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Daily Archives: March 12, 2012

Business & Politics

Mercer inches closer to Fibrek deal

Reuters
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s Mercer International Inc said the Court of Québec has reversed a cease trade order against a private placement of special warrants by Fibrek Inc to Mercer. On February 23, the Bureau de décision et de révision had issued a cease trade order against the private placement of 32,320,000 special warrants to Mercer. Mercer and Resolute Forest Products, previously known as AbitibiBowater, are both looking to buy Canadian pulp producer Fibrek.

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Fibrek recommends that shareholders tender to the superior Mercer offer

Canada News Wire press release
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc.announced today that AbitibiBowater Inc. (doing business as Resolute Forest Products has extended its $1.00 unsolicited insider bid to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek to 5:00 p.m.on March 19, 2012. …The Board of Directors continues to unanimously recommend that shareholders ACCEPT and TENDER their common shares to Mercer’s $1.30 offer.  

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Unusual winds blamed for Domtar’s smelly year

The Kamloops Daily News
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar had its smelliest year in a decade last year, generating a peak of more than 20 odour complaints in one month. The complaints were clustered mainly in a three-month period — June, July and August — when the weather was unusually cool and the winds were blowing from the southwest, said Kristen Dangelmaier, environmental lead for the Kamloops mill. “It’s when we were having that cool, unseasonable summer weather at the same time it tended to be coupled with a southwest wind,” she said Friday.

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Talks continue in sale of Terrace Bay and NewPage mills

Pulp & Paper Canada
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prospective buyers have been touring the Terrace Bay mill in Northern Ontario, while in Nova Scotia, the bidder on the NewPage pulp and paper mill is ironing out details with the provincial utility and the employees’ union. The Chronicle Journal reported in early March that eight companies with an interest in purchasing the insolvent Terrace Bay pulp mill had toured the facility. The mill was closed in October 2011, following an explosion that killed one worker. The mill shut down for repairs, and then extended the shut down due to poor market conditions. In January, the company was put under creditor protection and the mill put up for sale.

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Wood chip fire at Irving Pulp mill

High winds overnight challenge Saint John fire crews
(author unknown)
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT JOHN, N.B.- The Saint John Fire Department was called out to the Irving Pulp and Paper mill on the west side to deal with what turned out to be a frustrating blaze in a large pile of wood chips… District Chief Kevin Forrest tells us breezy conditions overnight proved to be a challenge.”We had to deal with the high winds and the fire was deep rooted”, says Forrest. “It was probably ten to fifteen feet into the pile”… No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.

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Saint John mill fire under investigation

CBC News
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at the Irving Pulp and Paper Mill in Saint John early Friday morning. Fire crews were called to a bark pile outside the west side mill about 2 a.m., said District Fire Chief Kevin Forrest. No one was injured in the fire.

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Rise in demand seen for American hardwoods

Trade Arabia
March 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Demand for American hardwoods in the Mena region is poised to remain strong in 2012 according to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry. Confident about the continued growth in the regional demand for US hardwoods this year, Roderick Wiles, AHEC director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania recently undertook a trade servicing mission to the UAE, which continues to remain the region’s wood processing and distribution hub.

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Appleton will implement Domtar supply deal; create 50 Wisconsin jobs

The Business Journal
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Appleton Papers Inc. said Friday that it will begin to implement a 15-year supply agreement with Canadian papermaker Domtar Corp. announced two weeks ago, with resulting layoffs at a mill in Ohio beginning in May. Appleton said implementation of the $3 billion agreement, which will result in the reduction of 330 jobs at an Appleton paper mill in West Carrollton, Ohio, follows discussions the company had with leadership of Local 266 of the United Steelworkers, which represents affected employees.

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Century-Old Mill Converts To Dissolving Pulp Production

(author unknown)
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A mill in Cloquet, Minnesota that has been producing paper-grade pulp for the last 113 years will begin converting its facility so it can make the switch to producing dissolving pulp. The conversion process won’t begin until next month, but Rick Dwyer, the managing director of the Cloquet mill, says the mill should be fully converted by May 2013. “It’s an extremely fast track. It’s kind of scary how fast, actually,’’ he told the Duluth New Tribune. Sappi Fine Paper, the company that owns the mill, announced in November that dissolving pulp would be part of their global strategy to diversify from lower-profit paper pulp into the higher-profit pulp used to make textiles.

