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Daily Archives: July 27, 2012

Business & Politics

Domtar profit climbs

Globe and Mail
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

aper producer Domtar Corp. is reporting net earnings of $59-million (U.S.), or $1.61 per diluted share for the second quarter compared to $54-million, or $1.30 per share, in the same period last year. Consolidated sales revenue came in at $1.37-billion for the quarter, down slightly from $1.4-billion year over year. The Montreal-based company says paper shipments are expected to continue to decline with market demand and pulp markets are expected to remain challenging.

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Domtar reports slight rise in Q2 earnings despite decline in market demand from the Canadian Press
Domtar profit holds up as diaper business grows from Reuters

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Canfor Corp. second-quarter profit, revenue improve as prices, demand rise

Canadian Press
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp. says its second-quarter profit more than doubled to $4.5 million as stronger lumber prices and improving demand from North America and abroad helped boost the bottom line. The Vancouver-based lumber, pulp and paper producer said its earnings amounted to three cents during the quarter, up from $2.1 million or a penny per share in the second-quarter of 2011. Sales rose to $ 700.9 from $619.1 in the year-earlier period.

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Improved lumber markets lift Canfor to Q2 profit from the Vancouver Sun
Lumber Sales Buoy Canfor Corps’ Q2 Results from 250 News
Canfor Corp’s profit doubles on strong demand in North America from Reuters

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Revenue Sinks At Forestry Firm Tembec

Canadian Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Forestry company Tembec Inc. is reporting a net loss of $5 million, or 5¢ per share, for the third quarter, compared with net earnings of $17-million (17¢) in the year-ago period. The Montreal-based company says revenue came in at $415-million, down from $448-million year over year.

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Celgar fined $150,000 for effluent spill from 2008

Castlegar News
July 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zellstoff-Celgar found out the extend of the penalties laid out in the court case resulting from a pollution spill from November of 2008. The company was fined $10,000 in each of three cases for a total of $30,000. They were also forced to pay $120,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. In addition, they must publish on their website the fact that they violated their environmental permits….Although the maximum fine was almost $3 million and the total fines Zellstoff-Celgar received was $150,000, Mackay thought the fines were excessive.

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BC court awards largest punitive damages ever in employment case

Canadian Lawyer Magazine
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A jury in Prince George, B.C., has awarded a plaintiff approximately $809,000 in damages over a wrongful dismissal. Included in that amount is the largest punitive damages award in an employment law case in Canadian history. Larry Higginson worked at a sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C., for 34 years until October 2009, when he was fired without severance pay. Hampton Lumber Mills Inc., based in Portland, Ore., had acquired the sawmill from Babine Forest Products Inc. in November 2006.

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Burns Lake sawmill manager wins major wrongful dismissal suit from Gordon Hoekstra at the Vancouver Sun
Wrongful dismissal costs costs Babine Forest Products over $800,000 from Lesprom

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Miramichi Lumber Products preparing to reopen

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Miramichi, New Brunswick mill—that has been operated since 1894—closed its doors temporarily six months ago. According to the Miramichi Leader, the sawmill plans to have its main line operational—and up to 130 people back at work—very soon. Miramichi Lumber Products Chief Financial Officer Hal Raper told the newspaper that the provincial government has to extend the company’s current credit facility in order for it to restart. Raper said the mill’s objective is to be totally financed through private investors. In the last three years, 30 shareholders have provided the company with $4 million.

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Loggers want to know what happened to the Roddickton pellet plant

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For a while it looked like the logging industry of the Northern Peninsula (Newfoundland & Labrador) was about to get a break, the new wood pellet plant was built in Roddickton and loggers would now have another place to sell their timber, at least that’s what they thought. In 2008, the Northern Peninsula timber industry took a turn and people feared it might never recover. The 2011 opening of the Holson Forest Products pellet plant owned by Ted Lewis, gave new hope to concerned loggers.

