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Daily Archives: May 6, 2013

Business & Politics

BC’s economic growth in 2012 was weakest in Western Canada

Vancouver Sun
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… B.C.’s long-dormant forestry sector recorded a solid gain in lumber production in February and likely held steady in March. Total production in B.C. rose nearly five per cent from January to a seasonally-adjusted 2.57 million dry cubic metres. This marked a rebound from the lull in activity in the second half of 2012 and the strongest pace of production since early 2008. Total lumber output from B.C. mills was up 2.5 per cent over the first two months of the year and the industry seems poised for further gains in the coming quarters.

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Woman wins award for HR response to sawmill disaster

HQPrinceGeorge.com
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George woman has been honoured for her efforts following the Lakeland mill disaster. Sabrina Mowbray, a human resources advisor at Sinclair Group Forest Products, took home the “Rising Star Award” at this week’s 51st annual BC HR Management Association Conference and Tradeshow in Vancouver. “It’s humbling and flattering beyond words and I’m just so grateful for all of those who helped to get me here and through all of this in the last year.”

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Canfor keys on revitalized sales at AGM

Prince George Citizen
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lino Nadelin liked Canfor so much, he bought the company. He is one of the many shareholders of Canadian Forest Products, but not all of them worked for the company. He invested 39 years as a Canfor employee, all in Prince George, and while many grumble about their workplace, he looked upon the corporation with gratitude, so much so that he invested his paycheque as well. That affinity grew this week when the forestry giant held its annual general meeting in Prince George for the first time in its 75-year history.

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Forestry key part of campaign

Vernon Morning Star
May 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberals and NDP agree on one thing when it comes to B.C.’s vast forest resource: marketing B.C. wood to Asian markets remains a high priority. Their bitterest disagreement is over log exports, although neither party offers a clear strategy as the May 14 election approaches. The NDP election platform blasts the B.C. Liberals for presiding over a doubling of log exports to 5.7 million cubic metres between 2009 and 2012, with “no plan to curtail the flow.

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Chronic illness high near pulp mill

The News
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Callum Thomson first started coming up to summer in Moodie Cove in 1990. A year later he was diagnosed with asthma. An otherwise healthy adult, Thomson had no history of the disease in his family and never had respiratory problems as a child. He said his doctor couldn’t explain why he developed asthma and for many years Thomson didn’t know either.

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Baucus seeks ideas on economic growth from Flathead business leaders

Missoulian
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

One day after edging boards at the recently reopened Plum Creek Timber Co. stud mill in Evergreen, working alongside millworkers in a Montana industry that flagged with the housing collapse and is now rebounding, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus plied members of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce with a question – how can the state build on that momentum? At Thursday’s listening session at the chamber, Baucus said Montana was “on the cusp” of economic well-being, and asked for input from the Flathead Valley’s business leaders on how to further stimulate the state’s economy.

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It’s crunch time for timber counties

The Oregonian
May 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Rough & Ready Lumber Co. recently revealed plans to close the last sawmill operating in Josephine County. In a county that had 22 sawmills in 1975 and has been declining economically since the 1980s, the announcement was more symbolic than surprising. But the timing of the bad news shines light on upcoming decisions that will have an even bigger impact on the future of Oregon’s timber-dependent rural counties. On May 21, residents of Josephine and Curry counties will decide whether to raise property taxes to avoid further cuts in law enforcement. The importance of the votes resonates far beyond the two counties.

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Boise Cuts Could Impact Timber Industry Jobs

WDIO.com
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

When 265 employees lose their jobs at Boise Incorporated in International Falls in the fall, it could mean lost jobs for loggers too, according to a timber industry leader. “It’s a huge loss not only in International Falls but in the surrounding area of Koochiching County and elsewhere,” said Ray Higgins with the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

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Forestry company granted leave to appeal

The New Age Online
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court has granted forestry company York Timbers leave to appeal against a confiscation order. A Sapa correspondent reported on Friday that the court granted a confiscation order of R450,000 in April, after York Timbers pleaded guilty in 2011 to widening a forest road on its premises in Sabie without authorisation. On Monday, the court granted the company leave to appeal against the confiscation order made by Magistrate Nomaswazi Shabangu.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Building fights back against the plastic people and the fossil fools

Treehugger (blog)
May 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Green building has been under attack on all fronts recently by the wood, plastic and fossil fuel industries, all of which have big bucks to spend in Washington. This week it seems that the USGBC and the green building industry are getting some traction in fighting back. The US Green Building Council, which runs the LEED certification system has been under attack by the plastics and lumber industries. It looked back in February like LEED might be in real trouble with the General Services Administration that runs government building programs.

