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Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Canada teen discovers tree pulp has anti-aging benefits

AFP
May 8, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — A Singapore-born teenager who recently moved to Canada won a national science award Tuesday for her groundbreaking work on the anti-aging properties of tree pulp, officials said. Janelle Tam, 16, won the $5,000 award in the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada for showing that cellulose, the woody material found in trees that enables them to stand, also acts as a potent anti-oxidant. “Her super anti-oxidant compound could one day help improve health and anti-aging products by neutralizing more of the harmful free-radicals found in the body,” Bioscience Education Canada said in a statement. Tam’s work involved tiny particles in the tree pulp known as nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC), which is flexible, durable, and also stronger than steel.

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New beer named after Alberni’s flying tankers

Alberni Valley News
May 7, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hot summer, cold beer and the Coulson Flying Tankers have been combined into a thirst quenching ale compliments of the Vancouver Island Brewery. According to www.beernews.com, the Victoria-based brewery has just released Flying Tanker White IPA (India Pale Ale). The pale emerald green label for the new brew depicts a red and white flying tanker dropping a load of water capped with a white froth.

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Business & Politics

Sino-Forest Debt Insurance Set to Pay Out 71 Cents per Dollar

San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Sellers of credit-default swaps on Sino-Forest Corp.’s bonds will have to pay 71 cents on the dollar to settle contracts after the Chinese tree grower filed for bankruptcy protection. Dealers set a final value of 29 percent at an auction for Sino-Forest’s bonds today, according to administrators Markit Group Ltd. and Creditex Group Inc. The settlement was agreed after 12 banks determined the value.

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Canada surpasses Russia as China’s largest global lumber supplier

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Led by British Columbia, Canada emerged as the largest exporter of lumber in the world to China in 2011, surpassing Russia as the Middle Kingdom’s No. 1 source for lumber. “We are king of the hill,” Gerry Van Leeuwen, of the Vancouver consultants International Wood Markets Group, said Tuesday. “We are No. 1 in total lumber imports into China.” The trend has continued in 2012, Van Leeuwen said. According to the latest statistics from China Customs, Canada supplied 1.45 million cubic metres (about 900 million board feet) of softwood lumber during the first quarter of 2012, corralling 47 per cent of the market share for softwood lumber in China. Russia is second at 35 per cent.

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Catalyst Paper announces three-day extension for Creditor meetings to consider Plan of Arrangement

Canada News Wire press release
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper today announced a three-day extension for the meetings of its secured and unsecured creditors to consider the plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The meetings, previously scheduled for May 15, 2012, will now be held on May 18, 2012.

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Mills to complete WorkSafe inspection by Wednesday

Merritt Herald
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafe B.C. has ordered mills in Merritt and throughout the province to complete a full inspection of their operations after an explosion on April 23 killed two people and destroyed the Lakeland Mills plant in Prince George. David Gray, executive at Aspen Planers Ltd. in Merritt, said staff will complete a full inspection prior to the Wednesday (May 9) deadline. “It doesn’t change our business,” he said. “We clean up and we do all those things and we certainly welcome [the mandatory inspection] and we hope we can learn some lessons from it. “If the inspection hasn’t happened, it will happen shortly.”

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Western’s Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

Marketwire press release
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Western Forest Products Inc.(“Western” or “the Company”) today announced results for the first quarter of 2012. The Company reported EBITDA of $9.3 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared to EBITDA of $11.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $13.0 million for the first quarter of 2011.

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CEOs have their say on mill explosions

Letter to the Editor by Don Kayne, Hank Ketcham, Brad Thorlakson, Don Demens and Ken Shields
Kelowna Capital News
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

To the editor: British Columbia’s wood products manufacturers have come together in an unprecedented collaboration to advance research and best practices in improving mill safety in response to the devastating explosions at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills. Until we receive the investigation conclusions from WorkSafe BC, we cannot say for certain what caused the events at those two facilities. However, we are told the investigation reports will take months and we feel strongly that the severity of the two incidents demand an immediate and comprehensive safety response. Four members of our sector lost their lives and we will not wait to take action.

