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Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Seeking HIV treatment clues in the neem tree

Science Daily (press release)
April 22, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Tall, with dark-green pointy leaves, the neem tree of India is known as the “village pharmacy.” Now an assistant professor at Kean University in New Jersey, Arora is delving into understanding the curative properties of the neem tree in fighting the virus that causes AIDS. 

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Business & Politics

Top Forestry Union Likes Leaked Cabinet Document

To feed struggling mills, Steelworkers support logging habitat reserves, other contentious measures.
TheTyee.ca
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If the British Columbia government moves forward on major forestry changes that were floated in a cabinet document leaked last week, it will be with support from the main union representing workers in the sector. And that may be putting the opposition New Democrats in a political squeeze, given that the union is one of the party’s big financial backers.

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Greens urge Gunns to update market

ABC News, Australia
April 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens have called on the timber giant Gunns to inform the Australian Securities Exchange about developments in a court case it is fighting. Last week Gunns lost a bid to have the Tasmanian Conservation Trust pay a $400,000 bond to cover court costs if the TCT’s legal challenge to the Gunns Tamar Valley pulp mill failed. Justice Stephen Holt dismissed the bid on the basis the TCT’s legal challenge was not weak and did not lack merit.

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The new paper tigers

Bangkok Post
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

As industry leaders gather this week in Bangkok for the largest gathering of pulp and paper makers in Asia, they face challenging questions about the future of their regional and global industries. Asia, with its robust economic growth over the past few decades, has become one of the most important markets for everything from printing and writing paper to corrugated boxes for packaging, driven by both greater domestic consumption and exports across the world. China, as one of the world’s largest exporters, has seen a surge in demand for packaging paper, although its industry continues to remain very much fragmented according to a recent study undertaken by Deloitte.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada Green Building Council should abandon the certified wood credit

By Marshall Leslie
Working Forest
April 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Some of the most heated discussion about LEED 2012 has concerned changes to the certified wood credit. The exchanges involve a diminishing number of participants, are blindingly esoteric, never draw on actual building practice, and don’t involve Canadians. In light of this, and the concerns I list below, I recommend that the CaGBC not follow recent proposed changes to the LEED certified wood credit, and abandon it all together. Let’s consider this: Canada has the largest amount of certified forest in the world, an achievement reached independently through the determination of forest producers and owners – with no help or advice from the CaGBC or USGBC…

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Live green: No wood wasted by Whonnock firm

Maple Ridge Times
April 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A mill owner in Maple Ridge is recycling old-growth timber for new construction. In the spirit of Earth Day celebrations happening this weekend in Maple Ridge, I decided to showcase one of the many companies we have here that recycles and reuses. About 100 years ago timber from old-growth forests was used in all types of construction. Today when those buildings are torn down, the wood can be salvaged and re-used.

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Wood First policy—I think we can make this work in Ontario as well – Bill Mauro MPP

Net News Ledger
April 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEEN’S PARK – Bill Mauro, the MPP for Thunder Bay Atikokan had what can be called a positive day on Thursday. Mauro’s Private Member’s Bill, Ontario’s Wood First Act (Bill 61), passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature. Mauro says, “This is an important step forward. By generating greater demand for forestry products, we can bring more jobs back to Northern Ontario’s forestry sector”.

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Riverbend Log Homes receives federal and provincial support

Economic Development
Government of New Brunswick
April 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

NACKAWIC – The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined investment of close to $250,000 to help a Nackawic company, Riverbend Log Homes. The funds will help the company expand its markets by adding a new sanding and staining building, and upgrading equipment. “A stronger economy is a vital part of the provincial government’s plan for rebuilding New Brunswick,” said York North MLA Kirk MacDonald. “This investment will allow the operation to increase its production and seek greater opportunities.”

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In The Future, Stacking Chairs Will Be Made From Liquid Wood And Look Fantastic

Gizmodo Australia
April 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Traditionally, chairs that are designed to be easy to stack and store focus more on functionality than aesthetics. So thank you Calligaris for going a few extra miles with its stylish new Skin chairs providing some much needed comfort… for the eyes. …As the name implies, the material is made from plastic polymer and wood fibres. Meaning the raw materials are renewable, and the chairs can be completely recycled.

