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Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Really? Questions About French Pine Bark

French pine bark has a loyal following. 
New York Times (blog)
March 12, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, International

The bark, from trees grown along the coast of southwest France, is processed and turned into a tonic that contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Users say it strengthens cardiovascular systems and eases symptoms of chronic disorders like asthma, osteoarthritis and chronic venous insufficiency, a painful condition in which the leg veins struggle to return blood to the heart. Among the primary components of the extract, also known as Pycnogenol, are antioxidants called procyanidins, also found in red wine and pomegranates. 

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Business & Politics

Catalyst floats new restructuring plan

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper tabled a proposed restructuring plan Monday that sweetens the deal for its unsecured creditors and extinguishes its current shares, leaving shareholders with nothing for their investment. The plan has the support of 42 per cent of the company’s senior secured noteholders and 14 per cent of the unsecured noteholders, who have entered into an agreement with the Richmond-based pulp and paper company, Catalyst said Monday in a news release. The agreement requires two-thirds support. The two groups hold $640.4 million of Catalyst’s $810 million debt. 

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NewPage closure slows Port Hawkesbury economy

CBC News
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The shutdown of the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill in Point Tupper has created a six-month slowdown for the area’s economy. The machinery is being kept in what is called “hot idle” while a prospective buyer negotiates to take over the operation, and the fate of hundreds of jobs hangs in the balance. Local residents told CBC News that business has dropped off in recent months with fewer people around and less money being spent in local stores.

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Abitibi extends Fibrek offer, plans appeal of ruling on special warrants

National Post
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As the fight for Fibrek Inc. drags on, hostile suitor AbitibiBowater Inc. has extended its offer for the pulpmaker to March 19. The decision to extend came Friday after a Quebec court reversed a tribunal decision placing a cease-trade order on Fibrek’s private placement of 32.3 million special warrants with its white-knight bidder, Mercer International Inc. With the court order giving Fibrek approval to sell the special warrants, the company’s stock was up Monday, gaining as much as 8% at points before closing at $1.26, up 6.8%. Abitibi said it plans to seek leave to appeal the decision with the Quebec Court of Appeal.

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US recovery bodes well for forestry, automakers

By Jay Bryan
Montreal Gazette
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – While job growth in Canada seems to have bogged down in recent months, we can expect improvement in the coming months now that the U.S. recovery is finally getting out of low gear, boosting this country’s exports… One is Canada’s lumber industry, which suffered badly during the American housing crash, but finally stands to enjoy a rebound now that home builders south of the border are recovering from their near-death experience. American housing construction is still way below normal levels, but renewed consumer willingness to buy new homes “does provide room for a pretty good bounce,” Ferley said yesterday. He expects to see a 20-per-cent jump in U.S. housing starts this year, which would mean that lumber mills, many of them in Canada, will have to produce enough lumber to build 733,000 American homes, up from last year’s 611,000.

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Government of Canada supports Signature Bois Laurentides in its efforts to diversify the forest economy

Government of Canada press release
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mont-Laurier, Quebec, March 9, 2012 – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that Signature Bois Laurentides has been granted financial assistance to support the organization’s efforts to find ways to capitalize on forest residues from felling operations in Hautes-Laurentides. ““The Government of Canada is committed to supporting organizations that, like Signature Bois Laurentides and its member companies, are looking to develop new products by optimizing the use of natural resources and are thereby contributing to the diversification of the economy,”” says Minister Lebel.

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Bowater Mersey paper mill in Nova Scotia begins three-week shutdown

Western Star
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – A paper mill in Nova Scotia begins a three-week shutdown today. Resolute Forest Products (TSX:ABH) announced last month it was temporarily closing its Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn because world markets are saturated and there’s a shortage of new orders. It’s the second shutdown at the mill since before Christmas, when it was closed for three weeks for the same reasons.

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Resolute extends bid and seeks hearing at appeal court in Fibrek case

Winnipeg Free Press
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. says Resolute Forest Products, the former AbitibiBowater, is seeking to appeal a Quebec court’s decision that makes its hostile bid to acquire the company more difficult. The Montreal-based pulp mill operator, which has been at the centre of a takeover battle, said Monday it stands behind a friendly takeover by Vancouver-based Mercer. However, Resolute Forest is going ahead with efforts to overturn the decision, pending approval from the Quebec Court of Appeal.

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Greens reject blame for failed Gunns deal

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens are rejecting allegations the party is to blame for the withdrawal of a major investment in Gunns. Shares in the timber company are in two-day trading halt after the Richard Chandler Corporation dumped its bid to buy 40 per cent of Gunns for $150 million. Gunns’ CEO Greg L’Estrange says public statements from environmental movement leaders may have undermined the deal. The Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Opposition are also blaming the Greens, who met representatives from the corporation late last month.

