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Daily Archives: June 4, 2012

Business & Politics

OSC puts the spotlight on Sino-Forest ‘gatekeepers’

Globe and Mail
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Ontario Securities Commission’s allegations against Sino-Forest Corp. and its top leadership team point to an alleged fraud perpetrated over a period of years in a brazen fashion – but one that still went unnoticed by outside experts working with the company.

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Northwood Curtailment Likely to Last 3 Weeks

Opinion 250 News
June 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Prince George, B.C.—Canfor has announced it has curtailed production at the Northwood Pulpmill to allow time to fully investigate last week’s failure of one of the two recovery boilers on site. This is the incident which resulted in the mill being evacuated last Friday evening. There were no injuries reported in the incident but the number one recovery boiler has been shutdown to determine the cause of the malfunction. 

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Cause of Northwood Boiler Breakdown Determined

HQ Prince George
June 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The cause of a recovery boiler breakdown at the Northwood Pulp Mill on Saturday has been determined. It appears a chunk of stony residue called clinker fell from the roof and broke two to four screen tubes on the boiler. General Manager Robert Dufresne says water made its way into the boiler, causing two smelt-water reactions.

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Lineen Leaving Safety Council

CILA FACTSFAX
June 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Peter Lineen, CEO of the BC Forest Safety Council, has  tendered his resignation effective June 15. He will be leaving  the forest industry and going to back to the oil & gas industry, based out of Calgary. The search for a new CEO will begin  shortly. The BC Forest Safety Council’s AGM and annual Strategic Planning session are set to go next week Wednesday and Thursday in Vancouver.

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BC expected to weather latest economic storms

Prices for lumber, other commodities benefit from weaker dollar
Vancouver Sun
June 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Falling oil prices, a trend toward higher unemployment in the United States, ongoing economic woes in Europe, and a relative fall-off in Chinese economic growth had global observers feeling pessimistic at the end of this week… Russ Taylor, president of lumber industry trade publication Wood Markets, visited China in April and said his impressions don’t match the gloom of Western economists. Chinese demand for B.C. lumber has slowed, but Taylor expects home building to pick up in that country by the fall. Taylor added that rising lumber prices have the added advantage of pushing down tariffs imposed on exports to the U.S.

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Demolition at former Stimson lumber mill continues in Bonner

The Missoulian
June 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – The sawmill that was at the heart of the Anaconda Company’s lumber operations through the guts of the 20th century is the latest casualty to change. A large Komatsu shearer bearing, literally, jaws of steel on Friday tugged down part of a towering boiler next to the mill that dates back to 1919, after a devastating fire ravaged the original one… The old timbers will be recycled by Heritage Timber of Potomac, and some of the equipment that was inside is still usable.

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Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Announces Pricing Of Debt Offering

Press release
Louisiana-Pacific
June 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation today announced that it has priced its private offering of $350 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due 2020. The Notes will bear interest at an annual rate of 7.5%. LP expects to close the offering of the Notes on May 21, 2012, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

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Timber industry still growing strong

The Borneo Post
June 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING: The timber industry in Malaysia is one of long-standing prominence, garnering much attention as one of the economy’s core components of growth. As the country is well-blessed with an abundance of rainforest and land, the steady supply of trees and logs highlight the importance of this resource-based sector, ranking it among the likes of agriculture, oil and gas, mining and manufacturing.

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Russian JSC Red October invests in new sawmill

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Russian lumber producer JSC Red October has ordered a new sawmill facility with annual sawing capacity of 140,000 m³ of softwood roundwood in two-shift operation from Söderhamn Eriksson. Following conclusion of the investment, lumber production will double from its current level of 60,000 m³ to 120,000 m³ per year. 

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Sawmills decline no surprise to lobby group

ABC Online
June 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Queensland timber lobby group says it is not surprised by a report that shows a rapid decline in the number of sawmills. The report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences shows log processing mills have declined 70 per cent over the past decade to just 332. Timber Queensland CEO Rod McInnes says the decline is due to a move towards larger mills producing more timber but he says the locking-up of stands has also played a part.

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Better times ahead for lumber industry?

