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Daily Archives: December 5, 2014

Opinion / Editorial

When David Meets Goliath: Help Us Support Your Community

December 5, 2014
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

The coastal forest industry needs to attract and train 4,700 men and women from BC’s coastal communities by 2022 in order to meet anticipated demand. But there’s something standing in our way. These jobs are steady, well-paying jobs that allow people in rural coastal communities to work where they live and be a part of their hometown. However, BC forest contractors are struggling to sustain themselves and as a result are struggling to support recruitment for these jobs. This isn’t the sustainability story you usually hear about—environmental sustainability. This is business sustainability which is just as important but much less talked about… A global economic recession in 2008 led to contractors accepting lower rates in order to survive. Six year later, rates have not rebounded with markets. Everyone took a hit, but some say the hardest hit were BC’s logging contractors.

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Froggy Foibles

Yak Dung Is Making Climate Change Worse

Seriously – we don’t make this stuff up!
Slate.com
December 4, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Tibet — Yak dung, when used as fuel, is arguably dirtier than coal but is definitely much cheaper. Particulate pollution from burning animal dung greatly increases the risk of lung cancer and other respiratory ailments, the occurrence of which can be slowed by switching to cleaner ways of heating homes.

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Business & Politics

Canadian lumber output increased in September

Lesprom
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian lumber output jumped sharply from August to September, putting the total through three quarters at 18.6 billion board feet (bbf), 1% ahead of the year-earlier pace. In September, mills produced 2.1 bbf, 9% more than the previous month and 6% more than the same month a year earlier, Random Lengths reports. Quebec gained 21% from August to 464 million board feet, although the total of 3.9 bbf through September was just 1% ahead of a year earlier.

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Lakeland looks for fresh start

Prince George Citizen
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The people behind Lakeland Mills are hoping to make the best of a bad situation when they start the sawmill next week. …During a Wednesday morning tour of the nearly finished reconstruction, mill management pointed out a variety of new safety and dust mitigation features that will be the new normal at Lakeland. The whole mill was designed with dust mitigation in mind, said plant manager Marc Witte, who came on board in August. For example, windows are mounted on the inside of walls to eliminate sills on which dust can collect, the walls are filled with mineral wool insulation so that little, if any, dust creeps in and stacks up and the operator control room’s walls go right to the ceiling to help reduce any internal roofs.

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Horgan has good words to say about Lakeland and Lyn Hall

Prince George Free Press
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP leader John Horgan was wowed by Lakeland Mills’ new sawmill. “I was extremely impressed with the anti-dust measures that have been implemented,” he said following a tour of the new mill Tuesday. “When you can build with a mind to what has happened in the past, I was very impressed.” The mill, which was destroyed by an explosion and fire April 23, 2012, has been rebuilt and will start production on Monday.

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Ontario Anti-SLAPP Will Hit Small Forestry Business Hard

Net News Ledger
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFlA) is extremely concerned that Ontario Premier Wynne has reintroduced her anti-SLAPP legislation this week. She suggests she is protecting the freedom of expression when in fact she is supporting well-financed special interest groups, like Greenpeace, by providing them the freedom to slander. OFlA President and CEO, Jamie Lim, stated, ‘We cannot understand why the Premier would reintroduce a Bill that protects environmental special interest companies like Greenpeace allowing them to spread damaging misinformation without being held accountable. These ENGO companies are launching attacks on Ontario’s renewable resource and destroying the social and economic fabric of Northern and Rural Ontario communities.’

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Town pleased by mill heating

Fort Frances Times
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Town of Fort Frances is optimistic the assets pertinent to the sale of the local kraft mill are being heated to a degree that likely will maintain them in a saleable condition. “This is an important step in what will be many to secure a new buyer for the facility,” Mayor Roy Avis said yesterday afternoon. “The prices for forest products are strong and we have seen significant interest by potential buyers,” he noted. “We will use the winter to work with the minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, First Nations, Métis, unions, and Resolute Forest Products to facilitate that sale,” the mayor added.

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Questions linger over mill heating

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

Resolute Forest Products has said it will be heating “critical” areas of the mill to allow it to restart if a successor owner is found, but Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis feels there are questions he wants answered. “I know they’re going to put it in asset protection mode. [But] I really don’t know what that means—what parts they’re heating, whether they’re heating at all, whether they’re not,” said Mayor Avis. “We’re tying to find out exactly what that means.” The mayor feels the mill being in asset protection mode does not have to do with Fire Chief Frank Sheppard serving a number of orders to the mill manager regarding concerns about the fire protection system.

