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Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Froggy Foibles

UM: No Breathalyzer tests at Foresters’ Ball

Helena Independent Record
May 16, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has given the Foresters’ Ball the go-ahead for 2013 — and has backed down from an earlier requirement that all party-goers submit to a Breathalyzer test at the door. Engstrom sent an email to the forestry students Sunday evening, saying that he was convinced by their arguments and will not require Breathalyzers for entry to next year’s dance. “The president was glad to work together with all sides to continue the 95-year tradition, with restrictions that they’ve worked on together,” said Jim Foley, vice president for external relations, speaking on behalf of Engstrom, who was traveling and unavailable for comment.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper announces Amendments to Plan of Arrangement

Canada News Wire press release
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper today announced that it has amended its proposed Plan of Arrangement (the Plan) under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The Plan as so amended (the Amended Plan) will be considered by Catalyst Paper’s secured and unsecured creditors at the meetings scheduled for May 23, 2012 (the Meetings).

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Softwood duty to drop

Prince George Citizen
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The rising price for Canadian lumber is about to deliver an added benefit. The duty on exports into the U.S. will decline to 10 per cent from 15 per cent on June 1, after the composite price for softwood struck the $316 per thousand board feet level. If the price rises to $335, the duty will fall to five per cent and at $355, it will be zero. Seeing a decline in the duty has been rare since the agreement was signed, said Madison’s Lumber Reporter publisher Keta Kosman.

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North American structural panels production improving

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American structural panels production increased in the first quarter of 2012 when compared both with the relatively weak fourth quarter of 2011 and the same time frame last year. This marks a continuation of the upward trend seen for some time now. The period from January to March 2012 was the best first quarter for structural panels production since 2008. Statistics released by the APA-The Engineered Wood Association ndicate that structural panels production increased again by 2% to 5.990m m³ in the first quarter of 2012. This growth was fuelled entirely by a 3% upturn in OSB production to 3.566m m³. Softwood plywood production was almost unchanged in a year-on-year comparison at 2.424m m³.

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EACOM Timber Corporation announces its first quarter results

Canada News Wire press release
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL and VANCOUVER – EACOM Timber Corporation announces its first quarter results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012. For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, net income attributable to shareholders amounted to $6,347,000 or $0.01 per common share, against a net loss of $27,055,000 or $0.06 per common share in the previous quarter and a net loss of $6,131,000 or $0.01 per common share in the corresponding quarter of 2011. 

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North American softwood lumber consumption up

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The minor upswing registered in demand for softwood lumber in the USA and Canada at the end of 2011 has so far remained unabated in 2012. North American softwood lumber consumption in the first quarter of 2012 was roughly 6% higher than a year earlier at 26m m³. This is being mainly attributed to the unusually mild weather in the last few months, which enabled building activity to continue largely unbroken in both the USA and Canada, creating a continuous outflow of softwood lumber during the winter. END

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Forestry’s frightful road ahead

Canada is now the world’s top lumber supplier to China, but market fears in the Middle Kingdom coupled with safety and supply issues at home are ringing industry alarm bells in B.C.
Business in Vancouver
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s official: Canada has become the world’s largest supplier of lumber to China, sweeping past the Russian Bear with 47% of total market share. That’s a feather in B.C. foresters’ caps (where most of the product destined for the Middle Kingdom is harvested); especially given the battering the industry has taken in recent years from the mountain pine beetle and a collapse in the U.S. housing market. But you won’t find any forestry executives in Vancouver jumping up for joy. Last week, at the International Wood Markets Group global log and lumber conference at the Hyatt Regency downtown, all eyes were focused on the current slowdown in China and how it will affect B.C.

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Mill cleanup could spark explosion, agency warns

The Province
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Don’t fight fire with fire. That’s the warning from WorkSafe B.C., which is worried that overzealous workers trying to make their sawmills fire-safe may actually trigger a fire. The sawmills were told to clean up sawdust that may have triggered sawmill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George. Now WorkSafe is telling those same mills not to use compressed air to clean up, for fear it might actually trigger the explosion the clean-up is designed to prevent.

