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Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Titanic ripple effects washed over landlocked Alberta

Titanic connection to forestry
Ottawa Citizen
April 14, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

.. Maj. Arthur Godfrey Peuchen also sailed aboard the Titanic. President of one of the first companies to manufacture acetone from wood, Peuchen owned a large tract of forest near Hinton, oversaw operations for the McLaren Lumber Company near Blairmore and owned a horse ranch near Pincher Creek, at one point the largest in Canada…  Ultimately, Peuchen lost much of his fortune and in 1918 was sued by sawmill operator Peter McLaren over an overdue promissory note. Peuchen nevertheless retained his woodlands and an interest in McLaren Lumber, with whom he worked on a dam project along the Oldman River that was never completed due to ice floe delays, decreases in the price of lumber, and cost overruns.

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Nuts Linked With Lower Diabetes, Heart Disease Risks: Study

Huffington Post
April 16, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

People who choose nuts as their snack of choice are doing their health a benefit, new research suggests. A recent study shows that people who regularly eat tree nuts — including almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts and cashews — also have lower risks for Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease. The researchers from Louisiana State University Agricultural Center found that nut consumption is linked with lower levels of an inflammation marker called C-reactive protein (which is associated with heart disease and other chronic conditions) and higher levels of the “good” kind of cholesterol.

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Business & Politics

Report alleges possibility Sino-Forest ‘an accounting fiction’

Globe and Mail
April 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A report by one of the country’s leading forensic accounting firms alleges there is a “serious possibility” Sino-Forest Corp.’s entire standing timber business in China is “an accounting fiction.” The report by Rosen & Associates Ltd. was commissioned by lawyers pursuing a potential class action against the company on behalf of investors. It was recently filed in Ontario Superior Court. The allegations have not been proven. A spokesman for Sino-Forest said the company had no comment.

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NewPage would benefit from land licence deal

Prospective buyer needs Crown property to reduce fibre costs
Chronicle Herald
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Is the big lease about to become a smaller one?  Colloquially known as the big lease, the province signed over more than 600,000 hectares of Crown land in seven eastern counties in the late 1950s to European forestry giant Stora Enso, the former owner of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill, in an effort to entice it to build a pulp mill in Cape Breton.  That agreement was passed in the legislature in 1961 as the Stora Forest Industries Limited Agreement Act, with an associated Licence and Management Agreement, with a 50-year term that expired in December

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Mill workers weigh challenge

Chronicle Herald
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — The future of one of Nova Scotia’s largest economic engines will be at stake Saturday. Hundreds of laid-off workers from the Point Tupper pulp and paper plant will pack into the Port Hawkesbury firehall at 2 p.m. to direct their union’s response to the contract ultimatum that potential buyer Pacific West Commercial Corp. delivered Thursday. “Our job is to inform and their job is to decide,” said Archie MacLachlan, vice-president of Local 972 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. “We’re laying all the cards on the table.”

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Union recommends that pulp mill workers accept deal

The Chronicle Herald
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — Union president Collie Beaton recommended to his membership Sunday night that they accept a contract offer from Pacific West Commercial Corp. that would restart the idled Point Tupper pulp and paper mill. Members of Local 972 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union will vote today and tomorrow on the contract offer at the union hall in Port Hawkesbury. The contract would see employment at the mill cut from about 550 to 229, along with other concessions related to wages, seniority and vacation.

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Everett paper mill shuts down after 81 years

Video and Print Story
Q13 FOX Seattle
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT— TheKimberly-Clarkpulp mill in Everett first opened in 1931 as the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company. On Sunday, it shut its doors for the final time. After a failed attempt to sell the mill,Kimberly-Clarkannounced in December that it would close the plant and level all the buildings. The company cited falling profits. The mill employed about 750 people. Many were laid off by New Year’s Day – and Sunday, the small remaining skeleton crew said goodbye.

