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Daily Archives: July 7, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Smartphones can help save forests, prevent poaching

The Financial Express
July 6, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

A US start-up has come up with a unique way of saving forests and preventing illegal poaching – by bugging the forest with discarded smartphones… The smartphones, encased in waterproof housings and attached to a cluster of solar cells, look like large, black flowers, ‘Scientific American’ reported. They are mounted high in the canopy, where they are hard to spot. The devices periodically record snippets of audio, which they transmit over the cheap local cellular network to a central server… The start-up is now preparing to deploy dozens of such listening devices in equatorial Africa to protect endangered forest elephants and their habitats.

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Business & Politics

Lumber & Building Material Stores in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

PRWEB
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The Canadian Lumber and Building Material Stores industry has fared significantly better than its US counterpart over the past five years. Industry operators were not affected by the prolonged decline in demand for building products that decimated so many US lumber and building stores during the recession. The Canadian government rescued the construction sector from the recession with stimulus money, reviving demand for many of the building products used by contractors. 

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How the Tsilhqot’in Decision Changes Business in BC

The Tyee
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Aboriginal title means that the First Nation holds an exclusive right to decide how to use and control the land, to benefit from those uses. It includes the right to possess, enjoy and occupy the land. Aboriginal title holders of modern times can use their lands in modern ways, that is their choice. …The court was clear that when aboriginal title has been proved as the Tsilhqot’in have, that First Nation must consent to any development on their lands. …The sky is not falling and this is not a dark day for the economy of B.C. as Gordon Gibson’s opinion piece in The Globe and Mail said. Further his predictions of chaotic jockeying between First Nations, governments and companies and that deals will freeze until things are sorted out are ridiculous and avoidable.

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‘Green godfather’ Moore pushes for new pipeline

Nanaimo Daily News
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Why am I supportive of the federal government’s recent decision to allow the Northern Gateway Pipeline project to move ahead, subject to tough conditions? As a lifelong environmentalist, I’ve often asked myself that question. My answer begins with a single fact. There are a billion cars in the world that need oil products everyday. We have no choice but to make those products available somehow. And a pipeline is the best way to get the fuel to the transportation fleet. Given current industry standards, and in particular given the enhancements proposed around Northern Gateway, both by the proponent and by the regulators, my view is the pipeline is our best and safest option, and certainly better than rail transport.

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Crews contain fire at Grande Cache sawmill

CTV News
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters were called out to a fire at a sawmill in Grande Cache, AB around 6:00 p.m. Thursday. The blaze was contained to piles of cut wood in the mill lot, the mill itself was not damaged. Tammy Lacroix, controller with Foothills Forest Products, confirmed the fire had been brought under control, but was still burning Friday morning with crews remaining on the scene. While there were workers at the mill when the fire started, no injuries were reported and employees were sent home.

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Land ruling could impact lumber market as much as pine beetle

Financial Post
July 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal land could eventually have as severe an impact on North American lumber supply as the mountain pine beetle, RBC Capital Markets warned on Monday. … Now with an established precedent to title, the provincial/federal governments in Canada will have to consult, and gain the consent of the respective First Nation(s) when development projects/timber harvesting concern unceded land, RBC analyst Paul Quinn told clients.

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Opinion – B.C. needs plan for land title issues

July 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the course of its many judgments on aboriginal rights and title, the Supreme Court of Canada has constructed an elaborate balance of rights and interests. The rules and requirements it has laid down are needed, but nation-building by court ruling has led to a situation so complex that it baffles many, thwarts some developments and slows others, clogging the courts, while diverting resources that should be devoted to improving aboriginal lives now… The implications for the Tsilhqot’in are clear. The trees on the land no longer belong to all British Columbians. They belong to the Tsilhqot’in.

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Exporting resources not the answer

Prince George Citizen
July 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Back in January 2003, David Baxter of the Urban Futures Institute presented a talk at UNBC to members of the northern business community. It was an interesting talk and provided an interesting perspective on the economic health and wealth of this province. Specifically, Baxter pointed out that roughly 71 per cent of B.C.’s export wealth was generated outside of urban Vancouver. Area 250, he said, was the economic engine of the province. It still is.

