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Daily Archives: April 14, 2014

Business & Politics

North American Lumber Industry Looking Solid Again

Digital Journal
April 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

FRESNO, CA – Housing demand in the United States was a key reason for the lumber market crash in 2009. As U.S. housing, and more importantly housing starts, continue to recover, the North American softwood lumber industry is expected to see both demand and price increases. This is according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group, titled “North American Softwood Lumber: Industry Outlook Solid, But Not Out of The Woods Yet.” As indicated in the title, the bank’s current outlook is very optimistic but notes a number of potential challenges.

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Hearing set for Meadow Creek Cedar

Nelson Star
April 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A cancellation hearing on Meadow Creek Cedar’s timber license is set for Thursday. According to a Ministry of Forests spokesman, the meeting will give the company an opportunity to be heard and help the Kootenay Lake district manager decide if there are still grounds to cancel the license. The license was suspended two years ago for poor forestry practices and failing to meet reforestation requirements. The company, owned by Surrey’s Dale Kooner, was also fined for various infractions. 

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Wood Products Pile Up as Companies Wait for Rail Cars

250 News
April 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Pallets and pallets of ready to ship lumber are being stored in Prince George, waiting to be shipped when rail cars become available. The product is being stored at the CN Intermodal yard, the former Winton Global site, even the old Rustad sawmill site looks like its back in production with the amount of ready to ship product sitting on the property. No one forest products company has been spared. The backlog has been created by a shortage of rail cars. It is the same issue which forced the stockpiling of pulp we wrote about last month

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Victims’ families, survivors wait for charges against sawmill owners

Globe and Mail
April 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ronda Roche sat by her husband’s hospital bed on the night of April 23, 2012. He was in an induced coma, most of his body burned after an explosion ripped through the Prince George sawmill two hours earlier. “Why did you have to be right this time?” she asked him. …Glenn Roche worked at Lakeland for 30 years, starting as a teenager on the cleanup crew. When he died, he held a senior position as the headrig operator. He was at his station at the time of the explosion, cleaning the massive saw when he should have been off on a break. It was futile – the mill was so thick with sawdust that many workers wore dust masks.

Crown to Reveal Decision on Lakeland Explosion from 250 News

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Four local companies receive $1.1M in Heritage Fund grants

TB Newswatch
April 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When the forestry sector collapsed, Peter Higgelke was worried about the future of his company KBM Forestry Consultants. After starting a forestry-focused program in 2004, the Thunder Bay-based company was forced to develop a new vision to expand their services Canada-wide. That involved the redesign of one of their aircraft into an aerial photography plane and they were able to do so with a $529,000 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

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Rezori: Botwood pellet plan shows how things change, or don’t

The more things change … well, you know the rest
CBC News
April 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…The old approach had basically been to treat the forests as a fibre factory for the pulp-and-paper and sawmill industries. The new approach promised something quite different. It introduced itself with the name “ecosystem-based management,” also known as EBM, presumably because that sounds more technocratic, rolls off the tongue more easily, even saves a bit of ink. …Some 15 years later, post-doctoral researcher Erin Kelly wrote a study paper (Pathways and challenges to reinventing forestry in Newfoundland, 2012) for Grenfell College’s Environmental Policy Institute, in which she declared the same inertia alive and well inside the forestry division of the Department of Natural Resources.

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Orcas Island residents try to stop sawmill operator’s deportation

Yakima Herald
April 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — People on Orcas Island are uniting around the sole operator of a small family-run sawmill there, saying his scheduled deportation to Mexico this month could force that business closed and harm the region’s economy. Owners of West Sound Lumber, where Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez has milled native timber for 15 years, have told immigration authorities that in two years of trying they’ve been unable to find anyone to replace him. Jack Helsell, 90, who designed and built the operation four decades ago, said those with the knowledge and skill to run the mill’s antique circular saw are well into their 70s now and can’t be expected to work that hard.

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Caledonia sawmill shuts down

Nova News Now
April 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

L and S Lumber in Caledonia, once known as NF Douglas Lumber Ltd., ceased operations last week. The sawmill has many years of history behind it, operating formerly as the NF Douglas sawmill from the late 1800’s until it was sold in a few years ago. The mill employed upwards of 40 people in the early 2000’s, but that was down to less than a dozen when it closed.