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Oregon lumber company files for bankruptcy

The nearly 75-year-old Lumber Products, based in Tualatin, has an office in Eugene among its locations
The Register-Guard
April 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A long-time Oregon supplier of lumber and plywood products with offices in six states, including one in Eugene, has filed for the protection of bankruptcy court as it attempts to reorganize its finances. Tualatin-based Lumber Products Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week… Company officials did not return a telephone call seeking comment. Lumber Products indicated in the filing that it expects to have enough funds to pay its unsecured creditors, who include Timber Products Sales in Springfield.

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Sawmill shut down after Flood 2011

WPSD Local 6
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MARION, Ky. — Back in its heyday in 2000, Turner and Conyer Lumber Company in Marion, Kentucky, produced about four million feet of lumber a year. But fast forward to Flood 2011. The owner said that flood took its toll on his business and now, after 60 years of service, he’s closing the doors.” The flood didn’t kill the trees on Bobby Martin’s property. It just made them useless and that’s what killed his business. “It was part of my life,” he said. “It was part of my wife’s life.”

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Gunns to sell Portland woodchip terminal

Sky News Australia
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Woodchipper Gunns is selling its export woodchip terminal at the Port of Portland in western Victoria as it focuses on progressing its $2.5 billion pulp mill project at Bell Bay in Tasmania. ‘There’s an orderly (sales) process happening,’ a Gunns spokesperson said on Friday. The spokesperson said Gunns had originally expected that the Portland facility would be used as a transit point for woodchips from the ‘green triangle’ in Victoria and South Australia to be sent to feed the pulp mill in Tasmania.

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German sawmills aim to raise prices by €10-15/m³

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Southern and western German softwood lumber producers are aiming to raise prices for the bulk of their assortments by €10-15/m³ as from mid-April after having been unable to push through the increases that had actually been scheduled for March. Many sawmills consider these price increases to be viable at least on the domestic market now that demand from the timber trade and value-adders has risen slightly during the course of April.

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Gunns completes $20m first stage of pulp mill

(author unknown)
April 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A VAST 40-hectare “moonscape” of crushed rock situated along the Tamar River marks the completed first stage of Gunns proposed pulp mill. The $20 million bulk earthworks at Bell Bay which started in August saw 750,000 cubic metres of earth and rock excavated and re-laid to make a level shelf. Initially Gunns thought it would have to blast its way to flatness. Instead workers were able to crush about 250,000 tonnes of rock with heavy machinery on site.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

ON EARTH DAY, TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER THE MATERIALS IN YOUR HOME

U-T San Diego
April 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Going green doesn’t involve any magical, groundbreaking spells, says John Wagner, author of “Green Remodeling”. Instead, it’s all about the little things. You’re still using carpet and furniture and drywall, but you’re using greener versions of them, he says… Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with a strong, suffocating odor. It can be used for many purposes and is popular because of its low cost. It’s commonly found in items such as plywood, particleboard and other pressed wood. These materials are typically used in furniture, cabinets, paneling, shelving, countertops and other household fixtures.

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TRADA study confirms excellent strength, hardness and durability of Southern Yellow Pine

Zawya
April 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Test results of a TRADA study confirmed the excellent strength, hardness and durability of Southern Yellow Pine, according to a statement issued by American Softwoods (AMSO), the promotional partnership formed by three major U.S. softwood trade associations. The announcement follows AMSO’s successful participation at the Dubai International Wood and Wood Machinery Show… The test results augur well for exports of American Softwoods to the MENA region amidst record exports totaling over USD 18 million last year.

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Wood from palms

Malaysia Star
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

IN his travels across the country, William Wong often sees felled oil palm trees. Wong explained that it is common practice to chop down and replace these trees every 25 years when they stop producing as much fruit. Trees that have grown too tall also make harvesting difficult, leaving estate owners with little choice but to fell them.  … To overcome the problem, he capitalised on the idea of recycling oil palm trunks by processing and turning them into usable timber. Currently the managing director of Palm Wood Technology Sdn Bhd, a palm wood supplier, Wong processes these waste materials to be turned into furniture.

