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Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Does the Ontario government poop in the North?

Sault Star
May 13, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle has announced the MNR will no longer trap and relocate nuisance bears.Instead, the ministry will live-trap and relocate residents of Northern Ontario who come into conflict with such bears. OK, I made that one up. Obviously large-scale people-trapping would cost far too much, and some of those pesky humans might just use their GPSs to find their way home. But it could be consistent with the overarching philosophy of the MNR’s Bear Wise program, which is if bears trash our garbage pails, barbecues and sheds and maul our dogs and kids, it’s our fault.

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Business & Politics

Domtar diversifies adult incontinence business with US$61 million EAM acquisition

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. is diversifying its adult incontinence business by acquiring U.S.-based EAM Corp., which supplies the core material used in feminine hygiene products and puppy pads. The US$61 million acquisition of Engineered Absorbent Materials will give the company long-term research capabilities to “further differentiate our full line of adult incontinence products while integrating the best available technology to grow our existing businesses,” said president and CEO John Williams.

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Catalyst Paper announces rescheduling of Creditor meetings to consider Plan of Arrangement

Canada News Wire press release
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper today announced that the meetings of its secured and unsecured creditors to consider the plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act have been rescheduled to May 23, 2012. The meetings were previously scheduled for May 18, 2012. “Our discussions are continuing towards the possibility of amending the current plan of arrangement which would better enable Catalyst to emerge from creditor protection on a stronger financial footing, said Kevin J. Clarke, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The additional time is intended to permit these discussions to be successfully completed.”

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Companies wait for low pulp prices to rebound

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Global pulp producers, including the Harmac mill, hope the recent dramatic plunge in international pulp prices will soon bottom out and begin to rebound. Hundreds of delegates from more than 35 countries are gathered in Vancouver for the annual International Pulp Week conference, sponsored by the Pulp and Paper Products Council. Levi Sampson, president of the Harmac pulp mill, said the “extremely low” international price for pulp, which has plummeted from almost $1,000 per tonne a year ago to less than $700 today, is a major concern among many of the companies represented at the conference.

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Mill partially closed following safety crackdown in wake of recent explosions

Globe and Mail
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An unprecedented crackdown on safety in sawmills across B.C. after two catastrophic explosions that killed four people has led to the closing of a portion of Canfor’s mill in the northern town of Mackenzie. A chipping unit was shut for five days earlier this month as a result of sawdust built-up, Bruce Clarke, WorkSafeBC’s prevention manager for the northern interior region, said on Friday in an interview… “They found one area [that caused some concern] and shut it down,” he said. When they returned on May 7, the mill was cleaned up to an acceptable standard and the closing-order was lifted, he said.

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Stephen Harper announces forestry institute

Northern Hardwood Research Institute is established in Edmundston
CBC News
May 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a new northern hardwood research institute at the Edmundston campus of the University of Moncton on Friday. Harper said resulting research from the institute will help the industry recover from poor markets for softwood lumber and newsprint. “You know, as they say, money doesn’t grow on trees, but trees can create prosperity,” Harper said . “We think it is yet another opportunity to identify possibilities for the growth of this industry in this region. We hope to do practical research here that will result in opportunities to make the industry more profitable and employ more people.”

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Mill pension proposal may be in trouble

Western Star
May 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK All of the unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper will be meeting to discuss what could be a major obstacle in the company’s proposal to extend the length of time it has to restore the unfunded portion of the mill’s pension plan. The meetings at Club 64, scheduled for 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, will focus on a formula change in the company’s proposal the unions say could lead to a reduction in their pensions by as much as 25 per cent.

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AHEC confident of increased demand for American hardwoods in the MENA region in 2012

AME Info.com
May 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Demand for American hardwoods in the MENA region is poised to remain strong in 2012 according to the American Hardwood Export Council, the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry. Confident about the continued growth in regional demand for US hardwoods this year, Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania undertook a trade servicing mission to Qatar ahead of the ‘Project Qatar’ exhibition, which ran from April 30 to May 3rd, 2012. 

