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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Froggy Foibles

The reindeer man of Manotick

December 21, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Perhaps rarest of all, though, is the red-nosed flying sled-pulling reindeer made of cedar, typically found not far from their nesting grounds in Manotick Station, where for 22 Christmases Cory Rousson has been training them to stand absolutely still on people’s front lawns and make onlookers smile. ….And at the beginning of October, he thins out the cedar forest on his family’s 43-acre property, hauls the wood into his workshop, and starts putting together wooden reindeer, one after the other, day after day.

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The reindeer man of Manotick

December 21, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Perhaps rarest of all, though, is the red-nosed flying sled-pulling reindeer made of cedar, typically found not far from their nesting grounds in Manotick Station, where for 22 Christmases Cory Rousson has been training them to stand absolutely still on people’s front lawns and make onlookers smile. ….And at the beginning of October, he thins out the cedar forest on his family’s 43-acre property, hauls the wood into his workshop, and starts putting together wooden reindeer, one after the other, day after day.

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Forestry

Trapper laments destruction of Alberta forest, caribou habitat

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

The longtime northern Alberta trapper had been chased from one area to another as he tried to stay ahead of the logging and drilling that ruined his other traplines. The section along the Little Smoky River east of Grande Cache seemed perfect — not pristine, but relatively untouched. Timber companies had agreed to stay out. The federal and provincial governments had promised to preserve caribou habitat. … …Despite policy and promises to preserve habitat, 84 per cent of that tiny remnant has now been sold off.

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An Unwelcome Blog Comment

CortesIsland.com
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

….Well, on December 18, 2012, I responded with a comment, albeit unwelcome. The PFLA censored it. Since I had written the comment for the benefit of both the PFLA and residents of Cortes Island, I thought readers of Tideline might be interested in it sooner rather than later. This is what I wrote: “When residents and visitors, who know the islands well, read, ‘this is a results-oriented regulatory approach’ their instinct tells them something doesn’t sit well here, and their hackles rise.

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Lots of misinformation

by Rod Bealing, Private Forest Landowners Association
Campbell River Mirror
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… There is a lot of misinformation swirling around regarding the protection of key public environmental values on private managed forest lands. …Enforcement of federal, provincial and local government regulations on private managed forest land is conducted by a long list of regulatory agencies, including: Environment Canada; Fisheries & Oceans Canada; Parks Canada; Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations; the Private Managed Forest Land Council and others.

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Inaccurate assessment

letter from Mike Larock, RPF, Director of Professional Practice and Forest Stewardship
Campbell River Mirror
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) is the regulator of forest professionals in BC. We have a concern regarding the editorial perspective provided by your paper December 11, 2012 (Provincial oversight missing in Cortes logging dispute). The editorial repeated a statement from an earlier article on the subject that, in our view, provided misleading and inaccurate assessment of professional reliance. …The role of forest professionals is to provide the advice and direction required to properly conduct forest land treatments. In their practice, forest professionals bring the important objectives and stewardship to bear in the decision.

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Cheap U.S. Christmas trees depress sales of N.S. balsam

Chronicle Herald
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cheap Christmas trees from North and South Carolina will cost Nova Scotia producers thousands of sales this holiday season. “We’ve got 1,000 trees at home prepped and ready to go, but the wholesaler could not take them,” Rex Veinot, a Christmas tree producer from Maplewood in Lunenburg County, said Tuesday. Those trees will remain in the ground this year, he said. “The wholesale price in the United States is below what it costs us to grow a tree.”

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Old tree serves as outdoor classroom

Arizona Republic
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Having withstood the test of time for more than 75 years, the old tree at Biltmore Preparatory Academy now serves as an outdoor classroom for about 400 students from kindergarten to eighth grade….  “We wanted to build a classroom around a historic tree on our campus where the students could learn with their teacher in a natural environment, and we thought it would be good for their mind, their body and their spirit,” said Renee Shamblin, a volunteer for the school’s parent-teacher organization and parent of two students.

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Marbled Murrelet numbers continue to fall, 10-year study shows

The Oregonian
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Despite extensive efforts to preserve the threatened Marbled Murrelet, the birds’ numbers continue to dwindle, according to a study published last month. Researchers from multiple government agencies and a private firm examined the sea birds’ nesting areas from the San Francisco Bay Area north to the Canadian border over a 10-year period. They found that the Marbled Murrelet population fell about 3.7 percent a year, for a total decline of more than 29 percent, from 2000 to 2010.

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Bozeman files brief asking court to allow proposed forest-thinning project

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
December 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The city of Bozeman filed a brief in federal court this month asking that a proposed forest-thinning project in the Hyalite and Bozeman creek watersheds be allowed to go forward despite a lawsuit filed by conservation groups. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council filed the lawsuit in April against the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project. Defendants include the U.S. Forest Service, the Region 1 forester and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The city of Bozeman is not part of the case but is offering information through the brief to introduce its concerns about the pending decision.