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Forestry

Forest head disappointed with report leak

Prince George Citizen
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forecast in a confidential provincial government report of extensive forest sector job loss in the Central Interior is old news to Council of Forest Industries president John Allan, but he expressed disappointment in the way it has been made public. …”Yeah, we’re concerned obviously the way this has all turned out,” Allan said. “Now it’ll become a raging debate in the public and in the media in the absence of any process for the public to get involved. The real focus here is the future of the Interior forest industry, the future of communities, working families and anyone else whose livelihood depends on the forest industry.”

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Forestry decisions must be made carefully

By Hamish Kimmins
Victoria Times Colonist
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As forestry in B.C. evolved, land-use decisions became the subject of increasingly complex processes, one result of which was the establishment of no-logging reserves where these were deemed necessary to sustain desired non-timber values. …Removing a reserve from protected status should only be undertaken after careful consideration of the consequences for the full range of desired values, including B.C.’s international reputation, and our responsibility to the future as well as the present generation. Decisions must be long-term and respect local and regional ecology while supporting social values.

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Kwantlen and other First Nations vital to B.C. forestry

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
BC Government
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT LANGLEY – A new agreement that will put forestry revenue directly back into the Kwantlen First Nation community is further evidence of the key role First Nations are taking in B.C.’s forestry sector, announced Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Mary Polak today. Polak joined the Kwantlen community to celebrate the signing of a Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (FCRSA) that reflects ‘on the ground’ forestry activity in Kwantlen’s traditional territory. The Kwantlen First Nation is located in areas along the Fraser River and Stave River in areas of Fort Langley, Maple Ridge and Mission.

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Eco-group hopes premier will protect ‘Christy Clark Grove’

The Province
April 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling on Premier Christy Cark to protect a newly discovered and endangered old-growth forest that now bears her name. The Christy Clark Grove — located on unprotected Crown land in the Gordon River Valley near Port Renfrew — rests 500 metres away from a sprawling swath of clearcut Douglas firs and red cedars that AFA co-founder T.J. Watt came across in early April after viewing satellite imagery of some of the last remaining old-growth forests on southern Vancouver Island. “We’re dealing with the guts and feathers of an incredible rainforest that once covered our island,” Watt, 27, said Saturday from his home in nearby Metchosin.

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Pine beetle may cost Lakes, Cariboo up to 12000 forestry jobs: report

Houston Today
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timber and job loss estimates found in a confidential ministry report are sharpening the debate on whether Victoria should relax forestry rules to ease the impact of the mountain pine beetle. Houston’s timber-supply area was left out of the report, which focuses on four timber areas with a higher share of pine trees: the Lakes, Prince George, Quesnel and Williams Lake.

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Orazietti announces start of construction for flight training centre

Sault Star
April 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources planned flight centre simulator received an extra boost from the provincial government Friday. Sault MPP David Orazietti announced a further $2.3 million for the state-of-the-art flight training centre that will be built this summer. It’s scheduled to be completed by October so training can take place throughout the winter months and pilots will be ready for the 2013 forest fire season.

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Cutting ash trees without consulting public “unacceptable,” some residents say

Ottawa Citizen
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — There’s growing unhappiness with the number of Ottawa ash trees being cut as residents see their neighbourhoods looking different, and ask City Hall why their local trees can’t be saved. Near Canterbury High School, Paul Tulloch has a mature ash on city land less than a metre from his property. It’s not slated for preservation by regular insecticide treatment. So Tulloch asked City Hall whether he could hire an arborist and pay for the job himself. The situation is hazy for now. He says three different city hall officials told him he couldn’t pay for the treatment. But when the Citizen asked this week, a spokeswoman wrote back with this answer:

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Cuts could hit conservation groups

The Chronicle Journal
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East

The little-known volunteer groups who champion the causes of little-known but worthy conservation projects say they fear becoming victims of provincial budget cuts.
“This is being kept quiet to prevent a public out cry, but awareness must be raised now to prevent the Ontario Stewardship Councils from dissolving, due to lack of funding for direct staff support…

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Future of ecological forestry is here

Mail Tribune
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When Jerry Franklin and Norm Johnson look past the Pilot Joe restoration project, they see forests with a future. “There is no question that ecological forestry could be the basis for a new management by the (Bureau of Land Management) on this land,” said Franklin, a forest ecology professor at the University of Washington… Johnson, his counterpart at Oregon State University, agreed. The two made their remarks after meeting with BLM employees — foresters, silviculturists, biologists and others — from the agency’s Medford District who are working on the Friese Camp ecological forestry project between Butte Falls and Prospect.

