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Daily Archives: October 9, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Fried maple leaves are weird fall food trend

Cox Media Group
October 8, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Just in time for fall, Japanese foodies are crunching on a most unusual item. Tree leaves. Not just any old leaves, but Japanese maple tree leaves. The quirky snack is hawked by roadside vendors in the regions of Japan where maple trees are plentiful, during the autumn season when the leaves change colors.

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Business & Politics

Mixed Q2 earnings for Canadian forest products companies

Pulp & Paper Canada
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian forest products companies reported mixed earnings for the second quarter of 2014, with integrated producers, especially those with a building products focus, reporting the strongest results, according to PwC’s Net Earnings Summary. PwC analysts note that US housing starts statistics for June were about 6% below the average year-to-date trend. Due to the continued slow recovery in the U.S., 2014 is expected to become the seventh consecutive year in which U.S. housing starts remain below the 1,000,000 unit level.

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Hearing into land dispute lawsuit nixed

Prince George Citizen
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An application seeking to have lumber manufacturer John Brink’s lawsuit against BCR Properties Ltd. dismissed has been struck from the list, according to court records, and a hearing on the matter that was set for Monday was canceled. Brink said that BCR counsel pulled the application because it wanted a different judge than B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ron Tindale to hear the matter. At one point prior to becoming a judge, Tindale had worked with lawyer Dick Byl, who is representing Brink. “But that was four years ago and my understanding is that in the last couple of years in particular, Byl has been in front of him on a number of occasions,” Brink said.

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16×9 investigation: What was behind the deadly B.C. sawmills explosions?

Global News
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mid-January 2012 was not a good time to be working in the Babine Sawmill in Burns Lake. Temperatures dropped to minus 40 degrees Celsius. Water pipes froze. Heaters were malfunctioning in the basement; the dust collection system had been unreliable for months. “You couldn’t see across the mill, that’s how bad the dust levels were,” said millworker Ryan Clay. “Even with the fans going full blast, the dust was just horrendous.” Then, incredibly, only three months later, it happened again—this time at the Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George, B.C. Another fire, another explosion, another two fatalities. Once again, accumulated wood dust was identified as the likely fuel.

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Editorial: More than money behind Harmac success

Nanaimo Daily News
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many in this city will remember the tension and the drama that centred around a court case in 2008. This wasn’t a trial that involved any criminal, broken law or tragic victim. Before a judge in Vancouver was the fate of a business that had for decades been a key part of Nanaimo’s economy, the Harmac pulp mill. It was in mid-2008, after the owners went bankrupt, that staff at the mill came up with an idea that was so novel, so unusual and so risky that few people gave them a chance. Industry analysts scoffed at the proposal, saying the plant was too old to compete with modern pulp mills and that the various liabilities were too great for employee-ownership.

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Fire department responds to mill fire

The Western Star
October 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Corner Brook Fire Department responded to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Tuesday morning to help the mill’s fire brigade extinguish a fire. Fire Chief Neville Wheaton said crews heard the mill whistle warning prior to receiving the call just after 9 a.m. Smoke was visible from the mill, he said. The flame was in the upper level of one of the conveyer belts for bark, the chief said, which prompted a request for the department to respond with its ladder truck. There were no injuries reported.

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Western N.S. gets Crown timber plan, about 25 cent of land available

Canadian Press
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — About 25 per cent of Crown land in western Nova Scotia is being made available for harvest in a new 10-year forestry plan for the region. The plan announced today by Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill will see 698,000 green metric tonnes made available for harvest. Government officials say the amount of timber available for harvest is about the same as the last plan, but they couldn’t say how it compares as a percentage.

Consortium to manage harvest on western Crown lands from Nova News Now
Province allocates former Bowater lands to sawmills from CBC News

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Roseburg mill in Weed will restart production

Record Searchlight
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Damaged when the Boles Fire ravaged Weed last month, the Roseburg Forest Products mill will start up again Monday, the company announced this week. The veneer mill will operate on a limited basis as work continues to repair the fire-damaged facility. Repairs to the entire plant will likely be completed in the first quarter of 2015, Roseburg spokesman Kellye Wise said. Monday’s startup date, though, is well ahead of Roseburg’s targeted date of late November. There were 135 people working at the mill when the fire roared through Weed on Sept. 15. About 100 of those employees have kept working in the interim.

