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Daily Archives: October 22, 2012

Business & Politics

Silence precedes third Campbell River mill deadline

Campbell River Mirror
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With just hours to go before the third Catalyst Paper Elk Falls Mill site sale deadline, both the seller, Catalyst Paper, and the buyer, Alberta developer Harold Jahn, are observing a stony silence. This is nothing new for Catalyst Paper which has not answered a Mirror phone call since mid-September. On Oct. 4 Jahn said his $8.6 million deal to buy the abandoned Catalyst Mill site would close today, Oct. 19, and he would be on site next week doing business. Two earlier sale closure dates, Sept. 5 and 19, were missed since the deal was announced in August.

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Raw Log Exports: Too High a Price?

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An important figure in this story is the BC forestry industry, which has supplied China with increasing amounts of raw unprocessed logs in recent years. …There are sensible reasons why BC is exporting raw logs to China; the only problem is that these reasons are significantly overshadowed by the negative effects such a policy has upon the BC’s local economy and environment. …While logging companies may reap some extra profit by choosing foreign buyers over domestic ones, a policy that favors raw log exports diminishes the profit that could be later realized from value-added manufacturing.

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Gormans ‘lights out’ at saving power

Castanet.net
October 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gorman Brothers Lumber in West Kelowna has won a Power Smart Excellence Award for their commitment to energy conservation and efficiency. … Gormans received the Power Smart Leader Award – BC Hydro’s highest level of customer recognition – for a best in-class approach to energy management. The lumber company has incorporated energy management into every aspect of its business. BC Hydro says from 2011 to 2012 Gorman Brothers saved 4.1 gigawatt hours of electricity, or enough to power 372 homes for a year.

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Arcand Named Business Person Of The Year

250 News
October 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The Business Person of the Year Award went to MaryAnne Arcand. Arcand’s contributions to Prince George and the region are numerous. In addition to being Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association, she is the Board Chair of the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative of BC and sits as a director on numerous boards including the Trucking Safety Council of BC, BC Small Business Roundtable, and BC Forest Safety Council.

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Regional training centre opens at Tolko

The South Peace News
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The $5.3 million trades and pre-employment training program designed to develop a strong labour pool for northern Alberta celebrated its grand opening Oct. 5. The High Prairie Regional Training and Development Centre is a partnership between Northern Lakes College, Tolko Industries, and the Northern Alberta Development Council. Funding for this project has been provided, in part, by the Rural Alberta Development Fund. The program focuses on providing hands-on training to Career and Technology Studies students in Grades 10-12, enrolled in dual-credit high school/college programming for electrician, welder, millwright, process operator, and power engineering.

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Ainsworth Announces Comprehensive Refinancing Plan

Marketwatch press release
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a comprehensive refinancing plan which is expected to result in an approximately 30% reduction in total debt, lower borrowing costs and the extension of the Company’s maturity profile. As part of the Refinancing Plan, the Company intends to proceed with a fully backstopped rights offering to raise gross proceeds of $175 million through the issue of common shares (the “Rights Offering”) and a debt financing for gross proceeds of approximately $350 million (the “Debt Financing”).

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CEP Confirms Downtime At Fort Frances Mill

CKDR.net
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Downtime at the Resolute Forest Products Mill in Fort Frances. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says workers were notified Friday that both the kraft and paper operations will be shutdown for 2-weeks starting on October 28th.
A lack of orders is being cited. END

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Contractors critical of prices paid by Point Tupper mill

October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Private woodland harvesters are accusing the new operator of the Point Tupper pulp and paper mill of trying to take them for a ride. Some are refusing to supply Port Hawkesbury Paper for the prices being offered. Contractors contacted by The Chronicle Herald said they were being offered from $43 to $45 a tonne for pulpwood delivered roadside, down from the $53 a tonne being paid by former operator NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. when it went bankrupt last September. Contractors report that they are also being asked to sign a three-year contract at the low prices that would require they also send saw logs to the mill for $50 a tonne. The mill could then resell the logs at a profit.

