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Daily Archives: May 13, 2013

Business & Politics

Western Forest Products Announces Election of Directors

Marketwired
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. today announced that, at the annual and special meeting of shareholders held earlier today, each of the seven nominees listed in the management information circular dated March 28, 2013 were elected as directors of Western. The detailed results of the vote are set out below: James Arthur, Don Demens, Lee Doney, Dominic Gammiero, J. Peter Gordon, Pierre McNeil, John B. Newman.

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Lumber investors can get in on ground floor, analyst says

Stockhouse editorial
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“It’s been hard to get investors to buy these things,’’ said Canadian analyst Daryl Swetlishoff. Lumber stocks have been a tough sell in recent years. But a Canadian forestry analyst says the situation is about to change as investors react to the influence of a slow recovery in U.S. housing market, increasing demand from emerging markets and a reduced timber supply.

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Union boss touts NDP

Prince George Citizen
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Leo Gerard, the United Steelworkers Union’s international president, was in Prince George on Thursday to campaign for the NDP, heading into Tuesday’s provincial election. Gerard stood in front of the new B.C. Hydro headquarters currently under construction, the steel gleaming in the bright sunlight. “Here in the heart of British Columbia’s forest industry, a government-owned company should be building with wood,” said Gerard.

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Interfor profits jump fivefold on high lumber prices, record production

Vancouver Sun
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver forest company Interfor reported a fivefold jump in profits over its last quarter Friday as strong lumber prices, the ramp-up of its rebuilt Grand Forks sawmill and new acquisitions in the U.S. South all contributed to a record-breaking quarter for lumber production. Interfor reported net income of $17.8 million, or 32 cents a share, compared with earnings of $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and a loss of $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2012.

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Beijing investigates high official involved in BC pulp mill fraud

Globe and Mail
May 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of China’s top officials is under investigation for corruption that includes an alleged bank fraud scheme tied to a long-shuttered pulp mill in northern British Columbia controlled by a businessman linked to several high-ranking members of the B.C. Liberal Party. The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China is investigating Liu Tienan, the deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, for alleged “serious disciplinary violations.”

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Family call on union to stop politicking

Prince George Free Press
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The family of one of the men killed in the Babine Forest Products explosion last year is upset at the Steelworker’s union for “political maneuvering.” Earlier this week 1-424 president Frank Everitt questioned the BC Safety Authority’s decision to withhold 90 pages of its final report, pending a review by Crown Counsel. The decision came after a meeting with MLAs Shirley Bond and Pat Bell. “The family of Robert F. Luggi Jr. has been deeply hurt and traumatized all over again to see what has transpired in the media regarding The BC Safety Authority report & the explosion at Babine Forest Products on January 20, 2012,” the family states in a press release issued this morning.

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Northeast politicians press Wynne on ONTC

Northern Ontario Business
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northeastern Ontario municipal leaders were hoping to pin down Premier Kathleen Wynne in Parry Sound this week to make a firm commitment to keep the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission in public hands… In Spacek’s home community of Kapuskasing, area forest producers like Lecours, Columbia Forest Products and Tembec heavily depend on the ONTC to move wood products to customers.Spacek said the message was received “loud and clear” from industry in northeastern Ontario is that they need rail freight to remain in business.

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Mill owners need to give a little

TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Truckers stopped delivering pulpwood to Port Hawkesbury Paper LP this week. Were they breaking the law, as the mill claims, or fighting fair? Members of the Northeastern Pulp Truckers Association turned off their engines and refused to deliver much-needed fibre to the Point Tupper paper mill. They want to be paid more. The mill owner said they were violating Canada’s Competition Act and therefore it would not negotiate with truckers until they resumed deliveries.

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Mill workers in The Pas sign new labour deal

Winnipeg Free Press
May 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tolko kraft paper mill workers in Ths Pas have signed a new labour deal, their union reports. The five-year deal, signed Friday, includes wage hikes of two per cent a year retroactive to last February, Canadian Energy and Paperworkers Local 1403 said in a press release. The deal also includes improvements to benefits, vision care and orthodontics. Local 1403 represents about 220 mill workers. “The parties renegotiated certain clauses affecting job movement within the mill as well as apprenticeships and job progression in the steam plant which save the company money and create longer-term stability and viability for the mill,” the press release said.

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Truckers resume delivering wood to paper mill

Cape Breton Post
May 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY — The development manager of Port Hawkesbury Paper has agreed to talks on the condition that truckers resume hauling wood to the mill. Trucking companies at loggerheads with the mill over the price of supplying the paper mill with wood agreed to begin hauling late Sunday afternoon. Northeastern Pulp Truckers Association representative, Fred Kennedy, said individual truckers have been adamant that something has to be done in order to be able to pay the bills.

