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Business & Politics

Babine mill site combed for clues to blast

Prince George Citizen
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whatever blew up Babine Forest Products is still shrouded in ash and twisted metal. Two teams of investigators are sifting for facts on the massive site, most of it blasted to bits by a Jan. 20 fireball that killed Robert Luggi, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42. Nineteen others were injured, some severely. The first investigators on the scene – the RCMP and BC Coroners’ Service – have now closed their cases. They were at the burning site due to the deaths of Luggi and Charlie, and to establish if there was a suspicious tone to the incident. “It was a dangerous scene for us; there were areas of the facility still burning as our team worked so we all had to be very careful,” said coroner Stephen Fonseca, manager of the Identification and Disaster Response Unit.

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Safest mills: Al-Pac, Weyerhaeuser and Northern Pulp

Pulp & Paper Canada
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie site, and Northern Pulp Nova Scotia were the safest operations in Canada last year, according to Pulp & Paper Canada’s Safest Mill in Canada contest. Weyerhaeuser was the only participating mill to have zero incidents in 2011. There was a change to the rules this year, to reflect the fact that fewer mills are reaching the 100,000 man hours per month threshold for Category A.

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Production at Carrot River sawmill going well

Nipawin Journal
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Carrot River Sawmill, which was formerly owned by Weyerhaeuser and purchased by EdgeWood Forest Products, is entering its second month of production. “It’s been going very well. Start up was quicker than expected,” said Plant Manager Andy Borsa. He said that because the mill was closed for so long, they didn’t know what to expect when they got back into the mill and began getting ready to open. The mill was closed for five years, with their first shift being Jan. 2, 2012.

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Fortress Paper posts $9.2-million loss in fourth quarter

CanadianBusiness.com
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Shares of Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP) fell more than five per cent on Tuesday morning after the company posted a $9.2-million net loss in the fourth quarter. The company’s stock backed off $2.64 to $34 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Snuneymuxw will launch court action against city, Harmac

First Nation chief unhappy with ‘broken promise’ concerning water-sharing agreement
Nanaimo Daily News
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Snuneymuxw First Nation is taking court action against the City of Nanaimo and the Harmac pulp mill, after city officials announced the band would have no veto power over a new water-sharing agreement. Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White claimed in early February that Harmac (Nanaimo Forest Products) has been infringing on the First Nations’ water rights for years, and that he was concerned a new water-sharing agreement would be struck without the involvement or consent of the band.

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Employees battle blaze at Decker Lake Forest Products

Burns Lake Lakes District News
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At approximately 7:22 a.m. this morning the Burns Lake Fire and Rescue department and the Burns Lake RCMP were called to a structure fire at the Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill. The B.C. Ambulance Service, BC Hydro and Pacific Northern Gas also attended the scene. The blaze reportedly started in a portion of the planer mill.

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Global Sticks reopening delayed

The Chronicle Journal
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Global Sticks has hit a snag in its plan to re-start production this week, but the company president says he is hopeful things will be up and running next Monday. Reggie Nukovic wouldn’t provide details Tuesday, saying the company is planning to release more information today.

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Credit union sues wood product companies

The Chronicle Herald
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Credit Union Atlantic Ltd. is suing two Nova Scotia wood product companies and some of their principals for $405,055. In documents filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday, the credit union alleged that Future Pallets Inc. of Stewiacke, company director and secretary Errol Sheldon MacDonald of Stewiacke and company director and vice-president Ernest Paul Snow of Stewiacke owe it a total of $219,372. The credit union alleged that Future Pallets owes it $95,026 in line of credit and instalment loan debt, dating from 2010 to 2011.

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Wyden Drops Boiler Complaint After EPA Pledges Time to Comply

Bloomberg
March 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden dropped his effort to delay pollution controls for boilers after receiving a pledge by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow flexibility for owners to comply. Companies will have three years to clean up pollution from their boilers, Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the EPA, wrote Wyden today. …The EPA’s efforts to cut pollution from boilers have been opposed by paper processors such as International Paper Co. (IP) and Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY), as well as refiners, manufacturers and some universities and hospitals. The rule, which may be finalized in the coming months, will cost $1.5 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive rules proposed by the EPA.

