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Business & Politics

Private Sawmill Destroyed in Fire near Jaffray

The Free Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews from the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments responded to a fire at a privately run sawmill on Jaffray Baynes Lake Road Tuesday afternoon. “The fire burned very quickly and the sawmill building was fully engulfed when our first crew arrived,” says Dave Boreen, Chief of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments. “Our firefighters took immediate action to protect the home, storage sheds, wood products and fuel tanks located on the property and were successful in keeping the fire contained to the original structure.”

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Catalyst counting on deals with unions

HQ Cowichan Valley
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unions at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill are feeling the pressure to sign a new collective agreement with boss Catalyst Paper. Having unionized workers ratify collective agreements is one condition the company must meet by Apr. 30 to satisfy court orders under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA), according to Catalyst CEO and President Kevin. “It absolutely will require for a competitive labour deal, which is key to this.” Catalyst also needs an agreement with its creditors to make sure the money owed is ‘settled in advanced’ and a view that the company will be viable.

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Paper mill axes 187 jobs

Workers blame rising dollar and aging equipment
The Province
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Workers who lost their jobs Thursday at a New Westminster paper mill were told they could work for free and the company still wouldn’t make money. Chris May, a worker at Kruger Products paper company and union president, said that the elimination of 187 jobs has hit hard. “It’s a huge loss,” he said. “The human cost is the real thing. People are financially stuck with mortgages they can’t pay.”  

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Alberta’s forestry sector still facing challenges

Troy Media (blog)
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY, AB, Mar. 8, 2012, Troy Media/ – While forestry is one of Alberta’s oldest and traditionally strongest sectors in Alberta, it is sometimes overshadowed by the much larger energy sector. Local forest product producers have seen some difficult times over the past decade, and challenges remained in 2011. According to the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), the value of lumber, panelboard, and pulp and paper produced by its member companies totalled approximately $2.2 billion for 2011. That is lower by about 6.6 per cent from the previous year.

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US Senate backs renewed timber payments

The Missoulian
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON — The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species. The Secure Rural Schools program has become a lifeline for rural communities, particularly in the West, that have suffered from a decline in timber harvests on federal lands. An amendment sponsored by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana would distribute $346 million nationwide over the next year. The money goes to about 700 counties in 41 states, with the largest share going to Oregon, California, Washington state and Idaho.
The amendment cleared the Senate Thursday on an 82-16 vote.

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Regional forest offices’ industrial softwood volumes now largely under contract for 2012

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Following the tough industrial-softwood negotiations, Germany’s regional forest offices have meanwhile come to an agreement with the majority of recipients in the wood-based panel and pulp and paper industries on prices and volumes for deliveries in 2012. Contractual negotiations with buyers remain outstanding in only a few German states. Although a large proportion of the preliminary contracts still have a term of one year, the share accounted for by six-month contracts is higher than it has been in the past.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pau Marfim: Wood Is No Featherweight

woodworkingnetwork.com
March 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Pau marfim, or guatambu as it also is commonly known, grows primarily in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The pale creamy toned wood typically displays very little difference between the sapwood and heartwood, resulting in it sometimes being referred to as having a “featureless appearance.” It also is known for being a very tough and hard wood, which explains why it is frequently used for flooring.

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Plant Operation: One Solution to the Wood Waste Dilemma

Woodworking Network
March 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

For as long as there have been sawmills and wood processing facilities, operators have struggled with the issue of what to do with all of the sawdust and wood residues created during production runs. Years ago, solutions included dumping sawdust into nearby streams and rivers or allowing the waste to accumulate before burning it onsite. Fortunately, today’s wood processing industry is more mindful of environmental sustainability and is developing cleaner ways to dispose of its waste products. Wood processing mills throughout Europe, and increasingly in North America, are embracing briquetting as a viable alternative for wood waste disposition.

