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Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

Froggy Foibles

E Tree phone home: ET’s face appears in tree trunk

BT.com
January 19, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Virgin Mary and John F Kennedy move aside! ET the Extra-Terrestrial’s face has now been spotted in the stump of a tree.

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Business & Politics

B.C. exports head downhill in November

Business in Vancouver
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. export sales took a hit in November as dollar-volume sales to international markets fell about 8% from October to a seasonally adjusted $2.79 billion. This was the weakest monthly performance since November 2013. Declines were observed broadly but concentrated in energy and metal and mineral products. …Through November, growth was led by metals and non-metallic minerals – which were 19% higher despite lower prices – forestry, agriculture and manufactured goods segments.

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Western Forest Products re-opens Ladysmith mill

Nanaimo Daily News
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products re-opened its Ladysmith Sawmill Monday after it was closed for more than a month. The mill was first shut down on Dec. 5, leaving 75 employees without pay during the Christmas period. WFP said a weakening market and lack of lumber need in China, that the mill on Ludlow Road caters specifically to, was the problem initially. But the company made the decision to re-open “late last week” after “securing some new orders,” confirmed director of communications Amy Spencer. “We were able to get some new customers although the market is still challenging,” said Spencer. All workers were called on Friday to return to work Monday.

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Western Forest Products Announces New Appointment to Board of Directors

Market Watch
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc.  is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Barrie Shineton to its Board of Directors. Mr. Shineton is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Norbord Inc., and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Norbord Inc., and as a Director of Stella-Jones Inc. “It is a pleasure to welcome Barrie to our Board of Directors,” said Lee Doney, Chairman of the Board of Western. “Barrie’s extensive executive management experience in the forest industry will be a great asset to our Board.”

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Lamphier: While oil sags, lumber sector booms

Edmonton Journal
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Lumber will never replace oil as the key driver of Alberta’s economy. But busy sawmills are providing much-needed, well-paying jobs in struggling resource towns around the province. …“Forest-sector jobs are crucially important to smaller communities like Slave Lake, Whitecourt or Edson, and they’re very stable jobs,” says Paul Whittaker, president and CEO of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA). “In the last economic downturn most forest products companies worked really hard to retain virtually their entire workforces. It was tough, but they did so knowing that once you hire good skilled people, you want to hold on to them.”

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Conifex Timber appoints Tony Madia as Senior Vice-President, Operations

Lesprom
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber Inc. appoints Tony Madia as Senior Vice-President, Operations and Douglas Rooke as Vice-President, Energy and Capital Projects, effective immediately and Sandy Ferguson as Vice-President, Corporate Development effective February 15, 2015, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Mr. Madia joined Conifex in 2010 and prior to his recent appointment served as Vice-President, Corporate Development.

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After long delay, Christmas tree checkoff board named

Capital Press
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

USDA appoints board for national Christmas tree checkoff. After more than three years in a holding pattern punctuated with turbulence, the national Christmas tree checkoff program has launched. “Houston, we have liftoff,” said Betty Malone, a Christmas tree grower from Philomath, Ore., who spearheaded efforts to initiate the program. “It’s been a long time coming,” Malone said, “but, yes, we have our checkoff.” Malone of Sunrise Tree Farm is one of 12 board members the USDA selected Jan. 15. …By law, checkoff revenue can be used only for research or promotion.

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Maine blames paper mill lull on N.S. aid

The Chronicle Herald
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

American legislators are once again calling out the Nova Scotia government for granting millions in subsidies to a Point Tupper paper mill in the wake of a scheduled two-week shutdown by one of the mill’s competitors. Maine’s Madison Paper Mill will issue layoffs and temporarily halt operations later this month. A partial reason for the shutdown, according to the mill’s management, is an unfair and possibly illegal advantage provided to Port Hawkesbury Paper by Nova Scotia’s government. Both mills produce supercalendered paper, a glossy product used for magazines and advertisements.

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G-P quickly fixes effluent line leak

Newport News Times
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TOLEDO — Georgia-Pacific rushed to shut off the flow of water running through its effluent line and make repairs after an employee discovered a leak in the line on Saturday afternoon. The effluent line, which carries wastewater from the Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo to the mill’s outfall off of Nye Beach in Newport, runs parallel to Highway 20. The leak was spotted in the line close to a pasture along Fruitvale Lane, located about 3 miles east of Newport.

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Russian sanctions lead to mill sale

Timber Trades Journal
January 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russian sawmiller RusForest has sold its Arkhangelsk sawmill and related assets because the ongoing Ukraine crisis and sanctions against Russia has made modernisation impossible. The assets in northwest Russia have been sold for US$31m, including the related debt to several buyers, including ZAO Lesozavod 25. They are buying the LDK-3 sawmill and related pellet mill, as well as forest leases and harvesting companies in the region. The company said the sawmill was outdated and required significant investment for modernisation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cabinet-maker crafts home of his dreams

Vancouver Sun
January 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At 31, Jason Good has spent more time in the kitchen during the past 10 years than most people have in their entire lifetimes — and he wasn’t cooking. Good makes kitchen cabinets, along with bathroom cabinets, shelving units, office systems, furniture, sideboards and just about everything else it’s possible to craft in wood by hand. …In 2013, one of his kitchens was voted second best in North America by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. More recently, he entered his own kitchen and hopes to do even better. …He started working with wood at age 16. When his shop teacher said he should think of a career in the area, he took the advice to heart. 

