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Business & Politics

Lakeland Mills back in business on Monday

Prince George Free Press
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Monday, the belts will start rolling, the gears will start turning, and the sawblades will being turning round logs in dimension lumber. Lakeland Mills is set to begin production once again after an explosion and fire April 23, 2012 destroyed the mill. Two men, Glenn Roche and Al Little, were killed in the accident and 22 others, some of whom are still on disability, were injured. Sinclar Group president Greg Stewart told reporters Wednesday that it has been a long road to get the mill back into operation.

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NDP leader talks Lakeland, elections

Prince George Citizen
December 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP MLA John Horgan made his second stop in Prince George this year – this time as leader of the opposition – in a bid meant to drum up party support for a provincial fight years away. The trip included a stop at Lakeland Mills, which exploded in April 2012. Glenn Roche, 46, and Alan Little, 43, died from their injuries in the blast, while 22 others were hurt. Horgan questioned the government’s refusal to consider publicly funded lawyers for the families of four men who died in explosions at Lakeland and Burns Lake’s Babine Forest Products when a coroner’s inquest into both blasts is held in March.

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Weak demand from China shutters Ladysmith Sawmill

Victoria Times Colonist
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reduced demand for dimensional lumber in China has resulted in Western Forest Products closing its Ladysmith Sawmill effective Friday. According to company spokeswoman Amy Spencer, the mill will be shut down temporarily. “It really depends on the markets,” she said. “That particular mill produces dimensional lumber for China and we are experiencing some weakness over there right now. At this point, I can’t put a timeline on [the closure].” The mill, which has 85 employees, is expected to continue to run some maintenance and shipping shifts, so it’s unclear how many employees will be affected.

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Mixed reaction to latest test results at pulp mill

The Pictou Advocate
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE – The Department of Environment has posted its most recent stack test results from the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County. The results were released last Friday from testing that was completed Oct. 24, by Stantec Consulting Ltd. and show that it calls “an improvement over benchmark measurements taken in August.” That’s when Environment Minister Randy Delorey issued a ministerial control order. The results preceded a draft for industrial approval for Northern Pulp that Nova Scotia Environment posted on Monday. The pulp mill’s current industrial approval expires on Jan. 30.

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Fortress Paper gets breathing room from Quebec government on $102-million loan

Winnipeg Free Press
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The Quebec government has approved relaxed terms for a $102.4-million loan to Fortress Paper from Investissement Quebec, including the deferral of interest and principal payments. Fortress chief executive Chadwick Wasilenkoff said the changes will provide increased financial flexibility for the company’s specialty cellulose mill in Thurso, Que., that has been hurt by low prices for the dissolving pulp it produces. The Investissement Quebec loan that was originally due to mature on April 30, 2020, has been extended more than six years to Dec. 31, 2026. In addition, no interest on the balance owing will be applied from May 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2016. After Jan. 1, 2017, the annual interest rate will be five per cent.

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Back to negotiating table 9

Nugget.ca
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Roger Gauthier and his executive team are headed back to Gatineau Friday morning to hammer out an agreement. Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233, said he received a call from Tembec Tuesday around 12:45 p.m. and by 7 p.m. both sides agreed to resume negotiations. “We had to set some ground rules,” he said. “And we were very clear the we will not reopen the mill until we secure an agreement that respects all the workers.”

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Council will hit ground running: mayor

Fort Frances Times
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The new town council officially set sail on its four-year voyage together Monday night.
But the waters will be challenging, according to Mayor Roy Avis… Mayor Avis said the mill closure and its future will continue to be “front and centre in how we can return this community to prosperity.”“Forestry is one of the economic drivers for this region, and we must continue our push for an Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence system that will provide all communities and First Nations a future for our youth,” he stressed.

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Cascades invests $13 in Vaudreuil and Drummondville

Pulp and Paper News
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cascades announces the acquisition and installation of two new printing presses in its Québec plants, Norampac – Vaudreuil and Norampac – Drummondville , which specialize in manufacturing corrugated packaging products. Charles Malo , Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Packaging at Norampac stated, “This major investment in Québec is part of our efforts to modernize Norampac’s and Cascades’ assets.

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Resolute encourages northerners to speak up for the forest industry

AtikokanProgress.ca
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northerners need to speak up against the aggressive environmental groups that threaten to take away economic benefit from their forests, Resolute Forest Products president and CEO Richard Garneau said at an open house, Wednesday evening, at the Legion. There are promising developments for the company and the region: Lumber mills coming online next year in Atikokan and Ignace, Thunder Bay’s new wood pellet plant just beginning operation to supply 45,000 tonnes annually to the Atikokan Generating Station, and lumber prices and the US housing market are improving. However, if Species at Risk legislation takes away millions of cubic metres of forest to preserve woodland caribou habitat, that could devastate the company’s operations, including fledgling mills in Atikokan and Ignace, he told an audience of about 100.

