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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Froggy Foibles

Emily Carr’s indelible mark on Canadian art landscape explored

The Globe and Mail
December 20, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

“In the forest think of the forest, not of this tree and that but the singing movement of the whole,” Emily Carr wrote in her journal in 1935. Emily Carr: Deep Forest, now at the Vancouver Art Gallery, features more than 40 of the extraordinary forest paintings she created mostly in the 1930s, a crucial period in her artistic process… “There’s nothing else like this in her work,” says Ian Thom, the gallery’s senior curator, historical, who curated the exhibition. He says these paintings were the culmination of Carr’s practice; it was the forests of British Columbia that allowed her to express her vision.

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Meet Bill Kobayashi, the father of Canada’s tabletop hockey game

Vancouver Sun
December 24, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

The person largely responsible for [the] development and evolution [of table hockey] in those first decades was a Vancouver-born man …named Bill Kobayashi [who] was 15 years old in December 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and helpless to do anything in the face of the escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada that resulted. One of his brothers, Phil, who ran a Vancouver trucking company that worked largely with lumber interests, helped the family avoid internment when he, along with a lumber broker and the owner of Terminal Lumber & Shingle Co., proposed building a mill in B.C.’s interior, in Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake. Ten Japanese families, including Kobayashi’s, were permitted by the government to move to Blind Bay to build and run the mill.

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Business & Politics

Increased Production of Lumber in the US, Lower Prices and Higher Importation From Overseas in 2013

By Wood Resources International LLC: 
Fort Mill Times
December 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE — Higher lumber consumption in the US has resulted in both increased domestic production and a rise in importation of lumber in 2013, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Total production in North America was up almost seven percent from January through July this year compared to 2012, and imports from Canada and overseas jumped 18% during the same period. North American lumber production was up 6.7% during the first seven months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, with all regions on the continent showing higher production this year, according to the latest WWPA data.

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Canfor Corporation PT Raised to C$32.00

Zolmax
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation had its target price lifted by Raymond James from C$27.00 to C$32.00 in a research note released on Monday morning, Stock Ratings Network.com reports. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock. Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at RBC Capital downgraded shares of Canfor Corporation from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research note to investors on Friday, November 15th. They now have a C$24.00 price target on the stock.

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Catalyst forwards funds to city

Barge terminal subdivision awaits completion
Peak Online
December 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

City of Powell River has received funds from Catalyst Paper Corporation in lieu of payments it is supposed to receive once provisions in an agreement in principle are completed. Catalyst gave the city a $42,827 cheque in September, representing the rent received under the JRK Holdings Ltd. lease from June 1, 2012 to June 2013… The city was to receive $5,000 a month, plus taxes, but the subdivision hasn’t happened, Formosa said. “Based on good faith and the fact that we’re supposed to be getting some revenue, I started whining, where’s our money?” he said. Based on that, Formosa said, Catalyst agreed.

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Union accepts Canfor contract

Prince George Citizen
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of United Steelworkers Local 1-424 have narrowly voted to accept a new contract from Canfor in Prince George. With 51 per cent of those casting ballots voting in favour of the five-year deal, the Prince George workers followed in the footsteps of the pattern set last week by union members in the southern interior… With the deal between the union and Canfor now in place, Everitt said in January discussions will shift to other employers like West Fraser and Conifer, the association representing independent forestry employers.

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KDL Mill In Ft St James Burns To The Ground

250 News
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ft St James, BC- There were no injuries in a fire that destroyed a small mill in Ft St James earlier today. Fire Chief Michael Navratil says 16 fire fighters from the Ft St James volunteer fire department were called to the scene of the fire at KDL’s mill today after a resident living across the lake from the mill saw the smoke and flames. No one was at the mill at the time of the fire. There is no estimate of damage and cause of the fire has not been established.

