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Daily Archives: May 7, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Dinosaur wind ‘altered climate’

Submitted by Dwight Yochim
Nine MSN
May 7, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth’s climate, UK research suggests. Like leviathan cows, the mighty sauropods would have generated enormous quantities of methane. Sauropods, recognisable by their long necks and tails, were widespread around 150 million years ago. They included some of the largest animals to walk the earth, such as Diplodocus, which measured 45 metres and weighed up to 45 tonnes.

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Business & Politics

FSC Canada Appoints François Dufresne as its New President

CNW Press Release
May 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The FSC Canada Board of Directors has appointed François Dufresne as President effective May 1st, 2012. The Board of Directors is delighted to welcome François Dufresne to FSC Canada. An extensive search was conducted and the Board members believe that Mr. Dufresne’s background makes him the ideal candidate to succeed in this position. He is a proven business leader in the industry and the right visionary to build on FSC Canada’s strengths in order to ensure the organization’s continued success. He is the first President of the organization to be based in Montreal, Quebec. 

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Forest Practices Board raps Meadow Creek Cedar, government

Nelson Star
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s independent forestry watchdog has cited Meadow Creek Cedar for unsound forest practices and identified gaps in government policy. A Forest Practices Board report released today found the company failed to meet its obligations between July 2009 and July 2011. “We found that some of Meadow Creek’s road, harvesting and silviculture activities did not comply with legislation, and some silviculture, protection and road construction practices were unsound,” says board chair Al Gorley. “Meadow Creek did not implement recommendations made by professional foresters and engineers and this led to unacceptable environmental risks.”

BC Forest Practices Board press release

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Man killed in accident at Canfor mill

Vancouver Sun
May 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A millwright at Canfor’s Plateau Sawmill in Vanderhoof was killed Thursday in a workplace accident. George Park Jr. of Kamloops, an independent contractor with the BID Group, died after being crushed by a poorly secured gate. Brian Fehr, chief executive officer of BID Group, said in a media statement that “we are heartbroken that a worker has lost his life and that a family has lost a loved one.”

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Answers on mill dust remain up in the air

Kamloops Daily News
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Long before deadly mill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George, the industry thought long and hard about sawdust. B.C.’s sawmilling industry is wrestling with questions about how to avoid a repeat of the Northern disaster that have killed four this year. “Less dust is best is always your approach,” said Bruce Luxmoore, mill manager at Interfor’s Adams Lake Lumber. “It’s deadly. It’s difficult to maintain equipment in dust and people don’t want to work in dust.” In addition to the engineered and manpower changes to increase vigilance on dust, Interfor officials said a major change in wake of the accidents is sharing information among companies — information traditionally jealously guarded due to potential competitive advantage.

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Fibrek signs historic contract with Hydro-québec distribution

Canada News Wire
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc.’s CEO, Pierre Gabriel Côté, is proud to announce that Fibrek has concluded an agreement for the sale of green energy produced at its cogeneration facilities located at the Saint-Félicien mill in connection with Hydro-Québec Distribution’s Power Purchase Program for electricity derived from forest biomass cogeneration, which was launched on December 20, 2011. The 33.23 MW of green energy currently produced by Fibrek will be sold to Hydro-Québec Distribution beginning on May 5, 2012 at a price of $106 per megawatt per hour, indexed to the consumer price index (CPI) for a 25-year period. The contract will generate approximately $16 million a year in EBITDA.

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California Lumber Producers Get Boost to Promote Redwood:

Building-Products.com
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The California Redwood Co. and Humboldt Redwood Co. received a three-year $750,000 matching-fund grant from the Headwaters Fund to market redwood decking in California. Jacqueline Debets, economic development coordinator and project manager at Headwaters, said the goal was to increase the volume of redwood sales, particularly decking, to stem stop the loss of jobs in lumber manufacturing.  The campaign will highlight the benefits of redwood, compared to wood-plastic composites.
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Eldorado Brasil Plans Expansion of South America’s Biggest Pulp Mill

MarketWatch press release
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

CORDOBA, ARGENTINA – Researched by Industrial Info Resources Latin America (Cordoba, Argentina) — Eldorado Brasil (Tres Lagoas, Brazil), a pulp producer, expects to add two production lines at its bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp mill in Tres Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) in 2017 and 2021, respectively. The project involves the initial construction of a 1.5 million-ton-per-year pulp facility that is expected to be operational by the end of this year. Once the mill has started operations, company officials plan a two-phase expansion valued at approximately $3.22 billion.

