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Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Forest department steps up patrolling to monitor frog poaching

Times of India
July 9, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Forest department officials have decided to step up their vigilante movement to protect frogs from being hunted during the monsoons. “We have stepped up protection to monitor activity outside notified forest areas, especially agricultural fields where frogs are abundant. Within forest areas, checks are regularly done,”” said D N F Carvalho, deputy conservator of forest, wildlife and eco-tourism. 

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Business & Politics

Dust level citation surprises Kordyban

Prince George Free Press
July 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rob Kordyban, president of Carrier Lumber Ltd., says he was caught a bit by surprise to find the mill cited as one containing high wood dust levels a week after the explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills by WorkSafeBC, a fact reported in a recent provincial paper. “There’s a bit more context than that to be put there,” he said. “I would say that we have one of cleanest mills around.” He pointed out the mill was, if not the first, then one of first visited by WorkSafeBC after the explosion at Lakeland Mills.

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Krestova residents not happy with pulp mill bio solids in back yard, want …

The Boundary Sentinel
July 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents in Krestova are outraged and concerned an application of bio solids from the Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar to a neighbouring property will contaminate their ground water and threaten their health. “I feel we’re just being used as a dump site,” said Nick Kootnikoff whose well is within the 30-meter legal limit of the dump site. Bio solids are created from pulp mill wood waste… Celgar offers bio solids as a soil amendment much like a fertilizer

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Interfor to donate wood for BC-wide playhouse challenge

The Boundary Sentinel
July 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood from the Interfor mill in Grand Forks will be used in a province-wide competition that aims to raise some serious money for Habitat for Humanity Canada. The wood will be used to build whimsical playhouses for children in the Canfor Playhouse Challenge, which will then be displayed at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) August 18 to September 3 before being presented to the pre-registered corporate buyers. Money raised in the selling of the houses will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for use in BC projects. “Interfor was the first to agree to this super creative and super competitive project,” said Canfor director of public affairs, Christine Kennedy. 

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Meeting European demand for biomass wood pellets

Global trade in biomass pellets could hit 60 million tonnes by 2020
Millicentmedia
July 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Driven by European Union renewables targets, demand for biomass wood pellets is to set to soar over the next decade as utilities displace coal in thermal power plants. Tim Probert explores how the industry will manage to procure sufficient sustainable biomass. This article was first published in the July 2012 issue of The Energy Industry Times. 

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China baby boom a blessing for NZ forest growers

China Daily
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WELLINGTON — China’s auspicious Year of the Dragon has proved particularly fortuitous for New Zealand’s forestry industry as a Chinese baby boom fuels demand for high quality knot-free wood, according to an industry leader.  And it’s teaching New Zealand businesses a valuable lesson in why they need to better understand the Asian giant, New Zealand Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes said Monday.  Pruned pine logs – those that have had the branches trimmed from the main trunk during cultivation to prevent knots – are in huge demand as Chinese parents prefer their dragon babies to sleep in cots made from knot-less wood, Rhodes told Xinhua.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nanaimo Harmac mill among inspection targets

Provincial facilities will be looked at after Interior explosions
Nanaimo Daily News
July 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pulp mills in the province, including Harmac in Nanaimo, will be targeted for safety inspections this summer as part of the ongoing inspection of all wood mills in B.C. after recent explosions that took four lives at two Interior facilities. WorkSafeBC announced its decision this week to expand inspections to pulp mills, as well as the panel and wood pellet plants in B.C., because of their high risk of combustible dust explosion due to large amounts of dust produced or handled in these facilities.

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Housing Trends & Impacts on Wood Products Manufacturing

By Matt Bumgardner, Urs Buehlmann, Al Schuler and Karen Koenig 
woodworkingnetwork.com
July 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

With continued low demand in housing and other construction-related sectors, and the importance of these markets to the secondary wood products industry, the third annual housing market survey was conducted in 2012 to discern the status of the secondary wood products industry…  As in previous years, the objective was to update trends in the industry and analyze what has changed in terms of market conditions, company performance, and the actions being taken to remain profitable.

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Forest Concepts Licenses WoodStraw® Production from Beetle-Kill Trees to Colorado Company

Forest Concepts press release
July 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Forest Concepts, LLC, a small business in Auburn, Washington granted a license today to Mountain Pine Manufacturing, Inc., of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for the exclusive right to manufacture, distribute and sell Engineered Wood-based Mulch within a five state area. Mountain Pine Manufacturing will be producing the engineered mulch from the tremendous supply of Beetle-Kill Pine in the area, and in doing so will be making an environmentally friendly use of the trees while creating jobs in Routt County. 

