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Daily Archives: January 19, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Burning the pine beetle

Rapid City Journal
January 17, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle has ravaged the forests of the Black Hills for nearly 18 years, but Custer residents found a new way to curse its existence — setting fire to a 28-foot replica of its likeness. Hundreds gathered Saturday night to witness the second annual Burning Beetle at Pageant Hill. The beetle, complete with shark teeth and Velociraptor eyeballs, was set ablaze in front of a small fireworks show put on by the Custer Volunteer Fire Department. …The replica pine beetle lasted about 10 minutes before it crumbled in the fire. Many participants stood only a few feet away, taking images on their smartphones and throwing snowballs at the beetle’s ashes. Teaghan Smith, 7, and her younger sister Serre, 5, roasted marshmallows next to the burning coals.

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Business & Politics

Western Forest Products to reopen Ladysmith sawmill, 85 back at work

Victoria Times Colonist
January 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

New orders for lumber from Chinese buyers means Western Forest Products will reopen its Ladysmith mill on Monday. The mill, which shut down in the first week of December due to weakness in the Asian market, will bring back all 85 workers affected by the closing. “It will be fully operational and working at full capacity,” said Western spokeswoman Amy Spencer. As for how long it will remain open, Spencer could say only that the mill, like any of Western’s manufacturing facilities, is subject to the vagaries of the marketplace.

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Port Metro Vancouver truck drivers ready to strike again

Truckers met with federal and provincial transportation ministers
CBC News
January 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Container truck drivers say they’re prepared to launch a strike less than a year after signing a deal to end a work stoppage at Port Metro Vancouver. …Truckers and their representatives met with both the provincial and federal transportation ministers on Thursday, and told them if the deal is not respected, another strike is imminent. “If the deal isn’t upheld, we’ll have to do what we have to do,” said Unifor’s B.C. Director Gavin McGarrigle. B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone and his federal counterpart, Lisa Raitt, did not speak with media after the meeting.

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Resources Expo Looks Ahead to Repeat Performance

250 News
January 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Officials with the Canada North Resources Expo say they are closing in on another sold out event. This year’s expo runs May 29th and 30th at CN Centre and word is that the bulk space outside is about 80% sold with the indoor space not far behind. National Show Manager Mark Cusack says “the strong sales we’re seeing are certainly due to the huge success of the 2013 event. “Two years ago, we had more than 8,300 visitors, and exhibitors are keen to connect with a qualified audience of this nature again.”

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Pictou Landing resident and environmental advocate shares views on Boat Harbour, mill

January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

STELLARTON – Jonathan Beadle came to realize that his festering anger at what’s been done to Boat Harbour from the pulp mill in Abercrombie wasn’t good for his own peace of mind. “Carrying a big chip on my shoulder for so long was not doing anything for me,” said the resident of Pictou Landing First Nation, and a father of four. That was about a decade ago, when he started delving heavily into the environmental impacts of Northern Pulp on his community – and the larger community of Pictou County as a whole.

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Haliburton Forest’s Peter Schleifenbaum is a modern lumber baron — but hardly typical

Financial Post
January 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Haliburton Forest stretches 40,000 hectares, which puts it among the
largest private land masses in Ontario. Six crews of loggers work full
tilt here; their logs keep the company sawmill busy. This makes Mr.
Schleifenbaum, who with his family owns this forest, a modern lumber
baron of sorts. Yet as lumber barons go Mr. Schleifenbaum, 53, hardly seems typical. A
PhD in forestry, he sports a big bushy beard, wears black leather
pants, drinks for breakfast a tea brewed from ground chaga (a mushroom
that grows on birch trees here, rich in antioxidants), drives a black
BMW SUV around his forest, and fearlessly peppers his sentences with the
plural of fungus, which is “fungi.” He is an environmentalist who cuts
trees for a living.