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Gunning: Government forgot to add teeth to approval

New Glasgow News
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBE POINT – A draft operating approval for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. to operate past Jan 30 isn’t getting the full approval from Matt Gunning of Clean The Mill. “I think that it was written strong but as it was passed up the chain of command, it was weakened,” he said. “Once the lawyers get a hold of it and you start adding the legalese the document becomes weaker.” The 60-page draft was released on Dec. 1 by Environment Minister Randy Delorey, who acknowledged that while the mill has met federal wastewater standards, it has repeatedly been above emission limits noted in the current industrial approval.

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Timber’s record breaking news

NaturalResourceReport.com
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Log prices may have set a new record!!! Lumber prices remain strong. Mortgage interest rates are near 4 percent again, and homebuilding is still above the one million mark. More recent statistics of lumber manufacturing, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2005. Stud prices have fluctuated and are down slightly, but remain quite strong at $347, above $300 all year. Log prices have broken another ceiling!! – over $700 in October, for maybe the first time, at $713. This may be an all time high. More next month. For comparison, the October 2009 log price was only $410.

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Sealaska Selections in Tongass Added to Defense Bill

AlaskaPublic.org
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sealaska Corporation would get land within the Tongass National Forest in a bill that’s moving quickly in the final days of Congress. The long-awaited Sealaska bill is one piece of a Public Lands package that’s been added to a must-pass defense bill.  It would turn over about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska, the regional Native corporation of Southeast Alaska, mostly for logging and development. Sealaska has been pressing Congress for such a bill for years, to complete its land selections under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Jaeleen Araujo, Sealaska general counsel, is pleased but cautious.

Murkowski: Sealaska owed 85,000 in Tongass National Forest from KTVA Alaska
Defense bill will include Native Corporation land deal, military projects from The News Miner
Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands with Defense bill from The Huffington Post

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Global forest industry inches up in the third quarter of the year

IHB The Timber Network
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sawlog prices were lower in the 3Q in most of the 20 regions that are the basis for the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI). The Index fell by 4.6% from the 2Q to $85.56/m3, with the biggest price reduction occurring in the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe. The decline came after three consecutive quarters of increases and the GSPI reaching a three-year high in the 2Q/14. Global trade of softwood logs has picked up in 2014 and was about nine percent higher during the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2013. Prices for hardwood fiber have trended downward for over three years. 

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Tasmania’s power users to supply $30m to Forestry Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian power users will next year be subsidising the cash-strapped Forestry Tasmania to the tune of $30 million. TasNetworks’ chief executive Dan Norton told a parliamentary estimates hearing the company would provide up to $30 million to Forestry Tasmania in the next financial year. The news came as a last-minute bombshell at the hearing. Labor and the Greens said the transfer breached the Government’s election promise to stop directly subsidising Forestry Tasmania.

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Is ‘Womenomics’ The Answer To Japan’s Economic Woes?

NPR Radio
December 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Yukiko Koyama kicked around Tokyo for a few years looking for the right job… Two years ago, she found just the right thing for her: sinking a chainsaw’s teeth into the pine forests of Matsumoto City in landlocked Nagano prefecture. Forests there on the central island of Honshu have been growing since the end of World War II, and many are in need of weeding. On a recent windy day, Koyama deftly sliced through big pine logs like a sushi chef cutting up a tuna roll. Koyama, 35, is one of about 3,000 women in the government’s Women’s Forestry Program. It trains and certifies women to work in the logging industry and pays timber companies half the cost of employing women for up to three years.

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Millions meant for dismantling Tas forestry sector now to be injected into industry

ABC News, Australia
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Millions of dollars earmarked for reducing Tasmania’s native forestry sector are to be spent on rebuilding it. After dismantling the forest peace deal, the State Liberal Government has set about rebuilding the native forestry sector. From tomorrow, forestry contractors can apply for a share of $4 million that was originally earmarked to help them leave the industry. About 90 contractors received exit grants that were offered from 2010 under the forest peace deal.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED v4: What You Need to Know About Life Cycle Assessment

Woodworking Network
December 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

… In November 2013, LEED released its newest version of this program dubbed LEED v4. One of the main changes was LEED going to more performance-based measures rather than the prescriptive approach used in earlier versions. Front and center is LEED’s use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) throughout sections of its program, including Materials and Resources. This is where the majority of the opportunities lie for wood to provide credit support, and ultimately LEED points toward project certification. LEED’s intent was “to encourage the use of products and materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically and socially preferable life cycle impacts.”

