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Business & Politics

Japan and China imported 83% of traded hardwood

Teatro Naturale International
September 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent – the US South and British Columbia – showed no signs of slowing in early 2013, with the rate of growth likely to accelerate in the second half of the year. In the US South, pellet export volumes to Europe resumed their double-digit growth after a brief pause in the 4Q/12. Export volumes, based on information from industry sources as well as trade data in Europe and North America, showed exports in excess of 1.7 million tons in 2012, as reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review.

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Sawmills & Wood Production in Canada Industry Market Research Report

PRWEB
August 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The Sawmills and Wood Production industry has experienced rotten conditions during the past decade due to falling prices, a cooling Canadian housing market and, from 2006 to 2011, the US housing market’s collapse and slow recovery. The past five years have included severe drops in revenue and welcome rebounds, particularly thanks to record-high demand for lumber from China and the US single-family homebuilding market’s resurgence in 2012 and 2013.

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Greenpeace says FSC should monitor ‘controlled wood’ better

Digital Journal
August 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Greenpeace issued a negative report on the activities of Resolute Forest Products’ Thunder Bay mill operations on 29 August 2013. The charity stated that the “controlled wood” that’s produced by Canada’s largest logging company is “high risk.” The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is dedicated to the promotion of “responsible forest management,” and “controlled wood” is a material that may be mixed with FSC certified woods during the manufacturing process.

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Emmett’s fortunes take hit with sawmill bankruptcy

The Associated Press
September 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EMMETT, Idaho — A sawmill’s resurrection in southwestern Idaho with help from millions in taxpayer money was supposed to bring a much-needed infusion of jobs into a depressed region. Instead, the Emerald Forest Products mill in Emmett is in bankruptcy and could be soon seized by creditors. Meanwhile, its owner in Montana says he’s trying to cobble together a plan to save the project. The Idaho Statesman reports Dick Vinson got $4 million in federal economic stimulus money and says he’s invested another $7 million of his own money in the project.

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Ecological timber sale brings in $1.4 million

Mail Tribune
August 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Middle Friese timber sale, an ecologically based tract that offers a small-diameter harvest on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Medford District, sold at auction for nearly 75 percent more than its appraised value. The 488-acre timber sale in the Butte Falls Resource Area, which appraised at $809,624 — or $263 per thousand board feet — sold for $1,404,932.
The 4.06-million-board-foot sale was purchased Thursday by the Murphy Co., one of three qualified bidders.

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APP and others look to grow the forest economy of northern Maine

St. John Valley Times
September 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine – News in the middle of August of a new $30 million J.D. Irving sawmill in Nashville Plantation, which will employee 60, and talk about two additional potential mill projects in the Ashland region are together being applauded by members of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP) and Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC). The organizations identified the forestry sector as a high priority in the Mobilize Northern Maine asset-based planning initiative.

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Forestry

The Leanest Workforce

September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Most reading this know firsthand about how Canada’s forestry sector has undergone unprecedented change over the last 10 years. A perfect storm of factors – the high value of the loonie, reduced U.S. housing starts, stalled newsprint markets, rising energy costs, unprecedented global competition, the softwood lumber dispute – have together created recent industry conditions unseen since the Great Depression.

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Fire season far from over

Kamloops Daily News
September 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

No more air tankers are parked at Fulton Field, but that doesn’t mean the region can breathe easy when it comes to the risk of a forest fire. Provincial fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said three of the province’s seven air-tanker groups flew home to their respective hangars on Saturday. With aircraft stationed at the Provincial Airtanker Centre at Kamloops Airport gone, air tankers from Penticton, Abbotsford, Castlegar or Prince George will be summoned if needed, he said Monday. “Their (contract) dates end at various points in September,” said Skrepnek. “We can extend them if there’s a need in terms of the fire situation.”