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Iroquois Falls latest casualty of changing northern Ontario economy

Town scrambles for ideas to replace lost jobs
CBC News
January 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992, The Globe and Mail wanted to celebrate with a blue front page of the sports section. A call was made – to Iroquois Falls. Overnight, No. 8 paper machine at the Abitibi mill turned out the blue newsprint. They tell that story with pride today in the town. They talk about the time that Abitibi was the largest pulp and paper company in the world. Iroquois Falls – population 4,500 – was where it all began. “They said it was the largest paper mill in the world. That was something to be proud of,” says Ben Lefebvre, vice-president of the District Labour Council. In the ’60s, he adds, “there were 1,000 people working at the mill, another 500 out in the bush.”

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Pictou Landing resident and environmental advocate shares views on Boat Harbour, mill

January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

STELLARTON – Jonathan Beadle came to realize that his festering anger at what’s been done to Boat Harbour from the pulp mill in Abercrombie wasn’t good for his own peace of mind. “Carrying a big chip on my shoulder for so long was not doing anything for me,” said the resident of Pictou Landing First Nation, and a father of four. That was about a decade ago, when he started delving heavily into the environmental impacts of Northern Pulp on his community – and the larger community of Pictou County as a whole.

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China’s ‘redwood’ imports up 92 percent

Pulp and Paper News
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

According to China Customs, between January and October 2014 China’s redwood imports totalled 1.85 million cubic metres valued at US$2.4 billion, ITTO reports. This represents a rise of 92% in volume and 124 % in value from the same period in 2013. Of the total, redwood log imports were 1.57 million cubic metres valued at US$2.05 billion, up 82% year on year.

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Letters to Judge: There Were Other Interested Buyers for Verso Mill

WABI TV
January 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A federal court on Sunday released several documents that may have a major impact on the outcome of an anti-trust lawsuit against the Verso paper company. The machinists’ union wants to block the sale of the Bucksport mill to a scrap metal company. The letters appear to prove that there was at least one interested buyer who intended to operate the Bucksport mill. One three letters addressed to Federal Judge John Woodcock is from a company called Kejriwal Singapore International, claiming Verso misled them into believing the Bucksport mill was already sold.

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Wisconsin’s wood product sales growing overseas

WTAQ
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis — Wisconsin trade officials have developed a marketing aid to help forest product producers sell overseas. Jen Pino-Gallagher is the Bureau Director for Wisconsin’s Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection. She says they have recently produced a marketing video. “We have a video that’s promoting Wisconsin’s diverse lumber and forestry products, and the purpose of the video is to create awareness of this product, and Wisconsin’s forestry products around the world so that we can help our forestry companies build sales.”

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Weyerhaeuser pays $37K fine for air pollution over limits

Associated Press
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBUS, Miss. Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Columbus pulp mill is paying a $37,500 civil fine for exceeding emissions limits during a 2013 test. Based in Federal Way, Washington, Weyerhaeuser agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A Nov. 24 order published by the department says that Weyerhaeuser’s boiler exceeded limits for emitting fine particles. Kent Walker, the site manager, signed the order on Nov. 10, agreeing to waive hearing rights and pay the fine.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Learning the tricks of the trades

Vernon Morning Star
January 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

With a shortage of skilled workers in Canada becoming a growing problem, School District 22 and teachers are working together on a solution. Getting students interested in working with their hands is just one of the steps they are taking. A Grade 6/7 class from Ellison Elementary School spent two days at Clarence Fulton Secondary working with the Grade 9 to 12 wood shop students, three shop teachers and former School District 22 superintendent Bob Peacock making wooden candy dispensers. …Tolko donated lumber for the project and Rona donated gift cards to help purchase tools.

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State law alerts firefighters to type of home construction with signs

New York Post Star
January 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A state law went into effect this month in the hopes of alerting firefighters to types of construction that could pose safety hazards. It requires new construction and renovations using truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction to be labeled on residential buildings, using a type of sign that’s been used in commercial structures for a number of years. …The danger for firefighters with truss construction is the presence of gusset plates, metal pieces used to connect beams and girders to columns or to connect truss members. …The signage will now be part of the inspection process before a certificate of occupancy or completion is issued by codes departments across the state.