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How Urban Timberworks Turns Fallen Trees into Legacy Furniture

Homeowners with damaged or diseased trees can call the experts to let their beloved limbs live a second life.
Portland Monthly
December 1, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

City trees live pretty good lives. Towering above our rooftops, Portland’s walnuts, elms, and sycamores provide shade for backyard bouts of whiffle ball, shelter for a long lineage of gray squirrels, and a canvas for declarations of youthful affection. But when they come down, their brawny trunks and limbs all too often meet an inglorious fate, becoming piles of mulch or chips in a landfill. Urban Timberworks, an offshoot of Portland’s long-running sustainable design-build firm Green Hammer, provides a more honorable afterlife for such giants. When a tree needs to come down—whether for root rot, beetle kill, or storm damage—homeowners call Urban Timberworks

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Ontario enacts six-storey wood frame construction

InsideHalton.com
December 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

ALMAGUIN – Ontario is lumbering into a new age with expansions to the wood-frame construction code. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, MPPs Ted McMeekin, Bill Mauro, and Michael Gravelle announced Ontario is enacting code changes to allow the use of wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey buildings. “Before the code allowed for four-storey buildings in wood frame, so this has gone up to six storeys,” Steven Street, technical advisor for Wood WORKS!, says. “A big reason is it gives developers who have faced challenges to meet urban densification numbers another way of achieving those targets.

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Forestry

Surrey is losing its tree canopy, report shows

Surrey Leader
December 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Surrey has lost almost one-fifth of its tree canopy in just over a decade, according to a recent study commissioned by the city. The report also shows stark differences between the amount of tree cover in existing developments to that which is provided in new construction. The city hired North Surrey’s Urban Systems this year to provide an analysis of the city’s existing tree canopy. A tree canopy (the above-ground portion of a tree) is a measure of plant cover in the city and is a major indicator of urban environmental health. Research shows a canopy of 40 per cent is one aspect of being considered an environmentally friendly city.

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Barbara Yaffe: Depletion of Vancouver’s tree-cover a ‘nightmare’

December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — A wholesale “arboristic homicide” was committed recently in Dunbar, revealing woeful deficiencies in Vancouver’s tree-protection policies.The photos tell the story: If it were a Hollywood production, it would be called Nightmare on West 38th Ave. “Arboristic homicide” is a term used earlier this year by landscape architect Judith Blake Reeve, to describe the chopping of trees that property owners have planted but subsequently deem too inconvenient. I cannot think of a better term for what happened on West 38th in the final days of November. It clearly illustrates an ongoing problem in the city, with a tree canopy sparser than that of Toronto — which boasts 26.6 per cent coverage.

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Report warns of soaring risk of ‘mega-fires’ in B.C.

December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the planet heats up and the risk of “mega fires” rises, B.C. will no longer be able to lean on its world-class wildfire-fighting teams to keep people and property safe, according to a draft provincial document. The Forests Ministry paper, called Climate Change Adaption Action Plan for Wildfire Management 2014-2024, suggests fire prevention should become the top priority of the province. “It is not an option to continue to increase fire suppression response and associated costs, because even the most aggressive action would neither be safe nor effective for the extreme wildfire events such as those seen in Kelowna in 2003 and Slave Lake in 2010,” reads the draft, obtained through an access to information request.

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City expands community forest mandate

Harvesting of timber will generate additional revenue
Peak Online
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

.. At a recent meeting, council endorsed a recommendation that the existing agreement with Powell River Community Forest (PRCF) for the ongoing maintenance and management of the city’s airport reserve lands be expanded to include additional forested lands owned by the city. Further, the recommendation included PRCF proceeding with harvesting plans for the additional lands. The financial impact of permitting PRCF to manage and harvest these tracts of forested land could provide a profit to the city of between $700,000 and $800,000 from a total volume of about 19,130 cubic metres of timber. The income could be used for a variety of purposes, from funding capital projects to the replenishment of the city’s reserve funds.

