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Daily Archives: August 18, 2014

Business & Politics

Coldstream Lumber ready to resume work

Vernon Morning Star
August 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coldstream Lumber will be back in operation Monday, less than a week after the major fire at the mill. “The fire out at our plant which destroyed both of our kilns reminds us that anything can happen at any time despite all precautions,” said Johnal Lee, Coldstream Lumber president. Investigations into the blaze recently revealed that the cause of the fire was electrical. “Contrary to some reports, our kilns were inspected and found to be up to code on July 16 by the BC Safety Authority,” said Lee. “Our new procedures for fire safety had recently been updated and sent to the Coldstream Fire Department.

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Ministry offers update on wood supply

Kenora Online
August 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


Queen’s Park is encouraging the importance of partnerships, as Kenora Forest Products works towards a restart. The ministry says they’re aware of the work the company is doing, particularly with aboriginal businesses.  The company is looking to secure wood supply, in hopes of a restart in January. Reopening the mill could mean 300 to 500 jobs in the local economy. The ministry’s statement:  Ontario’s forest sector is experiencing a positive turnaround with sawmills, such as the one owned by Kenora Forest Products restarting, and our government is optimistic that this progress will continue. –

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Citizens continue to protest pulp mill emissions

Facebook group holds third protest in as many months
New Glasgow News
August 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW – New day, new location, but the same message – clean up the pulp mill. Starting in June residents of Pictou County started protesting, requesting not only the Boat Harbour Treatment Facility be cleaned up, but also the air emissions. Sunday the Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill group, not to be confused with the “Clean Pictou Air” group of businesses, held their third protest in three months. Their numbers have grown from a handful at their initial gathering outside of Peter MacKay’s constituency office on June 22 to over 80 people on Sunday on East River Road near the Pictou County Health Authority.

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Northern Pulp mill emissions test planned today

CBC News
August 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After months of waiting, emissions tests are planned today at the smelly Northern Pulp mill, where some people in the community fear their health is being affected by the malfunctioning facility. The last time the mill’s emissions were tested in November, the particulate reading was 78 per cent higher than acceptable standards. Nearly 100 people protested on a busy New Glasgow street Sunday, ahead of the latest tests. Sarah Bronson, one of the protesters, said she wants action. “It won’t be fixed until it is fixed. Then we will be satisfied,” she said.

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Jury sides with Missoula logging company

Associated Press
August 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. — A jury in Missoula has awarded a local logging company nearly $17 million in damages in its legal action against a bank. Kelly Logging Inc. accused First Interstate Bank of taking $762,000 out of its checking account to pay off a note that was current, was not due and had not matured. The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1taB9aH ) that the jury last week assessed First Interstate more than $16.7 million in punitive damages for misconduct and $286,550 in compensatory damages.

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State Scrambles to Save Old Town Pulp Mill, 200 Jobs

Maine NPR
August 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine – “Effective immediately all Old Town mill operations will be indefinitely suspended.” That was the message employees at the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Co. received Wednesday evening. The written statement went on to say that all workers except those needed for security were being sent home. The workforce currently numbers about 200 people. In its brief statement, Old Town Fuel and Fiber said the impact of foreign competition and high wood and energy costs have made it difficult to sustain operations. A company spokesman declined further comment. But a longtime mill employee, who asked not to be identified, said he’s disappointed but not surprised.

Closing of Maine mill sets back paper industry’s biofuel effort from Portland Press Herald

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KI timber firm touts Smith Bay port feasibility

ABC News, Australia
August 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber company Kangaroo Island Plantations says it is feasible to build a port on the island for its timber shipments. The company commissioned two reports into the feasibility of the potential port at Smith Bay on the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. It says the likely construction and operating costs for the site are affordable. The Smith Bay site is a former abalone farm and is close to the company’s plantations. It is also outside marine protection zones.

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International dermatology company Galderma confirmed as multi million dollar buyer of sandalwood oil

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The world’s largest producer of Indian sandalwood says Nestle-owned company Galderma is the multi-million-dollar buyer of its oil. Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) announced in March it had signed a deal expected to be worth half a billion dollars with a pharmaceutical company. TFS has plantations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. The company’s head of global products Mario Di Lallo says Galderma will use the oil in various products.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pine Lumber Used in Baltimore Bus Stop Sculpture

Woodworking Network
August 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Waiting at the bus stop just became more creative with the unveiling of a functional wood bus stop sculpture made for the citizens of Baltimore, MD. Pine lumber was the material of choice for the Spanish artist collective mmmm…which created the large 14-foot-high, 7-foot-wide structure. According to the artists, the pine planks were screwed into a resistant steel structure that supports the weight of the fixture and prevents vandalism. The artists also told the Baltimore Sun that the pine was left uncoated to allow the weather and outside elements to create a natural finish and shape the wood.

