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Business & Politics

North American overseas softwood shipments fail to register price growth

Timber Trades Journal
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American softwood products have failed to establish any notable price increase in offshore markets despite soaring volumes in the last two years, according to industry newsletter Random Lengths. Shipments overseas in 2011 were up 48% to 984 million m³ – the largest volume since 1997. A 54% increase was recorded in 2010. Southern pine exports grew 23% in 2011 but a price decline outweighed volume gains. A weak US dollar helped suppliers to give discounts to compete with alternative species in Europe and North Africa.
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Participants get imaginative when describing Fibrek situation

Financial Post
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

If nothing else, market participants are having a field day with exercising their imagination on the Fibrek matter. For instance:— One wag used the term “three-ring circus” to describe the situation. His logic runs this way: a Quebec court rules to cease trade the special warrants; another Quebec court over-turns cease trade on appeal by Fibrek and another Quebec court then allows an appeal of an appealed decision and agrees to hear the appeal.

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Canada & U.S. “Top 20” Lumber Producers for 2011 show modest growth and ongoing consolidation

West Fraser Timber remains North America’s largest lumber producer as the recovery starts to take hold, with China playing a larger role
International WOOD MARKETS Group
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The latest WOOD MARKETS annual survey of the “top 20” Canadian and U.S. lumber producers shows that West Fraser Timber has retained its title of being North America’s largest softwood lumber producer in 2011 with 4.91 billion board feet (bf; or 7.8 million m3 net). The company was also Canada’s largest producer while Weyerhaeuser was the largest U.S. lumber producer in 2011 and North America’s second largest lumber producer with 3.56 billion bf.

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Catalyst poised to scrap Elk Falls mill, sell three others

Richmond-based firm urges creditors to take restructuring plan seriously by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper plans to seek court approval today to sell its pulp and paper mills to the highest bidder at a bargain basement price, if its creditors do not approve a restructuring plan similar to one they have already rejected. In an undated letter to creditors filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Catalyst president Kevin Clarke urges them “to give serious attention” to the restructuring plan…  In the event the plan is not accepted Catalyst has also filed a petition seeking approval to enter into an agreement with a so-called “stalking horse bidder” to sell the entire company for a value up to $395 million, the amount of debt held by its secured noteholders.

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Canfor Trades Training Centre in PG

HQ Prince George
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor has made a pitch to the Ministry of Advanced Education as the forestry giant forges ahead with plans to create a trades training centre in Prince George. Spearheaded by Canfor and the BID Group, the proposed centre would see the former Rustad sawmill site transformed into a practical learning facility. Canfor spokeswoman Christine Kennedy says a discussion with the Ministry didn’t end with any promises of provincial funding, but was still a positive step forward.

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Lumber exports strong in January

Prince George Citizen
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. softwood lumber exports to China reached 387 million board feet in January, according to the provincial government, a 57-per-cent increase over the same month last year. The total translated into $68.9 million worth of sales, up 11.7 per cent. Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell was pleasantly surprised by the increase in volume, noting that January is typically a slow month because of Chinese New Year, although he acknowledged prices were higher last year.

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Catalyst, workers reach agreement for five-year term

New deal runs for five years, calls for wage cuts to union workers’ hourly rates
Alberni Valley Times
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Local officials are cautiously optimistic after learning Catalyst Paper has reached a new labour agreement with unions at the Port Alberni, Crofton and Power River Mills. While the deal does implement significant wage reductions, it also maintains several crucial retiree benefits. On Jan. 31, Catalyst applied for creditor protection, allowing the company, which owns the Vancouver Island operations, to continue operating while working towards restructuring its capital.