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Field Notes: Planting Cloned Redwoods In A Clear-cut With Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rain falls sideways and the trees creak. Terry Mock is drenched, but he has work to do. He’s carrying a pair of redwood trees: slender, about 3 feet tall, their roots tucked in narrow black pots.   “These are clones of some of the biggest and oldest redwoods on the planet. These are the exact genetic duplicates of the mother trees, so in fact, these are the mother trees,” he says. …“What we’re going to test is whether or not the fact that these have the same genetics will enable these trees to withstand environmental stress,” Mock says.

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Mount Hood logging disputes shift as clear-cuts decline and thinning projects rise

The Oregonian
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Jazz thinning project, a 2,000-acre logging plan near a Clackamas River tributary, features the type of selective tree cutting that’s become the accepted approach for much of the Mount Hood National Forest. But Mount Hood’s main environmental watchdog group is fighting it, charging the Forest Service with using thinning as cover for potentially destructive logging. Amid the criticism, the service has pulled back the previously approved project for a second look, upsetting logging interests who say Jazz is a far cry from the clear-cuts of the 1950s through 1980s.

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Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem?

from University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Eureka Alert
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Our findings were unexpected,” Fraterrigo said. “We hypothesized that
in this area of the southern Appalachians, where there is a lot of
nitrogen available due to high rates of atmospheric nitrogen deposition,
hemlock mortality would increase nitrogen leaching from the soil
because the trees were no longer taking up that nitrogen, but we found
the opposite. We found less nitrogen leaching from the soil because
hardwood trees had compensated by increasing their productivity.”

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City of Spokane and its neighbors take action to protect from future wildfire

December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the High Drive Bluff community, it’s not about if a wildfire will come through…it’s about when a wildfire will come through. …Funded with a $50,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service and administered through DNR, neighbors are volunteering their time to clear undergrowth, dead debris, and trash along the bluff to help reduce the risk of wildfire.

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Forestry unions claim they’ve been blocked

News Talk NB
December 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Unions claim they’ve been blocked from filling forestry workers in on their rights at upcoming Government-funded “safety breakfasts.” Forest owners are running the talks, which will include a short presentation by Ministry inspectors on the new Forest Safety Regulations, then a briefing from employers. Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says unions sought to attend, so they could pass on information to workers such as their right to refuse dangerous work, to demand safe hours and roster arrangements and to elect worker health and safety representatives at their workplace.

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German scientists seek to clone perfect Xmas trees

Phys.Org
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may soon become a lot easier: just pick a nice clone. That’s what German scientists are now working on: They are searching a way to ensure that the sensitive saplings of the popular Nordmann fir species grow into impressive specimens. The fir is native to the Caucasus, but is often cultivated on massive plantations in Germany.

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Government ‘failed to fund’ research into deadly oak disease

December 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Acute oak decline, which is thought to have first emerged less than 30 years ago, affects trees that are more than 50 years old. Half of oaks in some English woods are already infected. Peter Goodwin, the co-founder of Surrey-based charity Woodland Heritage, warned that the disease was “far more serious” than ash dieback, which has captured headlines over fears that it will spread to most of the UK’s 92 million ash trees. He said: “It is the iconic tree of England, and while the ash is serious, the removal of English oak from our landscape is a total disaster.”

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TD warns of job losses in forestry sector

Irish Times
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Selling Coillte harvesting rights to private investors will result in more job losses in the semi-State forestry agency, United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett has claimed. The Dún Laoghaire TD said 11,000 people were employed by the forestry service in Ireland and those numbers “will be further reduced when the Government sells off the trees to private interests which see them only as a cash crop that will make a quick buck”. He claimed they had “no interest in maintaining them as woodlands or developing the woodland industry to create jobs”.

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Company & Business News

Commodities price suffer fall but poised for rebound in 2013: Scotiabank report

Canadian Press
December 20, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Commodity prices are poised for a rebound in 2013 following the declines experienced in many of Canada’s resource sectors this year despite a summer rally, according to a new report from Scotiabank. In a commentary accompanying its Commodity Price Index for November, Scotiabank says prices will get a lift as buyers restock raw materials after liquidating inventories or deferring orders in 2012. “This is already the case in China, where a pickup in orders from steel producers, after a sharp inventory correction last summer, has boosted spot iron ore and coking coal prices,” writes Scotiabank commodity market specialist Patricia Mohr.

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Elk Falls developer says he is still a player

Campbell River Mirror
December 21, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton developer Harold Jahn says he needs until Dec. 31 to complete the $8.6 million deal to purchase the Catalyst pulp mill property. Catalyst Paper announced Dec. 19 that the sale of its Elk Falls site to Jahn’s company Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals did not close by the Dec. 18 deadline and “the sale agreement has been terminated.” Regardless, Jahn says he’s still a player. “Pacifica continues to move forward with the closing process, is ready, willing, and able to close in the coming 10 days,” he told the Mirror on Friday, Dec. 21.