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Sliding timber doors offer sound insulation of up to 52 dB

Computing News
July 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

With this revolutionary sliding timber door, Lindner ensures maximum noise reduction. Lindner built the sliding timber door with steel frame with regard to the increasing demand on sound insulation. In different acoustic tests, the product achieved sound protection levels of up to 52 dB. 

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Auckland to host international timber engineering conference

Scoop.co.nz
July 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australasia’s role as world leaders in timber engineering will come to the fore this month, as a host of researchers from a local research consortium take to the stage at a significant international gathering in Auckland. The largest event in timber engineering with a worldwide reach, The World Conference on Timber Engineering will be held in Auckland for the first time from July 16-19. The conference will bring together more than 500 engineers, architects and researchers from 36 countries, providing the opportunity to learn about the latest developments, and inspiration to use timber in a wider range of structures.

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Forestry

U-turn in forest management needed to protect environment

Vancouver Sun
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States, Canada West

Last month, the provincial government decided to lift logging restrictions over 9,500 hectares of forest in the Fraser region, just as the mighty river threatened to flood proper-ties in the Lower Mainland… There could hardly be a more dramatic reminder that our lives and livelihoods depend on intact eco-systems and that too much logging increases the risk of flooding, particularly in the era of global warming… Nevertheless, in a parallel move, the B.C. government recently set up a committee to discuss logging in a much larger area of forest reserves in the Interior.

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Caribou at risk in oilsands regions

Edmonton Journal
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is an “elevated risk” that threatened populations of boreal caribou in Western Canada will disappear before oilsands developers have the chance to restore old-growth forests being disturbed for industrial expansion, Environment Minister Peter Kent was warned in a newly released memorandum. The warning, prepared by Environment Canada for Kent’s office and released to Postmedia News through access to information legislation, suggests it could take nearly half a century before industry stakeholders restore critical habitat needed to ensure the survival of the caribou.

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Air Force One now water bomber

Regina Leader Post
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Saskatchewan government dispatched one of its water bombers to the U.S. last month to help fight the deadly and massively destructive wildfires raging across Colorado, the grateful authorities there didn’t realize right away that a notable piece of American aviation history had temporarily flown home. That’s because the Saskatchewan environment ministry’s custom-refurbished Convair C-131H – painted in the official provincial colours of green and white and known in this country as Tanker 475, a workhorse that has fought forest fires across Western Canada since it was purchased from a U.S. company in 2008 – was once identified by the most auspicious call sign in the world: Air Force One.

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Opening protected park areas to logging not ideal, says union leader

By Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Opening protected areas and parks in B.C. to logging wouldn’t be in the best interests of forestry workers, or the industry itself, according to Arnold Bercov. Bercov is the president of Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada, Local 8, which represents workers at the Harmac pulp mill at Duke Point and Western Forest Products’ sawmill in Ladysmith. His concerns come at the same time that a special committee, struck by the government in May, is travelling across the province seeking public input into ways to add to the province’s wood inventory, particularly in areas in the Interior that have been ravaged by the ongoing mountain pine beetle infestation.

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Timber firms help fight suit

The Register-Guard
July 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A Eugene lumber company is among forest industry firms intervening in a lawsuit filed in federal court by environmental groups against Gov. John Kitz­haber and state land and forest management agencies. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken last week granted a request by Eugene-based Seneca Sawmill Co. and four other logging industry entities to join with state officials in defending the state’s plan… The lawsuit by Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands aalleges that additional logging would harm the habitat of the marbled murrelet, amounting to an illegal “taking” of the seabird in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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Timber Companies join state to defend logging from the Associated Press

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Libby Gears Up for Logger Days

Two boxers climb up on a log to battle for the title of “Bull of the Woods”
Flathead Beacon
July 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Whitefish has the Winter Carnival, Hungry Horse, Coram and Martin City have Cabin Fever Days, and Libby has Logger Days, an annual celebration of the town’s logging heritage. Mayor Doug Roll said the four-day festival, now in its 54th year, is one of the premier events of the summer. This year it kicks off on Thursday, June 21 and runs through the weekend.

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Calif. fire forces evacuations, 5 homes saved

Atlanta Journal Constitution
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding in Northern California is now 60 percent contained after destroying two outbuildings and damaging five homes. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant on Friday says about 1,000 firefighters are battling a blaze they expect to contain by Saturday. Berlant says evacuation orders for 80 homes were lifted Friday at about 5 p.m. 

