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Daily Archives: August 24, 2012

Business & Politics

Canada’s forest products sector looking toward a future filled with Innovation

Canadian Sailings
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Has the Canadian lumber industry really decided to forgo high-value-added production processes? Catherine Cobden, Senior Vice-President of the Ottawa-based Forest Products Association of Canada, argued that this is not the case. “We are not frozen in the status quo, but are actively and aggressively pursuing transformation,” she said. Ms. Cobden explained that the public and private sectors in Canada are involved in a “four-pronged strategy” aimed at raising the global competitiveness of Canada’s forest-product sector; not just in lumber, but also in paper and pulp, and newsprint. 

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NS: Contractors want plan for mill’s wood supply

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

[PORT HAWKESBURY, NS] – A spokesman for private wood producers says there was nothing for contractors in the Nova Scotia government’s $125 million funding package for the former NewPage paper mill. Russell Huntington, of the Eastern Nova Scotia Private Wood Producers Association, says while the announcement was good for the mill, private contractors were left out in the cold. Huntington says private land contractors haven’t been working since May, while Crown land contractors have been working under the province’s forest infrastructure fund.

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CILA office on the move

Prince George Citizen
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Central Interior Logging Association is moving, and it is taking as many forest companies as it can along with it. A surprisingly healthy forest industry is the cause of the address change, according to CILA staff. The CILA has been one of the largest voices of forest industry advocacy for the past 45-plus years. A support and public awareness group for the log harvesting sector, and in latter years also a training source for new loggers, the CILA has continued to grow despite international negative pressures on the overall wood world.

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Ainsworth Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Equities.com
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. announced today that Rick Eng has been appointed Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer, effective September 11, 2012. Prior to joining Ainsworth, Mr. Eng served as Senior Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management Inc., responsible for capital markets activities and private equity investing in Western Canada. He holds a B.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Sawmill owner sees renewed opportunity in help to NewPage

Atlantic Farm Focus
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Barney’s River, NS]– Hope is on the horizon following Monday’s (Aug. 20) announcement that the provincial government is offering $124.5 million to a Port Hawkesbury(Nova Scotia) paper mill. Eric Williams, owner of Williams Brothers Sawmill in Barney’s River, said reopening NewPage this fall will create a more competitive market for people in the forestry industry. “We were hurt quite bad when it shut down, so every little bit helps,” he said. “It will create a better market for hogfuel and more opportunity for log supply.”

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Resolute Forest to restart Quebec paper mill

Reuters
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Speciality paper maker Resolute Forest Products Inc will resume operations at its Dolbeau paper mill in Quebec after three years. The company, which also owns 14 hydroelectric and cogeneration facilities, said it decided to restart the mill after electricity distributor Hydro Quebec agreed to buy the power generated at its Mistassini plant.

Click here for press release from Resolute Forest Products

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NewPage mill overkill: Squeezed to last drop

Chronicle Herald
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Billy Joe MacLean is right: Enough is enough. And if that’s what the mayor of Port Hawkesbury thinks of the latest twist in the NewPage saga, you know a red line has been crossed.  The company that’s on the verge of taking over the idling paper mill cut the legs out from under even its strongest supporters Wednesday when it applied for one concession too many. …It is simply dismaying that Pacific West should go for broke — trying to wring every last cent out of municipal taxpayers, just two days after wresting $124.5 million in incentives over 10 years from their provincial counterparts.

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Mill pensioners want to be kept in the loop

Daily Business Buzz
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK, NL — Retired workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper may have approved an extension for their former employer to cover its pension fund liabilities, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have concerns, a spokesman says. Few of the retired mill workers voiced objection to a second vote, finalized last week. Nor did they object to the first vote in May — which was stymied when the mill’s current workers rejected Kruger Inc.’s request for a five-year extension to repay what the company owes to the pension fund.

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US lumber consumption up 13%

Timber Trades Journal
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber consumption in the US was 13% higher in May compared to the same month last year, according to Wood Resource Quarterly. The consumption total was also the highest May consumption figure since 2008. Pine lumber prices have grown by almost 35% in 2012, while spruce-pine-fir prices in Canada are up by about 30%.
Finnish and Swedish sawmills increased exports by almost 10% in the first five months of 2012, compared to last year, but export prices in the second quarter were below average compared with the past three years.

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Columbia Falls’ Stoltze sawmill marks centennial, innovation

Ravalli Republic
August 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Light rains fell over the crowd gathered Tuesday at the F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co.’s sawmill, but the patch of bad weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of general manager Chuck Roady. Stoltze is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month, and on Tuesday the family-owned forest products company observed the milestone with a groundbreaking ceremony of its new biomass cogeneration plant, as well as a tribute to the enduring family legacy.