Truckers secure talks with Port Hawkesbury from Daily Business Buzz

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Company pulls sawmill plans from Deer Lake

Western Star
May 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DEER LAKE A New Brunswick company proposing to build a pressure-treated lumber and wood manufacturing facility on Incinerator Road has pulled out of the area in favour of a site near Clarenville. Almost one year ago, Fredericton-based Marwood Ltd. submitted an environmental assessment with the provincial government for an 18,000 square-foot treating plant and an adjacent 4,800 square-foot wood handling, sorting and manufacturing plant.

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Woodlands union hopeful loan could speed up negotiations

Western Star
May 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK With the last of the inside unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. accepting a contract offer earlier this week, all eyes are now on the mill’s two outside unions. With all that attention, it’s no wonder Lindy Vincent’s blood pressure has gone up. Vincent is president of Local 60N of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union. His local represents the woodland workers outside the mill — the silviculture workers, cutters and road crews.

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Cascades execs optimistic despite tough 1st quarter

The Gazette
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Mario Plourde officially took over as chief executive of Quebec-based packaging and tissue products giant Cascades Inc. at Thursday’s annual shareholders’ meeting, saying business should pick up in the second and third quarters after a disappointing first quarter. Though Plourde and Alain Lemaire were upbeat about Cascades’ medium-term strategic plan to improve profitability, investors were less convinced and the share-price dropped 4.47 per cent to $4.70 after touching an early low of $4.30.

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Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Larger Than S&P 500 Component First Horizon National

Forbes
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In the latest look at stocks ordered by largest market capitalization, Russell 3000 component Louisiana-Pacific Corp. was identified as having a larger market cap than the smaller end of the S&P 500, for example First Horizon National Corp, according to The Online Investor… Another reason market capitalization is important is where it places a company in terms of its size tier in relation to peers — much like the way a mid-size sedan is typically compared to other mid-size sedans (and not SUV’s).

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Hardwood Lumber Sales Continue to Climb

Woodworking Network
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hardwood lumber sales remained brisk and prices continued to rise across a wide range of species, grades and thicknesses. Contacts in virtually every market reported increased sales from year-ago levels and were optimistic about near-term business. …In general, concentration yards reported low lumber inventories and increasing sales. Most millwork and several wood component plants also noted improved business, though component sales to the cabinet sector were still very competitive.

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Bipartisanship needed for effective forest management

by Julia Altemus, Executive Vice President Montana Forest Products Association
The Missoulian
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The state Legislature gaveled to a close a couple days shy of the 90-day maximum set by law. Even though there were numerous media articles regarding the hot-button topics of taxes and tax reform, pay bands and pensions, Medicaid expansion, and so forth; legislation pertaining to forestry and forest management never made the press. Nonetheless, several bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support having immediate and long-range positive impacts for Montana’s forest products industry.

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Demand For Lumber Lifting Potlatch Higher

Forbes
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

With strong demand for its products and excellent cost management, Potlatch seems to be in a position to deliver solid earnings growth. Further, with a solid outlook for the industry, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock looks very attractive as of now.

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Sappi blames European weakness for 77% profit fall

BDlive
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SAPPI’s profit for the six months ended March plunged 77% to $24m from $103m in the same period the previous year, mainly due to woes in Europe, its interim and second-quarter results, released on Thursday, showed. Sappi said while its South African and North American specialised cellulose businesses continued to perform well, its European paper business was affected by lower prices and higher pulp costs.

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$19 million investment will keep paper mill competitive

Pine Journal
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Although there’s been much written about Sappi Fine Paper’s ongoing $170 million conversion from producing paper pulp to chemical cellulose, there hasn’t been as much fanfare about the company’s investment on the paper side of things. Recently, Sappi Fine Paper North America announced the completion of a $19 million investment in the coated papermaking operations at the Cloquet mill. The announcement of the paper project’s completion came just a few days before Boise Inc. announced it will close two of four paper machines at its paper mill in International Falls by October, which will result in a loss of one third of the jobs there.

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Forestry

Public Attention for Private Forests

Silviculture Magazine
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a province where 95% of the land is publicly owned, it’s not surprising misinformation persists about the policies and programs in place to ensure the responsible stewardship of the roughly 2% of B.C. that is privately owned forest land. Most people support sustainable forest management, but given the preponderance of publicly owned forest land they’re used to thinking about forest management in the context of a Crown land model.

