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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Business & Politics

Trips to China saved jobs

Letter by Bruce Strachan
Prince George Citizen
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kudos to your editorial “All over the world,” and the absolute necessity to trade with China. Indeed, thanks to the foresight and hard work of Colin Kinsley, Pat Bell and the B.C. Forest industry, with follow up trips by Shari Green, thousands of forest industry jobs have been saved and our local industry has prospered during the economic downturn of the last six years. Not only has increased trade with China kept our forest industry alive and well, but it’s maintained a higher price for B.C. softwood.

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Investigators Still Looking for Answers in Chipper Incident

250 News
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The investigation continues into the incident at Brink Forest Products this week which left one worker seriously injured. WorkSafe BC says two investigators and one engineer have been on the site conducting interviews and examining the wood waste chipper. A worker fell into the chipper early Tuesday. The building (building ‘C’) which houses the chipper remains off limits for workers. Meantime , WorkSafe was called to the Parallel 55 mill ( East Fraser Fiber) in Mackenzie last night where a maintenance worker was caught in the tail spool of a conveyor belt and broke his arm.

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Aboriginal title case reverberates

Former Snuneymuxw chief Doug White calls for new national strategy after Tsilhqot’in court decision
Nanaimo Daily News
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

First Nations in Canada now need to work on a comprehensive strategy concerning the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic declaration of aboriginal title regarding the Tsilhqot’in, says Doug White in a presentation and discussion on Monday at Vancouver Island University. The June 26 ruling, which recognized aboriginal title to approximately 2,000 square kilometres of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, was the result of generations of advocacy around the issue of “the Indian land question,” said White, who is the director of the university’s new Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation.

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WorkSafe investigators remain on scene of log chipper accident

Prince George Citizen
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A portion of Brink Forest Products remained shut down Thursday as two WorkSafe B.C. officers continued their investigation following an accident involving a log chipper that left an employee seriously injured. “The officers continue the process of collecting data, including interviews, and inspection of the log chipper,” WorkSafe B.C. spokesman Scott McCloy said. “It is possible that this phase of the investigation will conclude on Thursday, but that depends on the progress of the investigation.” Investigators were called to the scene Thursday following the accident, which occurred at about 4:50 a.m.

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City won’t hold WFP liable for Canal Beach

Alberni Valley Times
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After asking to ban swimming at Canal Beach, Western Forest Products is set to be free of any liability related to injuries that could occur at the public site. An indemnity agreement has been drafted by the City of Port Alberni and the forestry company in consultation with its lawyers that relieves Western Forest Products from being responsible for accidents at Canal Beach. WFP alerted the city to concerns over public safety this fall, as the company currently operates the Ship Creek Dryland Sort next to Canal Beach and leases water lots in front of the public waterfront for log booms.

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Firewood shortage sparks concerns in greater Moncton

Suppliers say customers waiting too late to place orders partly to blame for growing trend
CBC News
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some Moncton-area residents are scrambling to find firewood for the winter. It’s an annual trend some woodlot owners say is the buyer’s fault, for waiting too late.Some smaller suppliers, like Jonathan Read, say they are having difficulty tracking down wood themselves. Jonathan’s Firewood Service in Sackville is out of dry firewood for the season, but people are still calling. It’s something Read says wouldn’t happen a decade ago, when customers ordered their supply as far ahead as the spring.

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Northern Pulp still not meeting regulations

Latest Northern Pulp stack test results released
CBC News
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government says the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County has one boiler that still does not meet regulations, but it’s getting closer. Tests conducted last month show emissions from one boiler meet guidelines. Another is now four per cent over limits. A month earlier it was 45 per cent over. The company is promising to install new equipment. The provincial government says it will cancel the mill’s operating licence if it does not meet all guidelines by the end of May.