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Potential buyers eye Kimberly-Clark’s former mill site in Everett

Everett considers alternatives for its waterfront as the former Kimberly-Clark pulp and paper mill site goes on the market.
The Seattle Times
May 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

When the Kimberly-Clark pulp and paper mill in Everett closed last month, it was an end of an era — the last plant of its kind in a milltown once known for forest-product jobs. But now that the jobs are gone, the legacy of those days when manufacturing flourished are empty lots and costly bills to clean up the toxic waste left behind. For Kimberly-Clark, the cleanup price hasn’t been calculated yet, but it will be in the millions and it caused one prospective buyer to back off, a company spokesman said. Last week, the company began marketing the 55-acre site along the Everett waterfront that’s been home to paper-product manufacturing since 1931.

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Revenue increasing with foreign sales

State helps companies expand trade opportunities
Herald Times Reporter
May 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

VALDERS — When Larry Krueger goes to China next year, he might end up sitting on a chair made with wood from his family’s sawmill. Krueger is responsible for sales at Krueger Lumber, on U.S. Highway 151 a few miles west of the village, and increasingly that means shipping red oak and maple hardwood planks overseas. “Manufacturing has been decimated in the furniture belt in the South,” Krueger said of plants that have closed in the Carolinas and other states east of Wisconsin. With a burgeoning number of furniture factories in China and Vietnam, he was at Wednesday’s Trade Directors Visit at Orion Energy Systems to explore further foreign growth opportunities of Krueger Lumber.

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Louisiana-Pacific reported 1Q loss of $11 million

Lesprom Network
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

 Moscow – Louisiana-Pacific reported results for the 1Q 2012. For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, LP reported net sales of $362 million, an increase from $332 million in the 1Q 2011. For the 1Q, the company reported an operating loss of $2 million as compared to a loss of $18 million in the 1Q 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

It’s not easy going green: GSA seeks better standard

Federal Times
May 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The government is reviewing how it will measure the “greenness” of new buildings for the next five years. And that has set off a skirmish among construction industry groups jockeying to sway the outcome. Today, the government’s primary measuring stick is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system …PVC pipe manufacturers and the wood industry are two groups that would like to unseat the LEED system. …Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., arguing on behalf of the domestic lumber industry, has pushed the government to use alternatives to LEED, arguing that it favors the use of steel and concrete over sustainable wood in construction and renovation projects.

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Craftsman gets it all the time: ‘Is that a wooden bicycle?’

KBOI-TV
May 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Stewart Harris might develop a problem with stalkers and gawkers if he continues riding his custom wooden-frame bicycles through town. Since December, the 48-year-old Bonneville County man has designed and built custom Bee’s Bikes in his woodshop north of Idaho Falls. Made from bloodwood, purple heart and maple, Harris’ bicycles are so striking that they stop traffic. “I get complimented all the time,” Harris said. “When I’m riding, people have followed me into a parking lot (with their cars) and asked ‘Is that a wooden bicycle? Wow, I’ve never seen one.” Working with wood is nothing new to Harris.

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Wood First Campaign Attracts Support from FRA

Your-Story.org (press release)
May 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Seattle, United States, May 12, 2012 — Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has lent its support to a new campaign in the UK that calls upon the public sector to lead the way in terms of opting to use wood as a primary building material. Wood for Good has launched the “Wood First” campaign, which it hopes will encourage local authorities and councils to consider sustainably sources wood as a primary building materials on projects. A key part of France’s climate policy is to encourage the use of timber in building and the Wood First campaign hopes to replicate this in the UK. 

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Forestry

B.C. Premier Christy Clark labels Thomas Mulcair’s stance on natural resources as ‘backwards’

Vancouver Sun
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – B.C. Premier Christy Clark has become the latest Western premier to condemn federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s assertion the natural resource sector is hurting other parts of the country. Clark, who will face off against the NDP in provincial elections next year, said B.C.’s oil, gas, forestry and mining industries are benefitting all Canadians, and she accused Mulcair’s party of not understanding economic realities. “The NDP likes to talk about how they’re going to fund health care and education, they’re going to expand our social programs,” Clark said on the CBC Radio program The House on Saturday. “But then on the other hand they say, ‘We don’t like all this economic development, we don’t like all this growth.’ You can’t have it both ways.”

