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Daily Archives: July 24, 2012

Business & Politics

Stella-Jones says it will no longer pursue Brisco Wood acquisition

Canadian Press
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Railway tie and utility pole maker Stella-Jones (TSX:SJ) says it will no longer pursue an acquisition of Brisco Wood Preservers Ltd., a treated wood pole company based in British Columbia. The company did not provide any further detail on the reason for exiting the deal, and phone calls were not immediately returned on Monday. The decision follows an announcement in May that Stella-Jones would buy “certain pole treating assets” of Brisco Wood for an undisclosed amount.

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Analyst Actions: BMO, CIBC, Salman Hike Price Targets on West Fraser Timber

NASDAQ
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At least three analysts have hiked their price targets on West Fraser Timber after the company reported $27 million in second-quarter profits last week and provided an encouraging outlook given signs that the U.S. housing market is recovering. BMO Capital Markets raised its target to $60; CIBC World Markets raised its target to $65 and Salman Partners raised its target to $56.50 from $54.50.

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B.C. Companies Cheer Softwood Lumber Ruling

By John Allan
COFI Blog
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Lumber exporters received welcome news on July 18, 2012 with the ruling by the London Court of International Arbitration that Canada and British Columbia were not in breach of the Softwood Lumber Agreement in the pricing of timber in the interior of British Columbia. The U.S. Trade Representative launched arbitration proceedings in January 2011, alleging misgrading and under-pricing of timber damaged by the Mountain Pine Beetle. In a unanimous decision the Panel rejected the U.S. claim outright.  END

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Aditya Birla Group set for latest Canadian buy

International Standard
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Aditya Birla Group has beaten back a legal challenge from a Chinese company, with a court in the Canadian province of Ontario approving the former’s plans to acquire an idled pulp mill. The Superior Court of Justice here approved the transaction on Thursday. The Indian company will pay $27 million to purchase the assets of Terrace Bay Pulp Mill in northwestern Ontario. The deal had faced a last-minute hurdle earlier this week, with a Chinese company filing an affidavit in court demanding an auction to consider its bid. Tangshan Sanyou Group claimed it had made a cash offer of $35 mn, higher than that of the Birla Group.

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Drop in demand for woody biomass in the US reduced prices

IHB
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Prices for woody biomass in the US, whether sawmill by-products, forest residues or urban wood waste, have been sliding for most of the past three years, but were still higher late in 2011 in most regions than they were five years ago, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the 2Q/12, woody biomass prices were down between 2-10 percent in the key biomass-consuming regions, the US South, Northeast and in the West as compared to the 1Q/12. In the US Northwest and California there continues to be a substantial price discrepancy between mill biomass and forest biomass, but this price difference is minimal in the US South.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Timber Investment Funds: How To Invest In Timber

By Jared Cummans
Seeking Alpha
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

When most investors think of these kinds of assets, big-name commodities like gold and silver come to mind, yet their are a number of other options that present equally compelling investment theses. One of those investments is timber, a commodity that has proven its worth over time… In fact, timber’s performance has been very strong throughout its history. The price of timber has risen by an average of 5% for the past century, and those gains include strong performances during some of the worst markets in U.S. history. 

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State OKs doubling carbon monoxide emissions at Old Town pulp mill

Bangor Daily News
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — The pulp mill in Old Town that has received millions of dollars in federal and state aid has tentatively won its battle to double its allowed emissions of an air pollutant rather than fix or replace its aging boiler… The decision is not final, however. There is a period for public comment and after that, even if the head of the state DEP, Patricia Aho, gives final approval, the decision can be appealed to the Board of Environmental Protection, a citizen panel that oversees the department’s work.

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Russia’s WTO membership creates opportunities for Finnish forest industry

Membership will lead to lower export duties on Russian raw timber
Pulp and Paper News
July 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russia’s ratification of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession agreement on July 21 improves corporate access to the Russian market. Membership will lead to lower export duties on Russian raw timber and reduced import duties will improve the position of Finnish forest industry products on the Russian market, as the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Spanish plywood imports have fallen again

EUWID
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Imports of plywood into Spain have dropped again in the first three months of 2012 after a weak final quarter of 2011. AEIM, an organisation representing Spanish wood importers, reported that imports of non-tropical hardwood and softwood plywood were down around 19% compared with the same stretch last year at 8,133 m³.

