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Business & Politics

Fibrek to vigorously defend position at Québec Court of Appeal

Canada News Wire press release
March 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. announced today that the Québec Court of Appeal has granted AbitibiBowater Inc. (doing business as Resolute Forest Products) (“Abitibi”) permission to appeal the Court of Québec’s decision rendered on March 9, 2012. The Court of Québec’s decision reversed the cease trade order issued by the Bureau de décision et de révision (Québec) on Fibrek’s private placement (the “Private Placement”) of 32,320,000 special warrants to Mercer International Inc. (“Mercer”), thereby allowing the Private Placement to proceed in accordance with the special warrant agreement dated February 9, 2012 subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The appeal will be heard on March 22, 2012.

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CEP votes ‘yes’ to labour contract at Crofton mill

HQ Cowichan Valley
March 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One union at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill has accepted a tentative labour agreement in the midst of mill owner Catalyst Paper trying to prove to the B.C. Supreme Court that it has a plan to stay viable in the dwindling pulp and paper industry. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ Union of Canada voted in favour of a new deal Mar. 15. It’s an agreement CEP local 1132 President Fraser McQuarrie said his members can live with.

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Point Tupper Mill

The Chronicle Herald
March 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HOT IDLE evokes images of lying on a tropical beach. Except in Nova Scotia, where keeping the pulp and paper machines at the former NewPage mill in “hot idle” readiness to go back to work is no vacation for millworkers, foresters or provincial taxpayers. Yesterday, Premier Darrell Dexter announced his government will put up another $14.8 million to keep woods contractors working and mill equipment in suspended animation while the prospective buyer, a unit of Stern Partners of Vancouver, negotiates labour agreements, lower power rates and a Crown lease for fibre. If this amount is drawn down before a sale is done, the province will have spent $27.3 million on life-support for the supply chain and the mill since last fall.

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Canadian mills need to retool, says paperworker

The Sault Star
March 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Conditions that helped drive St. Marys Paper into receivership three months ago are not unlike those that have plagued the pulp and paper industry in Northern Ontario and across Canada in recent decades, says an industry veteran. There were between 30 and 40 fine paper mills in Canada in the 1980s. That number has dwindled to less than 10, says Glenn Clifford, who has worked in the Canadian pulp and paper industry for nearly three decades. “There’s probably about a half-dozen (of those mills) left in Canada. A lot of it’s gone global, a lot of it’s gone down into the U.S.,” Clifford says.

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Domestic demand shores up German growth

March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Germany is often called the economic powerhouse of Europe, and with good reason. It recorded an impressive 3% economic growth in 2011, but there has been a stuttering in recent months, and potential complications from the Greek bail-out remain a possibility on the horizon. Most of its growth in 2012 – forecast to fall to about 1% – will be on the German domestic market rather than exports, a trend which is mirrored in the company’s timber sector. A look at the UK Timber Trade Federation import statistics show a clear declining market share for German softwood, partly because German mills can make more money at home and because Nordic mills are proving more competitive in the UK.

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Oasis’ APP decision has some doubters

Northern Virginia Daily
March 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

STRASBURG — In the wake of Oasis Brands’ decision to drop Asia Pulp & Paper as a supplier for one of their lines of tissue products, some organizations are voicing doubts about the sincerity and the motives behind the announcement. Asia Pulp & Paper is the only raw paper product supplier to Oasis Brands’ subsidiary companies, including Solaris Paper Inc., based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and the Strasburg-based Mercury Paper Inc… “Intention is not action,” said Linda Kramme, forest expert at the World Wildlife Fund. “It is our understanding that there is a large volume of products that they produce at Solaris and Mercury Paper that will still be linked to APP.”

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New Forests Leads Purchase of 46000 Hectare Australian Softwood Plantation

Press release
New Forest Pty
March 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SYDNEY — Funds managed by New Forests have taken a controlling interest in the 46,000 hectare Auspine estate. New Forests’ Australia New Zealand Forest Fund is the lead investor in the transaction, which includes the land and trees of the 64-property estate, formerly owned and managed by Gunns Limited. The plantation estate will be managed by Sydney-based New Forests, an investment manager specializing in sustainable forestry and associated environmental markets.

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Industry optimism after woodchip order

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest industry has welcomed news that woodchip exporter Artec will start shifting stockpiles from its Bell Bay mill. Artec has secured a 100,000 tonne order from an Asian customer. The state’s last remaining woodchip mill temporarily closed last month, blaming a downturn in export demand and the high Australian dollar.

