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Daily Archives: August 16, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Straw-paper maker plans factory

City company tests demand for its product before building
Winnipeg Free Press
August 16, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Winnipeg company is one step closer to building the continent’s first commercial-scale, non-wood pulp and paper mill with the retail launch of a new type of copy paper made mainly from leftover straw. Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., whose ownership group includes a company owned by actor Woody Harrelson, said its new environmentally friendly Step Forward Paper contains 80 per cent straw and 20 per cent Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood fibre.

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Business & Politics

Third fire breaks out at second mill

Three fires at Western Forest Products this month could be cause for concern for wood company
Port Alberni Times
August 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the third time in August, firefighters were dispatched to a Western Forest Products mill to extinguish a fire, Saturday.  The first two were at the Somass Sawmill.  On Saturday, firefighters were sent to WFP’s Alberni Pacific Division in order to extinguish the biggest of the three this month, according to Port Alberni fire chief Tim Pley. Pley said the fire was accidental and that almost all fires are preventable.

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Catalyst and Alberni do $5 million infrastucture deal

Alberni Valley News
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city of Port Alberni has reached a $5.75 million agreement-in-principle that will expand its wastewater treatment capacity by three times and secure a key road that will advance plans for a waterfront industrial truck route. The agreement consists of two parts: acquisition of Catalyst’s 13.4-hectare wastewater treatment facility across the Alberni Inlet from its mill, and 3.9 hectares of land combined with a road dedication, key to the completion of an industrial truck route.

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Decision on Babine Sawmill Within 30 Days Says Hampton CEO

250 News
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Hampton Affiliates, owners of the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, says it will make a decision within 30 days on whether or not it will rebuild the sawmill in that community. …In the release, Zika says “We appreciate the efforts of the Committee in addressing the pine beetle situation and the attention that has been given to restoring the Burns Lake Community. We realize thee are no easy answers to this crisis.

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Doling out donations not easy

Prince George Citizen
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Citizen published several stories explaining the lengthy process involved in administering the fund and dispensing the proceeds in the weeks after the April 23 explosion that destroyed the Prince George sawmill and killed two men. ….While at least one Lakeland employee doesn’t trust the process, his solution of just handing out the money equally makes no sense in the real world. Tough decisions are made all the time about who needs more help and how much help to give them.

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Meadow Creek Cedar misses deadline

Nelson Star
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Cedar will miss today’s government-imposed deadline to reforest several cutblocks, imposed in February when the company’s license was suspended for silviculture infractions. Selkirk Resource District manager Garth Wiggill, who issued the remediation order, says the company has told him they are trying to fulfill it, but will be planting into September. “They made some committments that they would be ordering trees,” he said in an interview.

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Lack of fibre deal looms over pulp mill’s future

Chronicle Herald
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As obstacles standing in the way of restarting the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Cape Breton are knocked down, one remains quietly under the radar. … But a critical fibre agreement between the province and Pacific West, an affiliate of Stern Partners Inc. of Vancouver, remains unresolved. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker earlier this year repealed the Stora Forest Industries Ltd. Agreement Act, which gave one-time pulp mill owner Stora Enso a 50-year licence on Crown land.

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Creditors vote in favour of NewPage paper mill settlement

Canadian Press
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Creditors have accepted a settlement on what their owed from a Cape Breton paper mill that shut down nearly a year ago. The court-appointed monitor handling the sale of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill says 99 per cent of general creditors voted today in favour of the agreement, while 88 per cent of U.S. noteholders supported it. Pacific West Commercial Corp. has offered to buy the Point Tupper plant, which has been idle since last September, for $33 million.

NewPage creditors accept Pacific-West offer from CBC News
Creditors accept pulp mill plan from The Cape Breton Post
NewPage deal passes creditor votes from The Chronicle Herald

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Northern Pulp hopes to restart idled sawmill

Chronicle Herald
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Pictou County sawmill has entered receivership, but its biggest creditor hopes to restart the operation. Ligni Bel Ltd. pulled the plug permanently on its Scotsburn sawmill Aug. 2 after idling operations last November amid a shortage of wood supply. After nearly 15 years operating two shifts a day in this quiet rural village, the sawmill’s wood supply dried up when NewPage Port Hawkesbury entered bankruptcy protection last September.

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Deere Misses Revs, Outlook Shrinks – Analyst Blog

NASDAQ
August 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Deere’s worldwide total sales increased 15% year over year to $9.59 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $9.49 billion. Net sales of equipment operations (which comprise Agriculture and Turf, Construction and Forestry) were $8.93 billion, a 16% year-over-year increase including a price rise of 5% and an unfavorable currency translation effect of 5%. On a geographic basis, equipment net sales were up 28% in the United States and Canada, and remained flat year over year in rest of the world.

