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Business & Politics

Catalyst announces milestone in acquisition of paper mills in Maine and Wisconsin

Canada Newswire press release
December 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX: CYT) (“Catalyst”) announced today that an important milestone has been achieved in the previously announced acquisition by Catalyst of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine, USA from NewPage Corporation, NewPage Wisconsin System Inc. and Rumford Paper Company (the “Acquisition”). …”This Acquisition enhances our long-term competitiveness and is expected to make Catalyst a stronger company more effectively positioned for the future,” says Joe Nemeth, President and CEO.

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Newsprint outlook is dark with demand falling 12.2% in 2014

Montreal Gazette
December 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The North American newsprint industry’s November numbers confirm the long downward slide in domestic demand is accelerating and export markets are running into rising competition, creating a cloudy 2015 outlook. Canadian mills get some offset from the lower Canadian dollar, analysts said, but must deal with higher fibre and transportation costs. Lumber prices have improved with a rising U.S. housing market and paper pulp prices are stable, easing the pain for integrated companies. North American producers have already cut almost two million net tonnes of annual newsprint capacity during the past three years, led by Resolute Forest Products Inc., and there may be more cuts to come in 2015.

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Trevena to focus on ferries as vital part for BC economy

Campbell River Courier-Islander
December 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the year draws to a close, MLA Claire Trevena is concerned for her constituents who are facing ongoing struggles. Trevena acknowledged that the year has been energetic for forestry, calling it one of our core industries. “As always there is the sad irony that the logs are rolling out of our communities and passing empty mill sites,” she said. “Even the Neucel mill in Port Alice ended the year on a two-month shut down.”

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Mill closures will increase raw log exports

Letter by Chuck LeBlanc
Prince George Citizen
December 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recently Western Forest Products on Vancouver Island announced that they are indefinitely curtailing their operation at Ladysmith sawmill. This follows on the heels of an earlier announcement this year of a closure at their Nanaimo mill. So you may ask ? why would this matter to those of us in the North?? Western is the largest tenure holder on the Island with some 6 million cubic metres of wood. With the current legislation in this province, tenure holders are able to ship ?excess? logs out of province. Closing two more viable mills on the Island enables Western to ship even more ?excess? raw logs overseas.

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Western Forest Products Announces Board of Director Change

Market Wired
December 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western” or the “Company”) announced today that Mr. John B. Newman resigned from Western’s Board of Directors effective December 30, 2014. Mr. Newman had served as a director of the Company since July 2004. “The Board would like to sincerely thank Mr. Newman for his many years of service, important contributions, and counsel to the Board of Directors, management and the Company,” said Lee Doney, Chairman of the Board of Western.

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Lumber sexuality

Prince George Citizen
December 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor’s latest labour recruitment campaign is all about lumber sexuality. That’s right – lumber sexuality. The idea merited an essay in the online edition of The Atlantic about what it is (one word – lumbersexuality – according to them), the myths behind it and the cache it carries, particularly in urban centres. Forget the Old Spice guy because a man concerned about how he smells, especially while mocking other men for using lady soap, is of questionable manhood. Metrosexuals need not apply in their skinny fit suits and well-coifed hair. Older examples of outdoor masculinity have long gone stale and the Marlboro Man died of lung cancer long ago. Who’s back in style? Paul Bunyan and the lumber sexuality he represents.

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Atikokan entrepreneurs upbeat over Resolute’s new Sapawe sawmill

CBC News
December 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Business owners in Atikokan say they are feeling optimistic over news that Resolute Forest Products plans to open its new sawmill in nearby Sapawe. Ken Stonehouse, who runs a hardware store and lumber yard, said the opening of the Resolute mill should result in more construction in the area. “Anytime you see upbeat on things like this, you see us owning a hardware/lumber store, you see people now starting to spend money on their houses and everything else,” said the owner of Castle Building Centre. The community needs new industry to keep it sustainable Stonehouse added.

