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Daily Archives: December 23, 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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Business & Politics

Forestry stocks overbought

The Globe and Mail
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Plodding but profitable stocks like Fortis Inc and Empire Co. rarely make appearances in the oversold list, but that’s the situation we have this week. The trees continue to rocket higher – the forestry sector now dominates the top of the overbought list by Relative Strength Index… Canfor Corp is now the most overbought TSX stock according to RSI at 84.5 (the RSI sell signal is 70), and is our focus chart for the week. West Fraser Timber is close behind at 77.9.

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Fire levels Fort St. James sawmill

The Prince George Citizen
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire destroyed a small Fort St. James sawmill Thursday morning. Northern Forest Products Ltd., a cant mill in the 3000 block Tachie Road, across from the community’s ski hill, was engulfed by the time firefighters were on the scene, Fort St. James fire department chief Mike Navratil said. In all, 16 firefighters responded, he said, when a resident living on the other side of Stuart Lake called 911 at about 6 a.m. to report a fire ball. Firefighters were at the location for about four hours where they kept the blaze from spreading to a nearby fuel tank.

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B.C. lumber-industry recovers, but it’s a shadow of past glory

by Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trade figures and production reports paint a brightening picture of a British Columbia forest industry that is recovering, returning to profitability and regaining a sliver of the ground it lost during the U.S. housing crash that bottomed out in 2009. However, this recovery, two years in the making, is running headlong into the aftermath of the mountain pine beetle infestation that decimated 18 million hectares of B.C. forests and poses a serious limit to the timber supply available to mills and communities in the very near future… “Everybody has always known that, when you’re going to move from a (total allowable timber harvest) of 65 million to 45 million, there’s going to be some impacts that have to happen,” said James Gorman, CEO of the Council of Forest Industries.

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Project may get tax break

Vernon Morning Star
December 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko could be getting a break from the taxman with its proposed pellet plant. The 7.1 acres directly north of the Lavington mill may be added to Coldstream’s tax revitalization exemption bylaw, if ALC approval is granted to the pellet plant project. The bylaw was created in 2012 in four areas of the community to encourage construction of new buildings and improvements of existing buildings to create economic activity for the community. 

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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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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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Domtar Inc. Ordered to Pay $75,000 for Violations of Fisheries Act

Government of Canada
December 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Espanola, Ont. – Domtar Inc. was sentenced on December 17, 2013, in Ontario Provincial Court for violating the Fisheries Act and was ordered to pay $75,000, of which $67,500 will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. Domtar Inc. pleaded guilty to one count pursuant to subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act for offences occurring at its mill in Espanola, Ontario, between December 14 and 16 of 2010. Domtar Inc. failed to adhere to the regulatory limits for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and thereby deposited effluent that was deleterious to fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act.

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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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Timber mill likely coming to Petersburg

Petersburg Pilot
December 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

John Glenn, owner of Stikine River Forest Products, announced Monday evening his plans to build a mill in Petersburg. “I have contacted several property owners and we are in the process of sending offers or accepting offers of sale,” Glenn said during his announcement to the borough assembly on Monday. Glenn said he has located a piece of property near the airport that exists within industrial zoning and has power and water connections. He said the construction of the mill would be done in two phases. Phase one would consist of a full breakdown large mill capable of manufacturing 100,000 board feet per shift.

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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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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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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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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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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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Eco-certification builds up to fight

Journal Gazette
December 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – An eco-friendly building rating system that has powered a green arms race across the nation now faces a challenge from policymakers and an upstart rival. LEED, the longstanding king of green construction and renovation projects, has become a de facto brand in cities such as Portland, Ore., where sustainable growth has been the rage for years. But that could change as legislation and executive orders in several states have all but banned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design from public contracts, and a new system known as Green Globes has emerged and marketed itself as a simpler, less expensive alternative.

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Forestry

City of Trail eyes potential timber revenue

Trail Daily News
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Trail may have another resource to tap into after council advanced a proposal for ATCO Wood Products to begin logging city-owned forest in the Violin Lake Watershed by June 2014. Discussions with ATCO were initiated earlier this year to determine if the producer of softwood veneer would have opportunity to expand into the 45-hectare area, which would add $640,000 to the city’s revenue. “The last time we did business with them in 2002 it was very well executed and they lived up to all their commitments,” explained David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO) during the governance committee meeting Monday.