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U.S. softwood and panel markets – week 41, 2012

Fordaq
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sales picked up Wednesday with moderate follow-through on Thursday, giving the framing lumber market a firmer tone. Many prices bounced off lows for the week, but any gains were small. Having covered immediate needs at lower levels earlier, buyers often balked when mills raised quotes above last week’s levels. Overall, earlier weakness outweighed mid- to late-week firming, as the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price dropped $3.

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A look at the Missoula-area timber industry (& video)

KPAX.com
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce says the wood industry in Western Montana is not dead and on Friday, 45 people attended the chamber’s annual Timber Tour that was held at McCormick Park. The days of bustling timber mills may be over, but people are still finding a way to make their mark in the timber industry. …. Although the wood industry has undergone huge changes in the last several decades, local leaders say there is still opportunity to make money, create jobs and manage the forests.

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Firm seeks new jobs in old resin industry

The Blackshear Times
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Late-morning sunshine peers through a set of slash pines in Patterson, gleaming on a few hundred bags of light honey-colored gum resin tapped at the base of each tree. The golden liquid is destined for a distillery down a nearby dirt road where the resin will be heated and separated into rosin and turpentine. It’s essentially the same old-fashioned process common in the South Georgia piney woods decades ago.Today’s resin collection is not for nostalgia, however. It could be the future of a thriving economy, according to a group of local businessmen.

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Jeffreys leaves Forestry Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
October 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania’s Ken Jeffreys is resigning from the state-owned company. Managing director Bob Gordon says the corporate relations manager has been given a redundancy. In August, Mr Jeffreys wrote to staff criticising the State Government over its plans to split the company. Mr Gordon says the two had agreed it would be difficult for Mr Jeffreys to rebuild his relationship with the Government.

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Forestry Tasmania boss flags big loss

ABC News, Australia
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is expecting to announce a significant loss for last financial year. Managing director Bob Gordon says the company is likely to release its financial reports this week for the 2011-12 year. Mr Gordon says it has been a particularly tough trading year. “Particularly with the continued, and I believe, permanent closure of (the woodchip mill at) Triabunna it has made it very difficult for sawmillers for Ta Ann for Forestry Tasmania while ever there has been a blockade of the state effectively so that you can’t remove product,” he said.

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Forestry group says business as usual

ABC News, Australia
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The new owners of south-east forestry harvesting rights, OneFortyOne Plantations, say there will not be any major changes to how operations are managed. …Interim CEO Dave Rumker says he does not believe people will see any big changes.  “I would be very surprised if our operations are going to look any
different … the conditions we stepped into as part of the sale were
things that were framed up by the ForestrySA team, consistent with their
values, in terms of what their vision was for the forest and at this
point we don’t see any differences in how they would have approached
things,” he said.

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No certainty about Pulp Mill permits’ validity

Tasmanian Times
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Community groups Friends of the Tamar Valley and Pulp the Mill today reminded Gunns’ administrators and receivers, KordaMentha and PPB Advisory, and any parties expressing an interest in purchasing the permits for the proposed pulp mill, that the validity of the permits remains the subject of a legal challenge in Tasmania’s Supreme Court. Tasmanian Conservation Trust argue that compliance with the ‘substantial completion’ clause on the State Government water permit had failed to take place before it expired on 31 July 2011.

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Glatfelter’s Scaër mill down for several weeks after fire

EUWID Pulp and Paper
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Shortly after the completion of a €7.2m investment at its Scaër mill in France, Glatfelter has to halt the paper machines there due to a fire. Production is expected to be down for several weeks. A fire that hit Glatfelter’s Scaër site in France has caused a temporary production stoppage at the mill. The company reported that the fire had broken out on 14 October and had damaged the electrical system primarily servicing PM 3.

