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Daily Archives: May 1, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Beetle-killed trees turned into whimsical art

Kamloops Daily News
April 30, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Her name is Lady Klahaine and she keeps a watchful eye over the property. She stands more than three metres tall, huge by human standards, but a mere fraction of the size she once was — when she was a thriving and vibrant Ponderosa pine… Like many of their neighbours, the couple lost several trees when the mountain pine beetle tore its way through Kamloops a few years ago.

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Business & Politics

International Paper reports FQ 2012 Earnings

April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

International Paper recently reported first-quarter 2012 net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaling $188 million ($0.43 per share) compared with net earnings of $281 million ($0.65 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $354 million ($0.81 per share) in the first quarter of 2011. Amounts in all periods include the impact of special items.

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Resolute Forest Products reports decline in Q1 sales, profits falls to US$23M

Canadian Press
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products has reported a decline in year-over-year net income in the first quarter as sales softened slightly. The Quebec-based company, formerly called AbitibiBowater Inc., said net income in the three months ended March 31 was US$23 million or 23 cents per share. That compared with net income of US$30 million or 31 cents per share in the same 2011 period. …Our balance sheet continued to strengthen despite seasonal softness and market headwinds,” president and CEO Richard Garneau said in a statement accompanying Resolute’s results.

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Mercer exits race to buy Fibrek

Reuters
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s Mercer International Inc. withdrew from its battle with AbitibiBowater Inc. to buy Fibrek Inc. after nearly three months of legal setbacks. The exit clears the way for Abitibi’s $1 a share offer, supported by Fibrek’s top shareholders such as Prem Watsa headed Fairfax Financial. Abitibi operates under the name Resolute Forest Products. Mercer will return the Fibrek shares that were tendered under its offer, it said in a statement.

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Mercer International Inc. Files Arbitration Request Under NAFTA Seeking $250 Million in Damages From the Government of Canada

MarketWatch (press release)
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

NEW YORK — Mercer International Inc.  today announced it has served a Request for Arbitration on the Government of Canada for breaches by it of its obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mercer’s NAFTA claim arises from the treatment of its Celgar Pulp Mill’s energy generation assets and operations by the Province of British Columbia, both directly and through the actions of British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, a Provincially-owned and controlled enterprise, and the British Columbia Utilities Commission, a Provincial Government regulatory agency. Mercer’s Claim is against Canada, rather than the Province of British Columbia as, under NAFTA, Canada is responsible for the actions of its Provinces.

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Ensuring safety of other mills top priority now

Vancouver Sun
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

No one should have to go to work worrying about whether he or she will make it home again safely. Yet many sawmill workers around the province are facing such doubts after the second fatal explosion and fire at a B.C. mill in the past four months, this time at the Lakeland Mills in Prince George last week. Following the second explosion, WorkSafeBC ordered an inspection of all of the more than 340 operating sawmills in the province. The problem is that they don’t know for certain exactly what they are looking for, since the causes of the Prince George and Burns Lake explosions have yet to be determined.

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On The Street – DONEY LEADS COASTAL FIRMS

Victoria Times Colonist
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lee Doney, vice-chairman of Western Forest Products, has been elected chairman of the Coast Forest Products Association, which represents 20 companies that manufacture 95 per cent of the lumber produced on the coast, 70 per cent of the pulp and paper and are responsible for 70 per cent of the total harvest. Doney succeeds Ric Slaco, International Forest Products, as chairman. Others elected to the board include Kevin Clarke, Catalyst Paper Corp.; Bob Brash, Taan Forest Products; John Mohammed, A & A Trading; Tom Jones, Teal-Jones Group; Ted Dergousoff, Terminal Forest Products; John Kelvin, TimberWest Corp.; and Rowland Price, Delta Cedar Products.
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B.C. sawmill explosion: a timeline

Globe and Mail
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The explosion and fire lit up the Prince George sky at 9:38 p.m. Within a minute came the first 911 call. …A timeline of events obtained by The Globe and Mail sheds light on the chaos immediately following last week’s sawmill explosion at Lakeland Mills Ltd., as well as the rapid response from emergency officials. The timeline – released by the RCMP, at the newspaper’s request – shows Mounties and fire officials were dispatched at 9:40. RCMP arrived at the scene three minutes later. Fire and Rescue arrived three minutes after that. The blast – which has been described as “a gigantic fireball” – burned so intensely that, from different vantage points, it appeared other buildings around the city were on fire. 