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BC sawmills given another safety order in wake of deadly explosions

By GORDON HOEKSTRA
Vancouver Sun
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another safety order has been issued to British Columbia’s 341 sawmills after two deadly explosions at mills in the past three months. The B.C. Safety Authority Tuesday ordered sawmills to ensure electrical motor centres, power distribution centres or similar power equipment are free of combustible or explosive materials such as wood dust. The order is precautionary but the measure is to be acted on without delay, said B.C. Safety Authority electrical safety manager Stephen Hinde. “Although investigations into the two recent fatal explosions are ongoing and the causes of those incidents have not been identified, this safety order is aimed at minimizing the risk of fire or explosion related to regulated electrical equipment being a potential combustion or ignition source in wood processing operations,” Hinde said in a release.

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Knowledge of wood-dust explosions not widespread in BC industry

Report finds two companies had policies in place addressing combustion risk By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At least two forest companies with operations in Canada had programs in place to address wood dust explosion risks well before two deadly sawmill blasts in the province in the past three months, according to a B.C. industry report. While other companies in the B.C. forest sector had practices in place to control dust because it could clog up machiner and pose fire and respiratory health risks, Weyerhaeuser and Norbord Inc. had created specific programs aimed at reducing an identified risk of explosion caused by wood dust, according to the 385-page report.

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Skyrocketing insurance premiums shuts Flavelle

Tri-City News
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Flavelle sawmill in Port Moody has had to shut down because of soaring insurance premiums in the wake of two fatal sawmill explosions in B.C.’s Interior. Flavelle Sawmill Company’s Mill and Timber Products Ltd. went from paying about $300,000 annually to just over $1 million, according to news reports, and that hike only compounds problems for a company already struggling with flagging markets. Following fatal explosions at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake and another in Prince George, WorkSafeBC has ordered all sawmills in the province to inspect their premises for dust build-up.

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Mercer International cries foul over “discriminatory” power purchase agreement

The Celgar pulp mill near Castlegar has filed a $250 million NAFTA claim against the federal government for BC Hydro’s role in blocking a green energy deal
Business in Vancouver
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. pulp mill’s ability to sell “green” power to BC Hydro at premium rates is the subject of a $250 million arbitration claim that’s been filed against the Government of Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Vancouver-based Mercer International, which owns the 439-employee Celgar pulp mill near Castlegar, claims BC Hydro and the province have discriminated against it by preventing the mill from selling its biomass-produced power into the grid as other mills throughout the province do. Brian Merwin, Mercer’s vice-president strategic initiatives, explained that in 2008 BC Hydro intervened to block an agreement between Celgar and FortisBC, the province’s other utility, that would have allowed Celgar to buy cheap power through FortisBC and sell its green co-generation power to third parties such as BC Hydro at higher market rates.

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.42 Per Share

4-traders.com
May 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. today announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.42 per share. The dividend is payable on May 31, 2012, to shareholders of record as of May 18, 2012. Plum Creek’s dividend is expected to be characterized as long-term capital gain income primarily because the income generated by the sale of Plum Creek’s timber is considered long-term capital gain. As such, Plum Creek’s dividend is expected to be taxed at a maximum rate of 15 percent for most U.S. taxpayers.

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Timbergreen principal denies illegal logging

Phnom Penh Post
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The majority shareholder of Timbergreen, a firm that has been the centre of illegal logging allegations, has denied the company is in any way involved in the illicit trade of timber. The company has gained significant attention since prominent environmental activist Chut Wutty, who had made illegal logging allegations against them, was slain on April 26 in an incident that involved one of the firm’s security guards. Timbergreen’s majority shareholder, Khieu Sarsileap, said yesterday that the firm only cleared logs in areas it was licensed to by the government and urged anyone with evidence to the contrary to bring it to her. “We are [logging] only in the reservoir, and even in the reservoir itself, we can’t finish it up; we have to do it fast because we have a contract,” she said.