Roseburg Forest Products ramping production back up at Weed plan from KPIC.com

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Timber firm expands to S. Oregon

JWTR sells 600,000 acres; local employees keep jobs
Herald and News
October 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Nearly 600,000 acres of timberlands in Klamath, Lake and Jackson counties most recently owned by JWTR of Klamath Falls has been purchased by Green Diamond Resource Co. Most of the land, about 400,000 acres, is in Klamath County while about 150,000 are in Lake County and about 40,000 acres are in Jackson County. The holdings also dip slightly into Siskiyou County in far Northern California. The purchase price was not disclosed. “We saw it as a really good opportunity for a long-term investment,” said Andy Elsbree, vice president and general manager of Oregon Operations.

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Slovenia’s forestry production increased by almost 5% in 2013

Lesprom
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Value of Slovenia’s output of the forestry industry, which equals to the total value of forestry goods output and forestry services output, increased by almost 5% in 2013 compared to 2012 (it reached Euro 383 million). Value of forestry goods output (Euro 357 million in 2013) was higher mainly due to the higher values of the production of sawlogs and fuelwood. Standing timber contributed the largest share in the total value of forestry goods output, i.e. 48% in the same year.

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France: Rising hardwood prices in autumn auctions

RW/IHB
October 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

This autumn, hardwood auctions in France reveal strong sales and rising prices. For example, at an auction organized in Beaune (Côte d’Or) on September 16, 99% of the volumes auctioned (30,000 m3) were sold. According to ONF (France’s National Office of Forests), the average increase over the year was of 19%. Our analysis (see table 1 below) shows that the price of small range logs rose strongly (+30%). For large logs, the increase appears to be lower (+10%). 

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Illegally sourced timber hurts Australians too

Business Spectator
October 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The harvest and trade of illegal timber is a significant issue around the world and it would be irresponsible for an Australian government to sit back and do nothing. Interpol and the United Nations Environment Program estimate the global trade in illegally logged timber could be as much as USD$100 billion annually. This represents between 15 and 30 per cent of the total global trade and makes it the most significant (by value) environmental crime in the world. In Australia we import approximately AUD$4.4 billion of timber and wood products annually, with an estimated AUD$400 million (or 9 per cent) estimated to have come from sources with some risk of being illegally logged.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario to allow taller wood frame buildings with new fire safety requirements

Canadian Underwriter.ca
October 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Four years after British Columbia started allowing wood frame buildings of up to six storeys in height, the Ontario government will start doing the same thing next year. The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently announced that, starting Jan. 1, 2015, builders will be allowed to construct wood frame buildings of up to six storeys in height in the province. The Ontario Building Code currently only allows wood frame buildings of four or fewer storeys. Ontario Regulation 191/14, filed Sept. 23, will amend the code to increase the limit, for certain buildings, to six storeys.

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AWC Statement on CEQ Climate & Natural Resources Priority Agenda

Woodworking Network
October 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the Council of Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) release of their “Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda” today. “CEQ’s recommendations echo important facts about the wood products industry. Wood is a renewable resource and a cost-effective building material which helps reduce environmental impacts by storing carbon through its life. 

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Dutch Architects Are Using Wood in Amazing, Innovative Ways (+Photos)

Epoch Times
October 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A wide range of constructions were nominated for the Dutch Wood Prize, a prize installed in 1999 to advance the use of wood in modern architecture. The Timber and Wood Excellence Prize awarded at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore is much younger, but similar in concept. Rotterdam Central Station and a design for foldable sluice gates won, as announced on Monday. Both of these designs as well as the other outstanding nominees are featured below. The nominees for the Dutch Wood Architecture Prize make for a diverse list showcasing the versatility of wood—a salt depot and highway support center, a train station, houses, a school, a farm shed, a church/museum. 