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Port Hawkesbury marks two-plus years without a lost time injury

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

Port Hawkesbury Mill recently celebrated two years in business, since restarting the mill in September 2012; and has surpassed the two year mark of zero lost time workplace injuries.
The company tracks this key metric on a daily basis; it is the measurement of lost time any employee experiences as a result of a workplace injury. This information is also shared daily within the mill, and tracked weekly as a KPI – Key Performance Indicator. In an industrial environment, employees are working in and around heavy and highly technical equipment, moving machinery, steam and electricity. All of these factors increase the level of risk and reinforces the importance of working safely.

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Industry, First Nations both win from negotiations 10

Timmins Press
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Resource developers and First Nations can find common ground when it comes to the creation of projects on traditional Native lands. The main ingredient to successful partnerships that benefit everybody seems to be respect. I have watched First Nations all across Canada interact with resource developers and often there are problems. The main problems seem to stem from the lack of communication between all of the parties involved. When First Nations, resource developers and governments come together in respect for one another and with a will to share in resource development wealth usually good things happen.

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Resolute Forest to cut 300 jobs from Ontario, Quebec newsprint operations

Canadian Press
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. is reducing its capacity for making newsprint at three mills in Ontario and Quebec, at a cost of 300 jobs overall as it copes with reduced demand for that kind of paper. The biggest impact will be at a mill in Iroquois Falls, Ont., that employs 180 people. It will close permanently on Dec. 22. The other 120 jobs are affected by the permanent closures of paper-making machines in Baie-Comeau, Que., and Clermont, Que. The Baie-Comeau machine is already idled while the Clermont machine will be permanently closed near the end of January.

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Korbel sawmill to close in February leaving more than 100 unemployed

23 KAEF TV
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KORBEL, Calif. – California Redwood Company announced Thursday that it intends to close down operation of its Korbel, California sawmill in February 2015. It said the mill was built for redwood but tried to make a go cutting douglas fir. It said it hasn’t been able to profit cutting douglas fir. The California Redwood Company said 106 people will lose their jobs. It said most of those jobs are at the Korbel facility. It said several of those jobs are also held by those who work in lumber sales and work out of Eureka and Arcata. “We have made the difficult decision to move toward an indefinite shutdown of Korbel in February. 

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State Police: 3 loggers die in crash on Roseburg Forest Products land

KPIC.com
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WALTON, Ore. – Three loggers died on their way to work Tuesday when the truck they were in crashed in heavy fog, rolling 300 feet down a steep hillside, Oregon State Police said. The crash killed the driver – Alejandro B. Cambray, 36, of Eugene – and two passengers: Ruben M. Benito, 26, and Bradley D. Yonker, 41, both of Springfield. Police said it appears neither Benito nor Yonker was wearing a seatbelt. Two passengers survived: Armando Salgado-Gomez, 25, and Jose Guiterrez-Gomez, 23, both of Springfield. The two men walked back up to the roadway and summoned help after the crash, police said.

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Economic analysis buoys Utah federal land transfer advocates

Billings Gazette
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Advocates of transferring federal lands to the state of Utah figure a 780-page economic analysis bolsters their cause. They’re so buoyed by economists’ conclusions — that the state could break even or possibly make a little money managing public lands — they plan to hire an outside attorney to advise them on how to proceed with the plan… Commission members suggested their own ideas Wednesday for making up the difference in lean oil and gas years — including revitalizing the timber industry and mining for rare earth minerals. The cost of fighting wildfires also is unpredictable and expensive.

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California firm submits winning bid for East Millinocket mill at $5.4M

Bangor Daily News
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BANGOR, Maine — A California investment firm that liquidated the only papermaking facility it ever owned successfully bid $5.4 million for the shuttered Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket on Tuesday. Sharon Kopman, who bid on behalf of Hackman Capital Partners of California, said that finding an operator to reopen the paper mill is an option. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the privately held, asset-based investment firm owns 25 million square feet of industrial property throughout the country but does not operate any paper mills, she said.