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Realisation of higher prices for lumber in France has so far failed to live up to the expectations

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Central European softwood lumber exporters found themselves still facing more intensive competition with domestic suppliers on the French market at the end of April. The expansion of cutting capacity in the French sawmilling industry in the last two years has meanwhile resulted in a higher domestic supply. Lower log procurement prices than in Germany and Belgium have played a part in foreign suppliers losing their ability to compete on the domestic market during the course of the early months of this year.

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Illegal logging, contract cancellations fuel investor flight from APP

Greenpeace International (blog)
May 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The notorious company Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), linked to illegal logging and the clearance of Sumatran tiger habitat, today suffered another massive blow with Canadian investment giant Mackenzie Investments announcing that it has ceased investing in APP operations. Greenpeace recently exposed APP’s main mill in Indonesia for using illegal timber to fuel its operations. Not only did Greenpeace investigations find that the Indah Kiat mill is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws protecting the internationally protected tree species ramin, it also found that the mill is supplied with rainforest timber from areas mapped as habitat of critically endangered species like the Sumatran tiger, whose numbers are down to an estimated 400 in the wild.

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Gunns $400m recapitalisation puts mill on line

Brisbane Times
May 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

GUNNS has pulled back from the brink after a two-month suspension from the stock exchange. The Tasmanian forestry company is believed to have won the backing of institutional shareholders for a $400 million-plus recapitalisation, which will allow it to pay down debt, realise the value of its plantation estate and develop its controversial pulp mill without an equity partner. One fund manager who is substantial in the stock, speaking off the record, said Gunns’s main problem had been its stretched balance sheet, and there was ”huge value in the company” not reflected in its share price.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Domtar leading the way to commercialize eco-friendly NCC

Globe and Mail
May 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Tucked away inside a modest building attached to a sprawling pulp and paper complex in Quebec, a bold experiment is under way to revive the ailing forest products sector. Domtar Corp.is leading an industry effort to commercialize a new eco-friendly product called nanocrystalline cellulose, or NCC. Extracted from wood pulp fibre, NCC is being touted as a wonder material about eight times the tensile strength of stainless steel due to the unique bonding of its microscopic needle-shaped crystals.

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Yurts endure

The Register-Guard
May 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

COTTAGE GROVE — A few feet inside the warehouses, it smells like any other wood products manufacturing center: sawdust. But what’s neatly stacked this way and that are no ordinary two-by-fours. They’re curved. Welcome to Pacific Yurts, a Lane County company that has been the industry leader in the yurt-making business since yurt making became a business, at least on a major scale. …Before long, he was marketing yurts for personal retreats, vacation homes and alternative housing, mostly for individuals.

Visit their website at http://www.yurts.com/

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World’s Tallest Log Cabin Destroyed by Fire in North Russia

RIA Novosti
May 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Sutyagin House, once the world’s tallest wooden house, was destroyed by fire in Arkhangelsk in Russia’s far northwest on Saturday night, the regional emergencies department reported on Sunday. The fire started at a nearby bath house and spread to the wooden skyscraper, completely destroying the lob cabin within several hours. “Strong winds spread the fire to the wooden skyscraper and completely engulfed it,” the emergencies department said.


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Ta Ann plans hybrid plywood

Malaysia Star
May 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KUCHING: Ta Ann Holdings Bhd, a pioneer in Sarawak reforestation sector, is increasing the harvest of its plantation logs to produce hybrid plywood. …A trial production at the group’s plywood mill on the products that could be manufactured from planted acacia, the extent of recovery and improvement as well as the related costs would form the basis of a preliminary assessment on the prospect of tree planting projects. “We are on a trial development of hybrid plywood using planted acacia as the main component which will be mixed with hardwood from natural forests,” said Siaw.

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What are the benefits of building a metal home out of steel?

Newsolio
May 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Why is a home built from steel better than a wood or brick home? Here is a discussion of the advantages of using steel as a construction material. If you are thinking about building a new home that is affordable, energy – efficient, and safer than traditional wood and brick homes, then a metal home that is built out of steel is the right choice for you and your family. Steel – known for its tremendous strength – has been used for decades in the construction of commercial buildings, but it has just come to light in recent years as being the perfect material for building homes too. The reasons for this are numerous:

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Forestry

How to sustainably turn Canada’s resources into wealth

Globe and Mail
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The way policy-makers and Canadians think about natural resources (fossil fuels, minerals and forest resources) is fundamentally important to the Canadian economy. How we perceive and evaluate our natural resource endowment shapes policy frameworks, which, in turn, can have profound effects on the way we live and the way we earn our living. Prime Minister Stephen Harper touched on this during the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena last month, saying: “Resource development has vast power to change the way a nation lives. … It is also something which is tremendously responsive to actions of government.”

