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Daily Archives: December 8, 2014

Opinion / Editorial

Forsite Expands Across Western Canada

Forsite Consultants Ltd.
December 8, 2014
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forsite Consultants Ltd., a specialist in forest management, is pleased to announce the opening of their new office in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Centrally located in the Forest Centre – Innovation Place, the office is strategically positioned alongside other forest professionals in the community. …“We are excited about the evolution of our company. This expansion represents a commitment to build on the success our team has had to date and increase our demonstrated focus on service”, says Forsite’s Cam Brown. “We have a strong team of experienced staff at our new Prince Albert office, with decades of experience in forest management, certification and GIS.”

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Business & Politics

Innovation key to sustainable lumber mills, says former Tembec CEO

Globe and Mail
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

There aren’t many people in Canada – if any – who understand the forest products business better than Frank Dottori. Mr. Dottori founded a company that grew into a giant and has been a strong advocate of sustainable forestry. He retired from Tembec in 2005, but now, at age 75, he’s involved in the resurrection of a closed Domtar Corp. mill in White River, Ont. He spoke with The Globe and Mail’s Greg Keen and David Parkinson about the decline in the industry and how innovation is essential.

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Canada lumbering toward another softwood lumber agreement

Troy Media
December 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…One area where the lower dollar has great potential to do harm is in the forest sector, especially with respect to softwood lumber. Lumber is important to the economy across Canada and has always been a mainstay in British Columbia. As we wait to see how much and how soon developments will occur in LIG and other sectors, a gently reviving forest industry is supporting the B.C. economy. But a big threat now looms over a major component of the forest industry in Canada and B.C. That threat is the fast approaching expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. with the United States. Last September, the US took 59 per cent of B.C.’s softwood lumber exports – down from earlier years, but still the lion’s share. 

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First Nations pursue part ownership of resource projects in northern B.C.

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

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – First Nations chiefs in British Columbia’s resource-rich north have banded together to pursue ownership of liquefied natural gas, mining and forestry projects. Thirty-six hereditary and elected chiefs have signed an agreement to collectively benefit from resource development in their traditional territories. Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation said Friday that a meeting to sign the agreement was triggered by concerns around consultation and environmental regulation of resource extraction. He said at least six more chiefs are expected to sign the agreement in the coming days.

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Lakeland Returns to Work Today

250 News
December 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – This morning at 7, Lakeland Mills employees will be returning to the sawmill to resume operations for the first time since the explosion in April of 2012 which claimed the lives of Glenn Roche and Alan Little and left two dozen other workers injured. While numerous employees have been on the job since the blast, involved in clean up or construction, today is the first day the two shifts will report to work, and the first job is all about focusing on safety. “We want to make sure everyone has the same information, has been given the same training on all the new equipment” says Marc Whitte, plant manager at Lakeland.

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MLA Doug Routley says log exports costing forestry jobs in BC (radio)

97CoastFM
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With news Western Forest Products is shutting down its Ladysmith sawmill indefinitely, the NDP’s deputy Forests Critic is placing the blame squarely on the Liberal government. Around 70 workers will be affected by the shutdown. Around 70 workers will be affected. WFP’s Nanaimo sawmill is also closing this month; permanently. Nanaimo North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley says the export of logs needs to be cut way back.

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Pulp towns’ challenge: Creating new industries from ashes of old

Globe and Mail
December 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Kitimat’s challenge is one familiar in shuttered paper mill towns across the country – how to create new industries from the ashes of an old one. Communities are racing to attract investors to put their closed mills, often in choice industrial locations with ready-made infrastructure, to uses that give new hope to their local economies. …“It’s not easy to just bring a new industry in,” says Bruce McIntyre, the head of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Canadian forestry group in Vancouver. “You’ve got to go with the resources you’ve got.” …“Innovation is the engine of the future – maximizing the value of the fibre,” says Catherine Cobden, executive vice-president at the Forest Products Association of Canada.

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Tembec back in blackout

The Nuggest
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Both sides are back in a blackout as round two is underway in Gatineau. But this time Tembec management from France is joining in on the talks. Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233, representing 650 Tembec workers, confirmed both sides agreed to another blackout in hopes of reaching a contract agreement. A blackout prevents both sides from talking to anyone including media about what is happening at the negotiating table. When The Nugget asked Gauthier if he will remain in Gatineau over the weekend, he confirmed that he would be. No further information was released. It’s also unclear how far away they are from reaching an agreement.