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As mill shuts down, Bucksport braces for impact of eerie quiet

Production ends on the last of Verso’s paper machines, and the unthinkable becomes real in the town of 5,000 on the Penobscot River.
Portland Press Herald
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUCKSPORT — The industrial hum can be heard downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods. The hum is ever-present because production never stops at the massive paper mill at the edge of the Penobscot River. It’s been this way for generations.But the hum became less noticeable this week when workers shut down two of the mill’s three paper production lines. Early Friday, workers on the overnight shift were scheduled to shut down the mill’s last paper machine, the 84,000-ton B1. Then Bucksport will be quiet. “It’s eerie,” Ryan Pickoski, a fourth-generation millworker, said of the atmosphere inside the mill with two machines already shut down.

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Forestry Tasmania asks the public to have faith in its future

ABC News, Australia
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is asking Tasmanians to have faith the company will eventually return to profitability. Chairman of the state-owned forester Bob Annells said the loss-making company had fundamentally changed how it does business. He told a parliamentary hearing he was optimistic a long spell of tough times for the timber sector will soon end. “But I guess it’s a question of faith,” Mr Annells admitted. The Government has confirmed a $30 million equity transfer will keep
Forestry Tasmania solvent, as it borrows up to $31 million this
financial year to stay afloat.

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Forestry exit money redirected (video)

ABC News, Australia
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Up to Tasmanian 15 companies will share in about $4 million in funding originally earmarked to help contractors exit the timber industry, but is now being directed at rebuilding it.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Reclaimed wood breathes new life into home decor

Vancouver Sun
December 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s Pacific Design Lab specializes in hand-crafted furniture and custom-fit interiors for businesses such as Earls restaurant chain and Kitsilano’s Nook Restaurant. The company’s commercial-grade cutting boards are found in restaurants such as Meat & Bread … Alanna Rogers, who runs the business along with her partners Brandon Nobbs and Darren Elliott, chatted with The Sun about PDL’s quick success since launching a year ago.What we love the most about wood is that it has so much life in it.

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B.C. Building Code changes take aim at energy efficiency

Several changes to B.C.’s building code are set to take place Dec. 19.
Journal of Commerce
December 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada West

The changes are intended to help support better building practices, including improved energy efficiency in homes. …The amendments include adopting the 2012 National Building Code for energy efficiency in housing and small buildings. The new code provisions will set a minimum standard for insulation performance, heating and cooling systems, hot water tanks and the performance of doors, windows and skylights.

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Are “Plyscrapers” Coming to Your City?

Sourceable
December 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Though the pace of adoption remains slow compared to conventional materials, engineered lumber is starting to make make headway for use in taller wooden buildings, sometimes called “plyscrapers.” …According to civil engineer and CLT expert Kris Spickler of Structurlam Products in Penticton, Canada, several myths abound regarding CLT due to builders and architects knowing little about it. For instance, it is often assumed that cost must be higher than concrete and steel. On the contrary, thanks to faster installation than concrete, a CLT system may cut installation cost by half.

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Construction growth boosts UK wood flooring demand

IHB The Timber Network
December 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In the absence of a large domestic wood floor manufacturing sector, the UK is a large consumer of imported wood flooring. UK consumption trends in 2014 have been more positive than in other parts of Europe, driven by strong activity in the construction sector and rising consumer confidence. The latest Construction Trade Survey undertaken by the UK Construction Production Association (CPA) reports that construction activity increased again in the third quarter of 2014, the sixth consecutive rise in activity. …Signs of mounting confidence in the UK’s flooring sector were apparent at the 52nd edition of The Flooring Show, the UK’s longest – established and only national flooring event held in Harrogate from 21-23 September.

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GAIA Awards Recognize Trex for Its Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Outdoor Living Products

Stockhouse
December 4, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing recently received top honors at the GAIA Awards, the Middle East’s premier awards program for sustainable, eco-friendly building products and manufacturers. Out of nearly 200 nominees, Trex was among just 12 finalists recognized for exemplary green building credentials. …Introduced to the Middle East region in 2011, Trex® has been well-received as a product of choice for numerous high-profile projects, including the lavish outdoor space of the Dubai JW Marriot Marquis, the world’s tallest hotel. …The GAIA Awards are recognized as one of the industry’s most respected awards honoring those construction equipment and products that have truly integrated the concept of moving toward a more sustainable built environment.

