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Daily Archives: August 2, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Lobster mushrooms in the forest

mister anchovy
August 1, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Hypomyces lactifluorum, AKA the lobster mushroom, is one of the more common choice edible wild mushrooms in the Southern Ontario forests I visit. They’re unusual in that the mushrooms we pick as lobster mushrooms are in fact host mushrooms that have been attacked by another fungus. The attacking fungus contorts the shape of the host and coats it with a red crust. It also makes the whole item delicious.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst to permanently close Snowflake newsprint mill

EUWID Pulp and Paper
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Catalyst Paper will close its Snowflake recycled paper mill and its subsidiary the Apache Railway Company for good. Efforts to improve the mills financial performance in the face of difficult market circumstances failed. The operation is scheduled to shut production on 30 September 2012. Catalyst implemented a number of measures since acquiring the Snowflake operation in 2008, to address market challenges and input cost pressures. 

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Wood chip prices fell throughout the US and Canada

IHB
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Softwood chip prices fell in a number of key regions in North America during the 2Q/12 from the previous quarter. The biggest declines were seen in the US North West, Lake States and Eastern Canada, while prices were unchanged or just slightly higher in the US South, US Northeast, British Columbia and Alberta, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. High wood fiber inventories, plenty of sawmill chips and pulplogs, and maintenance shutdowns by a number of pulp mills were the main reasons wood chip prices fell.

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Forestry and Resources Expo Name and Marketing Change

HQPrinceGeorge.com
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Starting next year the Prince George Forestry and Resources Expo will feature a new name and a new marketing regime. The newly titled Canada North Resources Expo will still be planned by the Central Interior Logging Association, but New Brunswick based Master Promotions has been hired to handle the trade show portion of the event. CILA Executive Director MaryAnne Arcand says the show was just getting too big for them to handle alone.

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Group proposes revitalization of Prince Rupert pulp mill site

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A consortium of North Coast first nations and resource companies is proposing to breathe life into a derelict pulp-mill industrial site near Prince Rupert as a new commodities-shipping terminal, principals in the venture said Wednesday. The consortium, under the company name Watson Island Development Corp. (WatCo), has put forward a conditional $5.5 million offer to buy the 120-hectare eponymously named island site of the former Skeena Cellulose pulp mill, including its existing ship-terminal facilities, from the City of Prince Rupert and community of Port Edward.

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Ruling a ‘total victory’ for B.C. lumber

By Les Leyne,
Victoria Times Colonist
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It would have made for a much more intriguing story if the concept of a massive lumber-grading conspiracy had gotten some traction at the London Court of International Arbitration. But the idea – broached by B.C. as a backhanded way of ridiculing the United States’ position – was dismissed after due consideration. Even the U.S. lawyers, who will use almost anything to make a case against B.C., wouldn’t go that far. The arbitration panel considered the U.S. complaint about B.C.’s softwood pricing policies on far more mundane considerations. Nonetheless, it dismissed the U.S. case entirely, giving B.C. producers a $300-million win in the latest chapter of the never-ending lumber war.

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Catalyst Paper narrows second-quarter loss to $11.7 million, but revenue sinks

Canadian Press
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, B.C. – Pulp and paper producer Catalyst Paper says it narrowed its second-quarter loss to $11.7 million, or three cents per share. That’s compared to a loss of $47.4 million, or 13 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue was $312.8 million, compared to $340.3 million last year. Catalyst Paper said its operating earnings were down in the quarter because of reduced sales volumes for newsprint and pulp, as well as lower transaction prices for paper grades. Manufacturing costs increased on higher electricity prices and maintenance spending.

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Nova Scotia court approves plan for settlement of outstanding NewPage tax bill

Canadian Press
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia approved a plan Wednesday that would see 11 municipalities paid about $3 million in outstanding property taxes if the sale of the idle NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill is approved. Most of that money — about $2.6 million — is owed to Richmond County, the Cape Breton municipality where the mill is located. The $3 million figure represents the total expected tax bill and interest as of Aug. 31, 2012 — the date that the court expects to finalize the sale of the mill to Vancouver-based Pacific West Commercial Corp.

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NewPage facing further tax hurdles

Chronicle Herald
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eleven months after NewPage Port Hawkesbury entered creditor protection, the sense of urgency to reopen the paper mill is palpable from court rooms in Halifax to communities across Cape Breton. Although workers are eager to resurrect the mill and scores of lawyers continue to push forward, several hurdles still stand in the way. While two court orders moving the sales process further along were granted Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, an advanced tax ruling appears to have hit a snag. The Canada Revenue Agency has indicated it may not issue a ruling on an intricate tax arrangement until September, according to the court-appointed monitor of the sales process.