Troy Media (blog)
June 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics

SEATTLE, WA – After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the global recession, global trade of softwood lumber increased an estimated 25 per cent over the past two years. In 2011, trade reached just over 90 million m3, which is still substantially below “pre-financial crises” levels. China, Japan, Spain and South Korea saw the biggest rise in import volumes between 2010 and 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

TED looks for ‘the young, the wise’ in Vancouver

Globe and Mail
June 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Michael Green stood on a cubic metre of wood on a Vancouver stage Thursday afternoon and explained his plan to save the world: wooden skyscrapers. “I’m here to talk to you about tall wood buildings, but I’m really here to talk to you about climate change.” Green, an architect, revealed his proposal to build the world’s tallest wooden building in Vancouver, 16 to 20 storeys high. “This race for height,” he said, “is happening all around the world.” This was a TED talk: an audition, essentially, for next year’s main TED – Technology, Entertainment, Design – conference in California, whose theme will be “the young, the wise, the undiscovered.”

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An investigation of bat durability by wood species

SciVerse
June 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Northern white ash had been the wood of choice for Major League Baseball (MLB) bats until the introduction of hard maple in the late 1990 s. Since the introduction of maple to the game, there has been a perceived increase in the rate of bats to exhibit multi-piece failures (MPF)–both ash and maple. Lab and field data indicate that while a maple bat is as equally likely to crack as an ash bat, maple is three times more likely than ash to exhibit an MPF.

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Creating with nature: Green building basics

Costa Rica Estates Blog
June 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International
.. More recently, builders, architects and – more importantly – their clients, have rediscovered the beauty, usefulness and practicality of wood. Meanwhile, thinking among many environmentalists regarding the widespread use of wood as a building material has taken a sharp turn; once seen as a threat to forests and biodiversity, it is now more likely to be perceived as a potent element in the fight against climate change because of wood’s ability to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in long-lasting buildings, furniture and other goods. 

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Ahec to promote green aspects of hardwoods

Trade Arabia
June 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The American Hardwood Export Council (Ahec) will promote the environmental credentials of American hardwoods amid a growing green building movement in the Middle East. The announcement follows the first critical review meeting for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research into American hardwoods, which was held at the PE International offices in Stuttgart. PE International presented the goal and scope report to a very high profile review panel, which is expected to have a positive bearing on the credibility of the research once the results have been approved and published.

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Forestry

CIBC increases support for sustainable forestry practices

Paper supply is now 94 per cent Forest Stewardship Council certified, which supports sustainable forestry practices and helps to preserve Canada’s boreal forest
Canada NewsWire
June 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – CIBC continues its efforts to help preserve Canada’s boreal forest through its purchase of FSC-certified paper, increasing CIBC’s total FSC-certified stock to 94 per cent. In 2008, CIBC made a commitment to switch its office paper supply and migrate other paper supplies to FSC-certified stock. This includes printer paper, client statements, forms, cheques, envelopes and commercial printing. In 2012, CIBC extended the commitment to the purchase of wood products used in corporate office furniture systems.

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Aerial spraying aimed at curbing spruce budworm damage

Kamloops Daily News
June 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An aerial spray operation to control western spruce budworm is set to take place June 15-25 in areas southwest of Kamloops. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to aerially treat up to 6,700 hectares of forest to reduce populations of the insect in the area of Inks Lake, Duffy Lake and Harper Lake. Pinantan Lake was part of the planned spray area but was removed from the list because of its lesser priority, said Lorraine Maclauchlan, the ministry’s entomologist for the region.

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Forest plan continues work done by industry, roundtable

Nanaimo News Bulletin
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province’s new forestry plan is a combination of recommendations made by the Working Roundtable on Forestry three years ago and work the industry is already doing. Rick Jeffery, president of Coast Forest Products Association, which represents a number of coastal forest companies, said the recently released Forest Sector Strategy doesn’t include anything radically different from what’s already being done, but reflects a focus on what is working.

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Timmins Fire No. 9 is re-Classified. It is now BEING HELD.

Timmins Times
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thanks to the hard work of forest fire crews, water bombers, bulldozers and rainy weather, Timmins Forest Fire number 9 is now categorized as Being Held. Up until noon on Saturday, the fire was still listed as Not Under Control. Saturday was the 13th day of the fire, which began north of Gogama on Sunday May 20th and spread steadily northward for several days. The fire grew to become the largest fire in the Timmins region in more than half a century. It was 70 kilometres long and covered more than 39,500 hectares.

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Forest saved by volunteer group

580 acres of Acadian Forest near Sussex will remain intact
CBC News
June 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A piece of the Acadian Forest near Sussex has been saved from industrial logging by a volunteer organization. Community forests International raised more than $100,000 to preserve 580 acres of woodland. “It’s going to be an incubator space, kind of a hub for rural land use,” said executive director Jeff Schnurr, who is based in Sackville. “We’re in a very rural province. We keep trying to redevelop ourselves to fit a technology sector or other industries, but I think land use is one of our greatest assets,” he said.