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Teams investigate conveyor levels at Babine, Lakeland

Prince George Citizen
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Clues in the wreckage of Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills have brought investigators to the same general area of the two mills. “In both investigations, the ignition sources appear to have been located at the conveyor level, where electrical and/or mechanical equipment was in operation in areas contained by walls and equipment,” said WorkSafeBC investigations director Jeff Dolan. “These areas are at the basement or lower level of both of the mills under investigation.” He said the investigation was still, in many ways, early.

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Bank takes Meadow Creek Cedar owner to court

Nelson Star
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Revenue from Meadow Creek Cedar is being used to prop up its owner’s Surrey blueberry farm, which has filed for creditor protection. Dale Kooner is also trying to sell several logging trucks and trailers belonging to affiliated companies that hauled for Meadow Creek before they were taken off the road for safety violations. Court documents show the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has applied to have Kooner’s Can-Pacific Farms placed in receivership and hired security guards to watch over the premises.

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Dark clouds on forestry’s horizon

Far East wood work paying dividends, raising challenges for B.C.
Business in Vancouver
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s lumber trade is bleeding red again. A slowdown in China’s economic growth coupled with high inventory levels on both sides of the Pacific have cut into earnings for some of B.C.’s biggest employers. Canfor and West Fraser Timber, B.C.’s largest lumber producers, posted a combined loss of $27.6 million in 2012’s first quarter compared with earnings of $51.1 million for the same period last year.

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Mill deal could earn Nova Scotia Power $54M a year

Cape Breton Post
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — The proposed electricity rate arrangement between Nova Scotia Power Inc. and the company looking to reopen the NewPage paper mill could bring the utility up to $54 million annually, a regulatory filing says. According to the net settlement agreement between the utility and Pacific West Commercial Corp. filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, NSPI could take in $4-5 million monthly from the arrangement in dividend payments and tax savings.  The monthly dividend payments listed range from $2.2 million to $3.4 million, while the tax savings range from $1 million to $1.5 million a month.

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Company eyeing former mill site in Grand Falls-Windsor

‘Serious’ discussions ongoing with unnamed firm, natural resources minister says
CBC News
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government is confirming that it has a potential suitor for the old Abitibi paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor. Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy is releasing few details, but says talks are in the advanced stages. “What we’ve done is engage in these discussions,” Kennedy said. “There has been a lot of going back and forth. And at this point I can’t tell you whether or not the proposal will be accepted, but the discussions have been ongoing — and in the last number of months have become, I would say, serious.”

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St. Marys Paper auction (June 20/21) preparation now underway

Sault This Week
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After being idle for most of 2010 and 2011, the site of former St. Marys Paper is a beehive of activity this month. Employees of Courtland Properties Management of Tilsonburg Ontario are collecting and preparing the mill’s papermaking equipment and assets for a public auction Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21. The auction will be conducted by Hilco Industrial, one of North America’s leading machinery auctioning houses, to “a global audience” both live and online, according to a media release Friday from Riversedge Development Inc.

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Kruger pension offer deemed ‘lesser evil’

Union leader urges members to swallow pill, accept pension offer
CBC News
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A national union leader is recommending mill workers and pensioners at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper approve a company cost-cutting request that had raised temperatures in recent days. Montreal-based Kruger Inc. wants to extend the length of time it has to repay a shortfall in its pension plans from five years to 10 years. The move had prompted alarm among some union members and pensioners leading up to a vote.

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Domtar Co-Sponsors the Rainforest Alliance’s 25th Anniversary Gala

by Domtar
Canada News Wire press release
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MONTREAL, – To help celebrate 25 years of the Rainforest Alliance’s achievements, Domtar Corporation today announced it will co-sponsor the sustainability organization’s 25th anniversary gala on May 16 in New York City. The annual dinner and award ceremony will commemorate some of the Rainforest Alliance’s biggest triumphs since pioneering the concept of responsible forestry certification.