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Tembec appoints Linda Coates to the position of Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Tembec Press Release
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal (Quebec) – Tembec President and Chief Executive Officer James Lopez is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Coates to the position of Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. Ms. Coates joined Tembec in May 2011 as Corporate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. As a member of the Executive Team, she was responsible for Communications, Public Relations and Government Relations.

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Resolute reports $20-million loss

TheChronicleHerald.ca
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. has reported a second-quarter loss this year of $20 million, or 20 cents a share, on sales of $1.2 billion. That compared with earnings of $61 million, or 63 cents a share, the Montreal forestry and paper giant reported on sales of $1.2 billion in the same 2011 period.

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Thin-Kerf to the Test: We know it’ll produce more lumber from a log, but is the reduced production worth it?

By Jake Mooney
TimberLine Magazine
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

This Wood-Mizer article contains testimonials from a half dozen customers about the positive impact that Wood-Mizer’s thin-kerf headrigs, resaws, and small log processing systems have had on their profitability and longevity

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Lumber on the move at sawmill

Messenger Index
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The first lumber processed from the Emerald Forest Products sawmill rolled out the door last week. Log trucks are rolling through town on their way to the mill. The recently reopened sawmill has hired staff and is now boasting 50 employees. Lumber orders have been placed and new orders are coming in. According to owner Richard “Dick” Vinson, the sawmill is right on track for lumber shipments.

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Letter: Lumber tax would hurt many

Mercury-Register
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

California may be headed for even harder times if Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed timber harvest plan reform passes. This plan creates the lumber retail sales tax, which would be collected on the purchase of lumber products. The people who need lumber are contractors, farmers, carpenters, landscapers, and do-it-yourself consumers. Each of these groups have been hit hard in the past few years of economic downturn. Under this plan, these hard-working Californians will find themselves faced with higher costs of supplies in an already-slow economy.

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Sales rise 18% at Louisiana-Pacific Corp.

Home Channel News
August 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corp., one of the industry’s leading suppliers of oriented strand board (OSB) and other building materials, announced net sales of $428 million for its second fiscal quarter, an 18% hike over sales of $362.4 million in the same quarter a year ago.

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Conspicuous increase in British sawmills’ share of domestic market

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

British sawmills raised their share of the domestic softwood lumber market sharply last year to 41%… The data shows that lumber imports to the UK fell considerably more heavily last year at -14% than lumber consumption did, which was only 5% lower than the previous year’s level. As such, British consumers purchased from domestic manufacturers more heavily than they used to. 

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Timber fire causes $2m damage

The West Australian
August 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The new owner of a South West timber mill says a fire that raced through the mill this morning causing $2m damage is a “body blow”. Auswest Timbers bought and reopened the Deanmill Jarrah mill, near Manjimup, earlier this year after timber giant Gunns shut the near 100-year-old operation in February 2011, devastating the local community. The mill could be closed for at least six weeks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Kenora architect makes his mark

Winning with wood
Northern Ontario Business
August 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora’s David Nelson of Nelson Architecture has made his mark in northwestern Ontario with a wide variety of design work that incorporates energy efficiency while paying tribute to the area’s wood industry.

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GreenCore Composites to develop new products from wood fibre

Canada Newswire press release
August 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is partnering with GreenCore Composites to develop a new green technology process that will allow wood fibre to be used in a number of new products for the packaging and building applications, such as pallets and various containers. This new mixing process will be added to GreenCore’s existing NCell® technology allowing GreenCore to widen the type of products in which glass fibre and other compounds such as plastics can be replaced with wood fibre composite materials.

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American Plastic Lumber Gives You A Chance To Decorate Your Outdoor Space

Melodika.net (press release)
August 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

American Plastic Lumber is proud to announce its collection of plastic lumber. This composite lumber is a great way to have beautiful decking with the look and feel of natural wood but without the ware and tear. American Plastic Lumber understands this dilemma and therefore they are offering their plastic sheeting at affordable rates. Creating your decking with composite lumber has the capability of transforming your backyard into a functional, beautiful, and durable outdoor space.

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Building downturn hits timber firm

ABC News, Australia
August 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

One of Tasmania’s biggest building suppliers has gone into voluntary administration. Tasmanian Timber Engineering which employs 32 people makes wood products including trusses, frames and laminated timber beams. The Cambridge company has appointed an administrator, citing the downturn in the building industry.