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Timber Fortunes Rise: Boost from China Raises Suggestion of a ‘Revival’

Seattle Weekly
August 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Northwest was largely built on the timber industry’s fortunes, but for years the logging and saw mill business has been in decline. Tightened environmental regulations first wreaked havoc on the industry, and then along came the demand-killing recession. According to the Wall Street Journal, though, a West Coast timber “revival” is under way. A Monday Journal article focused on California, but said Washington and Oregon are also experiencing a timber boom. True? Our sources say yes, although “revival” is not exactly a word they would use.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

In architecture, wood is now on the cutting edge

Globe and Mail
August 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

At first, it can seem like the fantasy of an overwrought tree-hugger. A tall building with a structural frame fashioned from wood?  If this is indeed a dream, it may be about to come true in British Columbia. In the northern B.C. town of Prince George, for example, the provincial government plans to raise a ten-storey tower intended to demonstrate the viability of using forest products to do the job of heavy lifting monopolized, until now, by steel and concrete.

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Deal order expands state’s ability to use Georgia forest products

from Governor of Georgia
WLTZ 38 NBC
August 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued an executive order that directs new or expanded state buildings to incorporate “Green Building” standards that give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the American Tree Farm System and the Forest Stewardship Council. … “The U.S. Green Council’s LEED rating system unfairly awards its wood certification credits only to products certified under one standard.

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Georgia Governor’s Executive Order Says USGBC Unfairly Awards Its Wood Certification Credit

by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
PR Newswire
August 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® applauds the Governor of Georgia for urging broader recognition of forest certification standards. … The executive order states that “any new or expanded state building shall incorporate ‘Green Building’ standards that give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured, and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the American Tree Farm System, and the Forest Stewardship Council.”

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Forestry

Forest industry agrees on need to deepen economic ties with China

from The Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA/ – The Forest Products Association of Canada is urging the government to follow through on the conclusion of the Canada-China Economic Complementarities Study which states that Canada and China should continue to strengthen their bilateral trade and investment ties. Canadian forest companies are already working hard to deepen relations with the lucrative consumer market in China. Increased exports are also essential for the forest products industry to reach its Vision2020 goal of generating an additional $20 billion in economic activity from new innovations and growing markets

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BC researchers develop experimental app that could prevent forest fires

Canadian Press
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – When it comes to predicting and reducing the threat of wildfires, there’s something the maps and satellite and aerial pictures that detail British Columbia’s expansive forests don’t show. . …University of British Columbia graduate student Colin Ferster is currently testing an app he designed that will let smartphone users — from landowners to hikers to local park officials — document the fuel risks while in the province’s forests. The app shows users pictures of various fuels and asks them to compare those pictures with their own observations.

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Cut more B.C. timber to fight pine beetle, says report

Logging increase would also help Burns Lake
CBC News
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. government report recommends increasing logging in the province’s central Interior, a region hit hard by the pine beetle epidemic and an explosion that demolished the Burns Lake sawmill. The report from the Special Committee on Timber Supply indicates the pine beetle epidemic has killed 53 per cent of the total pine volume on the timber harvesting land base. The report makes 22 recommendations, including advising the B.C. government to increase the timber supply and value of pine beetle wood, improve forest management, engage local communities and First Nations in future forests plans and find more ways to grow more wood.

Seek out new timber in marginal areas report urges BC industry from the Globe and Mail
BC Timber Supply to Drop by 20% over next 10-15 years from 250 News
Raw Logs and New Annual Allowable Cut Dealt with in Timber Supply report from 250 News
BC Report calls to cut more timber to fight pine beetle and help Burns Lake from The Canadian Press
Timber Supply Committee looks to marginal timber stands and silviculture from Prince George Free Press
1 out of 3 Sawmills in the Region North of 100 Mile House face timber Supply Shortages from 250 News

Click here for press release from BC Special Committee on Timber Supply

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Tamihi logging company beefs up security, reward, following million-dollar arson

Chilliwack Progress
August 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tamihi Logging is beefing up security at all its sites and boosting a reward to $50,000 for the arrest and conviction of whoever set company equipment ablaze in late June. Griffin Investigation & Security Services is now monitoring Tamihi offices, storage yards, log sorts and logging sites with hidden cameras, mobile patrol vehicles and “other means of detection.”