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Alabama timber industry facing tough times

Southeast Farm Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Two experts fear a host of factors are coming together to create a storm, possibly even a perfect storm, across Alabama’s forest landscape — the reason why they are stepping up efforts to warn timberland owners about this potential calamity and to advise them about the steps they should take to avoid it. Among the main factors: sagging demand for forest products — a hangover from the 2008 market crash.  “Our forest industry is not doing well,” says Ken McNabb, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System forester and W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Professor in Auburn University’s School of Forestry.

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Gunns blames Greens for billionaire blow

Stock Journal
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

GUNNS has lashed out at the Greens after New Zealand-born billionaire Richard Chandler decided against investing $150 million in the company, jeopardising the future of the woodchipper. Gunns chief executive Greg L’Estrange told BusinessDay that Mr Chandler’s proposed $150 million investment had been subject to due diligence and Gunns had received notice at 2am this morning that Richard Chandler Corporation would not be proceeding with its investment, and had put its shares into a trading halt. The investment was to have been part of a proposed $280 million capital raising for Gunns that would have given RCC a cornerstone stake in the woodchipper. 

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Gunns shareholders wait for next move

ABC News Australia
March 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns shareholders are waiting for the Tasmanian timber company to announce its next move, after the collapse of a $150m investment deal. The Richard Chandler Corporation was intending to take a 40 per cent stake in Gunns but scrapped the deal earlier this week without providing any explanation. The investment was supposed to help Gunns pay off debt and push ahead with its controversial Tamar Valley pulp mill. Gunns’ shares entered a two-day trading halt pending an announcement next week on the company’s next move.

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Significant sawmill curtailments southern/western Germany

Wood Products and Panels
March 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

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

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No further pulp mill support .

The Examiner
March 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

PREMIER Lara Giddings says the state government will not offer support for Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill above what it has, instead calling on the private sector to become more involved.  A state political analyst, however, believes Labor’s support for the pulp mill is being held back by its coalition in government with the Greens, leading to a continued call from the state opposition for Greens leader Nick McKim to be sacked from cabinet. Gunns’ $2.3 billion project was plunged further in doubt on Friday after the Singapore-based Richard Chandler Corporation pulled out of a proposed $150 million investment in the company.  

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CARB: Regulatory Sell-Through Dates for Composite Panels

Woodworking Network
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In June 2011, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the delay in enforcement of two sell-through dates that affect distributors, importers, fabricators and retailers of finished goods made with Phase 1 hardwood plywood – veneer core and distributors of Phase 1 particleboard and MDF panels. The extension was granted in recognition of the economic recession and related problems for companies to sell off their inventories.

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Sarasota Sun-n-Fun wellness center a tribute to green building

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
March 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In designing the facility to a high standard of sustainable construction, design architect and project manager Jedd Heap of Carlson Studio Architecture in Sarasota drew on the region’s modernist architectural pedigree. This shows up most prominently in the massive glued, laminated beams that define the shape of the curved roof. They are reminiscent of the “glu-lam” beams used by “Sarasota school of architecture” great Victor Lundy on such midcentury buildings as Alta Vista Elementary School and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sarasota and the 1957 Herron Residence in Venice.

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Iowa entomologist worried about quarantine change

Quad City Times
March 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

At present, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has imposed an emerald ash borer, or EAB, quarantine over 39 counties, including Stark, which borders Henry County. A quarantine means movement of wood products, including all hardwood firewood, and ash nursery stock is prohibited from moving across boundaries. The intent is to prevent the artificial spread of the beetle through the movement of infested wood and nursery stock. Although this is a state quarantine, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, has helped with enforcement. 

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Landlord’s wooden homes breathe life into West Midlands’ housing estates

24dash
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timber homes are breathing life into some of the West Midlands’ grey-looking housing estates. But that’s only half the story – the homes are being made down the road by a housing association in a factory employing local people. With housing associations required to build new homes for a fraction of the grant they’ve been used to, adopting offsite construction measures may well allow providers to reach zero carbon targets and make Government money go further. Ross Macmillan reports.