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Cardboard cathedral planned in New Zealand

Charlotte Observer
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A cathedral made from cardboard. The idea may sound flimsy …but in the earthquake-devastated city of Christchurch, Anglican leaders believe it will deliver both a temporary solution and a statement about the city’s recovery. On Monday, they announced plans to build a 25-meter (82-foot) high cathedral constructed with 104 tubes of cardboard. The structure will be a temporary replacement for the iconic stone ChristChurch Cathedral, which was ruined last year in an earthquake that killed 185 people and destroyed much of the downtown.

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Intergrain Timber Vision Awards: 2012 entries open

Architecture and Design
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Entry to the 2012 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards is now open, inviting architects, landscape architects and interior designers from across the nation to showcase their inspirational and innovative skills. Now in its third year, the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards are designed to celebrate the innovative ways timber is used in residential and commercial projects. This year’s categories include Exterior Residential, Interior Residential, Exterior Commercial, Interior Commercial and a new category for 2012, Landscape.

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Forestry

Forest industry announces new Skills Award for Aboriginal youth

PR Newswire
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is opening nominations for the new Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth. It will reward a First Nations, Metis or Inuit individual with strong academic standing who is committed to their field of study and to a career in the revitalized forest sector. The $2,500 award is targeted at youth from 18 to 25 who are now enrolled in an apprenticeship program, in college or in university.

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B.C. government faces increasing opposition on plans to open forest reserves to loggers

April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is holding talks with the forest industry over ways to supply more timber to beetle-hit Interior sawmills, including the option of opening forest reserves that have until now been out of bounds to loggers. The discussions have been limited to a few stakeholders who have sawmills in regions where the mountain pine beetle has devastated the timber supply. But they are raising alarms — even from within the forest industry — that the province is acting unilaterally on issues with sweeping effects on the future of the forests and the communities that depend on them.

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Province Proceeds With Forest Sector Jobs Strategy

Opinion 250 News
April 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government this week launched the B.C. forest sector strategy, part of the B.C. Jobs plan unveiled by Premier Christy Clark last September. Forestry is identified in the Jobs plan as one of the eight key sectors that can contribute to jobs and economic growth in the province. The strategy announced Thursday will help achieve those objectives, according to Forests Minister Steve Thomson.

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BC cruise puts environmental activism on the menu

By Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
April 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It will be a culinary cruise to remember and just maybe, in some small way, it might help change the course of British Columbia’s future… While others have been busy holding protests against the proposed Enbridge pipeline, Michael Uehara and David Suzuki have been planning to play host to a dinner aboard the Pacific Yellowfin, a grand old ship built in 1943.Mr. Suzuki can also be expected to talk about the richness of the Gitga’at culture and about the environmental treasures at risk in the Great Bear Rainforest, which has white-coated black bears, wolves that hunt salmon and old-growth forests.

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Coastal waterbirds in BC slipping away

Vancouver Sun
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

POINT ROBERTS, WASH. – To the untrained eye, there is nothing remarkable about the loose knot of waterbirds bobbing innocently just offshore, south of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. To biologist Pete Davidson, however, they are signs of trouble brewing in the Salish Sea. …a lone long-tailed duck among a larger group of scoters. Formerly known as oldsquaw, this duck features elegant black-and-white markings and long upturned tail feathers. Tragically, the species has shown a continentwide decline for three decades, including a seven-per-cent drop annually over the past decade on the B.C. coast.

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Managing for the Unknowns: Adaptive Resource Management

Georgetown Public Policy Review
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Adaptive resource management is an iterative approach to environmental decision-making that adjusts as outcomes from management are better understood over time. More simply, adaptive management is a way of making decisions when we do not know everything we would like to know (from Runge). This approach offers managers and stakeholders the opportunity to set a framework for appropriate decision-making at the outset and then let it play out over time as more information is gathered.

