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Daily Archives: March 29, 2012

Froggy Foibles

‘Tree-mu’: Bizarre emu-shaped branch causes a stir in Somerset

Metro
March 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

With its long neck and sharp beak, it is easy to make the mistake that this hedge is harbouring a very large bird that has made the hedge its home. Tony, from Chard in Somerset, was so stunned that he actually stopped in his tracks and went back to the hedge to investigate, where he discovered that the ’emu’ was nothing more than the twisted branch of a tree. The ‘tree-mu’ as it has now been dubbed, appears to be craning its neck over the hedge to fool other passers-by…

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Sawmills Find Chaplains a Blessing

Building-Products.com
March 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

As the lumber industry and overall economy continue to struggle to rebound, several hardwood companies have hired on-site chaplains to help guide their employees and family members through the stress. Marketplace Chaplains, Dallas, Tx., said companies find its services an excellent management resource and a beneficial tool to their bottom lines. 

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Business & Politics

Eacom Timber raises $40 million

Montreal Gazette
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Eacom Timber Corp., controlled by Vancouver entrepreneur Rick Doman and owner of the former Domtar Corp. sawmills in Ontario and Quebec, has raised $40 million in a secured debenture financing backed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Eacom bought eight Domtar sawmills for $80 million early in 2010, but has faced a patch of record low lumber prices and a high Canadian dollar. Five of the sawmills are in Ontario and three in Quebec, including two on temporary shutdown.

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Fibre crisis hits Port Alberni mill

Future of Butch Taylor’s sawmill in jeopardy because he cannot get enough logs
Alberni Valley Times
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of an Alberni shingle-making business is struggling to keep his employees working and stay in business because he cannot get logs. And with a major customer for their hog fuel, Catalyst Paper, in financial distress, the future seems uncertain. Butch Taylor has been running Coleman Road Shingle, near the Port Alberni regional airport, for 30 years.  Butch Taylor, owner of Coleman Road Shingle, is struggling to provide work for his employees because he is struggle to get wood.

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Japan offers limited trade opportunities for Alberta

Troy Media (blog)
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY, AB – When thinking about Asia and Canada’s global trade position, most people’s first thought is our exports to China, or maybe India. But an oft-forgotten giant economy in Asia could be the key to some trade diversity for both Canada and Alberta. Last weekend, Canada’s Prime Minister was in Japan, kick-starting talks to eventually liberate trade between the two countries. …Some of last year’s increase was due to the earthquake Japan suffered in March 2011. Lumber exports from Alberta more than doubled from 2009, reaching a record of $81 million last year.

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You’re in Canfor Country now

Forest company president visits East Kootenay as Canfor takes over Tembec assets
Cranbrook Daily Townsman
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new era has begun in the East Kootenay forest industry, with the completion of Canfor’s purchase of Tembec assets in the region. On Monday, March 26, Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne visited the area to oversee the launch of that new era. “We’re thrilled to be here now,” Kayne said, in an interview in what is now the Canfor office on Cranbrook Street. “We’ve made a big commitment to the East Kootenay. We have the Radium mill here, plus Elko and Canal Flats … overall in the south here we’ve a much bigger position than we’ve had in a long time.” …Kayne said the quality of the fibre, or the wood itself, in the East Kootenay is “second to none.”

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$3.5 Million Award for RICO Conspiracy

Courthouse News Service
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An importer of Chinese industrial machinery must pay $3.5 million for bribing the manager of a Virginia-based flooring company to buy equipment at more than 500 percent markup, a federal judge ruled. …Boyd told Burke and Nicewonder that VFI would need to buy “finishing line” machinery to finish the wood into hardwood flooring. A finishing line consists of sanding machines, roll coaters for applying lacquer, ultraviolet curing ovens and conveyors. Boyd said they could get one from Taiwan for nearly $1 million. In fact, a finishing line only costs about $250,000, Jones wrote. Boyd later persuaded the business partners to purchase a second finishing line.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UNIBOARD® helps kitchens dance to RIO’s beat!