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Slave Lake: A year after the devastating fire, Alberta community struggles to rise from ashes

Vancouver Sun
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SLAVE LAKE, Alta. — Dawn and Dale Thomas weren’t sure they’d stay in Slave Lake. They had made seven years of memories in that house on Parkdale Way, the yellow, four-level split that burned to the foundation when a wildfire raged through town on May 15, 2011, sending thousands fleeing as smoke and flames overwhelmed the northern Alberta town and surrounding hamlets. “When Dale phoned me that day to tell me it burned, I said, ‘I could give a rip if I ever see Slave Lake, Alberta, again,'” says Dawn, 37. “I was perfectly happy not to make this our home, I guess.” “It was surreal,” adds Dale, 42. But they stayed.

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Hot, dry weather sparks forest fire in Lillooet

About 80 people are on evacuation alert in Lillooet
The Province
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Beware the 30-30 threat. That dreaded combo — more than 30 degrees, less than 30 per cent humidity — has fire officials on edge after a record-breaking weekend… Ashcroft topped the nation at a blazing 31.4 degrees as more than 80 people were put on fire evacuation alert near Lillooet. Four choppers and forty firefighters battled the stubborn 92-hectare Pavilion Lake blaze, which as of Sunday evening was only 40 per cent contained.

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Castle logging protesters says they’re not going away

May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a snowy, cold and blustery May day in Blairmore — definitely not ideal conditions for an outdoor rally. But weather doesn’t matter much to the protesters gathered outside the local Legion hall. Among those clutching signs that say “Imagine No Bears” and “We Stand With Trees,” is Gordon Peterson, a photographer from the nearby hamlet of Beaver Mines. He’s part of a group of dogged local residents and environmentalists determined to put an end to logging activities in a popular recreation area not far from this southwestern community. It’s a fight that’s led to petitions, protests and even a legal challenge to stop the trees from falling.

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One year after the fire, Slave Lake residents can’t forget the flames

Vancouver Sun
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SLAVE LAKE — The smell of smoke makes Michelle Malbeuf nervous. Her heart starts racing and she has to remind herself not to panic. Once a week, the familiar scent stings her nostrils as firefighters deliberately burn hazardous areas of dry grass in and around the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake. It’s a routine measure to prevent forest fires but, ironically, stokes fear among many residents. It reminds them of the out-of-control blaze that wiped out a third of their community one year ago. They recall how, with little warning, they fled the flames and returned to find that if they hadn’t lost everything, someone they knew had.

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Crews battle fires in southeast Manitoba

CBC News
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters, waterbombers and heavy equipment are being used to battle forest fires in southeastern Manitoba, officals said Sunday. A forest and grassland fire southeast of Steinbach has grown to cover 1,300 hectares while a smaller fire of about 200 hectares is also burning in the Rural Municipality of Piney, officials said. No homes are currently under threat. Gary Friesen of the Manitoba Fire Program says the southeast corner of the province is extremely dry.

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Silviculture funding available for private woodlot owners

Truro Daily News
May 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Small, private woodlot owners in Nova Scotia are being offered an opportunity to take advantage of silviculture funding. The province is providing $1.7 million for private woodlot owners to improve their operations by becoming involved in silviculture initiatives. “This funding was committed to implement the Natural Resources Strategy,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “It will help create healthier forests, promote growth of quality wood, improve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and create productive and sustainable forest stands.”

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Province contributes $1.7 million to help forests

Chronicle Herald
May 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province dug up $1.7 million to see Nova Scotia’s forests grow. The money is supposed to help small private woodlot owners improve their operations, “create healthier forests, promote growth of quality wood, improve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and create productive and sustainable forest stands,” Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources, said in a news release. The funding will be administered by the Association for Sustainable Forestry. About $750,000 is slated for small, private woodlots with certified forests, and about $950,000 for non-certified eligible small private woodlots to support their silviculture work.
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Press release from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

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Forest Fire burning out of control in Timmins’ West End

Firefighters and police evacuating trailer parks and business properties along Highway 101
Timmins Times
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire that occurred in the West End of Timmins Sunday afternoon has been contained after repeated dousings from a pair of MNR water-bomber aircraft. The aircraft were called after a small scrub fire broke out near a rural residential property on Highway 101 West and then was fanned out of control by high winds. The fire burned along the western shore of the Mattagami River for a few hundred meters.