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Russian sawmilling groups posts big losses

Timber Trades Journal
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russian sawmilling group Rusforest AB has posted an annual net loss of SKr288.7m (2010: SKr-130.2m). But the company, which has been relentlessly expanding in recent years, says its average revenue of cubic metre sold is rising and the average cost of production is falling, “making it fully possible to reach positive EBITDA during 2012, all else being equal”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Libraries of the Future!

The Tyee
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are certain things, good and bad, that ebooks can’t offer … that make die-hard proponents of print swear they’ll never make the switch. But those traditionalists are becoming the minority of library borrowers… According to recently-released stats from the Vancouver Public Library, the lending and borrowing of electronic content, and in particular ebooks, is exploding. …”The bottom line is that a lot of publishers feel that the financial terms that existed between publishers and libraries in the print world don’t make sense in the digital world,” explains D&M Publishing’s digital director Jesse Finkelstein.

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BC Wood following up on early success in Turkey

Business Innovation Partnership
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West, International

Despite the difficult turbulent economic conditions evident in Western Europe over the past year, a majority of the new emerging East European economies have displayed a relatively strong economic performance. The strongest of these economies has been Turkey. …For these reasons, BC Wood decided to explore opportunities for BC’s value-added sector in Turkey and started by participating in the Turkeybuild show in Ankara last September. The four BC companies and BC Wood’s representative attending the show reported that there was very strong interest shown in BC’s products and services by the local timber and building materials distributors, as well as the Turkish construction and design professionals.  

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Western Red Cedar Stars in Independence Hall Makeover

Building-Products.com
March 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

As workmen put the finishing touches on a 14-week restoration of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, western red cedar is leaving its mark at the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence….For the cedar roofing, however, Bradco and Capital had to call on British Columbia to find older-growth trees with sufficient density. “Western red cedar was chosen for its durability and beauty,” explained Curtis Walker, of B.C.-based Waldun Group. “The existing roof was cedar, and we had to match it with high quality cedar roofing. The old roof was still in great shape after 30 years, but because the extensive scaffolding was up, it made sense to re-roof.”

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Church design wins award

The Augusta Chronicle
March 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The innovative design of an Evans church, built primarily out of wood, has garnered an award for a local architectural firm. The Sanctuary, a nondenominational church in Evans, was built with wood rafters, siding and finishes. But it was what was behind the walls that WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, recognized when it presented Hughes, Beattie, O’Neal, Law Architects/Planners with the Wood Behind the Walls award last week in Atlanta.

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Work that sexy cement floor

iAfrica.com
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Cement floors in painted, stained, coloured and personalised glory are appearing in homes, trendy restaurants, retail stores and modern office blocks. Not only do they protect your surfaces but they transform the space and add aesthetic appeal….When it comes to flooring, think ‘barefoot luxury. It’s all about texture and sensuality and the preference of feeling a solid cement floor.

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Glulam May Be The Wood Of The Future

Malaysian National News Agency
Bernama
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KUALA LUMPUR — The use of conventional wood in buildings could someday become a thing of the past as a new ‘engineered wood’ offers greater potential for the construction and furniture industry. Known as Glue Laminated Timber or ‘Glulam’, it is made by binding different wood species with strong glue. The Glulam could be custom-made in numerous sizes, lengths and shapes that provide great flexibility in fulfilling the needs of the construction and furniture industry.

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Now that’s how to enjoy the high life: The luxury tree houses that sell for £250,000.

Daily Mail
March 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Even for those already living the highlife, owning one of these luxury tree houses would be a real tree-t. At £250,000 each, these fairytale treetop palaces are the latest in a global trend for bespoke garden living, claims their English designer. They include a James Bond style safe-house with CCTV and biometric security systems, fairytale castles and forest-getaways for home county executives.

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Forestry

Rural eastern Ontario faces bleak future, report says

Ottawa Citizen
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The financial prospects of municipalities in rural eastern Ontario are bleak, according to a report released Monday that says low population growth and dramatically higher debt will plague the region’s future.  According to the report, rural portions of eastern Ontario have higher unemployment, a higher percentage of population over 65 and lower median income than the provincial average. …Much of the land in the region is unavailable because it is Crown owned or a provincially-mandated forest. Farm land, which also takes up large swaths of the region, is taxed at a much lower rate.