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Tembec talks continue over the weekend

Bay Today
December 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec and its employees are continuing to talk in hopes of getting the 650 company employees currently on strike back to work.  The union began talks with Tembec officials on Friday and talks will continue throughout the weekend President of Unifor Local 233 Roger Gauthier told BayToday.ca Sunday morning.  According to the company’s website, the forest products manufacturer sent a letter to the Union on December 3rd inviting them to return to the negotiating table.  “The emails that were transferred back and forth Tuesday give me the indication that they’re ready to negotiate seriously, and we are as well,” said Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233 told BayToday.ca’s Liam Berti on Thursday. 

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Paper trail: The decline of Canada’s forestry industry

Globe and Mail
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For almost a century, the pulp and paper mill that hugs a sharp bend in the Rainy River in Fort Frances, Ont., provided work for members of Bob Armit’s family. Mr. Armit’s grandfather, Ed Calder, helped build the mill more than 100 years ago. His father, Charles Armit, worked in the mill’s logging camp and later became an accountant at the mill. Bob Armit worked there for 28 years and his son Victor another 16. But Victor may be the end of the line. After idling one of the plant’s three paper machines in 2012, Resolute Forest Products Inc. officially announced the closing of the operation on May 6, eight days before the facility’s 100th anniversary.

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Resolute shuts Iroquois Falls mill, affecting 180 workers

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

Roughly 180 people in Iroquois Falls will lose their jobs three days before Christmas with the closure of Resolute Forest Products. The newsprint mill is the town’s largest employer. The company announced Friday morning that it will close the site permanently on Dec.22, after more than 100 years in operation. In a press release issued Friday, Resolute cited a downturn in the global paper market and pointed a finger at environmental groups for “ill-founded attacks” on the forestry industry.

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Northern Municipality Hit Hard as a Result of Forestry Sector Challenges

Wawa News
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is saddened to hear of the recent announcement by Resolute Forest Products that they will permanently close the newsprint mill in Iroquois Falls on December 22, 2014. Forestry companies that operate across northern Ontario continue to face challenges, including fibre-related issues, market circumstances, and attacks from environmental groups.

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Resolute does not need our help

Chronicle Journal
December 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

I attended Resolute Forest Products’ Boreal Forum on Nov. 25. According to Resolute, we were invited for “a community discussion on the future of the Ontario boreal forest and the role it will play in the future prosperity of Northern Ontario.” I believed I was attending an event designed to hear the voices of northern citizens, like me. I was seriously misled.
Instead, I spent almost two hours listening to the president and CEO of Resolute, Richard Garneau, tell me that because his company generates employment in my community, I should back them in their public fight with Greenpeace. Sure, there were other element to his presentation, but his take home message was clear.

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Resolute Forest to cut 300 jobs in Quebec, Ontario

Canadian Press
December 6, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is closing a newsprint mill in Ontario and permanently idling paper machines at two Quebec mills as it sheds 300 jobs. The biggest impact will be at a mill in Iroquois Falls, Ont., which employs 180 people and will close permanently on Dec. 22. The other 120 jobs are affected by the permanent closures of paper-making machines in BaieComeau and Clermont, Que. The cuts will reduce Resolute’s capacity for making newsprint by 465,000 tonnes as the company struggles with reduced demand, higher costs and the negative impact of campaigns by environmental groups.

‘Deceptive’ activists to blame for crippling Ont. town, CEO says from The QMI Agency

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Black offers to host meeting with Premier in wake of mill closure

Timmins Press
December 7, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Timmins Mayor Steve Black is urging the Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of her cabinet to hold a meeting in Timmins where they could discuss the economic future of this region. Black issued the “open invitation” on Friday — the same day Resolute Forest Products announced that it will permanently close its paper mill in Iroquois Falls. In his letter addressed to Wynne, Black wrote, “This is a devastating blow to our neighbours and saddens municipal representatives across the region as the impact will stretch beyond municipal boundaries.”

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U.S. Hardwood Plywood Imports Drop 11% in August

WoodWorking Network
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. imports of hardwood plywood fell by 11 percent to 236,507 cubic meters during the month of August, according to a report by the International Tropical Timber Organization. Coalition for Fair Traded of hardwood Plywood Year-to-date hardwood plywood imports of 1,951,596 cubic meters were only 5 percent higher than in August in 2013, the report said. The biggest decline in imports was from China.. Imports from China were 134,320 cubic meters, a drop of 22 percent from July imports. Imports from China remained higher overall than during the same time period in 2013, which is attributable to the antidumping investigation, according to the report.