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Groups tout completion of historic 363,000-acre Plum Creek conservation deal

Bangor Daily News
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Calling it the “missing piece” to a 2 million-acre jigsaw puzzle, groups on Tuesday announced the completion of a 363,000-acre conservation deal that was key to Plum Creek winning regulatory approval for its controversial Moosehead Lake development plan. Representatives from Plum Creek, The Nature Conservancy and the Forest Society of Maine said the conservation easements — described as the second-largest easement package in U.S. history — will benefit the forestry and tourism industries critical to the Moosehead region’s economy.

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Hardwood pulp manufacturers pushing price hikes in May

EUWID Pulp and Paper
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In May, the European markets for hardwood and softwood pulp are shaped by price talks. Industry experts believe that producers of both grades could find it difficult to get European converters to accept their asking prices in full. After having left their prices unchanged for a month for the first time this year, leading producers of hardwood pulp have announced their intention to push through an increase of $40/metr.t. 

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Södra again cuts softwood-lumber production

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Swedish company Södra has reacted to the weak sales situation on the softwood-lumber markets with production cutbacks totalling roughly 50,000-60,000 m³ at its plants in Ramkvilla, Torsås and Långasjö by the end of August. In a first step, the roughly four-week shutdowns scheduled for the holiday period in Ramkvilla and Torsås will be extended by another two months. Both plants will stop sawing on 4 June and only resume on 27 August. In addition, production in the Långasjö plant will be converted during the same period from three-shift to single-shift operations. END

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Redundant Nelson workers win payout

3News NZ
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Nelson wood processing factory has been ordered to pay $67,500 to six employees it made redundant three years ago. Nelson Pine Industries (NPI) – which produces medium density fibreboard and laminated products – made a number of staff redundant in 2009 as it tried to restructure in response to the global economic downturn.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Forest Products Society honours Paul Cooper with Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award

UoT Faculty of Forestry blog
May 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Faculty of Forestry Professor Paul Cooper has been awarded the prestigious Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award by the Forest Products Society for exceptional service to the Forest Products Society. Dr. Cooper is a professor of wood science at the Faculty of Forestry and has more than 40 years research, teaching and consulting experience in value-added wood products and composites, and especially wood deterioration and wood protection.

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Should Wood Always Come First?

DesignBuild Source
May 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In the current climate of global warming, the need for the building industry to respond by using sustainable, low-carbon materials in construction is gaining increasing acceptance throughout the world. That raises interesting questions about the ‘Wood First’ rule – the idea that sustainably sourced timber should, where feasible, be considered as the primary construction material in all new build and refurbishment projects. In the United Kingdom, Wood for Good, an organisation set up by the Timber Trade Federation and the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor), supports such an idea. Accordingly, the industry body has launched a ‘Wood First’ campaign, calling for the rule to be implemented in local planning authority guidance throughout the UK.

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Sugarcane Bagasse Tableware VS Wood-pulp Dinnerware

Green Options (blog)
May 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Sugarcane disposable dinnerware is an excellent substitute for non-environmentally friendly products, such as Styrofoam or plastic. Then, why? Firstly, compared to other crops, sugarcane exposes to lower risk, because sugarcane has fewer diseases and is drought-enduring. So sugar cane is a great material for biodegradable disposable tableware. Secondly, Sugarcane fiber regenerates fast and is abundant in nature and yet renewable. Besides sugarcane pulp, there is also wood-pulp. Each year, for building houses, millions of trees are cut down. If we use more wood pulp to make the paper tableware, it will be a heavy resource burden to the earth.

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Forestry

U.S. snowmobilers seek to stop protection of cross-border caribou found in B.C.