Company launches two new leading thermofused melamine surface textures
Uniboard Press Release
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Laval (Québec) UNIBOARD®, a North American leader in engineered wood products, last night unleashed the glitzy spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival at local Montreal restaurant Chez Ma Grosse Truie Chérie. The private cocktail event celebrated the launch of Uniboard’s RIOTM and Hi-Gloss thermofused melamine surface textures. …The event formed a unique showcase for Uniboard’s new and unique finishes of thermofused melamine panels: RIO and Hi-Gloss. It also featured a fresh colour palette dedicated to kitchen design, themed around the bright, sun-drenched hues of Brazil.

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NewWood Recycles Potential 170 Million Pounds of Wood and Plastic Out of Landfills

By TJ McCue
Forbes
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

With a 100 percent recycled building material (50 percent recycled wood; 50 percent recycled polyethylene plastic both post-consumer), NewWood has invented a composite material. This wood plastic board could change the building industry. They have identified over 100 new applications or uses for it ranging from green home construction, chicken coops, handicap ramps, gardening, and horse trailers, just to name a few. It is bendable, water-resistant (nearly water proof), fire-resistant, formaldehyde-free (no off-gassing), insect-resistant and food safe, just to name a few of its redeeming characteristics. 

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Defense Department Dumps LEED For Home-Brew Certification

Tree Hugger
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Ever since President Bush ordered it, the Defense Department has been a leader in green building, going for LEED certification in over 49 projects. But today’s Republicans don’t like most things green, and particularly LEED as a result of the War in the Woods between SFI and FSC. Now the LEED-bashers have their biggest victory ever, as Chris Cheatham reports in Green Building Law Update:…

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Headwaters awards $750,000 for lumber marketing project; Forest Product Initiative seeks to promote redwood for decks

Times-Standard
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Headwaters Fund board approved a grant for a project aimed at convincing California residents to choose redwood over wood-plastic composite lumber when building decks.
”The goal is to increase the volume of redwood sales and thereby stop the loss of jobs in lumber manufacturing,” Debets said, adding that several manufacturers of redwood lumber have said rebuilding the value of redwood is the most important thing that could be done for the industry. “We’re all marketing redwood for one of the highest and best uses, which is for decking… The marketing will be done primarily via 30-second television commercials.

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Californians Recognized by Wood Products Council for Exceptional …

AIACC
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

EHDD Architects of San Francisco and Tipping Mar of Berkeley won in the Green Building category for Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, the first net zero-energy classroom building in North America, for the design team’s use of wood to provide a contemporary feel that blends in with the school’s natural surroundings.

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Timber building knowledge is increasing the use of wood by Australian architects, engineers and designers

Forest and Wood Products Australia
Press release
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

For a whole range of reasons timber and wood products are becoming increasingly popular material choices for building construction and interior decor… One of the main drivers of this change in material preferences is a growing awareness of the environmental impacts of buildings. Broadly speaking, there are two main ways in which a built structure affects the environment. The first is during its construction, the second, is during its lifetime of use.

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Bay of Connections forestry strategy to contribute to national goal

Bay of Connections, NZ
press release
March 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Bay of Plenty region is well positioned to both benefit from, and contribute to, a new cross-sector forestry and wood products strategy that aims to more than double the New Zealand forestry industry’s business-as-usual export earnings to $12 billion by 2022. The strategy has been developed by the Wood Council of New Zealand (Woodco) and was launched at the ForestWood Conference in Wellington last week.

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Kimberly-Clark to Launch Bamboo Toilet Paper

Environmental Leader
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Kimberly-Clark’s U.K. line of Andrex toilet tissue will launch Andrex Eco, made with 90 percent recycled fiber and 10 percent bamboo, the company said. …The new product is Forest Stewardship Council-certified for the bamboo and recycled fiber supply chain, Andrex said. According to Marketing Week, the Eco paper is the first time that bamboo – which produces more fiber on less land than conventional trees used for toilet paper – has been used by a mainstream tissue brand in the U.K.