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Brookfield Investments Corporation Announces 2011 Financial Results

Daily Commercial News
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Brookfield Investments Corporation reported net income of $70 million or $1.52 per common share for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared with $4 million or $0.09 per common share in 2010. The increase in net income compared to the prior year is primarily the result of a higher amount of investment income earned from the company’s investment portfolio… The company acquired a 49% economic interest in Western Forest Products Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

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Mercer International withdraws bid for Fibrek shares

Montreal Gazette
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – The three-month battle for Montreal-based pulp producer Fibrek Inc. appeared to be over Monday. Vancouver’s Mercer International Inc., a large North American and European specialty pulp maker, withdrew its offer for all Fibrek’s shares, worth about $170 million. This clears the way for Resolute Forest Products Inc.’s initial $1-a-share bid to go through.

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Worker safety is everyone’s responsibility

Nanaimo Daily News
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

All workers in B.C. and across the country who struggle to put in a good day’s work should know that their employers are doing everything possible to make their workplaces safer… Saturday across the province, workers and WorkSafe B.C. remembered the 147 people who went to work in B.C. last year and never returned home. In Nanaimo on Saturday, Ellen Oxman, president of the Nanaimo-Duncan District Labour Council, told the Daily News that “there is legislation in place in which employers are not allowed to put their workers in danger, but it’s not being used enough and we’re pushing for both the provincial and federal governments to enforce it more.”

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Nanaimo mills should pass safety inspection

By Darrell Bellaart
Nanaimo Daily News
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincewide sawmill safety inspections are not expected to find fault with Nanaimo mills.
The United Steelworkers Union met with the Ministry of Labour to decide how to deal with sawdust accumulation in B.C. mills, following the Lakelands mill explosion that killed two and injured 22 workers in Prince George. The disaster came three months after a similar event at the Babine mill in Burns Lake. By May 22, full safety reviews are expected to start at all B.C. mills, including Western Forest Products in Nanaimo.

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Workers ‘on edge’ about returning to job sites

WorkSafeBC has ordered investigations into dust levels and other hazards after recent explosions, deaths
Vancouver Sun
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As B.C. sawmill operators start to clean up the dust in their mills, some workers are apprehensive about going to work, fearing explosions like the ones in Burns Lake and Prince George could happen to them.  “Everyone’s a little on edge, a little scared,” said Dean Colville, of the United Steelworkers’ local 1-425 in Williams Like, who transferred from the Tolko-Soda Creek mill to the union office a few months ago.  “They don’t understand the full reason for the explosions and they’re worried their mills will be next,” said Colville, adding he’d be worried if he was still at the mill. Part of the problem, he noted, is that the sawdust hasn’t been definitively identified as the source of the latest explosions.

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Newcomer Bill Driscoll enters race for Norm Dicks’s seat

The News Tribune
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The announcement could reshape the race for the open 6th Congressional District seat. Driscoll joins several other Republicans vying to take on state Sen. Derek Kilmer, the lone Democrat, but the newcomer immediately showed off a potential advantage: He can spend plenty of his own money… Driscoll comes out of the timber industry. He said he is the great-great grandson of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, who founded the Weyerhaeuser company in 1901. 
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Pope Resources Reports First Quarter Income of $1.2 Million

SunHerald.com
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

POULSBO, Wash. — Pope Resources reported net income attributable to unitholders of $1.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $8.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. This compares to net income attributable to unitholders of $3.7 million, or $0.82 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $17.7 million for the comparable period in 2011. Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, was $2.0 million, compared to $7.6 million for the first quarter of 2011.

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OSHA cites New England Wood Pellet

Wood Working Network
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CONCORD, N.H. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited New England Wood Pellet LLC for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its wood pellet manufacturing plant on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey… The fire, which started in the pellet mill, was transported through several conveying systems to a pellet cooler and then to a dust collector, and caused several other flash fires. Shortly thereafter, explosions occurred in the dust collector and an exhaust muffler. The explosions sent fireballs outside of the building and likely ignited materials in two silos.

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Sawmill Expands Services During Recession

Pallet Enterprise
May 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Carthage, New York— During a time when sawmills around the country were struggling, downsizing, and even closing, Johnson Lumber saw the chance to install new machinery and expand its services. The family-owned white pine sawmill is located in Carthage, N.Y., a small town in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, not far from the Canadian border. The company was started by brothers Ronald and Robert Johnson in 1977 with the purchase of an old sawmill. Thirty-five years later, the company is still run by the Johnson brothers, but has grown and expanded far beyond its modest beginnings.