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Slow growth likely in Russian timber imports

YLE News
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) is not expected to be reflected in rising timber imports until next spring. WTO membership will, though, ease exports of Finnish paper industry products to Russia. WTO membership means a reduction in high tariffs on timber exports from Russia. However, while those high tariffs were in force, many companies in Russia specialized in harvesting timber for export went out of business.

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Verso Paper reports second quarter 2012 results

Pulp and Paper News
August 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Verso Paper Corporation reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012. Results for the quarters ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 …Verso’s net sales for the second quarter of 2012 decreased $33.5 million, or 8.4%, reflecting a 5.5% decrease in the average sales price for all of products combined with a 3.1% decline in total sales volume, which was driven by the shutdown of three paper machines late last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

ASHRAE Building Commissioning, Passive House, LEED, ISO 14001

Environmental Leader
August 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ASHRAE is developing Standard 202P, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, to identify the minimum acceptable commissioning process for buildings and systems as described in ASRHAE’s Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The draft is open for public review until Oct. 1, 2012. The proposed standard will benefit the industry by ensuring performance criteria of the built environment, ASHRAE said.

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New Home Sales Continue Rise

Eye on Housing
August 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

New home sales increased to 372,000 per year on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis in July, which ties the revised May 2012 rate for the highest level since the end of the home buyer tax credit in early 2010. Monthly data does have more statistical variations so looking at a quarterly moving average shows sales have been increasing since September 2011.

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Green Certification Launched for Composite Wood Finished Products

Woodworking Network
August 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ATLANTA – The Composite Panel Assn. has expanded its Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Certification Program to include manufacturers of finished products, components and laminated parts for cabinetry, furniture, casegoods and closets. The announcement was made Aug. 22 during the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). “North American composite panel producers have quickly embraced the rigorous new ECC Sustainability Standard for their production,” CPA President Tom Julia said in a statement.

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FRA Welcomes Georgia Sustainability Ruling

Melodika.net (press release)
August 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A new executive order signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in Georgia will ensure that the region’s forests are certified as ‘green’ in a move that has been praised by Forestry Research Associates. The signing of the order is also intended to help the region boost the number of new buildings that are awarded LEED green building certification. The move will expand the definition of sustainable timber to include timber form forests certified under the American tree Farm System and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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Forestry

Mountain pine beetles could be heading to Saskatchewan

Meadow Lake Progress
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mountain pine beetle is making its away across western Canada, said the ministry of environment. The Saskatchewan ministry of environment is partnering with Great Western Forestry to mark and remove infested trees in northwest Saskatchewan as well as the Cypress Hills area. “The mountain pine beetle represents a significant threat to Saskatchewan’s pine forests and to the environment, social and economic contributions they make to our quality of life,” environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff said in a press release.

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New jobs, tax revenue may spring from mill sale

Campbell River Mirror
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Harold Jahn got a good deal on the former Elk Falls mill property and now the city is hoping to get a better tax return from the industrial lands. “If this proceeds and development occurs, it will be very significant for the citizens of Campbell River,” said city manager Andy Laidlaw. Jahn, owner of Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals, signed an agreement last week with Catalyst Paper to buy the 400-acre property for $8.6 million. According to BC Assessment, the property is currently valued at $10 million.

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Stop Castle Logging Group disappointed with minister meeting

MetroNews Canada
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of an anti-logging group say they’re skeptical a meeting with the provincial environment minister will lead to real change in the Castle wilderness area. Members of the Stop Castle Logging Group sat down the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Diana McQueen at the McDougall Centre in Calgary Thursday to voice their concerns over logging proposed by the Spray Lake Sawmills.

Castle logging protesters disappointed from CTV News
Castle wilderness logging opponents fail to convince Alberta environment minister from The Calgary Herald

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Wildfire rating still high in the Valley

Beaver Creek area rated as extreme, region’s fire information officer warns
Alberni Valley Times
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the cooler weather the Alberni Valley has experienced this week, Port Alberni’s wildfire danger rating remains at high, and the Beaver Creek area has been set at extreme for the weekend, according to B.C. Wildfire Management Branch fire information officer Donna MacPherson.MacPherson said the difference between high and extreme is not much. “When it goes up to extreme, we’re pretty much expecting most sparks to catch fire,” she said. “When it goes into high, it means that there’s a high percentage that would catch, but not every one.”

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Forest company restricts access to its property

Nanaimo News Bulletin
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The majority of Island Timberlands’ properties on Vancouver Island have been closed to the public for recreational purposes, the company has announced on its blog. The company’s properties on the east and west sides of Vancouver Island are in high or extreme fire danger class ratings.