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Nanaimo mills continue difficult battle

By Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It has been a difficult five-year stretch for Nanaimo’s struggling forest industry. The collapse of the American housing market in 2007, the main market at the time for most of the province’s forest exports, hit local saw and pulp mills hard. A series of work curtailments, shutdowns and the layoff of hundreds of local forestry workers followed. However, operations at Nanaimo’s four mills continue in the hope that the markets will revive and return the industry to past glory. Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association, which represents many forestry companies on B.C.’s coast, predicts it may take up to four years before the American housing markets recover

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Sheraton Holdings Ltd. up and running

Burns Lake Lakes District News
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sheraton Holdings Ltd. sawmill, which is owned by Comfor Management Services Ltd. (CMSL), is back up and running. As reported in the Lakes District News edition of Feb. 15, 2012, the sawmill, located East of Burns Lake, was scheduled to reopen this month after being closed for more than a year. The company officially wound up its operations during December 2010 and to limit losses all staff, except for a skeleton maintenance crew and manager Henry Wiebe were laid off.

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Strike ends at Maritime Paper Products

CBC News
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unionized employees at Maritime Paper Products Ltd. in Dartmouth have signed a new collective agreement, ending a strike that began 12 days ago. “We were pleased to meet with the union last week and both negotiating teams worked hard at concluding a tentative agreement,” Gary Johnson, the president of the company, said in a statement Wednesday. “We focused on resolving outstanding issues and I’m pleased to say the tentative agreement was ratified.” The six-year collective agreement includes increases in salaries and benefits retroactive to May 2011, according to the company.

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Leading Authority on Wood Exports Reveals Insights into Trading Forest Products to Asia in Upcoming Webinar

Digital Journal (press release)
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Missoula, MT – Paul Owen, President of Vanport International, will present his expert view on exporting wood products to Asia in an exclusive webinar on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10am PST. Paul’s track record and decades of experience put him at the top of his field, offering attendees from the forest products industry the opportunity to gain real-world insight into how they can take advantage of high-growth markets in the Far East.

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Plan to boost forestry exports

Stuff.co.nz
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forestry industry believes it could add an extra $5.9 billion annually to already rising export earnings by 2022 if it follows a cross-sector strategy released today. The plan, collated by the Wood Council of New Zealand or Woodco, was outlined at the pan-industry Forestwood conference in Wellington this afternoon. On its current path, the report estimates New Zealand’s log and wood product exports will rise in value from $4.6b last March to $6.1b in 10 years time.

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Stora Enso to invest 1.6 bln euros in new China mill

Reuters
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

HELSINKI – Finnish paper company Stora Enso plans to invest 1.6 billion euros ($2.1 billion) to build a new mill in China, banking on growth in the Asian market as it faces weakening demand and overcapacity in Europe. Stora Enso said on Tuesday that it would build an integrated board and pulp mill in Guangxi, southern China, with a paperboard capacity of 900,000 tonnes. Production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

School district aiming for a paper-free workplace

Nanaimo Daily News
March 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Savings to the cash-strapped Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars as it gradually moves toward a paper-free work environment. Information systems manager Steve Sproston told the school board last week that not only will the district’s education technology be brought up-to-date with the board’s recent adoption of its IBM Strategic Road Map, the district can also expect to see a return on its investment in regards to reduced paper, books and other learning-resource expenditures.

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45000 forestry jobs have disappeared, Northern MPP says

Fedeli introduces bill to support forestry industry
Press Release
March 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEEN’S PARK – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced plans today to introduce his first Private Members’ Bill entitled the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act. The Act would amend the Ontario Building Code to allow for wood frame construction to be used in mid-rise buildings up to six stories, instead of the current four stories.  “This change would increase use of wood harvested in Northern Ontario for residential construction and provide a significant boost to an industry left staggered,” said Fedeli.

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Photos: Wood manufacturers throw traditional rules of business out the window

Globe and Mail
March 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three hours northwest of Toronto, a group of Ontario wood manufacturers is succeeding by throwing traditional rules of business out the window. They’ve formed a cluster, a concept first coined by Harvard University’s Michael Porter two decades ago, to share ideas on productivity, R&D and productivity.