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Gunns directors must persevere

Sydney Morning Herald
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It is no surprise that Tasmanian forestry business Gunns still wants to build its $2.3 billion pulp mill at Bell Bay in the Tamar Valley. What is surprising is that anyone wants to fund it. Yet as BusinessDay reported on the weekend, a handful of key institutional shareholders are poised to do just that, backing a circa $400 million capital raising to stave off Gunns’ bankers and get the project moving along without an equity partner. Good money after bad? Not the way the instos see it. Gunns current share price – 16 cents, where it was suspended on March 9 – puts them in a difficult situation.

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Indian log importers return with new orders

Malaysia Star
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING: India, the No. 1 buyer of Sarawak’s tropical logs, has returned with new orders following the recovery of its currency. Ta Ann Holdings Bhd financial controller Augustine Siaw said Indian log importers slowed down their buying activities in the fourth quarter last year after the rupee depreciated in value. “They have now come back to buy our logs as the rupee has recovered,” he told StarBiz. Ta Ann exported 74% of its 2011 export of nearly 148,000 cu m of logs to India.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Courtenay’s wooden bridge project could become documentary

Comox Valley Record
May 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A documentary could be in the works about the making of the proposed wooden pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Courtenay River. If the project goes ahead, the Timber Framers Guild would come to Courtenay to oversee this community building project.
TFG executive director Joel McCarty came from New Hampshire on Friday to check out the potential site of the bridge — and was filmed for a possible documentary of the bridge-building process.

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Pricey Wood Purse is $2,700

Woodworking Network
May 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NEW YORK – An ultra-modern rendition of its iconic wooden clutch has been introduced by luxury accessories brand Devi Kroell, New York City. The wooden clutch is embellished with a unique combination of stingray and ash wood and finished with the signature Devi Kroell roll clasp. Produced in Florence, Italy, Devi Kroell says each clutch is carved from perfectly matured wood that is aged for 10 to 15 years, and takes three days to finish, with three different artisans working on it. The wood clutches retail at $2,700. No pricing offered on the veneer panels.

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NZ technology transforms wood

Otago Daily Times
May 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Claims that the main ingredients for paint, plastics, industrial alcohol, fuel and even artificial sweetener can be produced from willow trees in a single process would seem to be the stuff of science fiction. But reporter Allison Rudd discovered a Taupo-based company which has perfected the technology with the help of a New Zealand research and development team. In 2008, Vertichem Technology general manager Kevin Snowdon was excited. The unique triple-processing wood digester technology developed by Auckland company Genesis Research and Development had been proven and Vertichem was set to build a pre-commercial trial processing plant in New Zealand. Then came the global credit crisis, and the company’s plans were put on hold.

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Forestry

Business lessons from the forest floor

Globe and Mail
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Smokey the Bear is an icon, telling us to keep our forests free of fire with the enduring message, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” But Canadian consultant and management educator David Hurst thinks Smokey is a lousy example for managers, because he is perennially preoccupied with stability and desperate to suppress disruption of any kind. Forests, after all, need fires to regenerate. It is an ecocycle of life, death and renewal. It starts with the entrepreneurs of the forest – seeds, weeds and migrant saplings – swarming into an open area.

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Blue Lake Forest Society names new executive director

Kootenay News Advertiser
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Blue Lake Forest Education Society is extremely pleased to announce the recent appointment of Kelly Diamond as the new Executive Director. Kelly has recently moved to the East Kootenays from the coast to join Blue Lake. Kelly started attending summer camp in Ontario back in the 80s where her mother was the camp nurse , which allowed her to attend camp for the whole summer. “The experiences I had at camp as a child were transformational. It provided me with a great appreciation for nature and a respect for our precious earth resources,” said Diamond.

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Maintaining older forests is important to ecological diversity

Letter by Gunter Hoehne
Burns Lake Lakes District News
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Editor: Regarding Tom Fletcher’s article “Forest Jobs won’t wait for 2013” published in the Lakes District News edition of May 2, 2012. The whole point of the article is to promote jobs using confusing and bogus arguments that purposely downplay environmental and social values, especially old growth and wildlife corridors. Mr. Fletcher’s premise that relaxing old growth management zones and wildlife corridors is not as drastic as it sounds given that those areas are already dead completely misses the point and importance of these zones.