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B.C.’s Big Bar forest fire 20% contained

Canadian Press
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A 420 hectare forest fire near Clinton B.C. was 20 per cent contained by Thursday morning, fire officials say, following an aerial assault by six helicopters and more than 100 firefighters on the ground on Wednesday. The efforts to fight the Big Bar fire in B.C.’s tinder-dry southern Interior, allowed officials to downgrade an evacuation order affecting 200 people on Wednesday to an evacuation alert, which remained in effect as of Thursday morning.

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Forest Minister sees opportunity

Campbell River Mirror
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry Minister Steve Thomson sees “tremendous opportunity” in Campbell River when it comes to bolstering the economy through the area’s natural resources. A good starting point, according to Thomson, is the recently announced Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project, which will conduct an airborne magnetic survey of the region. The survey, in tandem with the BC Jobs Plan and expected to start this month, is designed to gather geoscience data in and around Campbell River, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, Port Alice and Zeballos.

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Irony in the Great Bear Rainforest

by Ric Slaco – Western portion of Northern Gateway plan travels through an area of unprecedented conservation significance
Vancouver Sun
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The far western portion of the route for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline enters the Great Bear Rainforest northwest of Kitimat. There is trouble all along the line for Northern Gateway, but things get really tricky in the Great Bear Rainforest and surrounding marine waters. In many respects, this situation is an irony of ironies. After all, the region is where the province’s War in the Woods came to end. …It was a classic environmental conflict and ultimately a cul-de-sac. Once the antagonists began to understand there was no exit from the conflict, things began to change.

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Lord of the tree rings: What trees can teach us about fire and climate change

By Ari Phillips
Latina Lista
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I meet Tom Swetnam, director of the laboratory of tree-ring research at the University of Arizona in Tucson… “We’re trying to understand fire, climate change, and carbon emissions out of Siberia because of the huge carbon pool contained there in the soil, permafrost, bogs, and forests,” says Swetnam… “This giant pool of carbon is beginning to burn in a massive way — the amount of area burning in Siberia is startling.” Here in the Southwest, the same could be said. Already this year fires have scorched unprecedented swaths of New Mexico and Colorado, and although Arizona is yet to feel anything approaching last year’s record-breaking blazes, the hiatus offers little more than a breath of fresh air.

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Costs of big wildfire season hurting some states

Associated Press
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Fires across the West have left some states with thin budgets to scramble to get people, planes, bulldozers and other tools on fire lines to beat back the flames. And that’s with about a third of the annual wildfire season remaining. According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, the nation as of Wednesday had seen 42,927 wildfires this year, which burned just over 7 million acres. While the number of fires is down from the 10-year average of 54,209 as of Aug. 22, the acreage was well above the average of 5.4 million acres, said Don Smurthwaite, a NIFC spokesman.

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Why Forest-Killing Megafires Are The New Normal

NPR
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire scientists are calling it “the new normal”: a time of fires so big and hot that no one can remember anything like it. One of the scientists who coined that term is Craig Allen. I drive with him to New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument, where he works for the U.S. Geological Survey. We take a dirt road up into the Jemez Mountains, into a landscape of black poles as far as you can see. …This is the Santa Fe National Forest. It’s been hammered by fire numerous times since 1996. Last year’s Las Conchas fire outdid them all, though. It was the biggest fire ever in New Mexico since records have been kept.

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Crews confident they’ve conquered Ponderosa fire

The Northern California blaze has blackened nearly 28,000 acres of timber and destroyed 64 homes. Other fires in the region elude containment.
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Under a thick cover of smoke, firefighters and inmate crews chased the stubborn Ponderosa fire into a blind canyon Thursday and declared victory over it, even as a string of almost half a dozen other wildfires forced Northern California residents from their homes. “We’re 1,500 feet from tying it up on the rock bluffs,” said Cal Fire Branch Director Magnus Jonsson from a ridge overlooking what he and more than 2,500 firefighters battling the wildfire hoped would be the Ponderosa’s last stand in Tehama County.

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Lawsuit intervenor opposed

August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands and two other conservation groups are opposing a bid by the Association of Oregon Counties to intervene in their suit that seeks to halt logging on state-owned forests that provide nesting habitat for threatened marbeled murrelets. The county organization filed a motion last month to join with other defendants in the environmental groups’ suit, which targeted Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state Board of Forestry. Cascadia, the Audubon Society of Portland and the Oregon branch of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit this spring.

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Goldmark deClares Forest Health Hazard Warnings

State faces serious forest health problems and wildfire risks
Washington DNR
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA – Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark signed a Forest Health Hazard Warning for portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Klickitat, and Yakima counties. Citing concerns for catastrophic wildfire and bug-killed trees, the Commissioner took action to warn forest landowners and encourage them to take voluntary action to protect their property. “I am sounding the alarm about our declining forest health. Working with property owners and land managers, we can restore the health of our forests and reduce the effects of catastrophic fire,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “Proactive measures like responsible forest thinning will create jobs in rural communities where they are needed most.”