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Woodchip facility sale offers certainty

ABC News, Australia
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A timber industry analyst expects new Asian investments will generate certainty in the Green Triangle. The Tasmanian timber company Gunns has sold its Portland woodchip export facility to Australian Bluegum Plantations (ABP) for about $62 million. The director of Industry Edge, Robert Eastment, says ABP is a large player and will spark 20 years of timber exports for the region of south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

EcoHome Announces 2012 Design Award Winners

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
July 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington DC – EcoHome, the leading source of information about certified green building products and projects and a magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), unveiled the winners of its annual Design Awards program today. The competition honors the best sustainable homes for innovative design, green building features, environmental performance, and integration with their sites and communities. 

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Beetle-Kill Products Go Mainstream With Apple Accessories

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The mountain pine beetle has methodically taken over large swaths of forest from Mexico to British Columbia. Estimates indicate the tiny rice-sized beetle attacked 3.8 million acres of forest in 2011 and it is now affecting forest fire rates. In recent years, entrepreneurial wood products companies have rolled out a bevy of “beetle-kill” products, including raw lumber, furniture and wood flooring. Today, with Bad Beetle’s line of consumer electronics accessories, it’s possible that the beetle-kill-mania is entering the mainstream.

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Glulams & Classic Cars

Building-Products.com
July 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

When entering the exhibit hall at the new LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Wa., visitors may find themselves gazing up at the ceiling as well as taking in the lines of gleaming classic cars. A soaring roof system made with curved glulam beams offers a striking sense of grandeur while simultaneously lending a warm, grounded aesthetic to the vast space.

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Changes recommended to Southern Pine grading

Home Channel News
July 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A comprehensive testing of commercial produced Southern Pine has been completed, and as a result, the industry may see smaller reductions for the wider widths and higher grades of Southern Pine dimensional lumber as compared with the No.2 2x4s. Design values for visually graded Southern Pine lumber, including dense and non-dense grades, may also change. These proposals came from a committee that analyzed the test data from the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB), the rules-writing agency that monitors and publishes new design values.

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Wood Education and Resource Center to Host Leadership Conference for Local Wood Products Makers

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC), part of the North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension, will hold a leadership conference Aug. 2 for wood products producers who market their products locally. “This event is a gathering of the industry to discuss strategies and provide leadership for our industry to re-grow our hardwood forest and wood products industry by growing sales of U.S.-made wood products made with U.S. hardwoods,” according to an email invitation for the event. 

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Forestry

Merritt weighs in on forest management

Merritt Herald
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A focus on community forest management and incentives for reforestation could improve the outlook of B.C.’s timber industry, says Don Brown of the Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation, which supplies Merritt’s Aspen Planers with much of its wood. “This is a watershed point for forest regulation and legislation in British Columbia, much the same as in the late ’80s and early ’90s,” Brown said. “This is a time when government can rebalance the distribution of volume in the amalgamation of crown forest to three or four companies in B.C.”

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Forest fire continues to burn on CFB Petawawa training area near Algonquin Park

TheTyee.ca
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

PETAWAWA, Ont. – Crews are continuing to fight a forest fire at the CFB Petawawa training area in eastern Ontario. At one point, the fire closed all access to the east side of Algonquin Park and all Crown land on the Barron Canyon Road in Pembroke, Ont. Flames never reached Algonquin Park, but the fire was about 100 metres from the border of the park at its closest point.

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Community groups urge province to buy former Bowater woodlands

Chronicle Herald
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An effort to persuade the province to buy the former Bowater Mersey woodlands will get a boost at a Halifax community council meeting tonight. Coun. Peter Lund (Hammonds Plains-St. Margarets) said he plans to table a couple of motions in support of such a plan at the Western Region community council meeting. He said Sunday it’s crucial that the Bowater property, now for sale by Montreal owner Resolute Forest Products, not fall into the wrong hands. Locals know it as the St. Margarets Bay back country, and it’s been a place to hike, camp, fish and hunt for centuries.

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Landsat

warchy
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first launch in the Landsat satellite series. Since 1972, seven Landsat satellites have been launched to gather information about Earth from space. Currently a joint venture by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Earth-observing satellite mission has helped study Earth changes made by natural processes and human practices. To date, the Landsat series is the longest continuous global record of Earth’s surface from space.

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Western wildfires—horrific, destructive…and unnecessary

New fire-fighting technology could help put them out. Why isn’t it being used?
Canada Free Press
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Having hiked in many of these areas, I’ve been truly depressed by these infernos. Why were they allowed to happen? “We are doing everything possible to control these blazes,” officials insist. One has to wonder. …Two days before Waldo Canyon burst into flames, a revolutionary fire suppressant stopped a 300-acre fire north of Albuquerque, New Mexico almost in its tracks. …Despite all the news stories about FireIce, its certification by the USFS, and frequent communications between GelTech and federal, state and local officials—no one had contacted the company.