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Gunns’ contractors cast doubt over funds recovery

ABC News, Australia
October 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Some Western Australian contractors of the timber company Gunns say they have given up hope of recovering any funds owed after the Tasmanian business entered into administration last month. Gunns managed several timber plantations in the state’s south until it recorded a yearly loss of more than $1 billion. It contracted several companies to manage those plantations, some of which are owed more than $1 million.

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Sawlog Prices in Russia Increased 25% in Last Years

IHB
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Domestic log prices in Western Russia did not decline long-term as the Russian government had hoped when Russia increased log export tariffs to 25% in April of 2008. Initially, domestic log prices fell when the tariffs were implemented, but from the 1Q/09 to the 3Q/12 the average softwood sawlog price in Ruble terms went up by 24 percent, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com). When Russia joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in August 2012 the government was forced to reduce these export taxes to 13% and 15%, respectively, for spruce and pine logs.

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30,000 jobs lost in Ghana’s timber industry in last ten years

Ghana Business News
October 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

About 60 local timber companies have collapsed in the last 10 years, leading to the loss of about 30,000 jobs. Companies that had managed to survive the turbulence in the industry are currently producing below 50 per cent capacity. The Chief Executive of the Ghana Timber Millers Organisation (GTMO), Dr Kwame Asamoah Adam, made this known in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Kumasi after the opening of the annual general meeting of the Forestry Senior Staff Association (FOSSA) at Akyawkrom near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region Friday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Lumber should stay

Letter by Gordon Hamborg
Prince George Citizen
October 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

I would like to know why are politicians are going halfway around the world to ask people to use our wood to build in their cites when we can’t use wood for our own buildings. When the new Duchess Park was built the whole thing was built with steel studs, and now the new cop shop on Victoria that reminds me of when we built the Hilton on the hill(Jail).

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Bill 52 raises questions for firefighters

Ottawa Sun
October 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the province’s building code likely to change, homeowners and buyers should be educating themselves, says the past president of the Fire Fighters’Association of Ontario. …Pearson, though, is concerned the new combustible materials will put the public – and firefighters – at risk. Stone, brick, or block buildings “stand up very well in fire conditions,” Pearson said. …Fedeli’s bill included fire safety measures such as mandated
installation of sprinklers, use of fire-resistant assemblies and
compartmentalization of buildings.

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All-wood house planned

Marlborough Express
October 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A three-storey building made entirely of wood could go up soon in Marlborough, a seminar on innovative use of wood was told. The seminar, hosted at the Marlborough Research Centre on Saturday by the Marlborough Forest Industry Association, was organised to highlight opportunities for Marlborough and Nelson wood producers and processors to help rebuild Christchurch. One of those opportunities was for cross-laminated wood panels and beams, made by new Nelson company Xlam from wood grown there and in Marlborough.

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Wood producers urged to ‘plug into’ quake rebuild

Stuff.co.nz
October 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Marlborough wood producers and timber processors are “beautifully placed” to help rebuild Christchurch after the earthquakes, former Labour MP Brendon Burns says. Mr Burns told a Marlborough Forest Industry Association seminar in Blenheim on Saturday the Christchurch rebuild was the biggest economic stimulus package since Sir Julius Vogel put in the railways, with about $30 billion estimated to be spent. …There are real benefits to building in timber, and I say that as a person who lost one lovely two-storey house and two electorate offices, all built in permanent materials.

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Forestry Agency feels heat over flimsy figures

The Daily Yomiuri
October 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Forestry Agency has come under fire after the Board of Audit found about 150 local governments and public corporations in eight prefectures received a total of about 7.7 billion yen in subsidies from the agency based on dubious data, some of which were a mystery even to agency officials. The subsidies were provided under the agency’s project to build or improve wooden buildings to boost demand for domestically produced wood..