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USGBC Backs Down on FSC-100% Requirement

Hardwood Floors Magazine
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In its latest version of Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has dropped the requirement that a product bear the FSC-100% mark. Instead, USGBC outlined that any FSC-certified product—including FSC-Mixed products—could garner points under that credit. The change is noteworthy because Pilot Credit 53 is intended to replace MR Credit 7: Certified Wood in the next version of LEED, dubbed LEED 2012. The USGBC recently opened the third public comment period for LEED 2012 draft, and the comment period will close on March 20. The final version of LEED 2012 is expected to be ready for member balloting in June and be launched in November. 

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Clarion Plans Tippin and Becht Renovations, New Natatorium

Gant Daily
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CLARION – Three major building projects are on the agenda for Clarion University in 2012… Clarion will be replacing the building’s wood frame with a steel frame, which will support its new functions and is not as susceptible to fire. Even though Becht is currently fully fitted with a sprinkler system, Becht ceased to be used as a residence hall because of the fire risk from its previous wooden structure and supports.

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Forestry

Barking up the wrong tree

PhysOrg.com
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Research conducted by Evan Esch for his master’s thesis shows that temperatures are rising in the cold mountain elevations where the whitebark pine grow, creating ripe conditions for the destructive beetle to spread.  As well, the tree species has already been decimated by white pine blister rust, a fungal infection carried from Europe 100 years ago, making for a “devastating one-two punch,” said Esch, whose research is based in the University of Alberta’s Department of Renewable Resources. “There are a small number of trees that have resistance to the fungal disease, but we are concerned that the mountain pine beetle will kill them off. Areas that were historically climactically unfavourable to the beetle are becoming better for them, even at higher elevations and northern latitudes in Alberta.”

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George Benwell tells tales from the Forest Service

March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the Columbia Forest District office last Monday, about 50 former and current forestry workers gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the B.C. Forest Service. They enjoyed snacks and cake and exchanged stories. Jim Doyle, the former NDP MLA for the area and Minister of Forests in 2000, was on hand to speak. So was George Benwell, who has spent nearly 60 years in the forestry sector, including nearly 25 years working for the service from 1955 to 1979. While I was unable to make it to the celebration, I sat down with Benwell on Friday morning so he could share some of the stories he told at the celebration earlier in the week.

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Forestry department to cover $258000 loss with reserves

Mission City Record
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The district’s forestry operation lost over a quarter-million dollars in 2011, according to figures released at Monday’s council meeting. The $258,000 loss will be covered by the forestry reserve which is currently sitting at $412,000. “This gives you an indication that we should be building up the reserves in forestry,” said Coun. Larry Nundal. Director of forest management Kim Allan said the projected increase in logging volumes in the next two years will raise revenues. The district has been cutting less than its maximum allotment, and saving its best timber for when the market rebounds, he added.

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Tourism has greater potential than logging

Letter by Marilyn Olthuis
Coast Reporter
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Editor: Harsh words were spoken by Mike Bowering and Ken Sneddon regarding the general opinion of the “real” community (Coast Reporter letters, Feb. 24). The claims that there are only a “select vocal few” that wish to cease logging on Mount Elphinstone is incorrect. There will be many different views of how the land is to be managed. The proposed logging will have a negative impact on a large portion of the population. The request is that certain areas be preserved and that harvesting is done where it will not disturb the land that is used recreationally so near to our homes.

Previous letters on this topic:

Letter 2 March 2, 2011

Letter 1 Feb 24, 2012

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Raw-log exports are hurting B.C.’s economy

Lack of investment in our lumber industry is hindering employment – By Ben Parfitt
Victoria Times Colonist
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more and more raw, unprocessed logs leave British Columbia’s coast in ocean freighters bound for the far side of the world, a common refrain from some in our forest industry is that we have no choice. Because workers in mills in China are paid so little, log buyers there can afford to pay more for our logs than domestic buyers pay. The result, we’re told, is that we have no alternative but to sell our logs overseas. But there’s much to suggest that such a defeatist argument doesn’t hold water, and that the real problem is a lack of investment in mills here at home.

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Auditors report indicates possible forestry job loss: MLA

Merritt Herald
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recently released auditor general report on the future of timber revenue in B.C. indicates the possible reduction in the number of jobs at mills in the Nicola Valley, said Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali. Trees aren’t being replanted fast enough to maintain the forest industry, the report states. …But according to Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson, 500,000 of those hectares are to be replanted by the private sector. “There is a lot of debate over the numbers,” he said, noting his ministry has identified 733,000 hectares of land needing restock. “Plans are in place to make sure the rest is reforested because we do invest in reforestation.” The government has dedicated $236 million since 2005 in the ‘Forest for Tomorrow’ program.

