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Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Dozens Of Frozen Cows Make Conundrum For Forest Service

Forest Service Weighing Options For Removing Dead Cows
KMGH Denver
April 17, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

One answer may be explosives. That’s one solution Forest Service officials near Conundrum Hot Springs admit they are considering as they try to remove the frozen carcasses of several cows found in a cabin near a popular hiking destination. The cows were discovered by two Air Force Academy cadets when they snowshoed up to the cabin in late March, reported the Aspen Daily News.

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The Unique Wood-Chip Sculptures of Segei Bobkov

This story may be old but I think it’s worth repeating. Thanks to subscriber Steve Finn for sharing it with the Tree Frog.
Oddity Central
April 16, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

53-year-old Sergei Bobkov has patented a unique technique of creating amazing sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood-chips. “It’s not very interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring”. This is how Sergei Bobkov explains the unique form of art that he created. He says many people compare his artworks to taxidermy, because they both look so much like the animals they replicate, but Sergei believes they are as different as light and darkness. Whereas taxidermy is all about death, his wood-chip art symbolizes life.

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Business & Politics

Top court asked to rule on Fibrek takeover

Globe and Mail
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The notion that the highest bidder ought to win when a Canadian company is up for sale is yet again facing a challenge. Four years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the BCE Inc. takeover drama that boards of directors could not simply seek the highest bid to the exclusion of other factors, the highest court is now being asked whether it’s appropriate to further curtail the ability of boards to use their judgment on how best to drum up a bigger price. In the messy matter of the hostile takeover battle for pulp-and-paper maker Fibrek Inc., the Quebec Court of Appeal, upholding a lower tribunal’s decision, has sharply limited the ability of Fibrek to help the highest offer for the company to succeed.

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Mercer superior $1.40 per share offer remains in force

Canada News Wire press release
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek reminded shareholders today that the $1.40 per share offer made by Mercer International remains in force and Fibrek shareholders continue to have the ability and the right to tender their shares to this superior offer… The increased consideration of the Mercer offer represents a 40% premium over the Abitibi bid.

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Ike Barber, ‘a great Canadian’ committed to the north, dies at age 89

Vancouver Sun
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prominent Canadian philanthropist and forest industry giant Irving Barber, who returned the money he made in the province’s resource sector to advance access to education, died Friday at his Tsawwassen home at age 89. Barber led a remarkable life, working as a forester for most of his career and founding one of the province’s legacy forest companies, Slocan Forest Products, at age 55, a time of life when most people are thinking of retirement. But his greatest legacy was to contribute tens of millions of dollars to promote education and research throughout B.C., an abiding passion since his days as a student at the University of B.C. Born in Alberta in 1923, he dropped out of school in Grade 11. As a returning Second World War vet, he was given a second chance to complete his education, sparking his lifelong passion. He graduated as forester from UBC in 1950.
 

The Province Newspaper Story– Irving K. Barber, a visionary and philanthropist, dies at 89

Also in the Nelson Star

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Western Forest Products mill workers lose court battle over severance pay

Labour arbitrator sides with WFP in longstanding fight
Nanaimo Daily News
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hundreds of laid-off workers at Nanaimo’s two Western Forest Products’ sawmills won’t receive severance packages after labour arbitrator David McPhillips recently ruled in favour in the forest company in a longstanding dispute. Darrel Wong, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 which represents workers at the two mills, said the union sees no point in appealing McPhillips’ decision even though it feels many of its arguments in the case are still valid. WFP spokeswoman MacKenzie Leine said she’s not surprised by the arbitrator’s decision.

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U.S. softwood and panel markets – week 15, 2012

FORDAQ
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The framing lumber market continued to send mixed signals to buyers at the secondary and retail levels. Action in Southern Pine was heavy, but buying in most other species came in spurts. The end results were prices moving sideways or up and down in variable increments, with many traders still undecided about the market’s next major move. While Southern Pine led all gainers, weakness was most pronounced in green Douglas Fir. Gains in SYP were largely the drivers in pushing the Framing Lumber Composite up $1.