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Gunns admits social criteria failure

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns has told the Australian Stock Exchange it believes it lost an investor because the timber company failed to meet the investor’s social criteria. Earlier this month, the Richard Chandler Corporation scrapped its plan to take a 40 per cent stake in the company for $150 million. Gunns shares have been in a trading halt since the Singapore-based company pulled out. The stock exchange statement does not elaborate on what the Chandler Corporation’s social criteria contains. But Shadforth Financial Group’s Matthew Torenius the investor could have been dissuaded by opposition to Gunns’ Tamar Valley pulp mill project.

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Gunns about to say tree cheers

Stock and Land
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

IT’S shaping up as a big week for timber group Gunns with the sale of its land in the Green Triangle to be finalised as early as today, clearing the way for it to push ahead with a $200 million-plus equity raising. It is understood the Green Triangle estate sale, worth $380 million, has finally been approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board after some delays, according to The Australian Financial Review. The complexity of the deal has been unwinding an initial sale of the land to GMO Renewable Resources, which already owned three-quarters of the pine plantations it snapped up from Gunns for $173 million in 2009.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Home Depot turns green

Ottawa Citizen (blog)
March 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The Home Depot has joined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council to make it easier for homeowners to build energy-efficient homes… In teaming up with the home improvement retailer, the council aims to help both homeowners and green building professionals achieve the council’s goals of sustainability, health and affordability in their housing projects. An online database was launched earlier this month featuring more than 2,500 products sold at The Home Depot that are geared toward green home building, many of which may contribute towards earning LEED certification. 

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LEED 2012 Not There Yet

More Work Needed to Drive Market Transformation
Forest Stewardship Council (press release)
March 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

MINNEAPOLIS — Open for public comment now, the third draft of LEED 2012 offers improvements but still falls short of its stated goal: driving market transformation to sustainability… When it comes from responsibly managed, FSC-certified sources, wood is among the most environmentally friendly building materials — a fact LEED should recognize and reward. Yet if approved as written, the third draft would represent a step backwards from the current Certified Wood Credit, which has directly encouraged tens of millions of acres of forest conservation and responsible management in the United States and Canada.

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HMRC investigating softwood plywood imports

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The British customs authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sent a letter to the Timber Trade Federation on 27 February promising to step up its inspections of softwood plywood imported into the EU against the duty-free quota. HMRC said that a new inspection procedure should identify combined or twin plywood that was incorrectly imported against the quota. The authority intends to share the results of its investigation with the European Commission as misdeclarations might be a problem for other EU member states, as well. END

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Forestry

BC exports jobs with logs

Decisions have put profits before employment
Nanaimo Daily News
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’ve heard business commentators and right-of-centre politicians repeatedly state that the best social safety net for an individual is a job. It’s why I continue to fume over the B.C. government’s refusal to deal with the increasing number of raw logs we are exporting out of this province, and the jobs they could sustain here. Not only is the government exporting logs, it is exporting jobs. I recently wrote about the struggle it was for Coastland Wood Industries to get the wood it needs. President Hans de Visser told me it was getting increasingly more difficult to get the high-quality logs it needs to produce its product.

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Forest gives final OK to logging project near Deep Creek

Helena Independent Record
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A final decision has been issued by the Helena National Forest for a logging project east of Townsend near Deep Creek. The Cabin Gulch Vegetation Treatment and Project involves logging and burning trees on 2,891 acres over a 15,600-acre project area. It was first proposed in 2005 and went through about three iterations before the final decision was signed on March 6 by Kevin Riordan, the forest supervisor.

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New Olympia children’s museum taking shape

The Hands On Children’s Museum is expected to move in the fall into a new building with new and much-expanded exhibits.
The Seattle Times
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

.. Visitors will enter through glass doors to polished floors and the sight of timbers donated from forestry giant Weyerhaeuser, among many donated products in the building. Near an admissions desk, there will be a large cedar tree fabricated of concrete and resins that will stretch to the next floor…  Upstairs, galleries include Build It!, Our Fabulous Forest, The Pier and Snug Harbor. It’s the place to walk through a 10- to 12-foot nurse log, Belmonte said. Children can discover tree habitats and design a story pole. There’s plenty of wood throughout. “This whole building is about sustainability,” Belmonte said, “and wood is a sustainable product.”