Fire at KDL Mill in Fort St James from CKPG TV

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Sawmill workers’ deal ‘phenomenal’

The Kamloops Daily News
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sawmill workers in the southern Interior have ratified a collective agreement that brings substantial wage and benefit improvements over the next five years. “It’s quite phenomenal,” said Marty Gibbons, president of United Steelworkers Local 1–417. “We’re pretty happy with it.”.. When a three per cent pension benefit hike is counted, trades workers will see a 26 per cent increase over five years, while production workers receive a 16 per cent increase including the pension component. Not since the 1980s has the sector seen such an increase, Gibbons said. A shortage of trades workers combined with improved financial performance in the sector were contributing factors in the negotiations, he noted.

Southern Steelworkers say Yes to New Deal from 250 News
Steelworkers Narrowly Accept Deal with Canfor from 250 News

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Rayonier announces price change for 2014

Pulp and Paper News
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Prices for cellulose specialties will be seven to eight percent below 2013.  Rayonier Inc. yesterday said that it has concluded negotiations with customers for prices and volumes of cellulose specialties grades in 2014. On average, the company expects that prices will be seven to eight percent below 2013, consistent with the market pressures discussed in its third-quarter earnings call in October.

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Job growth: Logging, mining lead the field

Health care also has experienced double-digit growth during the past four years in the Rogue Valley
Oregon Mail Tribune
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The job sector with the greatest percentage gain over the past four years may surprise some people: mining and logging, growing 27.3 percent. “We’re still pulling trees from private lands, despite what has gone on in federal lands,” said Guy Tauer, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department. Logging provides raw materials for mills, here and in surrounding counties, and reforestation efforts contribute to job creation as well, he said. Tauer said 28 percent of local manufacturing involves wood products, producing a third of the job growth in the sector.

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Plum Creek’s plan

Gainsville.com
December 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Plum Creek Timber Company has conducted an exhaustive effort to gather input and support for a long-term plan for the 60,136 acres that it owns in unincorporated Alachua County. Plum Creek officials say they’ve held at least 340 meetings and presentations for about 1,700 people over the past 2 1/2 years. That might make it seem like there’s nothing left to say about the company’s development plan. But Plum Creek’s application earlier this month for a comprehensive plan amendment marks the start of a process in which it’s more important for the public to weigh in.

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Increased mountain pine beetle impact for sawmills

KOTA TV
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Rapid City, SD — “The last five years have really seen it blossom,” said Black Hills Forest Resource Association Forest programs manager Ben Wudtke. As the mountain pine beetle problem continues to escalate in the Black Hills, saw mills are forced to produce more blue stained boards. “What the pine beetle does to that log is actually turn it blue. That reduces the grade and quality of that board,” said Swanson.

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MEDC: Weyerhaeuser will receive $40,000 to train new employees

Mgnolia Reporter
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Job training for employees at Weyerhaeuser Company’s Emerson plant received a boost on Monday. The Magnolia Economic Development Corporation authorized spending up to $40,000 to provide Weyerhaeuser employees with training on new computerized equipment at the company’s Emerson plywood mill. The grant is being made with a “claw back” provision, which means that the company is liable to reimburse the MEDC if Weyerhaeuser does not create at least 50 new jobs within three years.

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Mercer International VP Unloads $99,200 in Stock

WKRB
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Mercer International VP Wolfram Ridder sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, December 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.92, for a total value of $99,200.00… Mercer International opened at 9.99 on Tuesday. Mercer International has a 52 week low of $5.87 and a 52 week high of $10.55.

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Norske Skog Wins $1.5 Billion Paper-Supply Deals in Australasia

Bloomberg News
December 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skogindustrier ASA (NSG), Europe’s third-largest newsprint maker, signed contracts valued at about 9 billion kroner ($1.5 billion) to supply paper to Australia’s News Corp. and Fairfax Media Ltd. (FXJ) until 2020. The supply deals for newsprint and improved-grade paper, which will replace existing contracts expiring in 2015, will help the Lysaker, Norway-based company cut costs further, it said in a statement today.