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Forestry

Long-term plan needed for B.C.’s forests

by Anthony Britneff
Victoria Times Colonist
October 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Manage forests for the future,” Oct. 17. The editorial is spot-on in many respects. What it omits is that presentations to the Special Committee on Timber Supply did not support the unsustainable logging of old-growth reserve forests, of sensitive areas and of marginally economic forests at grossly elevated rates of cut. In an implicit condemnation of the government’s overcutting, …What is desperately needed now to avoid long-term pain is a government
program of economic diversification and social support for those whose
lives have been disrupted by a decade of reckless forest policies.

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Pine beetle fight lasts all year

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
October 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest companies have spent tremendous resources redirecting their operations in order to limit the spread of mountain pine beetles. Their efforts are paying off, but there will be no rest during the winter. Weyerhaeuser and Canfor direct their clearcutting towards at-risk areas, after Sustainable Resources Development (SRD) has removed highly infected individual trees in remote locations to restrain spreading. In the last few years, SRD has seen a 50% reduction in beetle infestation year over year.

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Small wood licences – big opportunity

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
BC Government
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MCBRIDE – A new partnership totalling $200,000 will assist community forests and small woodlot licence holders to identify new business opportunities. The project includes $60,000 each from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition and $10,000 each from the BC Community Forests Association, and the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. The project will be managed by SIBAC on behalf of the other project partners.

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Koksilah’s unprotected ancient forest stand is home to Mr. Douglas

Cowichan News Leader
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ancient firs in Kosilah River’s unprotected stand of forest command respect. That’s why musical trio The Wilds used the formal title Mr. Douglas for its 5 1/2-minute YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKH54msZ0AY. … …”Years ago, Fletcher Challenge fallers refused to fall those trees, and the company said it’d discipline the loggers, so I said ‘My next call would be to the media,'” former forest-union boss said. “Part of the reason it’s still there is from workers refusing to cut it. If there’s an opportunity to see it purchased by the CVRD, or another mechanism, I’d support that.”

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Tensions linger over Castle wilderness logging

Calgary Herald
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BEAVER MINES, Alta. — Walking up to a logging road built to clearcut a stand of Lodgepole pine, retired fisheries biologist Lorne Fitch and other members of the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition receive an unusual welcome. “Are you guys tree huggers?” yells a nearby rancher. “No, we’re with Castle-Crown,” comes the response from the group. The brief exchange shows the animosity over industrial development — in this case, forestry — in the Castle wilderness area, a watershed for dozens of downstream communities and a critical wildlife habitat that has been the subject of controversy for decades.

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Taking a walk in the woods — and through Nova Scotia’s past

Chronicle Herald
October 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It is good to see forestry, that controversial mainstay of our rural economy, being discussed in the newspaper, but it irks me that my profession is sometimes blamed for Nova Scotia’s abundance of even-aged forest. The truth is Nova Scotia had plenty of even-aged woodland (i.e., most trees of the same age) long before it had forest managers or a forest industry. Contrary to popular urban myth, cathedral groves were never that common on our windy peninsula. In fact, it was even-aged softwood stands that lured pulp and paper interests here in the first place.

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Tongass National Forest Says Big Thorne Project Will Promote Economic Stability

SitNews
October 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…“The Forest recognizes the importance of developing a sustainable, young-growth supported timber program,” said Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. “The Big Thorne Project is an important bridge to getting to that future.” Maintaining and diversifying the current Southeast Alaska timber industry is critical. It is also essential during the transition from predominantly old-growth to young-growth harvest that the existing workforce with local knowledge and experience is retained. History has shown that losing the skills and infrastructure of an existing forest products industry makes it very difficult for a new industry to emerge.

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Experts wonder if forest fires will only increase in number, severity

Billings Gazette
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The forest still smells lightly of burned timber while standing in the middle of 100,000 acres blackened by the Arapahoe Fire in late June and early July. It was Wyoming’s largest fire of the worst fire season on record. …Managing forests is a game of balance, said Karl Brauneis, a forester, information officer for the Wind River Agency and veteran firefighter. It’s a combination of allowing some fires to burn and extinguishing others, of permitting livestock grazing, smart logging and prescribed burns. Active management creates a more natural forest.