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Innovation shines at 2014 World Architecture Festival Awards

Gizmag
October 7, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A community space in Vietnam, a memorial in China, and an arboretum in Australia – all highlight the impressive variety of innovative architecture on display at this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards. Held over three days in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore last week, the awards provide an opportunity to check out some top-tier projects from all corners of the world. …The festival’s Wood Excellence Prize, which recognizes buildings constructed primarily using wood, went to DSDHA for its Alex Monroe Studio (which also recently drew attention from RIBA). The studio features a handmade facade and its supporting structure was made entirely of prefabricated structural timber panels.

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Wood May Be Key to Low Death Toll in China Earthquake

Wall Street Journal
October 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

When the earth rumbled just before bedtime in China’s Yunnan province on Tuesday and authorities set their highest-level emergency alert, many braced for heavy casualties. But two days later, the official death toll from the magnitude 6.6 quake in Jinggu County stood at just one person. The area’s sparse population is one reason. Another, according to Chinese officials: the prevalence of wood-framed homes, an uncommon building structure in China. Huang Fugang, director of the provincial seismological administration, was quoted Thursday in the China Daily and other state media as saying that homes in the thickly forested area are generally built with wood, and that such structures have a good chance of withstanding earthquakes.

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Forestry

National Forest Week

Yorkton News
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Celebrating Canada’s Forests. Our country recently observed National Forest Week, a week in which many organizations celebrate the historic role of Canada’s forests. There’s a lot to celebrate: Our forests account for 10 percent of the world’s forest cover. And over 150 million – over 40 percent of Canada’s nearly 400 million hectares of forests – are internationally certified as sustainably managed. That’s far more than in any other country in the world. The Government of Canada also wants to acknowledge the role of the forest industry in providing well-paying jobs and supporting the quality of life in many Canadian regions. 

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Boreal forest will become birds’ Noah’s Ark, and Canada must protect it

by Jeffrey Wells, Ph.D., senior scientist, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
Globe and Mail
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The National Audubon Society’s report on the threat North America’s bird species face from unchecked climate change produced some frightening results – 314 of 588 species are projected to lose half of their current habitat ranges by 2050 or 2080. …Canada also has a particularly important stewardship role for birds and other wildlife that becomes clear upon close scrutiny of the Audubon study. That’s because most of the birds examined are expected to shift their ranges northward. In fact, many species are projected to disappear from their United States range as they are forced north into more hospitable climate space.

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Foresters named 2014 Woodland Owners of the Year

South Shore Now
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

NEW GERMANY – A father and son team from Lunenburg County are recipients of the 2014 Woodland Owner of the Year Award. Hiram and Ernest Carver of New Germany have received the award both provincially and for the western region, from the Department of Natural Resources. “I was shocked when they decided we had won,” said the elder Mr.Carver, who has managed his 350-acre lot for 36 years. “I like the woods and we do a lot of work here, but I didn’t know this piece of land would qualify for that,” he said.

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Ash pest could cost town $1 million over next decade

The Enterprise-Bulletin
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

COLLINGWOOD — A little green pest could cost the town more than $1 million over the next decade. That’s the assessment of the town’s director of public works, Brian MacDonald, as an overview of Collingwood’s ‘urban forest’ was presented to councillors, Monday night. With more than 900 ash trees on public land, MacDonald told councillors a program of tree cutting and inoculation will need to take place through to 2024 in order to combat the emerald ash borer. The bug, a wood-boring beetle native to eastern Asia, has killed more than 100 million ash trees in North America since 2002.

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Ecology Action Centre wants transparency on harvesting policies

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ecology Action Centre doesn’t believe the province (Nova Scotia) is being as transparent as they could be with the recent release of maps of harvestable timberlands. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a map of harvestable allocations to the public on Sept. 30. The map includes lands formerly owned by Bowater. Matt Miller from the Ecology Action Centre thinks the move is a step in the right direction but still not as transparent as he believes the government should be regarding forestry management.

