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Business & Politics

Resolute Updates Status of Fibrek Offer

Canada News Wire press release
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, today announced that it has received a favorable decision from the federal Minister of Industry, following his review of the Company’s proposed acquisition of Fibrek Inc. (TSX: FBK) under the Investment Canada Act. 

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Tembec announces first phase of $310-million investment to reinforce its position as a global leader in specialty cellulose

by Tembec
Canada News Wire press release
March 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec announced today a $190-million capital investment to upgrade its specialty cellulose manufacturing facility at Temiscaming, Québec. This investment will increase annual production of green electricity by up to 40 megawatts, reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 70%, increase Temiscaming’s annual production capacity of specialty cellulose by 5,000 metric tonnes, and make Temiscaming one of the world’s lowest-cost specialty cellulose manufacturing facilities. 

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NDP calls on government to support proposed Rustad mill school

Prince George Citizen
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix was in Prince George on Wednesday to call on the provincial government to support trades training initiatives in the North, like the proposed trade school at the former Rustad sawmill. In addition to the proposed trades school, three college in the North have proposals to increase trades training, Dix said. “I’ve very excited about what’s proposed at Rustad. There are excellent proposals in place … that government should take up,” Dix said. “Yes, some of these projects cost money. [But] they are the right investments to make. The problem is they’ve cut the budget [for trades training].”

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Harmac can weather big drop in world pulp prices

Nanaimo mill owner says unique business model allows facility to survive
Nanaimo Daily News
March 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A dramatic drop in the price of pulp from almost $1,000 a year ago to approximately $700 today in international markets is a concern for Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill. Harmac president Levi Sampson also said the continued strength of the Canadian dollar, which is currently at par with the American dollar, is affecting the mill, which sees a significant decrease in the profits of its exports when the Canadian dollar is strong But Sampson said pulp markets are typically cyclical in nature and the decrease in pulp prices in a sometimes volatile global economy is to be expected.

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Province Protects Jobs, Keeps Mill Re-sale Ready

by Premier of Nova Scotia
Press Release
March 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Darrell Dexter today, March 16, announced further investments in the former NewPage Mill that will protect hundreds of jobs in the Strait area. These investments will extend the Forestry Infrastructure Fund, and will keep the mill in its “hot idle” state until the end of September. “My main concern is for the workers, families, and businesses in the Strait,” said Premier Dexter. “Although negotiations with Stern Group are taking longer than hoped, I am optimistic that we will secure a deal that will see the mill back in business in this community and sustainable for years to come.”

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High-tech panel manufacturing coming to C-Falls

Hungry Horse News
March 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Columbia Falls could soon be home to a high-tech timber-product manufacturing plant, according to Western Building Center general manager Doug Shanks. The company hopes to have the new plant up and running by July, producing prefabricated, cross-laminated wood panels up to 11 feet wide and 40 feet long. The panels will be pre-cut to match architectural drawings so they can be quickly assembled at a job site for residential or commercial buildings. An example of this advanced wood-processing industry is the two-story Sawbuck Do Jang martial arts studio completed in Whitefish last year. Panels for that project arrived in shipping containers from Europe and were pre-cut and pre-assembled at the industrial park north of Columbia Falls.

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DEQ orders cleanup of PCBs at Stimson site

The Western News
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said last week it will require Stimson Lumber Co. to remove additional pollution discovered at the cleanup site in Bonner, Montana.  Recent sampling at the cleanup site shows additional contamination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at high levels “The DEQ is taking this seriously and cleaning up the PCBs is a priority,” said DEQ Director Richard Opper.

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Hancock Lumber named Exporter of the Year

Bangor Daily News
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Maine International Trade Center has announced the winners of the 2011 International Trade and Investment Awards, with family-owned Hancock Lumber taking the top spot of Exporter of the Year. Hancock Lumber, based in Casco, and three other award-winning companies will be recognized on May 24 at Maine International Trade Day at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, the trade center said Thursday. The theme for this year’s 32nd annual Trade Day is “Better by Design: Innovation for Global Markets.” Featured speakers include Sandro Valeri, senior manager for innovation management at Embraer S.A., and Dr. Cesar A. Hidalgo, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

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Out of the woodpile

Lumber firm thrives after housing tumble
Hometownlife.com
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

After surviving a housing market collapse that forced painful downsizing, Canton-based Mans Lumber & Millwork has doubled its sales to $38 million during a two-year span that indicates the worst has passed. Amid its rebound, the 112-year-old, fourth-generation family business has garnered national attention, continued its charitable efforts and become involved in promoting Canton as a burgeoning hub of culture and arts. “It’s a good story for Michigan,” Doug Mans, company president, said, sitting with his business partners inside company headquarters on Michigan Avenue east of Beck Road.