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Lightning strikes Tahoe National Forest 571 times

The Union of Grass Valley
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service reported 571 lightning strikes overnight Sunday into Monday. Thunderstorms began about midnight and continued until 6 a.m., said Ann Westling, spokesperson for the Tahoe National Forest. A few fires broke out as a result of the lightning strikes, but all are small, Westling said.

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Pine beetle initiative treats 215000 infested trees in first year

Tri-State Neighbor
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that more than 215,000 trees infested with mountain pine beetles have been treated since control operations began last fall in the Black Hills. The total includes more than 115,000 trees on private land and almost 100,000 trees in Custer State Park. “Since we began the Black Hills Forest Initiative last year, we’ve been aggressive in attacking this epidemic,” Daugaard said. “The mountain pine beetle infestation continues to be a threat.” 

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Discussion, cooperation needed for 21st century forest management

by Rick Bass
The Missoulian
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s nothing wrong with dissent – it is, after all, part of the American DNA – but neither is there anything wrong with dialogue, discussion and – if it can be reached – agreement, experimentation, success. … …I fully believe the resources that have been expended in this court case could have been better used if the plaintiffs had spent their time helping shape the project from the get-go rather than sinking their energy into a court case that lost them over 90 percent of their arguments. Now that the Forest Service is required to do further analysis I only hope the plaintiffs will work in good faith to help inform that process instead of following the pattern of litigation.

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Stop supporting groups that block Forest Service management activities

The Missoulian
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What would you think if you heard your local Forest Service was proposing to improve 600 miles of forest roads in need of maintenance? What would you think if the Forest Service was proposing to include an opportunity to provide jobs to small-scale loggers to perform the road maintenance work while they could also salvage dead trees from alongside the roads? …In spite of these groups’ claims that they are working collaboratively with other stakeholders of our national forests, frivolous appeals such as this just show the true colors of these preservationist groups and the lengths they will go in preventing the Forest Service from conducting any management activities.

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How Funding Rural Idaho Schools Became ‘Not Unlike a Barn-Raising’

StateImpact Idaho
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sitting on the ground in an overgrown forest outside of Council, Idaho, a couple of weeks ago, logger Mark Mahon strayed from the main subject of conversation. He was talking about how logging companies like the one he owns with his parents and brother have fared in recent years, but he began talking about the local school… A school patron donated ten acres of timber. Mahon and another logger teamed up to harvest it. “We harvested 19 truckloads of logs for free, and the money was donated to the shop-building project,” Mahon said.

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UM Forestry students studying Lolo National Forest ahead of restoration projects

The Missoulian
July 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEELEY LAKE – In the deep shade of the Lolo National Forest, the rotting stumps of old-growth pine and larch trees are a tell-tale sign of how things were.  The thick rejuvenation of Douglas fir may be an indication of things to come, and Andrew Larson, an assistant professor of forest ecology in the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation, isn’t pleased. …Past logging efforts and a long history of fire suppression have left this patch of the Lolo forest in an undesirable state.

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Forestry certification needs rethinking

by David Young
Asheville Citizen-Times
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Yet, like everything else these days, even our forests have become an issue of contention, specifically the issue of certification. Certification is effectively a nonregulatory method of supporting responsible forest management practices. While this is certainly an innovative and welcome approach to forestry, there is still significant room for improvement. For example, the U.S. Green Building Council has done an excellent job promoting conservation and environmental protection; however, many, including myself, believe the USGBC’s ratings system — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED — remains flawed.

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Million trees vow at ancient forest

The Press Association
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A conservation charity is planning to plant a million trees over the next five years in a bid to regenerate an ancient Scottish forest. Trees for Life’s new campaign, Million More Trees, is said to be a response to environmental problems including deforestation, climate change and biodiversity loss. The trees will be planted in the ancient Caledonian Forest, which once covered the Highlands but only 1% of it remains. The charity said the million trees goal will see its restoration work double.

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Tree-sit counter protest ends

ABC News, Australia
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian pro-forestry group staging a counter protest to Australia’s longest ever tree-sit has abandoned its campaign after less than a week. Farmer Michael Hirst set up camp last Thursday at the base of a tree in Tasmania’s Tyenna Valley where anti-logging activist Miranda Gibson has been perched since December…Organiser Dimity Hirst says the couple left because of family and work commitments. 

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Forest peace talks continue (& video)

ABC News, Australia
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forest peace deal negotiators have failed to meet a government-imposed deadline to finalise an agreement to reduce the amount of native forest logging in Tasmania. But there is optimism an agreement can be found.