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Anti-LEED bill goes before NC House committee next week

Charlotte Business Journal
May 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

An N.C. legislative proposal that would restrict the use of national green building rating programs on public projects is slated for discussion Tuesday by the state House Committee on Agriculture in Raleigh. House Bill 628 would insert new language in a section of state law that calls for energy- and water-use standards for major public facility construction and renovation projects. N.C. Reps. Michele Presnell (R-Haywood) and Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) are the primary sponsors of the bill, filed April 9.

Georgia’s green building lead at risk as state sides with forestry industry from the SaportaReport

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Forestry

More money may be needed for heritage area along Manitoba-Ontario boundary

Canadian Press
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A multimillion-dollar bid to gain international recognition for a vast stretch of boreal forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary was dealt a setback Friday by a UNESCO advisory committee. The committee said it needs more time and information before deciding whether the area should be deemed a world heritage site. The decision was a blow to the Manitoba government, which has already spent or committed to spend $14.5 million on Pimachiowin Aki, a 33,400-square kilometre swath of pristine boreal forest.

Manitoba’s $14m UNESCO bid delayed from The CBC News

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Forest fire preparations ramping up

Edson Leader
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fire preparations are well underway in the Foothills fire protection district. The water bomber fleet has already visited the base at the Edson Airport during the week of April 21 to 27. Foothills area communications officer Joan Simonton said water bomber personnel duties includeForest fire preparations are well underway in the Foothills fire protection district.

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Diverse collection of seedlings in Smoky Lake nursery destined for oilsands reclamation

Edmonton Journal
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As spring bursts upon Alberta, tree planting season is set to begin. And in the sandy pine hills area of Smoky Lake, 120 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, one of Canada’s biggest nurseries is ready to start shipping out millions of trees and shrubs. Forestry companies were once the sole users of pine and spruce seedlings, but now oilsands companies are big customers as they reclaim former minesite and tailings ponds with a wide variety of trees, bushes and grasses, and aim to restore biodiversity in those areas.

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Crews battle 20 hectare brush fire near Weyerhaeuser mill south east of Grande Prairie

HQ Grande Prairie
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

County officials say the brush fire is 75% contained and crews are continuing to work in the area. To prevent risk of injury, the public’s advised to stay away from the region . as of 6pm Saturday… Fire crews continue to battle a major brush fire south east of Grande Prairie near the Weyerhaeuser saw mill. Billowing plumes of smoke could be seen as far away as Woking. County of Grande Prairie fire crews were called around 3:30, with air support tankers and fixed-wing craft called in to help try to quell the flames.

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Logging accident sends one to Royal Inland Hospital

Kamloops Daily News
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC will investigate after one person was flown to Royal Inland Hospital with serious injuries after a logging accident. Few details were provided Friday other than an air ambulance was sent to a location 30 to 40 kilometres outside of Valemount shortly after 9 a.m. A B.C. Ambulance spokeswoman said the patient was potentially crushed during the incident, but couldn’t comment further.

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Port Moody forest land goes on the block

94 hectares of Imperial Oil property for sale to housing developers
The Province
May 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eagles soar overhead and bears munch berries in a Port Moody forest slated to become home to large numbers of houses. The 94-hectare site, one-quarter the size of Stanley Park, is perhaps the largest single block of developable land left in Metro Vancouver. It has been put up for sale by owner Imperial Oil as local politicians make plans to upgrade zoning so greater numbers of residences can be accommodated. Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay believes the area will change a great deal in the coming years.

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Tent caterpillar outbreak is not expected to be as bad as 2012

Nanaimo Daily News
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Though local residents may be alarmed at the re-emergence of tent caterpillars on their trees this season, it is unlikely the outbreak will be as bad as last year. It was the worst infestation of caterpillars she’d seen in ten years, said city horticulture supervisor Gail Pasluco last year. There are fears that with the mild winter, this year could be just as bad or worse. However the previous year’s high numbers make sense when taking the cyclical rise and fall of tent caterpillar populations into account, said entomologist Dr. Allan Carroll, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia.

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Getting Ahead of the Mountain Pine Beetle in Yukon

Silviculture Magazine
May 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, is a native North American bark beetle that is distributed throughout most of the range of lodgepole pine in British Columbia. Although the MPB population has not expanded into Yukon (there are currently no confirmed sightings of the beetle in Yukon), it has moved quickly northward in the last few years within the Rocky Mountain Trench in northern British Columbia.

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Forest fire under control on Mount-Saint-Grégoire

Agency reports 80 forest fires in Quebec over the past week
CBC News
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters have contained a forest fire at the summit of Mont-Saint-Grégoire, in the Montérégie region. The fire started at about 10 p.m. on Friday when a group lost control of a bonfire, according to Eloïse Richard, the spokeswoman for Quebec’s forest fire protection agency (SOPFEU). Richard said on Saturday morning that about three hectares of forest, or about three baseball fields, were still burning.