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Hardwood Exports to China Near Record

Woodworking Network
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In January 2012—the latest month for which trade data are available—U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 107.8 million board feet, the second highest January volume on record, trailing 2006 by just 0.9%. Hardwood Publishing offers Hardwood Review, Hardwood Leader, WoodLogics and other services for lumber buyers and sellers in the wood manufacturing industries. Shipments increased to 10 of the top 11 foreign destinations relatively to January 2011. In March, about twice as many North American contacts reported increasing exports as reported decreasing exports, although more than half said exports were steady.

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Forest politics split two liberal candidates for Lane County Commission

The Oregonian
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

State Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, and longtime environmental activist Andy Kerr wrote dueling commentaries in the Eugene Register-Guard this weekend regarding the fascinating race between Lane County Commissioner Peter Sorenson and challenger Andy Stahl. Prozanski writes in behalf of the entire Lane County legislative delegation to explain that they want Sorenson out, essentially saying he has a poor record of working with others. Kerr, a big figure in Oregon political circles in the 1980s and 1990s when he helped lead the fight to save old-growth forests, tees off on Stahl for supporting the proposal by three of the state’s congressmen for boosting timber production on 1.5 million acres of federal land

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Smiley family hopes to rebuild sawmill after fire

Franklin Sun Journal
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FARMINGTON — The Smiley family is hoping to rebuild their sawmill, equipment and outbuildings that were destroyed by fire on Knowlton Corner Road early Saturday. No one was injured, Farmington Fire Rescue Chief Clyde Ross said Monday.  “We’re hopefully going to rebuild,” Pam Smiley said Monday. Smiley said her son, Brian, took over the operation of the sawmill, Smiley’s Lumber, about two weeks ago and it is owned by the family including her husband, Donald Smiley Jr.

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GE Capital lends $225M loan to 84 Lumber

Hartford Business
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Norwalk’s GE Capital made a $225 million asset-backed loan to Pennsylvania lumber and building-materials retailer 84 Lumber Co., which has operates a Plainville yard. 84 Lumber, of Eighty Four, Pa., will use the loan to refinance existing debt and for working capital, authorities say. Founded in 1956, 84 Lumber owns and operates 250 stores, component plants, door shops, installation centers and engineered wood product shops in 30 states. GE Capital is a unit of General Electric Co. in Fairfield.  END

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Oregon lumber business files for bankruptcy

Canadian Business
April 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EUGENE, Ore.  A Tualatin-based supplier of lumber and plywood products has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/7dbuGb) Lumber Products Inc. listed assets of between $10 million and $50 million and an equal range of liabilities. The company said it expects to have enough money to pay unsecured creditors, Ernest Hall and his son founded Lumber Products almost 75 years ago after deciding the millwork business needed wholesale distributors.

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Global Wood Panels Industry

MarketWatch (press release)
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Wood Panels in Thousands of Cubic Meters by the following Product Categories/Segments: Structural Panels (Oriented Strand Board, & Plywood) and Non-Structural Panels (Particle Board, Medium Density Fiberboard, & Others). The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, China, Rest of Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. 

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24 hours strike hits UPM mill in France

Papernet.se
April 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Employees at UPM’s Stracel mill in France downed tools for 24 hours, starting yesterday. The 24 hours strike is a protest connected with UPM’s plans to sell Stracel mill. UPM announced the plans to sell the mill in August last year. No further details have been published to date regarding the divestment. The Stracel mill, located near Strassbourg in northeastern France, has approximately 280 employees and a capacity of some 270,000 tons of printing paper. The mill, established in the 1930s by the Swiss Thiel Group, was acquired by UPM in 1988.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fibre project into final year

Western Star
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — The pulp and paper industry in Canada continues to face many challenges in terms of market conditions and a competitive climate. To help the industry face those challenges and become more competitive, Wade Bowers said more needs to be known about fibre. “Because if you know a lot about fibre you can minimize your cost and you can even plan your production for current products and new products better,” said Bowers, a professor of environmental science at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the principal investigator on the Newfoundland Fibre Inventory Project.

