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Business & Politics

Global Sawlog Price Index: highest increase since 2011

Wood Resource Quarterly
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The Wood Resource Quarterly has published results on the global forest industry’s first quarter for 2013. Sawlog prices were up in practically all regions covered by the WRQ in the 1Q/13, but they were still generally lower than they were in the 1Q/12. The biggest increases from the previous quarter occurred in Western US, Latvia, Finland and Sweden. The Global Sawlog Price Index was up 2.4 percent to US$86.33/m3 from the 4Q/12, the biggest quarter-to-quarter increase since early 2011.

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Weekly lumber market update and overview

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber futures trading was so hot the CME increased the limit to $15, from the usual $10. Futures prices promptly responded by shooting up to almost that limit Thursday and again Friday. Settlement Friday was close to US$307 mfbm on the July contract. In the cash market prices fell further on almost all commodities, but to a smaller degree than previous weeks. Benchmark WSPF KD 2×4 #2&Btr dropped another $14 to end the week at US$312 mfbm.

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LP completes purchase of Canfor’s share in Peace Valley OSB joint venture

Business Wire
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced today that it has completed the purchase of the 50 percent share of Canfor Corporation in the Peace Valley Oriented Strand Board joint venture in Fort St. John, British Columbia. By completing this acquisition, LP has become the sole owner of the Peace Valley OSB mill. “The Peace Valley mill is a great operation,” LP CEO Curt Stevens said. “It has been part of our OSB strategy since 2006 and it will play an important role as the housing market continues to rebound.”

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Canfor joins ‘Canadian invasion’

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
June 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. announced Friday it has reached an agreement to purchase three sawmills in the southern U.S., marking the third major purchase in the region this year by a B.C. forest company. “Basically, we have a Canadian invasion going on,” said David Elstone, an analyst with ERA Forest Forest Products Research. Canfor announced it is purchasing the three mills from family-owned Scotch and Gulf Lumber, of Mobile, Ala., for $80 million US. The purchase is phased, with Canfor taking a 25-per-cent interest in the company when the deal closes in the third quarter of 2013, a 50-per-cent interest 18 months later, and full ownership at the end of three years.

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‘Lots of jobs’ at Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni due to retirements: GM

Alberni Valley Times
June 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI — The Catalyst Paper mill in Port Alberni has been through some rough times in the past few years. But as it recovers from its financial woes, a looming labour shortage could be the next large hurdle it has to clear. Fred Chinn, mill general manager, said the company is coming out the other side of its bankruptcy issues and will be stronger than ever. But first, it has to figure out how to replace the skilled employees now retiring on a regular basis from the Port Alberni operation.

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Analysts trim forecasts for lumber prices in 2013 despite US housing surge

The Canadian Press
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – A resurgence in U.S. housing construction is still expected to boost lumber prices, but perhaps not as high as had been expected this year. A 21 per cent drop in the cash price since mid-March and lower future prices have prompted several analysts to trim about five per cent off their 2013 price forecasts. Western SPF (spruce-pine-fir) softwood prices are now expected to increase 20 per cent, on top of the 16 per cent increase realized in 2012.

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Mill owners should be wary of cutting off local support

TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s a troubling sound coming from the Strait of Canso that should be of concern to the Dexter government and the new owner of the paper mill there. Some of the strongest supporters in favour of saving the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill are wondering aloud why the province bothered to salvage the plant if the new owner is going to undercut local contractors. The province’s forestry economy was at stake when the NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill declared bankruptcy in 2011.

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Three Portland-area firms win military contracts to supply wood products

The Oregonian
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Friday, the Defense Department shopping list read like this: cranes, fuel, wood, wood, wood, wood, wood, wood, ballistic inserts, fruit and vegetables, fuel. And three Portland-area companies won $16.8 million, two-year contracts as a result. Haroldson Group International of Lake Oswego, Progressive Services Corp. of Beaverton and Bridgewell Resources of Tigard all were awarded two-year deals with three, one-year options to supply wood products to the Defense Logistics Agency.

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Labor Report: Local timber industry pay tops in nation

The Daily News Online
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Despite years of overall industry drop-off, timber still is king in Cowlitz County, at least when it comes to wages. According to a Thursday report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, loggers and sawmill workers in Cowlitz County earn a higher hourly wage than their counterparts anywhere else in the country. And jobs for truck drivers, who primarily haul logs in this area, are rising to meet increasing demand.