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Irving-sponsored poll finds slight support for forest deal

Study by Corporate Research Associates finds New Brunswickers lean toward supporting Crown land plan
CBC News
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A poll carried out for J.D. Irving Ltd. indicates New Brunswickers lean toward supporting the Alward government’s new Crown forest policy. In the Corporate Research Associates survey, people were asked to indicate their opinion of the new policy on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 indicating they were completely opposed and 10 representing compete support. The sample of 400 adults, over the age of 18, provided an overall result of 5.7, indicating New Brunswickers are slightly more supportive than opposed to the deal. 

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Hampden sawmill has almost doubled its production

The Western Star
July 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In 2010, Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Ltd. in Hampden boasted one of its best years of production on record — about 8 million board feet of lumber. That now seems like an eternity ago to the Osmonds. Upgrades to the sawmill plant and fine-tuning their production has the company aiming for close to double that this year. In late May, the mill produced more than 100,000 board feet of lumber in one day — a milestone for the company. About two weeks later, a new benchmark was set with more than 112,000 board feet turned out.

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FIRE at the Eacom sawmill in Timmins

Timmins Times
July 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The fire that broke out in the Eacom Sawmill in Timmins Friday afternoon created a lot of smoke and flames, but it looks like the damage has been limited to the conveyor belt operation, and overall the fire is not at serious as it might have appeared earlier in the day. Timmins deputy fire chief Gerry Sabourin said it seems that that the belt had been shut down earlier in the day, but it is possible one of the drive rollers or a bearing kept running. The belt caught fire and it quickly spread to mounds of sawdust nearby, he said.

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Audit criticises VicForests application for FSC rating

The Sydney Morning Herald
July 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

VicForests needs to ”significantly” improve its care of the state’s forests if it wants international accreditation of its timber products, according to an unflattering audit. VicForests, a Victorian government-owned business, is seeking certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), based in Germany, to demonstrate that its harvesting of the state’s timber is sustainable, ethical, and protects natural forest. 

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Finnish forest industry enjoys steady start to 2014

HD FestForest
July 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forestry industry in Finland has experienced a steady start to 2014, with members of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) increasing the annual pace of purchases in the first six months of the year. According to figures published by the organisation, its members bought 16.9 million cubic metres of wood from private forests in the country between January and June – an increase of four per cent on the corresponding period in the previous year. Timber sales over the course of the first six months increased at a quicker pace than in recent years, but this eased somewhat in June.

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Small investors lose millions in ‘ethical’ forest

The Sunday Times
July 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Families and pensioners who were encouraged to invest in “ethical” tree plantations in the Amazon rainforest have lost millions of pounds in a scheme being examined by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Two entrepreneurs, Omari Bowers, 37, and Andrew Skeene, 36, claimed that investors could expect returns of about 10% a year from growing teak in the rainforests. They said teak had proved a better investment than gold, property and shares. The business partners, both from London, impressed their clients with their commitment to regenerating deforested land in Brazil but investors are now pursuing millions of pounds that have been lost in the Global Forestry Investment scheme.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wingårdhs completes prefabricated apartment block built entirely from wood

Dezeen.com
July 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The second project on Dezeen today from Swedish architecture office Wingårdhs is an eight-storey residential building constructed entirely from wood in the Stockholm suburb of Sundbyberg. The Strandparken apartment building was designed by Wingårdhs for property developer Folkhem, who was keen to explore the potential of sustainable multi-occupancy housing. …”They are probably the tallest residential buildings in the world made entirely from wood,” project architect Rasmus Wærn told Dezeen. …The structure’s load-bearing frame was constructed using prefabricated modules made from solid wood, which are anchored to the foundations by metal rods that ascend to the height of the attic.

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UK’s largest ever timber frame arrives on site in Leeds

Commerce & Industry
July 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Construction of the largest timber framed structure of its type in Europe has commenced in East Leeds as work progresses on the latest phase of the City’s new RERF (Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility). The facility is being constructed by Clugston and CNIM under contract with Veolia which is Leeds City Council’s waste management partner and is the centerpiece of a 25 year PFI Waste Management Contract. The timber frame is one of several sustainable features, incorporated into the innovative design. 