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Oregon mill closed; workers seeking new jobs

Associated Press
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — For Joel and Maria Hernandez, the recent layoff at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville was doubly painful. Both worked at the mill and were among a steady stream of former workers Thursday at a job fair in the Crook County Fairgrounds. The company and the Oregon Employment Department put on the event, which drew more than 30 companies. Joel Hernandez was a cutter at the mill for eight years, The Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1q1QDzX ) newspaper reported. What kind of work is he looking for? “Well, any,” he said. Late last month, the company said that it would close the plant because heavy snow had collapsed a roof in the section where cutting and ripping equipment started the work of turning lumber into windows and doors.

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Unprofitable Korbel sawmill to close, 106 employees lose jobs

Eureka Times-Standard
December 5, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The California Redwood Company will close down its last remaining California sawmill in February 2015, putting over 100 people out of a job and ending the company’s half-century-long involvement in lumber manufacturing. The decision to close the Korbel sawmill was not easy, Douglas Reed, president of CRC’s parent company Green Diamond Resource Company, said in a press release. “The shutdown in February will mean the loss of jobs for many skilled, valuable and loyal employees,” Reed said. “I assure you, I don’t take these decisions lightly. Ultimately, though, this move will focus our attention on the core business of managing our California timberlands.”

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Number of Arkansas Christmas tree farms cut by half

High Plains Journal
December 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Santa may have fewer Arkansas-grown trees to stow his presents this year, with the latest Census of Agriculture showing the number of Christmas tree farms in Arkansas declining sharply from 59 in 2007 to just 29 in 2012. The Census of Agriculture shows the number of acres devoted to Christmas trees in Arkansas also declined from 562 in 2007 to 227 in 2012. Oregon is the top Christmas tree state, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, with 1,517 farms on 53,605 acres. North Carolina was second with 1,370 farms on 40,352 acres and Pennsylvania third with 1,360 farms on 31, 577 acres.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Success with wood-frame buildings good for Ontario

Midrise buildings in Sweden and Denmark bring people, businesses and a new vibrancy to their neighbourhoods.
Toronto Star
December 6, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sometimes, the best way to learn is to get out and see what others are doing. When it comes to the detailed work involved in constructing six-storey wood-frame buildings — which Ontario builders will be able to do in the new year — we can turn to a number of European cities that have been doing it for decades. We did just that when I travelled to Copenhagen on an educational housing tour a few years ago with a group of industry professionals from across the GTA. We saw first-hand how midrise buildings in Sweden and Denmark bring people, businesses and a new vibrancy to their neighbourhoods.

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Wisconsin tops the nation in wood furniture manufacturing employment

The Daily News
December 5, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s high quality hardwoods, beautiful pines and skilled workforce helped the state secure the top ranking nationwide in wood furniture manufacturing employment. While other states saw wood furniture industry employment decline, Wisconsin manufacturers increased employment slightly, to 4,144 in 2013, up from 4,040 in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly census of employment and wages. The employment category covers non-upholstered wood furniture.

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The Revival of the Softwood Fiber-Based Forest Industry in The Nordic Countries

Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International LLC
PRLog
December 8, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The pulp and paper industry in the Nordic countries has started to see a new dawn with a growing demand for pulp and paper products made from long wood fiber from the vast conifer forests in Northern Europe. Just over the past few months, there have been a number of announcements in investments made by forest companies in Finland, Norway and Sweden totaling close to three billion dollars, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. The primarily end-products will be softwood market pulp and virgin fiber-based container board, but major investments are also being consider in increasing the utilization of forest biomass for energy on a larger scale. … these ruminations are a sign that the forest industry in this part of the world sees the future in a much brighter light than just a few years ago.

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Forestry

Weyerhaeuser, government sign provincial park logging agreement

Global News
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

REGINA – The forest at Duck Lake provincial park is undergoing a renewal. Weyerhaeuser and the Saskatchewan government have signed a 10-year agreement that will see logging operations commence this winter. The first of its kind agreement in the province will see ecologically responsible logging operations emulate natural growth patterns of the forest. In total, approximately 10,000 hectares in the north half of the park will be renewed. 

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Cabinet Appoints Three To Forest Practices Board, Including Nelson’s Marlene Machmer

Castlegar Source
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nelson’s Marlene Machmer, R.P.Bio, is one of three members appointed to the Forest Practices Board by the BC Cabinet. Angeline Nyce, RPF, and current board member Bill Dumont, RPF, reappointed to a two-year term, joins Machmer on the board. Nyce and Machmer are appointed to two-year terms. “I am very pleased to see Bill Dumont reappointed, and I welcome Marlene Machmer and Angeline Nyce to the board,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. …Machmer is a resident of Nelson, B.C., where she owns a consulting firm. She is an ecologist with 25 years experience in environmental impact assessment, management, inventory, restoration and stewardship in B.C.