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Paper production in Germany declines

Pulp and Paper News
June 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Paper production in Germany in the first quarter of the current year fell by 1.9% to 5.5 million tons, compared to the same period of last year, according to a recent report, published by the German Association of Paper Mills VBP. At the same time exports decreased by 0.4% to 2.5 million tons, while the volume of supplies to the domestic market decreased by 1.5% to 3.08 million tons.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New Southern Pine Design Values Effective June 1, 2013

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 31, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

New design values for all sizes and grades of visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber became effective June 1, 2013. New design values apply only to new construction; the integrity of existing structures designed and built using design values meeting applicable building codes at the time of permitting does not change. Southern Pine users can find complete information about the new design values, as well as comparisons with other species and updated span tables on www.SouthernPine.com.

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Moisture Measurement in Primary Lumber Mills

TimberLine Magazine
June 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

A look at the importance of measurement and management of lumber moisture content, and resources available to view information on the lumber drying process. We expect lumber to perform as specified, but the importance of measurement and management of lumber moisture content is seldom understood outside the lumber industry. Sawmills must integrate strict and continuous assessment of lumber moisture at key phases of the manufacturing process in order to optimize the quality of the lumber.

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National battle over timber certification rages as bill passes Florida Legislature

The Florida Current
May 31, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A nationwide battle over forest certification standards continues to be played out nationally and in Florida with legislation passed this month. HB 269 would revise a 2008 law that led the Florida Department of Management Services to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program as the certification standard for state office buildings. Bill supporters say other certification programs, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, should be considered and that LEED discriminates against Florida wood growers.

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Timber industry heads out of the woods

ABC News, Australia
June 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s forestry industry is looking a little greener. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics has forecast that by 2050, Australia’s consumption of wood products will increase by 50 per cent. The prediction comes as Australia is forced to build more housing in order to accommodate its rising population. CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton, says industry welcomes the demand but he’s calling for more “wood friendly” policies to be adopted by government.

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Forestry

Creepy crawlies come to play

Prince George Free Press
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although Canadian music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away this year, those who grew up to his music might be reminded these days of his lyrics: “Bugs, bugs, bugs, if I had them all in jugs, I’d dig, dig, dig ‘til a big big hole was dug, dug, dug, dug, dug – and that would be the end of the bug song.” Thanks to a forest tent caterpillar infestation everywhere in the city is ‘bugged.’ The malacosoma disstria, as it is scientifically called, has been a pest locally at least as far back as the 1920s, when the Forest Service began documenting its hungry hike up, down and around its favourite food source, the trembling aspen, or poplar tree.

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TimberWest starts logging near Bainbridge Lake

Alberni Valley News
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest has started logging 18 hectares of forest near the Bainbridge Lake watershed. TimberWest vice-president Domenico Iannidinardo said the logging is being done two kilometres away from one of the water intakes, and assured Port Alberni city council that precautions have been made to protect this important source of drinking water. “We have no immediate plan to do harvesting nearer [to the lake],” Iannidinardo said, adding that TimberWest will be closely monitoring water quality. 

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Worm may turn in June for caterpillars

Prince George Citizen
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George residents will have to put up with their fuzzy little neighbours for a little while longer. The tent caterpillars that have been the catalyst of many a horrified reaction from locals are beginning to reach their maximum size and should start heading into their cocoon stage by mid-June, said UNBC professor Dezene Huber. “A lot of them have eaten themselves out of house and home, too. I’m sure downtown there’s very few trees for them to eat,” said Huber, who specializes in the study of insects as the Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology.

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PG’s Biggest Ever Resource Expo Opens

HQPrinceGeorge.com
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The newly named Canada North Resources Expo opens today at CN Centre with 7,000 delegates from across the natural resource sector expected to attend. It’s the largest such convention of its kind in Prince George formerly known as the Forestry and Resources Expo. Central Interior Logging Association Executive Director MaryAnne Arcand says the new name and larger venue reflects the changing and growing resource economy in the North.

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Chainsaws and research key to winning pine beetle battle in Alberta

Edmonton Journal
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On the front lines of Alberta’s war against the mountain pine beetle, the weapons are chainsaws and biological data. The soldiers in this battle focus their attention only on areas in which they have a good chance of preventing the beetles from spreading — the so-called level one control sites where forestry staff cut and burn infected trees. In other areas, staff simply monitor the beetle-infected trees each spring, using information from hundreds of sites to plan next winter’s campaign and help companies log specific areas to control the beetle’s spread.

