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Froggy Foibles

NASA and Tree Rings Confirm 1934 Drought Worst in Last 1000 Years

SavingAdvice.com
October 19, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles

As the state of California deals with its ongoing drought issues, predicted to continue well into 2015, NASA released a new study stating that the droughts we are experiencing are comparatively mild… NASA teamed up with Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to adjust the history of the United States in relation to droughts. They used contemporary practices and tree-ring records from 1000 to 2005. The study found that the drought in 1934 covered more than 71 percent of western North America and was 30 percent more severe than any drought in the last 1000 years. The only drought coming close was in 1580.

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Business & Politics

Tembec announces intent to terminate SEC reporting obligations

Canada Newswire press release
October 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tembec Industries Inc. (the “Company”), is voluntarily filing a Form 15F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to terminate its duty to file reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. As a result of this filing, the Company’s obligation to file certain reports with the SEC will immediately be suspended.

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Asia trade mission wraps up with busy day in South Korea

BC Government
October 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SEOUL – B.C. wood-frame construction took centre stage in South Korea today, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre. Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson cut the ribbon for the project, which is the centrepiece of a 141-unit wood-frame housing complex in Daljeon-Ri, a community 65 kilometres east of Seoul. The GICO community centre demonstrates to South Korean political and business leaders the many benefits of building with wood, including sustainability, environmentally friendly building practices and energy efficiency.

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Northern Pulp holding public consultation

The New Glasgow News
October 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Next week, Northern Pulp will host a public consultation program to get an idea of what people think about the pulp mill. This provincially mandated consultation is taking place as part of its application for a renewal of an existing industrial approval for their bleached kraft mill and effluent treatment system in Pictou County. Northern Pulp stated in a public service announcement last week that it would provide information, along with a review and comment period, to solicit public input. The deadline for public comment is Nov. 7.

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BRIGHTON: Mill should shoulder power costs

Port Hawkesbury Paper enjoying less competition and will increase prices
Chronicle Herald
October 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper LP is benefiting from the demise of paper mills in Canada and the United States, two of which have attributed their fate to public subsidies for the Nova Scotia mill. A sharp contraction in mill capacity is reducing paper supply in North America and triggering price increases for high-end paper products. It has also wiped out hundreds of jobs in communities that — like Port Hawkesbury — depend on paper mills.

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Paul Sobey speaks out against Northern Pulp mill emissions (& video)

CTV News
October 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of Canada’s most prominent businessmen is speaking out about the environmental problems at the Northern Pulp mill in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County. Paul Sobey says he is fed up with the emissions and effluent from the mill and isn’t satisfied with the Nova Scotia government’s response. Sobey says he and others from the Clean the Mill group took their environmental and health concerns directly to Premier Stephen McNeil and Environment Minister Randy Delorey in December 2013, and even brought one of their own soil test results. “We asked the government if they had any results and they indicated that they were going to review it,” says Sobey.

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Weyerhaeuser’s new house

Forty years ago, the timber giant’s Federal Way headquarters defined the suburban corporate campus. Its new Pioneer Square building promises to set the standard for urban sustainability.
CrossCut
October 20, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Several weeks ago I wrote an article about the significance of Weyerhaeuser moving out of and selling its iconic, 40-year-old home in Federal Way. So what can we expect at the company’s new site in the heart of Pioneer Square? Another visually dramatic building? A state-of- the-art symbol of new corporate America? A structure that nestles into the neighborhood’s collection of late 19th Century Romanesque architecture? The answer is to each question is yes, no and perhaps.

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Montana celebrates Forest Products Week

The Western News
October 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

his week marks the fourth-annual Montana “Forest Products Week.”  In 2011, the Legislature set aside a week, every October, to recognize the importance of the state’s forest products industry, their contribution to the management of our forest lands, to Montana’s economy and to the stability of our timber-dependent communities. …Montana’s Forest Products Week is a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn more about an industry that has been instrumental in the growth of the state’s economy since the F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company established at its current site just northwest of Columbia Falls in 1912.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Which Is More Green – SFI or FSC Lumber?