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Lake Tahoe forest plan could set Sierra precedent

Tahoe Daily Tribune
June 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wide-ranging plan to manage of more than 150,000 acres of forest surrounding Lake Tahoe could be precedent-setting for the entire Sierra Nevada range, according to a coalition of conservation groups. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management released the draft environmental document for an update to its forest plan on Friday. The existing plan has not been updated since 1988. Once passed, the proposed plan will guide management of Lake Tahoe forests for 15 years. 

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Expect logging trucks to rumble through Ashland

Mail Tribune
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND — Log trucks will begin hauling timber from the Ashland Watershed’s Horn Gap area and exiting the city through downtown starting in mid-June… The “environmentally sensitive logging” will reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the watershed, said Chambers. Because the unit is on a slope of less than 20 percent, ground equipment will be used to cut and remove the trees, he said

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Forest contractor won’t cut old growth trees

Letter to the editor
Arizona Daily Sun
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In light of the big fires we’ve been having in Arizona for the past several decades I was pleased to learn that the 4FRI has such an ambitious and critically important goal of treating up to 30,000 more acres a year… This is a good plan and a major step toward restoring Arizona forests to health and ending the incredible cost and devastation of catastrophic wildfires.

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Tree replanting gives forest a jump start

Arizona Daily Sun
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Over seven years, the US Forest Service will spend $1 million on re-planting the Schultz fire burn area — should they or shouldn’t they?… Is the Forest Service re-planting for the forest’s sake? (Why is the USFS re-planting, isn’t nature going to fix itself?) “Yes, the reason volunteers are re-planting is to give nature a jump start on fixing up the forest …” said Brienne Magee, public affairs officer and project coordinator.

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Record NM blaze studied for forest management

By Susan Montoya Bryan
The Associated Press
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Things might look bad. But to land managers and scientists, the record-setting blaze represents a true test of decades of work aimed at returning fire to its natural role on the landscape — a test that comes as many Western states grapple with overgrown forests, worsening drought and a growing prospect for more megafires…Starting in the early 1970s, the Gila has been leading the way when it comes to implementing such an active fire management strategy. Instead of immediately dousing flames in the wilderness, forest managers have let them burn as long as conditions are favorable.

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About 552 acres burned in Sequoia fire

Sacramento Bee
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Officials say a wildfire burning in a remote area of the Sequoia National Forest has consumed about 522 acres, but is not threatening any structures. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Alonzo said Sunday about 250 firefighters are battling the blaze, which was first reported around 4 p.m. Friday.

More in the L.A. Times
Wildfire in Sequoia National Forest doubles in size

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: O&C act fails to guard public interest in forests

The Register-Guard
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The “O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act”: Don’t be fooled by the name! The act is a political effort to achieve the de facto privatization of 1.5 million acres of public land. Its aim is to increase logging by decreasing citizen involvement and environmental protection. The act would privatize federal forestlands in Oregon currently managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. These forests are now subject to citizen comment and the scientifically astute management guidelines of the Northwest Forest Plan.

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New Mexico Wildfire Now a Record-Setting ‘Megafire’

Climate Central
June 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history continues to burn, having already charred an area larger than New York City. Known as the Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex, the wildfire has become another in a series of “megafires” to torch the American West due to an unprecedented combination of drought conditions, climate change, and alterations in land-management practices. To make matters worse, according to The Guardian newspaper, congressional budget cuts may restrict the federal government’s firefighting efforts during what is widely expected to be a busy wildfire season.

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Forest Service has 4-point plan for Tahoe Basin

San Francisco Chronicle
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The grand plan for Lake Tahoe calls for restoring habitat, cleaning up creeks and keeping the lake and surrounding areas clean, according to a U.S. Forest Service draft management plan released Friday. The Forest Plan is an attempt to provide direction for which recreational activities will be allowed on the 154,000 acres of public land surrounding Lake Tahoe and how natural resources will be managed over the next two decades.

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Wyden Calls on Forest Service to Add More Air Tankers Prior to 2012 Forest Fire Season

PoliticalNews.me (press release)
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Madras, Or – With another forest fire season about to start, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is calling on the U.S. Forest Service to add more planes to its air tanker fleet and consider using other types of aircraft in fighting wildland fires. “Despite the magnitude and destructiveness of recent forest fires, the agency most responsible for fighting them – the Forest Service – has allowed the air tanker fleet to atrophy,” Wyden said during a visit Thursday to Butler Aircraft in Madras, Oregon. 