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Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman in forestry talks with Japanese interests on final leg of Asian tour

Perth Now
April 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

PREMIER Will Hodgman will promote Tasmania’s new forest industry plan to Japanese interests today and tomorrow. Mr Hodgman finishes his Asian trade mission tomorrow night before returning to Tasmania as the new State Government tackles some of its first big challenges. He told the Mercury the bulk of his talks would relate to forestry interests. “It’s my chance very early to sit down with those key trade partners to fully articulate the Liberal Government’s plan for forestry, to provide assurances that under the new government we will actively pursue market opportunities with them, we will provide them with resource security, we will encourage further investment and innovation into our forest industry,’’ Mr Hodgman said.

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Bulgaria to Curb Wood Exports

novinite.com
April 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Grigor Gogov, head of the Executive Forests Agency, has informed that Bulgaria plans to restrict its wood exports. In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Gogov noted that the efforts of the Executive Forests Agency over the next few years would focus on afforestation. He pointed out that a total of 8 million saplings had been planted on an area of 16 000 decares in 2013, while the natural forest growth amounted to 16 million cubic meters and forest areas had increased by 300 000 hectares in the past five years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Reports delve into concrete’s role in infrastructure renewal

Journal of Commerce
April 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A recent report by the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development on the role of concrete in Canadian infrastructure adaptation to changing climatic conditions was scheduled to be delivered to the Cement Association of Canada in early April.  This new report is a follow-up to an earlier IISD report (last November) — published with support from the Cement Association of Canada…..As for the second report, Cunningham pointed out that she and her co-authors cited examples of New York City builders using concrete, rather than more combustible materials, in a number of structures and the use of stronger, more resilient concrete in Japan to replace structures that were damaged or destroyed in the tsunami.

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ASHRAE High-Performance Buildings Conference: GBI President Presents Keynote Talk

A to Z of Clean Technology
April 11, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Green Building Initiative President Jerry Yudelson presented a keynote talk on April 8th at the ASHRAE High-Performance Buildings conference in San Francisco. Yudelson also participated in a discussion organized by the National Institute of Building Sciences around the topic of defining net zero energy buildings. Yudelson says, “The pressing issue of our time is dealing with climate change, and reducing the operating energy use of buildings is critical to that effort.” He has committed the GBI to take a leading role in rating and certifying high-performance buildings as it updates and improves its national Green Globes rating standards over the next few years.

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Forestry

Salmo group moves ahead with forestry management plan

Nelson Star
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

There is growing sentiment that people should have more control over the resources in the place where they live. Last week, a local group working to establish a community forest in the Salmo watershed met with stakeholders and panelists schooled in the evolving branch of forestry that gives the community a voice in forest management and land-use decisions. The Salmo Watershed Community Forest Initiative gathered more than 30 people under one village roof and landed a governance model meant to guide the group through the community forest licencing process.

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Prescribed burns in the area this month

Kootenay News Advisor
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is planning to conduct two prescribed burns in the East Kootenays in April. The timing of the burns is dependent on weather and site conditions. The first burn was tentatively scheduled for this past week, and will be conducted about five kilometres west of Lake Koocanusa, next to Newgate Road in the Bare Mountain region. This 432-hectare controlled burn is part of the provincial government’s strategy to restore and maintain forest and range ecosystems. The second fire is scheduled to occur within the next two weeks about five kilometres northeast of Fort Steele, west of the Wildhorse River in the Brewery Ridge area. 

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Widespread Outcry Urged On TFL Rollover

250 News
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Retired professional forester, Anthony Britneff, says only widespread outcry and ‘your hard-nosed resistance’ will stop the provincial government’s proposed switch from volume-based forest licences to tree farm licences (TFLs). “Is area-based management preferable to volume-based management? In my opinion, absolutely – in theory,” says the former bureaucrat-turned-policy analyst. “But tree farm licences are not the way to go. There are other options for area-based management that can keep your forests public without tenure.”