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Weyerhaeuser 2Q net income jumps, revenue rises

Associated Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash — Weyerhaeuser’s second-quarter net income climbed more than eightfold and the lumber and real estate company said Friday that there are signs the U.S. housing market is rebounding. The housing market took a huge hit during the recession. It has been making a slow recovery recently, with those that can afford to buy taking advantage of low interest rates.

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Gunns sells Green Triangle stake

ABC News, Australia
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian timber company Gunns is raising $64 million through the sale of part of its stake in a plantation forest investment trust. The company has told the Stock Exchange it will sell 58 per cent of its stake in the Green Triangle Forest Trust, which owns plantations in Victoria and South Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Republicans Cancel Vote on Lacey Amendment

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

House Republican leadership on Wednesday cancelled a vote on H.R. 3210: the Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act, or RELIEF Act. The Hardwood Federation, a wood products industry lobbying group of which the NWFA is a part, has maintained the act would have hurt the industry by lowering fines and weakening enforcement. The bill was prompted by the federal raids on Gibson Guitars and introduced in October 2011. The cancellation was welcomed by a large segment of the wood products industry, labor and environmental groups.

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No RELIEF: Lacey Act Vote Cancelled from the Woodworking Network

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Weakened Lacey Act would hurt state

The Tennessean
July 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Today, the U.S. forest products industry produces about $175 billion annually in products and employs more than 900,000 hardworking women and men. In Tennessee, the industry is made up of small family-owned sawmills, local production facilities and Fortune 500 companies like International Paper. …It is our view that Congress will be putting Tennessee and thousands of American businesses at a competitive disadvantage to illegal logging operations — often controlled by organized crime — if they move forward with the proposed changes to the Lacey Act. We need to protect and grow jobs here in Tennessee and across the country, rather than give illegal loggers a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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National policies key to green building achievements

GreenBiz.com
July 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The countries with the best green building markets earned that distinction largely due to strong government policies supporting sustainable construction, according to a new report by Lux Research. Nations in the report’s top tier include Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Australia, and the U.K. The Boston-based firm identified six national policies — including building codes and energy efficiency targets — that play key roles in inspiring higher rates of activity in green building. The report, entitled “Policy’s Dramatic Impact on Green Buildings: The Global Hotspots,” ranked 21 countries how successful they are at fostering an environment that supports green building.

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Jakes Honored as Outstanding Early-Career Scientist by President Obama

USDA Forest Products Lab
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MADISON, Wis. – President Obama has named Dr. Joseph Jakes of the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) one of 96 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United StatesGovernment on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Jakes, a research materials engineer at the FPL and a University of Wisconsin (UW) graduate, is one of three early career scientists from within the Department of Agriculture to garner the 2012 award.

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Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture

July 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

‘Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture’ investigates the increasingly important role that wood is playing in Canada’s search for a sustainable architecture for the 21st Century. The value now being placed on wood, and its re-emergence as a primary building material in contemporary architecture, can be interpreted in a variety of ways: as a means to re-engage with traditional building forms and materials; as a means to reaffirm regional and cultural identity in a globalized context; and as a response to a range of environmental imperatives

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Forestry

Province rolls out backcountry reform process

Prince George Citizen
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government is driving ahead with changes to BC’s backcountry road system and the vehicles that use them. The Natural Resource Road Act would take the 11 bits and pieces of legislation currently governing the various facets of backcountry roads and modernize it into a single document. This will cut down on red tape for industry, clarify safety and enforcement issues, and save taxpayer money currently being wasted in redundancies, said Minister of Forests Steve Thomson.

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New economic opportunities for Hupacasath First Nation

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI – The Hupacasath First Nation have signed an agreement with the B.C. government giving the First Nation access to new, sustainable economic opportunities that reflect their traditional values. Today’s agreement will provide the Hupacasath First Nation access to timber through several small, area-based tenures and also allows for the development of new tourism opportunities. By providing dedicated tenures, the government of B.C. is supporting the First Nation’s goal of being a partner in economic development and better resource management.