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Finger Lakes Community College opens new Student Centre

World Interior Design Network
March 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The facility spans 78,000 square feet spreading over two levels. …The centre is also the first public building in Ontario County to receive LEED certification from the US Green Building Council with incorporation of several green features. …Use of 95% reclaimed structural steel, New York-quarried stone, and sustainably harvested wood products add to the sustainability.

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Ontario private member’s bill would allow six-storey wood frame buildings

Daily Commercial News
March 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario Legislature said Tuesday he plans to table a private member’s bill which, if passed into law, would change the Ontario Building Code to allow the construction of wood frame buildings of up to six stories. Vic Fedeli, Member of Provincial Parliament for the northern riding of Nipissing, announced the proposed Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act in Toronto, and he hopes to introduce the bill into the legislature in September after the summer recess.

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A misleading comparison: plastic against paper

Inquirer.net
March 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The recent attempt by the local plastic industry to pit plastic against paper—alleging that the ban on plastic bags has increased the use of paper, and that paper is more unfriendly to the environment because its production entails the cutting of trees—is misleading. First, local ordinances banning plastic bags do not stipulate the use of paper bags. In fact, it promotes the use of reusable containers. Second, paper, as a container, cannot only come from trees but also from other fibrous materials. And third, containers cannot only be made out of paper.

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Forestry

Urban forestry projects take root across Canada

by TD Friends of the Environment
Canada News Wire press release
March 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Today, World Forestry Day, TD Green Streets has announced the 21 Canadian communities that will receive TD Green Streets grants in 2012. Grants will be used to green local communities through tree planting, inventory, maintenance and educational activities and are awarded for innovative approaches to municipal forestry.

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Big Creek watershed assessment to begin

Williams Lake Tribune
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Big Creek Watershed Rancher Randy Saugstad says the harvest of pine beetle-affected wood continues to have a negative impact on his ranch. “We got a mess here. Forest Practices Board know we’ve got a mess, but their mandate is such that they cannot do anything too controversial, and the mills are not doing anything illegal in harvesting the pine beetle wood because the government changed the laws,” Saugstad says. Saugstad notes there wasn’t a drought this year or a cold snap in November 2011, yet he has no water to feed his 150 cows.

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NDP critic says Liberals made rash decision on Okanagan national park

Pentiction Western News
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With a provincial election a year away, the BC New Democrats are not saying yet if they will support a national park in the South Okanagan/Similkameen. This week, the party’s environment critic Rob Fleming accused the Liberals of shortsightedness by closing the door on the matter but stopped short of backing the plan. “I think it was really regrettable and heavy handed the way that Terry Lake unilaterally pulled British Columbia away from the table, from discussions that were about a feasibility of a national park without telling anybody,” said Fleming.

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A different view taken of controversial Elk logging

Chilliwack TImes
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Years after local hikers fought against logging plans that could still destroy a beloved trail home to a number of species at risk, the First Nations managers of the woodlot have been recognized by the industry. The Ch-ihl-kway-uhk First Nation was recognized for its stewardship by the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) at the organization’s recent AGM in Harrison Hot Springs. Matt Wealick heads up the Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Forestry Limited Partnership (CFLP), a forestry company made up of eight local Sto: lo bands that has been logging since 2008 on an 800hectare woodlot that includes the popular Elk-Thurston Trail.

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BC approves $900 M Jumbo Glacier ski resort

Vancouver Sun
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — After more than 20 years of review, the B.C. government cleared the way Tuesday for development of a controversial ski resort on Jumbo Mountain in the province’s southeast. “This morning, I signed the master development agreement for the Jumbo Glacier Resort,” Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson said Tuesday. “Approval of the master development agreement allows the project to proceed.”

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The Daily Townsmen

The Globe and Mail

The Canadian Press

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations press release

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Pine beetle impacts snowpack

Smithers Interiod News
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New research suggests B.C’s beetle-infested forests will see a rise in snowpack as their canopies grow thin. But in some areas, changes in snowpack are showing up later than expected. The six-year study compared snow levels under a beetle-infested pine trees, green trees of other species, and a clearcut stand on the Bonaparte Plateau north of Kamloops. As expected, after the beetle-killed trees shed most of their needles, their thinner canopy allowed more snow to fall directly onto the forest floor.