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Viewpoints: Healthy headwaters are key to water future

By Cynthia Koehler
Sacramento Bee
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… The statistical likelihood of extreme heat, drought and heavy downpours in certain regions is so huge that from a mathematical perspective these cannot be random or normal events… With growing awareness of these problems, new allies for healthy headwaters forests are emerging. There are plenty of success stories from around the West that California would do well to emulate. In Denver, for example, water managers partner with the U.S. Forest Service to protect and restore the forests that provide the city with drinking water. 

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/24/4753029/healthy-headwaters-are-key-to.html#storylink=cpy

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In Southwest, Worst-Case Fire Scenario Plays Out

NPR
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the Earth’s average temperature creeps upward, climate scientists have predicted record heat waves and droughts. That’s what we’ve seen this summer in the U.S. The question has become, are we now seeing the real damage climate change can do? I drove though New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest with ecologist Craig Allen, from the U.S. Geological Survey. Allen is energetic, restless and deeply worried about this forest. He has watched a triple combination of heat, drought and wildfire devastate this place over the past 15 years.

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Lawsuit intervenor opposed

August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands and two other conservation groups are opposing a bid by the Association of Oregon Counties to intervene in their suit that seeks to halt logging on state-owned forests that provide nesting habitat for threatened marbeled murrelets. The county organization filed a motion last month to join with other defendants in the environmental groups’ suit, which targeted Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state Board of Forestry. Cascadia, the Audubon Society of Portland and the Oregon branch of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit this spring.

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Bedford Arbor Resources Committee Plans Town Tree Nursery

thebedfordcitizen
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bedford, Mass — Following up on an idea that the committee first conceived nine years ago—and taking into account similarinitiatives in Lexington, Watertown and Waltham—the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee recently discussed starting a nursery to produce an inventory of trees for town use. At the committee’s August 21stmeeting, committee member Chris Gittens noted that town trees need to be replaced when they become diseased or die and that a typical street tree’s lifespan is about 35 years.

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Insects, disease, drought taking their toll on trees

North Platte Telegraph
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The drought isn’t just withering plants in Nebraska. It’s also making them more susceptible to insects and disease. “Insects can tell when a tree is stressed,” said Amy Seiler, western Nebraska community forestry specialist for the Nebraska Forest Service. “That’s their signal to go in there and break that tree down. It’s how nature takes care of itself. Unfortunately, in an urban environment, we want those trees.”

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Tasmania’s forestry debacle

On Line opinion
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s so-called ‘forest peace’ process is drawing to a close after almost two-years of secretive talks between conservation groups (ENGOs) and timber industry representatives costing taxpayers upwards of $2.2 million. As yet there is no final agreement despite the recent personal intervention of Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke.Quite simply, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to reconcile conservation demands to reserve a further 570,000 ha of Tasmanian forest against the native hardwood industry’s requirement to meet existing wood supply committments.

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Forestry Sectors “One Trick Pony” insufficient to end workplace toll

Scoop.co.nz
August 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With a death toll 34 times higher than the UK and wages ranking 4th lowest of 12 comparator countries Forestry contractors and owners would be better not off not defending their workplaces as safe but instead telling the New Zealand public how they intend to stop the carnage, CTU President Helen Kelly said today. In an oversensitive reaction to her criticism that despite massive drug testing programmes forestry had failed to stop the tragic run of death and injury in the sector, Forest Industry Contractors Association have come back claiming that the forestry industry is far more safety-conscious than most any sector in the country.

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Mayors still talk assistance after forests deal

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

Mayors in the south-east of South Australia say the forward sale of forest rotations will at least give some certainty for the region’s struggling economy. …Mount Gambier Mayor Steve Perryman has been among those opposed to any forward sale of timber assets. He says the SA Government needs to provide assistance to help stimulate the south-east economy…. . “We now know who the owner is, there is at least some tenure for those processors who have contracts in place and hopefully some stability will lead to a return of confidence,” he said.

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Modern forestry key to green economy

China Daily
August 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The 3rd Annual Global Green Economy Prosperity Forum, themed “Business transformation of green economy in the frame of global sustainable development”, has kicked off at the China Hall of Science & Technology in Beijing and will run from August 22 to 23, 2012. …Zhang Yongli, vice-minister of the State Forestry Administration, mentioned in his speech that the development of modern forestry serves as an important support to the development of the green economy. The SFA will accelerate forestation and enrich forest resources as well as improve the forest management and quality.

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