New test results released for Northern Pulp from The NG News
Emissions from one of two boilers at Pictou County Mill within legal limit from The Cape Breton Post

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Emissions improve at Nova Scotia pulp mill

Canadian Press
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Environment Department says emission levels from one of two boilers at the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County are now within legal limits. However, it says emission levels from the mill’s recovery boiler remain slightly above the legal limit. Tests were completed Oct. 24 by consulting firm Stantec and reviewed by the government, as per a legally binding order issued in August. Under the order, the paper mill in Abercrombie Point has until May 30 to get its air quality emissions in line.

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Quebec’s Strong Economic Forecast Built on Rising US Demand and Weak CAD

Marketwired
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QC- Key sectors like forestry, metals, and aerospace will drive Quebec’s strong export growth of 8 per cent this year, and add another 9 per cent gain in 2015, according Export Development Canada’s (EDC) recent economic forecast. Forestry is the biggest mover this year, as strong housing demand in the US and a weak Canadian dollar are driving a sky-high 15 per cent increase in exports. Lumber is the strong performer within the sector, while pulp and paper continues its decline as newsprint and other paper products are phased out in favor of digital alternatives.

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Tembec stops production at Quebec mill as 650 workers go on strike

Montreal Gazette
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. has ceased production at its lumber mill in Temiscaming, Que., after workers went on strike late Wednesday. The Quebec-based pulp, paper and lumber producer says 650 unionized employees have walked off the job at the facility. An additional 200 workers employed at the mill are not unionized. The union and the company have been in negotiations since August 2014. Their four-year collective agreement expired on Sept. 30. The company also said the closure will delay the installation of a boiler and turbine at the mill, which was expected to be completed by mid-December.

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Pictou County residents split on Northern Pulp mill

Province required the company to seek community feedback
CBC News
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A public consultation carried out by Northern Pulp in Pictou County concludes residents are split on their feelings towards the mill. The province required the company to seek community feedback and file that report with the Department of Environment. The department is considering under what conditions, if any, the mill should receive a new approval to operate after its five-year licence expires this January. Last month Northern Pulp held two open houses and received 172 written submissions.

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Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

Associated Press
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

DES MOINES, Iowa — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it’s about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. “I’m awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business,” said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine fields south of Olympia, Washington. “We lost a lot of farmers who didn’t make it through.”

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About 200 Prineviille mill workers losing jobs

Woodgrain Millwork won’t repair plant after roof collapse
KTVZ.com
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE, Ore. -Woodgrain Millwork is the 27th-largest private employer in Central Oregon, with 237 employees.At least, it was. On Tuesday, mill officials announced to a room packed with employees that they do not plan to fix damages caused by a recent roof collapse. “The way the management said that there’s no plans of ever starting back up,” former employee Janet Smith said after the meeting at the Crook County Fairgrounds. They also were told their health insurance would be ending at midnight — something no one wants to hear. Couples and entire families are employed at the mill.

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Christmas tree checkoff delayed again

The Capital Press
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


USDA has delayed a checkoff program that would raise $2 million a year to promote Christmas trees. A checkoff fee intended to raise money for promoting Christmas trees won’t be collected this harvest season because the USDA has delayed implementing the program. Supporters of the national 15 cent per tree checkoff fee — which would generate roughly $2 million a year — say the Obama administration has postponed appointing a governing board for the program due to fears of a political backlash.

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Decline of Maine’s paper mills hurts middle class

Associated Press
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUCKSPORT, Maine — The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer. The accelerating decline of Maine’s once-strong pulp and paper industry is a heavy blow for the state’s workforce, which has relied on its mills for steady, well-paying jobs for generations. The latest shot to the industry is the expected closure of the Verso Paper Corp. mill in Bucksport, which begins shutting down Monday. Great Northern Paper’s idle mill in East Millinocket this year filed for bankruptcy, six years after its Millinocket mill shuttered.