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Bill to continue timber funds heads to conference committee

The Register-Guard
April 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A bill that would continue aid to Oregon’s timber counties took another turn on its rollercoaster ride through Congress this week that will send the measure to a conference committee. Counties, including Lane County, are hoping the latest move will ultimately produce a bill that continues the payments for another year. Officials caution that even if that happens, Lane County government still will face a huge budget gap that will require major service cuts. A one-year extension proposed by the Senate would bring about $3.5 million to the county’s general fund. But that would cover only a small part of a budget shortfall that is expected to exceed $14 million in the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Another South Fork Flathead Logging Project Faces Lawsuit

Two environmental groups sue U.S. Forest Service for second time since February
Flathead Beacon
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two local conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service objecting to a logging project proposed in the South Fork Flathead River corridor, the second time in two months the groups have filed litigation against a South Fork logging proposal. Friends of the Wild Swan and Swan View Coalition, represented by Helena’s Western Environmental Law Center, filed a lawsuit on April 16 in U.S. District Court in Missoula in opposition to the Forest Service’s Soldier Addition II Project on the west side of the South Fork near the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

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Saw mill fire in Adams County still being monitored

CBS 21
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Close to 100 fire fighters responded to a lumber yard fire in Adams County Friday morning. Flames could be seen for miles as fire fighters struggled to get water to the scene. The four alarm fire broke out around 130 a.m. and reports of close to 40 fire companies responded, including some from Maryland. .

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Government to end poison treatment of trees threatened by Asian beetles

Focus on spread of destructive insects
Worcester Telegram
April 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The government program aimed at stamping out an Asian longhorned beetle infestation in Worcester County will not treat healthy trees with a protective pesticide this year and will instead focus on finding how far the destructive bug has spread. The priority will be to survey or examine trees and determine the boundaries of the infestation, an effort called “delimitation” that started in August 2008 when the pest’s presence in Worcester was first confirmed, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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Trees stand tall in Sunshine State

Florida has more national champion trees than any other state, and several of them are in Southwest Florida.
The News-Press
April 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Yes, today is Earth Day, but before that, April 22 was Arbor Day, so declared to honor Nebraska newspaperman and passionate tree advocate Julius Sterling Morton, who was born on that day. Never mind that a few years ago, Florida changed its observation to the last Sunday in April, whenever it falls, the Sunshine State has plenty of reasons to celebrate — at least 106 of them, at last count. That’s the number of national champion trees in Florida, which has more of them than any other state in the union, says Charlie Marcus, urban forestry coordinator of the state’s Forest Service.

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Mangroves logging goes on unabated

Business Recorder
April 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mangroves are the trees that grow intertidal salty environment as they can tolerate frequent flooding and are able to obtain fresh water from salt waters. The mangroves’ forests are very important, both economically and ecologically as these serve as natural resource and protection to the environment …But the unabated chopping of mangrove forests in coastal areas of Sindh and Karachi has adversely impacted the marine species especially fish, shrimps and crabs, resultantly affecting the export of seafood. Qureshi said that with the chopping of mangrove forests, the seafood also decrease proportionately, as many species use mangrove forest for breeding.

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Deforestation, biodiversity loss top list of major woes

Business Mirror
April 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MASSIVE deforestation and the need to rehabilitate the country’s degraded forests in the face of climate change tops the list of many environmental challenges faced by the Aquino administration, environmental activists said. “Philippine forest cover has plunged to as low as 6.6 percent, and the country’s deforestation rate is now the highest in East Asia and Southeast Asia regions at 1.4 percent annually,” Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the environmental group Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment, said.

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Environmentalists raises concern on Kenya’s forest

AfricaSTI
April 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists have raised the red flag over the massive destruction of Kijabe forest by loggers and charcoal burners.  There are now fears of a major mudslide in the forest which could affect communities living downhill, especially around Kijabe Mission Hospital. Boulders hang dangerous in the forest as heavy rains continue to ponder the area.  The National coordinator Kenya Forest Working Group Rudolf Makhanu said ongoing rains could cause a mudslide in the area.