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Crews implode Int’l Paper Mill building

Bark storage area will be expanded
WAVY-TV
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN, Va. – Crews made room for progress by imploding one of the International Paper buildings in Franklin.  The building once stored the Power House department. A company spokeswoman said the steel frame building was no longer needed. …The mill opened in 1887. At one point, the location had more than 2,400 workers. In 2010, International Paper closed down operations in Franklin.

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Plum Creek development gets OK from supreme court

Bangor Daily News
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court ruled Thursday that regulators were on safe procedural ground when they approved Plum Creek’s Moosehead Lake housing and resort plan, ending one of the costliest and most contentious development battles in state history. The state supreme court supported the Land Use Regulation Commission’s rezoning of nearly 400,000 acres in the Moosehead region. The concept plan allows Plum Creek to create up to 975 house lots and two large resorts on roughly 16,000 of those acres over the next 30 years.

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Swiss softwood lumber market remains under pressure from sawmills in euro zone

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The discrepancy between prices for products imported from the euro zone and locally-produced wood, that Swiss sawmills and gluelam manufacturers have been facing since 2011, still exists in 2012 in spite of the price reductions of up to 10% against last year. The price differences had already been adversely affecting the business activity of Swiss gluelam beam, duolam, triolam, and shuttering board producers over large parts of 2011

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BUILDEX Returns to Edmonton as Largest Industry Event

The 6th Annual Tradeshow and Conference Welcomes Over 2,500 Construction, Real Estate Management and Interior Design Professionals
Marketwire press release
March 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – BUILDEX Edmonton is returning to the city as one of the largest and leading trade events. The one-stop-shop for construction, interior design, architecture and property management will take place March 20- 21, 2012 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands. …BUILDEX Edmonton will also feature a line-up of noteworthy exhibitors including Igloo Prebuilt homes (which will showcase a custom built home), Alberta Wood WORKS! and All Weather Windows.

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For building, vinyl is green

Toronto Sun
March 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Architects and home builders across Canada are increasingly interested in green building. Yet green building must not only be environmentally friendly — it must also be affordable. …So, which materials perform well in life-cycle and risk assessments? Wood, of course, is abundant, renewable, requires far less energy to make than either steel or concrete, soaks up carbon dioxide and has diverse applications. It has a strongly positive life-cycle impact. So does vinyl. More than half derived from common salt, vinyl is one of the most energy-efficient materials to make. 

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Timber talks in March

Hear two winners in last year’s Australian Timber Design Awards discuss their projects at a Tuesday @ Tusculam event on March 20. 
Australian Timber Design Awards
March 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timothy Moon of Timothy Moon Architects will present on his Escarpment House, the winner of the 2011 Residential Class One Award. Escarpment House comprises a series of robust linked timber and stone pavilions on the edge of an escarpment above the Hawkesbury River. Clinton Murray, Practice Leader of Architecture and Interiors with SKM-S2F, will discuss AIIM Processing and Devices Building, the winner of the 2011 People’s Choice award. This delicate building houses the University of Wollongong Microscopy Unit. It uses timber structurally and decoratively to prevent interference with the microscopes within.
Registration information.

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Forestry

Enforcement streamlined for natural resource acts

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Natural Resource Compliance Act, introduced in fall 2011, is now in effect, making it easier for compliance and enforcement officers to hold offenders accountable for violating natural resource legislation.  The act establishes a new designation — natural resource officer — and authorizes ministry personnel to enforce a broader range of legislation across the natural resource sector. Compliance and enforcement officers can enforce only those acts that they are specifically designated to uphold, but now there is a single, streamlined process for making those designations.