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Focus on Forestry: We can’t look forward without a nod to the past

Daily Business Buzz
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In January, the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia (FPANS) held its annual meeting in Halifax. As you may imagine, in an industry that has been through the turmoil the forest industry has seen last few years, the agenda was full. Aside from the talk of who is closing their doors, who is expanding, and who is new to the industry in Nova Scotia, perhaps the most anticipated session of the annual meeting was simply titled “State of the Forests”, involving a panel of three speakers.

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Senate backs renewed timber payments

Associated Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species. …The Secure Rural Schools program has become a lifeline for rural communities, particularly in the West, that have suffered from a decline in timber harvests on federal lands.

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New national forest rule to focus on restoration of damaged ecosystems

Denver Post
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Obama administration officials are emphasizing restoration of degraded ecosystems as they roll out a final new rule for managing the nation’s 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.
Thirty years in the making, the rule to be officially issued this month will direct regional foresters to use science and more monitoring to improve conditions, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in an interview Thursday. “If we don’t restore our forests and grasslands, we’re going to continue to see more loss of the benefits,” Tidwell said. “More loss of the clean water that is produced on healthy forests. More loss of wildlife habitat. More soil erosion.”  The congressionally required rule sets a framework for regional plans that govern all activities on national forests — from tree-cutting to oil-and-gas drilling to hiking on trails.

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Fishing and restoration are growth industries the Tongass Forest needs

Juneau Empire
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to Alaska Fish and Game, the ex-vessel value of salmon caught commercially in Southeast Alaska in 2011 exceeded that of all other regions, including Bristol Bay ,for the first time since statehood. Across all gear groups, the commercial salmon harvest topped $200 million. …The U.S. Forest Service has identified a need for over $100 million of watershed restoration work in the Tongass. While the agency announced in May 2010 that it would move away from the harvest of old growth timber in roadless areas, and shift towards restoration and young growth utilization, its budget fails to reflect these priorities, with only around $1.5 million allocated to restoration annually. 

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North Carolina Forest Service burns potential wildfire fuel

Richmond County Daily Journal
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forest landowners can protect their property from wildfire while at the same time improving its wildlife habitat and recreational areas through the North Carolina Forest Services’s Landowner Hazard Reduction Burning Program. On Wednesday, six members of the North Carolina Forest Service from Richmond County went to a privately-owned tract of land at the intersection of Buck Wall Road and Dockery Lake Road outside of Rockingham. There they set fire to the land, in order to minimize the underbrush that would otherwise serve as fuel for a wildfire.

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Evanston Loses More Trees to the Emerald Ash Borer

Patch.com
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A row of tree stumps along Oakton Street and Sherman Avenue are the latest evidence of the emerald ash borers destructive presence in Evanston. Roughly 50 trees were cut down near that intersection since last week, according to Paul D’Agostino, the city’s superintendant of parks/forestry and facilities management. All were infected with the non-native beetle that burrows into bark and causes ash trees to die.

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Logging Scam Reported In Northwest Ohio

The Courier
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Authorities are alerting Hancock County residents about a scam involving falsified contracts to sell property owners’ trees for logging. Tree-logging companies have purchased logging contracts from an individual who has forged the names of landowners on the documents, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The scam has been reported in Hancock and other northwest Ohio counties, according to Detective Barry Boutwell of the sheriff’s office.

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Officials say ash trees on Arch grounds can go

STLtoday.com
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. LOUIS • The 900 ash trees that line the walkways of the Gateway Arch grounds formally became targets for the chain saws on Thursday. The National Park Service has long known that Rosehill ash trees on the riverfront park are imperiled by the emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle that kills ash trees and is migrating toward St. Louis. Arch administrators held hearings and sought permission to deal with the trouble, and received approval Thursday from Washington to remove the ash trees.