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Fire at Port Clarence wood recycling plant

BBC News
March 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a large blaze at a wood recycling plant on Teesside. Cleveland Fire Service said thousands of tonnes of wood were destroyed in the blaze at the Jigsaw plant in Haverton Hill Road, Port Clarence, Stockton.

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PEFC brands LEED draft “discrimination”

Timber Trades Journal
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

PEFC has branded the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “FSC or better” policy in the latest draft of LEED 2012 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as “discrimination”. The council’s draft, open to public consultation until March 20, stipulates FSC as the only forest certification scheme to qualify under the LEED MRc7 credit for certified wood. “We are puzzled by this language, which certainly does not live up to the USGBC’s stated commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future as it excludes the vast majority of green timber – timber originating from sustainably managed forests,” said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International secretary-general

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Forestry

Getting Stumped – State of BC Forest’s

All of this week we will hear from foresters, academics, people connected to the industry and the government.
CBC Radio – Daybreak South
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Just how badly mismanaged are B.C.’s forests? Our special series “Getting Stumped” looks to understand just that.  The provincial government is responsible for about 90 per cent of our timber land base, and according to the Auditor General, it has been doing a poor job managing it. A recent report criticizes the government’s forest policies, says the province lacks direction and doesn’t have clearly defined timber objectives. All this week, Daybreak takes a look at the state of our forests in our series called “Getting Stumped.”

Interviews completed:
March 5 – Jesper
Nielsen is the Manager of Nakusp and Area Community Forests

March 6 – Suzanne Simard teaches at UBC’s Faculty of forestry
               – Anthony Britneff is a retired professional forester.

March 7 – Bob Matters, Wood Council of the United Steel Workers
             – John Karakatsoulis, Thompson Rivers University
March 8 – Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Operations
March 9 – Morris Sydor, Deputy Auditor General

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Author/historian to discuss Comox Logging in the Postwar Years

Comox Valley Record
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Popular author and historian Richard Mackie will present Beyond Steam and Skidders: Comox Logging in the Postwar Years, 1945-1960 at the Courtenay and District Museum on March 13. In this illustrated lecture, Mackie will discuss Comox Logging’s post-war logging shows at Comox Lake, Tsolum, Headquarters, Ladysmith, Nanaimo Lakes and elsewhere on the coast. Major changes of the 1940s and 1950s included the replacement of crosscut saws by power saws, railways by logging trucks, steam skidders and wooden spar trees by steel spars, and boom crews by boom boats. Mackie will also discuss the 1953 transition in ownership from Comox Logging to U.S.-based Crown Zellerbach, predecessor of Fletcher Challenge and TimberWest.

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Cutblock sold to BC company

By Ben Ingram
Coast Reporter
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cutblock A87124 has been sold for approximately $2.2 million to a company in Pemberton that manufactures log homes. The sale was announced Feb. 29 after four tenders for the disputed cutblock were considered. BC Timber Sales opened four separate, sealed bid packages and declared Continental Pole Ltd.’s bid of $52.40 per cubic metre to be the highest… “The successful bidder on TSL A87124 has 10 business days to submit a deposit. After that, logging can start at the discretion of the bidder,” said Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations spokesperson Vivian Thomas. 

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Policy change opens up options for woodlot licensees

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A regulatory change allowing the removal of private land from a woodlot licence will give woodlot holders more flexibility in how they manage their assets, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. In fall 2011, an amendment to section 47.1 of the Forest Act was introduced to allow private land to be removed from a woodlot. That change is now in effect.All potential private land removals will be at the discretion of the minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations (or a delegate determined by the minister) following public consultation.

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Base invaders

Earthworms are chewing through the leaf litter that normally lines the ground of North American forests. And when it disappears, Tom Spears writes, so do plants, and bugs and birds.
Ottawa Citizen
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

.. Forests in southern Canada are subtly changing. Thinned out, and in places eliminated, are the smaller trees (seedlings, saplings and eventually the sub-canopy) and a diverse mix of forest grasses and grasslike plants, orchids, ferns, wild leeks, mosses and shrubs. And the perpetrators are wriggling underground. Worms don’t belong in Canada. The last Ice Age killed them all as far south as Maryland and West Virginia, and moving at worm speed they didn’t return to Canada in the next 15,000 years as forests grew back and animals returned… So, what’s wrong with worms? They fertilize and aerate the soil, which is a good thing, as every farmer and gardener knows. But in forests, they physically alter the soil in ways that destroy the system of nutrients and moisture.