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China and Brazil increase share in EU softwood plywood imports

IHB
December 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

EU imports of softwood plywood were 1.01 million cu.m in the first 9 months of 2013, 3.6% down on the same period in 2012. Imports from Brazil during the January to September 2013 period were 680,100 cu.m, 1.8% more than during the first nine months of 2012. Imports of softwood plywood from China also increased during this period, by 10.2% to 123,100 cu.m. However, imports from Chile declined by over 27% to 104,200 cu.m.  A rise in softwood plywood imports by Germany, the UK, and Belgium was
insufficient to offset a larger decline in imports by Italy, Denmark and
the Netherlands.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian Wood Council Stands by Integrity of Building Codes

Canadian Wood Council
December 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is disappointed that a recent fire in Kingston on a 4-storey wood building under construction was inappropriately seized as an opportunity for competing materials to perpetrate anti-wood messaging.  CWC is thankful that there was no loss of life during the construction site fire, and acknowledges the heroic efforts of the emergency responders who managed to contain the fire. “The Kingston construction site fire that occurred on December 17th, although devastating, should not take away from the safety of completed wood-frame buildings,” stated Michael Giroux, President of the CWC.

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Hamilton business survives, thrives in changing economy

Missoulian
December 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

HAMILTON – Timber framers are like farmers. “We’re not salesmen,” said Mark Gantt of Hamilton. “We’re craftsmen. We tend to undervalue our product in a business that’s very competitive and not highly profitable.” And so when the bottom dropped out of the housing market at the beginning of the Great Recession, people like Gantt did everything they could to hold on…Today’s project is being accomplished using recycled timbers that come from all parts of the continent via the Bozeman-based business, Montana Reclaimed Lumber.

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Hardwood Checkoff Program Rule Announced

The Federal Register is soliciting public comments on the creation of a hardwood checkoff program.
Pallet Central
December 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Checkoff is an industry-funded generic marketing and research program designed to increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities. …Green sawmill producers and kiln operating facilities with annual sales in excess of $2 million will be subject to checkoff. The checkoff fee applies to all hardwood lumber, cants and railroad ties produced from American hardwood logs. …Timing suggests that it is possible to see the checkoff program operational by late 2014 or early 2015. NWPCA is reviewing the Federal Register notice and welcomes all comments and input from members.

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Forestry

EYE ON BC’S FORESTS: Newsletter – Winter 2013-14

BC Forest Practices Board
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

My thanks to all of you who’ve contributed to the Board’s success over the past year. The cooperation and feedback we receive goes a long way to making our work rewarding and helps us to continually adapt and improve. This will be my last message as Chair, and I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity I’ve had to lead the Board over past few years. It’s been an honour to serve the public in this role, and I’ve enjoyed our constructive relationship with a wide range of stakeholders.

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Board membership changes announced

Tim Ryan assumes role of chair of the Forest Practices Board
BC Forest Practices Board
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Al Gorley, chair of the Forest Practices Board, has issued the following statement upon the announcement of Cabinet appointments by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson
today: “On behalf of board members and staff at the Forest Practices Board,
we are pleased to welcome new board chair Timothy Ryan to our
organization. Tim brings a wealth of forestry experience to the table,
and staff and board members look forward to continuing to encourage
sound management of B.C.’s forests under his leadership.

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First Nations the answer to BC forestry labour shortage

The revitalization of forestry aligns with the growing interest of First Nations to create jobs for their people.
Troy Media
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The prevailing story in recent years about the B.C. forestry section has been about its steady decline as an economic driver in the province. But that may be about to change. A renewed and expanded global market demand for B.C.’s quality forest products, in fact, points to both the resuscitation of the sector itself as well as the need for a larger and newly-skilled workforce to fill the estimated 10,000 to over 30,000 more forestry jobs the Forest Products Sector Council estimates will be needed by the end of the decade in remote regions of B.C. Where might the bodies to fill those positions come from?

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Grassy not pleased with logging plan

Kenora Online
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows members are not happy with the approval of Ontario’s logging plan. They say the ten year plan allows for more clear cutting in the Whiskey Jack Forest, including in Grassy Narrows traditional territory. Chief Simon Fobister says they’re now calling on the province to repeal their plan for logging in the area. “Premier Wynne, it is within your power to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated at the expense of another generation of Grassy Narrows children,” he said.