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Restoring the forest

Aspen Daily News
October 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There are few better examples of an urban-wild land interface than Smuggler Mountain outside of Aspen, and the hundreds of people who use the open space for recreation on warm fall days this month have seen the hands-on approach local land stewards take to its management. Workers with Western Vegetation Management of Carbondale two weeks ago cleared about 7 acres of overgrown Gambel oak and other brush from the lower flanks of the mountain, which necessitated flaggers keeping the hikers and bikers at bay when heavy equipment was blocking the road.

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Tenn. wilderness expansion proposal stalls

Associated Press
October 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A bill that would add nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness area in Tennessee has stalled in Congress for more than a year. The bill has support from both parties and the Forestry Service. It doesn’t cost federal money. It closes no roads, takes no private land and doesn’t deprive local communities of tax revenue from the acreage. “There is no opposition to this,” Jeff Hunter, director of the Tennessee Wilderness Campaign, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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N.J. park offers digital tree guides

NorthJersey.com
October 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

KENILWORTH — With leaf-peeping season in full-swing, one New Jersey park is taking the process high-tech. A dozen trees in Lenape Park are being fitted with codes that can be scanned with a smartphone or tablet. Park-goers can scan a code on the tree that brings up a digital field guide including information and photographs. Tree steward Dean Talcott tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the program is meant to educate more people about the diversity of the flora in county parks.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon Neutrality

October 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Carbon dioxide, that simple chemical compound of two oxygen and one carbon atom, has been rebranded as the greenhouse gas believed to be a major culprit in causing global warming and climate change. The forest products industry has a complex relationship with carbon – on the one hand storing it in the forest ecosystem and on the other spewing it out when burning fossil fuels at its mills. Now, as part of its environmental leadership, the industry is working hard to rebalance that equation to limit its carbon footprint and help mitigate climate change.

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Woody biomass generator tested

Juneau Empire
October 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A century-old biomass gasifier technology is being tested for fitness at Icy Straits Lumber and Milling near Hoonah. The system turns woody biomass into heat and fuel for generators totaling 30 kilowatts. The self-contained units made by ALL Power Labs extract volatile gases that make up 80 percent of dried wood for use as fuel in an internal combustion generator. Excess heat from the process is used for space heating.

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Railroad board votes against giving $70 million to ports

Star News Online
October 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The N.C. Railroad Co. Board of Directors on Thursday voted not to give $70 million over 10 years toward an estimated $120 million project to build wood-pellet-handling facilities at the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City. State officials recently asked the state-owned Railroad Co. for the cash to help finance the facilities at the two ports, which would receive, store and transfer wood pellets to ships for transport to Europe for use by utility companies. Port officials have said that combined, the two wood pellet facilities would be the most expensive infrastructure project ever at the ports.

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WOODY BIOMASS ENERGY-FORESTRY CHALLENGES

The Leader Corning
October 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Woody biomass as a fuel source was once considered only as a local source of fuel. The use of renewable woody biomass energy is expanding as new technologies are develping that make it more economical and easier to use. Today export markets are emerging for woody biomass. Wood pellet systems are being installed in Europe that eliminate the handling of the pellets. …If harvesting biomass is not done properly foresters are concerned with the impact on the forest ecosystem and the ability to maintain the functions that are needed for nutrient recycling, wildlife, water quality and forest regeneration.

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Prime minister ‘fails to honour ETS promises’

Voxy
October 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

“Why exactly does New Zealand have an Emissions Trading Scheme? Isn’t it supposed to discourage emissions and encourage forestry and other low-carbon products and technologies?” Those are the questions forest owners are asking about the ETS, which has turned their world upside down and inside out in recent years. All for no real benefit to the environment or to the country’s reputation….Mr Dickie says the reality is that New Zealand’s greenhouse gas
emissions are spiralling out of control, deforestation of land capable
of being converted to dairy is underway again, and the concept of
planting of forests for carbon is a bad joke.

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