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Ontario’s forest sector is gradually beginning to see signs of a recovery – OFIA

Net Newsledger
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Business Now – Over the last several years, Ontario’s forest sector has been faced with a host of well documented challenges – a high Canadian dollar, severely reduced housing starts in the U.S., and increasing competition from low cost jurisdictions to name a few. Despite these ongoing challenges, the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) believes that, due to the significant efforts of the private sector, their employees, and the Provincial government, Ontario’s forest sector is gradually beginning to see signs of a recovery.

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Forestry forums give landowners operation advice

Sulphur Southwest Daily News
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Baton Rouge, La. — Recent LSU AgCenter Forestry Forums provided landowners with information that will help with future plans for their operations. Marketing small timber tracts was a popular issue at the Florida parishes forestry forum, held on March 16 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. The meeting featured a panel discussion of the problems and solutions faced by growers with small acreages.  The purpose of these meetings, which are held across the state, is to educate forest landowners on some of the issues that may affect them, said LSU AgCenter extension forester Brian Chandler.

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Why Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry is reluctant to investigate APP’s illegal logging of ramin trees

Redd Monitor
March 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When Greenpeace told the Ministry of Forestry that it had found evidence that Asia Pulp and Paper was illegally logging ramin trees, the Ministry’s response less than enthusiastic. More than two weeks later, the Ministry told Greenpeace that it “intends” to visit APP’s pulp mill. Meanwhile APP has been busy removing the evidence from its timber yards. Shocking evidence in a recent report by Greenomics Indonesia reveals that the Ministry of Forestry knew that APP’s suppliers were planning to log ramin trees, before the trees were cut. Greenomics Indonesia has released documents from APP’s timber suppliers that specifically name ramin as one of the species to be logged.

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Treasury ‘cavalier’ on forest rights sale

Adelaide Now
March 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORMER Forestry SA chairman John Ross says Treasury officials were “cavalier” in their handling of the controversial sale of the South-East forest harvesting rights. Facing a parliamentary committee inquiring into the sale, Mr Ross criticised the Government’s lack of consultation with Forestry SA. The State Government is expected to gain more than $500 million from the sale. Mr Ross renewed his criticism over the board being ordered to sign confidentiality agreements and Treasury not providing consultant valuations or a regional impact statement.

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Illegal logging makes billions for gangs, report says

BBC News
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Illegal logging generates $10-15bn (£7.5-11bn) around the world, according to new analysis from the World Bank. Its report, Justice for Forests, says that most illegal logging operations are run by organised crime, and much of the profit goes to corrupt officials. Countries affected include Indonesia, Madagascar and several in West Africa. The bank says that pursuing loggers through the criminal justice system has made a major impact in some nations, and urges others to do the same.

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Comptroller and auditor general of India slams govt for forest policy delay

Times of India
March 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PORVORIM: The comptroller and auditor general of India (CAG) has pulled up the Goa government for dragging its feet in notifying the state forest policy-meant for sustainable management of forests-even five years after the national forest commission had recommended a policy for every state. In its report for the year ended March 31, 2011, CAG has found that while the management plan for one wildlife sanctuary was prepared, the same for the other wildlife sanctuaries and one national park were yet to be formulated.

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Call for end to the logging of native forests

ABC News, Australia
March 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservationists have marched on Parliament calling on the State Government to stop logging in native forests. “Stop the damage in our state forest, stop the damage to our threatened cockatoo habitat,” the protesters chanted. An alliance of conservation groups used World Forest Day to present the Environment Minister Bill Marmion with more than 5,000 letters urging action to protect endangered species.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canadian Energy Policy, Oil Sands and Climate Change

University of BC
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia is hosting a panel session that will cover a broad discussion of current energy policies and their implications for Canada and beyond… Moderated by Marlene Cummings (Forest Ethics), the participants include George Hoberg (Forest Resources Management at UBC), James Glave (Tides Canada), Greg Stringham (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) and Matt Horne (Pembina Institute). The session is Thursday March 22nd, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Forest Sciences Centre 1003.