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No update on Gunns pulp mill financial details

The Examiner
April 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

GUNNS has not given new financial details on the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill project in an update to the Australian Stock Exchange today. Last week, Gunns Limited managing director Greg L’Estrange told the ASX that investors should disregard previous financial information about the proposed mill in favour of a pending update. Gunns released a statement after 5pm confirming that its preparation for an equity offer was continuing.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Aspen Gold Premium Wood Pellet Bedding: Aspen Wood Superior to Pine

SYS-CON Media
May 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

LADYSMITH, WI — Aspen Gold Premium Wood Pellet Bedding, an alternative to traditional animal bedding, is made of 100 percent aspen wood – selected for its high-absorption properties and long-lasting color. The pelletized bedding product, manufactured by Indeck Ladysmith, LLC of Ladysmith, Wis., is all natural and equine safe. Aspen Gold was recently tested by an unbiased, third-party testing firm against other leading absorbent animal bedding products manufactured from pine wood. “Our product provides unique advantages when compared to the other bedding products already on the market,” said Jeffrey Shultz, Plant Manager, Aspen Gold. 

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Fiji Pure Mahogany Brand Launches To World Markets

Representatives from U.S. Government, Gibson Guitars and Hardwood Manufacturers Association Attend Launch Event
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
April 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

SUVA, Fiji — Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama led the launch of the branding and mandatory compliance protocol process for Fiji Pure Mahogany, which ensures sustainability, legality, and the socially responsible use of this new hardwood brand. Fiji Pure Mahogany will also fill the global need for an exceptional quality of legally and sustainably harvested mahogany.

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Forestry

National forestry organization urges caution on BC land use changes

The Tyee
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The national organization representing foresters and other professionals is urging the British Columbia government to be cautious about making any changes to how public forests are managed. “We support reasonable options to protect forest sector jobs, understanding that sustainability of all forest resources is essential to conserve biodiversity, wildlife, watersheds, scenic values, recreational potential, and other non-timber values,” wrote the president of the Canadian Institute for Forestry, Mark Kube, and the organization’s executive director, John Pineau, in an April 26, 2012 letter to Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

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Residents left in the cold over clear-cutting

The Sudbury Star
May 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources , in its heavy-handed way, has decided what’s best for the 300 camp-owners and residents of Westree, with its usual: “our minds are made up, but we will have a public meeting to make it look like we care what people actually think.” The MNR has approved clear-cutting areas along Highway 560A close to the Westree townsite and Deschenes Lake. But after residents realized what was happening, the MNR held a public meeting on Friday morning, April 20, at a time guaranteed to produce the lowest number of camp owners, who usually go to their camps on the weekend, not Friday mornings.

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Selkirk College Honours Its Extended Family

Castlegar News
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A tradition has been established at Selkirk College. Each year on the evening prior to the annual graduation ceremony, the Board of Governors gathers to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life. …The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to Garry Merkel, a class of 1979 Forestry graduate. Since graduation Mr. Merkel has distinguished himself nationally and internationally in the fields of business development, First Nations capacity building, education and nation governance. He is the Chair of the Columbia Basin Trust and the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation and has committed personal time over the past 15 years to speak to Selkirk students concerning First Nations treaty negotiations and capacity building.

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Ceremony celebrates forestry deal

Kwantlen First Nation and the B.C. government have a new forestry agreement that will allow for more First Nations input into logging on their traditional lands
Langley Advance News
May 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kwantlen First Nation hosted a large celebration April 20 to mark the renewal of a forestry agreement with the provincial government. Langley MLA Mary Polak and Kwantlen chief Marilyn Gabriel signed a Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Arrangement (FCRSA) for forestry done within the Kwantlen’s traditional territory (areas of Fort Langley, Maple Ridge and Mission). “This is a wonderful partnership,” Polak said. This is one of 87 agreements between the province and First Nations created in 2010 to include revenue sharing for profits made from forestry on traditional lands and increased consultation.

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Environmental groups decry logging near Cathedral Grove

Victoria Times Colonist
May 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups are horrified that Island Timberlands is logging oldgrowth Douglas fir trees, close to Cathedral Grove, in an area that used to be protected. Cameron Valley Firebreak was formerly protected as an ungulate winter range for Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer, but lost that protection in 2004 when the provincial government allowed Weyerhaeuser to remove 88,000 hectares of private-managed forest land from tree farm licences. Island Timberlands subsequently bought much of Weyerhaeuser’s private managed forest land, including the Cameron Valley Firebreak. The area was previously left unlogged to slow the spread of forest fires.