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Province sends aid to battle forest fire

Winnipeg Free Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province marshalled bulldozers and helicopters Thursday to fight a forest fire south of St. Theresa Point, an Oji-Cree First Nation where hundreds have been evacuated by air. The measures to fight the fire, the first directed at the flames since evacuations started earlier this week, are to provide reassurance, not because the fire is a threat to the First Nation, said Gary Friesen, fire program manager for Manitoba Conservation. “It’s just to provide extra security to the community as well as peace of mind,” Friesen told media Thursday.

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Forestry innovation centre builds momentum

Northern Ontario Business
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

When Lorne Morrow took the job as CEO of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio- conomy (CRIBE) in December 2009, it was the bleakest of times in the forestry industry. Launched by the Ontario government, there were sky-high expectations placed upon the Thunder Bay organization to create the next generation of forest projects and jobs built around finding the most innovative ways of using wood fibre and forest biomass. Based at Confederation College, Morrow was frustrated early on by the lack of industry buy-in, but the former Norampac mill manager and 30-year industry veteran was also realistic about the tenuous state of the industry.

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Ash tree triage

Ottawa Citizen
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The emerald ash borer infestation that is killing Ottawa’s ash trees is a rapidly evolving disaster for Ottawa’s urban forest. There are an estimated 75,000 ash trees in Ottawa and most of them will be killed by the insect in the next few years. It’s a serious blow, both in the cost of tree removal and the alteration in the appearance of our streets. …The city’s approach has not been terribly well explained, as is sometimes the case, but it actually has a sensible, three-part strategy. …The city is taking a balanced approach to minimize the effects of that reality.

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Forest Service spending more on fire prevention

Associated Press
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service is spending more on fire prevention, an approach that should help reduce the number and severity of future forest fires. Vilsack said Thursday the agency is making up for past years when money that was meant for forest maintenance was instead used for more immediate needs, like fighting active fires.  His comments come as firefighters continue to battle destructive blazes across the West, fueled by an epic drought and a massive beetle infestation that has ravaged millions of trees.

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U.S. Forests Continue to Create Jobs and Boost Economy Through Tourism; Restoration Efforts and Wood-to-Energy Initiatives; and Nano-Cellulosic Breakthroughs

USDA press release
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted how our nation’s forests are contributing billions of dollars to the economy and creating jobs through tourism, restoration, and renewable energy initiatives. The U.S. Forest Service released its annual visitor survey which showed Forest Service lands attracted 166 million visitors in 2011, and that visitor spending in nearby communities sustained more than 200,000 full- and part-time jobs. The Forest Service also announced that restoration efforts contributed $21 million to local economies and reduced fire threats on 123,000 acres of land nationwide.

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Southern Oregon Forest Recovers After Wildfire, Scientists Say, With a Little Help from Burls

KLCC FM Public Radio
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ten years ago lightning storms sparked a wildfire in southwest Oregon. The Biscuit Fire burned from the edge of the California Redwoods north to Oregon’s Rogue River. It was one of the largest recorded fires in the Northwest. Today, the burn is giving scientists an unprecedented chance to study how a forest dies, and is reborn. The Biscuit fire was a whopper, by any measure. It burned 700 square miles. Cost 150 million dollars. And lasted five months.  But if you really want to grasp the impact of the fire, drive to Fiddler Mountain and look at the view with Tom Sensenig. He’s a Forest Service Ecologist.

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Oregon Board of Forestry agrees to highlight conservation areas in state forests

The Oregonian
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s Board of Forestry voted 4-2 today to authorize labeling state forest swaths that are already largely logging-free as “high value conservation areas.” The change doesn’t establish any new conservation tracts in the 820,000 acres of state forest, most in the Coast Range. But environmental and fishing groups see it as a first step toward more firm protection of critical salmon and steelhead streams, recreation areas and tracts with older trees valuable to wildlife.

