.

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Remote-sensor bear trap earns patent for East Missoula venture

The Missoulian
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EAST MISSOULA – The East Missoula entrepreneur has spent three years field-testing a better bear trap – one that phones home when it’s caught something, remotely releases wrong bears and can even reset itself. The patent means Alter Enterprises can start marketing its invention to bear managers and researchers around the world… Alter’s trap could be a big money saver for wildlife agencies. While its baseline model costs three times as much as a basic culvert trap, its remote control capabilities mean much less wasted time driving to and from traps that don’t have bears – or worse – have caught the wrong kind of bear.

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Brazil vote sparks fears for future of rainforest

CNN
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

London (CNN) — Brazil stands at a crossroads in its efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest, as the government considers controversial legislation governing land use.  For most of the last decade it has made a dramatic reduction in the rate of deforestation — providing a model of how it could be tackled in other rainforest areas such as Indonesia and Congo. …Like many developing nations, there is pressure on the natural environment from commercial and agriculture interests.

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Forest deal hits wrong chord

Tasmania Mercury
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building, Forestry
Region: International

AT about $5000 a pop they don’t come cheap, but each of Mark Gilbert’s guitars represents 150 hours of painstaking work. Despite carving out a niche in a highly-competitive industry, Mr Gilbert is worried that the forest peace deal will mean he is no longer able to source the specialty timbers he needs for his work. Yesterday he added his voice to the growing number of woodworkers, craftsmen and boatbuilders worried that they may be collateral damage in the deal between the loggers and the environmental movement.

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Cameroon Revokes Logging Licenses for 27 Companies

Hardwood Floors Magazine
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In an effort to conserve national resources and combat effects of climate change, leaders in Cameroon recently suspended logging licenses of 27 companies that had violated forest-sector laws, according to Trust.org, an affiliate of media outlet Reuters. “This decision forbids these companies from undertaking activities relating to forest exploitation, transport and export of logs and processed timber products,” said Philip Ngole Ngwese, the country’s minister of forestry and wildlife.

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BBC News – Nicaragua bids to stem deforestation with eco-soldiers

Deep inside the verdant and sweltering vegetation of Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast, a specially trained army unit is waging a new kind of war against a new type of enemy.
(author unknown)
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Operation Green Gold is the inaugural mission of Nicaragua’s newly formed Ecological Battalion. It is Central America’s first concerted effort to seek a military-backed solution to the threats of climate change. The green guard, a unit of 580 environmental soldiers, recently won its first “battlefield victory” by netting 111,800 cubic feet (3,165 cubic metres) of illegal lumber felled by loggers. The trees were chopped down in Cerro Wawashang, a nature reserve that is being plundered to supply the black market for construction materials.

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Native timber ‘myth exploded’ claim Greens

ABC News Australia
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens claims confirmation Ta Ann wants to reduce native timber volumes “explodes the myth” that Forestry Tasmania needs to continue logging in contentious areas.
Resources Minister Bryan Green has confirmed Ta Ann Tasmania is seeking to cut back on native forest timber volumes… Mr Booth says it explodes the myth that Forestry Tasmania cannot reduce logging in the contentious are because of existing contractual obligations

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Libs to reverse forest deal

Tasmania Mercury
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

OPPOSITION Leader Will Hodgman said the next state election would be referendum on the future of the forestry industry. If elected, a Liberal government would reverse every tenet of the forest peace deal and hand national parks created under the Intergovernmental Agreement back to the loggers, Mr Hodgman said yesterday. “We have 60 or 62 per cent of our forests going to be locked up,” he said.. “We don’t believe that is appropriate socially, economically or indeed environmentally.

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Central Africa desperate for forest experts: workshop

CIFOR Forests Blog
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DOUALA, Cameroon_Forestry experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have a hefty workload: as only 100 of them exist to manage the second largest tract of tropical forest in the world, each is theoretically responsible for 2.3 million hectares. While Central Africa is desperate for more forestry researchers, African universities – which are often the only domestic institutions with the expertise to train them – “are not prioritising forest research and leaving students to their own devices”, according to CIFOR scientist Francois Hiol Hiol at a workshop held in Douala, Cameroon last week.