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Thor turns power poles to perfect floorboards

The Canberra Times
August 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

After decades of feeding electricity to homes and businesses from the streets of Queensland and NSW, the timber from old power poles has been given a new inside life thanks to a Canberra joinery. From tallowwood to ironbarks and spotted gum, timber recycler Thor Diesendorf said the poles’ long history out in the weather – which ultimately dries them was an asset. “It’s already done what it’s going to do, in terms of movement,” Mr Diesendorf said. .

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Forestry

Forestry Students from Around the World in Prince George (VIDEO)

CKPG.com
August 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 100 post-secondary students from around the world have gathered in Prince George for the 42nd International Forestry Students’ Symposium. It’s the first time in 42 years that this event has been held in Western North America. Students will tour local forests today before travelling to the John Prince Research Forest tomorrow. On Saturday, students will visit forests near Mackenzie.

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Evacuation orders remain for two major B.C. blazes

Vancouver Sun
August 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Evacuation orders remained in place Sunday in areas of the Central Interior threatened by two of the 122 forest fires burning in B.C. The size of the evacuation area for the 37-square-kilometre hectare China Nose fire, burning about 15 kilometres south of Houston, was reduced Saturday after high winds forecast overnight Friday did not materialize. However, about a dozen rural residences remain subject to the order, according to Bill Miller, chair of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako.

China Nose fire closes Highway 16 near Topley from Prince George Free Press
Controlled burn-off planned for China Nose wildfire from BC Government

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Alberni’s Coulson Group adds C-130 Hercules to firefighting fleet

Victoria Times Colonist
August 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of the Martin Mars water bombers is expanding its firefighting fleet with the addition of a new C-130 Hercules aircraft. The acquisition is aimed at an opportunity to work with the U.S. Forest Service in late 2014, said business owner Wayne Coulson. The C-130 will be converted in Singapore to carry tanks and then be brought back to North America, possibly Port Alberni where the company is based, for completion and testing.

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TimberWest aids totem pole project

Nanaimo Daily News
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest has donated two cedar trees harvested in the Nuuchah-nulth First Nations territory to Vancouver Island University for its Shq’aphut totem pole project. Carvers representing three Vancouver Island First Nations are tasked with creating the totem poles, which will be placed at the entrance of Shq’aphut, the Aboriginal Gathering Place at VIU. The donated cedars were delivered VIU’s G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre and blessed by members of the Nuuchah-nulth people at a ceremony on Friday. VIU Students’ Union is spearheading the initiative and said the project isn’t possible without the help of TimberWest.

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Forestry symposium brings P.A. exposure

International students make visit
Alberni Valley Times
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One hundred and fifteen forestry students from 32 countries around the world took the steam train to the McLean Mill Tuesday. The students are part of the International Forestry Students’ Symposium 2014, taking place over the course of two weeks Aug. 6-21 in 11 locations in British Columbia. The IFSS takes place in a different country each year. “They contacted us,” said Neil Malbon, general manager of McLean Mill and the Alberni Pacific Railway as students boarded the steam train. “We were able to accommodate them, obviously it’s a bit of a tight fit…. They’re going to get to see stuff they normally wouldn’t.”

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Tommy Lakes Forest Fire continues to grow

Energetic City
August 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tommy Lakes Forest Fire continues to grow and is now estimated at over 2,500 hectares in size. The fire has grown dramatically since it was first discovered on Wednesday August 13, 2014. Saturday night the fire experienced the most growth in the south and west directions. Right now the fire is a modified response fire, which means it is being actively monitored but there are not firefighters currently working the fire. There is a structural protection unit has been setup to protect a nearby compressor station.

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George Benwell pens memoirs on 25 years in B.C. Forest Service

Revelstoke Times Review
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Long-time forester George Benwell has published his memoirs of his 25 years as part of the B.C. Forest Service. Benwell’s history in forestry begins in the early-50s when he joined his brother for a summer in Bella Coola. His brother had just started with the Forest Service and Benwell got a job working for a logging company. A few years later, in 1955, after an unfruitful few years at university, Benwell followed his brothers footsteps. He remained in the service until 1979, when he left after being passed over for a district manager position.

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Queens MLA questions locked up lands

Nova News Now
August 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau is wondering why Bowater lands that were meant for public use now have locked gates preventing anyone from getting in. When the NDP was in power they purchased 550,000 acres of land from Resolute Forest Products, after they shut down the Bowater Mersey mill in 2012. Belliveau says he’s been fielding complaints from constituents, frustrated that the land is off limits.

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Crews Continue to Battle Forest Fires in Labrador

VOCM
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The battle against a number of forest fires burning in Labrador continues today. Forest Fire Duty Officer Basil English says a water bomber is battling two blazes southeast of Mud Lake, the closest of which is about 5,000 hectares in size, but the community is still in no danger. English says the blaze is 7-8 kilometres from the communities, and burning away from Mud Lake. English says recreational boaters are being asked to stay off Mud Lake, as the water bomber has been picking up water from that lake.