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Logging Contractors Hope to Get Protection

CJFW Radio
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging contractors in Northwest B-C are banding together to address, what they call, a lack of government support for smaller forest industry operators. They say they’ve been experiencing a growing list of problems, including not getting paid by log brokers… According to some of the contractors, a key solution is passing Bill 21, which promises to protect logging contractors from problems like payment issues. “The issue with the contractors not getting paid, either not at all, or not within a reasonable period of time,” says local Logging Contractor, Judy Ellis.

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Terrace Logging Contractors Furious Over Late Payments
Loggers call for government help
Some northwest logging contractors met in Terrace over the weekend, to request government help in their battle to get paid on a more timely schedule. Spokesperson Judy Ellis says the small operators are not getting paid by logging brokers within a reasonable period of time — or not at all — and they’re not getting any answers as to why. “Brokers are slamming the door in our face, they’re not answering our calls, they’re not communicating with us. It appears that they’re having a hard time getting the money from China,” complained Ellis. She says things might improve if the government passes Bill 21, which promises to protect logging contractors from problems like payment issues.

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College of the Rockies in partnership with the BC Forest Safety Council is pleased to announce a Ministry funded New Faller Training program

The program will begin in Spring 2012
BC Forest Safety Council
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This exciting initiative is funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and is limited to 12 seats to those who qualify. Due to the limited time frame, applications are due by May 4. This is the first funded opportunity for this training. At this time, there are no other funded training courses available.  The Ministry will cover tuition for this 30 day training program, some personal protective equipment, some travel expenses and an assessment. Accommodation, meals and some equipment costs will be the responsibility of the trainee. For more information on the training, please refer to our website. Or click here to see a PDF 

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Tree Canada asks people across Canada to support Goderich

Tree Canada
Press Release
May 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Tree Canada is asking Canadians to support the Goderich Tornado ReLeaf program to regreen the Town of Goderich after a devastating tornado in 2011. People are invited to contact Tree Canada to donate at www.treecanada.ca. Goderich, a small Ontario town of about 8,000 people was hit with an F3 (“severe”) tornado in August 2011. …”We hope that our ReLeaf program will help the wonderful people of Goderich,” said Michael Rosen Tree Canada President. “People need to have their lives restored and so we will be working with our donors and corporate partners to replace the trees lost through this terrible event,” he said.

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Saint John seeks to protect forest, watershed

City will ask UNB to help update forest management plan
CBC News
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Saint John will ask the University of New Brunswick to help it come up with a new forest management plan after a wrongful clearcutting near the city’s water supply recently came to light. In 2010, a misunderstanding involving the city, the Saint John Airport and a contractor led to the clearcutting of a 30-acre parcel of city-owned watershed land, said Coun. Bill Farren, who raised the issue at council last week.

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Opinion: Politics Doesn’t Threaten Owl

A US Fish and Wildlife official responds to the assertion that the northern spotted owl is being mismanaged by government.
The Scientist
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Management of the northern spotted owl is once again in the headlines. The issue today is not whether to save the owl’s old-growth forests, but rather how to manage our forested landscapes in the face of scientific uncertainty concerning climate change, forest health, and wildfire. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently published the Proposed Revised Critical Habitat Rule for the northern spotted owl, for which we are currently seeking public comment and scientific peer review. 

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Mountain nursery will help restore dwindling species

Casper Star-Tribune Online
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the mountains south of Bozeman, Mont., the U.S. Forest Service has fenced off a small plot of land designed to help restore whitebark pine to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
At the 15-acre nursery site, seedling whitebark pine that has been identified as resistant to blister rust will be grown. In addition, limbs from older pines will be grafted onto the trees to speed up seed production in what is a slow-to-mature tree species. “Hopefully, they will be producing cones in four years,” said Jay Frederick, a wildlife biologist in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

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Maine acquires 5,700 acres around Seboeis Lake for outdoor recreation, timber, wildlife

Bangor Daily News
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Maine officials on Monday announced the acquisition of more than 5,700 acres of land south of Millinocket in a deal that will protect an additional 2 miles of shoreline along Seboeis Lake while securing key snowmobile and ATV routes in the region. …The 5,741-acre Lakeville Plantation parcel will be added to the roughly 15,600-acre Seboeis Public Reserved Lands Unit, which is managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lakes for timber harvesting, outdoor recreation and wildlife. The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, worked with the state to arrange the acquisition from Bigelow Timber Corp. of Madison.