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Climate Change Sends Beetles Into Overdrive

Science Now
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Call it the beetle baby boom. Climate change could be throwing common tree killers called mountain pine beetles into a reproductive frenzy. A new study suggests that some beetles living in Colorado, which normally reproduce just once annually, now churn out an extra generation of new bugs each year. And that could further devastate the region’s forests. Pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae), which scuttle from New Mexico north into Canada, are trouble for trees, says study co-author Jeffry Mitton, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Colorado, Boulder… Recently, pine beetles have inexplicably exploded across their range. In British Canada alone, the insects gutted and killed about 13 million hectares of trees in about a decade. 

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Loggers show off their special skill set

Ukiah Daily Journal
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Not surprisingly, the toughest skill on display Friday at the Lumberjack and Jill Show is affectionately called the “misery whip.” “You have to use your full body,” said Karl Franci, a student at Humboldt State University and president of the school’s Logging Sports club, explaining how to get the long, jagged-toothed saw through the large redwood logs waiting to be cut in one of the arenas at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds as part of the Redwood Region Logging Conference. Students from both HSU and California State University at Berkeley demonstrated their skills in ax throwing, log rolling, tying “chokers” on logs and sawing with both chain saws and manual saws.

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Infernos waiting to ignite?

Rapid City Journal
March 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The logging now in progress in the forest south of Silver City is designed to slow the spread of mountain pine beetles. That’s good. But the thinned section of forest will serve a much-greater purpose if unusually dangerous fire conditions late this winter continue into the spring and summer. It might just save the town. “We’ve always wanted to put a fire break around the town, because it’s so indefensible in the event of a catastrophic fire,” said Jeff Sugrue, a Silver City resident and chief of the volunteer fire department. “And this gives us a fighting chance.”

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It’s a comeback story: Bald eagles rebound from near extinction

Oregon Live
March 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bald eagles are back, baby. They’re out on Sauvie Island, around Bend, up at Wallowa Lake and throughout the lower Columbia River… The state wildlife commission took bald eagles off the state endangered species list this month; it was removed from the federal list in 2007… “It’s a definite feather in the cap, if you will, for the Endangered Species Act,” says Dominick DellaSala, president and chief scientist of the Geos Institute, a conservation research group based in Ashland. “In my lifetime we’ve recovered our national symbol.” 

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Manchin ends quest for new W.Va. national park; feds say logging, drilling make it infeasible

The Republic
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — The National Park Service says plans for a new national park in West Virginia aren’t feasible because of extraction industries such as logging and gas drilling, so U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has dropped his request for a study. Manchin, D-W.Va., told the Dominion Post that he withdrew his request for the feasibility study last week. The proposed High Allegheny National Park would have included land in the Monongahela National Forest, and Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley state parks.

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Wireless trees taking up residence in Muskoka

Cottage Country Now
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, Canada East, Canada

USKOKA LAKES – Residents may soon have better wireless services — without the ugly towers. On March 6, Bell Canada presented Muskoka Lakes committee of the whole with plans to increase wireless services to area residents by May. Instead of big towers, Bell plans to erect towers that are under 100 feet and built to look like white pine trees. Bell Consultant Ferdinand Staab said the wireless trees will be “planted” on private property. The trees will be on high points, said Staab, but there will be other trees in the background so they blend in and won’t be noticeable.

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The trees shall rise again

Macon Telegraph (blog)
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Derrick Catlett has always been a tree hugger… So it should come as no surprise when he started working for the plant operations department at Macon State College in 2006, he took it upon himself to start identifying and “mapping” the more than 4,500 trees on campus using a global positioning system (GPS). Then came the night of May 10, 2008. It became known around Macon as the “Mother’s Day Tornado.” Strong winds knocked over an estimated 3,900 trees across the 170 acres, uprooting large oak trees and snapping pines like toothpicks. The college lost about 90 percent of its tree canopy. 

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We can save and strengthen Charlotte’s tree canopy

Charlotte Observer
March 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

We live in a lovely city amidst a forest. But developers’ chainsaws and bulldozers, plus Nature’s ravages, claw away 1 percent of that forest every two years… Should we care? We couldn’t prevent the large textile industry here from imploding. It vanished in less than 50 years. But we can preserve and enlarge our Charlotte forest. Aside from beauty, consider a tree’s numerous enhancements sustaining daily life.