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Study: Barred owl out-competing spotted owl

The News Review
April 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A three-year study released Thursday shows the barred owl is out-competing the spotted owl for resources critical for survival, but does not connect the barred owl to the spotted owl’s continuing decline.. Researchers found the barred owl’s larger population and ability to produce more offspring have left the spotted owl losing out on habitat and prey. Many studies have followed the species separately, but this was the first track them simultaneously, researchers said.

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber waltzes through the first 16 months in office but the hard part is ahead

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

When Kitzhaber talks about economic development, he frequently says Oregon’s best prospects lie in renewable energy and what he calls “Oregon’s economy of innovation.” But he is often drawn into discussions with people who say the state must revive part of its old economy — use its forests and rivers to rescue struggling rural towns… Rural lawmakers want more logging… The governor argued that the problem isn’t state forests but federal land management. “Most of the communities that are belly-up,” he said, “those are federal forests.”

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Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy earn national award for Harris River project

SitNews
April 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Craig, Alaska – The Tongass National Forest Craig Ranger District and partner The Nature Conservancy were recently selected for a prestigious Rise to the Future Award for Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship. The award recognizes the large-scale Harris River watershed restoration project, completed in 2011, which improved salmon and wildlife habitat on Prince of Wales Island.

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Replanting forests in Colorado wildfire areas has benefit for water supply

Denver Post
April 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WESTCREEK — Pushing to accelerate nature’s healing, the U.S. Forest Service is deploying contract labor crews who this week began planting 146,000 more pine and fir trees — an effort to stabilize wildfire-ravaged mountainsides that slump into metro Denver water supplies. But every new catastrophic wildfire adds to the blackened-dead acreage west of Colorado’s Front Range cities. And water providers face increasing costs — which are passed to residents in monthly water bills — as more eroding sediment descends across burned watershed and clogs reservoirs.

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With Forest Service down to 11 air tankers nationwide, Udall worries about Colorado wildfire safety

Real Aspen
April 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After an early start to Colorado’s wildfire season, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is concerned that the Forest Service’s small, aging air tanker fleet isn’t capable of keeping civilians safe.  In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on Thursday, the senator wrote he “is unconvinced the USFS’s current air tanker fleet is prepared to adequately address an immense wildfire or even what is sure to be a long fire season”… In Colorado, a prescribed burn that unexpectedly reignited killed three residents near Conifer. 

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Major forest-thinning project at Lake Tahoe approved to reduce catastrophic wildfire

Associated Press
April 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has won final approval for a major forest-thinning project. While cutting down trees may seem counterintuitive, it’s designed to reduce the threat of a catastrophic wildfire at Lake Tahoe. The project, set to begin this summer, calls for the reduction of hazardous fuels over a 10,000-acre forested area covering much of the California side of the lake’s south shore.

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Q&A: Forest Service officials excited by new management plan

Sacramento Bee
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service on March 23 approved a new process to govern long-term planning in national forests. The new plans will set management priorities within each forest, ranging from logging to habitat protection, recreation and fire prevention. Until now, the agency has relied on a planning process that dates back to 1982. … Conservation groups generally support the new process, and believe it will result in healthier forests. The Forest Service says it will also save time and money, and include more public participation. …Forest Service officials recently met with The Bee to explain the new rules.

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US forest officials say wildfires being contained

Associated Press
April 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ROANOKE, Va.- The U.S. Forest Service says a series of wildfires in western Virginia are being contained as windy conditions diminish. The fires have spread to about 18,000 acres. That total is down about 2,000 acres, though forestry officials tell The Roanoke Times a precise account is difficult because of the rugged and remote terrain. The scorched acres include an area called Alleghany Tunnels about 10 miles west of Covington. 

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Timber jobs tied up in bonds of red tape

Yorkshire Post
April 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY contractors say Defra has ignored an opportunity to get a burdensome bureaucracy off their backs, in spite of its promise to tackle red tape… This week, the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) said the Defra decision was a buck-passing move which would cost jobs in small businesses, because it had become so complicated to take people on for short periods, especially if their pay varied from one job to another. And a Yorkshire contractor said his experiences with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority had been “hellish”.