Labrador forest fires still burning out of control from CBC News

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First Nation chiefs ask court to block forestry agreements

Chiefs seek injunction, alleging plan to give more Crown wood to industry violates treaty rights
CBC News
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of First Nations chiefs in New Brunswick is asking the Court of Queen’s Bench to block the provincial government’s new forestry plan, which will give industry access to more Crown wood. The chiefs have filed a motion asking for an injunction to prevent the government from signing logging agreements with several private companies, arguing the province has not met its legal and constitutional obligations to aboriginal people.

First Nation chiefs look to block New Brunswick’s new forestry strategy from Canadian Press

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Forest Fire Situation Update NE Region – August 15th

Wawa News
August 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On August 14 no new fires were reported. …The fire hazard ranges from low to moderate in both the north and central areas of the region, while the south is seeing a low hazard. For today, expect to see mainly cloudy skies with periods of rain for most of the eastern parts of the region, while the western areas will see mainly sunny skies. Expect cloud cover to come into most of the region this evening bringing showers and a risk of thunderstorms.

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Feds offer funds to help with innovation in forestry

Kenora Online
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Representatives from Weyerhaeuser and Kenora Forest Products are paying close attention. That’s because the federal government is offering money to help with innovation. Jean-Francois Levasseur offered some advice, during yesterday’s workshop. “One that’s very, very important is the business plan. You won’t have a chance, if you don’t have a solid business plan attached,” he said. “Pay particular attention to that. Our bankers have always come back to the weaknesses on the business plan.”

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Forest Service chief discusses wildfires, funding issues

Gannett Washington Bureau
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Fueled by climate change and the drought out West, wildfires have been getting larger, more destructive and costlier to fight. Yet, the money Congress allocates for fire suppression never seems to be enough. …Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, a 33-year agency employee who assumed the top job in 2009, talked about wildfires and funding issues this week during an interview in his office.

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Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

NPR.org
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky. But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes. Bill Hahnenberg, an incident commander with the Forest Service, was initially skeptical of this new generation of air tankers — he wasn’t sure how helpful they’d be in the fight against Western wildfires.

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Update: Crews battle three wild fires north of Helena

Helena Independent Record
August 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire near Wolf Creek, reported late Saturday afternoon, had grown to 50-plus acres by 9 p.m., according to Hoyt Richards, area monitor for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Fire crews also responded to two other wildfires Saturday north of Helena. The Lannigan fire is eight miles north and west of Wolf Creek and was initially reported to 911 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Two state helicopters, two federal helicopters, three air tankers spraying fire retardant, three DNRC engines, and one Forest Service engine had been on site, as well as volunteer and local fire departments.

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Thinning Oregon’s dry-side forests cuts fire risk: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
August 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Short of paving over forests or lining the trees with asbestos, you will not be able to “fire-proof” a forest. However, despite assertions to the contrary, it is entirely possible to create fire-resistant forests through fuels reduction. Scientific research and experience from recent wildfires show that carefully thinned areas experience lower-intensity fire and less tree mortality. A large body of evidence has emerged over the past 20 years that suggests that active management — done correctly — can reduce fire intensity and severity, increasing the chance that the forest overstory will survive a wildfire. There are other ecological benefits of active management, too.

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Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

Associated Press
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say. At least three drones have flown within or near restricted airspace intended for wildfire fighting aircraft so far this year, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise announced Friday. That’s up from one incident last year. “We’re seeing an increase in people wanting to film from a distance with hobby aircraft,” said spokesman Mike Ferris, noting wildfires are often buzzing with low-flying planes and helicopters. “If you had one of these would you fly it near an airport?”

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Wildfire sweeps across Angeles National Forest in US (& video)

BBC News
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A fast-moving wildfire has swept across the Angeles National Forest in southern California in the United States. Thousands of campers and hikers had to flee after the fire spread quickly in the dry weather conditions. The blaze, dubbed the Tecolote fire, burnt at least 350 acres (142 hectares) of the forest in three hours. Air tankers and helicopters have been deployed to contain the fire but officials have said there is no threat to lives or buildings.

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Putting forest management on table

Elected officials, others discuss effects of Northwest Forest Plan on jobs in region
The Columbian
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSON — Lewis County Commissioner Lee Grose watched the jobs disappear and the mills go silent. He spent years discussing ways to bring them back. And so, at a roundtable discussion hosted by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dane Ashe, centered on how to increase federal timber harvest and improve the health of the forests, Grose told officials he was tired. The schools have closed, he said. The professionals, the dentists and doctors, have left town. “I have a problem with sitting at a table again telling the agencies the impact this is having on our communities,” Grose told the packed room at the Stevenson Community Library on Friday.