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Secpmd reading this week for forestry bill

The North Bay Nugget
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Bill 52, the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act proposed by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, will come before the Ontario Legislature on Thursday for Second Reading. Fedeli’s first Private Members’ Bill aims to 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.

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Nordecon receives award for world’s best metal roof at trade fair

The Baltic Course
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Detlef Strauch, Secretary-General of the International Federation for the Roofing Trade, presented Estonian construction companies’ group Nordecon the award for its construction of the best metal roof in the world – that of the Ahhaa Science Center, Nordecon said in a statement.  …The Ahhaa Science Center boasts some unusual geometry: a dome and semi-dome with laminated timber arches 35 meters in diameter; a sphere with a bowl-shaped reinforced concrete base supported by three concrete columns and featuring the glass floor of the planetarium; and a curved gallery connecting the dome in the air.

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China Predicted To Race Ahead In Wood Panels Market

Companies and Markets
Press release
April 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

By the year 2017, the global wood panels market is forecast to rise to 336 million cubic meters, driven primarily by the reviving housing sector, which represents a principal end-use market… Europe represents the largest regional market for Wood Panels in terms of consumption. The US and Asian region comprise the other major consumers of wood panels, with the three capturing a substantial consolidated share of the world market. In terms of fastest growth potential, China is forecast to race ahead, at the overall highest compound annual growth rate of 5.4% through 2017.

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Forestry

Audit shows ministry lacks forestry data: RDBN

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

Troubled by an audit of how the B.C. government manages timber, mayors and rural directors at the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is seeking independent advice on forestry. On Thursday, the RDBN’s forestry committee discussed what Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach called a “pretty damning” report released in February by the B.C. Auditor General… “It’s us, at the local government level, who are tasked with ensuring that for our communities,” Miller said. “So what we’ve been saying all along is that we need to have far more input into that decision-making process. “The B.C. Auditor-General will post a follow-up to its forestry audit in April 2013.

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Unlocking the secrets of rivers

Vancouver Sun
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT LANGLEY — It can be easy to take the Fraser River for granted. From the muddy banks next to the former Albion ferry terminal, the sediment-laced waters seem to flow reliably, unchanging day after day to the Fraser delta at the Pacific Ocean. Long after the season’s last salmon has migrated upstream to spawn and die, the river gives little reason to consider its importance on a global basis. Until, that is, you chat with scientist Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink, who is reaching out from a wooden dock to obtain a water sample with a plastic jug. Then you begin to look at the Fraser differently.

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Vigilance urged for safe outdoor burning this spring

Ministry of FORESTS, LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS
Government of BC
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CASTLEGAR – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is reminding the public to exercise caution when conducting outdoor burns this spring. Escaped grass fires are the most common form of human-caused wildfires at this time of year. For tips on safe burning, residents are encouraged to consult: www.bcwildfire.ca

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Shell developing True North Forest west of Spirit River

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shell Canada is polishing its public relations in the Peace Country. The integrated oil giant, in partnership with the Alberta Conservation Association, has acquired 1,800 acres of land, about 70 km north of Grande Prairie. The mix of wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands, previously owned privately, was purchased by the two parties. The area will be renamed the Shell True North Forest. The acquisition price was not revealed.

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Forestry sector stands to gain from deal

The Chronicle Herald
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry contractors for the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill appear poised to gain from an overhaul to the Cape Breton papermaker’s operations. Unlike idled mill workers who face a controversial contract that would cut the unionized workforce in half, all the forestry workers would be back to work if the mill reopens as planned. “Our plan is to have 450 people working in the forests of Nova Scotia, both on Crown and private lands,” Pacific West Commercial Corp. spokesman Marc Dube said in an interview Monday.

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Who Knows What Bugs Lurk in Imported Plants?

