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Daily Archives: June 27, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Alternate Comics Beat: Trees

Creepy and engaging speculative fiction
Comic Booknews
June 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

Warren Ellis is known for his original concepts and tight storytelling… In Trees issues one and two, we get to see a world where intelligent life forms have landed, but don’t know how to interact with us. They show up as giant trees, planted all over the world. The series follows a number of characters, including scientists and politicians involved with the trees, and each scene builds to the mystery around the living structures.

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Business & Politics

American Forest & Paper Association Releases May 2014 Printing-Writing Report

What They Think
June 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7 percent in May compared to May 2013, with total paper inventories increasing 2 percent from April levels.

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Pictures of Faith at Work: This Family Waits, Prays for Obamacare Ruling

The Daily Signal
June 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Supreme Court is expected to decide as early as today whether the government can force two family businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, to provide employee health plans that cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices. Countless other faith-based family businesses face devastating fines under Obamacare if they don’t break their moral and religious convictions and comply with the same mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services… Last year, a federal District Court judge’s ruling in favor of Seneca Hardwood gave the family temporary relief from the HHS mandate. 

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Forestry

Minister Rickford Announces Call for Proposals for the Next Phase of Investments in Forest Products Innovation

Natural Resources Canada
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced that a Call for Proposals is now open for companies to submit applications to benefit from the renewed Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. The Harper Government announced funding of $90.4 million with funding to be allocated to projects that support jobs and implement highly innovative commercial-scale technologies. The Minister made the announcement in advance of meetings with his provincial and territorial forest minister counterparts.

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Harper Government Celebrates Canada Day with Free Admission at Parks Canada Sites

Parks Canada News Release
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced free admission on Tuesday, July 1 at all national parks, national marine conservation areas and Parks Canada-administered national historic sites across the country in celebration of Canada’s 147th birthday. Through initiatives like these, the Government of Canada’s National Conservation Plan is taking concrete action to connect Canadian families to our natural spaces in order to foster an appreciation for nature and build a “community of stewards” among Canadians of all ages.

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Tsilhqot’in Nation Welcomes Recognition Of Full Aboriginal Title For The First Time In Canadian History

Inter Continental Cry Magazine
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC –  The Tsilhqot’in Nation welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision overruling the BC Court of Appeal’s judgment on Aboriginal title. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the 2007 ruling of the BC Supreme Court and declared Aboriginal title to approximately 2000 km2 in the heart of the Tsilhqot’in homeland, in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia. The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling ends a long history of denial and sets the stage of recognition of Aboriginal title in its full form. Rejecting the BC Court of Appeal’s impoverished view of title as specific, intensely used sites is a step towards true and lasting reconciliation for all First Nations. The Tsilhqot’in Nation has worked tirelessly with many organizations to make this a reality.

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Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation

BY PETER O’NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN
Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has title 1,750 square kilometres of land in south central B.C. …The unanimous ruling from all eight judges was written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. “Aboriginal title confers the right to use and control the land and to reap the benefits flowing from it,” she found. However, the ruling also made clear that economic development on title land can continue – either with consent, or if there is no consent when the Crown has proven that the project has a “compelling and substantial” public interest.

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Awarding of new woodlots on Gambier on hold again

Bowen Island Undercurrent
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On June 18th, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) sent out a letter stating that it would announce the winning bids for two new woodlots on Gambier Island. More than 100 people wrote letters protesting this step forward in the process that would lead to 25 percent of Gambier being actively logged. On June 24th, the Gambier Island Conservancy applied for judicial review in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in an effort to freeze the process. Later that day, the deputy minister, Craig Sutherland informed the Conservancy that it would be at least a few more weeks before any woodlot licenses would be awarded.

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B.C. companies nervous over Supreme Court decision in favour of First Nations

BY GORDON HOEKSTRA, VANCOUVER SUN
Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. businesses worry a landmark high-court decision released Thursday that broadens First Nations’ land rights could create barriers to development and stall key industrial projects worth billions of dollars. Proposed projects that could be affected include Enbridge’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Kinder Morgan’s $5.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline, and tens of billions more in liquefied natural gas plants and gas pipelines. Mining and forestry projects could also be at risk. Hours after the decision was released, the first challenge was issued by the Tahltan Nation, which announced it was preparing a title and rights case to stop the $789-million Fortune Minerals’ Arctos Anthracite coal project in their traditional territory in northern B.C.

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Experiencing Canada’s Sacred Forest in Vancouver

The Epoch Times
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to find the West Coast rain forest lovingly preserved
THE TEMPERATE rain forests of the West Coast of Canada are magnificent to behold. You could say that forests are our sacred groves. In a young and secular country with a small population and vast expanses of pristine wilderness, our forests are our natural temples. This is where we go to worship the beauty and majesty of nature, and what attracts many of our visitors. But you don’t have to be a rugged explorer to appreciate our northern paradise. The West Coast temperate rainforest can be found lovingly preserved at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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Serious commitment

tbnewswatch.com
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Bill Mauro is taking his new post seriously. The Liberal MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan was named to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet Tuesday as the Minister of Natural Resources, a portfolio that includes forestry. Mauro said forestry is a key component of the ministry and much of its role in the industry is to foster economic development. “Here in the North, our economy in Thunder Bay and region has been very, very good for three, four, five years. 

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Plan to expand logging on grizzly, bull trout habitat near Whitefish in court

The Missoulian
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A state plan to expand logging on school trust lands would ruin crucial habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout near Whitefish, attorneys argued in federal court Thursday. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation wants to increase its revenue from about 550,000 acres of state land scattered across the western half of the state. That includes 39,000 acres in the Stillwater State Forest considered security habitat for grizzlies and bull trout, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

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US declares wood storks no longer endangered

Associated Press
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TOWNSEND, Ga. — The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it’s getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday. The tall, bald wading birds that nest in swamps and coastal marshes from Florida to the Carolinas are now a “threatened” species, a step up that indicates the wood stork is no longer considered at risk of extinction, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced during a visit to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large wood stork colony on the Georgia coast.

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Forest protesters crackdown: On-the-spot fines debate begins

ABC News
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Debate has started on plans by the Tasmanian Government to crack down on forest protesters by introducing on-the-spot fines. The Government wants to introduce on-the-spot fines of up to $10,000 and mandatory three-month jail sentences for second offences. It said the laws were a reasonable attempt to help the forest industry and Tasmanians have had enough of of “workplace invasion”. The move was labelled “draconian” by the Tasmanian Greens, with Greens MP Nick McKim saying they were an attack on freedom of speech.

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Forestry lobbyist on his bike to pedal a CSIRO message

The Canberra Times
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Many may wonder why a lobbyist for the multi-billion dollar forestry industry would hop on a bicycle, partially made of timber, to ride across Canberra to deliver a letter. But as Ross Hampton explained, he wants to save some scientists. The chief executive of the powerful Australian Forest Products Association – addressed by Tony Abbott in March when the Prime Minister said Australia already had too many forests locked up – is lobbying the CSIRO to reconsider cutting the jobs of forestry scientists.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Will Climate Change Hurt Tropical Rainforests? Scientists Study the Effects of Warming on Puerto Rican Forest

Michigan Tech News
June 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Did you know that there is a tropical rainforest in the United States? It’s in Puerto Rico—the El Yunque National Forest—and Michigan Technological University researchers are joining U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists there to get a handle on the impact that climate change—particularly warming—is likely to have on the tropical forests of the world. The Tropical Response to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE) research project is supported by the U.S. Forest Service with an additional three-year, $960,000 grant from the US Department of Energy.

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