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Barking up the right tree? See which councils use legal, sustainable wood

WWF-UK
March 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

More than half of UK local authorities still don’t have a legal and sustainable timber procurement policy – and only 16 are implementing their policy effectively – despite upcoming legislation to halt the import of illegally sourced wood products. That’s the findings of our new report, ‘Barking up the right tree?’. The UK is currently the third biggest importer of products made from illegal timber in Europe, after Germany and Italy.  The public sector, which includes local authorities, is thought to account for as much as 40% of all wood products entering the UK market and it’s estimated that up to 10% of wood products entering the UK from outside Europe comes from illegal sources.

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Aylmer couple opts for new steel technology in building their green home

Ottawa Citizen
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

This couple (Brian Allemekinders and Deidre Yukich) built a new sustainable home using a new technology called Ktect, built with structurally insulated panels (SIPs) that use steel and expanded polystyrene as opposed to the more traditional SIP, which is sandwiched with oriented strand board.

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Forestry

North American lumber production up for second successive year in 2011

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

With a plus of 4% to roughly 115.7m m³, North American lumber production increased in 2011 for the second year in succession, although the upward trend weakened in comparison to that seen in 2010, which had shown a year-on-year rise of 12% to 110.9m m³. Improvements in the last two years came on the heels of a sharp fall in production volume from 2005 until 2009. In 2005, North American lumber producers had reached a total production volume of 176.6m m³. In 2007, softwood-lumber production was still at 170.6m m³, followed in 2007 and 2008 by sharp declines to 153.6m m³ and 124.7m m³ respectively.
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Raw log exports killing Alberni business: Fraser

Alberni Valley News
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s raw log export policy is forcing small mills out of business, says Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser… Butch Taylor has operated Coleman Road Shingle for 32 years. In 2000 he had enough work that he had to build a new mill, and increased his staff to 32 full-time workers from 12. Fast-forward a dozen years, one recession and multiple layoffs later, and Taylor is back to where he started. Taylor said the whole reason his business is suffering is due to a lack of wood fibre. “Right now we could put in a second shift if we had wood and we had people. But all our young people went to Alberta,” he said.

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Forest-destroying avalanches on the rise due to clear-cut logging

NRC Research press release
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ottawa, Ontario – Scientists with the UBC Avalanche Research Group have been studying the impact of clear-cut logging on avalanche terrain in British Columbia. Understanding avalanche behavior and its destructive potential is an important factor in assessing risk of clear-cut logging of mature forest timber. An article just published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal presents data collected from locations where avalanches have been released due to clear-cut logging; these data demonstrate the adverse effects of poor logging practices.

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Injury Management Webinar – BC Forest Safety Council

BC Forest Safety Council
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

These free sessions cover strategies for managing slips, trips and falls injuries. Material covered includes the mechanics of gait; effective pre-season preparation; ergonomic considerations; simple field-based observations and coaching techniques for reducing front-line worker slips, trips and falls. These webinars are designed for crew bosses, supervisors, safety coordinators, joint OH&S committee members and company managers. This webinar is presented by BC Forest Safety Council staff, along with Rob Fontaine of Ergorisk Management Group.

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Provincial budget offers status quo for Northern Ontario

Northern Ontario Business
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…The Ministry of Natural Resources is in for some changes. The government is giving Minister Michael Gravelle the authority to make loans to local forest management corporations with the approval of the Ministry of Finance. There will also be more “flexibility” in forest management planning under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Resource management is taking a “stronger regional focus” with fewer field offices.

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Urban forest saves city money, open house told

The Chronicle Journal
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Not only does the urban forest help beautify the city, it can also save the city money. Thunder Bay’s urban forest plan says the annual benefit of trees in the city is worth more than $1.5 million. The city’s parks division hosted the first of two open houses Wednesday to get public feedback on the urban forest plan.  “Public trees belong to the public, so we want the public to be part of the process,” city forester, Shelley Vescio said.

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New Forest Service planning rule highlights the tension between flexibility and accountability

Legal Planet (blog)
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Forest Service has now finalized the new planning rule it proposed a year ago… The blog “A New Century of Forest Planning” is reporting reactions from a variety of sources. So far, there seem to be a lot of general statements of support, with the unsurprising proviso that the devil will be in the implementation details. The thing that pops out at me about the new rule is the extent to which it brings to life what I view as the key dilemma of modern conservation policy: the tension between desires for management flexibility and demands for management accountability.