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Denis Landry new Natural Resouces minister

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Denis Landry has been sworn in as New Brunswick’s minister of Natural Resources. He is also the Minister of Human Resources. The Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore MLA has a great deal of experience in the forestry sector. After graduating from the Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux in Caraquet in 1975, he completed various training courses: forestry instructor (Memramcook Institute), leadership (St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.), literacy instructor (Fredericton), and establishing small and medium-sized businesses (Université de Moncton in Shippagan).

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Congress should treat wildfires as natural disasters

Statesman Journal
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

When mid-November arrives, the general election will be over and, presumably, so will the 2014 fire season. Maybe then, during the lame duck session before the end of the year, Congress can finally get around to dealing with the arcane and inadequate system for funding wildland firefighting. Currently, federal firefighting budgets are part of the annual budgets for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The problem is that the size and intensity of each summer’s fire season can vary greatly from year to year and from region to region.

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Witnesses stunned as firefighting air tanker crashes, killing pilot in Northern California

Associated Press
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – An air tanker sent to take on a wildfire smashed into a canyon wall on the edge of Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, sending wreckage tumbling to the ground below and leaving onlookers shocked at the grim spectacle. “I heard a large explosion, I looked up on the steep canyon wall and saw aircraft debris was actually raining down the side of the mountain after the impact,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Michael, who was stopping traffic along state Route 140 near the west entrance of the park because of the wildfire when he saw the plane crash Tuesday afternoon.

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Bark beetle impacts local communities and properties (& video)

Standard Examiner
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The last Saturday of August saw a gathering of an eclectic crew of federal foresters, state foresters, loggers, tree enthusiasts and private landowners from Ogden to Kanab. They met early in Coalville. A light fog rose from the Weber River, and the morning felt brisk with a hint of autumn. The group piled into SUVs and trucks, then caravanned along a dirt-road shortcut east to the Bear River Ranger District in the Uinta Mountains. Utah State University, the Utah Division of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered on these annual timber harvest tours for 13 years, right when the mountain pine beetle outbreaks began spiking.

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Bark beetle research shows future evolution of Utah forests (& video)

Standard Examiner
October 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

June marks the beginning of bark beetle season, when adult bugs emerge from the dead spruce and pine that sheltered them over the winter. Looking for fresh trees where they can mate and raise their brood, the beetles fly from tree to tree, emitting attractant pheromones to get more bugs to join them in a mass attack that wears down a tree’s defenses, or repellent pheromones letting other bugs know there’s no room left. June also happens to be the time bark beetle scientists emerge from their offices and go into the field, gathering more data to add to an ever-growing body of knowledge about the small insects.

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In the war against wildfires, ecosystem restoration is the name of the game

The groundbreaking approach demands political will, community support, long-term thinking and a landscape vast enough to make a difference. In short, it’s tough.
CrossCut
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last summer’s Carleton Complex fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in central Washington, made it clear that Smokey the Bear and his woodsy friends aren’t the only ones at risk when the forest goes up in flames. As more and more people settle in the fire-prone “wildland-urban interface,” the risk to human life and property keeps growing. Nevertheless, people keep building, and local governments, by-and-large, don’t try to make them stop.

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Federal plan to protect fisher, a weasel cousin, cites threat from illegal marijuana growers

Associated Press
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Citing the threat from rat poisons spread around illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists are proposing Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice Monday in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington. The full proposal coming out Tuesday also cites loss of forest habitat to wildfire, logging and urban development.

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Snag Canyon Fire shows how logging can help stop wildfires

Yakima Herald
October 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — In an intense wildfire, trees can practically melt as needles and small branches become fluid enough to bend and then “freeze” as they cool and re-solidify. It’s a sign of serious heat. So it’s surprising that just 10 yards from a contorted tree whose limbs appear to be hugging a blackened trunk are other trees with green crowns that look barely touched by the fire. It’s as if some invisible line separated life and death. This summer’s Snag Canyon Fire burned across 12,600 acres of brush and forest north of Ellensburg, but the intensity of the fire and resulting damage varied dramatically across the ridge slopes.