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More Brands Dump Sustainable Forest Initiative’s Paper Certification Program

Triple Pundit
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

On Wednesday, ForestEthics announced that more major brands have moved away from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) paper products certification program. Office Depot, Southwest Airlines and Cricket Communications have joined HP in the shift away from the U.S. paper industry-backed SFI in the tussle over certified paper products. ForestEthics has long alleged that
SFI is a front for the paper industry, and a Fall 2010 report accusing
SFI of “greenwashing” was been just one battle in the fight between
paper certification programs including the Forest Stewardship Council.

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USFS under fire for demand that states return $17.9M in subsidies

Associated Press
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service is in the business of preventing fires, not starting them. Yet the agency set off alarms in Congress and state capitols across the West by citing the automatic spending cuts as the basis for demanding that dozens of states return $17.9 million in federal subsidies. And it’s all come down to a bureaucratic squabble over whether the money is subject to so-called sequestration because of the year it was paid – 2013 – as the Obama administration contends, or exempt from the cuts because of the year it was generated – 2012 – as the states insist.

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US public overwhelmingly rejects genetically engineered trees

Food Consumer
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

By a majority of almost 99.9% to .01%, the US public overwhelmingly rejected steps towards the legalization of genetically engineered trees during the USDA APHIS public comment period that ended yesterday. The comments were in response to a petition by genetically engineered tree company ArborGen requesting permission to commercially sell their GE freeze tolerant eucalyptus trees. Calls for a ban on the technology flooded the APHIS office, through individual online comments, petitions and online virtual meetings.

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Congress talks forest health in Colo.

Tipton touts his bill seeking to mitigate fire danger
The Durango Herald
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado’s Republican members of Congress prodded the Forest Service to do more to reduce wildfire risks at a hearing they held at the state Capitol on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said fires scorched 9 million acres around the country last year and killed more than a dozen people, including six in Colorado. “It is time that Congress, the administration and citizens of the West take steps to prevent these tragedies.

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Pine wilt killing neighborhood trees

KETV Omaha
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A microscopic creature is killing trees in Omaha neighborhoods, and experts say there’s virtually nothing do be done about it. Kevin Korus with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic can spot a dying scotch pine by sight. “All of the needles on that tree have the same kind of yellow that’s turning them brown,” Korus said. The killer: nematodes, a microscopic creature that spreads pine wilt.

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Forest Service maps have gone mobile

Red Bluff Daily News
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Now there’s a new, lighter and more convenient way to view your National Forest maps. In response to a survey concerning U.S. Forest Service map availability, all forest visitor maps and quad maps covering portions of California are available for purchase through the Avenza PDF Maps Application. This app is free of charge and available for most Apple iOS products. The app can be downloaded directly to your device through the iTunes store. You can go to the Avenza website now to get a beta version of the app for Android devices. 

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Cooler temperatures help to tame southern California wildfire

Reuters
May 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cooler temperatures helped firefighters battling a wildfire in southern California on Sunday and an official said the blaze was expected to be fully under control within 24 hours. The so-called Springs Fire has charred about 28,000 acres of brush land in a coastal area northwest of Los Angeles since it started on Thursday.

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Wildfires, naturally occurring forest fires and climate change

Select Media
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Santa Ana winds, notorious for fueling wildfires, swept through Ventura County on Thursday, consuming more than 12 square miles and endangering homes. The fire stretched from Highway 101 to the Pacific Coast Highway and prompted firefighters to battle the blaze all night. Thousands are evacuating their homes in Southern California as the first wildfires of the season begin to ravage the state.

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Columbus fights tree-killing beetles

Associated Press
May 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBUS —Ohio’s capital city is in a costly, multiyear battle against a tree-killing beetle. Columbus is spending $10 million to remove most of an estimated 30,000 ash trees and replace them with other species. The Columbus Dispatch reports many of the ashes line streets in public rights of way. The city forester says $1.5 million will be spent this year on removing trees, with two full-time city crews focused on cutting down and chipping ash trees.

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Tree Survey Starts May 20

Certified tree inspectors will be searching for trees that show signs of Dutch elm disease or oak wilt.
Patch.com
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Residents will soon see inspectors searching for diseased trees. On May 20, tree inspectors certified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin surveying the entire city to look for trees that show signs of Dutch elm disease or oak wilt. Surveying will continue until late September or early October. (Minnetonka doesn’t regulate other tree diseases or insects because there aren’t any others in the city yet that are considered epidemic.)