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Sustainable wood industry maligned

Letter by Jonathon Lok, The Society of Consulting Foresters of BC
Whistler Question
August 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Maple Valley Washington based Pacific Logging Congress (PLC) recently held their summer meetingin Whistler. …Community support for local production and consumption was not as evident, however, when the group toured the local Cheakamus Community Forest where we learned of the positive achievements, but ongoing challenges local manager’s face in management of their forest for community, recreation, wildlife and yes, forest products.

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Saltspring Island logger’s death is eighth this year across B.C.

Times Colonist
August 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the recent death of a Saltspring Island resident working near Lake Cowichan, faller fatalities are becoming increasingly rare, safety groups say. Ryan Geoffrey Burch was clearing a right of way off Meade Creek Road, near Lake Cowichan, at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26 when he was struck and killed by a falling tree. The 41-year-old Saltspring father of four was identified by the B.C. Coroners Service on Thursday. An employee reached by phone at the office of Mount Sicker Lumber said Burch was working as a contractor for the company but declined further comment.

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Cash for truck wash? Absolutely not

Letter by Jean Ann MacLeod
Cowichan Valley Citizen
August 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As elected officials, you need to remember, you work for us, the taxpayers of the Cowichan Valley. Sometimes we don’t see the forest because of the trees, but it’s time that we all (elected officials especially) take a nice long look at some of the longterm effects of your shortsighted decisions. …I remember a day when the logging companies and sawmills help the communities around the lake thrive, providing jobs required for a healthy economy.

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Model forest’s future uncertain

Daily Herald
August 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

“Because we’ve managed to develop such strong supportive partnerships, it’s kept us going,” general manager Susan Carr said. Partnerships are what the Prince Albert Model Forest is all about — a necessity for an organization that’s seen its annual budget drop from $1 million when it was formed in 1992, to its present $75,000. The current budget is “just enough to keeps our lights on and to pretty much cover our salaries,” Carr explained. “It’s right down to a base minimum, now.”

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Black Forest, Colo.: Coming Back From Hell and High Water

Weather Network
August 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Black Forest wildfire in June – the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history – killed two people, charred more than 14,000 acres, destroyed 486 homes and caused $85 million in damage. But the fire was just the beginning. Since then, parts of the area have flooded eight times, slowing cleanup and making the dream of settling there again more distant for some residents.

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Montana Supreme Court decision could change how crews fight wildfires

Missoulian
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The term “burnout” has been in the news a lot this summer. A Montana Supreme Court decision later this fall could change that, threatening a firefighting tactic credited with saving hundreds of homes. Last month, Hotshot crews on the Lolo Creek Complex fire burned out areas of green grass, brush and timber between U.S. Highway 12 and the wildfire in the hills north and south of the road – eating up the fuel under controlled conditions, so there would be nothing to turn embers into new spot fires if the wind direction blew back toward people’s homes.

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Boxcar library that served lumberjacks on display at Fort Missoula museum

The Missoulian
August 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A newspaperman gave readers a peek into something unique in the winter of 1926. Lumberjacks at the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. camp in Greenough stood before shelves of books in a railroad boxcar on a December Sunday, “taking down first one book and then another, turning over the pages, perhaps returning all to the shelves,” he wrote. “But even so, having learned at least the good and friendly feel of books – their hearty grip, as it were.”

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Washington and Clackamas water agencies tell Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to protect watersheds

The Oregonian
August 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Water agencies in Washington and Clackamas counties say they want stronger protections for their watersheds in a congressional bill aimed at boosting logging on federal lands in western Oregon. The water agencies, which serve about 800,000 residents in the Portland area, want additional protections for forestlands in their watersheds, including bigger streamside buffers on logging. … But the fate of the heavily lobbied bill covering the old
Oregon & California Railroad lands could also wind up directly
affecting urban residents.