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The Adaptive Advantage: SFI’s Research Requirement

The U.S. Green Building Council is inviting comments on the draft language for its LEED rating system. 
Good for Forests (SFI) Blog
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SFI Inc. has invited views on the treatment of third-party forest certification, which must be “FSC or better” according to the latest USGBC credit language. In this post, Charles Tattersall (Tat) Smith Jr., Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto and a member of the SFI Board of Directors, looks at the role of research in the SFI program

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University of Arizona professor discusses historic precipitation data obtained from tree rings

Prescott Daily Courier
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Many people will tell you that, apart from a couple of wet summers, it’s been fairly dry in this region in recent years… Woodhouse could get answers by comparing rain gauge records, “but you’re lucky, in most places, if those go back 100 years,” she said. Instead she measures the width of tree rings, which yield data for hundreds of years between concentric circles. The basics are straightforward: A narrow ring? That’s a dry year. A wide ring? That’s a wet year. But the once stumpy field of science is verdant, with new data sets differentiating between summer and winter precipitation.

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BLM to revise Western Oregon Forest planning

Oregon Natural Resources Report
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is beginning the process of revising Resource Management Plans (RMP) for 2.5 million acres of forested lands across six BLM Districts in western Oregon. The BLM is seeking public input on the issues and alternatives the new RMPs should address. This public scoping period begins today and will end June 7, 2012. BLM State Director Ed Shepard stated “The BLM welcomes new and innovative ideas that result from this scoping process. The planning process will recognize the importance of the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of natural resource management in western Oregon.

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Buttes Project proposes to reduce mountain pine beetle

Rapid City Journal
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sundance, Wyo. – The Black Hills National Forest is working to improve forest health by thinning the forest and cutting mountain pine beetle infested trees…  It includes about 7,524 acres of National Forest System land. The Forest Service is proposing to improve forest conditions in the Buttes Project area through thinning, watershed improvements and fuel reduction activities. These treatments are intended to reduce the threat to ecosystem components, including forest resources, from the existing mountain pine beetle epidemic.

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Spring 2012 Book Reviews | Conservation Magazine

ldoermann
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Man Who Planted Trees  – By Jim Robbins (Spiegel & Grau, 2012)

  • Robbins follows David Milarch on his mission to preserve the genetic legacy of Earth’s so-called “champion trees”—those that are tallest, bushiest, and widest by the forester’s standard measure. 
The Forest Unseen – By David George Haskell (Viking, 2012)

  • Almost every day for a year, Haskell, a biologist at the University of the South, visits a square meter of ground in a wood near the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. 

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LURC and the vitality of Northern Maine

Bangor Daily News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Behind all the rhetoric on rural land-use planning is a misunderstanding. At the heart of LD 1798, the LURC reform bill, a law that proposes reform in how we carry out planning and permitting in our Unorganized Territory, is an expansion of the statement of purpose… There are growing indicators that northern Maine is posed for revitalization. Recent timber forecasts project significant increases in sustainable biomass over the next 20 years. Pockets of intensive silviculture are demonstrating potential yields three and four times traditional growth rates per acre. 

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Forest enjoys Seuss-like recovery

Charleston Post Courier
March 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ETHERA — The beaten old Dr. Seuss forest sign on the side of S.C. Highway 41 would be a shame. Except the Lorax lives! Behind the road sign announcing the 1998 Dr. Seuss Lorax Forest planting, longleaf pines stretch away for acres on acres through the Francis Marion National Forest, animated in the breeze. You can almost hear the title character in today’s hit movie “The Lorax” — the “strange little man ‘who speaks for the trees’ ” — sighing in relief. … The 30- to 50-acre Francis Marion stand was planted in 1998 to replace pines that were flattened by Hurricane Hugo. Fundraising by the Dr. Seuss Lorax Project and American Forests, a conservation nonprofit, paid for the effort.