Green Building Elements
October 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The two main sustainable forestry certification programs (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, and Forest Stewardship Council, FSC) have been fighting for years to determine which is better. SFI has struggled to gain a foothold in the industry, and has been working to be approved by the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating system. In an attempt to fully understand the potential greenwashing, let’s take a look at the two wood certification systems compare, green-wise.

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Builder does his green experiments in-house

Philly.com
October 20, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

If you work as a builder, what better way to experiment with new environmentally friendly techniques and materials than on your own house. That’s what Matthew Seip and his wife, Sue, did at their Perkiomenville home, nestled on an acre or so of quiet land close to Green Lane Park and the Perkiomen Trail… Sue Seip, a professor at Philadelphia University, specializes in interior design, and Matt Seip has an architecture degree, so “we are very green-conscious, so to speak, and are both LEED-certified professionals,” she said… 

The couple also installed floors made of eucalyptus, a fast-growth renewable wood; used non-volatile-organic-compound paints and adhesives, and set out a rain barrel to collect water for the lawn.

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How a little library in rural China won a $100,000 Canadian architecture prize

Globe and Mail
October 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Li has designed a lovely building, the Liyuan Library, that hits all the right notes; it was built on a shoestring, in the obscure village of Jiaojiehe, to serve the local community. …The library itself reflects this view. It is a long, sleek box that unfolds as a line of interconnected spaces, with wooden floors and seating platforms that connect with the hefty pine grid that supports the walls and ceiling. That timber matrix is wrapped in a skin of glass, and on the outside by a tough cloak of branches retrieved from the ground nearby – making the building blend quite literally into the landscape.

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Forestry

Harris hails falling forest fatalities

Vernon Morning Star
October 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Roger Harris knows from personal experience the importance of safety in the forest industry. He has witnessed the impact that injuries and fatalities can have on workers and their families, starting with his own. In 1986, while working as a falling contractor, his right hand was nearly severed when his chain saw kicked back. His brother-in-law was killed in a forestry accident at age 18. Those experiences, combined with his varied career in the forest industry – he has been everything from a logging camp dishwasher to a phase logging contractor – and position as a former MLA (Skeena Riding), make Harris an ideal fit as the B.C. Forest Safety Ombudsman.

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B.C. BigTree Registry wants your nominations

‘Tree enthusiast’ behind the project hopes online format will bring new life to the old registry
CBC News
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Have you ever stumbled upon a giant tree in B.C.? The new online BC BigTree Registry wants to know about it. Unlike its paper predecessor, anyone can now nominate a tree from anywhere in the province. The original registry was created in 1986, when environmentalist Randy Stoltmann started compiling a box of papers and photos with a simple list of big trees around B.C. When Stoltmann died in an avalanche in 1994, the registry was moved around, with only sporadic contributions.

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The hollow trunk of forestry ‘collaboration’

Chronicle Herald
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After last week’s announcement that government was handing out long-term timber licences for access to Crown lands in western Nova Scotia, it’s time to call a spade a spade: the implementation of the government’s Natural Resources Strategy has been a near total failure. … The decisions made last week amounted to an end run around any meaningful public engagement, a continuation of the longstanding practice of informing the public only after major decisions have been made.

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COUNTERPOINT: In defence of clearcutting

Chronicle Herald
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Why is clearcutting viewed so negatively in Nova Scotia, when worldwide it is probably the most common method of harvest? Contrary to public perception, clearcutting has actually served this province well. Since its inception some 50 years ago, the system of even-aged forest management, which includes clearcutting, has resulted in a doubling of the sustainable allowable annual harvest. …Clearcutting has been going on for decades. Why all of a sudden is there a need to inform the public? Carrying this logic to the extreme may mean that farmers in the future will be required to meet with their neighbours to determine if and when they can cut their crops.

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Pointe-Claire bans new ash trees to fight emerald ash borer

Fines could be as high as $2,000
CBC News
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city of Pointe-Claire says nobody on its territory is allowed to plant new ash trees any more, as a measure to help cut down on the emerald ash borer beetle infestation. The mayor of Pointe-Claire announced that the new by-law came into force today. “The emerald ash borer doesn’t care if an ash tree is on public or private property, which is why we need to pool our efforts to make sure we’re effective,” wrote Morris Trudeau, mayor of Pointe-Claire, in a press release. “We’re aware that these rules are stringent, but we have a duty to protect Pointe-Claire’s urban forest.”