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Donor supports Ancient Forest project

Prince George Citizen
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

A private donor has stepped up to help fund construction of a raised plank pathway at the Ancient Forest Trail. Jim Feragen presented the Caledonia Ramblers with a cheque for $10,752. The club plans build a plank pathway almost 1,220 metres long to complement the existing 500 metre long universal boardwalk along the Ancient Forest Trail’s existing 2.3 km loop. …He hopes the trail will inspire young people the way he was inspired as a child. “I remember as a kid going to Cathedral Grove… and it made such an impression, the giant trees,” he said. “This will do that here in Prince George.”

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Crown forest plan bows to industry, biologist alleges

Increased cutting will have ecological, economic consequences, says Jamie Simpson
CBC News
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A biologist and expert on the Acadian forest says the Alward government is falling short in its obligation to balance industrial interests against others, such as diversity. “It’s almost like they’ve given up and thrown up their hands and said, ‘OK, Mr. Irving, you win. Here’s the public land to do with what you will,'” said Jamie Simpson, referring to J.D. Irving Ltd. The new Crown forest strategy, unveiled last month, increases the amount of softwood that industrial forest operations can cut on Crown land by 21 per cent annually.

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Owners of small woodland tracts could get paid to leave the trees standing

Mail Tribune
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s a brave new idea — and it’s one that could offer a measure of help to the private owners of small tracts of forest land. …These are family forests that have been inherited by people who use the land for all intents and purposes as their savings accounts or possibly their retirement plans. The problem is that, increasingly, these private owners have been forced to sell their land to timber companies or other developers, a one-time payout that these owners, not infrequently, use for medical bills. Now, landowners may be able to take advantage of another option: Instead of getting money so someone could chop down their trees, they might get paid to leave them up.

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Walsh stops in Missoula to speak about timber; student loan debt discussion Monday

The Missoulian
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Nobody wants another Berkeley Pit,” U.S. Sen. John Walsh told a room of representatives from conservation groups and the timber industry on Sunday. Walsh, D-Mont., hosted a listening session at Triple W Equipment outside Missoula to hear ideas about the implementation of the Farm Bill, especially as it relates to forestry in Montana. Walsh, who sits on the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, said with agriculture being Montana’s largest industry, it’s important to make sure different opinions and ideas are represented and forests are handled in a way that is best for the economy and jobs, as well as the environment.

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Bridging the jobs gap

The World
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COQUILLE — Forestry technology is advancing as career foresters are retiring, creating a void for local wood products companies. Companies like Roseburg Resources Co. need young workers with bachelor’s degrees. But there are two problems: recent graduates with four-year degrees in forestry typically don’t want to move to rural Oregon; and rural, often poor, kids who grew up with firsthand knowledge of the industry have trouble getting to college in the first place. Southwestern Oregon Community College wants to help solve this dilemma through a new two-year associate’s degree in forestry, launching this fall.

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Oregon considers selling forest to benefit schools

Associated Press
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The state of Oregon will consider selling the whole Elliott State Forest, where legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools. Jim Paul, assistant director of the Department of State Lands, said Friday the forest has turned from an asset into a liability, costing the Common School Fund $3 million last year. He says the state has a responsibility to see if it can turn that around. 

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Timber industry, environmentalists need to reach common ground

Medford Mail-Tribune
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden was in familiar territory last fall when he introduced his plan to increase timber harvests on the former Oregon & California Railroad lands: Smack in the middle. On one side were environmental groups upset over more logging; on the other was the Association of O&C Counties, disappointed that the bill wouldn’t restore enough money to make up for lost timber receipts. Now a third group has weighed in: owners of sawmills who say Wyden’s plan wouldn’t provide enough logs from southwest Oregon forests to keep their plants operating and their workers employed. 

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Daines backs forest management provision

Helena Independent Record
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana’s lone representative sent a letter to the secretary of agriculture urging swift consideration and approval of 5.1 million acres of Montana’s national forests for expedited forest management including logging. … The provision allows the governor to nominate forests deemed unhealthy because of disease or insect infestation for categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), meaning that administrative appeals of decisions on forest management like logging would be eliminated from the decision-making process. Vilsack must then approve the nominations before forest work can go forward.