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Forest ranger’s goal: Halt march of beetles

Durango Herald
August 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dead or dying trees along U.S. Highway 550 north – rust-colored stains on an otherwise verdant landscape – are telling Matt Janowiak something he doesn’t want to hear – bark beetles are at work. Janowiak, the U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine District ranger, last week in the Cascade Creek drainage unveiled a plan to forestall an invasion of voracious beetles similar to the beetle attacks on the eastern side of the San Juan National Forest.

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High acreages of forest defoliating insects found in Alaska during the summer of 2013

USDA Forest Service
September 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aerial surveys conducted by the US Forest Service Forest Health Protection Office and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry throughout forested regions of the state of Alaska this year mapped defoliation damage to birch, spruce, alder, willow and cottonwood across extensive areas of the state. More than 200,000 acres of defoliation by birch leaf roller (Epinota solandriana) were mapped, with the most extensive damage between Anvik and Russian Mission on the Yukon River and from Crooked Creek to Tuluksak on the Kuskokwim River.

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Slight cooling makes for big gains on huge wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park

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

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Fire crews took advantage of a relatively cool and humid day to make major progress Monday toward containing a massive wildfire searing the edge of Yosemite National Park. The fire was 70 per cent contained at nightfall, up from 45 per cent some 24 hours earlier, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze now covers 368 square miles (953 square kilometres), about 20 square miles (52 square kilometres) more than Sunday night.

Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park 70% contained from CNN News
Wildfire becomes fourth-largest in California history as containment continues

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Fire in Yosemite offers forest management lessons

SFGate
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The danger of catastrophic fire was already clear to Scott Stephens when flames erupted almost on cue and chased his team of UC Berkeley researchers out of the Stanislaus National Forest. The enormous Rim Fire, which started on Aug. 17 and has now blackened 343 square miles of forest in and around Yosemite National Park, was almost licking at his heels. “I was thinking before the fire that if we ever get a fire in here, most of the old trees will be killed,” said Stephens, the university’s chief fire science expert.

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Shading the truth

Anti-logging ad campaign is misleading and assumes the worst possible outcome
Mail Tribune
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An ad campaign launched by environmental groups opposed to increased logging in Western Oregon is misleading and not helpful. The campaign, titled “Oregon, Home of the Clearcut,” takes aim at the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act sponsored by three of Oregon’s congressional representatives — two Democrats and one Republican. The legislation, which is likely to get a vote in the House this month, would change the way the former Oregon & California Railroad lands are managed, with the intent of increasing timber harvests and therefore revenue for the 18 counties that historically shared logging proceeds with the federal government.

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Beaver Creek, Elk fires contained

Idaho Statesman
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The good news: Over the weekend, crews gained full containment of the Beaver Creek Fire west of Ketchum and the Elk Complex Fire southwest of Pine. More good news: Heavy rain is en route to the hot, dry Gem State, which could help extinguish the more than one dozen fires burning across the state. Now, the bad news: Fire and forest officials are concerned about flash floods and mudslides in burned-out areas. The National Weather Service’s flash flood warning is effective for the Central Idaho mountains, southern Idaho border and eastern Oregon.

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Plum Creek hopes to salvage 7,000 acres burned by Lolo fire

The Missoulian
September 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Most of the forest burned in the Lolo Creek Complex fire belonged to Plum Creek Timber Co., which hopes to recover what it can of the blackened trees this fall. “Of the almost 11,000 acres involved, we have just over 7,000 acres within the boundary of that fire,” Plum Creek Northwest regional vice president Tom Ray said. “We will be down there next week to take a look and see what’s salvageable. The company had periodically been harvesting on those lands over the past decade, and we had future harvest planned there. That’s going to change.”

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Tester optimistic about forest bill after discussions with Daines

The Missoulian
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s long-stalled forest bill, which would newly designate acreage for both wilderness and logging in three Montana forests, could be finding some new momentum, the senator and bill supporters say. “I feel better now about its position than I ever have in the past, and significantly better,” Tester, a Democrat, said in an interview late last week. He said there’s a growing understanding in Congress not only about his bill, but also that something needs to be done to improve forest management in the West.