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China demand for wood products set to climb

The New Zealand Herald
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s demand for wood products is forecast to continue growing faster than its own domestic production, New Zealand market data provider AgriHQ said. The DNS Forest Products-AgriHQ China Forestry Report said the People’s Republic’s demand for construction would continue to be underpinned by migration from rural to urban areas. The report also said small forest owners are expected to make up a growing proportion of New Zealand’s harvest in the next five years. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architects’ passion for wood makes gallery debut

Globe and Mail
November 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

In 2012, the small Toronto research and design office of Williamson Chong (WC) won the Canada Council’s prestigious $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture with an engaging and very Canadian proposal. Their project: to study the new things that European and Asian architects, engineers, building technologists and craftsfolk are doing with forest products. WC principals Shane Williamson, Betsy Williamson and Donald Chong wanted to see first-hand, for example, how builders elsewhere are using cheap, renewable wood to handle the job of heavy structural lifting that’s been done, so far, almost exclusively by stone, steel and concrete.

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Forestry

Resolute being ‘antagonistic’ to environment groups: Greenpeace

Resolute Forest Products hosts public forums in Thunder Bay and Atikokan
CBC News
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Environmental group Greenpeace says Resolute Forest Products has nobody to blame but itself after the company says its lost business over environmental concerns.  Richard Brooks was reacting to a comment made by Resolute CEO Richard Garneau at a company-sponsored meeting about the boreal forest in Thunder Bay on Tuesday. The forest campaign co-ordinator for Greenpeace said Resolute needs to adhere to forestry standards. “Resolute’s facing problems because it’s not practising sustainable forestry. And that’s entirely under its own purview,” Brooks said.

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What does genomics mean for the environment? Everything

Globe and Mail
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

All aspects of our health and well-being depend on a healthy environment. In Canada, we have a responsibility to protect our fresh water reserves, abundant forests and expansive agricultural lands. And we need to learn to extract our significant mineral and fossil fuels resources in an environmentally sustainable manner. …Canada is recognized as a world leader in genomics thanks to sustained
federal investments through Genome Canada – more than $1-billion since
2000, matched by co-investments in genomics programs and projects by
provincial governments, the private sector, non-profits and
international partners.

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Coldstream boy takes top honours in art contest

Vernon Morning Star
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hundreds of children got out their crayons and pencils to show what the forest means to them. The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) were thrilled with the creative pictures entered in their art contest. Nine children (three in each of three age groups) emerged as winners of the National Forest Week contest held by these two organizations. Seven-year-old Leif Richter of Coldstream was one of two honourable mentions in the six to eight-year-old category with a four-part picture that shows everything from mountain biking and harvesting trees to a waterfall and animals living in the forest.

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City’s community forest plans to log at Esler

Williams Lake Tribune
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Public input is wanted on plans to harvest the Williams Lake Community Forest’s (WLCF) Flat Rock Block. Community Forest Manager Ken Day said everyone is invited to give input on the draft plan at a community meeting slated for Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Williams Lake. The Flat Rock Block measures 5,927 hectares, and is one of two areas allotted to the WLCF. It spans from the west side of Highway 20 to the Williams Lake River Valley and from Esler to the Fraser River. …Day is hoping the public will provide input to help the forest proceed with planning.

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WATCH: Disappointment in Cherryville as logging road goes ahead

Global News
November 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHERRYVILLE -It seems a September blockade by Cherryville residents only delayed construction of a controversial logging road. Locals say crews began work on the forest service road this morning. The construction is a big disappointment for Cherryville residents who believe the projects proponent, BC Timber Sales (BCTS), hasn’t adequately looked at what impacts the road and planned logging might have on their community downstream. Residents are asking for more time to have their own assessments done.

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Terrace Community Forest passes forestry audit

BC Forest Practices Board
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of forest planning, harvesting and road practices in the Terrace Community Forest found that all activities met the requirements of provincial forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “The community forest has operations in three areas close to the City of Terrace,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “They harvested about 54,000 cubic metres of timber during the two-year audit period, most of which was second growth stands damaged by spruce-leader weevil.” “We are pleased to report that the Terrace Community Forest Limited Partnership fully met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.”

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B.C. protects old-growth forests in Sea to Sky region

BC Government
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has taken another step to promote biodiversity and protect old-growth forests by creating an additional 329 old growth management areas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. British Columbia’s newest old growth management areas are in the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District and cover about 12,117 hectares, representing over 13% of the 90,587 hectares of Crown forest land base in six landscape units. Establishing old growth management areas help protect the biological diversity of old-growth forests by ensuring that forest stands from all ecosystem types are protected and land use objectives are met. 

