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Business & Politics

Marathon Pulp mill sale delayed

Northern Ontario Business
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The potential American buyers of the former Marathon Pulp mill have missed a critical deadline to close the sale of the contaminated property from Tembec. A final Jan. 22 deadline, imposed by the Ministry of Environment (MOE), to complete the transaction and transfer of the industrial land to Green Investment Group Inc. (GIGI) has come and gone. Ministry spokeswoman Lisa Brygidyr said GIGI, an Illinois-based brownfield redeveloper, was unable to commit to fulfilling the necessary environmental requirements to clean up the mill property for the long term.

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No bailout for Northern Pulp, McNeil vows

Chronicle Herald
January 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government has turned down a bailout request from Northern Pulp that would have included a $10-million forgivable loan. Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement Thursday during a luncheon in Halifax. .  …“We made it very clear there would be no forgivable loans under our administration, so that was off the table before we started,” he said. “It is the role and responsibility of this company to move forward (on its own).”

Northern Pulp denied more access to Crown Land from The CBC News
Province won’t help Northern Pulp, Mill says it didn’t ask for bailout from Atlantic Farm Focus

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Don’t damn forestry too quickly

Chronicle Herald
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotians who criticize efforts to develop the province’s forestry sector may be too hasty in their assessment. Businesses involved in forestry do not employ the same number of people as they once did, but a study by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council think-tank in Halifax seems to indicate forest-related industries still play a relatively important role in the regional economy. The report released Friday helps to take stock of what has happened in forestry and where it has left us, says senior economist David Chaundy.

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Money owed to province by Buchanan companies unlikely to be paid, MNR concedes

TB News Watch
February 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Money owed to province by Buchanan companies unlikely to be paid, MNR concedes. A forestry company that owed tens of millions of dollars to taxpayers is off the hook. Buchanan Forest Products, through a number of different company names, was in debt to Ontario for $29 million in stumpage fees. But officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources confirm the money will never be collected. At one time Buchanan owned and operated eight mills across Northwestern Ontario. In 2009, all of those mills had been idled and staff let go when the various companies went into receivership. 

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Nova Scotia gives $1 million to explore opportunities for forestry sector

Canadian Press
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is committing $1 million to fund eight projects aimed at developing business opportunities for the province’s forestry sector. The goal is to identify new products and production techniques that will help reduce costs and make the sector more competitive. The province is working with non-profit research centre FPInnovations to identify future options for the industry. Centre CEO Pierre Lapointe says the centre will examine the impact of the province’s harvesting guidelines and look at ways of improving yields at hardwood sawmills as well as ways to covert wood to biochemicals.

Click here to read the press release from the Government of Nova Scotia

Click here to read the press release from FPInnovations

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Guitar maker and a sawmill win Path to Prosperity

Enquirer Herald
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

JUNEAU, Alaska — A guitar maker and a small sawmill were the winners of the first Path to Prosperity contest.  Raven Guitars and Icy Straits Lumber were selected as the winners. The business-plan competition was sponsored by Haa Aani, the community development arm of Sealaska and the Nature Conservancy. …The winning firms will receive $40,000 in seed money for consulting services to develop their business plans. …Hoonah guitar maker Kevin Skeek joined up with Steve Helgeson of Wrangell in forming Raven Guitars. The two plan to use mostly Sitka spruce to manufacture high-quality acoustic guitars.

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Weyerhaeuser’s 2013 profit surges

Seattle Times
January 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser said its 2013 net earnings jumped 40 percent to $540 million, or 95 cents a share, as net sales rose 20 percent to $8.5 billion.  The company said strong construction markets in China drove increased demand and selling prices for Western logs, and its results benefited from a full quarter’s harvest from its Longview Timber acquisition.  Weyerhauser’s earnings fell slightly short of Wall Street projections,
and its stock lost 2.9 percent, closing at $29.88, compared with the
S&P 500’s 0.7 percent loss.