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Forestry

Warning issued over poisonous hemlock in Greater Victoria

Global News
July 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Royal BC Museum’s head botanist is warning the public about the dangers of poisonous hemlock. The invasive species is now coming into full bloom in Victoria, and it can be potentially deadly if ingested. “It’s important to get it in people’s awareness,” said Royal BC Museum’s curator of botany, Dr Ken Marr. Marr says that in 2002, two people cooked and ate some of the plant, possibly mistaking it for another member of the parsley family …Poisonous hemlock is identifiable by the purple splotches found on its stem, a distinguishing characteristic in the parsley family.

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Forest fires rage across the Northwest Territories

The Globe and Mail
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Relief from raging forest fires in the Northwest Territories is unlikely for another month or two as its southern region deals with the driest season it’s seen in decades, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources warned. “Right now given the extreme conditions and the drought … it would take several days of sustained rain for us to be out of this situation,” said spokeswoman Judy McLinton. “It’s drier and hotter than it has been in the past 20 to 30 years.”

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Lightning Sparks Two More Wildfires

250 News
July 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Lighting is being blamed for two new wildfires in the Prince George Fire District. Both were sparked on July 4th, just east of the Bowron River, about 90 kms southeast of Prince George. One of the fires is out, the other is in mop up stage. While not major fires (less than 10 hectares) they add to the statistics for the first three months of the fire season. So, far there have been 128 fires in the Prince George Fire District, that’s more than 25% of the total fires to date (402) in the entire province.

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Mountain pine beetles are a growing concern

Herald and News
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Infestations of mountain pine beetles are threatening campgrounds and public-use areas in the Medicine Lake area, but Modoc National Forest officials are working to halt the outbreak before it becomes more widespread. “That’s one of the reasons to try to get a jump on things — to prevent widespread infestations like they’re seeing in other areas,” said Chris Christofferson, district ranger for the Modoc’s Doublehead Ranger District in Tulelake. He said aerial surveys first picked up indications of early pine beetle infestations in 2008, which has led to implementing various control efforts. 

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Oregon Department of Forestry gets new chopper

NBC News
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Central Point, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is gearing up for what’s expected to be a busy fire season. They received their first helicopter Friday morning, contracted out from a local company. ODF Fire Specialist, Brian Ballou, said the choppers are an essential part of the initial attack when it comes to fighting wildfires. “Sometimes it beats the engines there and that’s good. It gives us a good size up to what the fire’s doing and whether we need some additional equipment,” Ballou said.

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More crews, Montana Hotshots called in to work Idaho’s Hell Roaring fire

Associated Press
July 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho – About 20 backcountry campers in the Sawtooth Wilderness had to be evacuated because of a central Idaho wildfire that several hundred firefighters are trying to snuff out before it gets too large. More crews and equipment arrived Saturday to fight the Hell Roaring fire burning through dead and downed trees about 12 miles south of Stanley, fire spokeswoman Barbara Bassler said.

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Timber firm wary of growing greenbelt

Highly regarded company worries about future
Half Moon Bay Review
July 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Anyone entering the mill at Big Creek Lumber, south of Pescadero, is immediately hit by a sensory overload — a cacophony of saws, the rattle of conveyor belts and a prominent pine fragrance. A freshly cut redwood enters the mill and, in a flurry of cuts, the tree is julienned into a pile of boards with some leftover scraps for potting soil. About 100,000 board feet of timber are churned out of the lumberyard each day — or about enough wood to extend a single two-by-four about 21 miles.

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Water reporting requirements expanded for loggers

Mercury Newsuters
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state’s ongoing drought, a newspaper reported. The California Board of Forestry now requires the companies to disclose how much water they extract from any stream in the state for dust control. The requirement previously applied only to streams where salmon or steelhead fish were present, The Sacramento Bee reported on Thursday. The new, extended requirement took effect on June 19. 