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Elk Falls mill sale to developer collapses

Campbell River Mirror
December 20, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The $8.6 million deal to sell the Catalyst pulp mill to an elusive Edmonton developer with a questionable track record has collapsed. But, Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway says: “The town shouldn’t worry; we will end up with a better result. This deal was too strange right from the beginning.” …It was hardly a surprise. Four deadlines for the sale of the 400-acre property were missed on Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 19 and Dec. 18. And, none of the grandiose promises made by developer Harold Jahn materialized.

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Scotiabank declares lumber its top investment pick for 2013

by Gordon Hamilton – Prolonged construction season and low inventory levels means it’s time to buy
Vancouver Sun
December 21, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

After four years of being the forgotten commodity, lumber is back in the spotlight, named Scotiabank’s top pick for investors for the coming year. “The investment sentiment has changed,” said Patricia Mohr, vice-president of economics and a commodities market specialist at Scotia-bank. …And British Columbia, with one foot in the U.S. lumber market and the other in the Chinese market, is expected to thrive as lumber’s position in the global commodities market is restored.

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Lumber duties continue

Hinton Parklander
December 20, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s wood products industry announced some optimistic news recently: profits are expected to double in 2013 and nearly triple by 2014, according to a report by an independent research organization. …“The duty is reset monthly and for the vast majority of the months since the SLA was implemented in 2006, we have paid duties at the 15% level.” …That’s outrageous; but it’s a cold consequence of having the world superpower as our largest trading partner.

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No. 7 machine to shut briefly

Fort Frances Times Online
December 21, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The local mill will be even quieter over Christmas as No. 7 paper machine is being shut down on Dec. 24-25 due to market conditions. Meanwhile, the town is keeping up its “economic development strategy to support the industries that built our community, as well as seeking new opportunities to support our future,” said a press release issued yesterday.

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CNC Burns Lake Campus Offering Free SkillsUpgrade

250 News
December 19, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Burns Lake,B.C. – Babine Forest Products workers can gain skills for apprenticeships at CNC’s Burns Lake campus for free. The opportunity has been made possible by a $300 thousand dollar grant from the Industry Training Authority. The program is 19 weeks and will begin at the end of January. During the course of the program, students will focus on essential skills, job readiness skills and several industry certifications. Participants will receive funded training, as well as training allowances and other supports.

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Tembec Kapuskasing to receive break on power rate

Kapuskasing Times
December 20, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec’s Kapuskasing operation will benefit from an initiative the provincial government says is designed to help large northern industrial companies improve energy efficiency, reduce costs, sustain jobs and maintain competitiveness. ..“Electricity continues to be a major operating cost for large northern forestry operations. Monday’s announced extension of this program will assist them in lowering costs, improving productivity and boosting competitiveness.

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Dredging could settle dispute over Halsey pulp mill waste

Albany Democrat Herald
December 21, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Cascade Pacific Pulp LLC is proposing a major dredging operation in the Willamette River that could head off a threatened lawsuit over water pollution from the company’s Halsey mill. The company has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove up to 22,600 cubic yards of material — about 1,900 dump truck loads — from a gravel bar that has built up in the river. … The reduced flow has also resulted in a concentration of the effluent from the two mills.

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350 jobs part of new Enfield mill

Klausner Mills announces plan for state-of-the-art lumber processing facility in Enfield
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
December 20, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

ENFIELD — Santa Claus came early to Halifax County this year as Gov. Bev Perdue announced this morning more good paying jobs are coming to the Roanoke Valley. …“Halifax County is proud to be the new home of Klausner Lumber Two as they expand their global footprint to the United States,” chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners James Pierce said.

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Asia Pacific China takes lead in global forest products industry

China Daily
December 19, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The forest products industry is slowly recovering from the global economic crisis, with the Asia-Pacific region and particularly China taking the lead, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said yesterday. “Global production of the main forest products grew by 1 to 4 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010,” a statement said. “Countries are slowly coming out of recession.” Production of wood-based panels and paper in 2011 was above the pre-crisis levels of 2007 and “appears to be growing relatively strong in most regions,” it added. On the other hand, global production of industrial roundwood has not yet reached pre-crisis levels despite a year-on-year increase of 3 per cent in 2011.

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Receiver to focus on selling pulp mill

Tasmanian Examiner
December 20, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

THE receiver for former Tasmanian timber giant Gunns will now focus on the sale of the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill project after the sale of the company’s remaining timber products assets. Receiver KordaMentha’s Mark Korda said yesterday that Sydney-based New Forests company had signed off on the purchase of all Gunns Timber Products, including its Bell Bay sawmill in Tasmania, and the Tarpeena Mill in South Australia. …A KordaMentha spokesman said that the receiver, appointed by Gunns’ main lending institutions, would now move focus to the pulp mill.