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Gunns trading halt continues

ABC News, Australia
March 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian timber company Gunns is trying to raise capital from existing shareholders after the collapse of the $150 million investment deal with an overseas investor. The company expects trading in its shares to remain suspended for a further four days. Gunns has extended its trading halt pending an announcement on a new capital raising strategy. The halt began on Friday after the Richard Chandler Corporation scrapped its plan to take a 40 per cent stake in Gunns.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

What Canada exports to Russia

CBC News
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canada stands poised to ramp up trade relations with Russia. The move comes after criticism from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Canada is missing opportunities for importing and exporting with his homeland. Ed Fast, Canada’s international trade minister, is planning to visit Russia in June in an attempt to bolster trade relations between the two countries… Foreign Affairs says growth opportunities for Canadian suppliers in this sector [Building Products and construction] are enormous. In a period of economic recovery in Russia, the demand for new housing is expected to grow and become greater than the current supply of materials. A growing interest in wood-frame housing options over traditional brick and cement can create growth in this sector. 

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Government Owned Guitars: Is Your Instrument Destroying the Rainforest?

GreenAnswers
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

When it comes to being environmentally conscious, musicians tend to be a group that leads the pack. Artists often use their large and captive audiences to spread the word of “going green” and how they care for the environment. …Any guitar player will tell you, the type of wood that goes in to making high end guitars has a huge effect on the tone and playability of the instrument. …While it cannot be denied that guitar makers do use rare woods, some of which are considered endangered, it is important to realize how big their impact really is. Take Sitka spruce as an example. This is one of the most commonly found woods used by guitar makers across the planet. This wood is harvested mainly in Alaska and shipped all over the world. To fulfill an entire years worth of guitars to be sold, only about 150 Sitkas would need to be harvested.

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Coney Island Boardwalk getting makeover in concrete and fake wood

New York Daily News
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The city got the nod Monday for its controversial plan to give the Coney Island Boardwalk a concrete and fake wood makeover. The Design Commission voted to approve rebuilding the chunk of the Boardwalk from Brighton 15th St. to Coney Island Ave. with a strip of concrete down the middle and plastic lumber on either side… The plan has drawn fierce opposition from residents who say it would turn their beloved Boardwalk into a sidewalk. “It’s a travesty,” said Rob Burstein, president of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance. “This makes a mishmosh of the Boardwalk and creates both an aesthetic and a maintenance nightmare.” City officials say it’s the only practical plan, since they can’t use rainforest wood for environmental reasons and other kinds of wood fall apart too easy or are hard to find.

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Workers settle into offices at former Plainwell Paper mill complex as redevelopment continues

Kalamazoo Gazette
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PLAINWELL — A new energy filled the old paper mill in Plainwell on Monday, as workers settled into spacious, light-filled, renovated offices… CRA is helping the city of Plainwell revitalize the 36-acre mill property abandoned more than a decade ago… CRA is hoping the renovation work — which included restoring original wood floors, cleaning up tongue-and-groove ceiling boards, installing new windows and updating heating, cooling and electrical systems — will qualify for LEED certification, Bauman said. LEED certification is given to ‘green’ buildings that meet standards for sustaintability.

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MgO panels target timber frame sheathing market

The prospect of magnesium oxide panels taking market share in the timber frame sheathing market is increasing
Timber & Sustainable Building
March 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

IWS’s FAST (Fire, Acoustic,Structural, Thermal) Board, an MgO panel with reinforcing fibreglass layers, has been developed by IWS specifically to be used as a sheathing board in the UK timber frame industry. The company described it as the final piece of the jigsaw in its build system designed to prevent the spread of flame in timber frame developments… These moves follow concern after several large timber frame fires on construction sites in recent years and the recent publication of new UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) guidance to minimise fire risks during the construction stage… “It’s more expensive than OSB, but it’s doing much more than OSB,” he said.

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Forestry

Water experts call for end to logging in Castle region of southwestern Alberta

The Tyee
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. – Two internationally recognized water experts are calling on Premier Alison Redford to stop clear-cut logging in southwestern Alberta. David Schindler and Robert Sandford say cutting down trees in the headwater region of the Castle River could hurt southern Alberta’s water supply… The experts say clear-cutting will reduce the area’s ability to provide water to dry prairieland. Redford has said a forest management agreement protects two-thirds of the land in question and less than one per cent of the trees are to be logged.