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Antique lumber specialist finds wood with a story

Great Falls Tribune
January 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

FOUR CORNERS – When he sees someone burn down an old barn or homestead, Renick Ferguson is pained. All that interesting wood. Think of the story it could tell. “I’m happy giving the wood a second life,” he said. Ferguson is an antique lumber specialist for Montana Reclaimed Lumber Co. near Bozeman. The lumber supplier salvages old schools, warehouses, barns, cabins and more in Montana and interesting wood from Quebec to Paris to Indonesia. Artists from Montana State University come to the mill for wood to use for picture frames. Contractors and homeowners explore the collection for just the perfect piece, Ferguson said. Sometimes they want enough for furniture; sometimes lumber will be involved in an entire house.

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Forestry

Laval, Oxford Universities Establish Forest Genomics Consortium

Genome Web
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Université Laval in Quebec City and the University of Oxford have partnered to create an international consortium in forest genomics, regional funding agency Genome Quebec said yesterday. The consortium will … address the major scientific challenges involving the productivity and sustainability of both natural and managed forests. …Genome Quebec told GenomeWeb that the consortium is still in the development stage, and although it has initiated discussions with other partners in Canada and other leading nations in forest genomics, no relationships have been formalized yet.

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GREEN SCENE: Species remain at risk in absence of gov’t action

Tri-City News
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Whenever surveyed about species at risk, a high percentage of people say they care about species at risk and believe they should be protected, and that it is entirely appropriate for government to take action to protect them.  Despite this, our federal government is failing miserably to protect species at risk while B.C. remains one of four provinces (the others are Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island) without species-at-risk legislation. …Since 2011, 67 species have been recommended to be added to SARA but no action has been taken by the Stephen Harper government.

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A renewed agreement to help protect Sask. forests

Prince Albert NOW
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Government of Saskatchewan, along with the Government of Alberta, have renewed their agreement together to fight against the spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle. The beetle is known for devastating populations of lodge pole pine trees and jack pine. The longstanding co-operation with the government of Alberta will help in slowing the spread of the beetle into Saskatchewan. With Saskatchewan’s northern boreal forests full of jack pine, it’s important to mitigate the spread of the beetle, as it moves its way from British Columbia, into Alberta and into Saskatchewan.

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Province battles to keep mountain pine beetles at bay

Prince Albert Daily Herald
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Saskatchewan battle to fend off mountain pine beetles is being fought a province away. Saskatchewan and Alberta announced earlier this week that they had have agreed to a three-year deal to work on mountain pine beetle management, renewing an agreement first signed in 2011. Saskatchewan will provide $1.25 million this year to slow the spread of the voracious insects. Saskatchewan’s Provincial Forest entomologist and pathologist Rory McIntosh, who is based at the Forestry Centre in Prince Albert, says it’s a good idea to act now. “We’re better off fighting this battle in Alberta to prevent it from coming into Saskatchewan in an area where the forest is fragmented, it’s broken up,” he says.

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City of Toronto looking to reuse felled trees

Pilot project runs until the end of the week
Inside Toronto
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Whether due to pests, disease or age, Toronto’s trees sometimes have to come down. Now, the city’s department of Economic Development and Culture is looking to do something with the unused wood. Traditionally, those trees – particularly those that have died of infestations from such invasive species as the emerald ash borer beetle – have been ground up and sent to landfill. Rob McMonagle of the City of Toronto said, however, that practice could be set to stop. “We have an initiative to try to utilize all the trees coming down,” he said. “What we’re planning to do is show how much we can actually produce as a pilot project and then provide that wood to various companies.”