New York Times
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As millions of gardeners prepare for spring planting, a new study underwritten by The Nature Conservancy warns that imported nursery stock poses an increasing threat to the environment. Exotic pests are nothing new. The hemlock wooly adelgid, which has turned woods from green to brown from the Poconos to the Great Smoky Mountains, arrived 70 years ago on a single hemlock a Virginia landowner imported for his Japanese-style garden. But while federal agriculture officials struggle with adelgid and other established pests, emerging threats, like the citrus longhorned beetle, a wood-boring native of Asia, are presenting new headaches.

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Illegal Logging Threatens Economies and the Environment

New Report Outlines How the Lacey Act Addresses These Problems
Union of Concerned Scientists
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Anti-regulation forces are working to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from enforcing violations of the Lacey Act, the first-ever law prohibiting the trade of products made with illegally logged wood, and pushing members of Congress to overturn the law. If these efforts are successful, the U.S. wood industry could lose millions, be forced to lay off workers, and irreplaceable tropical ecosystems could be threatened. A new report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Logging and the Law: How the U.S. Lacey Act Helps Reduce Illegal Logging in the Tropics,” outlines how illegal logging poses a significant threat to the U.S economy and endangers tropical ecosystems around the world.

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US Forest Service Spends $40.6 Million for Lands in 15 States

Environment News Service
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Forest Service is investing $40.6 million to acquire 27 pieces of land in 15 states that the agency says will help safeguard clean water, provide recreational access, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas and protect historic and wilderness areas. Funded projects would protect what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calls “nationally significant” lands in: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington… The money is made available through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, created by Congress in 1964 to provide funding to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands. 

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Bonner mill site plans to be discussed

KPAX-TV
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BONNER- Residents of Bonner will have a better idea of the future ideas for developing the old Stimson mill site after a public meeting set for Monday evening. It’s been just over four months since a pair of Missoula developers purchased the old mill site in Bonner, but most of the activity has been focused on starting a new wood chipping operation. That has re-opened about 40 acres of the property to be used for log storage, and chipping the logs for shipment to a mill in Washington.

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Bitterroot National Forest to light prescribed burns

KPAX-TV
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- The return to warmer, drier conditions has managers at the Bitterroot National Forest ready to start their prescribed fire program, with 11 different fires that will be ignited in the coming weeks. The U.S. Forest Service uses the fires to cut the risk of large, high intensity wildfires, get rid of slash created by small operations like firewood gathering, improving wildlife habitat and helping new forest to grow.

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Conditions ripe for forest fires

Seacoastonline.com
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The driest weather conditions in more than 25 years are causing fire-safety officials across New Hampshire and Maine to urge residents to use extreme caution around flame, spark or cigarette ash.  Monday was declared a Class 4 Red Flag Day in the Granite State, which means forest fires can light easily and spread quickly. And some fire officials are concerned about a possible repeat of the “Great Fire of 1947,” which burned more than 17,000 acres from York County, Maine, north to Mount Desert Island.

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Police hired by loggers in Papua New Guinea lock locals in shipping containers

Mongabay.com
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Locals protesting the destruction of their forest in Papua New Guinea for two palm oil plantations say police have been sent in for a second time to crack-down on their activities, even as a Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigates the legality of the concession. Traditional landowners in Pomio District on the island East New Britain say police bankrolled by Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) have terrorized the population, including locking people in shipping containers for three consecutive nights. The palm oil concessions belongs to a company known as Gilford Limited, which locals say is a front group for RH.

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Cloud Forests are at Risk of Destruction from Global Warming

SciTech Daily
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new study warns that climate change resulting from human pressures could result in the near total loss of some of the world’s most delicate ecosystems. The scientists believe that the Mexican cloud forest and other cloud forests around the world could see the rate of annual decline doubled by global warming.

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Guyana praised for protecting rain forest

Caribbean 360
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday April 16, 2012 – Guyana was lauded for its decision to protect is 40 million acres of rain forest, saving about 80 per cent of the country’s natural land asset. The country came in for high praises from chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Association and Minister of Tourism and International Transport of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Richard Skerritt, during the 13th annual Caribbean conference on Sustainable Tourism held in Guyana.