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Salmo forester looks at BC logging practices

Nelson Star
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bad logging has been a BC thing since the turn of the 20th century. Initially, logs were extracted for settlement and railroads. They took out the best products and left the rest. This caused stand degradation. The extent of the logging was near roadsides. This early logging was usually converted into farmland so wasn’t too detrimental. In the ‘20s and ‘30s road building became more extensive, due to mining. Logging continued to be exploitative depending on the need for products.

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Review will determine which forestry jobs are worth more

Globe and Mail
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There has been a shift in the long-running battle over raw log exports in British Columbia, to the advantage of industries that profit from shipping logs overseas. The winner of this fight – within the forest industry and within the B.C. government – will be declared this spring. Log exports roughly doubled last year, bringing much-needed cash into coastal logging companies, but creating a political backlash in the process. So, as with so many conflicts facing the Clark government, the province launched a review, which is due in the next few months.  “I don’t think anybody in British Columbia wants to see us exporting non-milled logs,” Premier Christy Clark said this week. “The point of the review is making sure we can manage, and hopefully diminish, the amount of raw log exports in British Columbia.”

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Whither the Yellow Cedar?

The sad irony of a tree freezing to death in a warming climate. How to stop it.
TheTyee.ca
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New research is showing that Yellow Cedar, one of the characteristic tree species found in the Great Bear Rainforest of B.C., is disappearing in many areas because of the impacts of global warming. Ironically, they’re freezing to death. Normally, the vulnerable roots of the yellow cedar are blanketed with a protective layer of snow during winter. But as global warming advances and snow becomes scarce, more yellow cedars are lacking this protective blanket and are exposed to freezing soil. It’s no longer just too much logging that is threatening B.C.’s coastal old-growth forest. Coastal temperate rainforests are one of the rarest ecosystems on earth, covering less than one per cent of the total land mass of the planet. 

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‘Infestation of beavers’ a concern to Guelph hardwoods – and at least one politician

Guelph Mercury
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GUELPH — Norm Bazinet is concerned about an increasing beaver population in the city. …Some of these concerns fell on the ears of Ward 1 Coun. Bob Bell who addressed the issue during a city council committee meeting in February. During talks about the new urban forest management plan, Bell suggested including a policy for the removal of beavers to help maintain the beaver population. Bell said the city is looking at increasing the forestry spending from $1 million to $2 million per year. “That’s a lot of trees to be investing in,” he said. “The forestry master plan has to make sure we’re not planting trees for beaver food.” He said this year there seems to be more beavers around than normal. “I think we’ve had what could be called an infestation of beaver activity.”

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Not out of the woods

Strategies for forest sustainability must expanded for industry to survive
Gander Beacon
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The future of the forestry industry in Newfoundland and Labrador lies in the waste being produced my sawmills around the province, a forest expert said. John Baird, who was worked in the forest industry in this province for many years, made a presentation from representative from the Department of Natural Resources during a public consultation meeting held in Gander on March 1. The department is in the process of drafting a forest strategy management plan, and is seeking input from the public and industry.

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CU-Boulder: Pine beetles now breeding twice a year instead of just once

Longmont Daily Times-Call
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mountain pine beetles are now breeding twice in some years instead of once, according to researchers at the University of Colorado, contributing to the severity of the current beetle outbreak, which has devastated lodgepole pine forests across the state. Historically, mountain pine beetles in Colorado laid their eggs in the bark of pines in late July or August. The larvae that emerged from the eggs burrowed deeper into the bark, where they spent the winter. During the warm days of spring, the larvae began to transform into adults, and by late July and August, the beetles flew from their trees, looking for new, un-infested pines to lay their eggs in, repeating the one-year cycle.

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Collaborative approach to forest health

La Grande Observer
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New opportunities for commercial thinning and firewood gathering that promote forest health will be available this summer in the Wallowa District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Muddy Sled Vegetation Management Project, released this winter, was driven largely by the risk of catastrophic forest fires within the project area and especially around the Sled Springs Guard Station, an historic compound northeast of Wallowa. District Ranger Ken Gebhardt said he is pleased with the results of more than four years of collaboration with forest users, environmentalists, and the Nez Perce Tribe. 