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Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of National Forest

Ashland Current
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A case involving the Habitat Education Center, Inc. (HEC), the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest was recently decided in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. HEC, a citizens’ organization, two of its officers, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center had sued the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest out of concern for the red-shouldered hawk, the goshawk, and the American pine marten, according to federal court documents. In particular, the groups questioned whether the forest service had complied with the National Environmental Policy Act

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Wildfire contained on Tenn., Ga. Line

Associated Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A wildfire burning on both sides of the Tennessee-Georgia state line west of Chattanooga has kept firefighters busy. …A forestry official said the blaze appeared to have been intentionally set, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  Firefighters on the Tennessee end of the fire saved four structures and a church while Georgia crews dropped water from a helicopter to keep flames away from ridgetop homes. Stiff winds were driving the flames, making it a fast-moving fire on Tuesday.

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Appalachian Hardwood Sustainability Improves

Woodworking Network
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The growth of the Appalachian Hardwood forest is outpacing removals by 2.45, an increase of five percent in the past five years. The hardwood resource in the 12 eastern U.S. states is banking more trees for the future, according to updated analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The greater inventory is the result of modern forest management, wise utilization and a decline in the world economy.

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Otterton Hill trees felled to tackle ‘killer plant pathogen’

BBC News
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hundreds of trees are being cut down on a Devon estate to prevent the spread of a killer plant pathogen with no cure, site managers have said. About 25 acres (10 hectares) of mature Japanese larch trees are being harvested on Otterton Hill to stop them contracting Phytophthora ramorum. Landowner Clinton Devon Estates, said the move would help rescue a 50-year-old crop of timber.

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Is the government planning a further U-turn on selling our forests?

There are many battles still to be won to protect our forest heritage and public pressure remains crucial
The Guardian UK
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When I challenged the government in January over its incoherent plans for the forestry estate, I was dismissed as “hysterical” by the Defra minister for forests, Jim Paice.  A little discourteous, to say the least. But far more worrying was the fact that the minister, in answering my question, then appeared to try to conceal the government’s original intentions on the hugely controversial forest sell-off. …What I will say is that there is a glimmer of hope in these two contradictory statements. It looks as if the government is planning a further U-turn on selling off our forests, and in preparation for this, is trying to rewrite history

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Safety summit aims to reduce forestry fatalities

Health and Safety Executive (press release)
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Safety champions and forestry industry leaders met this week to tackle the high rate of fatal and major injuries in the industry. The two day summit, at Forestry Commission Scotland’s headquarters in Edinburgh, was chaired by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and involved representatives from organisations within the industry, as well as the Forestry Commission, unions and local authorities. In the five years up to March 2010, there was an average of 10.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers in the forestry industry. This is one of the highest fatality rates of any employment sector in Great Britain, and is more than three times the fatality rate for the construction industry.

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Brazil’s forests at risk under proposed law, critics say

Monsters and Critics.com
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brasilia – Just three months before world leaders gather in Rio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, Brazil’s forest laws remain at the centre of a drawn out controversy. The government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is trying to get through Congress a new Forest Code which environmental protection organizations have already slammed as a major blow to the country’s efforts to halt deforestation. Now the farming lobby is working to get legislators to water down the text even more.

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Green groups oppose Oakeshott’s forest waste plan

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Online activist group GetUp has joined a growing chorus of voices opposing the classification of native forest waste as renewable energy. GetUp is one of 47 advocacy groups to be signatories to a letter to Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott. It’s asking him to withdraw his support for a motion that would see forest waste eligible for carbon credits.
Other signatories include Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace

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Logging bill ‘won’t’ hit Jakarta relations

Ninemsn
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”.

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Tropical forests less able to absorb nitrogen

The Daily Princetonian
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Earth’s tropical forests play a key role in absorbing man-made carbon dioxide, and scientists have traditionally believed that tropical forests could absorb nitrogen-based pollutants as well. However, research published by a team including ecology and evolutionary biology professor Lars Hedin and geosciences professor Daniel Sigman suggests that tropical forests may be less able to absorb polluting nitrogen than previously thought.