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Lighting the Tree in Celebration of Forest Education

Canada Newswire press release
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Today, a seasonal icon from Ontario’s north illuminated the halls of Queen’s Park. The annual lighting of the Lieutenant Governor’s Christmas tree, a 14 foot Fraser fir provided by Forests Ontario and grown by our partners at Somerville Nurseries in Alliston, Ontario, was decorated with lights and baubles. The lighting ceremony was hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. During the ceremony, Forests Ontario recognized the Ontario government’s continued support for our forests and forestry sector. Forests Ontario’s President Steve Hounsell thanked Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell for her support and pledged to plant a tree in Her Honour’s name this spring.

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MacPhail Woods moves from protection to restoration

CBC News
December 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

P.E.I.’s MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project is taking a step forward in its management of the Island’s forests.A new project called Restore an Acre aims to move the group beyond its traditional role in caring for about 800 hectares of the province’s forest land. “We kind of came up with the idea last winter,” said forest manager Daniel McRae. “There’s various adopt an acre programs, and we realized that we wanted to kind of take that one step further and not just protect and conserve, but actually restore the forests that we manage for the province.”

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Greenpeace Destroys Greenest Workforce

OFIA
December 4, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is extremely concerned that 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. Ontario’s renewable resource sector is in full recovery adding thousands of new direct green jobs each year. Forestry companies in Ontario have announced recent investments of hundreds of millions in new facilities and expanded capacity.

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Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests

Associated Press
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The age of forest landowners across the country is increasing and the size of parcels they own is shrinking — and that has state, federal and private experts fearing for the long-term health of millions of acres of American woodlands. The concerns of forestry professionals are more subtle than the typical worries over large-scale development: as the parcels of land get smaller the people who own them might not have the same commitment to the forests as the previous landowners. …Owners of smaller parcels are less likely to invest in a forestry management plans, and managing for wildlife is more difficult than on larger plots, Sisock [University of Vermont professor] said. 

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Hebgen-area logging project faces another delay

Billings Gazette
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A long-delayed logging project near the west shore of Hebgen Lake has hit another snag. In an order signed Friday, U.S. District Court judge Brian Morris of Great Falls has instructed the Gallatin National Forest to conduct a “site-specific biological opinion” on how the Lonesome Wood 2 logging project would affect grizzly bears and lynx. The Lonesome Wood project, located about 12 miles west of West Yellowstone, was first proposed in 2008 but had to be re-analyzed after grizzly bears were re-listed as a threatened species. The area is close to the bears’ core habitat in southwest Montana, the expansive Greater Yellowstone Area.

Hebgen Lake timber project on hold after judge’s ruling from The West Yellowstone News

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Lands bill illustrates benefits of compromise

Helena Independent Record
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week Montanans got to witness something we haven’t seen in several years — our Congressional delegation standing together to announce new, bipartisan land use legislation. This week Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh, both Democrats, stood with Republican Steve Daines, our lone representative in the House and senator-elect to replace Walsh in January, to announce a lands bills that would protect the North Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier Park and the Rocky Mountain Front. The bill represents a compromise between the three politicians and, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama, will designate wilderness in Montana for the first time in more than 30 years.

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Time running out for O&C funds

The Mail Tribune
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With time running out on the lame duck 113th Congress, funds channeled to Oregon’s 18 O&C Lands counties haven’t found a place in the federal 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill. That means Jackson County is in danger of losing its share of $40 million of the Secure Rural Schools funds, which last fiscal year amounted to about $5 million. The impact on Jackson County, which applied the funds to the new Health and Human Services Building across from Medford City Hall, is minimal compared to Curry and Josephine counties, which rely heavily on such dollars. “We don’t factor that money into the budget,” said Jackson County Commissioner John Rachor.

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Land Sell-Off Brings Scrutiny To Planning The Elliott State Forest’s Future

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon State Land Board is meeting in Salem Tuesday to discuss options for increasing revenues from the Elliott State Forest. Keeping the forest in public or tribal hands tops the list. But Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman Julie Curtis does warn that future land sales are not completely off the table. Timber harvests on the Elliott have historically produced funding for Oregon’s $1.2 billion Common School Fund, which generates money for schools. But harvests declined in 2013 because of endangered species concerns, and the forest began losing money.