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Minister of Forests Promises Timber Supply Action Plan by End of September

250 News
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson, says his ministry will be developing an action plan and will have it ready by the end of September to address the recommendations from the Timber Supply Committee’s report. …Thomson says some of the work has already started, including the inventory of timber supply and a review of the annual allowable cut.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Responds to Timber Supply Report from HQ Prince George
Report recommends more local input to protect forests and jobs from the Kamloops Daily News

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Small forest fire ignites northeast of Squamish

An air tanker was called in; no threat to people or buildings
News1130
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SQUAMISH – A small forest fire ignited about 15 kilometres northeast of Squamish earlier today. Shane was the first to call News1130 around 4 p.m. to say it looked like it was coming from Brohm Ridge. “The plume of smoke, honestly I thought it was a volcano going off. Now it’s turning black and it’s a little orange,” Shane describes. “The cloud of smoke that’s accumulating is about twice the size of Mount Garibaldi, the whole rocky peak.”

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Some logging shut down due to high heat

Alberni Valley Times
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

High temperatures in the Alberni Valley have caused logging to be shut down in some areas near Port Alberni. On Tuesday, the wildfire risk on some parts of Vancouver Island was increased to “extreme.” Morgan Kennah, manager of sustainable timberlands and community affairs at Island Timberlands, said each area is on its own specific timeline as to how long it is shut down for.

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Board to audit forestry operations near Chetwynd

BC Forest Practices Board
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. on Tree Farm Licence 48, starting August 20, 2012. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and fire hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation. The audit area is about 30 kilometres north of Hudson Hope and 30 kilometres east of Chetwynd.

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MLA Report: British Columbians demand reinvestment in our forest lands

The Revelstoke Current
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the deputy chair of the Special Committee on Timber Supply, I have spent the last three months involved in intensive consultation which has now resulted in 22 recommendations to address the issue of mid-term timber supply and forest health. …New Democrats believe that forestry has a great future in British Columbia. But it is only through a renewed commitment to sustainable forest practices and a respect for non-timber values that we can ensure that our Crown lands continue to provide environmental, social and economic benefit both now and into the future.

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Natural Resources Strategy Marks Year of Progress; Introduces Clear-cutting Definition

Government of Nova Scotia
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After much consultation, the province’s natural resources strategy now includes a technical definition of clear-cutting that will help the province achieve its commitment to reduce clear-cutting to no more than 50 per cent of the total tree harvest by 2016. The definition, finalized and reviewed by industry and non-governmental partners, was released today, Aug. 15, along with a progress report outlining progress made on the province’s natural resources strategy.

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Clean Water Act’s Next Role Plays Out On NW Logging Roads.

Northwest Public Radio
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging roads crisscross thousands of streams in Northwest forests. At each crossing, runoff can spill into the water. A little mud doesn’t hurt. But a lot can choke fish and smother their eggs.  Environmental groups recently won a lawsuit requiring pollution permits for logging roads. But the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the decision. . …The key to fixing problem, Powers says, is keeping roads and streams separated.Most roads collect storm water in ditches. If those ditches empty into streams, they muddy the water. The fix- drain the ditch onto the forest floor instead. It acts like a filter, or a sponge.

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Judge Maintains Tongass Forest Protection

Courthouse News Service
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON (CN) – A federal judge dismissed claims filed by the Alaskan timber and building industries that a 2008 forest plan reducing the amount of commercial forestland in the Tongass National Forest violated federal law. The Alaska Forest Association and the Southern Southeast Alaska Building Industries Association sued U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and the U.S. Forest Service in 2008 over the Forest Service’s plan to reduce the amount of land available for commercial foresting from 2.4 million acres to 670,000.

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Detection Dogs Spot Northern Spotted Owls, Even Those Alarmed by Barred Owls

Science Daily
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A series of forest searches by dogs specially trained to sniff out northern spotted owl pellets — the undigested bones, fur and other bits regurgitated by owls — improved the probability of finding the owls by nearly 30 percent over a series of traditional vocalization surveys. …Wildlife managers spent years trying to get good forest practices in place that are contingent on spotted owl presence and now the invading barred owl is hindering our ability to show it’s there,” Wasser said.

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Crews battle dozens of Western fires

Associated Press
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FEATHERVILLE, Idaho — Across the West, dozens of fires fueled by searing heat, dry weather and strong winds have added up to misery for weary residents who already are fed up with one of the region’s worst fire seasons in decades. …Wildfires also tormented homeowners in Washington, Oregon and California, as arid conditions kept fire crews busier than usual across the region.