Canada’s newest sawmill on schedule for May from The Atikokan Progress

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Unhappy new year for Resolute workers

The Toronto Sun
January 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Christmas season was not so merry this year in three small communities of Ontario and Quebec. In early December, more than 300 workers at Resolute Forest Product’s paper mills lost their jobs in Iroquois Falls, Ont., as well as Clermont and Baie-Comeau, Quebec. It was quite dramatic for a majority of them, living in such remote areas. They had good, well-paying jobs in towns where there are few alternatives. One of the reasons they were let go is that Resolute had just lost a very important contract with Best Buy. The electronics giant decided to modify its policy of buying paper after an intense lobby by the environmentalist group Greenpeace Canada.

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Temporary Suspension of One of Resolute’s Two FSC Certificates in Quebec Extended

Canada Newswire press release
January 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) recently learned from a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada press release that FSC has requested that the Rainforest Alliance certification body extend the temporary suspension of one of Resolute’s two certificates in Quebec’s Lac-Saint-Jean region for six months, until July 2, 2015. “I am quite surprised by FSC Canada’s last-minute intervention, which to my knowledge is unprecedented,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer of Resolute.

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Jeb Bush stepping down from timber company board

Associated Press
December 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MIAMI — Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of timber company Rayonier Inc. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based firm said in a regulatory filing Monday that the former Florida governor would step down at the end of the year. Bush has been a director of Rayonier since 2008. The company, set up as a real estate investment trust, owns, leases or manages about 2.6 million acres of forests in the U.S. and New Zealand, according to its website. Bush’s move comes as he explores a presidential run and unwinds some of his business commitments.

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Business of the Year: SmartLam

Cross-laminated timber company continues to see major expansions, expects huge increases in production
Flathead Beacon
December 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – The plant at SmartLam near U.S. Highway 2 here smells of timber, friction heat, and sometimes, glue. But underneath these powerful scents, there’s an undercurrent of something else, something precious and rare for a business only in its second year of operation: the smell of success. In the last year, SmartLam, a cross-laminated timber production company, has started making profit, bumped up to full production, and made plans for a massive expansion that will increase production by at least four times. And the good news doesn’t stop there.

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Simpson Lumber employees hoping for the best following sale of sawmill

The Daily News
December 30, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Union officials and mill workers are optimistic yet nervous about Interfor’s pending acquisition of Simpson Lumber Company’s Longview sawmill. Ian Ford, a mill maintenance worker and plant chairmen for Woodworkers W536 IAM said, “I’m hopeful that it will be good for us (and) good for the employees there, but there’s also a lot of people that are nervous to keep their jobs.” Simpson struck a $94.7 million deal with Canada-based Interfor Corp. to sell four of Simpson’s sawmills, including the Longview mill. The purchases were announced Dec. 19.

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Log export prices rise again

AAP
December 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices have advanced for a fifth month as a decline in shipping costs bolstered local returns and offset weak prices from China, the country’s largest market. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $NZ101 ($A94) a tonne in December, from $98 a tonne in November, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The AgriHQ Log Price Indicator, which measures average log prices weighted by grade, advanced to 94 from 92.7 in November.

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Environmental Activists Criticize Paper Mill in Indonesia

Epoch Times
December 31, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The owner of the only mill in Indonesia equipped to produce dissolving pulp, Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), is being held out as emblematic of the risks the industry’s massive recent growth pose to endangered forests. Indonesia is not the world’s biggest producer of dissolving pulp, but TPL’s increasing presence in the dissolving pulp market is seen as a major threat to the forests of North Sumatra, where it has a forest concession area of nearly 200,000 hectares just south of the Leuser Ecosystem. The company is also accused of labor abuse practices and human rights violations on its plantation, which provides the lumber for its mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New rules could shift face of Toronto skyline, affordable housing

Metro News
January 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A small change to Ontario’s building code could have a big impact on residential growth in Toronto, experts say. New rules went into effect Thursday allowing developers to construct wood-frame buildings up to six storeys. The height restriction had previously been capped at four due to safety concerns. “Certain provinces, particularly B.C., have been pushing the boundaries in terms of getting larger and higher buildings made out of wood, and Ontario is finally catching on,” said Paul Stevens, a principal at ZAS Architects in Toronto.