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Controversial logging project near Crowsnest goes ahead

Calgary Herald
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A controversial plan to log near Star Creek in southwestern Alberta is taking a major step forward, prompting residents to raise concerns about both the stream — home to the threatened westslope cutthroat — and the landscape around it. In mid-October, a harvest plan was developed to log 168 hectares of forest as part of a research project led by the University of Alberta. “The objective of the project is really to examine the impacts of harvesting from a comprehensive perspective,” said Uldis Silins, a U of A forest hydrologist who is leading the project.

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Huntsville council supports continued logging in Algonquin

Muskoka Region
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HUNTSVILLE – Axes should continue to fall – and chainsaws should continue to rev – in Algonquin Provincial Park, says Town of Huntsville council. Huntsville mayor Claude Doughty said at a council meeting on Nov. 24 that some municipalities neighbouring the province’s oldest park have rejected the environmental commissioner of Ontario’s recommendation to end logging in Algonquin park. He asked council it if wanted to throw its support behind a Renfew Country council motion in opposition to the commissioner’s recommendation.

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Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress before the end of the year. The effort failed. But this December has a much larger slate of Montana-related lands bills looking for a vote, and a Democratic Senate caucus about to lose its majority status in January. That’s got a lot of congressional watchers wondering what last-minute legislation might wind up under President Barack Obama’s Christmas tree. But they’re not sharing much information.

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Forest Service seeking employees in Idaho

Idaho Statesman
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service will hold job fairs Dec. 8 at Idaho Department of Labor offices across the state. The service is looking primarily for seasonal workers in fire management, recreation such as trail building or campground maintenance, biological science in wildlife and fisheries and engineering. The fairs run from noon to 4 p.m. local time. Click here for locations of the 25 offices where job fairs will take place. The Forest Service also will have a program at each office from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. focused on recruiting military veterans.

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Hard work harvesting Fraser firs for holidays

Asheville Citizen-Times
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BAKERSVILLE – The Thanksgiving turkey’s not even been purchased before a host of evergreen trees start heading down from the hills, to be trucked across the Southeast and up the East Coast. Rodney Buchanan’s crew has been cutting and baling fragrant Fraser firs since mid-November, no matter what the weather. Coming into the holiday season, farmers across the mountains finally see the payoff from years of raising trees on the high slopes. North Carolina ranks second in the nation, supplying more than 4 million trees to what’s a $1 billion annual market in the U.S. alone.

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England’s woodland owners thanked after slowdown in Ramorum disease

UK Forestry Commission
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Woodland owners who have co-operated with the Forestry Commission’s Phytophthora ramorum control programme have been thanked for helping to achieve a slowdown in the spread of the disease in England. The Forestry Commission has published an update on its 2014 programme of aerial surveys for Ramorum disease in larch woodland. At the completion of the flying programme, a significantly smaller total area of concern was identified than that recorded in the previous two years. A total of 135 hectares of larch woodland were marked for follow-up ground inspection, compared with 254ha in 2013.

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Finding a way to right a wrong

Former model forests general manager visits Asian counterparts
The Telegram
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sean Dolter had a perception that control of model forests in Indonesia and the Philippines fell under dictatorship-type governments. But after spending 2 1/2 weeks in the South Asian countries, he found that’s not the case. “There is a desire from government to have this work,” he said, adding the governments simply lack the capacity and the funding to direct to community-based organizations. Dolter, former general manager of the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador, was contracted by the federal government to visit the two countries.

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Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

The Guardian
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide. Joko Widodo signalled the significant change of direction for Indonesia when he joined a local community in Sumatra in damming a canal designed to drain a peat forest. Halting the draining and burning of peatland will also tackle the forest fires which have trebled since 2011 and can pump smoke across the entire region.

