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Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Abandoned pulp mill reborn through art in Australia

CNTV.cn
March 19, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

An exhibition named ‘Shifting Infrastructure’ is being held at the University of Tasmania. Two Australian artists used the remnants of an abandoned pulp and paper mill to create works of art. Let’s find out more about these unconventional creations. Once an industrial hub, the Burnie Pulp and Paper Mill in Tasmania has stood abandoned for two years. Now it’s being immortalised through art.

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Business & Politics

Hardwood Lumber Prices Dip as Supply Grows?

Woodworking Network
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Signs suggest the U.S. and Canadian housing markets might finally be on the mend. Hardwood lumber imports early in 2012 are on par with last year, but the values of these imported species are higher, a potential sign that high-end durable goods buyers are coming back into the game as well. Increasing home sales could give the flooring sector a much-needed boost, though green lumber prices and flooring imports are also on the rise.

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Resolute and Fibrek squaring off in Quebec Court of Appeal over acquisition

Canadian Press
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The battle to acquire pulp producer Fibrek Inc. will be waged in the Quebec Court of Appeal later Thursday as Resolute Forest Products attempts to overturn a ruling that helps a competing bid from Mercer International. The Montreal-based forestry giant formerly known as AbitibiBowater (TSX:ABH) is trying to reinstate an administrative order to cease trade 32.3 million special warrants Fibrek issued to Mercer (TSX:MRI.U) as a defensive move to entice a higher bid.

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Pulp shipments show Canfor primed for a rally: analyst

Globe and Mail
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fresh statistics on the pulp and paper industry have revealed a marked improvement in industry fundamentals, making for an opportune time for investors to buy stock in Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CFX-T14.750.100.68%), according to Raymond James Ltd. analyst Daryl Swetlishoff. The Pulp & Paper Products Council stats for February showed higher operating rates in the industry and lower inventories, largely thanks to strong shipments to China.

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Catalyst could face stalking horse bid

Alberni Valley Times
March 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper will hold a creditor vote on its restructuring on April 23 and if the restructuring fails, the company could be sold to new owners. While company officials say the new owners will honour recently signed collective agreements, there are fears the company’s mills on Vancouver Island, including the Port Alberni operation, could be in jeopardy. The company is currently in court, and just received permission to sell off equipment and steel from the Elk Falls mill, which was permanently closed in 2010, explained Catalyst spokesperson Lyn Brown via e-mail Thursday.

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Prince Albert Pulp Mill Opening Delayed?

Yourtownnews.ca
March 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The opening of the Prince Albert Pulp Mill may not happen as soon as first thought. Media reports in Saskatoon suggest the conversion to a dissolving pulp mill is taking longer than expected, and the mill won’t be fully up and running until next fall.

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Scrapping of Elk Falls Mill approved

Campbell River Mirror
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst secured court approval to scrap some of the equipment at the Elk Falls pulp mill on Wednesday. The company filed an affidavit with the B.C. Supreme Court on March 16 to permit the sale of mill assets after a year-long attempt to auction all major pieces of equipment failed. With the failure of that auction, the company developed a plan to sell the equipment for scrap value and use the proceeds to demolish the non-useable buildings and infrastructure down to slab level, the affidavit says.

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Training centre plans push ahead

Prince George Free Press
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Both Canfor and the BID group are continuing in their effort to transform the old Rustad Sawmill site into a trades training centre to ensure local skilled workers are available for the tidal wave of opportunities coming to the north. “We met with Advanced Education last week,” Christine Kennedy, Canfor’s director of public affairs and corporate communications, said. “It was really productive.”

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Raw log exports make for poor return on resources

Letter by Brian Butler
Vancouver Sun
March 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Liberals ignoring committee on raw log exports: Dix, March 14 The B.C. minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations allowed 100,000 cubic metres of logs to be exported, disregarding the view of the government’s own Timber Export Advisory Committee (TEAC) that the logs should be processed in coastal mills. This decision resulted in a Lower Mainland company stating they will lay off shifts due to a log shortage. Last week during question period, the NDP repeatedly asked the minister responsible to explain why the logs were approved for export to China, at the expense of manufacturing jobs here in B.C.

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Elk Falls mill will be sent to the scrap heap

Canada.com
March 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Once the economic heart and soul of Campbell River, the Elk Falls mill is now nothing more than scrap metal, and part of Catalyst Paper’s drastic efforts to avoid financial ruin. Currently under court-order protection from creditors, Catalyst Paper has filed documents seeking approval of a deal to sell its mothballed Elk Falls pulp mill to a scrap metal dealer. Catalyst has already negotiated a deal with a scrap metal contractor, Schnitzer Steel, the documents state. The Portland, Oregon-based Schnitzer has metal and auto recycling operations all over North America, with seven operations in BC including Campbell River’s Steel Pacific Recycling in the Middle Point industrial park.