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Stunning domed chapel of wood built for divine communion

Treehugger
December 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

From cross-laminated timber to high-rise wooden buildings, wood may be the greenest building material available, as it sequesters carbon for the building’s lifetime, and is a renewable resource. There are many ways to utilize it; Korean firm Shinslab Architecture created this impressive space for a Protestant and Presbyterian community of retired missionaries of the Nam Seoul Grace Church, in a mountainous, forested village south of the capital of Seoul.

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Forestry

Logging fatalities at all-time low in B.C.

by Gordon Hoekstra – Forest Safety Council says 2014 saw just three work-related deaths
Vancouver Sun
December 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The number of fatalities this year in the logging sector is the lowest ever in British Columbia, according to the B.C. Forest Safety Council. There were three on-the-job deaths in 2014, a number so low that the industry now has a goal to bring it to zero. That’s a big change from 2005, when more than 40 workers were killed in the forestry sector, sparking public outcry. A decade ago, 22 forestry workers died on average each year, the highest of any B.C. industry. Back then, the logging industry believed that this was dangerous work and workers were going to die occasionally or get severely injured.

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BEYOND THE HEADLINES: Time for a new approach

Vernon Morning Star
December 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new year is a time for reflection and to consider areas for self-improvement. …Case in point is B.C. Timber Sales, the provincial agency that’s initiated construction of a logging road on Cherryville’s Cherry Ridge for ultimate harvesting. The Ministry of Forests insists a proper process has been followed when it comes to engineering and selecting the site for the road. It also maintains that there is minimal risk of a landslide occurring and threatening property and lives in the valley bottom. …However, is just following standard procedures sufficient?

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Ontario gives green light to clearcutting at Grassy Narrows

Ministry of Environment rejects First Nations request for second look at forest management plan
CBC News
December 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has cleared the way for logging to resume near Grassy Narrows First Nation after rejecting the community’s request for an individual environmental assessment. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry had approved a new forest management plan in 2013 that includes cutting trees on the First Nation’s traditional territory. But the community, already a victim of historic mercury poisoning from a nearby pulp mill, was seeking a more thorough examination of the link between logging and mercury in the environment. Last week the First Nation in northwestern Ontario received a response saying the ministry was rejecting the request.

First Nation’s environmental assessment request denied by province from The TB News Watch

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Ontario Reports on State of Caribou

Taking a Balanced Approach to Species Protection and Economic Development
Government of Ontario
December 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is meeting its legislative requirement by reporting on five years of research, monitoring and assessment to promote the recovery of woodland caribou and support sustainable forest management. The State of the Woodland Caribou Resource Report shows how caribou are using the landscape, how their habitat is doing today and what factors are most likely to influence sustainable populations in our province. Ontario is also releasing documents that report on the condition of caribou ranges. Ontario’s new Range Management Policy is designed to address both provincial and federal requirements, and will assist industry in meeting forest certification that is increasingly needed in the North American and European marketplace.

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Lichen exploration conducted on PEI

Woodland lichen species ‘very much dependent on older forests’
Atlantic Farm Focus
December 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Summerside, PEI]- Dr. Troy McMullin, and technician, Rachel Deloughery, spent nearly three weeks on Prince Edward Island exploring 63 wild habitats looking for expected species still missing from the Island lichen list. Lichens are one of many groups of species that are understudied in the province, say the researchers. “If there is one thing to stress about woodland lichen species, it is that they are very much dependent on older forests” McMullin said. “Even though the forests have been cut several times on the Island, there are still forest fragments that are rich in older trees and rich in lichens.