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CSKT official says forests managed better with less on reservation

The Missoulian
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The vice chairwoman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes told a congressional committee Thursday that the nation would not experience the devastating wildfires it does if U.S. forests were managed the way forestland on the Flathead Indian Reservation is. Testifying in Washington, D.C., before the House Natural Resources Committee, Carole Lankford said the rest of the country could learn much about healthy forests from her tribes. “Had our national forests been managed similarly, this country wouldn’t be having the massive forest fires that are occurring with great frequency in recent years,” Lankford said.

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GAO report takes issue with Forest Service, Neptune air tanker contracts

Billings Gazette
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Wildfire season officially begins April 28, and the U.S. Forest Service is heading into it with only three modern firefighting air tankers. Missoula-based Neptune Aviation has one of those planes on contract. It argues to have two more, but competitors won a protest over Neptune’s no-competition award worth almost half a billion dollars over 10 years. By August, Neptune will have two more jets looking for work. “We’re still cranking out air tankers,” Neptune CEO Ron Hooper said Friday. “But that’s the state of limbo we’re in. We’re waiting to see what the Forest Service will do.”

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Engen asks Roseburg Forest Products to annex into Missoula city limits

The Missoulian
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The city of Missoula is asking Roseburg Forest Products to annex into the city limits – and Mayor John Engen estimates the company would save money doing so. “I think there are a number of mutual advantages to having Roseburg operate within the city limits,” Mayor Engen said in a recent letter to Roseburg. Last week, the Missoula City Council cleared the way for a new urban renewal district in the North Reserve area, and on Friday the mayor said he would like Roseburg to be included in its boundaries. 

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Residents of western Montana press US Forest Service to allow more timber cutting

The Missoulian
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUPERIOR, Montana — They’re frustrated and disgruntled here in Mineral County, and they’re not big fans of the United States Forest Service. Paltry timber sales in a hurting county in which more than four of every five acres is controlled by the Forest Service are a big part of the reason, a roomful of seething locals told Tim Garcia, who was finishing his first week on the job as the new supervisor of the Lolo National Forest. “The dollars are there. How can we make this work?” asked Kevin Chamberlain, the Mineral County extension agent.

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Twenty years of the Northwest Forest Plan: Guest opinion

Oregon Live
April 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Twenty years ago, the Northwest Forest Plan sought to resolve the timber wars. Has it worked? We think so. It’s important to recall that gridlock plagued the Northwest during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The old-growth forest that once covered much of the region had been decimated by clearcutting and other logging, threatening the spotted owl and other wildlife. While many stakeholders demanded protections for the remaining forests, the shutdown of logging on federal lands left others facing an uncertain future. Out of this tense situation came the Northwest Forest Plan. 

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Warming climate has consequences for Michigan’s forests

April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East

In the last 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation patterns will increase, which will have consequences for the state’s forests. A new U.S. Forest Service report describes the potential risks and opportunities of climate change for forests in the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. More than 30 scientists and forest managers contributed to “Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis.” The study is part of the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework, a collaboration of federal, state, academic and private partners led by the Forest Service’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS).

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Lauren R. Stevens: Untapped forest benefits

The Berkshire Eagle
April 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Northern Berkshire County and northwestern Franklin County forests could benefit from state and federal resources while not part of a national forest — that’s the idea the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Franklin Land Trust and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments proposed to 20 towns last month. Massachusetts does not have a national forest and therefore misses out on some resources. These towns contain some 280,000 acres of forested land, one of the area’s outstanding characteristics, some state-owned, some institutionally or town-owned and much owned by private individuals. The amount of forested land is increasing as former farm fields grow over.

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Lake Forest accelerates fight against emerald ash borer

Tree removal, planting contracts approved
Chicago Tribune
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lake Forest has approved $300,000 in contracts for removal of ash trees decimated by the emerald ash borer and an accelerated planting of new trees beginning after May 1. The shiny green Asian beetle was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and identified in Lake Forest in 2009, according to city memos. Chuck Myers, superintendent of parks and forestry, said a 2013 inventory tallied 20,000 trees, of which 4,000 are ash, not including trees in city parks. Overall, officials estimate there are more than 100,000 ash trees on public and private property in the city.