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Premier Announces Funding for Forestry and Mining Training

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WILLIAMS LAKE – Premier Christy Clark today announced $1.6 million for skills training programs at Thompson Rivers University, while visiting the Williams Lake campus. “Our government is proud to support students in the trades by investing in classroom skills training that is in high demand in the Cariboo,” said Premier Clark. “Having access to training programs like the ones offered at Thompson Rivers University is the first step towards helping meet the continued demand for skilled workers in priority industries like mining and forestry.”

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Coast woodlot managers win award of excellence

Federation of BC Woodlot Associations
Press Release
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

COURTENAY – Woodlot licensees Sid and Barb Dawson are the Coast region’s award winners of this year’s Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management, Comox Valley MLA Don McRae announced today, on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. Sid and Barb Dawson have managed a woodlot in the Parksville area for the past 17 years. 

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New display at forest museum offers a historical look at chainsaw history

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
May 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The evolution of chainsaws, and other gear used in Cowichan’s rich logging history, is now seen in an exhibit recently opened at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre. The permanent display called Timber Hogs and Forest Kings shows a trove of equipment since the chainsaw’s invention in the ’30s.

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Meadow Creek Cedar audit praised

Nelson Star
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests says it welcomes a Forest Practices Board audit exposing “unsound” practices at Meadow Creek Cedar, while industry and professional groups are praising the report. Ministry spokesman Brennan Clarke said the document released Friday “supports our reasons for suspending the company’s license.” “As recommended by the board, we will examine options to act sooner should similar situations arise,” he said.

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Lumber prices on sustained rise, expert says

Prince George Citizen
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Increased construction of multiple family homes in the United States has translated into a significant rise in lumber prices that should carry through the summer, says a forest industry observer. Since the end of March, the price of Western Spruce Pine and Fir 2×4 dimension lumber has increased 27 per cent to $300, Madison’s Lumber Reporter publisher Keta Kosman said Friday. Over that same span, utility #3 rose only three per cent but 2×6 lumber rose 10 per cent, “which is telling us that it’s U.S. multi-family construction because that’s what the 2×6 is for,” Kosman said.

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Clock is ticking on Wolf Lake mining claims

NorthernLife.ca
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A local environmental group said it’s confused about why the province is sending mixed messages when it comes to preserving the old growth forest on Wolf Lake. Activists said the government is going back on repeated commitments to add mining claims in the area to the park as the rights to the claims lapse. The roughly 300-hectare Wolf Lake Forest Reserve is in the southwestern part of the Temagami area, 50 kilometres northeast of Sudbury. It’s home to the largest remaining stand of old-growth red pine trees in the world and is growing increasingly popular with tourists and campers.

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Trees are taller out West — but why?

Bangor Daily News
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

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. (Researchers have kept the precise location quiet to protect the world’s tallest tree.) That’s just a shade under double the size of the tallest Eastern tree. In fact, even the average coast redwood grows more than 100 feet taller than any tree in the East.

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Bill to shift authority over federal land near border nears US House vote

Billings Gazette
May 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WHITEFISH — A controversial bill that aims to shift authority over federal lands within 100 miles of the U.S. border to the Department of Homeland Security could be nearing a vote on the House floor, a development that has renewed debate over the measure’s applicability in places like Montana, where it would strip dozens of environmental protections from Glacier National Park and designated wilderness areas. The proposed legislation, called the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, or H.R. 1505, would exempt Homeland Security from compliance with 36 federal environmental protection laws in order to expedite border security, including the National Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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SRP, NAU team up on forest restoration study

USA Today
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (WTW) — Scientists at Northern Arizona University and one of the state’s largest utilities are joining together in a study on restoring Arizona’s forests. NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute and Salt River Project announced their partnership Thursday on a project that will research how the state’s forest ecosystem responds to restoration efforts. NAU researchers say an overcrowding of ponderosa pine forests has affected the natural processes of the environment.

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Forest Service names new top forester for Northern Region

The Missoulian
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced today the selection of Faye Krueger as the new regional forester for the agency’s Northern Region based in Missoula. The Northern Region area encompasses 25 million acres over five states. Included are 12 National Forests located within the perimeter of northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. “Faye’s experience and focus on collaboration make her an excellent leader for our northern regional office in Missoula,” Tidwell said. “As a lifelong forester and outdoors enthusiast, she’ll bring passion and common sense to our 25 million acres of northern forests and grasslands.”