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

American snowmobilers are revving up to battle an ambitious conservation plan aimed at protecting what U.S. wildlife officials describe as a “unique,” cross-border population of 40 woodland caribou that inhabits a stretch of mountainous terrain in southern British Columbia as well as adjacent parts of Idaho and Washington states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to designate 152,000 hectares of “critical habitat” in the Selkirk Mountains for the tiny herd of antlered animals — the only caribou living in the Lower 48 states — has been hailed by North American wildlife advocates as a perfect complement to recent conservation measures on the Canadian side of the border.

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Vern Wellburn

CIF Vancouver Island Newsletter
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mr. Vern Wellburn passed away on Friday May 11 in Duncan. Vern, son of Forest Discovery Centre founder Gerry Wellburn, was a Professor of Forest Engineering at UBC, and made significant contributions preserving the history of logging and equipment on the Island.

A celebration of Vern’s life will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Saturday May 26th , 2012 at the Travelodge Hotel and Convention Centre, 140 Trans Canada Highway in Duncan.

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Pine beetle attack is taxing Kelowna’s finances

Kelowna Capital News
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kelowna is looking for financial assistance from the province, through the Union of B.C. Municipalities, to help it fight the mountain pine beetle. According to Blair Stewart, the city’s urban forestry supervisor, with 24 per cent of the trees in the city ponderosa pines and 60 to 80 per cent expected to be infected by 2018, the potential for serious damage here is high. “It’s not a question of if, but rather when,” Stewart told council Monday.

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Fredericton working to bring back elm trees

CBC News
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fredericton, once known as the City of Stately Elms before Dutch elm disease devastated North American trees, is working on bringing back those shady streets. For the past five years, the city has been planting a new variety of elm, and surrounding the elms with a wide variety of other trees, which make them more resistant to the devastating affects of the fungus responsible for Dutch elm disease. City Arboricultural Foreman Neil Trebble said the trees are doing well and this year he’s planting sixty of them. “We’ve got a disease-resistant variety and it’s our hope to get our population of elm trees back up to where they were,” Trebble said.

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Timmins No. 7 forest fire still burning south of Gogama

Westree residents forced from their homes take it all in stride.
Timmins Times
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than a hundred residents from Westree, south of Gogama, were forced from their homes Monday night after a large forest fire burned near their community. Highway 560, which runs east from the Watershed off Highway 144 is closed until the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) deems the area is safe again. The highway is expected to stay closed at least until Noon on Wednesday.

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New money for silviculture Business The Vanguard

The Yarmouth County Vanguard
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Small, private woodlot owners can improve their operations with help from $1.7 million in provincial funding for silviculture initiatives, the government has announced. “Nova Scotians asked for positive change in the forest sector and government is delivering with more silviculture investment to help the environment and the economy,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “This funding was committed to implement the Natural Resources Strategy. 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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Comeback of the American Chestnut Needs Our Help

Southern Maryland Online
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Once considered the “redwoods of the East,” American chestnut trees were mighty giants that blanketed the eastern Appalachians. Infected by a fungus imported on a load of lumber or living trees shortly after 1900, native chestnuts had all but disappeared by 1940… In Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, hundreds of volunteers are working to create blight-resistant American chestnut trees by hand pollinating, inoculating to assess blight resistance, backcrossing to keep as much American character as possible, and test planting.

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Forest ecologist receives distinguished award

University of Wisconsin-Madison
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, International

David Mladenoff, the Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, has received the 2012 Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award. The highest honor bestowed by the U.S. chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, this award recognizes an individual whose thinking and writing have helped shape the field of landscape ecology.

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Tamworth working with loggers to fix wetlands violations

Damage called most egregtious in history
Conway Daily Sun
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TAMWORTH — A local lumber company has accumulated about $74,500 worth of wetlands violation fines to date, according to town officials who are willing to lower the amount if the landowner continues to be cooperative. Chocorua Valley Lumber started to rack up $100 per day fines back in 2010 when violations of the town’s wetlands conservation ordinance were discovered. The fine has accrured since then, about 750 days.