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Russian mom wins Goldman Prize for fighting to save national forest

Alaska Dispatch
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If all politics is local, Yevgenia Chirikova may have begun something that could change the course of Russian history. Just five years ago, the winner of this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize (one of six awarded on April 16) was a small-business woman and homemaker in the Moscow suburb of Khimki who, by her own account, had never considered engaging in civic action of any sort. But discovery of what she calls an ecological crime led her and a small band of supporters to confront Russian authorities, whom she accused of being corrupt and unaccountable, in what is an ongoing effort to force reconsideration of a highway that would destroy the irreplaceable old-growth Khimki Forest, near her home.

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Forest fires singe Orissa green cover

Times of India
April 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BHUBANESWAR: Forests in Odisha are burning in the scorching summer heat, literally. Around 2,700 cases of jungle fires were reported in the state in the past two months. Satellite generated data available with the Forest Survey of India (FSI) said Kandhamal district in the southern part of the state reported the highest 757 incidents of forest blaze between March 1 and April 28. Koraput district reported 500 forest fires while Ganjam reported 286 in the past two months. Other districts with over 100 instances of forest in flames include Sambalpur (171), Dhenkanal (137) and Sundargarh (108).

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Tasmanian hardwood plantations sold for conversion to pasture

ABC News, Australia
May 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Livestock producers in Tasmania are buying up forest plantation land with a view to converting it to pasture. The swing from hardwood plantations to pasture and livestock is gaining momentum this year. Hundreds of thousands of hectares acquired in eastern Australia by Timbercorp, Great Southern, Forest Enterprises, and Gunns MIS plantations have been liquidated, since the MIS bubble burst. And in Tasmania Landmark Harcourts real estate agent, Michael Warren, says there’s a definite trend to local livestock producers buy that land.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Innovation turning wood waste into bio-fuel for transportation

National Post
April 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new public-private partnership is set to drive revenue for the forest products industry in Northern Ontario. Montreal-based pulp and paper company Domtar is partnering with Battelle, an independent research and development specialist in Columbus, Ohio, to test a new technology that rapidly converts wood waste into crude bio-oil and gas. The newly formed provincial Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is playing its part by providing up to $6-million in funding for the project. The chosen test site is Domtar’s mill operations in Dryden, Ontario.

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Abundance: The Global Warming Question

By Steven Kotler
Forbes
April 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Ever since the organizers of TED 2012 decided to open this year’s event with back-to-back talks by environmentalist Paul Gilding and my Abundance co-author Peter Diamandis, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions about global warming… Take tropical deforestation. The primary causes of tropical deforestation are agricultural expansion (both cattle and crops), wood extraction (for logging and fuel use) and infrastructure expansion (the direct result of overpopulation). Thus the best way to slow tropical deforestation would be to produce more crops on less land, produce more protein on less land, develop new materials to replace wood, develop new fuels to replace wood, and slow population growth.

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University professor receives $554,000 grant for research in “forests of the future”

By Jeanette Kazmierczak
Red and Black
April 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Georgia – Temperature changes in forests along the East Coast may affect biological diversity in the coming years, potentially altering whole ecosystems… “The climate this year isn’t going to be the same it was last year,” Mohan said. She and her colleagues, led by James Clark of Duke University, are trying to forecast how this climate change will affect tree diversity directly and indirectly through pathogens. Mohan’s studies focus on Whitehall Forest here at the University, Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., and Ordway-Swisher Biological Station at the University of Florida. 

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General

Climate explains why West Coast trees are much taller than those in the East

By Brian Palmer
Washington Post
April 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Climate explains why West Coast trees are much taller than those in the East. Last year, a team of climbers led by arborist Will Blozan measured the tallest tree in the eastern United States: a 192-foot tulip tree in the Great Smoky Mountains. Although the achievement was significant, it served to emphasize just how puny Eastern trees are compared with the giants along the Northern California coast. The current height champion out West is Hyperion, a 379-foot coast redwood standing somewhere in California’s Redwood National Park. 

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Forestry Contractors Facing Major Challenges

Opinion 250 News
May 1, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Prince George, B.C. – The Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association says the sawmill disasters at Lakeland Mills in Prince George and Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake are having enormous consequences for the northern forest industry. MaryAnne Arcand says there are four Evergreen contractors have been doing the logging for Lakeland “and obviously they won’t be needing to log. All the wood that’s in the Lakeland yard now will go elsewhere, meaning there won’t be logs needed in other locations for a while either because there’s three months worth of logs there.” 

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