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CU-Boulder researchers: Pine beetles not always tied to increased fire danger

FireEngineering.com
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a series of devastating wildfires consumed tens of thousands of acres of Colorado forest land over the last month, the media, the public and even fire managers have been quick to blame the numerous stands of trees killed by voracious pine beetles as one of the factors contributing to the intensity of the blazes. But scientists aren’t so sure. Research ers at the University of Colorado’s Biogeography Lab have published a number of studies in recent years showing that the degree to which beetle-killed trees increase wildfire risk — if at all…

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Out Of The Ashes

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Like silent sentinels guarding the legacy of the 2002 Biscuit fire, blackened trees tower over the budding bright green conifers growing up from the forest floor. The stark contrast is in the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, a site where the Biscuit-fire blowtorch burned particularly hot. “But with plants and animals after a fire, there are winners, losers and spectators,” explained Lee Webb, biologist for the forest during the 2002 Biscuit fire. “A wildfire is not bad or good,” he added of a naturally caused blaze.

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Colorado Waldo Canyon wildfires intensify forcing 32000 to flee their homes

National Post
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS – A wildfire raging near some of Colorado’s most popular tourist sites grew suddenly more ferocious on Tuesday, forcing 32,000 people from their homes, prompting evacuations from the U.S. Air Force Academy and swallowing numerous houses at the edge of Colorado Springs.From the vantage point of a command post about 10 miles (16 km) from the path of advancing flames, the entire community of Mountain Shadows, a northwest subdivision, appeared to be enveloped in an orange glow after dark. “This is a fire of epic proportions,” Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said as ash drifted down on the city, sirens wailed and the thick smell of smoke permeated the air.

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Eastern Iowa spruce trees hit with fungal infection

kwwl.com
July 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DUBUQUE (KWWL) – Spruce tree lovers, beware. A fungal infection is rapidly taking hold in spruce trees throughout eastern Iowa and especially in Dubuque. Steve Pregler is the city forester for Dubuque. He said the infection has been around for decades, but the problem has exploded in the last couple of years. Pregler said a wet June in 2010 plus soggy conditions last spring made perfect growing conditions for the fungus.

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Chernobyl’s radioactive trees and the forest fire risk

BBC News
July 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Much of the 30km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant is pine forest, and some of it so badly contaminated that a forest fire could create a devastating radioactive smoke cloud. This region is slowly getting back to normal, says Sergiy. People are returning to farm this once booming agricultural area. It is happening inside the exclusion zone too. Chernobyl Forestry Enterprise is now planting small new pine stands which it plans to harvest in 80 years’ time. But there are serious problems with the rest of Chernobyl’s extensive pine plantations.

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Profitable palm oil leaves environment poor

CNN
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

(CNN) — Even if you’ve never visited Malaysia or Indonesia, it’s likely that you’ve made contact with these countries… Over 87% of palm oil, a common ingredient in thousands of consumer commodities, was produced by the two countries in the past year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)… While the IPO has been a boon for the company’s coffers, conservationists say the palm oil industry has been a curse for the environment in Malaysia and Indonesia. More than 10% of deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia over the last 20 years occurred to make way for palm oil plantations.

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Systematic control of logging through SMS

The Malaysia Sun Daily
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BESUT: Terengganu has managed to control logging activities in the state in a more systematic manner through the Selective Management System or SMS since 38 years ago. State Industrial Development, Trade and Environment Committee chairman, Datuk Toh Chin Yaw said the system was introduced following a study done in the Gunung Tebu Forest Reserve, Besut in 1974, enabling the area to remain preserved. Through the SMS, all logging operations in the state were at a good level compared to the situation in other states: “Currently, Terengganu is still covered by 0.544 million hectares of forest reserve, that is, 42 per cent of the state’s total land area,” he said.

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Tassie tree-sitter claims record

The Australian
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An icy Tasmanian winter won’t stop Miranda Gibson setting an Australian record for a tree-sitting protest.MS Gibson will reach 209 days perched 60m from the ground in the Tyenna Valley, in southern Tasmania, on Tuesday. Environmental group Still Wild Still Threatened says that betters the 208 days Manfred Stephens spent atop a tree near Cairns in 1995.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Warming alarmists play with fire

Amarillo.com
July 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Good news: The Waldo Canyon fire, which forced 32,000 residents (including our family) to flee, claimed two lives and destroyed 347 homes, is now 100 percent contained. Bad news: Radical environmentalists won’t stop blowing hot air about this year’s infernal season across the West… NBC meteorologist Doug Kammerer asserted: “If we did not have global warming, we wouldn’t see this.”… The problem is the actual conclusions of scientists included in AP’s screed don’t back up the apocalyptic headline. As the reporter acknowledges under that panicky banner

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Wolf Ridge embraces pellets with new biomass boiler

Lake County News Chronicle
July 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

European technology has come stateside with a new biomass boiler system at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center,… whose mission is to provide an environmental education to visitors. The new boiler uses wood pellets made in the region from wood that would otherwise become garbage, like sawmill scraps and blow-down area trees… Wood pellet systems do have critics. The Canadian branch of Greenpeace issued a scathing report on wood pellets in November 2011. The organization said logging companies use clear-cutting, practically a curse word to environmentalists, to provide for wood pellets.