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Residents on evacuation alert as forest fire expands

The Kamloops Daily News
May 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

ASHCROFT — Rural residents on the outskirts of Ashcroft were ordered to evacuate their homes Sunday night after strong winds gusting to 60 km/h pushed the Spatsum Creek fire northeast. “We’ve never seen anything this threatening since 2003,” said Brian Henderson, chief of the Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department. The fire has been burning for more than two weeks and was all but contained at one point when it flared up again. On Sunday, it grew to 1,100 from 850 hectares and was burning in the crowns of trees at higher elevations.

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Eco-activist makes case to protect Ancient Forest

Prince George Citizen
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saving an ancient forest for the enjoyment of present and future residents is a passion project for a local eco-activist. UNBC professor Darwyn Coxson, co-author of the recent book British Columbia’s Inland Rainforest: Ecology, Conservation and Management, will present the public with the case he is making to government for protection of the Ancient Forest off Highway 16 East, halfway between Prince George and McBride. He would like to see the Upper Fraser cedar stands designated a World Heritage Site.

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Fire weather advisory for central and southern Alberta

Advisory follows level 3 ban introduced in Calgary late Saturday night.
CBC.ca
May 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dry conditions and high winds will push the fire hazard to extreme levels Sunday in southern and central Alberta, officials warned Sunday. Albertans are being asked to take extreme caution and officials say that if a wildfire starts, conditions could cause uncontrollable spread. Fire weather advisories are only issued when the likelihood of uncontrolled wildfires is high.

Evacuation notices issued for Nordegg, Lodgepole from CBC news
Wildfires force evacuation of Nordegg and Lodgepole from the Calgary Herald

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Helicopters to spray gypsy moth pesticide

Low-flying helicopter will spray moth pesticide above tree line
CBC.ca
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Toronto will begin spraying a pesticide later this month, using low-flying helicopters in an effort to combat a European gypsy moth infestation threatening neighbourhood trees. A city news release says helicopters will distribute the pesticide just above the tree line, which will result in the closure of some roads, beaches and golf courses. The spraying is scheduled to take place from May 21 to June 11 from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. At the caterpillar stage, the insect eats the leaves of trees, making them more susceptible to disease.

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Forestry institute and Grenfell sign research agreement

The Western Star
May 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Congregating in the forest centre at Grenfell Campus, overlooking Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and surrounded by the natural forest environment, the Canadian Forestry Service and Memorial University entered into a collaborative research agreement Friday. The federal Forestry Service’s Department of Natural Resources and the university in Corner Brook will share resources, facilities and expertise to support a common vision to enhance the forestry sector.

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Tiny beetle could have devastating effect on Montana trees

Billings Gazette
May 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For tree lovers, the emerald ash borer is no gem. The small, iridescent green beetle has already killed more than 30 million ash trees in Michigan since it was discovered there in 2002, and it could arrive in Montana at any time. Fred Bicha, the Billings city forester, said the beetle, which is about half an inch long when mature, is most likely to arrive in Montana lodged in imported firewood, from which it could quickly spread.

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Wyden says he will ‘lay out strategy’ this month for a successful O&C forestlands bill

The Oregonian
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says he’s preparing to assemble a bill on the state’s Oregon and California railroad lands that “can pass the Senate and the House and actually get signed by the president.” The Democratic senator chairs the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is a central figure in the debate over management of 2.6 million acres of the O&C lands in western Oregon.

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Lake Como logging project now running 7 days a week

KPAX-TV
May 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- Folks heading out to the popular Lake Como area near Darby are being reminded to be on the lookout for machinery and logging trucks on the roads near the lake on weekdays and on weekends. An area around the boat launch is still closed as a safety measure while the logging project is underway. Bitterroot National Forest spokesperson Tod McKay says that the 210-acre project is thinning and removing beetle killed and infested trees, and that the work is needed because the trees present a hazard to the public.

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George Ochenski: Real problem was fire suppression

Letter by Mike Hillis
The Missoulian
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

George Ochenski’s (May 6) opinion, which once again condemns the Forest Jobs and Recreation bill, concludes that “virtually all of the science these days is finding increased logging and thinning a detriment, not a benefit to forest ecosystems.” That statement might be true for Amazonia or Indonesia, but is patently false for our disturbance-prone, interior western forests.

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Western tent caterpillars back en masse this spring

The Idaho Statesman
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wiggling masses of white-orange-and-black caterpillars are emerging from their silken nests to munch on tender leaves – signaling a second spring when Western tent caterpillars might be out in big numbers. “I have seen them out. They’re not as bad as last year. What I’m guessing is we’re getting a resurgence of a population that peaked last year,” said Chris Benedict, agriculture agent at the Washington State University Extension office in Whatcom County. “Though they’ll be out, they’ll be less of an issue than last year,” he added.