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St. Marys Paper could have a buyer – not necessarily a future

Not good news for 300 unionized workers
The Sault Star
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Sault Ste. Marie institution might have gone by the board. Bankrupt St. Marys Paper Corp., could have a buyer — but not necessarily a future, say union brass. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) contends the unidentified purchaser plans to “scrap” the more than 100-year-old manufacturer, based on language in a 34-page sale approval document, filed in court Monday. “Obviously, they’re moving to terminate everybody,” said Kim Ginter, CEP-Ontario vice-president, in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

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Supreme Court to hear appeal over random alcohol tests

Vancouver Sun
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A union of mill workers arguing that mandatory, random alcohol testing breaches their right to privacy will have their appeal heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The country’s top court announced Thursday that it would hear the case of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 and Irving Pulp & Paper, Ltd. Irving Pulp & Paper… operates a kraft paper mill along the banks of the St. John River in Saint John, N.B. In 2006, the company adopted a workplace policy that included mandatory random alcohol testing, by breathalyzer, for employees holding safety-sensitive positions, according to court documents.

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Danzer Sells Its Logging Operations – Will Its Successor Do Any Better?

All Africa
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

.. Danzer has sold its industrial logging operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Effective February 23rd, its subsidiary Siforco (which holds logging rights to around 2,1 million hectares of forest) was ceded to American-owned Groupe Blattner Elwyn. This ends 40 years of Danzer’s involvement in the DRC, a time that was all too often characterised by social conflicts and destruction of tropical rainforest.

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Timber industry praised by Government

Builders Merchants Journal
March 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Speaking at the Timber Trade Federation’s annual dinner yesterday (March 21) Mitchell, said: “Tackling deforestation and illegal logging is a crucial part of the UK Government’s work on climate change. Our support through the International Climate Fund means we are helping protect up to 39 million hectares of forest – an area more than one and a half times the size of the UK – as well as the 1.2 billion people who rely on forests to survive

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Center for Forest Products Business promotes Appalachian wood products in Costa Rica

Center for Forest Products Business
March 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Blacksburg, VA. – Dr. Henry Quesada-Pineda, assistant professor and assistant director of the Center of Forest Products Business at Virginia Tech participated in a short course for wood products companies in Hojancha, Costa Rica on March 6 and 15, 2012. The short course was organized conjointly by Virginia Tech, Costa Rica Tech, and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center.  More than 25 people attended the short course that included topics such
as primary processing, product design, continuous improvement, and
strategy and marketing planning.

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Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association Elects New Leadership

Woodworking Network
March 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PITTSBURGH – Members of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association (SCMA) elected 2012 officers at the association’s Annual Meeting on March 14, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, in New Orleans. Chuck Harris, Custom Lumber Manufacturing Company, Dothan and Birmingham, Ala., was elected president of the SCMA.

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Vietnam now world’s largest wood chip supplier

Pulp and Paper News
March 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Vietnam has taken over Australia as the world’s largest supplier of wood chips to pulp mills in Asia, according to new figures from WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). In 2011, Vietnam exported 5.4 million tons, triple that in 2007, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. The good news for wood chip exporters in both Vietnam and Australia has been the steady increase in demand for hardwood chips from China.

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Forestry

Suzuki vs. the Senate — who’s silencing whom?

by Peter Foster
Financial Post
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Radical environmentalists tend not to be famous for their objectivity or sense of irony. Canada’s most famous eco-activist, David Suzuki, proved that this week by organizing a write-in campaign to protest a Senate inquiry into foreign institutional funding of Canadian political activism. Independent researcher Vivian Krause unearthed more than $300-million of such eco-laundering, which has been used to campaign against B.C. fish farming and bring the Canadian forest industry to heel. Recently, both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver fingered foreign funding in clogging up the regulatory process for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the latest front in the green industry’s war against the oil sands.

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Canada’s North finally opens up

National Post
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

… We seem to be in one of those moods these days, with annual photo-ops of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Arctic and an array of investments to increase our presence in the North. Will this latest spike of interest in the North fare better than past episodes? …Almost all these areas saw above-average population growth between 2006 and 2011, and this will continue as investment increases. The only exceptions to these feel-good stories about Northern development were areas dependent on forestry, notably Northwest Ontario and the interiors of Quebec and BC. Extending a pipeline from northern Alberta to the northern B.C. coast would help offset some of the weakness in forestry.

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Lobbying for more comprehensive planning

Letter by Warren Hansen
Coast Reporter
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am a professional forester and actively practise integrated resource management in my daily work. I am also a mountain biker, trail runner and mushroom picker and use the Roberts Creek forest for my personal enjoyment. My mountain bike friends build, maintain and ride the many trails on the Sunshine Coast — an area second to none for mountain bike riding with a promising economy built around it. …We should advocate for a more comprehensive planning process that integrates important values like recreation use with sustainable logging and responsible forest stewardship, particularly in the interface areas like the Roberts Creek forest.