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Congress adds air tankers to Forest Service fleet

Coast Guard rescue craft will be altered and added to the firefighting fleet
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Tucked inside the defense bill approved by Congress this week was a provision that would add seven air tankers to the U.S. Forest Service’s beleaguered air fleet. The fleet of planes, which drop retardant to give firefighters on the ground crucial time to put out raging wildfires, has been reduced from 47 to 12 over the last decade because of fatal crashes and fears about the planes’ safety… “This is a real step forward in replenishing the Forest Service’s dwindling air tanker fleet, which is critically important to fighting wildfires,” McCain said in a statement. “Congress must do more to restore the Forest Service air tanker fleet, but this transfer will boost their ability to fight wildfires.”

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Slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attack, according to CU-Boulder study

Science Codex
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Trees with smoother bark are better at repelling attacks by mountain pine beetles, which have difficulty gripping the slippery surface, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published online in the journal Functional Ecology, may help land managers make decisions about which trees to cull and which to keep in order to best protect forested properties against pine beetle infestation. The current mountain pine beetle epidemic has spread across 3.4 million acres in Colorado since the outbreak was first detected in 1996.

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Portland airport will accept anti-clear-cutting ad after losing another round in free-speech case

The Oregonian
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Port of Portland officials said Friday that they would allow an anti-clear-cutting advertisement to run at the Portland International Airport after they lost another round in a court battle. The Port, which has long refused to allow political or religious advertising at the airport, said it would appeal the ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals. But in the meantime, travelers may soon be greeted by an ad displaying a barren slope under the headline, .

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Judge rejects challenge of logging project

A federal judge has dismissed an environmental lawsuit challenging a timber sale in the Nez Perce National Forest.
Capital Press
December 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has refused to stop timber harvest and fuel reduction treatments on 2,600 acres of an Idaho national forest. Last year, the U.S. Forest Service approved the Little Slate Project in the Nez Perce National Forest to improve aquatic habitats and other aspects of forest health. Environmental groups — Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater — opposed logging in the area and filed a legal complaint seeking an injunction against the project. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel Williams has denied their request and dismissed the case, ruling that the agency properly followed environmental laws.

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The More You Cut – The More Pine Trees Grow

Research shows forest thinning boosts growth of remaining trees
Payson Roundup
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Here’s a puzzle: Cut down half the ponderosa pines on an acre of land and you end up with just as much wood as when you started — eventually. #The counter-intuitive result comes from a long-term study of the growth of trees on 168 different plots of land between 1944 and 1988, reported in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. #A research team led by Dr. Jianwei Zhang from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station wanted to know what affect thinning ponderosa pine forests and removing undergrowth would have on total wood production.

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Forest bill on move; local rancher, lumber mill weigh in on proposal

Montana Standard
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Though a banner day by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s reckoning, as he watched the passage of his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act from committee to coming review by the full Senate, folks back home in Montana have mixed opinions about the bill. Touted as a collaborative effort between people of all stripes, the bill mandates 100,000 acres of timber be harvested or thinned in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Kootenai national forests. It also puts 637,000 acres in Montana into wilderness and 360,000 acres into recreation areas allowing some motorized or commercial use.

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A popular wild Christmas tree, Canaan fir, is imperiled because of a ravenous bug

The Washington Post
December 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… But one sight deeply troubles him — the haggard look of the valley’s fabled Christmas trees. Some are bent like old men. The eye-popping green hue that makes people want to adorn them with ornaments had yellowed. A few were covered with hideous waxy balls, a telltale sign that they were under siege by the balsam woolly adelgid, a tiny insect with a notorious reputation among entomologists, who call it “the bug that ate Christmas.”  Along the southern Appalachian range, they are eating two of the nation’s most popular wild Christmas trees — Canaan and Fraser firs — to death.

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Oregon may lose federal money for watersheds

Mail Tribune
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon is set to lose about $4 million per year in federal grant money used for stream restoration and other local watershed projects because its coastal nonpoint pollution control program has continually fallen short of federal requirements. The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have opened a 90-day public comment period. So-called “nonpoint” sources of water pollution come from logging, agriculture and urban areas, instead of factory pipes.