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Learn from a tree, graduates

Adapted from commencement address presented at Appalachian State University
Charlotte Observer
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Society labels you as Generation C – for “connected.” You grew up knowing Amazon as a website to buy things, not a river. Throughout your entire life, the International Panel on Climate Change has been in existence, plastic trees outsell real trees at the holiday season and the Internet has dominated your lifestyle. At the new Nature Research Center in Raleigh, our cutting-edge science programs harness these new technologies to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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More criticism of forest value reports

ABC Online
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Another report has criticised the work of Professor Jonathon West’s group which was charged with verifying the conservation value of Tasmania’s forests. The Institute of Foresters of Australia say the Independent Verification Group’s processes are highly flawed because of time constraints and narrow terms of reference.

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Forest industry welcomes research funds

ABC Online
June 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest industry has welcomed new research funding, saying it will complement the state’s forest peace agreement. The Federal Government yesterday announced $5 million in research funding for the forestry and aquaculture industries. The money will be used to set up an Experimental Aquaculture Facility and National Institute for Future Forest Industries, both in Hobart.

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The true cost of IKEA: logging old-growth forests

Clear-cutting in the Russian Karelia
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Those labyrinthine IKEA showrooms full of dirt-cheap shelving units have to come from somewhere. According to a report released May 16 by the Global Forest Coalition, some of them are clear-cut from old-growth forests in Western Russia… The Global Forest Coalition, an alliance of NGOs with members in more than 40 countries including Protect the Forest, has begun a petition drive that it hopes will persuade IKEA to reform the company’s logging practices. “In response to our critique, Ikea has so far only answered with lies..

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A symbol of the nation, Lebanon’s cedar heavily threatened

The Daily Star
June 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIRUT: Canada without the maple leaf. The United States without the bald eagle. More than mere symbols, they are so much a part of those nations’ identity that their extinction would be considered a national catastrophe. But that could be the fate of the cedar of Lebanon, as deforestation and global warming threatens to wipe out the iconic tree which is depicted on the national flag and has been linked to the country for thousands of years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. owners of wood pellet plant post first-quarter loss of $1.2 million

Business Herald
June 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia company that bought the former Enligna Canada Inc.wood pellet plant in Middle Musquodoboit lost $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared to a $714,000 loss in the same period last year. Viridis Energy Inc. bought the Enligna plant in February for $2.4 million, which it intends to rename Scotia Atlantic Biomass. “The increased loss during the current first quarter reflects financing costs and other startup costs associated with Scotia Atlantic, offset by a 24 per cent decrease in operating expenses,” the company, which did not respond Friday to interview requests, said in a news release.

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Study says NWT communities could make own wood pellets

CBC.ca
June 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Small communities could start making their own wood pellets, if the idea can be profitable. This year, Arctic Energy Alliance commissioned two studies relating to wood pellets and how they can be made available to communities. One looked at shipping wood pellets up the Mackenzie River by barge. The other is looking at creating small wood-pellet factories in communities which don’t always have road access.

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Army enlisting help to make its bases energy independent

Denver Post
June 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

FORT CARSON — The barrel-like oven transforming wood chips into electricity with a Ford auto engine hardly seems like battlefield equipment, but Army officials say it may save lives.
The pilot plant, built by Littleton-based Community Power Corp., is part of the “net zero” project that aims to make this base energy independent. The base — whose 26,000 troops and their families make it Colorado’s 14th-largest city — is ground zero for the Army’s effort to reduce energy and water use and cut waste.

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Large-scale forest bio-energy creates carbon debt

Study says nurturing healthy forests does more to curb global warming
Summit County Citizens Voice
June 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

UMMIT COUNTY — While some logging advocates continue to talk up forest biomass as a green energy source, there’s good reason it isn’t happening on a significant scale. Cutting wood and burning live trees, in whatever form, is just not energy efficient, except perhaps on a modest scale with low-frequency harvests every 50 to 100 years — or on a small, local level, where already dead wood is converted fuel on the spot. In one of the most recent studies, researchers at Duke and Oregon State universities concluded that maintaining intact forests as carbon sinks does more to curb climate change over the next century than cutting and burning their wood as fuel.

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Indonesia’s REDD reality

Jakarta Post
June 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indonesia is on the brink of transformation. Committing to a bilateral deal with Norway, it has run a series of efforts to reduce emissions and introduced stronger forest governance under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) regime, including halting the issuance of forest-clearing permits for primary forests and peatland. If considered successful, Indonesia could secure up to US$1 billion from the Norway government. But the road to that has been stormy.

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