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Forest advocate apologizes

Letter by Thomas Paul Kirkpatrick
Coos Bay World
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It was suggested that I write a letter to the editor regarding the events in the Elliott State Forest on July 8, 2009. For a while I naturally thought about writing about how this is Oregon, that we have the best forest people on the planet, and that surely we’ll figure something out. However I’m not an activist, or any other kind of ‘ist,” nor do I recollect ever having identified as one.

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Meteorologists go on-site to help crews fight forest fires

Modesto Bee
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Smith sits at a desk most of the year. In wildfire season, however, he takes on a new persona: He wears a fire suit and camps out for days at a time at ground zero of major forest fires. Smith spent a week and a half this month as the resident meteorologist at the Mill fire in the Mendocino National Forest – the 55th fire where he was the meteorologist on scene. “I got here the day after it burned 10,000 acres,” he said while he was finishing up his work there.

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Orange rings and the future of 35400 elm trees

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The human population of Minneapolis is on the rise again, but our city’s most deeply rooted inhabitants, American elms, dwindle every year. When the elms leaf out, I wonder how many of them will make it through another season… As of mid-July, the elm death toll this year reached 1,000 – evenly divided on public and private property. It turns out that as elm loss goes, 2012 is shaping up as a 2,000-tree-death year, no worse than recent years, Sievert said. Still, it’s more than shade and a carbon sink that are lost.

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Asian longhorn beetle: Public ask to report sightings

BBC News
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

People are being urged to look out for an exotic beetle which has infested and damaged trees in Kent. The UK’s first outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle was found earlier in the year in Paddock Wood. Work to eradicate the beetle has led to 2,000 trees being removed and incinerated on the site. The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the Forestry Commission are asking the public to look out for the distinctive beetles.

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Attacks on Forestry make staff feel “unloved”

The head of Forestry Tasmania has told an inquiry constant attacks on the state-owned business have taken a toll on its hard-working staff.
ABC Online
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mr Gordon was appearing before a parliamentary inquiry into claims about Forestry Tasmania’s harvesting practices. The company had been accused in the West Report of logging native forests at double the sustainable yield. Prof. West told the inquiry in May his report had been taken out of context because he was not asked to consider the entire forest resource which includes plantations. An independent investigation cleared Forestry Tasmania earlier this month. But Mr Gordon says the constant criticism has taken its toll on employees.

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Russia’s WTO membership opens fresh opportunities for the forest industry of Finland

EcoFriend News
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Russia’s WTO membership will enter into force within a few days, once the World Trade Organisation processes and approves the accession agreement now ratified by the Russians. Membership will immediately cut timber export duties and thus lower the cost of exporting raw timber from Russia to Finland. The euro amount of the softwood export duty will be halved and hardwood duties will be cut to one quarter of their present amount. Pine and spruce will in future be imported to the EU market and Finland as part of a quota totalling 9.5 million cubic metres.

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Wildfires Continue to Ravage Siberia

RIA Novosti
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest fires continue to rage in Siberia, decimating up to 15,000 hectares of forest and forcing the closure of the Tomsk regional airport, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said on Friday. Most of the fires were fueled by intense heat and strong winds, increasing the area by 2,000 hectares overnight. The worst of the blazes were concentrated in Russia’s Siberian regions of Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk, according to the ministry.

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Reports forecast increase in timber available from British forests

UK Forestry Commission
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two reports published by the Forestry Commission today reveal that the United Kingdom’s private-sector forests have an opportunity to increase softwood timber production over the next 25 years. This is because extensive planting of new conifer forests between 1960 and 1990 has created a peak in the potential amount of timber available for market as the trees reach maturity.