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Proposed land swap in southwest Montana draws early opposition

Billings Gazette
May 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A possible land swap between two state agencies has run into strong opposition from sporting associations, conservation groups, individuals and county officials, who say Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would be giving up prime elk habitat and getting little in return. Initial comments on the proposal to turn the entire 17,170 acres owned by FWP at the Robb-Ledford Wildlife Management Area (WMA) over to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation are running about four to one against the swap. People are questioning the motives, the means and the need for the move.

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Forest rangers looking to defend ash trees against deadly insect

WLBZ-TV
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine Forest Service is trying to see if a very small insect could be causing problems for ash trees in the state. Forest rangers are getting ready to set up 955 traps in Maine to see if those traps will catch a bug called the ’emerald ash borer.’ Rangers say the insect likes to burrow into ash trees, which can kill the tree and make it unfit for commercial use. At this point, it’s not known if there are any emerald ash borers in Maine. The bug has been causing problems in New York state and Quebec. Rangers say since ash trees are so important to Maine’s economy, they want to do everything they can to protect them.

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Saving the American chestnut tree

MetroWest Daily News
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

.. For more than a century, a relentless blight has decimated the American chestnut tree, driving the nation’s once grandest hardwood to the edge of extinction. First identified in 1904 in chestnut trees near the Brooklyn Zoo, the blight is thought to have arrived on imported Japanese chestnuts. It spread by airborne spores across the Eastern seaboard, eventually killing an estimated four billion trees, said Paul Franklin, communications director of The American Chestnut Foundation. “The American chestnut has gone from being a dominant tree to a shrub. If we do not intercede, it will eventually become extinct,” he said from the Foundation’s headquarters in Asheville, N.C.

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More funding sought for timber programme

Radio New Zealand
May 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Dryland Forests Initiative is seeking more funding to continue its development of a New Zealand-grown hardwood timber industry. The initiative was started in 2003 to cultivate a genetically-improved eucalypt species for planting on drought prone and erodible pastoral land.

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Poor Mapping Puts Millions Of Hectares of Forest at Risk

Jakarta Globe
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Confusion over where protected land ends and forestry and mining concessions begin could see the country lose almost five million hectares of forest, a Greenpeace activist said. Kiki Taufik said on Wednesday that overlaps in maps produced for the government moratorium on new forestry concessions had resulted in some four million hectares of primary forest and 0.9 million hectares of peatland losing their protected status.
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Trials prove tree growth can be regulated

Pitchcare (press release)
May 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mark Walkinton explains how trials set up by ADAS prove that tree growth can be significantly reduced by using a tree growth regulator with no adverse phytotoxic effects.  Electricity supply companies are required by law to keep their overhead power line networks clear of interference from trees and other vegetation. The majority of the trees that interfere with power lines are on private land. In many instances landowners only allow contractors to cut tree growth back to the minimum distance required by legislation rather than allowing the extent of cutting required to maintain the clearances for the duration of the cutting cycle, which can be between three and five years. This means that the electricity companies must have their contractors return every year or every other year to ensure that clearance is maintained and this is very costly. 

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Australia’s South West forests dying – death of trees world-wide

Sydney Indymedia
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Disease and drought are threatening iconic South West forests, including Warrup, Yabberup, Arcadia, Kingston-Perup – in fact the whole region. Murdoch University researchers and international scientists are warning that thousands of Marri trees throughout the South West, including in the wineries regions, are dying or are already dead. Professor Giles Hardy and Dr George Matusick from Murdoch University’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Change Woodland and Forest Health said they are dying from the devastating from of tree cancer know as Marri canker.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuel Policy

Michigan Policy Network (blog)
May 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

At first glance, the idea behind biofuels appears to be an ingenious solution to meeting growing energy demands. The process seems fairly simple – “plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air, are turned into fuel, which is then converted back into carbon dioxide by cars and planes. It’s a closed carbon cycle: the energy for plant growth comes from sunlight.” (Inderwildi & King, 2009) However, this already oversimplified explanation ignores a variety of concerns that policymakers must examine with regard to the biofuel industry. Biofuel production not only would impact Michigan’s economy, but research suggests that there are profound environmental and social implications surrounding the industry.

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Nation’s forest waste an untapped resource

Stuff.co.nz
May 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As winter approaches, I begin to miss my old woodburner. Somehow, heat pumps just aren’t the same, and gas is expensive if you use it only for heating. Now that I am a city dweller, where would I get my firewood from? Anyone who has ever walked, biked, or driven through forestry land after it has been harvested cannot help but notice that a lot gets left behind. I am not just talking about twigs and pine needles, but piles of large branches and the tops of trees that often break off when felling. This wood represents energy from the sun that was locked up when the trees grew. Whether the wood is burnt or allowed to break down, any carbon released will simply be reabsorbed as the next generation of trees grow.

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