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Business & Politics

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Logging Company says it’s protecting Indonesia’s forests.

ABC News, Australia
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The world’s third largest pulp and paper company says it will suspend the clearing of virgin forests in Indonesia immediately. Asia Pulp and Paper or APP has announced it will protect any of its pulpwood concessions, if they are identified as high conservation value forests – that is, forests which are internationally recognised for their ecological and cultural importance.

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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

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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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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Forestry

B.C. firefighters battle Manitoba wildfires as risk at home increases

The Province
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — B.C. is sending firefighters to Manitoba to help that province deal with a growing number of wildfires. The Ministry of Forests says 13 three-person initial attack crews were to leave for Winnipeg on Tuesday and will be deployed across the province. Forestry officials say the crews can be recalled at any time, a precaution that could be necessary as B.C. fire ratings from northeastern B.C. to the south coast begin to edge upward. A wildfire broke out Monday near Tumbler Ridge, about 100 kilometres south of Dawson Creek, and quickly grew to more than half a square kilometre.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Press Release here

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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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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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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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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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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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SPI teaches students about logging

AndersonValleyPost.com
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hundreds of students from around the county gathered in Shingletown for the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference In Woods Day. Employees from Sierra Pacific Industries manned stations around the Lake McCumber site to explain what area of the company they work for, what type of work they do and why it is important to the environment as well as the company. “My favorite part was when they told us about the specific jobs they have,” said Anderson High senior Jose Raya. “Like with the biologist, I didn’t think it was that detailed.”

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Bitterroot Natl Forest to start pine beetle spraying next week

KPAX-TV
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- Work crews for the Bitterroot National Forest will start spraying operations next week in the latest effort to combat the spread of mountain pine beetles. While the Bitterroot hasn’t had the extensive pine beetle damage of some of the other forests in the Northern Rockies, managers are trying to ensure that the infestation seen in some areas doesn’t spread… Foresters say when it’s properly applied the spray is 99% to 100% effective in stopping the beetles from infesting trees for up to a year after they’ve been treated.

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Western wildfires: Blazes spread in Arizona and Colorado

Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires in Arizona and Colorado spread on Tuesday as firefighters faced problems with rugged terrain and, in some areas, wind. In Colorado, the Hewlett fire had grown to about 300 acres in tough terrain near Poudre Park and the Hewlett Gulch trailhead, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Firefighters were using air resources, including a single-engine tanker and helicopter, to fight the blaze. In Arizona, the number of acres destroyed in four fires grew overnight from about 7,370 acres to about 12,705 acres, officials reported in the morning situation report.

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Wildfire burns out of control in N. Colorado

KPAX-TV
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LARIMER COUNTY, COLORADO- Residents along the Poudre River near Hewlett Gulch were told to be ready for possible evacuation as a wildfire continued to burn out of control about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins Tuesday. The “Hewlett Fire” was estimated at 270 acres and was burning through dry trees and brush in rugged terrain north of Highway 14. There was no containment. According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, a “pre-notification” notice was sent to approximately 150 residents between mile markers 110 and 115 north and south of the Poudre River.

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Crews battling Ariz. wildfire fight high winds

Associated Press
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters were working to prevent a wildfire near the historic mining town of Crown King from spreading to an area where it could quickly grow. Authorities are worried that flames from the Gladiator Fire will get past a fire line that’s about a mile west of the mountain town, fire incident spokeswoman Loretta Benavidez said Tuesday night.

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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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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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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 peace flop fear

Tasmania Mercury
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Tasmanian Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on the forestry peace process will probably fail, independent verification group chairman Jonathan West says. Professor West told a Legislative Council inquiry he believed an agreement would probably not be reached. “I think we will probably lose our [forestry] industry and in response we will probably go down a path of cutting down the remaining forest,” he said. “I think we are trying to fight global public opinion and will probably lose that fight. My view is we have a small chance of resolving the matter and we should take it, and the alternative is probably disaster for both sides.”

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Scotland’s forests need restructure says minister

Farming UK
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission Scotland has released a new publication which aims to help address growing business and environmental challenges that may be posed to forests in the future. Achieving Diversity in Scotland’s Forest Lanscapes’ is aimed at owners and managers of conifer woodlands. The practice guide, which includes case studies, highlights decisions which managers need to make when they are preparing a Forest Plan. “Most of Scotland’s woodlands are 20th century conifer forests. They were planted primarily for commercial benefits and with little thought to their impact on local landscapes or their contribution to biodiversity” said Stewart Stevenson, Minister for the Environment.

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Foresters say forest management debate not needed

Donnybrook Mail
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PROFESSIONAL foresters are saying much of the debate around forest management is unnecessary. Chair of the WA division of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and professional forester John Clarke stressed the IFA was not part of any government agenda and worked purely for the health and wellbeing of forests. He was disappointed in what he believed to be the “myth-making” by conservation activists and protesters. “There are 2.4 million hectares of native forest in the South West,” he said. “Approximately 65 per cent cannot be harvested, leaving 35 per cent available for timber production on a sustainable basis.”

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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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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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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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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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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 biomass plans a ‘greenwash’

Daily Echo
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Southampton’s incoming council leader has dubbed new designs for a £300m power station in Southampton a “green wash”. Helius Energy went back to the drawing board after its previous plans for a 100 megawatt wood-fuelled power station in the western docks sparked outrage… The revised plans would see it moved back a further 125m, its height reduced and three new possible designs, while the chimney stack has also been increased to 100m to avoid air pollution in the local area.

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General

Timber mill jobs spared in $28m takeover

ABC News, Australia
May 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

The new owners of the Heyfield timber mill in south-east Victoria say no jobs will be lost as a result of the takeover. Gunns has reached an agreement with a Melbourne-based consortium to sell the mill for about $28 million. The sale is expected to be finalised by the end of the month. Clinton Tilley from the Hermal Group says the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods consortium has a long history in timber production.

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