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Ash borer eats other species

The London Free Press
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It turns out the emerald ash borer that’s wreaked havoc on woodlots across Southwestern Ontario has an appetite for more than just ash trees. Discovered in North America in 2002 after it was accidentally imported from Asia, scientists originally believed the invasive pest that has caused billions of dollars in damage would harm only ash trees. But in a paper published this week in the Journal of Economic Entomology, researchers at Wright State University in Ohio reported the bad news that the emerald ash borer had attacked white fringetrees, the closest relative of the ash tree and an increasingly popular ornamental tree in the U.S. and Canada.

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Pretty Tree Maps Showing the State of American Forests in 1884

Slate.com
January 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

These tree maps, commissioned by the United States Census and published in 1884, were compiled at the direction of dendrologist and horticulturist Charles Sprague Sargent. The complete set of 16 maps, digitized by the David Rumsey Map Collection, represents American forests by genus of tree, density, and position. The USDA estimates that while the total area of forested land in the United States has diminished by 30 percent since the date of European settlement in 1630, “75 percent of net conversion to other uses occurred in the nineteenth century.” Sargent’s project was meant to capture the contours of the forest as it stood in the Victorian era.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1.3 Million in USDA Funding for Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Department of Forestry
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that a Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) resource conservation project is among 110 high-impact projects nationwide set to receive more than $370 million through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, administered through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The VDOF project seeks to address the state’s top natural resource concerns through increased adoption of forestry management and conservation practices to retain forestland.  

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UM grad student, Bitterroot Forest historian dig into logging past

Ravalli Republic
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Every artifact found at a historical site has a story to tell. On this afternoon, Bitterroot National Forest historian Mary Williams and University of Montana graduate student Kailin Hatlestad are looking over a table filled with little pieces of treasure found at an old logging camp on the forest. Discovered a little more than a decade ago in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains, the site is still a mystery in many ways. No one knows how many people worked there. No one knows who employed them. And no one can tell for certain how long the camp lasted.

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State senator leads debate on federal lands in Montana

Associated Press
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The forester surveyed his handiwork from a timbered rise, a can of paint still clutched in his hand. The lodgepole pines had been his canvas and, like a minimalist painter, he had left flashes of orange on only those trees that met his discerning eye. He had spent the day choosing which parts of the woods should go and which should stay to foster the forest of the future. Soon, loggers would fell the marked trees and bundle them for shipment to sawmills. But in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the orange marks are beginning to fade on trees that are still standing. The Custer forest currently has eight projects involving logging, and all are being challenged in court, said forest spokeswoman Marna Daley.

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Flagstaff compost business joins forest restoration

AZ Daily Sun
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The walls are still mostly bare and the bookshelves still waiting to be filled, but already the new office of Roots Composting is filled with the smell of rich, dark soil. Buckets and bags of the company’s compost are the room’s main decorations, besides a whiteboard already filled with notes and numbers. Two years after it was started by three young Flagstaff residents, the company can count itself a vital part of the largest forest restoration project in the country. Roots Composting has entered into a partnership with Good Earth Power AZ, the company that was awarded the largest contract under the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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Away with the rangers? After weapon bill veto, LePage plans forest service overhaul

Bangor Daily News
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eight months after vetoing a bill that would have armed Maine forest rangers, Gov. Paul LePage, in his budget proposal, is seeking to overhaul the Maine Forest Service by creating a new class of natural resources law enforcement officers under the Bureau of Forestry and removing the police powers of existing rangers. The budget plan also would eliminate at least 25 ranger positions, 12 of which are now vacant, which would diminish the existing total force by one-third. Ed Archer, president of the Maine State Law Enforcement Officers Association, the collective bargaining arm of rank-and-file rangers, said his organization was blindsided by the budget proposal.