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Take a peek at the latest installations from Hello Wood

Design Milk
December 3, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Hello Wood is an architecture camp in Hungary that brings together over 100 architecture students for a weeklong immersion with their craft. Students are challenged to create and execute ideas with their mentors based on a central theme – this year’s was “BALANCE, something we have lost in our modern lives.” A few years ago we featured the Tiger installation, but this year we take a look at all the awe-inspiring installations from this year.

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Forestry

Audit of Burns Lake Specialty Wood Finds Problems

BC Forest Practices Board
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A report released today concludes that Burns Lake Specialty Wood complied with most requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, but failed to comply with Wildfire Act requirements to assess and reduce fire hazards after logging. … The company harvested 90,000 cubic metres of timber from eight cutblocks. Problems found included planting the incorrect type of tree seedlings in some locations, failing to carry out commitments to prevent the spread of invasive plants, and failing to assess and remove slash and debris that pose fire hazards.

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Watershed action urgent: Fraser

Alberni Valley Times
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“The time to act is now” was the message delivered by outgoing Shawnigan Lake director Bruce Fraser on protecting the Alberni Valley’s watershed. Bruce delivered that message to a packed Search and Rescue Hall that included local residents, Island Timberlands representatives and city officials during a watershed forum organized by the Watershed-Forest Alliance and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser. Bruce Fraser said that the concerns he’s heard voiced in the Alberni Valley about watershed protection are similar to the worries people are having all around the province, as well as the issues he dealt with in Shawnigan Lake.

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Editorial: First Nations land issue must be top of agenda

Claims include municipal lands, Stanley Park and $2 billion in cash
Vancouver Sun
December 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Regardless of the merits of the recent and as yet legally untested claim by a small group in Delta that is asserting aboriginal title to a vast area of southern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, including the iconic Stanley Park, it should nevertheless serve as a wakeup call for provincial, federal and First Nations governments that all too happily play politics when their people want solutions. …The claim raises serious and legitimate issues about the nature of a state’s subsequent recognition of pre-existing aboriginal status and to whom federally-protected constitutional rights should apply.

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Rock blasting heard around city

Island Timberlands warns of explosions over next few weeks as the company builds logging roads
Alberni Valley Times
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rumblings from the surrounding hills could become a regular occurrence for Port Alberni residents over the next few weeks as a forestry company conducts blasting operations to build logging roads. Island Timberlands announced road construction activities are underway for the first three weeks of December, entailing the blasting and hammering of rock to create material for forestry road beds and surfaces. In an advertisement in the Times last week, the company said there will be up to two explosions a day on weekdays in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours.

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Liberal ‘Grinches’ disrespecting Christmas trees, PC leader says

Timmins Press
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree got more respect. The provincial legislature has now passed up several opportunities to declare the first Saturday in December official Christmas Tree Day in Ontario. Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson said his simple private member’s bill has fallen victim to the usual horse-trading politics at Queen’s Park and keeps getting chopped.

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OFA study finds rural communities shortchanged by province

QMI Agency
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is hoping a new study on property taxes will spark some discussion on rural infrastructure funding.The study delves into the OFA’s contention that more property tax revenue is being diverted away from services related to property – infrastructure such as roads and bridges – and is going into financing public services for citizens. Ben Lefort, a policy researcher with the OFA, discussed his Cost of Community Service study at the Kent Federation of Agriculture’s annual meeting in Ridgetown on Thursday.

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FONOM – Hypocrisy in Action: Greenpeace Encouraging False Information Attack

Wawa News
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities is condemning Greenpeace Canada’s attempt to use false information to attack the business relationships of a major employer in Northern Ontario. Greenpeace Canada is asking its supporters to write false reviews to attack a corporation it dislikes as part of a campaign to disrupt Canada’s economic interests. The dirty tricks request is one of five “cyber-activist tasks” sent in a December 1st email by Aspa Tzaras to Greenpeace supporters. Tzaras, Greenpeace Canada’s Volunteer Coordinator, urges people to “Write a false product review on Best Buy’s website.”

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NB forestry plan will be re-evaluated

Atlantic Farm Focus
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s forestry plan will be re-evaluated by Premier Brian Gallant’s government to ensure it is as fair and as sustainable as possible. The reevaluation was mentioned in the throne speech that opened the first session of the 58th legislature in Fredericton on Dec. 3. The speech noted the Forestry Plan had received criticism from a number of sources including small independent operators.