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UBC professor talks tree adaptation

Daily Townsman
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Genome BC is back in the Kootenays and will be presenting a free talk on climate change and its affect on forests. Dr. Sally Aitken will be presenting “Changing Climates, Changing Forests” at the College of the Rockies on March 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. with drinks and refreshments, followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will tackle the issue of genomics and how they impact your community. Dr. Aitken is the professor and director of the undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia Department of Forest Sciences, and director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics. 

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Workers extinguish fire at Burns Lake sawmill

Vancouver Sun
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A second tragedy was averted in the small northern town of Burns Lake early today when employees of the Decker Lake Mill successfully battled a small fire, police said. Emergency crews were called to the scene but by the time they arrived mill employees had beaten down the blaze, RCMP said in a press release.

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The “North Vancouver Tree Massacre”

Macleans.ca
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

People in B.C.’s Lower Mainland take their trees seriously. When officials prepared to cut down a single hollow stump in Stanley Park a few years ago, residents raised $100,000 to reinforce it with metal. That arboreal obsession also explains the latest outrage to grip the city: someone took a chainsaw to a swath of trees in a wealthy mountainside enclave of North Vancouver because, it seems, the cedars were obstructing their view of the ocean. …That punishment may turn out to be nothing compared to the wrath of Vancouverites. In a region where homeowners are barred from removing trees from their own property, let alone public parks, those who engage in arboricide typically endure harsh public humiliation.

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Forest Service chief fields budget questions

Bark beetles, climate change and firefighting among the key concerns in U.S. Senate hearing
Summit County Citizens Voice
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SUMMIT COUNTY — Intertwined concerns about overall forest health, bark beetles, climate change and wildfires took center state Tuesday at a full hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle questioned Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about his agency’s ability to meet its obligations to address the multiple challenges. U.S. Senator Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat, said its critical to engage the private sector and encourage the use of beetle kill products by expanding markets for forest products. That requires streamlining contracting procedures and giving incentives to companies that use beetle-killed wood for construction, as well as wood pellets and biomass for energy production.

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Lawmakers pick fight with feds over public lands

The Oregonian
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some Western lawmakers are pushing for a showdown with Washington over federally-controlled land, picking a fight on an issue that they say puts an economic stranglehold on their states. Republican legislators in Utah and Arizona are leading a charge to try to force the federal government to hand over control of public territory that makes up much of the West, insisting local leaders could manage it better. …Skeptics say state officials are likely to do more harm than good … Lawmakers also say the federal oversight is crippling industries like ranching, timber and mining, and overregulation has led to overgrown forests and massive forest fires. “This is killing us,” Melvin said. State lawmakers say that with local control they could deliver jobs, money for education and even help balance the federal budget.

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Forestry budgets sapped by scourges of warming climate

March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The warming climate is breeding more beetle-ravaged forest and prolonged fire seasons, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, as he fielded questions about the White House’s proposed agency budget for fiscal year 2013. “We’ve been doing research on the effects of a changing climate to the vegetation on our nation’s forests for over two decades,” he told the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. “When it comes to fire, we’re definitely seeing much longer fire seasons in many parts of the country, another 60 or 70 days longer than what we used to experience.”

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Forestry Bureau investigates fire that lit up Blue Mountain north of Allentown

Allentown Morning Call
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state Bureau of Forestry on Tuesday began its investigation of the fire that swept through trees and dry grass Monday night on the Appalachian Trail about 15 miles north of Allentown. Wesley Keller, a state forest fire specialist, inspected the fire scene atop Blue Mountain in Lower Towamensing Township with Lehigh Township Fire Chief Rich Hildebrand, but did not immediately release a report. Hildebrand went with Keller because, in the early stages of the remote fire, officials believed it was in Lehigh Township. Hildebrand said the Blue Mountain visit eliminated an unidentified camper as having a role in the fire.