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Woodchipping agenda up in smoke for now

WA today
March 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Despite a setback for logging interests, we are not out of the woods yet. Australia’s ancient native forests were saved the ignominy of being incinerated for government-subsidised electricity by the unlikeliest of candidates this week. Liberal defector and House of Representatives Speaker Peter Slipper used his first deciding vote to defeat independent MP Rob Oakeshott’s motion for native forest biomass to be classed as renewable energy.

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Forest Carbon Credits from Northwest Cambodia

CSR Asia
March 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Oddar Meanchey Province in the Northwest corner of Cambodia may be better known as a former Khmer Rouge stronghold than as the site of Cambodia’s first REDD project. But times have changed in this remote province, and former combatants are now working along with villagers to save the country’s remaining forests. The Oddar Meanchey Community Forestry REDD project is the first of its kind in Cambodia. It was initiated in 2008 when international consensus crystallized around a mechanism called REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) to compensate developing countries that could successfully protect their existing forests.

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Forest owners face harvesting liabilities

Stuff New Zealand
March 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The head of the country’s largest forestry company says carbon credits could be more of a burden than a blessing for many forest owners. Bill McCallum, general manager of Hancock Timber Management NZ, says owners of “Kyoto” forests – those established after 1989 – were able to sell surplus credits as their trees grew. He doubted reports that the credits were proving a windfall “but it’s something that is improving the economics of forestry”. However it was quite different for owners of pre-1990 forests, who had been forced into the scheme.

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Pre-Kyoto forest owners face harvesting liabilities

Stuff.co.nz
March 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The head of the country’s largest forestry company says carbon credits could be more of a burden than a blessing for many forest owners. Bill McCallum, general manager of Hancock Timber Management NZ, says owners of “Kyoto” forests – those established after 1989 – were able to sell surplus credits as their trees grew. He doubted reports that the credits were proving a windfall “but it’s something that is improving the economics of forestry”. However it was quite different for owners of pre-1990 forests, who had been forced into the scheme.

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General

The plight of BC forests

Bridge River Lillooet News
March 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several weeks ago, Wendy Fraser wrote a strong editorial deploring the mismanagement of forests by the Liberal government. Let me add a few observations to her statement. Since 1978, the Forest Service’s mission statement stressed integrated management of forest values: “To manage, conserve their sustainable use for the economic, cultural, physical and spiritual well-being of British Columbians, who hold those same resources in trust for future generations. In respecting and caring for public forest and range lands, the ministry is guided by the ethics of stewardship and public service.” This claim, idealistic to the point of naïveté, was regularly contradicted by a clear-cutting mentality on the ground, but at least it gave the appearance of serving the best interests of the public.

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We Celebrate World Forestry Day

Manila Bulletin
March 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

MANILA, Philippines — To provide the opportunity for people to learn how forests can be managed and used for many sustainable purposes, World Forestry Day is celebrated on March 21 each year. The event is a good time to consider the benefits of forests to their communities such as catchment protection, providing habitats for animals and plants, areas for recreation, education, scientific study, and a source of many products including timber and honey.

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Colorado assesses wildfire damage, braces for more

Associated Press
March 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

WRAY, Colo. — Residents on Colorado’s eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage and the number of farm animals killed following a wildfire that charred more than 37 square miles. Fire managers put two firefighting air tankers on standby at an airport outside Denver on Tuesday because forecasts are calling for increasingly dangerous conditions into next weekend.  Forests and grasslands are dry from the lower elevations of the Front Range eastward into Kansas, said Steve Segin, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

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