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Southern Oregon forest ills need a faster fix than ecology can provide

Herald and News
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The announcement that forests are sickly in the Blue Mountains and elsewhere in the drier sections of the Northwest hardly qualifies as news. The problems — unnatural epidemics of insects and disease, massive wildfires — are as blatant as a bolt of lightning, and have been so for at least a few decades. But a recent study brings a fresh, albeit troubling, perspective to the problem. The report, co-written by ecologists from the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, was published in the journal of Forestry and Ecology Management. Among the authors’ conclusions are that at the current pace of forest restoration on national forests in the region, the job will take more than half a century to finish. That’s too slow.

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Montana wilderness bill a product of last-minute horse-trading; Senate vote this week

The Missoulian
December 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Years of legislative wrangling squeezed down to hours of last-minute negotiating to get a bundle of Montana land bills into the National Defense Authorization Act last week. …For Montana Democratic senators Jon Tester and John Walsh, the legislative work started in October. But the final horse-trading took place just days before all three members of the congressional delegation stood together to announce their achievement on Wednesday. And even after they shook hands, other national forces threatened to pull the omnibus apart before it can reach President Barack Obama’s desk. “There are folks here that are still playing games,” Tester said Friday. “But we hope we can get this across the finish line.”

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NC State’s deal to sell Hofmann Forest is off

WRAL.com
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Raleigh, N.C. — The Endowment Fund of North Carolina State University said Friday that a deal to sell the 79,000-acre Hofmann Forest near the coast is off after the two firms planning to buy the land couldn’t finalize the financial contingencies of the contract. The research forest will continue to be owned by the endowment fund for the benefit of the university’s College of Natural Resources, officials said, adding that the endowment board and the Natural Resources Foundation hope to find another buyer.

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Mont Alto forestry students conquer 135-foot yellow poplar in ‘Big Tree Climb’

Forest technology instructor Houghton leads arboriculture class in annual tradition
Penn State News
December 8, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On Dec. 5, Penn State Mont Alto forestry students climbed a 135-foot yellow poplar on the Penn State Mont Alto campus in a 20-year annual exercise of forest technology instructor Craig Houghton’s arboriculture class. “The Big Tree Climb culminates 15 weeks of students learning to safely and efficiently climb trees so they can properly care for them,” according to Houghton. The climb was assisted by two Mont Alto alumni: Dave Poe, Class of 1998, and Tyler Hoffman, Class of 2013, both of Cumberland Valley Tree Service. Houghton has coordinated this event since he started teaching at Penn State in 1993.

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New forestry commissioner appointed

Timber Trade Journal
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Dr Mary Barkham has been appointed as a forestry commissioner for England for a three-year term. Dr Barkham is an Oxfordshire-based independent consultant specialising in environmental research strategy, co-ordination and implementation. She has 14 years’ leadership experience in UK research councils, mainly the Natural Environment Research Council. From 2002-2010 she led the Environment Research Funders’ Forum, which co-ordinates environmental science in the UK.

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Selective logging misses the forest for the trees

Conservation Magazine
December 5, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Some four million square kilometers of Earth’s tropical forests have been designated for logging. That’s an area larger than the size of India. And that’s a problem for the wildlife that calls those forests home. Compromises in conservation have always been a tricky sell, because environmental harms have a way of rippling out beyond what’s predicted. Still, assuming that some logging is going to occur regardless of what’s optimal, some researchers argue that there are better and worse ways to go about it.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Energy coming out of the woodwork

Press Herald
December 7, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Yet few Mainers appreciate this clean, abundant source of renewable energy. One of our most important state industries just got a boost from the Environmental Protection Agency. Biomass – or, more simply, wood – has been heating Maine homes for generations. But few Mainers appreciate that woody material – mostly chips from harvesting residue – actually generates more than 20 percent of Maine’s total electricity and is second only to hydropower as the largest source of our renewable energy. We are putting to good use materials that often are left to decay or be discarded. …Biomass is important for another reason: That’s jobs.

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Amazon tribes’ forests are a vital carbon sink

The Ecologist
December 5, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As land rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly being violated, writes Tim Radford, new research shows that the planned destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a major threat not only to cultural identity but also to the global climate.Scientists in the US and Latin America have once again confirmed the importance of the Amazon rainforest as a planetary resource and as a carbon sink to store carbon drawn down from the atmosphere. Sadly, they have also confirmed, once again, that it is at risk.

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