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Man dies after logging accident

The accident happened about seven miles north of the Village of Trempealeau.
WEAU-TV 13
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A man is dead after a logging accident. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department says on Sunday around 12:30 p.m., about seven miles north of the Village of Trempealeau, 45-year-old Patrick George of Arcadia was involved in a log removing operation and was driving a skidder. He was hit in the chest by a branch or tree limb. George was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Bill to overhaul Maine land use oversight advances

Bangor Daily News
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to overhaul the agency that regulates development in the nearly 10 million-acre region of Maine known as the Unorganized Territory is heading for votes by the full Legislature. A vote Thursday by the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee to send the bill to the House and Senate comes after nearly a year of deliberation, study and negotiation that was prompted by a bill to abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission.

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In forests, past disturbances obscure warming impacts

(author unknown)
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Past disturbances, such as logging, can obscure the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. So reports a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper, exploring nitrogen dynamics, found that untangling climate impacts from other factors can be difficult, even when scientists have access to decades of data on a forest’s environmental conditions. Co-author Dr. Gene E. Likens of the Cary Institute comments, “Understanding how climate change is shaping forests is critical. Our paper underscores the complexity of forest ecosystems, the legacy left by disturbance, and the difficulty in isolating climate impacts from the legacies of past disturbances.”

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Brazil delays Forest Code vote

Mongabay.com
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil’s Congress will delay its vote on a controversial revision to its forest code, which regulates how much forest can be legally chopped down, reports Brazilian state media. Agencia Brasil said the vote has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 13, to allow more time to rally support for the bill, which has split lawmakers between a pro-agriculture block known as the ruralistas and those who worry the changes could drive more deforestation and grant amnesty for farmers who illegally cleared forest in the past. The current text has been revised to include greener provisions relative to the original version championed by ruralistas.

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Big forest fire in northern Vietnam out of control after 5 days

FireEngineering.com
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest fire that broke out last Friday in Vietnam’s northern Lao Cai province continued to be out of control, although more than 500 forest rangers and local people were joining to put it out, reported the local Committee for Forest Fire Control on Tuesday.

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Foresters in Southland keen on log-levy idea

The Nelson Mail
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Southland forestry industry has welcomed a proposed national forestry levy by the New Zealand Forest Owners Association. New Zealand Farm Forestry Association Southland president Graham Milligan said that, after some initial confusion, members were in favour of the levy. “A few people were up in arms because they thought the levy was for standing trees but soon calmed down when they heard it was at the point of harvest and implemented when trees were sold,” he said. The Southland forestry industry would benefit from the levy, which would provide all sorts of scientific research into forestry. “The levy, which has yet to be set, would also catch out growers who don’t belong to any group and take advantage of the research we carry out.”

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Logging bill ‘won’t hurt’ Indo relations

BigPond News
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plans to stamp out the importation of illegally-logged timber will not damage Australia’s relationship with Indonesia, the federal government says. Draft legislation aims to slap fines and or imprisonment on importers who source illegally-logged timber. Indonesia’s Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan reportedly has blasted the government over its lack of consultation and is frustrated by Canberra’s “dysfunction”. Jakarta is worried the plan would threaten Indonesia’s $5 billion export forestry industry, The Australian Financial Review said on Tuesday.

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Scientists’ open letter to Oakeshott: Burning forests for energy will make climate change worse

March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Dear Mr Oakeshott, – Your decision to support incentives for native forest-burning power stations has alarming ramifications for communities and natural ecosystems across Australia. These include:
• The likelihood that carbon emissions will increase. In many circumstances, forest biomass emits more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels per unit of energy produced. Australia’s current accounting rules also mean most logging emissions are not accounted for, hiding real emissions.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Six schools could get wood burning boilers

Halifax Evening Courier
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

WOOD burning boilers might be installed in six Calderdale primary schools. They are likely to cost £500,000 but are expected to earn the council more than £1.3 million by reducing carbon emissions. The boilers are earmarked for St Mary’s Catholic Primary and Beech Hill, Halifax, Old Earth, Elland, West Vale, Ash Green, at Mixenden and St Chad’s, in Brighouse.