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U.S. begins killing barred owls to help spotted owl

Owl vs. owl shooting policy approved in B.C. earlier in 2013
Associated Press
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that specially trained biologists have shot 26 barred owls in a study area on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation northeast of Arcata, Calif. They plan to remove as many as 118 barred owls from the area, keeping the 55 known barred owl nesting sites open over the next five years to see if spotted owls increase, said Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Robin Bown.

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Arizona contests citations in firefighter deaths

Associated Press
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Arizona’s Forestry Division on Thursday contested citations and fines issued by the state’s workplace safety agency for the June deaths of 19 firefighters who were killed battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The appeal with the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health asks for a hearing to contest the citations and nearly $560,000 fine. The letter sent by the Arizona Attorney General on behalf of Forestry said the violations found by the agency and the subsequent citations and fines “are not supported by substantial evidence.”

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Revitalizing Our Forests

The New York Times
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This Christmas season, I am roasting chestnuts by the fire. American chestnuts, to be exact. These nuts, once widespread, were almost wiped out by a fungal blight. For a century, most of the chestnuts we eat, like the sweet Castanea sativa variety, have been imported from Europe and Asia. And yet, I have been enjoying American chestnuts for several years now, harvested from some trees that are now part of my forest of 600 acres in western Maine. I planted four seedlings in the spring of 1982. Beyond all my expectations, the trees thrived, and some are now 35 feet tall.

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Is forest certification working?

Eco-business.com
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest certification is considered a promising tool to improve forest management, but there needs to be a robust evaluation of a complex web of factors to establish its true value for various stakeholders, according to a new analysis. Certification is a market-based scheme under which companies or communities managing forests voluntarily submit to audits by independent inspectors. If they meet responsible forest management criteria, their timber products can then carry a recognized branding such as that of the leading certification scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Ecologists uncover ‘hyperdominant’ tree species in the Amazon

YottaFire.com
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Academics from the University of Leeds have joined researchers from around the world to generate the first basin-wide estimates of the abundance and distribution of trees in the Amazon rainforest. The research, which was published in Science, suggests that half of the estimated 390 billion trees in Greater Amazonia, which spans nine countries, belong to only a tiny fraction of the different species found there. The findings could aid conservation efforts and climate change research the future. Professor Oliver Phillips, Royal Society Wolfson Researcher in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and study co-author, said: “For the first time, plant ecologists have managed to work out which species dominate Greater Amazonia.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The forest that weathers climate change

Genomics is behind an innovative new method for breeding trees that can adapt to our changing world
UBC
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As global temperatures rise, some scientists believe that the key to helping plants and animals survive is locked in their genetic code. Genes determine everything from how an organism looks to how it responds to heat and cold. Studying the function and relationships of genes – an area of research called genomics – may reveal which individuals in a species are best able to cope with a changing environment.

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UM, MSU part of effort to turn forest debris into fuel

The Missoulian
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source. Known as the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, the upstart group includes researchers at Montana’s two flagship universities, and those at Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado State.

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Grow Money With Living Trees

The Huffington Post
December 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Growing money over trees is now possible. Pakistan just made it to the list of countries who will earn money from the World Bank’s Readiness Fund for preserving their forests. After a tough competition at Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan successfully defended its case of Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and secured $3.8 million from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank to combat climate change. Pakistan is among eight countries, out of 27 in race, who has been added to get the REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) funds.

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General

Walnut-tree disease leads to Ohio quarantine

Idaho Statesman
December 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBUS, OHIO — State agriculture officials are trying to keep a deadly walnut-tree disease from spreading from a southwestern Ohio county. Officials say Butler County, north of Cincinnati, will be subject to a first-ever quarantine to keep thousand cankers disease from spreading. The quarantine, which goes into effect on Thursday, prohibits moving live walnut trees, lumber and wood out of the county… State forestry officials estimate the value of black walnut at about $1.2 billion. That ranks the state No.?3 in the nation for overall black walnut inventory.

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