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Forestry

Forestry report expected August 15

Kimberley Daily Bulletin
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald has been travelling the province this spring and summer as part of a Special Committee on Timber Supply. The role of the committee is to examine and make recommendations about mid-term timber supply in British Columbia, as a result of the mountain pine beetle infestation… Recommendations from the committee are expected on August 15, 2012.

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Boundary woodlot manager recognized for dedication

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ROCK CREEK – Woodlot licensee George Dore – the best in the province this year – is also the Southern Interior regional award winner of the Minister’s Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management. Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater made the announcement today, on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

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After 20 years, millions of dollars, Vancouver Island’s marmot population may finally be out of peril

National Post
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Erik, a three-year-old Vancouver Island marmot, trekked eight kilometres to find a girlfriend on a neighbouring mountaintop, scientists hailed the meeting as a “milestone” in the recovery of Canada’s most endangered mammal. Nevertheless, skeptics fear that the 20-year, multi-million-dollar effort to save the embattled rodent may only be delaying the inevitable. “Really, this is a philosophical question,” said Paul Paquet, senior scientist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. “That’s the question with all endangered species: has their demise already been decided?”

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Clear cut opposition

FFWD
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After pressure from groups opposed to logging in the West Bragg Creek recreation area, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) is hosting an information session at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 2 at the Bragg Creek Centre. Spray Lake Sawmills has a concession to harvest 700 hectares of timber from the area, scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012. AESRD has stated the logging project is required to mitigate potential wildfires, though opponents do not believe clearcut logging is necessary.

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Feds grant $1.7M to maple syrup research

New technology could replace taste testers
CBC News
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s federal government is hoping to improve the quality of maple syrup by funding a $1.7-million initiative to develop a special tool to test the quality of maple syrup. For five years, Quebec’s Maple Research Centre has been developing a machine that could taste test the product. Human taste testers try sampling an average of 250 barrels of syrup a day. These machines would do the work for them by calculating how certain compounds in the syrup react to light. Depending on results, the new technology will determine if sugar has been added to the syrup or if there are taste defects in the batch.

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Forest Service Renews Cave Closure in Rocky Mountains to Stop Spread of Bat-killing Disease

BLM, Other Forest Service Regions in West Fail to Take Protective Action
Center for Biological Diversity (press release)
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GOLDEN, Colo.— For a third year, the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service is enforcing an emergency cave closure on national forest lands to stop possible human transport of an invasive fungus that has already killed millions of bats. The renewal of the closure is good news for North American bats and provides a model for the many other regions of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in the West that have not yet closed caves. “In just six short years, white-nose syndrome has spread across most of the eastern United States and wiped out as many as 7 million bats,” said Mollie Matteson, a bat advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. 

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House panel OKs Herrera Beutler forest roads bill

The Columbian
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation that would undo a 2010 federal court ruling requiring logging companies to get discharge permits for water runoff on logging roads… Following the ruling, the Washington Forest Protection Association warned of a regulatory nightmare if the ruling took effect. Local forestland owners said it would bring forest management to a halt, and that they already are required to develop comprehensive road maintenance plans under the state’s Forests and Fish rule.

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MFPC Commends Michigan Department of Natural Resources for Decisive Action on Duck Lake Fire

MarketWatch (press release)
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LANSING, Mich — The Michigan Forest Products Council would like to commend the efforts put forth by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for their immediate response to the Duck Lake forest fire. The decisive action by the DNR subdued the detrimental effects that this fire would have placed on forest health and the Michigan economy. The DNR reacted diligently and efficiently to handle one of the upper great lakes’ biggest fires. This response led to loggers being able to access the valuable timber and salvage what they could. 

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Teaching forestry since its first bloom

North Country Public Radio
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Ranger School in Wanakena celebrates its centennial this year. Since 1912, the school has been a regional campus of the New York State College of Forestry in Syracuse. It’s the oldest forest technology school in the country. The centennial celebration officially kicks off this weekend with music, food and alumni gatherings. And a new book, published as part of its centennial, includes the history of the school along with alumni essays and photos.