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Forest land management plan ‘inadequate’ says Larson

The Western News
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lincoln County commissioner Greg Larson isn’t happy about the Kootenai National Forest Land Management plan, which was signed on Jan. 6 and entered into the Federal Register yesterday. “The plan is inadequate as it stands. It’s inadequate to meet the financial needs of the Lincoln County. It’s inadequate to meet our workforce needs. And it’s inadequate to meet the timber management needs of the forest to prevent catastrophic fire loss,” Larson said. The new forest plan, in addition to recommending four new wilderness areas, establishes a target timber harvest of 47.5 million board feet per year. Larson, along with other observers and interested parties, believe that number is too low.

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MFWP will look at impact of mountain pine beetle infestation on elk habitat and herd movement

Daily Journal
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN, Montana — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will begin a study next month looking at the impact of mountain pine beetle infestation on elk habitat and herd movement in the Elkhorn Mountains in southwest Montana. The project entails collaring 30 cow and 15 bull elk allowing researchers to closely monitor herd movements over a four year period. Researchers will be looking to see how the extensive beetle infestation and death of ponderosa, lodge pole, and white bark pine are affecting elk movements, hunter access, elk security, hiding cover, and forage availability.

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Conservation groups try to stop Lane County timber sale, say it violates federal law

The Oregonian
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Conservation groups are trying to stop a 259-acre timber sale in Lane County, saying the federal government shut opposition voices out of the approval process and violated environmental law. A lawsuit filed in federal court by Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild asks that a judge stop the sale, and force the Bureau of Land Management officials to re-do the reports on what impact the logging would have on the Second Show area outside of Springfield, near Shotgun Creek. The sale would be the largest cut on federal land in Lane County in the past 20 years.

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Feds begin review of Canada lynx

Associated Press
January 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of federally protected Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 appears to be poised for a decline. The end of clear-cutting in Maine with the Forest Practices Act of 1989 has allowed forests to fill in, taking away some of the habitat preferred by snowshoe hares upon which lynx feed, potentially reducing populations of both species, said Jim Zelenak, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Montana. The latest estimates from federal scientists put the number of Canada lynx in Maine at about 500; that’s fewer than a state estimate of 750 to 1,000 lynx five years ago.

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Pleased with direction of forest plan

Citizen Times
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As a native North Carolinian, I am proud that the U.S. Forest Service in N.C. has designated 70 percent of our jointly held forest lands as “suitable for timber.” Being in the birthplace of forestry of the U.S., I’m pleased these land managers acknowledge and proclaim the truth: These mountains want to grow native trees — and perpetually. …This hands-off, passive approach to land management is short-sighted and wasteful. Nature abhors a vacuum, and change is constant. Stop mowing your yard to watch the evolution of a young forest grow [Tree Frog feels like this gal could have been a student of Hamish Kimmins!]. Our native forests are abundant, valuable and renewable.

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Federal Environment Minister ‘utterly committed’ to World Heritage, in face of state development plans

ABC News, Australia
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has claimed he will not compromise on Tasmania’s world heritage values as a result of the State Government’s new plan for the areas. …Mr Hunt said he is utterly committed to ensuring all world heritage values are fully and completely maintained. In a statement he said the Commonwealth would assess any proposals which could have a impact on national environmental significance.

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Finnish private forest purchases ‘above long-term average’

HD FestForest
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The sales of forestry products in Finland remains above the long-term average, new figures have revealed. According to statistics from the Finnish Forest Industry Federation, its member companies purchased around 31.1 million cubic meters of wood last year. This represents a drop of seven per cent when compared to 2013, but its two per cent above the average for the past ten years, IHB reports.

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Forestry industry warns Labor’s koala park plan puts thousands of jobs at risk

The Sydney Morning Herald
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The NSW forestry industry has warned Luke Foley’s pledge to create Australia’s first “koala national park” risks wiping out as many as 3000 timber jobs on the north coast and damaging local towns. But the Wilderness Society hailed the opposition leader’s announcement as “a visionary plan” that is a “big step forward” for nature conservation in NSW.Mr Foley on Monday promised that if elected in March Labor would create a 315,000 hectare Great Koala National Park inland from Coffs Harbour to protect the endangered local population and open up tourism possibilities.

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