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Waiting for 4FRI has gone on much too long

AZ Daily Sun
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part. And when it comes to landscape-level forest thinning and watershed restoration in northern Arizona, that’s a sentiment felt acutely. But now that the final EIS for Phase 1 of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative has been released, the anticipation is growing. The report analyzes the impact of the proposal on nearly a million acres across the Coconino and Kaibab national forests. Work is expected to finally swing into high gear next summer.

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Collaboration study says Montana conservation, industry groups make progress

The Missoulian
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Right behind an historic show of bipartisanship in the Montana congressional delegation, a new study of collaborative efforts in the state claims that playing nice together can reap big rewards. The “Collaboration at a Crossroads” report looked at 15 of the 37 active roundtables trying to fix land-use issues in Montana. Accomplishments ranged from 15,000 acres of noxious weed treatment backed by the Blackfoot Challenge to a dozen detailed recommendations for the Flathead National Forest management plan provided by the Whitefish Range Partnership.

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Spotted Lanternfly Threatens PA Lumber Industry

Woodworking Network
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG, PA — A new invasive species, the Asian Spotted Lanternfly, is threatening Pennsylvania’s $12 billion in pine and hardwood lumber sales. The invasive Asian insect was discovered in September in Berks County. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture imposed a quarantine in five townships and two boroughs in eastern Berks County to stop the spread of the fly. The insect has been found on willow, maple, aspen and tulip poplar trees.

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SFI® Grant Encourages Private Landowners to Maintain Forest Corridors in North Carolina’s Cape Fear Arch

PR Newswire
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON — Connecting a network of private forests could help bears, wild turkeys and other species travel uninterrupted across parts of the Cape Fear Arch in southeastern North Carolina. A Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) Conservation and Community Partnership Grant is supporting landowner outreach by The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter to make this vision a reality… The underlying goal of the project is to promote long-term forest management and conservation on private lands,” said Dan Ryan, a Program Director with The Nature Conservancy.

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A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.
Yale Environment 360
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…It is a remarkable human recovery. But a closer look reveals something else just as remarkable. A few yards inland from the new post-tsunami coastline, on land left waterlogged by the killer wave, the survivors in this community have planted 70,000 mangrove trees. The trees are growing well, and villagers see them as protection against any future invasion from the ocean. “When the floods come again, the mangroves can save us,” says Hajamuddin. …The 5 million euro Green Coast project has given the people of Gle Jong something to believe in for the future. The trees are bringing a return of nature. Birds flock in the cool new forests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Cleantech start-up Diacarbon gets $2M EDC financing

Money will help fund a thermal biomass refinery to convert wood waste into low carbon bio-fuels
Canadian Manufacturing
December 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER—Vancouver-based Diacarbon Energy Inc. has received $2 million in financing from Export Development Canada. The money will help Diacarbon develop a thermal biomass refinery to convert wood waste into low carbon bio-fuels ready for distribution. The plant is planned for the interior of British Columbia. Diacarbon is a startup cleantech company producing wood pellets and developing torrefied biocoal, both of which can be used as a replacement for fossil coal. Since 2009, Diacarbon has focused its efforts on perfecting its biocoal product made from natural wood waste and now aims to demonstrate commercial scale production and distribution.

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Solar Fuel from Artificial Leaves at last.

Earthtimes.com
December 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Solar power is often associated with solar cells on your roof, but here are many ways in which to exploit that never-ending energy of our little star. Artificial leaves have quite a lengthy history, here described with platinum catalysts, as used in labs in Colorado and California. The leaf has been more admired recently than ever before, by the chemists struggling to use sunlight energy to prepare hydrogen, oxygen or even electricity. The catalytic equivalent of chlorophyll, which promotes the conversions first of water into oxygen and then hydrogen into carbohydrate, is slowly being worked out.

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Montana Western recognized for using energy from burning wood

Biomass Magazine
December 4, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recently presented the University of Montana Western with a plaque to honor the university’s commitment to wood energy… The DNRC presented the plaque as a way to recognize Montana Western’s efforts to use heat from burning wood and the leadership efforts by university administration to make the efforts successful. UMW has used wood heat to heat 23 to 75 percent of campus annually since 2007.

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