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Increasingly short frost harvest seasons affecting logging industry

Glens Falls Post-Star
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Little timber comes into RJ Sweet lumber mill during the spring thaw, as water-socked trails become inaccessible mud pits. Between 35 percent and 45 percent of timber harvested in the Adirondacks is cut during the winter months, when frozen ground allows heavy logging equipment to cross swamps and reach otherwise wet woodlands. “Some years, you’re able to work well into March, some years you can’t. It depends on the frost,” said Dale “Beaver” Aldrich, foreman at RJ Sweet Inc. in Warrensburg.

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Loggers paint timber harvester pink to raise funds to fight cancer

BDN Maine
May 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FORT KENT, Maine — Dustin Marquis looks pretty good in pink. Good thing, too, since the 29-year-old northern Maine logger is going to be spending a big chunk of time surrounded by the color after painting his Tigercat feller buncher timber harvester bright pink as a quirky way to bring attention to a very serious cause. “I was listening to people talking about someone being diagnosed with cancer not long ago,” Marquis said during an informal gathering at the pink machine Friday morning.

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Establishing UK tree seed bank ‘crucial’

BBC News
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The UK’s first national collection of tree seeds has been established, which scientists say is crucial as a growing array of pests threaten native species. Co-ordinated by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, it aims to safeguard the genetic diversity of the UK’s tree flora. The scheme will initially target 50 native species, including the common ash, which is under treat across Europe from ash dieback. The project’s funding has been provided by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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China Must Ensure Timber Demand Not Destroying Thai World Heritage Site

Hardwood Floors Magazine
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the ongoing battle over Siamese rosewood being illegally harvested from Thailand’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage forests, London-based Environmental Investigation Agency called on China’s Redwood Committee, part of the country’s timber trade federation, to ensure the country’s demand for hard, dark-grained wood isn’t fueling the violent trade.

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Conflict over forest ‘peace’ deal

Green Left Weekly
May 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The environment movement in Tasmania has split over support for a forest “peace” agreement the Tasmanian Greens and environment groups made with the logging industry. The environment groups have been in negotiations with the industry for almost three years. As the industry declined, environmentalists saw a chance for reform to win an end to the forest wars permanently. The agreement was passed in state parliament on April 30, supported by the Greens and Labor, and opposed the Liberal party.

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Councils warn of forest deal rate hike

ABC Online
May 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s councils are warning many councils need urgent financial help to cope with changes under the forestry peace agreement. Forestry Tasmania currently pays rates for land where it harvests trees, but councils fear that money will disappear when more forest is protected. Twelve regional councils including Huonville, Dorset and Circular Head expect to lose a combined $2 million in rates each year.

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Logging looms in national parks

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging would be allowed in NSW national parks and a freeze imposed on the declaration of new conservation areas under recommendations of a state government-dominated parliamentary inquiry. An upper house committee into land use chaired by the Shooters and Fishers Party MP Robert Brown has made the recommendations in a draft report, obtained by Fairfax Media.

Timber sector fights for NSW national parks access from ABC News, Australia (radio)
Premier says no logging in national parks from ABC News, Australia

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Firefighters to trial night flights

ABC News, Australia
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania is about to embark on national trial of aerial water bombing of fires at night. Forestry Tasmania has recently started training personnel in night vision goggle technology. It means crews will be able to monitor bushfires from the air overnight and map hotspots for firefighters to tackle at first light. Forestry Tasmania’s Nigel Foss says it will provide intelligence that has not previously been available and will give crews a significant head start.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Port of Pascagoula’s wood pellet facility gets final funding piece

Mississippi Business Journal (blog)
May 10, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The Port of Pascagoula has gotten the last funding piece in place for its wood pellet facility. The $196 million bond bill approved during the legislative session that ended in April includes $10 million that will round out the money needed for the $30 million project. The facility will be built along two terminals on the port’s Bayou Casotte. Port director Mark McAndrews said work should start on the facility by the end of this year, with construction expected to take about 12 months. The plan, he said, is for the facility to start shipping wood pellets by the end of 2014.

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Climate change expected to impact Maine’s forests

Kennebec Journal
May 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Unless people dramatically cut the amount of carbon dioxide they’re putting into the air and water through industry, farming, landfills and fossil fuel consumption, Maine’s largest manufacturing industry will be damaged in ways scientists can only begin to predict. That’s the conclusion reached by experts who are studying how climate change is likely to affect Maine’s more than 18 million acres of forest.

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