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Govt suspends timber harvesting

The Observer
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a move to reduce the alarming rate of deforestation, government has suspended timber harvesting in all forests throughout the country with immediate effect. “With effect from today, nobody is allowed to harvest timber, whether in a Central Forest Reserve (CFR) or in a private forest throughout the country”, said Water and Environment minister Maria Mutagamba, announcing the suspension at the Uganda Media Center, Tuesday. Mutagamba, accompanied by officials from the police’s Environment Protection Unit and the National Forestry Authority, said the suspension will last three months, as the government reviews the forest sector. Anybody found harvesting timber will be arrested and prosecuted. 

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The serious business of tree hugging

Creamer Media’s Engineering News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Back in 2001, infamous tough politician from Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, admitted that he liked hugging trees. At the time, he noted: “Hugging trees has a calming affect on me. I’m talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone.” This week, I was amusingly accused of being a tree hugger after I circulated a petition to save a forest in Northern Ireland known as the Prehen woodland. By global standards, this forest is minuscule. …But this small forest is also unique. It is an ancient woodland with trees dating back to the 1600s and is one of the few ancient woodlands left on the island of Ireland. One of the last colonies of indigenous red squirrels lives in the forest and it offers local people a green area on the edge of the city

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Industry bodies emphasise sustainability of SA forestry sector

Creamer Media’s Engineering News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The domestic forestry and pulp and paper sectors do not have as negative an impact on the environment as many people might believe, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (Forestry SA) and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) emphasise. Pamsa executive director Jane Molony points out that public misperception, not just in South Africa but globally, is one of the biggest challenges facing the forestry and the pulp and paper sectors.

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Questions raised over mountain roads

Bega District News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WITH Brown Moun-tain closed to traffic for at least a month, there have been questions raised over heavy vehicles’ use of alternative routes.  Last week’s heavy rain caused a landslide on Brown Mountain, west of Bemboka, and a large section of the Snowy Mountains Hwy was extensively damaged. …Cr Hughes said that log trucks were responsible for enormous damage to roads and do not pay their way.  “Logging on the escarpment and the tablelands causes dozens of log trucks every day to deliver loads of logs to the Eden chip mill,” he said.  “A log truck does hundreds of times more damage to a road than a small passenger motor vehicle, depending on the load, but their registration fees are non-commensurate with the damage they do to roads.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass fuel becomes energy resource for qualified utilities

Kent Reporter
March 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Wednesday legislation that would give financially distressed biomass processing facilities and pulp and paper mills a break from compliance rules dealing with the expensive process of clean-energy conversion. Prime sponsor Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, was prime sponsor of Senate bill 5575, which calls for a change in the 2006 voter-approved Energy Independence Act (Initiative 937) to further define what biomass-elements may constitute renewable resources. “In terms of saying legacy biomass — hog fuel, black liquor — is renewable, it means those mills now have a little bit more stability in their business’ bottom line,” Hatfield said.

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Forest Products Industry Workers Applaud Senator Hatfield for Protecting Rural Jobs & Renewable Energy

by Washington Forest Protection Association
PR Newswire press release
March 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Governor Gregoire signed SB 5575, sponsored by Senator Hatfield, which helps preserve the good wage-paying jobs offered by the forest products industry. Organic by-products of the pulping process now qualify as renewable energy. In addition, the legislation changes the law to provide adequate recognition for biomass energy facilities as renewable, regardless of the date they were first constructed. This puts common sense back into the system by allowing facilities that can produce renewable energy and organic material to count. In 2006, an initiative passed which required electric utilities to use renewable resources from facilities in operation after 1999. The initiative language also excluded certain renewable resources, such as spent pulping liquors. If we are going to move toward energy independence in the future, we must use common sense in counting renewable energy produced from organic material in facilities that are capable of producing it. This legislation helps preserve the economic viability of the pulp & paper industry in Southwestern Washington.

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Green groups oppose Oakeshott’s forest waste plan

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Online activist group GetUp has joined a growing chorus of voices opposing the classification of native forest waste as renewable energy. GetUp is one of 47 advocacy groups to be signatories to a letter to Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott. It’s asking him to withdraw his support for a motion that would see forest waste eligible for carbon credits.
Other signatories include Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace

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