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Healthy N.S. beech trees spell hope

Genetic twist saved a few N.S. trees from disease; more rescues may be possible
Chronicle Herald
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While walking in the Lambs Lake Nature Reserve, near Annapolis Royal, I spied a large, old-growth beech tree. Its massive girth caught my eye first (I could reach only about halfway around it), but its smooth bark is what made me look twice. In that tree’s genetic makeup, I knew, there lay a rare and special genetic trait. Beech trees were once more common throughout the Maritimes. In the early 1800s, beech were noted to cover roughly half of Prince Edward Island, for example. Aside from land clearing for agriculture and timber, beech were hit by a disease accidentally introduced to Halifax from Europe in 1890.

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Group slams lack of Mersey progress

Chronicle Herald
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

For one brief, shining moment, members of the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association believed they had made a difference. It’s been two years since the provincial government bought back lands once owned by Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd., the former Queens County paper mill. Members of the group are not feeling that shining moment any more. “We led the movement called Buy Back the Mersey because we wanted those assets returned to the community and this was a widespread movement,” Geoff LeBoutillier, a group member, said.

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Organizations partner on forest restoration plan

The Daily Courier
October 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRESCOTT – The Prescott National Forest has partnered with the Highlands Center For Natural History to begin implementing a multi-year fuels reduction, forest health and wildlife habitat improvement plan on the center’s 80-acre special use permit area on the forest. …The first phase of this project includes hand thinning trees, followed by chipping or piling of materials to reduce hazardous fuels on approximately 30 to 40 acres located immediately adjacent to HCNH facilities.

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Successful aspen regeneration project may be trimmed along Beartooth Face

Billings Gazette
October 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RED LODGE — After 24 years and an investment of almost $460,000, a unique Montana cooperative project that has regenerated aspen stands along the Beartooth Face may be finished despite definitive success. “We’ve kind of reached the point where we’ve done the aspen stands that were easiest to access and the cheapest to treat,” Shawn Stewart, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist based in Red Lodge, told a group of wildlife managers last Wednesday during a tour of the aspen projects. “Moving forward it’s going to be more costly and give us less productivity.”

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Report blasts Elliott State Forest misuse

Oregon Cascade Policy Institute
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With Oregon’s schools constantly facing budget crises, why are our lawmakers missing out on the opportunity to give more money to our kids? As part of the Common School Trust Lands, the Elliott State Forest has the constitutional obligation to generate money for Oregon’s schools. In the last few years, however, environmental interests have carefully manipulated the Endangered Species Act so that the Forest costs taxpayers money instead of providing funds for Oregon’s children. Lately, harvest levels and revenues have been a fraction of their former levels.

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University of Arizona aiding in prevention of mega forest fires

The Daily Courier
October 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Arizona’s 2014 wildfire season draws to a close, let’s assess the costs – millions of dollars and nearly 200,000 acres of grassland and forest burned. On the plus side, roughly 120,000 acres of prescribed fires, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, occurred to remove excess fuels such as dead wood, dry brush and grasses, which fuel wildfires. ..The University of Arizona is doing its part, too. ….Ten years later, 70,000 acres of previously dense degraded forest is now on the road to healthy diversity and will help mitigate low-intensity, ground wildfire.

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GEORGE OCHENSKI: Myth of roadblocks to timber supply debunked

The Missoulian
October 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One might think, by listening to the endless whining of politicians like U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Gov. Steve Bullock; D-Mont., timber industry officials and a handful of conservation collaborators that there’s some kind of terrible roadblock to timber harvests in Montana that requires drastic congressional action to resolve. Nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced by the announcement last week that the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region has already met its timber harvest goal of 280 million board feet during the past year.

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New report synthesizes best available science, fills knowledge gaps on management of moist mixed-conifer forests

USDA Forest Service
October 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. Oregon and Washington land managers have a new synthesis of recent research findings to inform their management of eastside moist mixed-conifer (MMC) forests in the two states.  The Ecology and Management of Moist Mixed-Conifer Forests in Eastern Oregon and Washington: A Synthesis of the Relevant Biophysical Science and Implications for Future Land Management, a general technical report published by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, is a direct response to a request from managers for a synthesis of the large body of scientific information on MMC forests.