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Fire isn’t necessarily a forest’s enemy

Richmond Times Dispatch
March 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

INGALLS FIELD — The day before, when I spoke with Michael Lipford, the executive director of the TNC in Virginia, he had this to say: “We started putting fires out in the 1920s with the Smokey the Bear approach. A lot of that was for good reason. They wanted to protect the forest stock, and there were safety reasons. But prior to that, fire was a frequent visitor to these forests and was an important natural process to keep the forest healthy.”
Dunscomb goes into more detail, explaining the “fire return interval,” before humans started suppressing every fire they saw, was anywhere from three to nine years in these mountains… What’s unusual here? Fire is.

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Is the tree growth tax break a scam? Coastal towns worry about lack of standards

Bangor Daily News
March 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

VINALHAVEN, Maine — To Vinalhaven Town Manager Marjorie Stratton, elements of the state’s Tree Growth Tax Program just don’t make sense. The 40-year-old law allows landowners to set aside their forested properties for eventual timber harvesting and pay much lower property taxes, but Stratton said that in many cases in her island community the program looks to her like a way for people to dodge their financial liabilities. “A lot of people who have very valuable property in the shoreland zone put it in tree growth, but then never really do anything with it,” she said. “They’re not following through with any kind of forestry plan. It greatly reduces the amount of property taxes we can collect.”

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Forest deal ‘a dud’

Tasmania Mercury
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A LEAKED report shows the forest industry will collapse if the forest peace deal proceeds, the Liberal Party claimed yesterday. The confidential draft Review of Forest Estate Scenarios points out that even if no forests are reserved under the $276 million Intergovernmental Agreement on Forestry, wood volumes for sawmills and veneer processors cannot be met. The 93-page document says that locking up more forests could pose grave difficulties for the timber industry. “Broadly the analyses show that if no new reserves are established, minimum IGA commitments for high-quality sawlog supply can be met from native forests until 2030,” the report says.

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Forestry carbon trading in limbo

Auckland stuff
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

One of the biggest potential influences in forestry’s future is the carbon credit regime. It aims to slow down deforestation by giving foresters credits for their trees and demanding credits back if they harvest without replanting. Some foresters are reported to have sold their credits for a lucrative sum. But at the moment, things are in limbo. Carbon prices have plummeted, due partly to the global downturn and to cheap credits from overseas driving down the local price. New Zealand is committed to reducing its net greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by this year, so the Government is looking hard at how well the Emissions Trading Scheme is working.

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PNP goes green vs climate change

GMA News (Philippines)
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Aside from poking guns and chasing criminals, the 140,000-strong Philippine National Police will soon be seen planting tree seedlings across the country for an entire year. “Planting trees is the PNP’s own little way of helping mitigate the effects of climate change to our environment… Created by President Benigno Aquino III in February last year, the NGP was designed to plant 1.5 billion trees on 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016. In 2012, the government targets to plant 114 million seedlings. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the Philippines lost around 157,000 hectares of forest annually from 2000 to 2005.

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No win-win in forest peace deal

A leaked forestry report confirms Tasmania’s forest peace deal cannot deliver both promised reserves and wood supplies.
ABC News Australia
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

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. But the leaked report says “the joint objectives articulated … cannot be accommodated in Tasmania’s native forest”. It says that even if no new reserves are established, there are not enough native forests to fulfil contracted wood supplies into the future.

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Forests agency sued for logging

Sydney Morning Herald
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

STATE-OWNED timber agency VicForests has been hit with court action by the Environment Department after it allegedly logged protected rainforest.
The court battle relates to VicForests’ logging operations in the Orbost Forest District in East Gippsland, where the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment says unauthorised harvesting of rainforest and buffer areas took place. 

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DSE takes legal action against Vicforests

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is taking legal action against the Government-owned timber agency, Vicforests. The DSE says unauthorised logging of rainforest and buffer areas took place in forest near Orbost, in Gippsland. A hearing will be held in the Orbost magistrates court later this month.