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Call to reverse forestry research collapse

ABC News, Australia
April 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plans to revive Australia’s forest products research have been outlined at a national forestry investment conference. The FIMO 14 conference heard funding for forestry research and development has collapsed from a peak of $100M to $25M this year. The cuts have seen 200 forestry research and development jobs lost, leaving fewer than 80 positions in Australia. But Forests and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) statistics show forestry and timber harvesting activity is starting to rise with demand for softwoods for Australian housing and for woodchips in China.

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Work to restore Caledonian forest in Speyside

BBC News
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Work has begun on a scheme to restore native Caledonian pine forest in Speyside, which will involve planting almost 100,000 trees. The project is focussed on the RSPB’s Abernethy Forest nature reserve. The aim is to expand the largest single remnant of ancient Caledonian pine forest, connecting it to other remnants of the forest nearby. Conservationists say that will create a much larger habitat for woodland species. Abernethy is home to capercaillie, Scottish crossbills, crested tits, wildcats, pine marten, black grouse, golden eagles and many rare mosses, fungi and plants.

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Forest shrinks 16,500 ha in a decade

ekantipur.com
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Between 2001 and 2010, the Tarai region lost 24,372 bighas (16,500 hectares) of forests , an area bigger than Bhaktapur district, according to the findings of a new assessment report prepared by the government. However, the rate of deforestation has slightly decreased from the earlier study conducted between 1991 and 2001. The annual denudation rate stood at 0.44 percent in the nine-year period in Tarai, while it was recorded at 1.3 percent during the previous study. The southern plains are known for dense forests. 

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300 forestry personnel undergo training for NGP geotagging

Business Mirror
April 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has invested significant resources to purchase geotagging equipment and train over 300 forestry personnel on the use of the technology, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said. This is in line with the DENR’s adoption of the geotagging technology in the implementation of the ambitious National Greening Program (NGP), which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016. Geotagging utilizes global positioning satellite (GPS) and Web-based mapping to allow real-time monitoring of NGP locations, especially on getting accurate count of trees planted and their conditions.

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Interest groups not speaking for majority

The Examiner
April 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

IF EVER there was a protest movement that resonated with Tasmania’s forestry wars, it was the fast-food fight involving a town in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges and McDonalds. The US burger chain wanted to open a store – among existing take-away shops – at Tecoma. Leftist lentil lovers united against the development, giving themselves the requisite numerical-based protest name, “the Tecoma Eight”. Others joined the cause, forming a blockade to prevent the demolition of the existing building.

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No federal funding guarantees for forestry peace deal projects

ABC News
April 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Government has defended the time it is taking to distribute $100 million in federal funding attached to the forestry peace deal. The money was announced by the previous federal Labor government to help diversify the economy after the downturn in the forest industry. Employment Minister Eric Abetz has announced another of the recipients. The Claremont football and cricket clubs will receive $200,000 to spend on upgrades to the Abbotsfield Park ground in Hobart’s northern suburbs.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Harper Government Announces Support to Forestry and Transportation Sectors

Marketwired
April 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The efficiency and competitiveness of businesses in BC’s forestry and transportation sectors have been enhanced through an investment of $380,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) announced today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. This investment will expand a diesel fuel reduction program for trucks and heavy machinery coordinated by the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative (COAC), aimed at improving the operating efficiency of vehicles in the BC forestry and transportation sectors while reducing carbon emissions.

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ALC approves plant

Vernon Morning Star
April 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A proposed pellet plant is one step closer to setting up shop in Lavington, but it still has a few more hurdles to overcome. Tolko and Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group have plans to construct a $39 million pellet plant next to the existing planer mill in Lavington on agricultural land. But in order to do so, several approvals are necessary, the first of which it now has. The Agricultural Land Commission has approved non-farm use on 7.1 acres of agricultural land (5.1 of which is already being used by Tolko as a wood chip pile). 

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The ETS is on life support – Forest owners

Voxy New Zealand
April 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand has met its Kyoto obligations by a whisker, but it has little to do with the ETS, say forest owners. “From 2008 to 2012 the country’s 25 per cent increase in carbon emissions was masked by carbon stored in forests planted in the 1990s. As these trees are harvested, forestry will move from being a carbon sink to being a carbon source,” says Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes. “At that point New Zealand’s environmental credentials will be delivered a double whammy. Our steady increases in gross emissions will no longer be masked by forestry and indeed, forestry emissions will add to the negative ledger.”

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