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Russian woman honored in fight to save forest

Washington Post
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MOSCOW — The young Russian woman who repeatedly stood up to bulldozers and baton-wielding police in her efforts to save an ancient oak forest on the busy outskirts of Moscow has won the world’s largest grassroots environmental prize. Yevgenia Chirikova, 35, was among six community leaders from around the world awarded the $150,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, given every year to ordinary people who protect their natural communities in extraordinary ways. The prizes, which have been dubbed the Green Nobel Prize, were announced Monday in California.

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Forest law poses threats

Latinamerica Press
April 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A proposed law to administrate Brazil’s vast forests has stirred heated debates for 13 years. Lawmakers are expected to approve the contentious bill, which would reduce the required forested buffers along the banks of rivers and streams. Environmentalists and scientists have warned that the legislation will speed up deforestation, and endanger wildlife and fresh water sources in the country, which holds 12.5 percent of the world’s fresh water.

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Report signals growth of UK standing softwood timber volumes

Timber Trades Journal
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More timber is growing in UK forests than previously thought, according to a new Forestry Commission report. The Standing Timber Volume for Coniferous Trees in Britain says more timber is growing than indicated by previous assessments based on the 1979-82 Census of Woodland and the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment. “Further reports to be published later this year will explore the implications of these figures with particular reference to potential timber availability and carbon sequestration,” said Peter Weston, head of inventory and forecasting at the Forestry Commission.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Now biomass is the environment’s enemy?

Enumclaw Courier-Herald
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead and diseased timber, put idled loggers and millworkers back to work and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. But since voters narrowly approved the initiative in 2006, many of those same activists are battling against biomass projects. They now claim that microscopic nanoparticulates created by incinerating wood waste are a health hazard, even though those plants have been approved by government agencies.

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UGA researcher gets grant to study forests

Herald Times Reporter
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ATHENS, Ga. (WTW) — A University of Georgia professor has received a federal grant to research better ways to predict the ‘forest of the future.” Ecologist Jacqueline Mohan is getting $554,000 from the National Science Foundation to create more accurate models of how climate change will affect forests. The project is part of a five-year collaboration with Duke University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Columbia University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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Carbon cash crop for NZ

Stuff.co.nz
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The retooling of the Emissions Trading Scheme looks capable of swelling government coffers by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The Government revealed the blueprint for altering the ETS including provisions to allow it to issue and auction New Zealand carbon credits (known as NZUs)… Forest owners, while welcoming the move to staunch the outflow of cash, are concerned that the amount of NZUs printed and auctioned each year will be left to the discretion of the sitting Government. That would mean the price of NZUs will depend in part on the whim of politicians, as the more they print the greater the supply.

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Rejlers delivers bioenergy plant to Lund, Sweden

Reuters
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Rejlers Oy has signed a contract with Foster Wheeler Energia Oy for the engineering of automation, electrification and instrumentation of a 35 MWe biomass-fired CFB boiler island. This new CFB (Circulating Fluidized Bed) boiler island will be placed in Örtofta, in the vicinity of Lund, Sweden. Rejlers started the engineering work in March 2012, the project employing about 10 consultants. The steam generator is designed to burn 100 % bio fuel with up to 50 % demolition wood.

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General

Forest plan charts path to sustainable growth

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press release
April 13, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

WESTBANK – British Columbia’s forest sector strategy, released under the BC Jobs Plan, will build on and grow six priorities planted by the Working Roundtable on Forestry to support a more vibrant sector that supports employment in every part of the province… Encouraging markets in Asia to make B.C. forest products their first choice in building materials will increase demand for lumber and strengthen the forest sector… The strategy will also enhance B.C.’s forestry advantage with actions that support the wood-first commitment, growing trees, carbon storage, a competitive operating climate, innovation, diversification, rural economies, and First Nations’ participation.

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