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Windstorm topples trees, knocks out power on BC’s south coast

The Province
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

.. “In B.C. we’re blessed with the great beauty of the trees. It can be a bit of a curse when it comes to keeping the power on.” Olynyk said B.C. has more trees per kilometre of utility line than anywhere else in North America. And Vancouver Island has more trees per kilometre than anywhere else in the province… Stanley Park was even shut down temporarily because of high winds, although the causeway remained open to through traffic. But while the park reopened around 1 p.m., the off-ramp into the park southbound from the causeway to Prospect Point remained closed because several large trees fell down. 

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Study Disputes Oil Sands ‘Restoration’ Pledge

New York Times (blog)
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Most television viewers in Canada have witnessed attempts by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to buff the environmental image of oil sands. One of its commercials depicts a pleasant forest that an oil company manager says was created on land reclaimed from an oil sands open pit mine. But a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences disputes the oil industry’s contention that its planted forests may actually be better than the boreal forest they replace. By reducing the amount of wetlands in the region, the authors add, the reclaimed forests will add to the greenhouse gas problems created by the oil sands.

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Three Prince George men convicted of stumpage rate fraud in Okanagan

The Canadian Press
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA, B.C. – Three B.C. men swindled the government by manipulating the way they paid stumpage on logs harvested from Crown land, a Kelowna judge has ruled. Prince George residents Kenneth Anderson, his brother Kevin Anderson and Gregory Spyker were each convicted this week of one of the biggest logging frauds in the province’s history. In his decision, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Geoff Barrow found the three cheated the government and other members of the logging industry who depend on a level playing field. The Crown proved the men, who operated three timber sale licences near Pennask and Westwold, were able to predict which loaded logging trucks would be selected for random checks at a weigh scale.

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Water experts warn against logging in Castle area

Clear-cutting would affect water supply, they say
Calgary Herald
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY — Two of Alberta’s top water experts say Premier Alison Redford’s government is endangering the “water tower” of southern Alberta by allowing logging in the Castle wilderness. The quality and quantity of the water available to millions of people in the years to come could be drastically affected if the government sticks to its plan to allow timber to be clearcut in the Castle region, say David Schindler and Robert Sandford. “It’s supposed to be a protected place but in this peculiar province, protection means you can log it,” said Schindler, professor of ecology at the University of Alberta. “Those watersheds generate most of the water for the Old Man system, they have much higher precipitation and runoff than anywhere else in that basin.

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Saving biodiversity: a $300 billion-a-year challenge

Reuters
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

Saving biodiversity — the vast and essential variety of the natural world — will be expensive, at an estimated $300 billion a year for the next eight years. But losing it would cost even more, in terms of disease, hunger, poverty and diminished resilience to climate change, according to the new chief of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity… The independent $300 billion-a-year cost estimate – which includes sustainable management of agriculture, forests, fresh water and coastal and marine ecosystems – is about 10 times the amount now being spent by governments, private industry and nongovernmental organizations on biodiversity protection… The United Nations is encouraging private investment, such as efforts by paper products firm Stora Enso to move toward sustainably harvested wood. 

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Why USGBC Should Recognize SFI – Helping to Keep Working Forests as Forests

Good for Forests (SFI) Blog
March 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

At The Conservation Fund, we know that one of our greatest conservation challenges in North America today is the loss of working forests. We also know forests that are managed to provide economic return and for social attributes are more likely to continue to remain as forests and therefore likely to support environmental values as well. That’s why we work with our many partners to help landowners and communities develop sustainable solutions that integrate economic return with environmental quality. And that’s why we support third-party certification programs like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®). The Conservation Fund owns almost 100,000 acres of working forests in the United States – all are actively managed and the SFI Standard plays a prominent role.

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State lands accounted for 28% of the state’s timber harvest

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DNR’s latest Washington Timber Harvest reveals the impact of export demand on Washington’s timber economy. Released in February, the annual report (now in its 57th edition) breaks out timber harvest totals by county and species. Based on annual Department of Revenue tax data, the report shows that exports kept many logging operations and shipping ports busy, even as domestic home-building (the chief market for West Coast softwoods) continued to struggle. The exports even affected timber sales from state trust lands. By law, unprocessed timber–raw logs–from state trust lands cannot be sold for export, but with more of the privately owned timber heading overseas, DNR has become an important supplier to local mills.