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Cleanup started after massive sawmill fire

Wane.com
January 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GRABILL, Ind.  – Within hours of firefighters leaving the scene of a huge sawmill fire, workers started cleaning up the rubble. Small fires still popped up as the debris was moved. …Firefighters were first notified of the fire by a neighbor around 1:15 Wednesday morning at Cedar Creek Sawmill. The mill is located at the corner of Page Road and Springfield Center Road. The mill manufactures wood pallets. The massive fire destroyed a building and the trailer of a semi. The Amish-owned sawmill’s been in operation since 1987, owner Ben Graber said. Graber didn’t know a dollar figure for the losses yet, but said they do plan to rebuild.y.

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Scepticism remains over forest plan of Indonesian logger

An Indonesian pulp and paper company blacklisted by several Australian retailers hopes its new forest sustainability plan will silence its critics
Radio Australia
February 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pacific Resources International produces almost three million tonnes of paper products a year from the world’s largest integrated pulp mill in Riau, Sumatra. Riau province is the rainforest home of the endangered Sumatran tiger. The drastic deforestation also produces much of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas output.. making it the third largest emitter, after the United States and China.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

VIDEO: Leander A. Bathon at the 2014 International Wood Symposium

Journal of Commerce
January 31, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Leander A. Bathon is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Hochschule RheinMain University, in Wiesbaden, Germany, and co-director of the Institute of Building Materials and Structures at HS-RM University. Bathon spoke to attendees at the recent 2014 International Wood Symposium in Vancouver with a talk entitled “Modern Timber Structures Have To Meet Time, Cost and Performance Expectations.” Bathon was also able to speak to the Journal of Commerce about the many ways timber products are integrating with other materials to create more efficient and resilient wood structures.

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Investment supports Northern Ontario wood

North Bay Nipissing
February 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTH BAY – Northern Ontario’s wood industry got a shot in the arm on Friday when the WoodWORKS! program was given a major lift to champion the resource in construction and other uses. Jay Aspin, MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming announced on behalf of Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and FedNor, and Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire $600,000 to enhance the forestry industry in Northern Ontario. “High quality timber is right on our doorstep,” said MP Aspin. “By using this natural advantage we are adding new jobs in forestry, wood manufacturing, design, and construction. 

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Forestry industry: Bill will cost jobs

TimesDaily.com
February 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MONTGOMERY — A bill in the Alabama Senate regarding environmentally friendly construction standards in public projects is pitting one of the state’s oldest industries — forestry — against several others, including steel manufacturers. At issue is the use of the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design certification, commonly called LEED, on government buildings. On one side, the forest industry, still a large one in the state, says the LEED certification shuts out a majority of Alabama wood products. “The crux of the problem is that taxpayer dollars are being used by state agencies to deny jobs to Alabama workers and sales to Alabama companies,” said Chris Isaacson, executive vice president of the Alabama Forestry Association.

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Forestry

Council approves tree planting initiative by CN

Fort Saskatchewan Record
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

uesday night at council, a forest grew. City council approved a motion put forward by Coun. Stew Hennig that will allow the Canadian National Railway Company to donate 60,000 trees to the city as part of an urban forestry program. “I’ve done lots of work with the urban forest group and I think it is a wonderful opportunity to get lots of folks involved,” Hennig said. “Planting trees and getting kids to plant trees is a great thing. It gives them some ownership of the area.”

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Echo Heights forest battle is not going away any time soon

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

North Cowichan may have already made a decision to develop 20% of Echo Heights forest in Chemainus. But no one expects the debate about the municipal forestland — now ongoing for nearly a decade — to end any time soon. The Chemainus Residents Association says council has failed to keep the faith with the residents of Chemainus. “We’ve been telling council for eight years that we don’t want to see development on the forest,” said Bernie Jones, chairman of the association. “We’ve submitted petitions with over 1,600 names on them, we conducted an analysis where 92% of correspondence said to save it all … This doesn’t make sense.