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Study finds red squirrels cause evolutionary change at Yellowstone National Park

The Republic
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CASPER, Wyoming — When most people think about Yellowstone National Park and animals, the big ones come to mind: bison, wolves or grizzly bears… But when it comes to actual impact on the forest, scientists recently discovered a much smaller, much more common creature is causing large, evolutionary changes to the park: the red squirrel. “It’s pretty remarkable what squirrels do,” said Craig Benkman, a zoology and physiology professor at the University of Wyoming. “It’s just spending the time to figure out how it manifests itself.”

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Our region’s beauty deserves protection

By William “Mort” Mondale
Mail Tribune
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When he was a U.S. senator from Minnesota, my brother, Walter Mondale, wrote and passed what I believe was the first federal protection of wild rivers. That was a predictable undertaking, given our parents’ commitment to our outdoor activities, and it reflects the life we all valued but is now under assault… We worry about our backyard’s businesses, our forests and the clean water they produce for us and our children. If we were able to continue our productive economic and ecological work in this area, our small communities can become gateways to a new and vibrant Western economy by linking it to a model of ecological and economic sustainability. 

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Recreation cannot replace lost Oregon forest jobs

By Bill J. Kluting and Lee Paterson
The Oregonian
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregonian’s series on rural law enforcement paints a dire picture of lawlessness and economic hopelessness in many of Oregon’s rural communities. The lack of resources for public safety agencies has left many Oregonians vulnerable, and the situation is worsened by the fact that unemployment and poverty levels in these communities remain high. Most Oregonians living in these communities would agree the virtual end in federal timber harvests is, as reporter Les Zaitz described, the “main culprit.” Many family owned logging and sawmill companies closed without the reliable supply of timber that federal lands were intended to offer.  

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Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

Twin Falls Times-News 0
July 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition?  That’s one of the many questions federal wildland firefighting officials are asking as drones become increasingly popular in warfare and commerce. …Drones with infrared capability could help where thick smoke keeps manned helicopters from gathering fire information. They also could keep people out of risky situations, provide real-time information to firefighters on the ground and alert officials when conditions change or the fire jumps the line.

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Logging companies ordered to report water use in controlling dust

The Sacramento Bee
July 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging companies in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere in California will now be required to report how much water they extract from streams for dust control. The California Board of Forestry adopted the emergency regulations in response to the drought. The action arose from concerns that very low water flows in many mountain streams could be further depleted by water extractions related to logging. Logging companies commonly draw water from streams to fill tanker trucks, which then spray the water on dirt roads to control dust.

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Groups call for end to old-growth logging in SE Alaska & ESA protection for yellow cedar

Sit News
July 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ketchikan, Alaska – The Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community has announced they are strongly endorsing two high profile actions on the Tongass National Forest this week: a petition to list Alaska yellow cedar as an endangered species, and a letter to President Obama from 75 scientists calling for an end to old-growth logging. Both efforts are timely for Southeast Alaska, according to the announcement, as the group says the Forest Service is planning on decades more of old-growth logging and because rare, old-growth cedar will be targeted to subsidize the clear-cutting of the more plentiful and lower value species – spruce and hemlock.

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Va., W.Va., Md. schools advancing urban forestry

Washington Post
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A multistate team from universities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland are working to advance the profession of urban forestry. The team led by researchers at Virginia Tech has launched Urban Forestry 2020. The project aims to examine the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devise strategies for advancing the profession… Urban forestry is the management of trees and green spaces in communities to enhance quality of life and protect the environment. 

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Northwoods still suffering despite rise in tree harvests

Post Crescent
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More hardwood was thinned from Wisconsin’s 1.5 million acre national forest last year than in recent memory, but advocates say more could be done to manage the timber and help Wisconsin’s struggling northern economy. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest had 63.2 million board feet of wood cut in 2013, worth about $5.1 million; that’s up from 59.7 million board feet cut in 2012. Wisconsin’s forest products industry feeds jobs in all corners of the state, from mills in Marshfield to paper producers in the Fox Valley and export shippers in the port of Green Bay.