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Why USGBC Should Recognize SFI – Supporting North American Forests and Communities through Green Building

By Bob Luoto
SFI Blog
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

My name is Bob Luoto, and I am the third generation within my family to go into logging. I have been a professional logger for 38 years. My wife, Betsy, and I own Cross & Crown, Inc., our family logging business out of Carlton, Oregon. Our son, Kirk, is 30 years old, and is the fourth generation of Luoto men to enter into our business. His 4-year-old son, Landon, could choose to become the fifth generation to take over our family business – if our business can survive that long. In rural, timber-dependent America, the economic decline began years before the rest of the country ever felt a thing. In my experience, we are usually among the last to recover. It is having a terrible impact on so many of our family, friends and neighbors, and on our own business.

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BLM seeks public comments on forest management plans

Suggestions for Western Oregon land taken through June 11
Ashland Daily Tidings
March 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Area residents will have the opportunity to advise the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on what to include in management plans for its Western Oregon forestland. The BLM wants the public to weigh in on issues it feels the agency needs to address in new resource management plans being developed for the Medford District as well as for the other five districts in Western Oregon and the Klamath Falls Resource Area… The scoping period began on Friday.

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US Senate to vote on timber payments for rural schools, counties

California Watch
March 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote as early as today on continuing a decade-old program that compensates rural counties and schools for declining timber revenue. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act has been a safety net for more than 700 counties nationwide that have cut back logging in federal forests. The program, which expired last year, would be renewed for one year under an amendment to a larger transportation bill. If passed, 32 California counties would receive $37.4 million of the program’s $346 million – a 5 percent reduction from last year’s payment. The bulk of that funding, $31.7 million, would be shared among schools and county roads departments.

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Logging won’t help control pine beetles

Standard-Examiner (Utah)
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am cringing at what Howard Field stated in his guest commentary of Mar. 11, “Nature lovers create the very thing they despise.” He said “….this fact should make the radical environmentalist cringe….” well I cringed, but not at the fact he stated, rather, I cringed at his conclusions that the pine beetles destruction of lodgepole pines throughout the west are to be blamed on environmentalists. The pine beetle usually doesn’t target the very young pines or the older larger pines. Huge stands of middle-aged trees can then be infested with the beetle. The result is large fires that recycle all that dead wood. The lodgepole pine has evolved to withstand these fires by producing cones that open, releasing their seed, after a fire, allowing for a regeneration of the pines.

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Forest Service defends road closures at hearing

Seattle Post Intelligencer
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service regional official on Monday defended the agency’s decision to close some roads in national forests across the West as an unpopular but necessary response to a rapid increase of off-road vehicle travel. Regional Forester Harv Forsgren said in testimony prepared for a congressional field hearing in Elko that motor vehicle use has damaged natural and cultural resources. Forsgren said he is aware the restrictions “may change the way people experience their national forests.” But he said he wants such plans is “an ongoing process” and suggested that officials are willing to modify the plan if circumstances change.

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New National Forest Rule to Focus on Habitat Health

Denver, Colorado
Injury Board
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After thirty years of tinkering, a new rule for managing our national forests will be officially issued this month. It will direct regional foresters to use science and more monitoring to improve conditions, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in an interview Thursday. The rule will replace a 1982 rule that was written to protect forests but failed to prevent widespread damage from intensifying wildfires, insect epidemics, climate change and human population growth. 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. The Reagan-era rule “focused on restricting activities,” Tidwell said.

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Forest Service Report Shows Forest Growth in North Outpacing Other Parts of Country

USDA press release
Digital Journal
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

U.S. Forest Service scientists today released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats. At the same time, Forest Service researchers caution that threats to forests in the coming decades could undermine these gains. According to the Forests of the Northern United States report, forest coverage in the United States has increased by 28 percent across the region that includes Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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SRS Marks Successful Operational Startup of New Biomass Cogeneration Facility

Senior DOE Officials and SC Congressional Leadership Gather to Celebrate Major Renewable Energy Project
4-traders
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Today, Under Secretary of Energy Thomas D’Agostino joined U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) and other senior officials from the Department of Energy and Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, to mark the successful operational startup of a new $795M renewable energy fueled facility at the Savannah River Site… Clean biomass, consisting of local forest residue and wood chips, and bio-derived fuels will be the primary fuel source for the high-tech renewable energy facility, which has the capacity to combust 385,000 tons of forest residue into 20-megawatts of clean power annually.