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HUNDREDS OF LOGS BREAK FREE OF BOOMS NEAR HUGH KEENLEYSIDE

The Castlegar Source
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Hugh Keenleyside Dam had to reduce flows over the weekend, after wind broke log booms upstream of the dam, leaving hundreds of logs free-floating down the river toward the dam. Over 100 bundles (each bundle is a semi-truckload of logs) came loose on the Arrow Lake and broke through the log booms at the dam and generation station. Mary Anne Coules, with BC Hydro Public Relations, said action taken at the dam meant significantly decreased flow levels downstream on the Columbia River.

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Public meeting on Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay (radio)

CBC News
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry company held public meeting last night on everything from the wood supply to concern for the environment. Here’s a question from Paul Berger fielded by Resolute CEO Richard Garneau.

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Public Media Call For Forest Service To Relax Wild Land Photography Rules

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Public broadcasters are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to make a number of changes in its regulation of photography, filming and recording on public lands. Several public media organizations jointly submitted comments Wednesday (PDF) to the Forest Service. That agency is considering a proposed directive that would require permits to film, photograph, and record in wilderness areas. The public broadcasters want the Forest Service to allow filming and photography without a permit when such activity would have no more impact on the land than the general public does.

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Forest Service: Thin 100K acres of Oregon forest

TDN.com
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — A team of experts charged with accelerating the pace of forest restoration and heading off big fires in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon is proposing a 10-year effort to thin the underbrush in a 100,000-acre area. The proposal is a result of a decision a year ago on the part of the U.S. Forest Service’s regional forester at the time, Kent Connaughton, the East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1Be0KG3) reported. The team he commissioned has proposed the Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest about 20 miles north of Enterprise. The area is about 156 square miles.

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Lyons area landowner dubbed top tree farmer

Statesman Journal
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Forestry announced that Lyons area landowner Linda Butts has been honored as Oregon’s top tree farmer. Forestry officials said Butts was chosen among 10 finalists to receive the “Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year” title at the Oregon Tree Farm System’s annual awards lunch… According to state officials, Butts has owned and managed a 145-acre tree farm on McCully Mountain south of Lyons for 40 years. Linda and her late husband, Linn, actively managed the property for wildlife, timber income, recreation and the improvement of threatened habitats.

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Critics: Delays in timber thinning hurt commerce (& video)

AZ Central
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northern Arizona business owners say permitting delays by the U.S. Forest Service mean the state is missing out on economic opportunity from logging and other industries that can help prevent wildfires. Businesses are concerned that the Forest Service is not moving fast enough to approve permits to thin forests before they burn. In August, a sawmill in Eagar closed because it did not have access to enough timber. And last spring, a wood-pellet company in Show Low closed for a day for the first time in more than 20 years because it didn’t have enough wood.

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Ron Wyden on verge of losing fight for his O&C timber bill

The Oregonian
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden’s attempt to push a western Oregon timber bill through the lame-duck session of Congress hit a potentially fatal roadblock this week. The Oregon Democrat was unable to attach his timber measure to a “must-pass” defense bill that congressional negotiators loaded with several other natural-resource provisions — including one expanding the Oregon Caves National Monument. Congressional negotiators on the defense bill also rebuffed Wyden’s efforts to attach language seeking to resolve the battle over water rights in the Klamath Basin and to extend a program providing federal payments to timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

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Defense Spending Bill Includes Lots Of Land Deals – But Nothing For O&C Forests

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congress has added lots of land deals – including some in the Northwest – to a must-pass defense spending package. But a bill that would boost logging on Oregon’s O&C forestland didn’t make the cut. Some are complaining that Congress is turning the defense spending bill into a “land grab.” The bill now includes 250,000 acres of new wilderness and 15 new or expanded national parks. But others are thrilled to see a backlog of wilderness proposals on track to passing.

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Front, North Fork, other Montana lands bills set to advance

The Missoulian
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Montana’s congressional delegation Wednesday unveiled a sweeping public lands package they hope will clear the current Congress in its waning days, including Montana’s first additional wilderness designation in 31 years. The 67,000 acres of proposed new wilderness is on the Rocky Mountain Front, adjoining the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, but it’s far from the only piece in the diverse package of public land initiatives. …All three members of Montana’s delegation – Democratic U.S. Sens. Jon
Tester and John Walsh and Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines – praised
the package as an example of bipartisan cooperation and compromise.

Montana public lands bills set to advance from Associated Press

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My Turn: Southeast is paying for slow Tongass transition

by Ben Alexander, associate director for Headwaters Economics.
Juneau Empire
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest garnered headlines in recent weeks. A lot of the debate has focused on a new economic study my organization, Headwaters Economics, released on whether the Forest Service has honored the Tongass transition framework commitments it made in 2010. This transition sought to boost jobs in Southeast Alaska, and to shift from old growth to young-growth logging. Four years ago, many people greeted this transition announcement enthusiastically because they thought it would help the region’s economy, which was struggling in the aftermath of a recession, and move beyond the stalemated timber wars.