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Weyerhaeuser, RCMP to work together to improve road safety in Grande Prairie Forest Management Area

EnergeticCity.ca
February 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A report in the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune says it is hoped that dozens of roads in the Grande Prairie Forest Management Area will become safer this year as the result of an increased RCMP presence. Weyerhaeuser has long complained about traffic incidents on roadways in the forest management area including those associated with impaired driving, theft, and speeding.

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U of A to close forest research station near Athabasca

Edmonton Journal
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – With crumbling buildings and a lack of interest from scientists, a biological research station operated by the University of Alberta near Athabasca is being shuttered. University researchers have used the Meanook Biological Research Station since 1983, when the school started leasing the site from the federal government. The station is located about 14 kilometres south of Athabasca and served as a base for a variety of water quality, wildlife and forestry research projects at the university. But the station’s lead researcher left the school more than 10 years ago, and few others have taken up research there.

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Opinion: War in the Woods Part Two, has begun

So-called cuts to ferry service only tip of the iceberg of issues for north coast
Vancouver Sun
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On a clear day high at the top of Heckman Pass, east of Bella Coola in the Chilcotin, you can see forever.  In the distance rises smoke and fire. It’s not from logging or vehicular emissions, because the logging industry is gone now thanks to global warming and the pine beetle, and soon there will be no tourist traffic on this road any more. …Any study of ferry cuts to remote tourism destinations such as the Great Bear Rainforest or Haida Gwaii reveals a similar pattern. Wherever small tourism businesses clash with the powerful interests promoting mining, oil, forestry, fracking and natural gas plants, political decisions have been taken at cabinet level to reduce or even eliminate promotion of B.C.’s wilderness tourism.

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Grassy Narrows chief meets with ministers

Kenora Online
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Local chiefs are returning from the provincial legislature. Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister was joined by Treaty Three Grand Chief Warren White and Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy to meet with ministers to discuss logging near Grassy Narrows. They met with Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti and Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer. Fobister said they were hoping to address the concerns of the community, regarding treaty rights and possible mercury contamination related to clearcut logging. 

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County split on proposal to expand wilderness areas in national forest

Hood river News
February 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A conservation group seeking wilderness expansion in the Mount Hood National Forest got a mixed response from Hood River County Commissioners last week after asking to a proposal that would designate well over 3,000 acres of national forest in the county as protected wilderness… Commissioners rejected the proposal for reasons that ranged from concerns over fire danger to questions on the appropriateness of the lands Oregon Wild had tapped for wilderness designation. Fernandez was taken aback by the commission’s decision.

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Old-growth logging undercuts forest restoration

Arizona Central
February 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The old “yellow-belly” ponderosa pines anchoring the majestic forests of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim grew up long before European settlement. Precious few remain. More than 1,000 of them will be lost forever in the “Wild Buck” timber sale later this year, undercutting U.S. Forest Service claims that it is restoring this fire-adapted forest ecosystem. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 38 percent of timber volume in the Wild Buck sale will come from logging 1,174 trees larger than 24-inches diameter.

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Daines should join bipartisan support of Forest Jobs and Recreation Act

The Missoulian
February 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a Missoula County Commissioner, one of the issues that I am most passionate about is the utilization of our forest resources for public benefit… First, our country boundaries overlap with three federal wilderness areas that offer invaluable recreation opportunities, the Rattlesnake, the Bob Marshall and the Mission Mountains,  Second our county contains immense timber resources and those resources have been a major driver of our local economy for generations.  We continue to benefit from hundreds of direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs provided by Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Roseburg Forest products Willis Enterprises and other timber-related companies.

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Dead trees overwhelm forest: Forest Service proposes to remove hazardous snags

Great Falls Tribune
January 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hazardous trees near roads and campgrounds in the Little Belt Mountains — areas that a forest supervisor says are overwhelmed with dead snags — would be felled under a major tree removal plan announced by the U.S. Forest Service. Under the proposals, dead and dying trees in narrow strips adjacent to 575 miles of road, and those in 157 recreation areas, 58 recreation special-use sites and five nonrecreation special-use sites, will be removed. Tree mortality in those areas is higher than usual as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, according to the Forest Service.