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Forestry deal D-day

ABC News, Australia
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest peace deal negotiators are briefing the Premier on the progress of their talks to reduce the amount of native forest logging in the state. After two years of talks, the forest industry representatives and environmentalists have been given until today to show the Government their plan for the future of the industry. The delegates went into the Premier’s office smiling but it is unclear if they have reached an agreement to protect more forests from logging.

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Last forestry deadline, Premier warns

ABC News, Australia
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Premier has warned she has given her last extension to the forest peace deal negotiations. Lara Giddings has given the peace deal negotiators an extra two weeks to reach an agreement to reduce the amount of native forest logging in the state. The forest industry and environmental groups have told the Premier they need the extra time to analyse the effects of a preferred scenario they are close to agreeing on.

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Raging Forest Fires In Spain Kill Four People

Sky News
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest fires raging in Spain’s north eastern region of Catalonia have killed four people, officials have said. The area is close to the border with France and includes the Costa Brava, one of the most popular beach destinations in Spain. …Strong winds of up to 55 miles an hour are hindering efforts to control the blaze which has injured at least a further 23 people and has so far ravaged up to 32,000 acres of land.

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‘Tree planting’ll reduce asthma attacks, others’

The Nation Newspaper
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tree planting has been identified as a useful exercise that can help curb asthma and other respiratory diseases. According to the Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof Wale Oke, tree planting will clean up the atmosphere and ensure fresh air, thereby preventing pollution, which is the major cause of the disease.
Oke, who spoke at the tree planting ceremony at the hospital, said asthma and other respiratory tract infections are caused by pollution.

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Caledonian Forest group sets million trees goal

Scotsman
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A MILLION trees are to be planted by a conservation charity aiming to restore an ancient Scottish forest. Trees for Life says its Million More Trees campaign is a response to environmental problems, including deforestation, climate change and biodiversity loss. The trees will be planted in the ancient Caledonian Forest, which once covered the Highlands, but now only 1 per cent of it remains.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Environmentalists turn to premiers instead of feds on climate change

Groups urge provinces to manage Canada’s resources in more sustainable way
Canadian Press
July 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Environmentalists are giving up hope in the federal government and are now focusing on the provinces to forge a strategy that would embrace renewable energy and tackle climate change. Several groups are heading to Halifax this week in a show of force just as the premiers meet to add heft to a pan-Canadian energy strategy at their annual get-together. Some of the environmental groups have allied themselves with organized labour to take out advertising and lobby premiers to make sure their energy talks include discussions about climate change, emissions reductions and investment in renewable energy.

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Coal-to-biomass conversion will support 200 forestry jobs

Pulp & Paper Canada
July 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

After almost two years of negotiations, the Ontario government announced on July 19 it has reached an agreement to convert the Atikokan Generating Station from coal to biomass by 2014… Officials say Atikokan is the first OPG-owned facility to undergo such a conversion and will be “one of the largest biomass-fired electricity generating facilities in the world.”… “We’ll keep energy jobs in the Town of Atikokan and create forestry jobs in northern Ontario while ensuring a cleaner, healthier Ontario for families and future generations.”

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Cap and Trade: The Uncertain Future of California’s Climate Policy

UC Berkeley School of Law
July 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

With almost four months between now and the first carbon allowance auction, questions remain about the feasibility and economic impact of California’s Cap-and-Trade program. While the legal question has been resolved, some commentators have been critical about the consequences of California’s environmental policy path… What is certain is that California is heading into uncharted territory, and as in all transitional periods of policy, certain set backs are to be expected. The question then is how many of these set backs are Californians willing to endure.

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Wood – the fuel of the future?

The Star
July 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Yorkshire – More than £1 million has been invested in a Barnsley wood fuel business as it seeks to boost production to meet rising demand. Forest Fuels has invested in storage facilities, processing machinery and delivery equipment at the Brierley depot, near Barnsley which it acquired last year as it gears up to produce 35,000 cubic metres of wood chip by processing 25,000 trees next year… Wood is a growth industry and unlike coal we can keep on growing the stuff. It’s really exciting to be involved in something like this, which is growing fast and also does good for the world.”

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Report highlights importance of comparing costs of greenhouse gas-reduction measures in UK forestry

UK Forestry Commission
July 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new research report published by the Forestry Commission analyses evidence of the cost-effectiveness of UK forestry measures for climate change mitigation. Comparing the cost-effectiveness of different climate change mitigation measures is essential in minimising the cost of meeting national greenhouse gas reduction targets. The report, entitled “Marginal Abatement Cost Curves for UK Forestry”, focuses upon the costs of different measures and their potential to reduce emissions or sequester greenhouse gases. These can be depicted using a Marginal Abatement Cost Curve.

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