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Independent watchdog finds Meadow Creek Cedar failed to comply with forestry legislation

The Boundary Sentinel
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Cedar is being raked over the coals again, this time by a Forest Practices Board investigation. Following a complaint, the Forest Practices Board found the Kootenay-based company had failed to comply with forestry legislation and unsound practices, according to the recently released report. “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,” said board chair Al Gorley in a written press release. “Meadow Creek did not implement recommendations made by professional foresters and engineers and this led to unacceptable environmental risks.”

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B.C. redraws provincial parks map

Removal of land from Stawamus Chief – the subject of gondola proposal – angers activists
Vancouver Sun
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 550,000 hectares will be added to B.C.’s parks and protected areas under legislation introduced Monday, the Ministry of Environment announced. However, the province will remove 2.36 hectares from Stawamus Chief Provincial Park near Squamish, potentially paving the way for a controversial sightseeing gondola project to proceed. Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee said the decision makes it appear the gondola is a “done deal” and is insulting to British Columbians in the absence of a formal parks consultation process. “These are the parks of the people of B.C. and they have a right to have a say,” she said.

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Salvage logging increases flooding risk: expert

Victoria Times Colonist
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Aggressive salvage logging of beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests in the B.C. Interior has significantly increased the risk of flooding and sediment discharge, a University of B.C. expert warned Thursday. “In my mind, there is no doubt the government decision to aggressively salvage logs will increase the flood risk big time,” said Younes Alila, associate professor in the University of B.C.’s department of forest resources management, in an interview. “We should brace ourselves for the worst.” Alila’s warning comes as the province’s River Forecast Centre announced there is “an elevated flood risk present through the entire length of the main stem” of the Fraser River from the Robson Valley to the Fraser Valley.

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Forest fire rages on near Salisbury

CBC News
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters remain at the scene of a forest fire on River Glade Road near Salisbury, as high winds continue to spread the flames. The RCMP is advising motorists to avoid the area and let firefighters do their jobs. Crews were called to the scene early Tuesday afternoon, including firefighters from Petitcodiac, Elgin and Salisbury, as well as air support. The fire started behind a home, which was evacuated, but not damaged, Const. Chantal Farrah said in a statement.

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Transforming the MNR

Chronicle Journal
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NATURAL Resources Minister Michael Gravelle explained the so-called “transformation” of his department as broadly outlined in the Ontario government’s budget this way: “Over the years, and with the best of intentions, we’ve created processes that take too long and cost too much to administer.”  In a piece written for The Chronicle-Journal, Gravelle insisted that he was “excited about the opportunity we now have to deliver on our mandate in a way that serves Ontarians better.”  We’ll see if the new MNR is better than the old one as the
transformation is rolled out. But so far, it is doubtful many Northern
Ontarians share the minister’s excitement.

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MNR keeping eye on spruce budworm infestation

North Bay Nugget
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources is keeping a close eye on a spruce budworm infestation in the North Bay-Kirkland Lake area. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the ministry won’t let the infestation run its natural course. Taylor Scarr, a provincial forestry entomologist, said the infestation in 2011 was slightly higher than in 2010, but has generally been on the decline over the last five years. “What we have to do is determine if the infestation (is affecting) part of the wood supply,” Scarr said.

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Logging memorial and exhibition are a cut above

Coast Weekend
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELSIE – The Camp 18 Loggers Memorial Dedication and Logging Exhibition will be held Saturday, May 12, at the Camp 18 Logging Museum. The event is free of charge and fun for the whole family. Founded by Maurie Clark and Gordon Smith in the 1970s, the Camp 18 Logging Museum is a popular spot to stop on the way to the coast and see the spar tree and big logging equipment from years gone by. The museum has grown over the years, and through generous donations of time and money, the Camp 18 Logging Museum Loggers Memorial was completed in 2009.

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National Forest Plans Prescribed Burning

Oregon Public News
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If the recent rains don’t complicate the picture, the Umatilla National Forest will use prescribed fire to treat about 1,000 acres this spring. Forest personnel planned to treat several thousand acres until precipitation last month hastened the greening process and rendered some of the units less flammable. “The moisture takes away the intensity we need,” said Chris Johnson, the forest’s deputy fire staff officer. “Those units will have to sit until fall.” For the remaining acreage, the forest will use flame to burn slash, reduce the risk of large-scale wildfires and enhance wildlife habitat.