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Mill owner says Tester bill is tonic for timber

The Western News
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s timber industry has fallen on tough times recently, but our state’s mill workers know that Sen. Jon Tester will always fight for them. In fact, Sen. Tester’s hard work is a big reason why the Tricon Mill remains in business today. …If it wasn’t for the efforts of Sen. Tester, however, we’d be facing some tough choices, and the jobs of hard-working Montanans would be on the line.

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In The American West, A Battle Unfolds Over Bugs, Climate Change And The Fate Of An Iconic Species

Huffington Post
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… All across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a 28,000-square-mile area covering parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, a devastating beetle infestation has been killing whitebark pines. The consequences may stretch far beyond the fate of a single species of tree, however. The whitebark pine has been called the linchpin of the high-altitude ecosystem. The trees produce cones that contain pine seeds that feed red squirrels, a bird known as the Clark’s nutcracker and, most significantly, grizzly bears — a symbol of the American West and the current focus of a high-profile conservation battle.

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Questioning Daines’ support for logging bill

Independent Record
February 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Montanans who have a love affair with Montana’s outdoors take our public lands and the priceless values they provide for granted. They assume they will always be there and will always be managed to provide the values we treasure so much. However, a bill which was recently passed by the U. S. House of Representatives which is co-sponsored and enthusiastically supported by Montana Representative Steve Daines would dramatically transform management of the 17 million acres of national forest land in Montana. This bill, H.R 1526, would compel the Forest Service to prioritize logging over all other forest uses including hunting and fishing. 

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Forest-plan backers hope time is ripe for O&C solution

The Eugene Register-Guard
February 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Backers of a new timber management strategy for Western Oregon’s federal forest lands — one that would increase logging significantly to help stabilize rural county budgets while setting aside new conservation and wilderness areas — are guardedly optimistic that this is the year they can get something through Congress. Having two Oregon lawmakers, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio, both Democrats, in influential posts on their chambers’ respective natural resources committees sets the table, they say. …”I think we’re farther down (the) road than we’ve ever been,” Gov. John
Kitzhaber at said a press conference in Salem last week. “I believe
there’s a solution there.”

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Loggers ready to gear up in northern Arizona

AZ Daily Sun
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Slash. Burn. Cut. This coming year, northern Arizona will leap into an era of logging not seen in a generation. The historic Four Forest Restoration Initiative will begin in earnest on the region’s forests in 2014. That means logging trucks, and lots of them. The 4FRI contractors will work to complete more than 20,000 acres of thinning on the Coconino National Forest this year. Some of those acres are left over from the previous contractors, who failed to complete any of the logging task orders assigned to them.

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Yakamas take lead on restoring forest health

Yakima Herald-Republic
February 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires don’t respect property lines as they blaze through forests. Neither do insects that wreak havoc on healthy trees. The forests along the eastern slopes of the Cascades are increasingly threatened by both, and Central Washington’s major forestland owners — the state, the U.S. Forest Service and the Yakama Nation — have realized that they need to work together on the forest health issues that threaten them all. To that end, the Yakama Nation is testing a new collaborative management concept known as an “Anchor Forest.”

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Environmental reps question Forest Service on 4FR

White Mountain Independent
January 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PINETOP-LAKESIDE — “Wally’s seminal works have been critical in understanding how our pine forests were, prehistorically. But people have developed sort of a cartoon in their heads translating his work from limited plots around Flagstaff to the entire Mogollon Rim and even to the rest of the West.” “Wally” is William Wallace Covington, Ph.D., regents professor and director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University. The comments are those of Todd Schulke, one of the founders of the Center for Biological Diversity. The Center is party to the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, members of which met Jan. 22 at Arizona Game and Fish in Pinetop

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WWF praises APRIL’s commitments on forestry

Jakarta Post
February 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature has positively welcomed the sustainable forest management policy issued by Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd. (APRIL) The policy includes the company’s commitment to supporting conservation activities set in forest areas similar in size to industrial forest areas. “The WWF warmly welcomes APRIL’s sustainable forest management policy in its industrial forest areas. 