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Forestry tourism shut down fears

ABC News Australia
April 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is closing part of its south-west tourism venture for the winter, in another sign the state-owned company has hit financially tough times. The Maydena Adventure Hub was built as the gateway to Forestry Tasmania’s $1.2 million Eagles Eyrie lookout. The cafe and service station was to become the base for many tourist activities, in the state-owned company’s ambitious plan to sell the area’s forestry heritage.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Summit keynote: let’s turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse

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

Speaking on a topic that he described as very near and dear to his heart, Arthur “Butch” Blazer, deputy under secretary for the USDA Department of Natural Resources and Environment, told the 80-plus attendees of the Rocky Mountain Forest Restoration & Bioenergy Summit that what’s currently happening in the forest management sector in the region is very encouraging, but there is a great deal of work yet to be done… One specific way to do this is to create synergies between national and state forest management plans and efforts, according to Blazer. 

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Development will reduce carbon stored in forests, Smithsonian & Harvard scientists predict

Smithsonian Science
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

When most people look at a forest, they see walking trails, deer yards, or firewood for next winter. But scientists at the Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian take note of changes imperceptible to the naked eye — the uptake and storage of carbon. What they’ve learned in a recent study is that an immense amount of carbon is stored in growing trees, but if current trends in Massachusetts continue, development would reduce that storage by 18 percent over the next half century. Forest harvesting would have a much smaller impact.

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Ernst Biomass pushing pellets as next fuel source

Meadville Tribune
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

UNION TOWNSHIP — A field of switchgrass may look like a field of hay to the average person, but Dan Arnett sees that same field as an opportunity to help both farmers and homeowners. Arnett is manager of Ernst Biomass in Union Township, a firm that is working to convert switchgrass, a tall, perennial grass that’s native to the majority of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains, into a renewable fuel source. Ernst Biomass, an offshoot of parent firm Ernst Conservation Seeds, is developing a pellet mill to grind and form switchgrass into fuel pellets.

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3M Introduces New Environmentally Sustainable Scotch Greener Masking Tapes

Source: 3M
MarketWatch
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ST. PAUL, Minn.– Today, 3M announced the introduction of Scotch Greener Masking Tapes which are designed to provide the same great performance as other Scotch Masking Tapes, while creating less waste and conserving paper resources. The new tapes are made with 56% renewable resources*, including paper backing made with 30% post consumer recycled content and adhesive made with natural, regenerating latex harvested from rubber trees. …These tapes can also be used towards LEED certification credits for green building projects.

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Climate Change Increases Costs of Conserving Biodiversity

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

This week, a group of international researchers convened by CI released several new studies on the impact of climate change on biodiversity. Jonah Busch, lead author of the paper “Climate Change and the Cost of Conserving Species in Madagascar,” explains his new research in today’s blog… The value of Madagascar’s forests goes far beyond the charisma of its animals and plants… Forests keep soil in place and out of rivers so that farmers downstream can grow rice irrigated with clean water. The carbon stored by the trees and soil of the dense forest protects us all from climate change. 

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Synthesis gas for fuel: Directly from forest residues

Science Daily (press release)
April 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest residues such as stumps, bark and twigs are now proving of great benefit in a new test facility for the production of high-quality synthesis gas intended for transport fuels. The results which are unique in Scandinavia, are based on close cooperation between Luleå University of Technology, the Energy Technology Centre (ETC) and industry. By applying known gasification technology, valuable synthesis gas has been obtained from waste materials from the forest.

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General

Report: More fuel than expected in Colorado fire

Fox News
April 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – Firefighters encountered some problems with a prescribed burn blamed for triggering a deadly Colorado wildfire, but there was little they could have done differently to prevent the disaster that followed, a veteran forest manager said Monday. William Bass, who led a team of specialists in examining the March 22 controlled burn, said the firefighters developed a good plan for the prescribed burn and executed it well. “It was a good burn,” Bass said at a briefing before the team’s report was made public.

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