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Primary forest is vanishing

The Jakarta Post
July 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new study has shown that between the years of 2000 and 2012, the country lost 38 percent of its primary forest, with adverse effects on the nation’s biodiversity. “Indonesia’s deforestation rate is increasing, with significant consequences for the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity,” the World Resources Institute (WRI) said. WRI researcher Ariana Alisjahbana said that the most notable aspect of deforestation was that it occurred within official areas that are supposed to restrict forest clearing, such as national parks and protected forests. The new data showed that the problem was worsening, with the country’s primary forest loss increasing by an average of 47,600 hectares (ha) each year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Investment in Thermogen Industries’ wood pellet plant withdrawn

July 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A local investment company has withdrawn its $20 million anticipated investment in Thermogen Industries, the startup planning to build a wood pellet plant at the site of the former Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket. …The news is the latest blow for Thermogen’s efforts to finance its $140 million wood pellet project, which it claims could provide 55 direct jobs in Millinocket.

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Study: Loss of Indonesia’s pristine (and carbon-storing) forests is rising

Indonesia’s loss of ‘primary’ forests has shot past that of Brazil, which historically had the highest rate of tropical-forest shrinkage. The trend defies government efforts to prevent loss and makes it harder to curtail impacts of global warming.
CS Monitor
July 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indonesia is losing its most pristine forests at an increasing pace, a trend that is depriving humanity of a vital natural ally in efforts to limit the impact of global warming. These Indonesian forests – important not only for the carbon they store but also for their biological richness – shrank by 38 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a detailed analysis of images from US Landsat satellites. That’s 24,000 square miles of timber. 

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First signs of carbon sink saturation in European forest biomass

European Commission
July 6, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

European forests are seen as a clear example of vegetation rebound in the Northern hemisphere, recovering in area and growing stock since the 1950s, after centuries of stock decline and deforestation. These regrowing forests have shown to be a persistent carbon sink, projected to continue for decades. However, there are early signs that the sink is saturating. Forest policies and forest management need to react if we want to sustain the sink.

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Environmentalists Wary of Candidates’ Views on Tackling Climate Change

Jakarta Globe
July 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Environmentalists are wary of a setback in Indonesia’s climate change program, with neither of the two presidential contenders seen to show environmental commitment at least as that of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. “It’s a bleak future,” said Muhammad Teguh Surya, forest political campaigner at Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “SBY [President Yudhoyono] has at least made several commitments regarding climate change mitigation and forest protection, despite many holes and weaknesses in the implementations,” he added. “We appreciate the candidates’ inclusion of environmental issues in their platforms, but there are many contradictions therein.”

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General

Investment in Thermogen Industries’ wood pellet plant withdrawn

July 7, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A local investment company has withdrawn its $20 million anticipated investment in Thermogen Industries, the startup planning to build a wood pellet plant at the site of the former Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket. …The news is the latest blow for Thermogen’s efforts to finance its $140 million wood pellet project, which it claims could provide 55 direct jobs in Millinocket.

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Cathers retires after 40 years in forestry industry

Alberni Valley Times
July 4, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Gary Cathers has spent more than 40 years in the forestry industry, so it is no wonder he will feel a void when he retires at the end of this month. As the dispatcher for Western Forest Products at the Port Alberni Forest Operations office, Gary started from the bottom and worked his way up to a role responsible for directing truck drivers and their logs up and down Vancouver Island and back into the Valley. 

“At
first I kept track of all the trucks on a big pad, which I still use,
but now we have moved to GPS,” Gary said. “In the 1980s and 90s, numbers
were as high as 50 big off-highway logging trucks under the direction
of the dispatch. Now we are dispatching about 15 off-highway and 15 to
20 highway trucks,” he said. – See more at:
http://www.avtimes.net/news/local/cathers-retires-after-40-years-in-forestry-industry-1.1193477#sthash.pUGwOWgX.dpuf

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Opinion – B.C. needs plan for land title issues

July 7, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

In the course of its many judgments on aboriginal rights and title, the Supreme Court of Canada has constructed an elaborate balance of rights and interests. The rules and requirements it has laid down are needed, but nation-building by court ruling has led to a situation so complex that it baffles many, thwarts some developments and slows others, clogging the courts, while diverting resources that should be devoted to improving aboriginal lives now… The implications for the Tsilhqot’in are clear. The trees on the land no longer belong to all British Columbians. They belong to the Tsilhqot’in.

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