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Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

Associated Press
December 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY, Ore. — Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in. John Day, a town of 1,700, nearly died two years ago. Its lifeblood, the sawmill, was about to close. So few logs were coming off the nearby Malheur National Forest, the mill’s owners decided it was time to shut down. But the mill and the town’s economy were rescued by a detente between the timber industry and environmentalists — foes since the battles over logging that erupted in the Pacific Northwest three decades ago. The sides uncovered a shared goal: thinning overgrown forests to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

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Beetle under construction for Bark Beetle Blues

Black Hills Fox
January 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In two weeks the town of Custer will be holding their annual Bark Beetle Blues Festival. Right now, the Burning Beetle is still under construction. Thursday, Bark Beetle volunteers Frank Carroll and Hank Fridell were putting a few touches on the 16–foot long Mountain Pine Beetle which will be set ablaze in a coupe of weeks. It takes about a dozen people several months to put the giant insect together.  Carroll says Custer was one of the areas worst hit and it’s difficult for people to deal with the impact the beetles have had.

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Spotted owl protection is not needed

The Porterville Reporter
December 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The move to have the Northern Spotted Owl placed on the endangered species list is just another ploy to halt all logging in the Sierra and to run out of the state the few remaining sawmills. This week, The Wild Life Institute and the John Muir Project petitioned to have the owl, which is found in most areas of the forest, placed under the federal Endangered Species Act. What that would mean is it would outlaw logging in all areas where the owl is found, which is everywhere. Environmentalists have been trying to destroy the logging industry in California for more than four decades and for the most part, they have succeeded.

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Central Oregon’s forest fire chief steps down

Craig Letz retires after 25-year federal career
The Bend Bulletin
January 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The new year will bring a new fire chief for public lands in Central Oregon. Craig Letz, who had served as fire staff officer for the Central Oregon Fire Management Service since 2011, retired Wednesday. Known to firefighters by the acronym COFMS, the service oversees wildland firefighting on the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests, as well as the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management. “It’s just under 4 million acres of jurisdiction and that is spread out over a 12-million-acre footprint,” Letz said Monday. The fire staff officer guides firefighting, aviation and fuels management, thinning projects and controlled burns.

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Pesky beetle could wreak havoc on Colorado Springs trees

The Gazette
January 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thousands of ash trees in Colorado Springs could be fighting for their lives in coming months or years if an emerald green bug less than half an inch long makes its way into the city. …he emerald ash borer, an exotic insect from Asia, ravaged ash trees in Detroit when it emerged in the United States in 2002. The bug has slowly made its way across the country and could destroy the majority of American ash trees that line residential streets from coast to coast. It was found in Boulder in September 2013, where foresters have managed to keep it contained.

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Another Threat To Spotted Owls: Fire

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northern spotted owls living in central Oregon are scrappier than their westside counterparts. They have to search harder for food, and habitat isn’t as plum as the lush forests on the other side of the Cascade Mountains. Laurie Turner, a forest wildlife biologist for the Deschutes National Forest, said in this sort of fringe habitat, spotted owls need more space, especially breeding pairs. “You have greater threats of predation, starvation. Trying to get the young to disperse into adjacent habitats can be a problem, too, if we don’t have enough habitat or if there are large areas where there is no habitat,” Turner said.

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Suburbs of St. Louis coping with threat of beetle that destroys ash trees

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An invasive insect threat that caused the removal of hundreds of ash trees on the Gateway Arch grounds this year is creating concern in the suburbs too, where cities are working to preserve their green spaces. “When the emerald ash borer does get here, we want to have a manageable problem rather than a disaster,” said Mindy Mohrman, urban forester for Chesterfield. Chesterfield, Richmond Heights, Ballwin and St. Peters are among the cities affected by the threat because of sizable ash tree populations, conservation officials say. But a gradual schedule of culling the trees has prevented some cities from taking a hit to their budgets.

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Finger Lakes foresters plan hemlock pest kill off

Ithaca Journal
January 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A project to kill an invasive pest species in The Finger Lakes National Forest will be showcased during an open house Wednesday. The hemlock wooly adelgid is an invasive insect that feeds on and kills eastern hemlock trees. The pests invaded New York in 1987, and in 2009 wooly adelgid turned up in The Finger Lakes National Forest. The public is invited to offer suggestions and learn about the agency’s wooly adelgid suppression project during a meeting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hector Ranger District office, 5218 State Route 414.