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Your house helps combat climate change

The Science Says
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

When a plant photosynthesises it takes carbon dioxide from the air [and converts it] into carbon stored in plants. For this reason forests act as ‘carbon sinks’. In this way, USA forests offset about 15% of the country’s carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion. If a forest is left to its own devices, carbon dioxide is removed from the air as plants grow and released back into the atmosphere when dead wood decays. But in reality many forests are managed for wood production. The wood is removed from the forest and used for furniture, doors, building etc. So the wood in our houses stores carbon which was removed from the atmosphere when the plant photosynthesised. Understanding this can help forest management.

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Cellulosic Ethanol Gets a $100 Million Boost

Virdia plans to make cheap sugars from wood chips, tackling the industry’s greatest challenge.
Technology Review
March 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Despite years of federal mandates, the cellulosic biofuels industry—which aims to make ethanol from wood chips and similar plant matter instead of corn—has yet to start commercial-scale production. But the fledgling industry got some good news yesterday when Virdia, a company that converts cellulose into sugar, announced that it had raised over $100 million in private and public financing to go toward building its first commercial-scale plant. Converting cellulose to sugar is the most difficult part of making cellulosic biofuels. Once the sugars are produced, they can be converted to ethanol using the conventional process for making ethanol, which uses corn sugar. Wood chips and other cellulosic materials have several advantages: they’re abundant, they don’t compete with food crops like corn, and they result in far lower carbon-dioxide emissions than corn ethanol. 

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Forestry budgets sapped by scourges of warming climate

March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The warming climate is breeding more beetle-ravaged forest and prolonged fire seasons, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, as he fielded questions about the White House’s proposed agency budget for fiscal year 2013. “We’ve been doing research on the effects of a changing climate to the vegetation on our nation’s forests for over two decades,” he told the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. “When it comes to fire, we’re definitely seeing much longer fire seasons in many parts of the country, another 60 or 70 days longer than what we used to experience.”

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In forests, past disturbances obscure warming impacts

(author unknown)
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Past disturbances, such as logging, can obscure the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. So reports a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper, exploring nitrogen dynamics, found that untangling climate impacts from other factors can be difficult, even when scientists have access to decades of data on a forest’s environmental conditions. Co-author Dr. Gene E. Likens of the Cary Institute comments, “Understanding how climate change is shaping forests is critical. Our paper underscores the complexity of forest ecosystems, the legacy left by disturbance, and the difficulty in isolating climate impacts from the legacies of past disturbances.”

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Montville pushes for biomass generation projects

TheDay.com
March 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Montville – Mayor Ronald K. McDaniel Jr. has asked the state authority that regulates energy to require Northeast Utilities and NSTAR to seek new biomass generation projects as a condition of a proposed merger of the two utility companies. McDaniel, in comments that he made to the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, said that a plan to convert one of Montville Power LLC’s generation units into a biomass system is vital for the town.

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General

BC lumber sales to China falling rapidly

Globe and Mail
March 6, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Sales of British Columbia lumber to China have begun to plunge, a startling reversal from the boom forest products companies enjoyed through much of 2011. The lumber industry predicts additional growth in 2012 but the current situation is difficult. Inventories of wood are still piled up in China amid a weakening construction market there, sapping demand for B.C. lumber.

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Scientists’ open letter to Oakeshott: Burning forests for energy will make climate change worse

March 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Dear Mr Oakeshott, – Your decision to support incentives for native forest-burning power stations has alarming ramifications for communities and natural ecosystems across Australia. These include:
• The likelihood that carbon emissions will increase. In many circumstances, forest biomass emits more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels per unit of energy produced. Australia’s current accounting rules also mean most logging emissions are not accounted for, hiding real emissions.

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Forestry budgets sapped by scourges of warming climate

March 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The warming climate is breeding more beetle-ravaged forest and prolonged fire seasons, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, as he fielded questions about the White House’s proposed agency budget for fiscal year 2013. “We’ve been doing research on the effects of a changing climate to the vegetation on our nation’s forests for over two decades,” he told the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. “When it comes to fire, we’re definitely seeing much longer fire seasons in many parts of the country, another 60 or 70 days longer than what we used to experience.”

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