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Greenpeace and APP: Maybe Someday They’ll Even Be Friends

Wall Street Journal
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The long-running battle between Greenpeace and Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), a giant Indonesian paper company, is heating up again. But this time, there’s a new wrinkle: The two sides are being surprisingly nice to each other – at least for now. In a report issued Thursday, Greenpeace accused the company of illegally logging a protected species of trees, ramin (Gonystylus), for pulp. The report, which was the product of what Greenpeace says is a year-long undercover investigation, detailed allegations that the global firm — owned by one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates, the Sinar Mas group — is using ramin logs, an expensive hardwood species protected under local law.

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Cotabato police foil timber smuggling

Philippine Star
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Policemen foiled today an attempt to smuggle a truckload of timbers from a supposedly protected forest in Magpet town in North Cotabato to General Santos City. Superintendent Reynante Cabico, director of Kidapawan City police, said the policemen intercepted the shipment at a portion of a highway traversing a secluded barangay in the area. “The driver of the truck failed to show my subordinate-operatives any document that could prove the shipment of the forest products is legal,” Cabico told reporters.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tropic Forest Dataset Available on ArcGIS Online

Esri Publishes Woods Hole Research Center’s Carbon Density Dataset
Digital Journal (press release)
March 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

REDLANDS, Calif. — Woods Hole Research Center is using Esri’s ArcGIS Online to make its new carbon stock datasets available to scientists and environmental experts throughout the world. Decision makers will be able to easily access this data and use GIS to study tropical forest carbon-density and change, which impacts the atmosphere and affects climate change.”We at WHRC are proud to be at the very cutting edge of this type of research in tropical forests, and we are honored to partner with Esri to help make the results available,” said Dr. Eric Davidson, executive director of WHRC. “Knowing how much carbon is in these forests is key to devising effective programs and finances to conserve them.”

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Northern Maine Community College to host second energy forum

Bangor Daily News
March 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — After the success of its inaugural conference last year, Northern Maine Community College is gearing up to hold a forum on the status and future development of alternative energy in Maine. The forum, FTN 2.0 Biomass and Beyond, will be held at NMCC on Wednesday, March 7. The daylong conference brings together stakeholders and those interested in all forms of alternative energy from across the state. The event also will look at the emerging biomass energy industry that has advanced significantly over the past two years, particularly in northern Maine.

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Gardiner to heat municipal buildings with wood pellets

Bangor Daily News
March 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GARDINER, Maine — For the second time in two years, Gardiner has chosen locally produced wood pellets to heat its municipal buildings. The city will host an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at City Hall. The public is invited to attend and help celebrate Gardiner’s continued success with renewable energy.

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BBC News – Nicaragua bids to stem deforestation with eco-soldiers

Deep inside the verdant and sweltering vegetation of Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast, a specially trained army unit is waging a new kind of war against a new type of enemy.
(author unknown)
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Operation Green Gold is the inaugural mission of Nicaragua’s newly formed Ecological Battalion. It is Central America’s first concerted effort to seek a military-backed solution to the threats of climate change. The green guard, a unit of 580 environmental soldiers, recently won its first “battlefield victory” by netting 111,800 cubic feet (3,165 cubic metres) of illegal lumber felled by loggers. The trees were chopped down in Cerro Wawashang, a nature reserve that is being plundered to supply the black market for construction materials.

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Tilbury biomass fire proves handling risks

Port Strategy
March 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A huge fire in two biomass storage hoppers at Tilbury Power Station has highlighted the challenges for ports involved in handling and storing wood pellets for power generation. Essex deputy chief fire officer Adam Eckley described the blaze as one of the largest the service had ever encountered. At its peak, 120 firefighters were onsite. According to Mr Eckley, early indications suggested the fire may have started in a conveyor belt above the hoppers.

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