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Minnesota begins quarantine against mountain pine beetle

Forum News Service
December 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced it has initiated a quarantine to keep mountain pine beetles out of the state. The quarantine begins New Year’s Day and includes all logs with bark from 13 Western states where the beetle has ravaged forests in recent years. The quarantine, proposed in November when public comments were accepted, does not apply to cured lumber or small nursery trees but would prevent firewood or whole logs from coming into Minnesota from western states where the beetle is thriving.

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Forest Stewards honored for conservation forestry

Smoky Mountain News
December 31, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A Cullowhee-based forest management group was recently recognized for its work by Root Cause, a regional initiative to raise awareness of sustainable forestry industries. Forest Stewards, a nonprofit that crafts custom forest management plans for tracts large and small, won the 2014 Award for Sustainable Forestry in the second annual round of Root Cause Awards. Rob Lamb, the director of Forest Stewards, follows the principles of what he calls “positive impact forestry.”

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Northern forest fight continues

Stock Journal
January 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE FUTURE of the state’s northern forests has been boosted – with a group recently created to promote the industry. Mid North community members formed the Northern Forest Community Initiative Working Group to investigate land use options. A Forestry SA review recommended closing the region’s remaining pine plantations mid-2014 after fire destroyed 400 hectares of forestry plantations at Bundaleer in January 2013, and 1600ha at Wirrabara was lost in the Bangor fires last year. NFCIWG chair Greg Boston, Jamestown, said the focus was on keeping the forest a part of the community, both economically and socially.

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Half a million hectares of forests sold

By New Zealand Labour Party
Scoop Independent News
January 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The sale of over 500,000 hectares of New Zealand forests to overseas interests have been approved by the Overseas Investment Office since 2012, says Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “At a time when we are seeing an ever-increasing volume of unprocessed logs from foreign-owned and controlled forests heading overseas without a cent of value added, I now call on the government to strictly enforce the terms and conditions of the Overseas Investment Act and ensure that value over-and-above that which could be added by retaining forest land in New Zealand ownership is undertaken.

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As Indonesia’s Forests Burned, No End in Sight to Infernos

January 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta. Slash-and-burn clearing of forests to make way for plantations topped Indonesia’s list of environmental problems in 2014, with several major forest and land fires in Sumatra once again undermining the country’s fight against deforestation, while generating choking clouds of smoke that left local residents ill and prompted the ire of neighboring countries. The Indonesian office of international environmental group Greenpeace says the number of fire incidents over the past few years have continued to increase in Riau, a Sumatran province at the center of major forest and land fire incidents in Indonesia in recent years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Mayor still optimistic on pellet plant

The Telegram
December 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The silence at times has been deafening on talks of a wood pellet production facility in Botwood. The mayor told the Advertiser that despite the lack of anything formal or concrete, things haven’t been totally silent. We have had regular meetings with Rentech (the proponent) and we did meet their point person on finances about three weeks s ago,” Jerry Dean said, adding the representative was in the area for meetings with the province and wood harvesters as well.

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General

Botched probe of California forest fire should worry the public: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
December 27, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

….”Corrupt and tainted,” “egregious,” and “reprehensible” and “governmental corruption”: These are not the phrases of lawyers for those accused of starting the fire. They are the words of California Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols in ending the state lawsuits stemming from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire’s) fraud-filled Moonlight Fire investigation and awarding full compensatory attorney fees and expenses of more than $32 million to the defendants. But the California officials did not act alone.

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As Indonesia’s Forests Burned, No End in Sight to Infernos

January 2, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Jakarta. Slash-and-burn clearing of forests to make way for plantations topped Indonesia’s list of environmental problems in 2014, with several major forest and land fires in Sumatra once again undermining the country’s fight against deforestation, while generating choking clouds of smoke that left local residents ill and prompted the ire of neighboring countries. The Indonesian office of international environmental group Greenpeace says the number of fire incidents over the past few years have continued to increase in Riau, a Sumatran province at the center of major forest and land fire incidents in Indonesia in recent years.

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