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Forest ranger honored for commitment to forestry protection

Focus Taiwan News Channel
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Taipei – Forest ranger Lin Chien-chih is so committed to protecting Taiwan’s forests that he puts his personal safety on the line by lying in wait in the woods to catch illegal loggers. Through his dedication, the 47-year-old employee of the Forestry Bureau’s Taitung Forest District Office uncovered 37 illegal logging cases last year — more than any other forest ranger in the country — and on Monday 

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Investigation following new evidence against APP

WWF International
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta, Indonesia – In the space of a week the National Geographic Society (NGS) has publicly broken ties with Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has called for an investigation after a Greenpeace report revealed the company was illegally logging protected tree species. WWF recently revealed that APP claims that its operations were independently certified as sustainable were not backed up by any of the standard setting or certifying companies it mentioned. 

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NEFA calls for forest inquiry

ABC News, Australia
March 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A north coast conservation group is calling for an independent inquiry into Forests NSW. The North East Forest Alliance says wood-supply agreements signed in 2004 have never been met. Spokesman Dailan Pugh says as a result the State Government has been forced to pay compensation to timber mills. He says plantations are also being harvested too early.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Barrels of Biofuel Flowing from Success at Louisiana Facility

Advanced Biofuels Association
PRNewswire via COMTEX
March 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

GEISMER, La. — With barrels of biofuel flowing from the success of America’s first commercial advanced biofuels plant, the Advanced Biofuels Association, ABFA, takes its online video series, Better Fuels Moment, on the road to get a closer look at its member company Dynamic Fuels and its facility in Louisiana where trucks are lining up to deliver its renewable diesel. The new episode, online today at http://youtu.be/rseM5F-Fnc8, features ABFA President Michael McAdams getting a top down survey of the plant which produces nearly 5000 barrels of renewable diesel a day. 

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Greenlite Commences Carbon Offset Marketing to Online Community

MarketWatch (press release)
March 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

BLAINE, WA — Greenlite Ventures Inc. announced today that it has commenced sales of voluntary carbon offsets through its Website at www.greenlitecarboncredits.com . The carbon offsets being sold are from carbon sequestration by teak trees planted by United Nature in Panama. Greenlite has an agreement with United Nature to market carbon offsets produced by their reforestation projects in Panama’s Darien region, the most southern region of Panama… Teak is the preferred wood for the plantations because it is resistant to disease and forest fires. Due to its high value for boat decks and other manufactured wood products it is not burned as firewood which would return carbon sequestered to the atmosphere.

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Environmentalists want “tiered” approach to biomass

Vermont Digger.
March 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Some wood burning plants are greener than others, and one environmental group wants the Legislature to take that into account in a renewable energy bill. The Vermont Natural Resources Council is pushing the Legislature to prioritize more efficient biomass plants in this year’s energy bill, but its pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears. A bill in the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy would require utilities to buy 35 percent of the electricity in their portfolios from “renewable” sources and shoots for a goal of 75 percent renewable electricity by 2032.

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SRS Marks Successful Operational Startup of New Biomass Cogeneration Facility

Senior DOE Officials and SC Congressional Leadership Gather to Celebrate Major Renewable Energy Project
4-traders
March 12, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Today, Under Secretary of Energy Thomas D’Agostino joined U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) and other senior officials from the Department of Energy and Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, to mark the successful operational startup of a new $795M renewable energy fueled facility at the Savannah River Site… Clean biomass, consisting of local forest residue and wood chips, and bio-derived fuels will be the primary fuel source for the high-tech renewable energy facility, which has the capacity to combust 385,000 tons of forest residue into 20-megawatts of clean power annually.

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Savannah River Site debuts new green power plant

Canadian Business
March 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (AP) — Wood chips and old shredded tires could save the federal government around $1 billion over the next two decades, according to officials at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The nuclear science site near Aiken has opened a new power plant that burns the waste material to make steam, which in turn generates enough power to run 30 percent of plant operations, the Department of Energy said… It took 30 months to build the plant. A pair of 60-foot-tall mountains of wood chips dominate the landscape. The wood and shredded tires are burned at temperatures of up to 1,700 degrees to create steam in two massive boilers. 

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East Gippsland timber destined for chips, power

Sydney Morning Herald
March 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

UP TO 90 per cent of timber logged in long-contested east Gippsland native forests over the next two decades could be woodchipped or burnt by electricity companies to generate power, government documents show. The Baillieu government has started a tender process for 837,000 tonnes a year of woodchips and forestry waste, offering contracts of up to 20 years.

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General

Gunns talks with new investor

ABC News, Australia
March 13, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

The Tasmanian timber company Gunns says it is in negotiations with a new institutional investor after the collapse of a $150 million deal. Gunns has extended its trading halt to next Monday ahead of an announcement on a capital raising deal. The company has declined to comment further on the plans, but says it is in talks with investment banks and a new institutional investor. This comes after the Richard Chandler Corporation scrapped its bid to take 40 per cent of the timber company.

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