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USFS Northern Region Reaches Timber Harvest Goal

Montana Public Radio
October 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region met its timber harvest goal last year. That’s the first time that has happened in over 14 years. Regional Forester Faye Krueger says Region One, which includes Montana, harvested about 280 million board feet of timber. Krueger says a major factor in the agency reaching its goal is that it’s overhauled its litigation strategy.  “The main emphasis is on threatened and endangered species,” said
Krueger. “That is always being challenged in the court and that’s usually what the courts send us back to do additional analysis on. We’ve worked on how do we handle each species for analysis.”

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Logging between Lake Como and Lost Horse

Letter by Floyd Wood
Ravalli Republic
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The USFS is planning to log 5,711 acres between Como and Lost Horse. This area was logged about 40 years ago and the young trees will just now be starting to put on some serious growth. I suspect many of the trees won’t be over 14 inches in diameter, breast height. If you wish to appeal, which is easy, you must send in or go to the Forest Service and put in your comments as to why you don’t want them to cut in this area. Otherwise, when the appeal time comes, they won’t acknowledge your appeal.

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Senators say slow thinning is damaging forest industry

The Arizona Republic
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bureaucratic delays and a slow start to the nation’s largest forest-thinning project could drive the forestry industry out of Arizona when the state really needs it, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake said Friday. Arizona’s overgrown forests — unnaturally dense after a century of fire suppression — are unsustainable, said speakers at a public- and private-sector conference on forestry organized by the Salt River Project as part of the power and water utility’s environmental-stewardship efforts. Overgrowth makes the forests more susceptible to devastating wildfires of the sort the state has seen in recent years.

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OSU Forestry Dean Salwasser Dies

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A longtime leader of Oregon’s premiere forestry school died Wednesday of natural causes. Hal Salwasser was the former Dean of Oregon State’s College of Forestry. OSU officials praised Salwasser for helping transition forestry programs from a logging focus to include more environmental concerns. Salwasser found himself embroiled in controversy in 2006, when he questioned an OSU graduate student’s published research, which criticized logging after wildfires. Salwasser lamented in a 2009 conversation with OPB that federal forest policy seemed adrift.

Former OSU forestry dean Hal Salwasser dies at 69

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Protect, preserve Elliott Forest

Letter by Barbara Shamet
The World
October 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ten points regarding options for conservation of the Elliott State Forest: 1. The Elliott is presently the largest carbon sink on the planet. While young trees sequester more carbon, the old forests store it, maintaining a delicate balance in today’s climate crisis. 2. Our salmon struggle to return after decades of inadequate stream protection and loss of spawning habitat due to clear-cutting induced washouts in heavy winter rains. 3. The Elliott is home to several endangered species and falls under the protection of the Federal Endangered Species Act.

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Managing balance in the forest

Aspen Daily News
October 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District is one of the most beloved districts in the White River National Forest which hosts more visitors annually than any other within the national forest system. Unfortunately, in the view of new Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer, the most beloved parts of the district, such as the Maroon Bells, Four-Pass Loop and Conundrum Hot Springs, are being loved to death. But Schroyer also is taking a long-range view, and says that through better management practices by her office, these areas can be loved back to life.

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US Forest Service Entomologist Takes on Pesky Insects to Make a Difference in the Northeast

USDA Blog
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ryan Hanavan is a multi-faceted individual who enjoys his work on the front lines of forest health as an entomologist for the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. “I have always been fascinated by insects and this career has essentially allowed me to explore a lifelong curiosity,” Hanavan said. “I have also always been interested in using new technology to improve methods and techniques and the Forest Service has been extremely supportive in developing faster, better, and cheaper tools for detecting and monitoring forest pests.”

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If you plant different trees in the forest, is it still the same forest?

October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In northern Minnesota, there’s a near-mythic expanse of lakes and boreal forests known as the North Woods, packed with spruces, firs, red and bur oaks, and other trees. It’s in danger of vanishing forever. The North Woods joins the ever-lengthening list of regions threatened by climate change. Temperatures in Minnesota have increased by more than 1.5F since record keeping began, according to a 2013 report by the state’s interagency climate adaptation team. Temperatures have risen even more in the northern portion of the state, and the growth is picking up speed, with more than 80% of the recorded increase happening since 1980.