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Finns recover forestry confidence

Timber Trades Journal
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Finns’ confidence that their forestry industry is emerging from the downturn is growing, according to a new poll. It also found low levels of trust in the environmental groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth on forestry issues… The survey also revealed a downturn in levels of public trust in the industry on general forestry issues, and a decline in the percentage of people who had faith in its information on biodiversity from 60% in 2009 to 51%.

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Log export dropping

Solomon Star
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LOG export in the country will drop by 2015. This was revealed by an official from the ministry of forestry. The officer who declined to be named said the drop comes as a result of ongoing over harvesting by commercial logging companies currently operating in the country. The officer also noted that they have found harvesting of logs in the country as being unsustainable and excessive where extraction of annual volume cubic supposed to be harvested each year had tripled.

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Deadly tree disease destroying swathes of Welsh woodland

Wales Online
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A deadly tree disease that is destroying swathes of Welsh woodland has now spread throughout the country. The devastating Phytophtora Ramorum disease – known as Sudden Oak Death – prompted mass felling of the scenic Afan Valley forest area of Neath Port Talbot last year, and has now been recorded in North, Mid and West Wales, forestry experts said. Researchers at Cambridge University have identified South Wales as a particular risk area in the UK if drastic control measures are not taken to control the epidemic.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Native prairie key to Sask.’s future

Province vulnerable to climate change
Star Phoenix
April 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The world’s climate scientists predict a much warmer and drier climate in Saskatchewan’s future, but a new study released just before Earth Day says this means a lot more than just longer summers… As the province becomes drier, he said this will likely push the treeline north since there will no longer be enough water to sustain the forest. “We have this boundary line between forest in the north and grassland in the south,” Thorpe said. “South of that boundary line, it just gets too dry for forests to be sustained.”

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Biomass: Not The Answer

KMAS
April 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Once again proponents of biomass understate the documented health hazards directly associated with emissions of particulate matter 2.5 microns and smaller, none of which will be filtered from the incinerating process under Best Available Control Technology (BACT) conditions. In typical overstated fashion Mr. Brunell exaggerates the position of environmentalists while attempting to co-join job creation with a highly polluting industry. Such sensational shortsightedness has already led to increased logging, creating new pathways for storm-water to carry ground pollutants to water bodies, some of which now boast an 80% mortality rate in shellfish seedlings.

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Cool lies about a hot truth (6)

Record-Searchlight (blog)
April 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Freemon Dyson, the eminent, brilliant scientist prominently featured in Bjørn Lomborg’s film Cool It, was described in the New York Times as believing that rising CO2 in the atmosphere “might be a good thing because carbon dioxide helps plants of all kinds grow.” But even if levels of the greenhouse gas “soared too high, they could be soothed by the mass cultivation of specially bred ‘carbon-eating trees.'” Boy, that is great to know. We can all rest easy now. All we have to do is grow special trees that “eat” carbon and we will solve this vexing problem that every nation on Earth has been struggling with since the Earth Summit in 1992.

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Australian REDD #Fail in Indonesia’s Kalimantan forests

Radio Australia
April 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Australian government’s aid agency, AusAid has quietly scaled back an ambitious project in Indonesia that sought to reduce carbon emissions through re-forestation and rehabilitation of peatlands. The $100 million dollar scheme was launched in 2007, but nearly five years on, less than a third of that amount has been committed and the projects targets have been drastically reduced.

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Top Earth Day Champions Slash Carbon Emissions, Equal to 45000 Acres of Pine Forests

40 Percent of U.S. Energy Consumed by Buildings, Making Efficiency Critical for the Environment
MarketWatch (press release)
April 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

MILWAUKEE — In celebration of Earth Day, Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, released its Top Earth Day Champions list to highlight organizations saving the carbon equivalent of 45,000 acres of pine forests through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at their facilities. Carbon emissions from building energy use are predicted to grow faster than any other sector in the next 25 years, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, making building efficiency critically important for the protection of the environment. Here are the 2012 Top Earth Day Champions and the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emissions they are saving annually through projects with Johnson Controls.

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