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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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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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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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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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Beetle kill forests’ uncertain future after the epidemic

Coloradoan.com
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Professor Skip Smith wandered on Friday through a lodgepole pine forest just west of Red Feather Lakes, and he couldn’t find a single living mountain pine beetle. But the evidence that the bark beetle had been there was clear. Dead lodgepole pines — red, brown and gray trees — patchworked the forest. Beneath their bark, Smith found evidence of the beetles that killed them — winding paths in the wood where the insects burrowed and their larvae grew. Nearby, a stand of bone-white beetle kill lodgepole stood out… But for the first time since the mountain pine beetle outbreak hit the American West more than a decade ago, the number of attacking beetles seems to be decreasing, scientists say.

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Rim Country Lands Key 4fri Project

1,000 acres close to Christopher Creek in first phase of landmark restoration
Payson Roundup
December 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Good Earth Power has started a nearly 1,000-acre thinning project in Rim Country, one of the first projects in the eagerly awaited Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The Christopher/Hunter-Mercer Task Order will help provide a buffer zone to protect Christopher Creek and other communities from wildfires. The Campbell Group will manage the thinning project — one of the few in Rim Country included in the first batch of 4FRI contracts. The Forest Service is still working on a massive environmental impact statement on some 300,000 acres, which Good Earth will thin in the next decade.

4FRI Contractors to open offices in Flagstaff from AZ Daily Sun
Campbell Group Introduced as 4FRI Contract Manager from The Arizona Journal

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Invasive Insects Strike Landmark Pa. Forest

NBC 10 Philadelphia
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Forest Service reported this week that the hemlock wooly adelgid has been discovered in the Tionesta forest near the New York border. Experts said the insect is often deadly to hemlocks, and the loss of those trees can lead to a cascade of environmental changes for some wildlife, fish, and plants that need the cool, deep shade that the old growth trees provide. Hille and other scientists say they can’t conclusively link the adelgid problem to just climate change, but it is a concern.

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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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Fighting to protect the Amazon, 25 years after its most famous defender’s killing

The Globe and Mail
December 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three days’ journey by boat away from his home in the rain forest, Herculano de Oliveira sits in a cramped office and works painstakingly to protect his trees. A local environmental institute has taught him – the son of illiterate parents, with just a few years of education himself – to translate his intimate knowledge of the forest into GPS points and maps… Logging, agricultural and mining are banned in these areas, and consequently the pace of deforestation has slowed from the ferocious rate of the 1980 and 90s. But the Amazon basin – home to 10 per cent of the world’s plant, animal and insect species – remains the site of some of the fastest forest degradation in the world, as Mr. De Oliveira’s painstakingly plotted maps make clear. 

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Tasmania forest heritage listing comes under threat from Coalition

The Guardian
December 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal government has decided to push ahead with a plan to remove world heritage listing from a swath of Tasmanian forest, potentially reopening bitter divisions over the state’s timber industry. Richard Colbeck, parliamentary secretary for agriculture, said the government would write to Unesco’s world heritage committee to ask it to peel away about 170,000 hectares of forest from the protected region. Colbeck told the Australian the protected listing was a “sham” because it locked up areas of plantation timber, as well as pristine old-growth forest.

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In Imperiled Forests of Borneo, A Rich Tropical Eden Endures

Yale Environment 360
December 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


After three decades of studying the world’s great rainforests, including the Amazon and Congo Basin, I thought I’d seen the best nature has to offer. But that was before I visited a small pocket of forest in northern Borneo known as the Danum Valley. There, I found a dedicated band of international and Malaysian scientists fighting to save a true biological Eden. In just three days at Danum, I saw a stunning assortment of creatures. Dense rainforests are notoriously difficult places to spot wildlife, but not at Danum — animals are practically dripping from the trees.

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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

Paying for climate change — The mayors weigh in

By Peter McMartin
The Province
December 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last month, I emailed all the mayors in Metro Vancouver, asking their views on climate change… Did they think a tax — or carbon-pricing — should be levied against the producers of greenhouse-gas-emitting products like oil and coal, to fund local mitigation efforts that would protect Metro Vancouver against the effects of that climate change, such as rising seas?.. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart also replied that climate change was caused by human activity. As for carbon pricing: “I believe the extraction of these resources should trigger sufficient royalties to government to account for all externalities. Same applies to forestry, mining, etc., though it would be a different range of externalities.”

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Biomass plant has extensive wood network

San Francisco Gate
December 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Florida — …As concerns swirl about the potential negative economic impact from a power plant that has forced an increase in electric rates that are already among the highest in the state, forest industry members who supply the plant see a potential boon through a new marketplace for previously unsellable wood. “It’s created a new viable market for a product instead of leaving it in piles to rot or be burned in an open field,” said Richard Schwab, manager of procurement and new-business development at M.A. Rigoni. “It is the lowest common denominator. It is the bottom rung of the wood fiber industry.”

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