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Conservation Group Sues to Block Controversial Timber Sale

Alaska Public Media
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service awarded a contract this last week to log two-thirds of a controversial Southeast Alaska timber sale. Officials say it’s the first of several contracts for what’s called the Big Thorne timber sale. Prince of Wales Island’s Viking Lumber Co. beat out four other bidders for what’s called the Big Thorne Stewardship Integrated Resource Timber Contract. That name means the Forest Service sells timber to Viking, but reduces its cost in exchange for trail repair, stream restoration and other stewardship work. Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole oversees such sales.

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Deadly air tanker crash leads to grounding of California fleet

Associated Press
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s fleet of air tankers was temporarily grounded Wednesday after one crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot. The grounding left the park service with a single contract helicopter assisting firefighters battling a blaze that had grown overnight to 210 acres and led to the evacuation of 60 homes in Foresta, on the famed park’s western boundary. The community was not in imminent danger and was benefitting from containment lines created during a previous fire, said Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.

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Payette Forest Coalition projects lead to jobs, restoration

Idaho Statesman
October 6, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service approved an 80,000-acre project to restore Ponderosa pines and improve wildlife habitat on the Payette National Forest. Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom signed the Record of Decision for the Lost Creek – Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration project. It’s the second of five landscape level forest restoration projects under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, where loggers, conservationists sportsmen and others work together on the plan.

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NASA drones in national airspace to spot wildfires

Associated Press
October 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NORFOLK, Va. — NASA plans to fly small drones to spot fires in a wildlife refuge along the Virginia and North Carolina border next spring, marking the first time the agency has integrated drones into the National Airspace System for wildfire spotting on the East Coast, officials said Wednesday. NASA has previously used retrofitted Predator drones to map and gather data on large wildfires in the West. Those drones were piloted by ground crews and flew at high altitudes for hours at a time.

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Forest Research Ireland report launched

Agriland
October 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has announced the publication of the new Strategic Research Agenda for Forestry in Ireland “Forest Research Ireland (FORI) – meeting the needs of Ireland’s forest sector to 2017 and beyond through research and innovation”. …“I believe that this Strategic Research Agenda, which aims to guide public investment in forest research, identifies the scientific knowledge gaps required to be addressed to help underpin the continued expansion, productivity, optimum resource utilisation and added value opportunities within the forestry sector,” the Minister said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest fragmentation’s carbon bomb: 736 million tonnes C02 annually

Mongabay.com
October 9, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

…Looking at forest fragments in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, new research in the journal Nature Communications finds that carbon loss along the forest edges was more significant than believed. The researchers used remote sensing and computer modeling to measure how much carbon was released from a forest fragment’s edge, defined as a 100 meter strip along the periphery. “Tree mortality increases, so that they can’t store as much carbon as healthy trees in the centre of the forest, the core area,” explained Sandro Pütz, the lead author of the study, with the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

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General

Nova Scotia government promising more transparency on harvestable forests

Nova News Now
October 9, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

HALIFAX – The province says it is letting the public see what future area will be up for harvesting on Crown lands before any mill goes in to cut down trees. Zack Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, announced the province’s new strategy Oct. 9 for how government plans to allocate land to mills, and how members of the public can have input. As mills request land, maps of the areas will be posted on the department’s website that the public can see and comment on before the mills can go in and harvest, he said. New rules were also announced on how mills would be allocated land. In the past, mills were given access to Crown lands on a per tonne basis.

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Overlapping land claims stalling B.C. treaties, says commission

CBC News
October 7, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The B.C. Treaty Commission says several land claim negotiations are stalled because of overlapping claims and it’s calling on First Nations to sort it out, with financial help from senior governments. The commission says the thorny problem of overlapping land claims among First Nations is the result of imposed reserve boundaries and traditional sharing of the land. Writing in the commission’s annual report issued Tuesday, Chief Commissioner Sophie Pierre says it’s an issue that’s been brewing for the past 21 years, stalling talks at several treaty tables, and it’s time to focus on resolving it.

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