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Saving the Far South Coast’s koalas; impacts on logging

Narooma News
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TWO projects aimed at protecting remnant koala populations in south coast forests, worth more than $4.7 million, have been dismissed as “not good enough” by conservation groups and The Greens. At the same time, local loggers and timber industry representatives have questioned both the value of the projects in ensuring a future for the region’s koalas, and the industry’s ability to handle the changes. Grants supporting the two projects were announced last week under the Federal Biodiversity Fund, and follow the listing of koalas as a vulnerable species by the federal minister for the environment, Tony Burke.

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Limited logging of tsenden advised

Kuensel Online
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Completely restricting logging of natural tsenden (cypress) forests until its dynamics is completely understood could be one way to conserve its natural growth. This suggestion came out yesterday, during a discussion on the draft tsenden survey and mapping report by Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE). One obvious threat is excessive logging of tsenden for construction and renovation of dzongs and monasteries in the country, according to Thinley Wangdi, a research officer with UWICE, who headed the tsenden survey and mapping team. “There are about 2002 sacred structures, according to some records,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

U-Haul Partners with Tree Canada’s Grow Clean Air Program

Canada NewsWire
May 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

U-Haul is proud to announce that it is partnering with Tree Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to planting trees in Canada. [Now] U-Haul equipment rental customers [have] the option of contributing to Tree Canada’s Grow Clean Air Program to offset their carbon emissions. All U-Haul locations across Canada are participating in this effort and 100 percent of all contributions collected will be given to Tree Canada to be used to fund the planting and care of native trees. As these trees grow and become forests, they will provide a habitat for wildlife, preserve natural ecosystems and clean the air we breathe.

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Carbon fund targets farm, forestry sectors

Edmonton Journal
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s industry-supported carbon fund is changing course with its plan to spend $8.4 million over three years on biological sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC) normally funds specific projects. But its latest scheme is to fund a program that will first develop projects that will be worthy of financial support. The three-year deal will see the plan managed by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the government-funded agency which leads and co-ordinates science and innovation for the agriculture, food and forestry sectors.

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Bio talk

TB Newswatch
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

While many people speak of the demise of the region’s forestry industry, experts from around the world are in Thunder Bay to discuss new opportunities set to bring it back. Lakehead Univeristy, along with the Biorefining Research Institute, is holding the inaugural BIOFOR Conference this week. Research and industry experts from as far away as Turkey and Brazil, along with delegates from across North America, are gathering for two days to exchange knowledge and talk abot some of the new initiative’s early success.

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Go Wood: Biomass Markets and Sustainable Harvesting Guidelines

Go Wood Blog
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Last week, I received an interesting call from a new investor in wood pellet production. He, like the many others I’ve met with over the last few years, was interested in knowing how much biomass was available to his company within the regions he had chosen for his wood pellet operations. I was not surprised to find that he had some gaps in his knowledge of how current biomass markets are driven, and especially by his lack of understanding of how pulp and paper companies run their procurement operations. That is a fairly common knowledge gap for bioenergy entrepreneurs when they first get started on their projects.

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New website focuses on forest biomass harvest and retention guidelines?

Forest Business Network
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Forest Guild and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation are pleased to announce a new website presenting a series of videos about forest biomass harvest and retention guidelines. These guidelines detail how forest biomass can be harvested and utilized for energy while protecting the habitat, soils, water, and future of the forest. Each of the videos focuses on common questions about forest biomass harvesting guidelines from a different perspective: forest management, conservation, policy, or renewable energy production

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FAO Helps Country Monitor Carbon Stocks

AllAfrica.com
May 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

FAO is helping scientists and policymakers in Tanzania to evaluate how much carbon is stored in forests and forests soils, which will enable them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Forest soils contain a huge carbon stock. Deforestation, forest degradation or changes in forest management practices can release carbon from soil to the atmosphere, thus contributing to climate change. For these reasons reliable estimates of soil carbon stock and stock changes are important. The FAO soil survey project for Tanzania was presented today at the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany.

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