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Gunns timber assets sold to New Forests

Business Spectator
December 21, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Gunns’ timber products business, including sawmills in Tasmania and South Australia, is set to be sold to Sydney-based New Forests, for a sale price believed to be between $25 million and $30 million, according to The Australian. The newspaper said that sources close to the receiver, Korda Mentha, insisted the figure was significantly higher than the $25 million to $30 million estimate. Prior to Gunns’ collapse three months ago its sawmill assets alone were expected to be worth as much as $90 million.

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Gunns’ receivers say sale funds to help with debts

ABC News, Australia
December 21, 2012
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The receivers of collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns say money from the sale of major assets will help to settle some of its debts. A Sydney-based company has purchased hardwood sawmills in Tasmania and South Australia from Gunns, which collapsed in September with debts of $500 million.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EPA Releases Final Boiler MACT, Incinerator, and NHSM Rules

American Forest & Paper Association
December 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – On Friday, Dec. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), Incinerator, and Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rules following months of agency review in which the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has been closely engaged. “While we need to study the rule in more depth, we will be looking for improvements from the December 2011 re-proposed rules on the use of biomass residuals as fuels, compliance time, and achievability,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

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Researchers map Maryland’s forest carbon

UM team uses satellites, planes, footwork to tally climate impact
Baltimore Sun
December 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

If a tree falls in Maryland’s forests — even if no one hears it — researchers soon will have a handle on how much it could contribute to global warming. A pair of geographical scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park is leading an ambitious effort to map the state’s forests and measure changes over time in the amount of carbon stockpiled in the trees. With a $1.4 million grant from NASA, the research team hopes to use satellite imagery, aerial photography and ground observations to develop new methods for tracking the carbon stored in woodlands, which could be applied locally, nationally and globally.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Good idea, poor planning

Prince George Citizen
December 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the corner of Fifth Ave and George Street sits a vacant lot. It shouldn’t be vacant. According to a September 2011 Citizen interview with Premier Christy Clark, It should be the construction site of the 10-story Wood Innovation Design Centre and if not a 10-storey building then at least the tallest wood building in the world.  …Speaking to ministry staff, I find there are no agreements with the private forest-industry sector to lease or in anyway participate in WIDC, no business plan as to what WIDC will do and to top it all off Commonwealth, which was brought into the development agreement by the government, has been thrown under the bus.

The city not the province chose the WIDC Location from 250 News

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Work gets under way on record CLT timber structure

Construction News Portal
December 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Kier Construction has started work on a £19 million school project expected to rank as the largest structure in the UK built with the latest cross-laminated timber technology. …. …Cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction technology has been chosen because it offers efficient, high-speed installation using modular factory-made precision components that can be delivered to site and rapidly erected. It has proved less weather-dependent and more sustainable than conventional construction methods.

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Archaeologists Date World’s Oldest Timber Constructions

Science Daily
December 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A research team led by Willy Tegel and Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg from the Institute of Forest Growth of the University of Freiburg has succeeded in precisely dating four water wells built by the first Central European agricultural civilization with the help of dendrochronology or growth ring dating. The wells were excavated at settlements in the Greater Leipzig region and are the oldest known timber constructions in the world. They were built by the Linear Pottery culture, which existed from roughly 5600 to 4900 BC.

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Wood wind instrument to generate power (video)

Globe and Mail
December 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A wind turbine entirely made from wood has been inaugurated in Germany. Joanna Partridge reports.

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General

Government ‘failed to fund’ research into deadly oak disease

December 24, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Acute oak decline, which is thought to have first emerged less than 30 years ago, affects trees that are more than 50 years old. Half of oaks in some English woods are already infected. Peter Goodwin, the co-founder of Surrey-based charity Woodland Heritage, warned that the disease was “far more serious” than ash dieback, which has captured headlines over fears that it will spread to most of the UK’s 92 million ash trees. He said: “It is the iconic tree of England, and while the ash is serious, the removal of English oak from our landscape is a total disaster.”

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New forest player aims to give all growers a say

from FOREST GROWERS LEVY TRUST
Scoop.co.nz
December 19, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Forest owners will vote in March on a plan that aims to give all commercial forest and woodlot owners a say in the future of their industry. The Forest Voice referendum is being conducted by a new organisation, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, an incorporated society. It has the backing of the two established players in the sector, the Forest Owners Association and the Farm Forestry Association. Trust chair Geoff Thompson says the plan aims to create a fairer, more cohesive and more profitable sector. The referendum will be held from 1-22 March 2013.

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