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State forestry giant, Ag Min attacked over dubious contracts

Czech Position
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Czech Republic’s state-controlled forestry company, Lesy ?R, and the Ministry of Agriculture, which is responsible for it, have come fire from the country’s main spending watchdog for a series of wasteful and dubious contracts sealed by the company without property ministry supervision. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) said the firm, which manages most of the forests in the country, in 2010 signed a highly dubious and disadvantageous contract to swop a single 1,000-hectare plot for smaller parcels spread across nine districts of the country — in a move which ran counter to its own strategy.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

ArborGen faces faster route to commercialisation in US

ArborGen faces faster route to commercialisation in streamlined US approval process
Scoop Independent News
March 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

Forestry biotech company ArborGen, which counts NZX-listed Rubicon as a major shareholder, may be on a quicker route to taking one of its products to market after US officials trimmed the timeline in the approval process of biotechnology products. The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has outlined new processes to determine whether biotech products should be approved for commercial use, cutting the time to 13 to 16 months from an average three years per petition previously. That means ArborGen could get its cold-tolerant eucalyptus product to market sooner than previously expected, provided it secures all the appropriate approvals.

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Maine Forest Service cuts ribbon at two pellet boiler projects

Biomass Power and Thermal
March 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Waterville, Maine, High School students will now have the opportunity to study wood pellet heat in person. Through the Maine Forest Service’s Wood-to-Energy Public Building Program, the school and city hall in Gardiner officially cut the ribbon on wood pellet boiler installation projects. Each boiler will provide more than $105,000 per year in energy savings and create 23 new jobs. Earlier this week, the MFS held separate ribbon cutting ceremonies to announce the completion of the installation projects.

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Frostproof Company Growing Eucalyptus Trees to Feed Electric Power Plants

The Ledger
March 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Florida – The owner of Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery Inc. in Frostproof expects to open a new $1.3 million eucalyptus tree nursery by the end of the month, he said. By that time, Rucks also expects to deliver the first few thousand saplings to his first customer, Vero Beach-based Evans Properties Inc., one of the state’s largest citrus growers.These eucalyptus trees would not be grown for human consumption or wood products but to feed electric power plants. Eucalyptus has proved well suited as an alternative fuel because the tree grows fast (up to 15 feet per year), and the dense wood burns hotter and longer than native woods.

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Forestry carbon trading in limbo

Auckland stuff
March 17, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

One of the biggest potential influences in forestry’s future is the carbon credit regime. It aims to slow down deforestation by giving foresters credits for their trees and demanding credits back if they harvest without replanting. Some foresters are reported to have sold their credits for a lucrative sum. But at the moment, things are in limbo. Carbon prices have plummeted, due partly to the global downturn and to cheap credits from overseas driving down the local price. New Zealand is committed to reducing its net greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by this year, so the Government is looking hard at how well the Emissions Trading Scheme is working.

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Commission puts forward proposal on greenhouse gas accounting rules for forestry and agriculture

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

The European Commission has proposed a decision to establish common EU-wide accounting rules for greenhouse gas emissions and removals in the forest and agriculture sectors. Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard: “What we propose today is harmonised rules to account for forests and agricultural soils emissions… The proposal will also contribute to protect biodiversity and water resources, support rural development and have a more climate-friendly agriculture.” Forests and agricultural lands currently cover more than three-quarters of the EU territory and naturally hold large stocks of carbon, making them important for climate policy.

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Forest waste motion to fuel clash

The Australian
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

THE government faces defeat on the floor of the House of Representatives today and a clash with the crossbench over Rob Oakeshott’s motion to allow the burning of native forest waste as renewable energy under the carbon tax plan… Environmental groups, including Greenpeace, have signed an open letter to Mr Oakeshott calling on him to back down. Their plea has been supported by a letter from a group of scientists, who warn that burning native forest waste will create significant carbon emissions while undermining opportunities for the development of renewable energy.

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Windsor won’t back Oakeshott’s forestry plan

Sydney Morning Herald
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A CONTROVERSIAL push by the independent MP Rob Oakeshott to allow forestry companies to earn renewable-energy subsidies by burning native forest wood looks set to be shot down, with fellow independent Tony Windsor refusing to back the deal.  Mr Oakeshott’s move, which infuriated the Greens and sparked a vigorous environmental campaign, appears likely to fall short of a majority when it goes to Parliament this week.

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Australia can’t see the biomass for the trees

Sydney Morning Herald
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

THE World Bioenergy Conference is in two months in Sweden where biomass from native forestry and timber industry processing, and from municipal waste streams, is the source of more than 32 per cent of the local energy supply – making it the greatest source of supply… One important reason for these differences between the northern European countries and Australia lies in the differences between our long-term forestry policies and in the development of biomass as a critical renewable energy resource. It is obvious from the Nordic example that good information from well-informed people is needed for policy development, rather than via publicity campaigns based on emotion, misinformation and wishful thinking.

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