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Fire Crews Struggle To Control Colorado Blaze

National Public Radio
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bolstered by reinforcements, fire crews were focusing Wednesday on building containment lines around the 7-square-mile wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in the mountains southwest of Denver and may have claimed two lives. About 400 firefighters from several states, including expert hotshot teams, were at the blaze and fire managers hoped to get help from air tankers for a second straight day. The fire, which broke out Monday, has quickly spread because strong winds. Until now, firefighters have been focused on protecting homes. As crews dig lines around the fire’s perimeter, a search team is using dogs to look for a woman missing in the fire zone. Her home was among 28 destroyed or damaged in the blaze.

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Regulatory rules ever changing

Helena Independent Record
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We hear from a lot of folks from various corners of the economy about how a lack of regulatory certainly is a hindrance to Montana’s economy. To be sure, certain folks in certain industries believe that the state’s regulations in and of themselves are crippling… We were reminded of this lack of certainty last week, in a story about a federal judge in California ruling that the U.S. Forest Service can’t use “categorical exclusions” to advance small logging projects without public notice, comment or appeal. While it’s a federal decision that isn’t related to Montana’s regulatory climate in particular, Montana is home to millions of acres of federal forest land, and the decision speaks to the type of regulatory uncertainty that some business people, particularly in natural resource industries, bemoan.

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74th Oregon Logging Conference In Review: Optimism and Innovation

By Mike Crouse
Loggers World Magazine
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 74th Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) greeted visitors with … a prevailing mood of cautious optimism apparent amongst vendors, programs, and participants… The opening session was packed and after the preliminaries, this year’s president, Ken Wienke, introduced the key note speaker William (Bill) Springer, Vice President, Diversified Products Division of Caterpillar, Inc. Springer’s speech reflected the theme of this year’s conference, “The World Needs Our Wood,” but strongly reflected the positive tone seen throughout the conference: the positive signs of an economic resurgence. 

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US Senators want review of air tanker strategy

Associated Press
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A group of Western senators says the U.S. Forest Service may not be moving quickly enough to build up and replace the fleet of aging planes that drop fire retardant on wildfires. The senators asked the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday to evaluate whether the Forest Service has done a good job of analyzing the types and numbers of aircraft needed, the cheapest way to get them, new technologies, and where the planes will be based.

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Crews race to contain CO fire before winds return

Associated Press
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CONIFER, Colo. — Authorities were racing Thursday to contain a destructive wildfire in the mountains outside of Denver before the return of hot and windy weather this weekend. More than 500 firefighters were at the blaze, which has blackened about 6 square miles in the mostly rural area southwest of the city’s populated suburbs. Since the fire began Monday, 27 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and an elderly couple was found dead at one of the homes. No cause of death has been released.

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Museum seeks new home for century-old turbine

The Idaho Statesman
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO — A century-old turbine engine could be headed to the scrapheap if the director of the Museum of North Idaho doesn’t find a new home for it soon. The massive engine, which used to power the Northwest Timber Co., has been on display outside the Fort Sherman Museum at North Idaho College since the 1980s. A remodel of the Fort Sherman site set to be completed by June doesn’t include plans for the 10-ton turbine. Museum director Dorothy Dahlgren said she hasn’t been able to find a new place for the engine after nearly two years of searching, and she is “at wit’s end.”

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State considers cutting back on logging limits

Proponents say plan will help sustain woods; opponents claim it’ll put forests out on a limb
Sentinel and Enterprise
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Logging could return to state forests if a state Department of Conservation and Recreation plan is approved next month. In 2009, the DCR suspended logging in its forests, but the proposed plan would reopen 125,000 acres — or 40 percent of DCR forests — to logging across the state. The DCR spent three years on the plan, part of the agency’s Forest Futures Visioning Process. During the process, the DCR examined policies governing publicly owned open spaces and designated every property a woodland, parkland or reserve.