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Govt must stop illegal logging: opposition

Ninemsn
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The O’Farrell government must crack down on illegal logging and protect forests in NSW, the opposition says. A sharp spike in illegal logging had occurred while Environment Minister Robyn Parker had been in office, opposition environment spokesman Luke Foley said on Friday. “Minister Parker is presiding over a substantial increase in illegal forestry activity in places like the Royal Camp State Forest in northern NSW,” he said in a statement.

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John Stulen: Forestry safety

The Daily Post
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY work is not for the faint-hearted. This is easily understood when you look at a mature tree in the forest or a logging truck headed to a sawmill, or port, near you. For most of us, myself included, the thought of grabbing a chainsaw and felling a two tonne, 40-metre high radiata pine tree, let alone felling dozens of them every day would be daunting. Then factor in changes in the weather, wind and temperature. Safety is something that is not taken lightly in the forest.

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Government Confirm Deadly Palm Tree Virus

Caribarena Antigua
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Antigua, Caribbean Islands – After more than a month of investigations, the Government on Thursday confirmed that palm trees in Antigua are indeed infected with a lethal yellowing infection that has already killed many palm trees, and created widespread panic in certain sections of the community… In June, the Agriculture department had cautioned hotel and resort owners not to take advantage of an “illegal” treatment being marketed at the time for the plants… Government had even suggested that the treatment could be harmful to humans.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada and NWT Partner to Support Biomass Industry Development

MarketWatch (press release)
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

YELLOWKNIFE — Today the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and the Hon. J. Michael Miltenberger, Northwest Territories Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, announced a multi-year investment of over $5.7 million to create opportunities for a sustainable wood biomass industry in the Northwest Territories … The funding will be used to create a sustainable industry, generate long-term jobs, and reduce energy costs in communities.

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Forest Service funds wood-to-energy initiatives

Biomass Magazine
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a total of $4 million to 12 different wood-to-energy projects throughout the country. During a conference call to announce the funding, both Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the USDA’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack voiced their excitement for the wood-to-energy initiatives, calling the funding “significant,” based on the future economic and wildfire prevention benefits the woody biomass utilization efforts will bring. According to Tidwell, the majority of the projects will focus on using woody biomass for either power or thermal applications.

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VA biomass dream becomes reality

Chillicothe Gazette
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CHILLICOTHE — The Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center unveiled its new $25.5 million biomass energy plant on Thursday, showcasing two years of planning and work that developers hope will be a gateway to greener energy in the future. The 8,000-square-foot facility, the first operational biomass boiler facility in the VA system nationwide, is expected to save the VA facility roughly $102,492 per year by burning wood chips as a primary fuel source for generating steam and electrical power in lieu of gas.

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‘Let’s fight climate change with trees’

The Nation Newspaper
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Nigeria – Planting trees is more than a trendy campaign; it is about preserving life and the comfort of human beings. That is the position of the Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area, Lagos, Hon Gbolahan Bago-Stowe, who led members of his cabinet in a tree-planting programme at the council… The theme of this year’s campaign is “Plant trees for a better climate.”

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Biomass for Biofuel – A Black Hole for British Biodiversity

Save Our Woods
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

On the 25th July the UK government announced continued subsidies for electricity production from biomass, which according to the UK government will help meet its renewable energy targets. The same day, Drax confirmed it would be converting a North Yorkshire power plant for using ‘mainly biomass’. The axiom that sustainable forest management provides a sustainable crop of timber does not equate with the quantity of fuel required to power the UK. There is simply no where near enough home grown material to burn and much processed material is imported.

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Woodland Carbon Code celebrates first year of achievement

UK Forestry Commission
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Woodland Carbon Code, a voluntary UK standard which ensures that ‘carbon forestry’ projects really do deliver the carbon benefits they claim, passed its first anniversary today (27 July), having chalked up an impressive number of achievements. Opportunities to undertake carbon-storing tree-planting projects are being sought by increasing numbers of people and organisations to help tackle climate change. Certification under the Code ensures that projects meet stringent national requirements for sustainable woodland management and carbon accounting.

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