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US Forest Service considering using explosives to bring down trees

The Missoulian
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

.. Instead of axes or saws, the U.S. Forest Service team went after trees with sticks of high explosive. “You’d calculate the proper amount of explosive, and then fix that on the tree with shrink wrap,” Ash said. “You’d put it right where a face-cut would be, and sever it off right at the point where you put the explosive – almost like a directional fall. The idea is to link as many of those trees as possible to be efficient. In three and a half days, we did 500 trees.” To be clear, this job went for quality, not quantity. Ash’s targets were beetle-killed pine trees overhanging parts of the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway in the Wise River Ranger District.

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Idaho groups take aim at caribou’s protection

The Idaho Statesman
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho’s caribou are the mammals most likely to go extinct in the United States, but some state residents say the large creatures don’t need the security of the Endangered Species Act. Biologists counted fewer than 30 caribou this winter in the Selkirk Mountains, which reach south from British Columbia into the northernmost parts of Idaho and Washington. But Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association filed a petition this month to remove the caribou from the endangered list.

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A balanced approach to forest management

By US Senator Mark Udall
Summit Daily News
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado’s forests are the foundation of our way of life in our state. They supply our drinking water, shelter our wildlife and are the base for the scenery and recreational opportunities that define our quality of life… Effective forest management is more than simply planting trees. Most Coloradans enjoy our stunning scenery, but those very same Coloradans have also seen what I have: tree stands decimated by bark beetle and drought. The way we have managed our forests in the past has a dark side… Those experiences and the stories I have heard underline why we need a strong, balanced approach to forest management.

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Arizona wildfires keeping crews busy

Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PAYSON, Ariz. — Crews across Arizona spent the weekend fighting several wildfires, including one south of Payson that had grown to more than 4 square miles and another north of Phoenix that led authorities to order evacuations in a historic mining community. A total of five wildfires in the state had charred more than 9 square miles by late Sunday, the Arizona Republic reported. The fires follow a recent warning from state land managers that hot May temperatures and dry vegetation have created a very high fire risk in some areas.

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Collaboration of loggers and wilderness advocates offers ideas for Panhandle Forests

Associated Press
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A group representing wilderness advocates, loggers and wildlife biologists has written a 12-page letter to the supervisor of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests supporting a mix of logging, new wilderness areas, better inventories of old growth, and leaving buffers of trees around streams to shade water to help fish. The U.S. Forest Service has been taking public comments on its draft management plan that will guide decisions for the forests for the next 10 to 15 years. “We thought it was time for a paradigm shift,” said Bob Boeh of the Idaho Forest Group

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INDONESIA: Forests remain a source of conflict

IRINnews.org
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US West, International

BANGKOK – The world’s largest producer of teak, an Indonesian state-owned company on the island of Java, has again been awarded sustainable forest management certification. But the company has a long and sometimes contentious relationship with forest communities in the area, and the forest rights of indigenous communities remain a potential cause of conflict. “Land rights have long been a source of violence on Java,” Rhett Butler, a leading environmentalist and creator of a leading environmental news website told IRIN. Perhutani exploits 2.4 million hectares of forests in Java – 7 percent of the island area – with earnings of around US$400 million in 2011. 

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Growing fire in AZ forest now at 2500 acres

KPHO Phoenix
May 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PAYSON, AZ – A fire sparked in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest has grown to more than 4 square miles as air tankers and helicopters assist ground crews in beating back flames. The blaze, dubbed the Sunflower fire, about 20 miles south of Payson, was moving in a northeasterly direction and primarily toward a wilderness area, said Tonto National Forest spokesman David Albo. Albo said no structures were threatened by the fire and it has not prompted any evacuation orders. About 140 people have been assigned to fight the fire along with six air tankers and two helicopters. Another 15 engines have been ordered.

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Opposition criticises forest peace idea

ABC News, Australia
May 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition has rejected the idea of a new independent body to try to finalise the state’s forest peace negotiations. The idea of a “Signatories Council” has been floated, as the environment and forest industry groups struggle to compromise on the area of native forest to be legislated as forest reserves. The signatories met yesterday but are yet to comment on whether any progress was made. The Liberal spokesman, Peter Gutwein, says the idea of a new body to make decisions about Tasmania’s forests is outrageous.

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Greenpeace makes social media push for zero deforestation in Brazil

Mongabay.com
May 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace is leveraging social media in its push for a zero deforestation target in Brazil. The environmental activist group has launched a “Brazilian Friend Finder” to support its petition drive to counter a proposal to weaken Brazil’s Forest Code, which mandates how much forest farmers and ranchers are required to maintain on their land. If the petition gets 1.4 million signatures – one percent of Brazilian voters – then Congress must formally consider and vote on the proposal.