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Deforestation drops 18 percent in Brazil’s Amazon

Associated Press
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO PAULO — Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest dropped 18 percent over the past 12 months, falling to the second-lowest level in a quarter century, Brazil’s environment minister said Wednesday. Izabella Teixeira told participants at a news conference that 4,848 square kilometers (1,870 square miles) of rain forest were destroyed between August 2013 and July 2014. That’s a bit larger than the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The figures were down from 5,891 square kilometers (2,275 square miles) razed during the same period a year earlier, in the wake of the adoption of a controversial bill revising the Forest Code.

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Tas Parliament passes amended anti-workplace protest bill

ABC News, Australia
November 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is promoting its anti-workplace protests laws as the toughest in Australia after an amended bill passed the Lower House. It will mean people who protest at mining or forestry sites could face time in jail. The bill was amended in the independent-dominated Upper House earlier this month, with mandatory fines and jail terms removed. At the same time maximum penalties were increased in what some MPs said would send a message to the judiciary.

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Council endorses petition to save Margaret River forest from logging

ABC News, Australia
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A local council has launched an eleventh-hour bid to save a swathe of forest in WA’s South West that is slated for logging next week. More than 1,500 have signed a petition to stop logging of 1,600 hectares of Mowen Forest near Margaret River. The state-owned Forest Products Commission has confirmed harvesting in Mowen Forest is due to commence on Monday. Mowen is an 8,000 hectare state native forest containing jarrah and marri trees. On Wednesday night, the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council endorsed the Save Mowen Forest community petition to cancel all logging operations in the forest.

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Mexico as a Shining Example of Gender and Forest Policy

Huffington Post
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On November 19, I was the keynote speaker at a gender conference for staff of Mexico’s National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), presenting the importance of mainstreaming a gender perspective in the forest sector. Part of the reason I was so excited to be doing this in Mexico is because Mexico has become a leading force in mainstreaming gender. They recently published a National Development Plan (2013-2018), which established the inclusion of a gender perspective as a cross-cutting principle that must permeate Mexico’s legal framework, policies, and programs, in all areas and at every level. This is great news!

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New Wood Waste to Biofuel & Plastics Process Developed at Dutch University

Waste Management World
November 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A process that converts waste wood into the building blocks of gasoline has been developed by researchers at the Netherland’s KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis.  According to the university, by using a new chemical process its researchers were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics.  KU added that cellulose is the main substance in plant matter and is present in all non-edible plant parts of wood, straw, grass, cotton and old paper.

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General

Paper mill invested millions into capital improvements

The Telegram
November 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

The vice-president and general manager of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper says the mill has gotten off to a great start with the long-term sustainability plan facilitated by a $110-million loan from the provincial government. Kruger, the paper mill’s Montreal-based parent company, and the provincial government signed the financial agreement to help the mill back in February. Ric Tull said the money has been used to restructure the mill’s debt and three capital works projects have been started or finished so far this year with a fourth is about to commence.

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National parks argument lost in a forest of trees

Single-interest groups trying to hijack managed forests, say industry experts.
The Sydney Morning Herald
November 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

It’s election time and voters are being served up an anti-logging campaign dressed up in a “national parks will solve everything” costume. The “Great Forest National Park” proposal lumps the state forest in a region roughly bounded by Kinglake to the west, Walhalla in the east, Eildon in the north and Noojee in the south, in with several existing national parks and other conservation reserves to form one massive park of over 5000 square kilometres. It is being sold to the politicians and the public by (strangely enough) the Wilderness Society as a “playground for Melbourne”.

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Software tracks smoke from forest fires

Great Lakes Echo
November 26, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

A team of researchers has developed a system that predicts smoke direction from low-intensity forest fires. Researchers at the U.S Forest Service and Michigan State University developed the system to help fire managers control prescribed fires. These fires are used to manage vegetation and fuel, said Warren Heilman, a research meteorologist for the U.S. Forest Service. “If there is a lot of flammable vegetation on the ground, the surface can catch on fire from lightning,” Heilman said. “This increases the chance of a wildfire. Prescribed fires help to burn off these surface fuels.”

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