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English River logging suspended during court battle

Toronto Star
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario government has agreed to suspend logging north of the English River in a territory five times the size of Toronto as an 11-year legal fight winds its way through the courts. Last August, the Ontario Superior Court ruled the province does not have the power to take away treaty rights negotiated over 150 years ago by allowing industrial activity without the consent of Grassy Narrows First Nation. The decision is being appealed and is expected to be heard this fall.

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Court again halts use of logging ‘exclusions’

Helena Independent Record
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A California federal court judge once again has halted the Forest Service’s use of “categorical exclusions,” which allowed decisions to be made on small projects without public notice, comment or appeal.  Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill ruled that the use of the exclusions violates the Appeals Reform Act, which was passed by Congress in 1992 to ensure the public’s voice is heard before decisions are made. “This Court agrees that the ARA was passed in the face of widespread opposition to the Forest Service’s 1992 proposals to eliminate appeals of project-level decisions” involving timber sales and oil and gas leases, O’Neill wrote.

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Maps outline logging proposal

Draft documents show the great majority of BLM land in Lane County would be opened to cutting
The Register-Guard
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Large swaths of federal Bureau of Land Management forestland in Lane County could once again become opened for intensive logging under the proposed management plan championed by members of Oregon’s congressional delegation. Draft maps released this week by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., show that significant expanses of younger BLM forest stands on either side of the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area would come under control of the proposed O&C Trust, a governor-appointed board. The O&C Trust would be in charge of developing a logging plan for those lands. A total of roughly 1.5 million acres of forestland statewide would fall under the trust’s control.

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Forest board wants report on roadless area beetle plan

Rapid City Journal
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fears of a repeat of the pine-beetle explosion that ravaged the Black Elk Wilderness has members of the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board demanding action to control bugs in an 8,000-acre roadless area southwest of Spearfish. News that that about 1,700 bug-killed pine trees had been identified in the Sand Creek Roadless Area prompted a spirited discussion and a call for Forest Service action Wednesday during the advisory board’s meeting in Rapid City.

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Finding the urban forest in your neck of the woods

Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When people ask you where you live, what do you say? The city? The ‘burbs? Borrrring! Tell them you live in a forest, and that they do, too. It’s called an “urban forest.” As opposed to a national forest or managed timber forest, the urban forest is where people live and work, said Bob Fahey, forest ecologist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

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Forest Service takes over brush fire at Jefferson National Forest

Roanoke Times
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Volunteer fire departments in Alleghany County worked five hours Thursday on a 23-acre brush fire in the Jefferson National Forest before handing the call over to the U.S. Forest Service, according to dispatcher and firefighter Lt. Patrick Pullin with the Falling Springs Volunteer Fire Department. The blaze was near Falling Spring Falls in Hot Springs. The Dunlap, Hot Springs, Covington and Falling Springs volunteer fire departments responded until about 8 p.m., he said.

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Timber forward sale conditions to be revealed

ABC News, Australia
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

South Australian Treasurer Jack Snelling says an agreement has been reached on conditions for a south-east forestry sale. The SA Government will sell up to three forward harvest rotations. Expressions of interest closed earlier in the year. Mr Snelling has announced the details in Mount Gambier and says the Government has worked with the South-East Forestry Industry Roundtable to ensure the regional economy and jobs will be protected.

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Forester objects to Jagdeo’s appointment at IUCN

Stabroek News
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forester with knowledge of forestry issues here has written to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature protesting its appointment of former President Bharrat Jagdeo as its high-level envoy for sustainable development in forest countries. John Palmer, Senior Associate, Forest Management Trust, Gainesville, Florida and who has written letters to the press here on forestry issues, said that during Jagdeo’s 12-year tenure the national forest policy of 1997 and the national forest plan of 2001 have been “comprehensively ignored” and exports of unprocessed logs to Asia have risen sharply.

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No clear solution from forest report: industry

ABC News, Australia
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forest industry says a long-awaited report into the conservation value of native forests presents significant challenges for the pending peace deal. The state and federal governments have released the 2,000-page report prepared by an independent verification group, led by Professor Jonathan West. The report assessing the conservation value of Tasmania’s native forests has found environmentalists have a strong claim to have 572,000 hectares of native forest protected.

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Twice `extinct` trees rediscovered in coastal Tanzania

IPPmedia
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists have confirmed the rediscovery of two species of trees feared to have been extinct twice, according to a report published in the Journal of East African Natural History. The discoveries were made in highly threatened fragments of dry forest in the coast of Tanzania. One of the species, Erythrina schliebenii, belongs to the genus of ‘coral trees’ which have spectacular red flowers and viciously spiny trunks, according to the journal. The tree was only known from two collections from the 1930s until it was recollected in a small patch of unprotected forest in 2001.