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Going Undercover to Fight Illegal Logging

October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Going undercover to plant GPS trackers on truck shipments sounds like a plotline from the TV drama 24, or a James Bond movie. But that’s just what Greenpeace did to track shipments of illegally-logged timber from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil to sawmills and eventually overseas, including the United States and European Union. This important investigation shows that U.S. companies should be careful when importing wood from Brazil.  In a new report, The Amazon’s Silent Crisis: Night Terrors,
Greenpeace details how sawmills in Brazil use falsified paperwork to
launder timber that has been harvested illegally in the remote state of
Pará.

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Government pledges to reduce deforestation

The Jakarta Post
October 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government has pledged to reduce deforestation, following a report showing that Indonesia has a higher deforestation rate than that of Brazil. Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said on Thursday that the ministry had taken several actions to reduce deforestation rates in Indonesia, especially in deforestation-prone areas such as Riau and Kalimantan. Hadi said the measures included the extension of a moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peat land, the provision of degraded-forest areas for economic activity, a compliance audit on several companies in Riau and the eradication of illegal logging, which can trigger forest fires.

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10 deadliest jobs in Australia

Sydney Morning Herald
October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Truckies, posties and warehouse workers top the list of Australia’s deadliest jobs, according to new research… Agriculture, forestry and fishing is Australia’s second-most dangerous line of work, with 53 deaths in 2012. Workers in this industry are more likely to die from being hit by an animal, drowning and heat exposure than any other industry on the top 10 list, the research found.

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Brazil must target smallholders to curb rising deforestation

While the largest landowners have cut their contribution to deforestation by two-thirds, that of smallholders has increased
The Guardian
October 20, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Farmers with smallholdings are not responsible for most of the destruction of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, but their contribution to deforestation is rising and must be addressed if the country is to hold on to recent gains, according to an environmental research group. Government efforts led to a 77% fall in deforestation in the Amazon between 2004 and 2011, but progress has slowed and deforestation is rising, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) said in a report.

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China tests outright logging ban in state forests

China has halted commercial logging by state firms in forests in Heilongjiang, a move experts see as a significant step to curb over-exploitation of timber, reports chinadialogue
The Guardian
October 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China has launched a trial ban on commercial logging in state-owned forests in the vast north-eastern province of Heilongjiang bordering Russia, home to much of the country’s timber industry. Forestry experts have hailed the ban as a major step forward, predicting it will enable timber supplies to recover and shift the industry’s focus towards improved forestry management. To make the ban stick, the central government has allocated 2.35bn yuan a year to cover forestry workers’ living costs between 2014 and 2020, chinadialogue has learned from the State Forestry Administration (SFA).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Prince George college plans to power resort with biofuel

Business in Vancouver
October 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The College of New Caledonia is collaborating with Purden Lake and Ski Resorts Ltd. to find ways to reduce the resort’s dependence on diesel fuel to generate its power needs. Inspiration for the project grew out of instructor Byron Poppleton’s longtime interest in exploring alternative energy sources. …The goal will be to find an efficient means of using wood and other dry organic materials like corn cobs, nut shells, willow branches, wood chips and sawdust to generate a gas mixture which can be combusted in an internal combustion engine to generate power.

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Brown: Is biomass all its cut up to be?

Summit Daily\
October 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

One possible reason for sticking to the ill-advised Ophir Mountain and other clear-cutting plans is that the clear-cut trees would go to the biomass power plant in Gypsum. Biomass power is renewable energy. It wouldn’t justify destroying Summit County’s wonderful forests and trails, but biomass is green energy right? Maybe not. Is biomass power a good renewable energy source that we should promote here in Colorado?

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First detailed map of aboveground forest carbon stocks in Mexico unveiled

Daily News
October 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Available for download today, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and Allianza MREDD+ released the very first detailed map of aboveground forest carbon stocks of Mexico. This carbon stock inventory is very valuable for Mexico, as 1 of the initial tropical nations to voluntarily pledge to mitigation actions inside the context of the United Nation’s Decreasing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) plan.

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