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A vicious cycle on Western wildfires

The Denver Post
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The announcement from U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell was an ominous one. With firefighting money running out, last month he ordered managers to divert money from other programs to fund firefighting. On the one hand, it makes sense. At the height of firefighting season, you cannot risk having no cash to pay for fire suppression. It has happened so often it has a nickname: Fire borrowing. The trouble with that scenario is it siphons money from the programs designed to lessen the chance of severe fires that sterilize the soil and endanger lives.

Cut to firefighting budgets cause worry from The Rapid City Journal

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Invasive insect attacking region’s hemlock growth

Bristol Herald Courier
September 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ABINGDON, Va. — The tree is clearly diseased. Needles have fallen off its lower branches, and the top portion, several feet into the sky, looks scraggly, too. A quick glance at a cluster of needles tells foresters all they need to know about the tree’s condition — the small white cluster on the dark green needles means the tree is infested with the hemlock woolly adelgid. The tiny insect, an invasive species from Asia, has been making its way through eastern hemlock trees since it was accidentally introduced in Richmond in 1951, said Bill Miller, a senior area forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

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Effort to save giant ancient native trees takes root

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Hug this tree and your arms barely bend. Karpan keeps an eye on the old oak to assure it’s still standing because he knows that “every big tree has to die off.” Majestic giants like the white oak are Earth’s largest organisms and among its oldest. They filter air, water and soil, and science now tells us they rule the ecosystem to the benefit of virtually every creature and organism, including humans.

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Legislature shortsighted on wildfire prevention

The Olympian
September 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On the west side of the Cascades, where people welcome the dry, hot summer weather that offers a brief respite from an otherwise soggy climate, it’s difficult to comprehend the seasonal fear that hovers over most of Eastern Washington. To those on the other side of the mountains, summer means tinder-dry forests dense with trees and carpeted with dead and dying combustible material that could ignite instantly into a devastating wildfire, destroying homes and livelihoods.

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Coalition urged to drop plan to delist forests

Sydney Morning Herald
August 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests peace negotiators are urging the Coalition to drop its plan to overturn the recent World Heritage inscription of Tasmania’s wild native forests. A move by an Abbott government to delist the state’s contentious old growth forests would threaten the fragile peace deal’s existence, the chief executive of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, Terry Edwards, said. ”If they’re trying to read the tea leaves and believe this is where the strength is in the campaign, they might need to re-assess,” Mr Edwards said in Hobart on Friday.

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Red spruce reviving in New England, but why?

e! Science News
August 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the 1970s, red spruce was the forest equivalent of a canary in the coal mine, signaling that acid rain was damaging forests and that some species, especially red spruce, were particularly sensitive to this human induced damage. In the course of studying the lingering effects of acid rain and whether trees stored less carbon as a result of winter injury, U.S. Forest Service and University of Vermont scientists came up with a surprising result — three decades later, the canary is feeling much better.

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Curbing deforestation in the developing world

The Guardian
August 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Preserving environmental resources significantly benefits those living in the developing world, yet natural resources like forests and water supplies continue to suffer depletion and pollution – disproportionately affecting the world’s poorest people. Experts estimate that half of the world’s rainforests were destroyed in the last 50 years alone, with South America and Africa experiencing the largest net losses of forest areas in the developing world between 2000 and 2010, according to the United Nations.