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Woodsmen Competition participants a cut above

Sippican Week
August 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Rochester — Lumberjacks and jills from across New England chopped, cut and chainsawed their way through a number of events at the Rochester Country Fair’s Woodsmen Competition on Sunday. This year marked the fair’s 15th anniversary as families from across the South Coast and beyond arrived at the fair grounds at 65 Pine Street. Almost as old as the fair itself, the Woodsmen Competition pits participants against each other and the clock in a variety of timed events. Though machines have made a lumberjacks job easier, Sunday’s events were inspired by a time when lumberjacks had to rely on an axe, a bow saw and not much else.

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Gundagai Council calls for forestry industry to pay for road maintenance

ABC News, Australia
August 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Gundagai Shire Council says forestry trucks are damaging roads around Adjungbilly so badly, one was only passable in a four wheel drive. Acting General Manager, Phil McMurray, says council is looking to meet with the various loggers in the region, including the state Forestry Corporation and Hume Forests, over the coming weeks to discuss the issue. Mr McMurray says one company has patched up a road that was damaged. But he believes a more permanent arrangement needs to be made between the council and industry.

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Five national forest certification systems achieve re-endorsement by PEFC

IHB
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The national forest certification systems of Luxembourg, Malaysia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland have all successfully achieved re-endorsement by PEFC. This re-endorsement confirms that these five systems continue to meet PEFC’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks and ensures that certified forest owners and companies in these countries continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC. In total, these five systems account for six and a half million hectares of sustainably managed forest, including some four million hectares of tropical forests located in Malaysia.

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Differing views on forest safety

Gisborne Herald
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UNIONS and forestry contractors are at loggerheads over the best way to improve safety in the forestry industry ahead of the publication of the findings of an independent safety review. …Although the IFSR panel is not releasing submissions to the public, FICA and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) have taken opposing views to a submission from Government safety agency WorkSafe NZ, who made their submission public this week. FICA spokesman John Stulen said the association welcomed WorkSafe’s comments because they highlighted “vital issues”, including an economic model that it says creates tension between profit and worker, and problems with the supply chain and short-term contracts.

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Indonesian govt reiterates plan to clear 14M ha of forest by 2020

Mongabay.com
August 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Indonesian government is pressing forward with plans to clear 14 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020 despite a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reports The Jakarta Post. In an interview Tuesday, Hadi Daryanto, secretary-general of Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry, said the government aims to convert 14 million hectares of “degraded” forest for plantations, energy production, and infrastructure. Forest will be carefully selected for conversion, according to Hadi.

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Small forestry contractors leaving industry

The Forest Industry Contractors Association estimates that close to 50 operators have left the industry due to the slump in the log export trade.
Radio New Zealand News
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A fall in demand from the main market, China, earlier this year has sent log prices tumbling, which has in turn reduced harvesting. Contractors Association chief executive John Stulen said the main impact had been on smaller scale and short-term operators working on farm forestry blocks, where there had been a surge in logging when the prices shot up last year. “As those prices have dropped back in China over the last few months farm forestry has actually shut the door and it’s basically a closed industry because there’s not enough money it.”

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The forest safety battle is not yet won

By The NZ Forest Owners’ Association
Scoop Independent News
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Point scoring in the media will not make our forests safer places to work, says the Forest Owners Association. “The unions are claiming credit for a sudden reduction in the fatality and serious accident rate and Worksafe NZ is slamming us for a lack of safety leadership. These comments are unbalanced and unhelpful,” says association president Paul Nicholls. “Political posturing and blaming others won’t save workers lives. To transform the industry’s safety culture, participants will need to acknowledge their past shortcomings and to share experiences and knowledge. They are less likely to be open to this if they are being publicly pilloried.”

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Forestry rejects study’s fire claims

ABC News, Australia
August 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industry has dismissed a report linking logging with increased fire danger as drawing an unfair link between industry and bushfire. A recent report by Melbourne University’s Dr Chris Taylor and ANU’s Professor David Lindenmayer found clear fell logging of mountain ash forests in Victoria added to the intensity and severity of fires on Black Saturday. Chief executive of the Australian Forest Products Association Ross Hampton says there is conflicting evidence on the link between bushfire and logging.

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Proposed anti-protest laws a ‘brutal strategy’, Bob Brown tells Hobart rally

ABC News, Australia
August 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hundreds of people who rallied in Tasmania today against proposed anti-protest laws have been warned the State Government intends to misuse the prison system. More than 500 people packed into Hobart’s City Hall to protest against laws that would see on-the-spot fines and jail sentences for people who disrupt workplaces. Former Greens leader Bob Brown labelled the laws discriminatory and out-of-balance, telling the crowd that: “These laws would have jailed Gandhi and Jesus Christ himself.”

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