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After selective logging rainforest retains 76% carbon, >85% biodiversity

Bits Of Science
May 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The above numbers are derived from a study by researchers of the University of Florida, Utrecht University, Wageningen University and several other institutions, published in Conservation Letters. Considering a large portion of the world’s rainforests simply do not lie in nature reserves, aim of the study was to investigate under what conditions the forests’ carbon store and biodiversity levels would be harmed the least. And especially considering preserved biodiversity selective logging can be achieved in a relative harmless way, with anywhere between 85 and 100 percent of mammals, birds, invertebrates, and plant species remaining after logging, according to the study.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass energy plant part of plan to restart BC sawmill

Journal of Commerce
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation has started construction of a new planer and the installation of a biomass energy plant, as part of a plan to restart an existing sawmill in the southern Interior of B.C. “Construction has already begun and, at this time, the contractor is undertaking site preparation work,” said Christine Kennedy, director of public affairs and corporate communications. “They will install a new planer and a thermal oil system that will replace the propane fired system. It’s a separate system that burns hogg fuel to heat oil, which goes to the dry kiln.”

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Eco-zealots’ hyperbole leaves me green-faced

By Jon Ferry
The Province
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

.. In a New York Times Op-Ed piece last week, top U.S. global-warming activist James Hansen predicted that if Canada proceeded to exploit the oil in its vast tarsands reserves and America did nothing, it would be “game over” for the climate… And former Greenpeace leader Patrick Moore, the Vancouver-based consultant… called Hansen a notorious grandstander. Myself, I don’t worry too much about dire climate predictions because so often they turn those who make them, or believe them, into fools. I’m also mindful that, as Moore points out, the Greens oppose pretty well every kind of energy, except that from windmills and solar panels.

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Global warming threatens pine forests, forcing federal officials to shift strategy

Washington Post
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — A few modest features distinguish the trunk of the limber pine standing among the trees near abandoned beaver ponds: a white, plastic pouch attached by a removable staple, a numerical metal tag secured with an aluminum nail and a printed warning: “Pouches on trees to repel mountain pine beetles. Pouches contain chemicals. Do Not Touch-Do Not Remove.” The conifer, with its accoutrements, represents a small salvo in the battle against a beetle infestation, fueled partly by warmer temperatures. But it is also a larger symbol of how researchers from the Forest Service — in concert with National Park Service officials and other scientists — are working to steel high-elevation pine forests in the West against the onslaught of climate change.

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Going Green: Biomass power plant

Rochester YNN
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A former coal fired power generation plant is going green by converting to a renewable form of fossil fuel, biomass. An Albany-based energy company, ReEnergy, is going to convert the power plant to run on wood. Dr. Timothy Volk of SUNY ESF said, “The assessments that have been done in New York State and particularly in the region where this plant is located up around Watertown show that there’s a lot of wood resource available in the forest… In addition, Dr. Timothy Volk said the biomass market will help improve management of Northern New York forestland.

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General

Federal, NB governments give $4.2 million to forestry

Canadian Press
May 12, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada East, Canada

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. — The federal and New Brunswick governments have announced $4.2 million in funding for new research into innovation and markets for the province’s forestry industry. The money is going towards research and development at the new Northern Hardwood Research Institute at the University of Moncton’s campus in Edmundston. …New Brunswick Premier David Alward said that’s why such funding aimed at boosting research in forestry is important.  “Research and innovation are vital to ensuring our forestry industry will be even more important to the future of New Brunswick’s economy than it has been to its past,” Alward said.

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Castle logging protesters says they’re not going away

May 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

It’s a snowy, cold and blustery May day in Blairmore — definitely not ideal conditions for an outdoor rally. But weather doesn’t matter much to the protesters gathered outside the local Legion hall. Among those clutching signs that say “Imagine No Bears” and “We Stand With Trees,” is Gordon Peterson, a photographer from the nearby hamlet of Beaver Mines. He’s part of a group of dogged local residents and environmentalists determined to put an end to logging activities in a popular recreation area not far from this southwestern community. It’s a fight that’s led to petitions, protests and even a legal challenge to stop the trees from falling.

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