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Logging bill fails to see forest through the trees Guest viewpoint

The Register-Guard
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three of our Oregon congressmen are proposing a bill to place the majority of federal Bureau of Land Management public lands in Western Oregon in a trust controlled by timber companies and rural politicians. With this move, they are buying into myths that have worked their way into our public discourse. One myth is that logging on O&C lands once again can sustain the level of revenue to counties that it provided in the last century, when the old growth was logged off. Another myth is that the public’s say in management of public lands should be limited severely. Yet another is that environmental protection has to be compromised so Oregon counties don’t go bankrupt.

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Forest plan process hijacked

Letter by Brett Haverstick
The Spokesman Review
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act of 2009 is funding the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative and the Clearwater Basin Collaborative. Shamefully, the overwhelming majority of the American public is not involved in this collaborative process. Instead, government officials, local industry representatives and questionable conservation groups carve out a so-called working solution. And thanks to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Sen. Mike Crapo, the proposed National Forest Planning Rules could force the National Environmental Policy Act to take a back seat to collaboration and the spirit of cooperation. NEPA will be a pro-forma exercise. To make things worse, the administrative appeals process has been eliminated. A recent budget rider stripped the public’s ability to challenge the record of decision by the agency.

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Road closure plan for Oregon’s largest national forest targets a nearly 4,000-mile network

The Oregonian
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LA GRANDE — Starting in June, passenger cars, ATVs, dirt bikes and four-wheel-drive rigs can no longer travel on almost 4,000 miles of roads in Oregon’s largest national forest.   The final plan for Wallowa-Whitman National Forest — to be entered today into the Federal Register — is already drawing opposition. People have 45 days to appeal. …Nick Myatt, acting Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manager of the Grande Ronde watershed, welcomed the closures as a way to ease road densities in the forest.   “In certain places, roads are negatively impacting water quality and fish habitat,” he said. 

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NY Tree-Huggers & Jobs Lovers – Can’t We All Get Along?

Public News Service
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LONG LAKE, N.Y. – Can tree-huggers and job creators get along in New York’s Adirondack Mountains? The Nature Conservancy believes so, and is preserving forestland in ways that can help local communities save and create jobs. This month, the group sold a parcel of forestland to the town of Long Lake, to use at its discretion for gravel excavation, logging, snowmobile connecting trails, and other recreation. Town Supervisor Clark Seaman says the town board preferred that to other alternatives.

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Texas Forest Service gears up for fire season

Odessa American
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Texas Forest Service is already preparing for the upcoming fire seasons, but the oil boom may play a key role in the organization’s preparedness and staff numbers. Assistant Chief of the West Branch for the TFS Lori Hazel said because of the number of jobs available in the oilfield and their higher rate of pay, finding people to fill their six open spots in the Midland office may be difficult.

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Hope Man Dies After Logging Accident

WBIW.com
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

(RUGBY) – A long-time Hope businessman and community activist died Wednesday afternoon in a logging accident in northeastern Bartholomew County. 71-year-old Lowell Miller, the owner of Hope Hardwoods Inc. and Hope Warehouse, died instantly from blunt force trauma when a dead limb struck him in the back of the head, said Larry Fisher, Chief Deputy Coroner of Bartholomew County.

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Opinions still divided on beavers

Do beavers have a positive or negative impact on the Scottish countryside? It is not as simple a question as it may seem.
BBC News
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Supporters of the Tay beavers point out the dams the animals build provide many benefits to other native species. Their opponents warn of damage to woodland and an increased risk of flooding. The official Scottish Beaver Trial was meant to help settle the argument and provide scientific evidence which would allow politicians to decide whether a permanent reintroduction programme would be a good idea. Knapdale Forest in Argyll was chosen as the location for the trial and the first beavers were released there in 2009.

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Miners blame forest peace plan for deterring investors

ABC News, Australia
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Minerals Council blames the intergovernmental forestry agreement and possible heritage listing of the Tarkine rainforest for deterring interstate investors.  Its executive director, Terry Long, says smaller mining companies are putting their exploration projects on hold and a Queensland investor has pulled out of a tin mining venture in the Tarkine because of political uncertainty.

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Relief after report shows Kenya forest cover tripled in ten years

Daily Nation
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Kenya’s forest cover has tripled over the last 10 years increasing allaying fears of massive environmental degradation. According to government statistics released on Friday, forest cover has risen from a low of 1.7 per cent in 2002 to 5.9 per cent this year.  Kenya Forest Service director David Mbugua said the natural resource that was facing extinction in 2002 resulting in weather changes was now on a trend towards the United Nation’s recommended 10 per cent cover.