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Job Creation For Wood-Pellet Boiler Manufacturer

WGAN News
July 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BETHEL, Maine – Up to 100 new jobs are expected to be created with the announcement that Bethel-based Maine Energy Systems will manufacture wood-pellet boilers. The company says it expects to create 50 manufacturing jobs in Oxford County, as well as an additional 50 new jobs for installation and fuel delivery.

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First plant making diesel from wood opens

Energy Live News
July 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The first plant to convert solid biomass such as wood chips and straw directly into diesel fuel opened last week in Austria. Said to be the first of its kind in the world, the BioCRACK pilot plant at a petrochemical refinery in Schwechat extracts the diesel by heating the biomass with heavy oil to over 400 °C. Diesel made out of biofuel could be an important alternative to “first-generation” biofuels because these are a threat to food supply, according to Gerhard Roiss, CEO of OMV, one of the firms behind the plant.

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Uncertainty Carbon Forestry – Importance of Knowledge

Scoop Independent News
July 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

With the recent Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) scheme changes in New Zealand, the introduction of a carbon price in Australia on 1 July and finally some recent movement in International carbon prices, there is now considerable uncertainty in the carbon landscape, particularly for those looking to offset emissions by operating in the carbon forestry sector… In short, it’s pushed out both the dates and levels at which the country will face higher carbon costs under its ETS. The business community thinks the ETS changes are reasonable… For forestry though the response has been less enthusiastic.

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Conservationists say WA forests could earn carbon credits

ABC Online
July 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Western Australian conservationists say forests could provide a new revenue source for Western Australia, if the State Government takes advantage of the Commonwealth’s carbon pricing scheme. The Conservation Council of WA is urging the State Government to consider a carbon scheme as part of its recently commissioned Forest Management Plan.

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‘Save the Arctic’ campaign debuts ‘homeless polar bear’ movie

Alaska Dispatch
July 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

For those who thought Greenpeace International was done drawing attention to Shell Oil’s return to Arctic Ocean drilling after nearly three decades, think again. Greenpeace is using the world’s biggest stage — the London Summer Olympics — as setting to draw international attention to its Save the Arctic campaign, which has enrolled 370,000 supporters, the group claims. On Tuesday, Greenpeace released a movie short video depicting a very lifelike and very homeless polar bear wandering London, “forced out of her Arctic habitat due to climate change,” according to a press release announcing the film.

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Push for forests to be used for carbon credits

ABC News Australia
July 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Conservationists say forests in the South West could provide a new source of revenue if the State Government takes advantage of the Commonwealth’s carbon pricing scheme. Under the new tax, governments could eventually sell carbon credits from forests to companies wishing to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. The Conservation Council is urging the State Government to consider a carbon scheme as part of its recently commissioned forest management plan.

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General

Lull in hot weather helps crews at western blazes

Atlanta Journal Constitution
July 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters around the West on Friday were taking advantage of improving weather conditions to make strides against stubborn wildfires — even containment in some locales — that have destroyed homes, forced evacuations and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of timber and brush. In Redding, Calif., 1,000 firefighters spent the day battling a growing blaze that threatened dozens of homes amid tinder-dry conditions.

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The Netherlands’ Big Orange Expo Pavilion Is All Green

EarthTechling
July 8, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Space age and yet oddly organic, the “My Green World” Dutch National Pavilion is a study in complementary contradictions. The project took just six months from concept to completion, thanks to roboticly precut wood pieces, and resembles nothing so much as the egg of some fantastically large bird. Designed by 2D3D and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the structure is destined for the Floriade 2012 World Horticulture Expo in Venlo, the Netherlands.

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Facing Modern Forest Management Challenges: Mitigation, Adaptation

Gant Daily
July 9, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

UNIVERSITY PARK – Whether you can see the forest for the trees, the big picture of woodlands in the eastern United States shows a besieged ecosystem, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Forests are under stress, warned James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources and director of the University’sCenter for Private Forests. They confront a wide range of challenges, from exotic insect pests and invasive plants to environmental conditions. “Insects and diseases brought to Eastern forests from other places have, in a relatively short time, taken from us important tree species and threaten others,” he said.

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