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Beetle outbreak in Paddock Wood ‘threatens trees’

BBC News
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Larvae of the Asian longhorn beetle have been found in a poplar tree by the Forestry Commission at Paddock Wood. Fera said the beetle is not native to the UK and possibly came into the area in wood packaging used to import stone from China at an adjacent site. …Fera said this was the first outbreak of the beetle in the UK and could have severe consequences for British trees. …”Eradication measures to treat outbreaks in the US and Italy have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of mature trees.”

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100 orangutans estimated lost in Indonesian fires

The Missoulian
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans living there and all of them may be lost this year, conservationists warned Wednesday… Cloud-free images from December show only 12,267 hectares of Tripa’s original 60,000 hectares of forest remains, said Graham Usher of the Foundation of a Sustainable Ecosystem. The rest has been broken up and degraded as palm oil companies drain the swamp, Usher said. “If there is a prolonged drought and the fire continues … then orangutans, tigers and sun bears within it will disappear will be exterminated before the end of 2012,” he told a news conference, held by the Coalition to Save Tripa, which includes Greenpeace.

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Forest logging briefly halted

Collie Mail
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PROTESTORS claim to have again briefly halted logging in Arcadia forest “following more breaches of logging guidelines by Forest Products Commission (FPC) logging contractors”. A Department of Environment and Conservation spokesman retorted logging would only have halted to protect the protestors. Arcadia Action Alliance (AAA) spokesman Peter Murphy said on Tuesday that the FPC allowed a 40-tonne logging machine to destroy part of a designated stream reserve and, in doing so, bulldozed several ancient grass-trees and several rare swamp banksias.

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Forest industry warning (Broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The man who led a review of Tasmania’s forest industry has warned that both sides of the debate face catastrophic losses if a compromise is not reached.

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Libs flag fresh start on forests

ABC News, Australia
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, says he would commission a fresh review of state forests under the party’s alternative forest policy.  It follows the release of the latest comprehensive review of the forests.  Will Hodgman says he does not trust the findings of Prof. Jonathon West who has warned that if there is no agreement to end most native forest logging the industry will collapse, along with the opportunity to protect forests with conservation value.

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Isle of Mull in international research to discover forest trees for future climate

For Argyll
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest Research, a part of the Forestry Commission in the UK, is taking part in international research to identify alternative tree species that could be planted in the future climate. Funded by the European Union, Project REINFFORCE is to carry out research trials of 30 tree species at 37 locations on the west Atlantic that range from the Azores in Portugal to the Isle of Mull in Argyll and the Isles. There are three trial sites in western Britain: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in England; The Isle of Mull in Scotland; and Crychan (near Llandovery) in Wales.

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Learning the ancient logging skill

BBC News
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Steffi Schaffler came to England from Germany – via Scotland – and is still rarely home between jobs, which can last for several weeks. She is one of the first three apprentices with the British Horse Loggers Trust and has been practising her new craft at Chapel House Wood in Allendale, Northumberland. She and her 12-year-old Ardennes horse – bred for heavy pulling and farm labour – have been carefully removing five tonnes of timber from the overgrown, centuries-old woods.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate scientists and smear campaigns

By Michael E. Mann, a member of the Pennsylvania State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. 
CNN International
March 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Imagine you are sitting in your office simply doing your job and a nasty e-mail pops into your inbox accusing you of being a fraud. You go online and find that some bloggers have written virulent posts about you. That night, you’re at home with your family watching the news and a talking head is lambasting you by name. Later, a powerful politician demands all your e-mails from your former employer. It sounds surreal. But it all happened to me. What was my offense? I worked on climate change research that indicated the world is a lot warmer today than it was in the past. 

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Climate change tree test begins

BBC News
March 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European forestry scientists have begun a multi-national field trial to identify trees that will thrive as predicted climate change develops. Thousands of trees are being planted in test plots from Portugal in the south to Scotland in the north. The trees will be measured and monitored as they grow in the diverse environments. The results are likely to have a marked impact on which species of trees are planted in the coming decades.

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