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Vietnam to fight forest fires manually over next ten years

By 2020, Vietnam will have to still fight forest fires manually, said a senior official of the General Department of Forestry.
VietNamNet Bridge
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, the General Department of Forestry’s deputy chief, told correspondents on March 14 that Vietnam’s forest firefighting equipment is outdated. Vietnam does not have a specialized force to fight forest fires. As a result, forest rangers have to work as firemen. He said that in the next decades, Vietnam will still fight forest fires by manual methods. The official also said, because of characters of terrain, both manual and modern methods are effective to forest fires in southern Vietnam. But in the northern region, manual methods are suitable since helicopters cannot skim to fight fire because of strong wind.

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Ministry of Forestry signed off on clearing of forest with protected species in Indonesia

Mongabay.com
March 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry signed off on a plan by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) suppliers to log areas of forest that contained protected ramin species, according to documents released by Greenomics-Indonesia, an activist group. The micro-delineation documents, which are required to win approval for forestry projects in Indonesia, confirm that APP suppliers were aware that ramin trees were present in the concessions, which have since been converted to wood-pulp plantations. The revelations come shortly after Greenpeace released the results of an investigation that found contraband ramin logs at APP’s Indah Kiat Perawang pulp mill. …They could also theoretically result in sanctions against some APP products in the United States under the Lacey Act.  

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The problem with putting a price on carbon

Calgary Herald
March 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several mechanisms have been proposed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The approaches fall into two broad categories: price-based mechanisms and command-and-control regulations. Price-based mechanisms, such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, work by attaching a price to carbon emissions. They create an incentive for firms and individuals to reduce emissions to save money. Through command-and-control regulations, governments ban particular technologies, or mandate that specific products be built in ways that reduce their environmental impact. Bans on incandescent light bulbs and fuel efficiency requirements for cars are examples of this approach.

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MY TURN | Using logging slash as fuel is a better idea

Kitsap Sun
March 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The recent article concerning using tree tops and branches left over from logging shows that those who oppose using this material for heating, power generation or as liquid fuel either don’t understand what happens in a logging operation or are ignoring the truth. The concern seems to be how much of the slash, (tops and branches), to leave for a healthy forest and the pollution created by burning this material for heat or power generation. The reality is that in modern logging little of this material is actually left scattered throughout the harvested area.

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E.ON biomass plant gets green light, plan uncertain

Biomass Power and Thermal
March 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change has granted E.ON Climate & Renewables permission to construct a 150 MW biomass power plant at Royal Portbury Dock in the Port of Bristol, North Somerset, England. But it is unclear whether the company will move forward with plans in light of a proposal to cut government biomass subsidies in the coming years.

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Woodland Carbon Code is a million-tonne winner

UK Forestry Commission
March 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Efforts to boost British forests’ contribution to tackling climate change reached a key milestone this week. The amount of carbon dioxide predicted to be removed from the atmosphere by woodland planting projects registered under the new Woodland Carbon Code has passed 1 million tonnes. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most common of the greenhouse gases causing the atmospheric warming that is changing the Earth’s climate. Growing trees sequester, or remove, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and this has encouraged increasing numbers of people and organisations to seek opportunities to plant trees as a contribution to tackling climate change.

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Renewable energy subsidies spark forest fears

ABC News, Australia
March 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest campaigners in south-west Western Australia say more trees will be clear felled if renewable energy subsidies are extended to native forests.  Independent MP Rob Oakshott wants waste from native forests to qualify as renewable energy to attract a Government subsidy.  However, WA Forest Alliance spokeswoman Jess Beckerling says a subsidy would be an incentive to cut down more trees.

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General

No win-win in forest peace deal

ABC News, Australia
March 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

A leaked forestry report confirms Tasmania’s forest peace deal cannot deliver both promised reserves and wood supplies. The Review of Tasmania’s Forest Estates is one of the confidential reports which will help determine how much forest will be protected from logging under the peace deal. The federal-state agreement nominates 572,000 hectares for forest reserves. The deal also guarantees wood supply for saw log contracts and for timber veneer company Ta Ann.

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