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South Dakota Pine Beetle Epidemic Finds Loggers And Native Americans Joining Hands

Associated Press
May 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPEARFISH CANYON, S.D. — Joe Shark’s Native American heritage taught him to be leery of the timber industry on the South Dakota reservation where he grows apples and gooseberries, but a threat from an enemy no larger than a fingernail impelled him to grab a saw and join the loggers. For more than two decades, tiny pine beetles have been a colossal pain for two competing camps in the forests of the Black Hills region — the American Indians seeking to preserve the trees and the timber workers who are chopping down thousands for profit. The infiltration of the bug has left countless trees dead, severely threatening both missions. It has reached such epidemic levels lately that Shark and other tribal farmers with longstanding opposition to logging aren’t just muting their resistance but chipping in. They’re helping to clear the infected trees in order to save the non-infected ones.

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Forestry’s impact on Emanuel County’s economy

The Forest Blade
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle visited Swainsboro on Thursday and spoke to a group of over 100 foresters and timber producers at the 4th annual Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) supper and meeting. The GFA meeting is part of the annual Pine Tree Festival and has become an integral part of the festivities. Several years ago, the Pine Tree Festival expanded to once again provide an educational component to the Pine Tree Festival. This educational component has been referred to as the Timber Expo, which has included a Forestry Field Day, the GFA supper and meeting, the loader competition, equipment displays and educational classes.

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Forest NSW admits survey mistakes

ABC News, Australia
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest New South Wales has conceded it made mistakes with a mid north coast logging operation. The North East Forest Alliance says records of the threatened Rufous scrub bird in the Styx River State Forest were ignored. Surveys in 2007 may have mistakenly identified another bird as the threatened species. Forest spokesman Justin Williams says the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has since identified a microhabitat, which is now being protected. “I think the EPA will finish their investigation and out of that’ll come some decisions as to what happens there. “I think from our end we’re quite comfortable that we didn’t place the bird at risk, the habitat assessment procedures that we’ve done has been appropriate.

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Changes to forest body spark union fears

The Age
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE state government-owned Forests NSW will be corporatised, sparking fears that the move may be the first step towards privatisation of the organisation by the O’Farrell government. The Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, will make the announcement today. She said transforming Forests NSW from a state trading enterprise to a state-owned corporation would improve its commercial performance. Forests NSW, which has assets worth about $1.6 billion, manages more than 500 state forests in NSW. According to its website, it harvests more than 2.5 million cubic metres of logs and more than 1.5 million cubic metres of pulpwood each year.

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Concerns over new corporate face for Forests NSW

ABC News, Australia
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The New South Wales Opposition has raised fears that corporatising the state’s forestry agency will put native plants and animals at further risk from logging operations that breach environmental laws. Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson is today announcing the change for Forests NSW. Opposition spokesman Luke Foley has criticised the move, saying the agency needs more ministerial guidance and oversight, not less.

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Calls for NSW koala summit

ABC News, Australia
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mid north coast conservationists want a statewide koala summit to be held later this year. The summit is just one of the plans that came out of an environmental conference held in Coffs Harbour last weekend. The Nature Conservation Council’s regional conference discussed threats to other species and rising sea levels. The NCC spokesman Pepe Clarke, says mining and coal seam gas activity were also hot topics. He says logging and mining are just some of the threats to koalas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Jordanian company takes over 25% of Congo forest

Ammon News
May 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Sanabel International Holding, the first Islamic investment bank in Jordan, announced acquisition of 25 per cent of a high value forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is one of the largest privately held forests in the world. Sanabel purchased 500,000 hectares, enhancing its strategic position to capitalize on the rapidly growing forest carbon trading market. The company will develop forest carbon credit projects that will protect the role of forests in mitigating climate change. According to Barclay’s Capital, carbon is expected to become the world’s biggest commodity market and could well become the biggest market ever. The global carbon market is forecast to grow to $1 trillion by 2013.

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