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Reforest project comes to Pine Belt

Hattiesburg American
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Hurricane Katrina ravaged millions of hardwood trees like oaks and cypress across Mississippi when it came ashore in 2005. The federal government and a nonprofit organization have joined forces to entice private landowners to help restore those stands. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Hurricane Katrina killed or severely damaged an estimated 320 million trees in less than 24 hours when it swept through Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. For the past three years, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has teamed with a nonprofit organization, Restore the Earth Foundation Inc., to reforest about 30,000 acres of private land with 1.5 million hardwood seedlings in Mississippi’s lower six counties and five Louisiana parishes.

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Warning after rise in illegal felling of trees

Lynn News
March 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ILLEGAL loggers have been warned that felling trees in a wood is theft. The Woodland Trust has reported an increase in the number of trees being felled in Lynn’s Plantation Wood. The charity has also warned that cutting down trees on the five-hectare site, which is also known as Gaywood and the Rookery, could affect wildlife. Plantation Wood, which contains mature oaks and a maple coppice is believed to be an ancient woodland with significant ecological importance.

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China Eyes 23-pct Forest Coverage by 2020

CRIENGLISH
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China aims to increase its forest coverage to more than 23 percent and lift the forested land area to 223 million hectares by end of 2020, according to Jia Zhibang, head of the State Forestry Administration. Citing a national afforestation outline for the 2011-2020 period, Jia made the remarks during an interview with Xinhua, saying that the public will be mobilized to plant 26 billion trees over the next 10 years. China’s forest coverage had reached 20.36 percent, or 195 million hectares, at the end of 2008, according to official figures.

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Spider Web Forest Is Beautiful And Terrifying

Buzz Feed
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

That’s not snow…THAT’S NOT SNOW! The severe flooding in Australia isn’t just impacting humans, it’s also forcing spiders to vacate their homes along swollen riverbanks. Here are creepily pretty photographs of a sort of spider refugee camp near an inland residential area.

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Fears for Tasmanian forest deal’s effect on species

The Australian
March 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A CONSERVATION group fears the Tasmanian forest peace deal will be perversely “devastating” for key threatened species, potentially hastening extinctions. The Tasmanian Conservation Trust is worried about a push to maximise the scale of new forest reserves by relaxing logging practices in the remaining production forests. This trade-off would result in production forests being harvested more intensely, with a weakening of rules in the Forest Practices Code about the retention of forest fragments for threatened species. By increasing the wood volumes from production forests, this would enhance the ability to protect the forests sought by green groups while still honouring timber contracts.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Industry makes imperfect neighbor for Silver Plume neighbor

Denver Post
March 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SILVER PLUME — Eben Mond liked living in the small town of Silver Plume until his new neighbor moved in. “Since then, we have been dealing with emission issues all over town,” Mond said. Two years ago, a pellet plant operated by New Earth Pellets started up business about 150 yards from Mond’s house. It became Silver Plume’s first real taste of industry in decades. Mond said he was glad to see a green business come into the small town. But since it started operations, he said, all he hears is the dull roar of wood being processed in the wood chipper. “From 7 in the morning until 7 at night, they do grinding,” Mond said. He said a steady powder of sawdust rains onto his yard and roof.

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Biomass Won’t Solve Climate Change Either

March 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

This time it’s the Greens themselves telling us that biomass energy isn’t the solution to climate change… All of which I find rather interesting. Because we’re being painted into something of a corner here. We can’t keep using fossil fuels because of climate change (OK, OK, we’re told we can’t) and we certainly can’t use nuclear power because we’ll all grow two heads and anyway, what about Fukushima and Three Mile Island? We can’t use biofuels because they displace food growing, we’re not allowed to use biomass now because the woodland fairies would be deprived of habitat. 

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Carbon Blood Money In Honduras

Eurasia Review
March 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

With its muddy roads, humble huts, and constant military patrols, Bajo Aguán, Honduras feels a long way away from the slick polish of the recurring UN climate negotiations in the world’s capital cities. Yet the bloody struggle going on there strikes at the heart of global climate politics, illustrating how market schemes designed to “offset” carbon emissions play out when they encounter the complicated reality on the ground… Highly unequal land distribution has long been an issue in Honduras, and genuine land reform has been evasive. However, partial agrarian reform in 1961 made the rainforests of Bajo Aguán available for cooperatives of farmers who migrated there from other parts of the country. Clearing the forests to make the land suitable for farming was extremely difficult work, but the farmers’ perseverance turned it into one of the most desirable and fertile agricultural lands in the country.

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