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Fertilizer program increases growth of forest

Nanaimo News Bulletin
June 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the poop is literally hitting the fan up at Vancouver Island University’s 1,700-hectare forest woodlot on Weigles Road in Nanaimo, the trees and their value in terms of lumber are growing in leaps and bounds. The university and the Regional District of Nanaimo partnered with Sylvis, a Lower Mainland environmental consulting company, to manage the roughly 4,000 tonnes of biosolids produced annually at the RDN’s pollution control centres in Nanaimo and French Creek to be used for VIU’s Biosolids Fertilization Project.

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Stalemate appears in UNESCO bid to recognize forest in Ontario and Manitoba

Canadian Press
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG – An attempt backed by millions of dollars in public funds to get UNESCO recognition for an extensive stretch of boreal forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary appears to be at a stalemate. An advisory group to the United Nations agency has raised questions about whether the area, known as Pimachiowin Aki, is more special than other areas in terms of the cultural traditions of its inhabitants. But the First Nations who live in the region don’t want to put themselves above other aboriginal groups and resent the question.

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Resolute continues work on boreal deal, sues Greenpeace over logging allegations

Globe and Mail
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Talks for a deal with environmentalists have broken off, but Resolute Forest Products Inc. says it remains committed to hammering out a plan to protect Canada’s ecologically fragile boreal forest. Right now, though, the Montreal-based newsprint, pulp and paper producer is busy protecting its own reputation. Resolute is in a front line court battle to counter what it says are false and malicious claims by Greenpeace Canada.

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Ontario endangered species changes spark controversy

Sun News Network
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act have pitted environmental groups who accuse the government of gutting the legislation against municipal leaders and farmers who support the new streamlined rules. Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti said he’s moving ahead with standardized rules that will make it easier to carry out necessary activities, such as repairing a bridge, while still protecting species at risk. “The regulatory changes, I certainly, feel have broad support and will make the implementation of the act moving forward effective,” Orazietti said.

Click here for a press release from the Government of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

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Forestry regulation warnings, charges decrease in N.S.

Environmentalists question government’s ability to protect forests
CBC News
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The number of charges and warnings issued to help protect wildlife habitat and watercourses in Nova Scotia have dropped significantly over the past 12 years, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The reason for the drop in charges and warnings in maintaining forest health is being disputed by the Department of Natural Resources and environmentalists. …Between 2007 and 2012, those numbers dropped to 60 warnings and a single charge — nearly half the number of warnings and about one-tenth the number of charges compared to when the regulations first came into effect.

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Consumer question: When is ‘green’ logging really green?

Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…The question: How can buyers of lumber, paper and other wood products be guaranteed sufficient information to know that that their purchases aren’t funding massive clearcuts and wildlife habitat destruction? FTC officials said a complaint filed this week in Seattle against the Sustainable Forestry Initiative — one of the largest certifiers of good logging practices — will be evaluated against a new set of standards adopted in October designed to weed through a growing thicket of environmental marketing tactics, some with dubious foundations.

Conservation groups challenge ‘green’ forest product certification from the LA Times

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Stanley officials work to protect town from wildfires

Community leaders look to Canadian experts for guidance about how to keep the Sawtooths’ unburned forest from going up in smoke.
The Idaho Statesman
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ben Forsgren knows what catastrophic wildfire looks like. The owner of Jerry’s Country Store watched as winds sent 200-foot flames through the crowns of beetle-killed lodgepole pine last August during the 182,000-acre Halstead Fire, which burned to within three miles of his store in Lower Stanley. The fire that burned from July to October closed campgrounds, shut down Idaho 75 briefly and put a damper on Stanley’s short summer tourism season.

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Wildfires across West have crews busy

The Associated Press
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fire crews in New Mexico fought two growing wild blazes Saturday that have driven people from their homes and scorched thousands of acres, while a shift in the wind prompted evacuation calls for more than 1,000 homes in California. New Mexico officials said an uncontained blaze near Santa Fe had spread to 8 square miles, making it apparently the largest of several wildfires burning in the West as it placed the city under a blanket of haze. The thick smoke also covered the Gallinas Canyon and Las Vegas, N.M.

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Loggers accused of harboring undocumented workers

Rapid City Journal
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Several local logging companies are being accused of using undocumented workers to compete for U.S. Forest Service tree-thinning contracts. Federal authorities arrested and arraigned 24-year-olds Raul D. Munoz and Rogelio Escalante, Jr., also known as Roy Escalante, both of Rapid City, in U.S. District Court on Friday. Both men pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government, conspiracy to harbor aliens and harboring aliens. If convicted on all charges, the men face up to 25 years in prison.