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Tasmanian green groups hail forest report

Ninemsn
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Green groups say a landmark scientific report produced as part of Tasmania’s forests peace negotiations proves a logging ban is needed in the entire forest area of more than half a million hectares they have earmarked for protection. Professor Jonathan West’s report, released on Friday, has largely backed environmentalists’ claims that 572,000 hectares of forest is of world or national heritage value.

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Mt. Kenya fire out, but consumed 10 pct of forest

Associated Press
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan officials say fires that have been raging across Mount Kenya over the last week consumed 10 percent of the mountain’s forest before the flames were extinguished. The Kenya Wildlife Service said Friday that logs are still smoldering on the mountain, but that no fires are active.  Wildlife officials said the fires on Mount Kenya were caused by “arsonists with ill intentions.” Officials said previously that fires could have been set intentionally to help poachers escape after an attack.

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Horse logging turns to a new generation in ancient Pennine wood

UK Forestry Commission
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A master, his apprentice and two sturdy horses are on a mission to restore a precious fragment of ancient woodland in the Pennines. …Now the clock really is being turned back! Logger Chris Wadsworth, from Guisborough, and his 10 year old heavy horse, Ouragan (a Percheron, or French Draught), are treading carefully on the sensitive terrain to remove five tonnes of timber, including sycamore, allowing light to penetrate the overgrown beauty spot and give other trees a chance to thrive.

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Cutting the head to save the crown

The Economist
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ILLEGAL logging is big business. According to a study by Seneca Creek Associates, each year 130m cubic metres of roundwood—worth $12 billion—comes from sources which aren’t kosher. This amounts to roughly 8% total global production. Elsewhere the proportion is even higher. Almost a third of hardwood lumber and plywood traded in the global markets may be of suspicious provenance.

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Instability in Genetically Engineered Tree Company Indicated

By Global Justice Ecology Project
Scoop Independent News
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Today, Global Justice Ecology Project announced their new report, An Analysis of the State of GE Trees and Advanced Bioenergy, which details the evolution of the issue of GE trees from 2010 through 2012 and the global campaign to prohibit the release of GE trees. The report reveals government, industry, university and research institution collusion to advance development of GE trees specifically designed for bioenergy production in the US and globally.

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Greenpeace calls for zero deforestation globally by 2020

Mongabay.com
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace reiterated its call for an end to deforestation in Brazil by 2015 and globally by 2020 during its launch of an awareness-raising expedition down the Amazon River aboard the Rainbow Warrior. “Brazil is now the sixth largest economy in the world, the largest meat exporter and second largest grain exporter. Brazil’s rise to become the world’s sixth largest economy coincided with consecutive years of decline in deforestation in the Amazon,” said Kumi Naidoo Greenpeace International Executive Director. “Brazil must lead as an example of sustainable development without forest destruction for other forest countries like Indonesia and the Congo.”

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Forestry Minister, Right Back At Protestors

Channel 7 Daily News
March 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On Tuesday – 60 Mayans from the Toledo district staged a demonstration on Independence Hill in Belmopan – demanding that the moratorium on Rosewood be lifted. Their argument was that they have all their money tied up in Rosewood on the ground – and the moratorium has turned their valuable commodity into a wasting asset. They brought heat on the new Forestry Minister Lisel Alamilla – and last night on the Lik Road Talk Show – she put that heat right back on them. She said the majority of the communities and the Alcaldes support a moratorium – and that the protest was the product of a few very wealthy folks pushing buttons.

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Forestry Commission Takes Over Project

AllAfrica.com
March 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe has taken over the project to plant 10 million trees from Environmental Solutions Africa. Environmental Solutions Africa initiated the project in October last year and it was expected to run until April this year. The organisation, however, failed to secure adequate funding for the greening initiative resulting in the Forestry Commission taking it over in January this year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Many forests feeling the heat from climate change

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The U.S Geological Survey (USGS) says as the climate gets warmer, many forests are feeling the heat. Impacts range from increased forest fire hazards and tree mortality to detrimental beetle outbreaks and alterations to leaf abundance and bloom. When forest cover or composition changes, there are impacts to the availability of wood products, clean water, recreational opportunities, and habitats for many plants and animals.

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General

Covers coming off forest peace report

ABC News, Australia
March 22, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Pressure is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to release a long-awaited report on whether the forest peace deal is achievable. A panel of experts has been assessing the conservation value of 572,000 hectares of native forests which environmentalists want protected. It is understood their findings will be presented to peace talks signatories in Hobart today.

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