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Greenpeace seeks moratorium on forest clearances to save endangered species

Hindustan Times
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bhubaneswar — Leading environment campaign group Greenpeace on Wednesday demanded immediate moratorium on forest clearances for coal mining, exclusion of all wildlife, forest corridors and areas inhabited by endangered species from existing coal fields and exclusion from coal mining areas of forest with high livelihood dependence. “No forest clearance must be granted without both the union ministry of environment and forest and ministry of tribal affairs first ensuring that the Forest Rights Act is implemented in letter and spirit,” Ashish Fernandes, campaigner, Greenpeace said.

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All must protect forests

The Citizen Daily
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The rate at which Tanzania’s forest cover is being depleted is disturbing. It is therefore crucial for the government to devise policies that will check wanton trees felling… According to the Finnish Ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Sinikka Antila, studies have revealed massive illegal harvesting of timber in Tanzania. The sad thing is, the government is doing little – if anything – about it.

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Study shows Antarctica forest link

The Press Association
August 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Palm trees swayed on the green shores of Antarctica 50 million years ago while temperatures soared above 20C, a study has shown. The discovery provides a startling glimpse of what might be in store for the world in centuries to come if global warming continues unchecked… Scientists drilled a kilometre into the ocean floor to collect samples of fossilised pollen that have lain undisturbed for millions of years. They revealed a vastly different version of Antarctica than exists today.

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Forest cover falls 9% in East Africa in 9 years

Mongabay.com
July 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest cover in East Africa has dropped by 9.3 percent from 2001-2009, according to a new paper published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. Looking at 12 countries in the region, the scientists found that, worryingly, forests were particularly hard hit near protected areas. Usually thought of as a region of vast savannas, such as the Serengeti, East Africa is also home to incredibly biodiverse tropical forests, including coastal forests, rich montane forests, and the eastern portion of the Congo Rainforest.

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Deforestation Driver Seen Profit Rather Than Poverty at Center

Bloomberg
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Global deforestation is now spurred mainly by industrial agriculture, rather than subsistence-level farming, the Center for International Forestry Research said, citing Rhett Butler, the founder of environmental-news website Mongabay.com. The shift toward profit and regional or international markets as a driver, rather than poverty and local needs, creates opportunities for conservation because some of the companies involved are sensitive to environmental campaigns, the center said in a blog on its website. Cattle ranching is one of the biggest spurs for deforestation in the Amazon, it said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Earth absorbing more carbon, even as CO2 emissions rise, says CU-Boulder-led study

Science Codex
August 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Despite sharp increases in carbon dioxide emissions by humans in recent decades that are warming the planet, Earth’s vegetation and oceans continue to soak up about half of them, according to a surprising new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder… The results showed that while CO2 emissions had quadrupled, natural carbon “sinks” that sequester the greenhouse gas doubled their uptake in the past 50 years, lessening the warming impacts on Earth’s climate.

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Group releases draft of biomass strategy for Oregon

Sustainable Business Oregon
August 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The state’s Forest Biomass Working Group released this week a draft strategy document that aims to focus efforts to develop the state’s biomass industry. The Forest Biomass Strategy, available for download here, was released by the Oregon Department of Energy and is open for public comments until Sept. 30. …The state working group has been examining biomass strategy for the state since it was formed by the Oregon Legislature in 2006. Originally tasked with identifying uses for forest biomass to reduce the risk of forest fires in the state, this new strategy is focused squarely on economic opportunity.

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Climate Change Reports Highlight Impacts and Challenges for California

Sierra Sun Times
August 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO – Facing the severe threat of climate change, California policymakers and researchers announced new data to reduce and adapt to climate change in the Golden State. According to new reports released by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission, state and local leaders now have a wealth of detailed information about adapting to climate change. The findings were announced today at a news conference at the California Emergency Management Agency.

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Cap and Trade Company Pitches to Hoopa

Two Rivers Tribune
August 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Hoopa’s old growth forests make it a competitive player in California’s carbon offsetting market. California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act set forth an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The Cap and Trade program started on January 1, 2012, with an enforceable compliance obligation beginning in 2013. According to Sean Carney, president of Finite Carbon, a national carbon credit brokerage firm, Hoopa’s forests are second to none in terms of potential for cleaning pollution produced by big industry like Pacific Gas…Chevron, BP and Shell.

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Do REDD Trees Make Forest Green?

National Geographic
August 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The 2007 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasized that reducing deforestation would be the most significant and immediate way to begin reducing global levels of GHG emissions… REDD initiatives aim to reduce GHG emissions by assigning forests a monetary value based on their capacity to absorb and store atmospheric carbon. REDD+ initiatives attempt to incorporate additional sources of forest value, such as ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and local livelihoods.

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