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Logging at Bass Creek delayed; recreation area still open

Ravalli Republic
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – Loggers will wait just a little longer to start work at the popular Bass Creek Recreation Area. That’s good news for the hikers, bikers and horseback riders who flock to the low-elevation area this time of year. “The newest information that I’ve received is the contractor is now estimating that work will get started between June 5 and 15,” said the Bitterroot National Forest’s Stevensville district ranger, Dan Ritter. “I know that any delay we have in closing down the area to recreation makes people happy.”

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Cooler temps aid crews fighting Calif. wildfire

Associated Press
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that destroyed at least six homes, damaged 15 others and threatened hundreds more grew quickly Sunday as it triggered evacuations for nearly 3,000 people and burned dangerously close to communities in the parched mountains north of Los Angeles. The blaze had burned about 35 square miles of very dry brush in the Angeles National Forest mountains and canyons, some of which hadn’t burned since 1929. The fire was growing so fast, and the smoke was so thick, that it was difficult to map the size, U.S. Forest Service Incident Commander Norm Walker said.

Containment of Calif. fire doubles to 40 percent from the Associated Press

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Nature Conservancy offers alternative to aggressive fire suppression

Estes Park Trail Gazette
June 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JAMESTOWN —A team combining ecological know-how with hotshot firefighting is being deployed in Front Range forests to try to address Colorado’s wildfire predicament: needing the purge of fire but not wanting it. The team members, assembled by the Nature Conservancy, carry the axes and chain saws used to fight fires. But they also light fires — 47 controlled burns over the past four years. And now, as pines and firs thicken in the mountains west of Denver, the team is mechanically reshaping forests to reduce the likelihood of ruinous mega-fires.

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Forest science major immersed in emerald ash borer research

Penn State News
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In 1978, Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology at Penn State, worked with colleagues to plant 2,000 ash trees on the University Park campus. Today, student Chelsea Kyler is conducting research in that plantation, which was established years before she was born. The senior forest science major (forest biology option) from Sheffield is focusing on the effects of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Asia. She is studying green ash as part of the multi-university Hardwood Genomics Research Project developed by John Carlson, director of the Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics, which is housed in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Liberals raise forest peace deal legal doubts

ABC News, Australia
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Opposition has used a parliamentary budget hearing to question the legality of Tasmania’s forestry peace deal legislation. Opposition forestry spokesman Peter Gutwein says peace deal signatories demanded legislative changes in exchange for their support for the Government’s Bill. Mr Gutwein says that is illegal under the Criminal Code.  He has asked the Forestry Minister, Bryan Green, whether the Government sought legal advice on whether the agreement was legal.

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Making the right choice on Indonesia’s forest moratorium

Jakarta Post
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ending months of uncertainty, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia made a courageous decision last week to extend the country’s forest moratorium. The new Presidential Instruction adds another two years of protection for over 43 million hectares of primary forests and peat land — an area the size of Japan. This was a bold decision by a leader known for his commitment to sustainability. Extending the moratorium is a victory for the Indonesian people, business, and the planet.

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Forestry bill receives Royal Assent

ABC News, Australia
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest peace deal legislation is now a reality after the bill was given Royal Assent by the Governor of Tasmania.   Tasmania’s Governor, Peter Underwood, remarked it was an occasion of note, given all the arguments before Tasmania’s lower house finally passed the legislation at the end of April. “In the name of her majesty the Queen, I assent to this Act,” Governor Underwood said. The Resources Minister, Bryan Green, now has 30 days to define which areas will be protected under the legislation, by tabling an Initial Proposed Reserve Order in both Houses of Parliament.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Two Promising Processes to Turn Woody Biomass into Transportation Fuels

AZoCleantech
June 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency requirements for renewable fuels, according to research published in the Forest Products Journal and currently featured on its publications page. The Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for emissions from wood-based transportation fuels requires a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to using fossil fuels.

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Why are Georgia and North Carolina Selling their Forests to Create Energy in Europe and the UK?

AllGov
June 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The short answer—that overseas utilities are buying the wood to burn in their power plants as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—naturally raises the question of whether that is a good idea or not. As environmentalists try to block the growth of this transatlantic trade in American wood-fuel, others argue that wood-burning, like expanded use of natural gas, can be a temporary alternative to burning oil or coal until new technology allows a shift to zero or near-zero carbon emissions.

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World’s largest Redd project finally approved in Indonesia

The 64,000-hectare forest carbon project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 119m tonnes over its 30-year life-span
The Guardian
May 31, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Rimba Raya, the world’s largest REDD+ project, has finally been approved by the Indonesian government and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard, a leading certification standard for carbon credits. The 64,000-hectare forest carbon project in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 119 million tons over its 30-year life-span.

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