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Fire funding awarded by legislature covering 2011 expenses for out-of-state resources

Temple Daily Telegram
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Fighting wildfires is expensive, and no one knows that better than the Texas A&M Forest Service and local volunteer fire departments. Although a lot of the money awarded by the 82nd Legislature to the Texas A&M Forest Service for volunteer fire department grants and to cover Forest Service expenses was spent in 2011 to pay for out-of-state resources used to fight wildfires, the help they brought to Central Texas to fight wildfires was invaluable, area fire chiefs said Friday.

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Flanagan lashes Greens over forestry deal

ABC Online
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Author and well-known environmentalist Richard Flanagan has lashed out at the Tasmanian Greens’ decision to support the forestry peace deal. This week four of the five state Greens MPs voted with Labor to ensure the passage of the bill to enact the deal. In an opinion piece published online, Flanagan writes that there would be many reasons for environmentalists not to vote Green at the forthcoming state election.

Greens hit back over forest deal lashing from ABC News, Australia
Brown claims green groups ‘outflanked’ by loggers from The ABC News, Australia
Flawed forest deal a welcome peace from The Australian

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Nicaragua cloud forest ‘under siege’

BBC News
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A famed rainforest in Nicaragua is under growing threat from illegal loggers, say indigenous leaders. The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve is Central America’s largest tropical forest with clouds constantly drifting over the hilly terrain. But the Mayangna and Miskito people who live there say 30,000 hectares a year are being deforested by “colonists”.

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Oak trees at risk as caterpillar peril spreads in south of England

Caterpillar of oak processionary moth, which devastates oaks and causes skin rashes, has taken hold in London
The Guardian
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tree experts are urging the public to help stop the spread of a moth that devastates oak trees and whose caterpillars cause rashes on people who touch them. The oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) has taken hold across several south London boroughs and one site in Berkshire, after arriving in the UK on oaks imported from continental Europe to south-west London in 2006.

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Illegal logging ‘robbing Africans of livelihoods’

The Hindu
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Collusion between political elites, civil servants and logging companies is systematically robbing people of their livelihoods, says a report into corrupt forestry practices in Africa. The extensive granting of “shadow permits” for small-scale logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Ghana and Cameroon bypasses new laws and environmental safeguards, and is forcing communities to meet their timber needs illegally, says NGO Global Witness.

Audit: Contracts awarded in Liberia violate law from The Associated Press

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Resilient to the core

Newcastle Herald
May 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two metal blades are twisted deep into the trunk of one of the elderly elms lining St Kilda Road and slender, slightly damp cores of timber are removed. Just five millimetres thick, these fine snatches of wood are expected to be thick with information. The Ulmus procera is one of about 220 trees throughout the City of Melbourne being sampled to assess what species will grow best as our climate gets warmer, drier and prone to more extreme weather events.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rentech drops woody jet fuel for wood pellets

Northern Ontario Business
May 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The California energy company which once touted made-in-Northern Ontario green jet fuel now wants to make wood pellets. Los Angeles-based Rentech has drastically changed the scope of its project in Northern Ontario as it announced, May 2, it is switching gears by acquiring a shuttered Weyerhaeser fibre board mill in Wawa and and the Atikokan Renewable Fuels mill in Atikokan. Plans to convert a former Domtar mill in White River into a fuel refinery have been dropped. 

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Port continues working toward wood pellet deal

StarNewsOnline.com
May 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Although there are no final agreements for wood pellet facilities at North Carolina’s ports, the N.C. State Ports Authority board of directors last week voted to let officials continue working toward contracts with the companies that will build them. Jeff Miles, the port’s executive director, will work in consultation with Danny McComas, the board’s chairman, to iron out details with Enviva Holdings for a facility at the Port of Wilmington and International Wood Fuels for one in Morehead City.

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The biomass industry should come clean about its environmental impact

May 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Last year, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace published a report, called Dirtier than coal?, that shone a light on some evidence that the biomass industry would prefer was kept hidden. We revealed two important facts: Firstly, government plans to support the conversion of coal plants would mean that by 2017 the UK will be burning 30m tonnes of biomass, most of which will be wood.

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Subsidising biomass could put 40,000 jobs at risk

Resource Magazine
May 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A group of environmentalists, NGOs and members of the furniture industry have called on government to impose ‘strict limits of subsidies’ for the use of wood in biomass power stations. In a letter published yesterday (2 May) in The Times, signatories from 15 organizations urged government to ‘act quickly’ in support of industries that rely on Britain’s annual forestry harvest and limit subsidization of biomass electricity, which could see annual wood consumption rise to 30 million tonnes, ‘the equivalent of six times the UK’s annual forestry harvest by 2017’.

Biomass row heats up after green groups call for subsidy cuts from Business Green

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