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Scottish national tree consultation begins

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

A public consultation on a national tree for Scotland has been launched. Over the next three months the public will have the opportunity to say whether they would like a designated tree and, if so, which species. The idea for a national tree was raised at the Scottish Parliament’s public petitions committee earlier this year by campaigner Alex Hamilton. He had also used his petition to suggest the Scots pine was an appropriate symbol for the country. The Woodland Trust, along with a number of other environmental organisations, had backed Mr Hamilton’s case.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuel blunder

Lobbying trumped science as politicians lavished more than $100-billion in subsidies on morally suspect energy
Financial Post
September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The federal government’s decision to shut down the ecoEnergy program for biofuels is long overdue but does nothing to modify and substantially reduce existing biofuel subsidies that will cost the Federal treasury more than $1-billion by 2017. Add to that the myriad provincial biofuel subsidies and other forms of support, and the bill to taxpayers is staggering. ..It is true that cellulosic ethanol would be an improvement over corn or wheat ethanol in terms of reducing green house gases but the cost of producing ethanol from wood and plant waste is at least 40% higher than corn ethanol (which is more expensive than gasoline) and provides only two thirds the energy that gasoline does.

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Climate change could doom white spruce

St. Albert Gazette
August 31, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

St. Albert’s official tree may vanish from the city due to climate change, suggests a new report, unless people take action to address it. Wildlife ecologist Richard Schneider published a study this week on behalf of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute looking at the likely effects of climate change on Alberta’s ecosystems. The study, which was backed by the province, is the most comprehensive report of its kind for Alberta to date. Schneider used climate models and paleontological records (e.g. pollen from core samples) to predict the effects of climate warming on 21 natural sub-regions in Alberta.

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Wood waste could replace much of the fossil fuel burned in B.C., report says

The Green Man
September 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Waste wood from logging and forest fire mitigation could replace 30 to 50 per cent of the fossil fuel used in B.C. and significantly reduce carbon emissions for heating buildings and water, a new study says. Biomass that is routinely collected and burned in the name of forest management around B.C.’s small and remote towns could generate clean energy at a lower cost than fossil fuels, according to a new white paper from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

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Quebec biomass ticks off locals

September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A barge carrying the equivalent of over 230 tractor-trailer loads of wood chips has raised the ire of woods contractors on private land in northern Nova Scotia. The barge, which arrived this week at Nova Scotia Power’s recently opened Point Tupper biomass-burning electrical generating station, came from Quebec. Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Neera Ritcey confirmed that 20 per cent of 670,000 tonnes of biomass to be burned at the 60-megawatt power plant will come from outside the province.

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Quebec biomass ticks off locals

September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A barge carrying the equivalent of over 230 tractor-trailer loads of wood chips has raised the ire of woods contractors on private land in northern Nova Scotia. The barge, which arrived this week at Nova Scotia Power’s recently opened Point Tupper biomass-burning electrical generating station, came from Quebec. Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Neera Ritcey confirmed that 20 per cent of 670,000 tonnes of biomass to be burned at the 60-megawatt power plant will come from outside the province.

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Do Carbon Offsets Work? The Role of Forest Management in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

USDA Forest Service
September 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

As forest carbon offset projects become more popular, professional foresters are providing their expertise to support them. But when several members of the Society of American Foresters questioned the science and assumptions used to design the projects, the organization decided to convene a task force to examine whether these projects can provide the intended climate benefits. The report details reasons to look for other solutions to greenhouse gas emission challenges.

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Wood fiber costs fall substantially in the West

FarmingUK News
September 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Wood costs account for between 50-55 percent of the production costs for pulp mills in the US. Historically these costs have often been substantially lower in the Southern states than in the Northwest, the two major pulp-producing regions of the country. However, this has been changing with the most dramatic regional price movements in North America happening in the US Northwest, where prices for softwood chips, the major fiber source for the region’s pulp mills, have fallen for five consecutive quarters.

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Are trees in Central Europe defying climate change?

Phys.org
September 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Over 200 researchers from Europe and around the world are currently meeting in Zürich to share the latest findings on the topic “Climate Change: Tree responses in Central European forests”. One key question is this: How can we structure forests to enable them to continue to fulfil their many functions? One concept that is mentioned increasingly frequently is ‘plasticity’ – forests’ ability to adapt to environmental changes.

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