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Mountain beetle threatens Minnesota’s pine forests

Minnesota Public Radio News
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tiny beetle that has wiped out tens of millions of acres of forest in the western United States and Canada could be close to invading Minnesota’s majestic pines. Although mountain pine beetles are about the size of a grain of sand, they have devoured 45 million acres of pine trees in western North America over the past couple decades — the world’s largest forest insect outbreak in recorded history. The state Department of Agriculture is proposing a quarantine in hopes of keeping the beetles at bay and protecting the state’s nearly 200 million pine trees large enough for them to attack — at least for the time being. That likely will be difficult. Mountain pine beetles have marched east to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Prince of Wales urges UK business leaders to tackle forest destruction

ClickGreen.org
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HRH The Prince of Wales, as President of WWF-UK, chaired a meeting of UK business leaders at WWF’s Forest Business Forum to explore ways to ensure that the UK market in wood-based products can help protect the worlds’ forests from deforestation. The UK is the world’s fifth largest importer of wood-based products, from greetings cards to furniture to musical instruments, consuming materials valued at over £14.4 billion in 2013. 

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Activists stage anti-logging protest in Margaret River’s Mowen Forest

ABC News, Australia
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protesters camping in Margaret River’s Mowen Forest say they will stay there until proposed logging is stopped. The Augusta-Margaret River Shire endorsed a petition which was then tabled in the Legislative Council against plans to log 1,600 hectares of native forest. It is expected the logging could start this week but the Forest Products Commission said pre-harvesting work had already begun. Up to 15 protesters from the ‘Save Mowen Forest’ group have set up a camping area and placed banners on machinery.

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Deforestation may be at root of Brazil drought

Associated Press
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO PAULO — Vera Lucia de Oliveira looks to the sky, hoping for any sign of rain. For weeks, the taps in her home have run dry as Sao Paulo has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level. Without heavy and prolonged rain, the megacity of 23 million could soon run out of water, experts warn. “We are always thinking: The rain is coming, the rain is coming,” said Oliveira. But it doesn’t, and a growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening to Oliveria and her neighbors lies not in the sky above their heads but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of miles away.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. to share “climate successes” at UN conference, government says

Polak will also be outlining BC’s plans to supply cleaner natural gas to foreign markets
Vancouver Observer
December 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environment Minister Mary Polak will be promoting British Columbia’s climate achievements at the United Nations COP 20 climate change conference in Lima, Peru… “As a global climate action leader, B.C. has been actively encouraging all jurisdictions to have strong climate policies in place,” said Polak in the release. “In particular, B.C. has worked through international forums such as the Pacific Coast Collaborative and R20 Regions of Climate Action to encourage adoption of carbon pricing…” B.C. was the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce a broad-based, revenue neutral carbon tax, and was also the first jurisdiction on the continent to become carbon neutral across its public sector and remains the only carbon-neutral province or state in North America.

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Peru Plans Carbon Limits Focused on Deforestation

BusinessWeek.com
December 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Peru is working on protecting its tropical rain forests and better managing agriculture, which account for the bulk of its climate-warming emissions. Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said the measures will be the cornerstone of Peru’s contribution to a global climate deal that envoys from more than 190 nations will attempt to broker in Paris at the end of next year. “It’s clear that 60 percent of Peru’s emissions are linked to agriculture and forests, so obviously the biggest focus of our national contribution will concentrate on those tasks,” Pulgar-Vidal said in an interview Lima, which is hosting the last major round of United Nations climate talks before the Paris meeting.

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The Forest That Fights Climate Change

Huffington Post
December 3, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When we think about causes of climate change, we think smokestacks and tailpipes… Yet a major driver of global warming consistently goes under the radar: the destruction of natural ecosystems, especially rainforests. Forests, it turns out, are heavy hitters in atmospheric cycles… The Earth’s remaining forests contain about 860 billion tons of carbon — more than the entire atmosphere. But there’s a catch: Forests only store that carbon while they’re standing. Since 2000, we’ve leveled a net 1.5 million square kilometers (about 579,000 square miles) of forests. In Indonesia, Brazil and scores of other countries, forests are cut for timber or fuelwood, cleared for grazing cattle or planting crops like oil palm, and crisscrossed by new roadways.

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