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L’Oreal commits to end role in deforestation

Africa Science News
February 1, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

L’Oreal, the world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. Greenpeace expects other companies to follow with more ambitious timelines… Thousands of people in Indonesia and around the world who have signed up demanding forest-friendly products will be turning their eyes to companies such as P&G, the producer of Heads & Shoulders, and Colgate Palmolive to guarantee that they too are not peddling dirty palm oil from forest destruction,” said Bustar Maitar, head of the Indonesia Forest Campaign at Greenpeace International.

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Tasmania wilderness: Greg Hunt says areas to lose heritage status ‘degraded’

The Guardian
February 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has defended the government’s proposal to reverse the world heritage listing of parts of Tasmania’s wilderness area and said most of the area is “degraded or logged”. The minister played down the impacts of the government’s proposal which seeks to wind back the heritage listing of 170,000 hectares of wilderness area in Tasmania that were added to the existing heritage area in 2012 by the then environment minister, Tony Burke. “What has been put to the committee for reconsideration is 117 degraded or logged areas. These are areas which many people feel should never have been included because they significantly detract from one of the great world heritage areas,” he told ABC Radio National.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Strait mill may test innovative uses of wood

The Chronicle Herald
January 31, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The spectrum of items derived from wood fiber could one day include high-value products like renewable plastics and tires. Technology is being developed and tested that could convert wood to biochemical products that include carbon black, which is used in the tire industry, and non-food sugars, which can be used to make plastic. Plans are underway to set up a test refinery at the Port Hawkesbury Paper LLC mill. It would be used to extract the sugars from wood chips to potentially make a range of products. 

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Climate change adaptation

The Chronicle Journal
February 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Climate change is multi-faceted and an evolving, demanding phenomenon. Gradually increasing average temperatures and more extreme heavy rain events have already been experienced in Thunder Bay and in the neighbouring regions. A report released a few weeks ago titled Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation summarizes the changes for the Lake Superior basin expected in the next 100 years… The climatic changes will have numerous impacts on Lake Superior ecosystems. For example, forest species throughout the Lake Superior region are expected to experience increased stress from drought, disease and fires. Eventually there is expected to be a northward shift of habitat with more species from forests further south.

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Progress on biomass: Finally seeing the results of waste-to-energy

Denver Post
February 1, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

For most of the last decade, Coloradans have been talking about how to make good use of their mountain forests, dying and gray. Something is finally happening. In Gypsum, 140 miles west of Denver, a biomass mill began operations in December, burning wood to create 10 megawatts of round-the-clock electricity… In providing a market for woody material, they can make forests less vulnerable to fires like the ones that have killed nine people and destroyed 1,164 homes along the Front Range over the last two years. Biomass also displaces burning of fossil fuels, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas…Colorado environmental groups, however, are skeptical that biomass plants will actually lower carbon dioxide emissions.

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Wood Fuels Both a Passion and a Remarkable Career

Vermont Digger
February 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Wander through the dense forests in the world of biomass energy, where technology, engineering and economics intertwine, and it doesn’t take long to discover one Vermonter’s name stands out, like a century pine towering far above the canopy of growth below. That would be Tim Maker of Calais, all of about 5-8, slender and about as low-key as it gets, despite his giant reputation. But when it comes to the engineering, economics and construction of large-scale heating systems for our most prolific renewable energy resource – that would be wood – Maker is a state and national pioneer, a guy whose knowledge and renown has been growing for nearly three decades.

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State Selects Two Large Biomass Projects For Long-Term Contracts

The Hartford Courant
January 31, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The state energy department locked in long-term contracts Friday with two of the largest wood-burning biomass plants in New England, a move it says will save ratepayers $15 million and diversify the region’s sources of renewable power. But instead of buying power from the two plants, the state’s two electric companies are only purchasing renewable energy credits, which are used to subsidize clean sources of energy like solar or wind installations that is required by the state’s energy policy.

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