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Oklahoma lawmaker blames eastern red cedar tree for fast-spreading wildfires is state

The Republic
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s infestation of the Eastern red cedar was part of the reason a recent wave of wildfires caused so much destruction, an Oklahoma City legislator said this week. State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, said the trees were firebombs waiting to explode and, when coupled with the recent drought, made the problem worse for homeowners and firefighters. He said the trees helped spread fire to more than 103,200 acres.

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Maine forest rangers to get award for video on wildfires

The Republic
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Maine Forest Service rangers will receive an award for their video about protecting property from wildfires. The rangers will receive a Telly Award on Thursday for their video, “Defensible Space: It could save your home from a wildfire.” Telly Awards honor film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials and outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. 

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Largest Hungarian intact forest saved from logging

WWF Global
August 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging in Csarna-valley, the largest intact forest in Hungary, has been stopped thanks to a massive campaign organized by WWF Hungary. Home to ancient beech and oak tress, Csarna-valley in the Duna-Ipoly National Park north of Budapest, is a strictly protected area, covering over one thousand hectares of intact forests..

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Mexico’s monarch butterfly reserve stops logging

Associated Press
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MEXICO CITY — Illegal logging has practically been eliminated in the western Mexico wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly, according to a research report released Wednesday, and Mexican officials now hope to use the successful program of anti-logging patrols and payments to rural residents to solve other forestry conflicts throughout the country. The government, environmental groups and private donors have spent millions of dollars to get residents of forest communities in the butterfly reserve to plant trees and start ecotourism businesses to benefit from widespread fascination with the monarchs’ yearly multi-generational migration through Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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Govt declares forest wars over

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is declaring the state’s forest wars are over, despite no peace deal being reached. Environmental and industry groups have struck an interim agreement to end the forestry conflict but are yet to agree on how much native forest to protect from logging. The groups released the agreement yesterday, calling it significant but say they need another four to six weeks to reach a final deal.

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Log trial on track

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s rail operator is preparing to transport logs for the first time in a decade. TasRail is in talks with Forestry Tasmania and two private firms about its goal to move at least 100,000 tonnes of logs a year. The company’s chief executive, Damien White, says trials between Burnie and Hobart in the past six months have gone well and volumes may increase.

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The 5th Forest Science Symposium

AfricanBrains
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The recent 5th Forest Science Symposium co-hosted by the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries provided the southern African forest research community with a unique opportunity to interact and share knowledge around the diverse research being carried out across this important sector of our economy.  

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Siberia Wildfires Situation Remains Critical

RIA Novosti
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Firefighters put out 18 forest fires over the past 24 hours in Russia’s Siberia, but the situation with wildfires still remains serious in the region, a forestry department said on Wednesday. “There are 30 active forest fires covering an area of 2,650 hectares in the Karsnoyarsk and Tomsk regions as well as in the republics of Tuva and Khakassia,” the department said in a statement.

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Forest management plan released for consultation

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Conservation Commission has released for public consultation the draft Forest Management Plan. The plan covers an area of 2.5 million hectares in the south west of the state from Lancelin to Denmark. It will provide forestry guidelines from 2014 to 2023. The Commission says it is based on the principles of ecologically sustainable forest management.

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Logging bill a threat to foreign relations

Business Spectator
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A federal government move to clamp down on illegal logging risks is damaging Australia’s relations with friends and neighbours, the opposition says. Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesperson Julie Bishop told parliament the government bill was “all well and good”, but it raised foreign relations and World Trade Organisation compatibility questions. She said Indonesia was rightly concerned about lack of consultation.

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Timber workers prepare to strike

Workers at a south east timber business are threatening to strike in an attempt to force the State Government to lower log prices.
ABC Online
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber company Carter Holt Harvey says it is losing millions of dollars at its Mount Gambier milling facilities. The company says the losses are partly caused by having to pay too much to the government-owned Forestry SA for logs. It says more than a thousand workers would lose their jobs if its mill facilities closed and has also blamed cheap imports for lowering prices.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New biomass venture makes immediate impact

Bdaily Business Network
August 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A recently formed biomass joint-venture is gearing up for a period of rapid growth in its first year after showcasing its products at a major event in the region. Earlier this year, low carbon heating business Natural Warmth joined forces with Ed Milbank – owner of Barningham Estate, near Barnard Castle in Teesdale – to create a new biomass business on Mr Milbank’s estate. The business was set up to tap into the soaring demand for sustainable woodfuel caused by rising energy costs and the opportunities presented by renewable heat subsidies.

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