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Prefab woodscraper proposed with “elastic living” apartments inside

TreeHugger
January 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

German architect Leonhard Weingartner is giving Michael Green’s Tall Wood some competition with his Elastic Woodscaper. It’s got everything you can think of and a whole lot that you can’t in a 650′ prefab wood wonder. Weingartner describes it as: …an affordable-, dense-, low maintenance, off grid Residential-Leisure-Office Tower made 70% in wood with up to 9 minimal skycubes on a landscaped shared space with a lobby, a cafe, a gym, an urban farming club and an e.mobility club.

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Ontario builders talk wood at first forum

Daily Commercial News
January 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

The City of Burlington recently hosted the first ever forum on mid-rise, wood-frame construction since the Ontario government amended the Building Code to allow six-storey wood buildings in the province. The changes came into effect Jan. 1, 2015. …”This is about building consumer confidence. By bringing everyone together — the Chief Building Official, engineers, architects, suppliers, builders and the Tarion Warranty Program — and collaborating to deliver six-storey wood buildings to Ontario, consumers can feel confident that this is a safe, affordable and sustainable choice for new home buyers,” said Joe Vaccaro, CEO of OHBA.

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Forestry

Disappointment follows Revelstoke forestry open house

Revelstoke Times Review
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An industry perhaps feeling on the defensive lately pivoted with an open house last week in which it tried to take the offensive and defend its work. At the behest of the Revelstoke Cycling Association and Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, Revelstoke forestry companies hosted an open house at the community centre on Tuesday, but their approach left many people feeling dissatisfied. The open house was held in response to concerns regarding logging in the area immediately surrounding Revelstoke — particularly a proposal for further harvesting in the Mount Macpherson area that would impact several Nordic skiing and mountain biking trails, but also logging on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge.

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Province’s wolf cull is a useless reaction

Letter by Sandra Levy
Victoria Times Colonist
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “B.C. wolf cull aimed at saving caribou,” Jan. 16.  Wolves are not responsible for the decline in numbers of caribou. In fact, they contribute to the health of the herd by removing the weak and sick animals….In the case of the South Selkirk caribou herd, changes in the landscape, due to forestry, roads and development, account for the decline in numbers. This would occur with or without the presence of wolves. Therefore, the culling of wolves is a useless “knee-jerk” reaction that would not be of any benefit to the caribou.

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Council votes 6-1 against request to halt logging

Alberni Valley Times
January 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At a public meeting on Monday, city council voted against Coun. Chris Alemany’s motion to halt forestry operations within the community’s watershed. Municipal representatives have met with Island Timberlands several times in recent months, along with officials from the province’s Ministry of Forests and local environmental group the Watershed Forest Alliance, to discuss logging activity in Port Alberni’s watershed. …The rest of council was reluctant to go along with the motion out of fears that a harder stance would discourage Island Timberlands from working out an arrangement with the city.

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Home Repair Pushes Timber Harvest Increase

Times Record
January 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. lumber market is expected to continue a rebound this year after increased demand because of an improving construction market. According to the Western Wood Products Association, U.S. lumber demand is projected to rise 8 percent to 44.87 billion board feet in 2015. Timber harvested from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas and Oklahoma is projected to increase 6.3 percent in fiscal year 2015 to 90 million board feet. “As production rises in the forest, the number of workers needed to meet demand increases, which helps local economies where the wood is being harvested,” Terence R. Peck, U.S. Forest Service public affairs deputy team leader, wrote in an email.

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Denser California forests raise firefighting questions, study says

Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Drought, fire suppression techniques and changes in land use have made California forests denser and more susceptible to fast-moving wildfires, a study to be released Tuesday has found. Researchers at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the U.S. Geological Survey compared tree surveys conducted between 1929 and 1936 with surveys conducted between 2001 and 2010. They found that large-tree density fell across California, with declines of up to 50% in the Sierra Nevada highlands, the south and central coast ranges, and Northern California. At the same time, the density of smaller trees increased dramatically.

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Man hospitalized after logging accident near Gaston, fire officials say

The Oregonian
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A man was hospitalized Monday morning after a logging accident near Gaston, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue. Shortly before 9:20 a.m., fire crews and sheriff’s deputies were called to a logging road off Southwest Herr Road, near Henry Hagg Lake and on Weyerhaeuser property, said Matt Johnston, a Forest Grove Fire spokesman. The man was operating a log yarder, used to bring logs up to a landing area before they are loaded onto a truck, and the machine had tipped over, Johnston said.  

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California’s Forests: Where Have All the Big Trees Gone?

January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California has lost half its big trees since the 1930s, according to a study to be published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—and climate change seems to be a major factor. The number of trees larger than two feet in diameter has declined by 50 percent on more than 46,000 square miles of California forests, the new study finds. No area was immune, from the foggy northern coast to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the San Gabriels above Los Angeles. In the Sierra high country, the number of big trees has fallen by more than 55 percent; in parts of southern California the decline was nearly 75 percent.

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Nation’s Top Scientists Urge Obama Administration to Stop Old-Growth Logging and Save the Tongass Rainforest

PR Newswire
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND, Ore., — Seven of the nation’s top scientific societies have joined over 200 distinguished climate and natural resource scientists to urge the Obama Administration to speed up its transition out of old-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. …The scientific societies calling for an end to old-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest (the only national forest still clearcutting old growth) include the American Fisheries Society, American Ornithologists Union, American Society of Mammalogists, Ecological Society of America, Pacific Seabird Group, Society for Conservation Biology, and The Wildlife Society.

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Was Sierra Pacific Victim of Government Shakedown?

Judge rejects government’s slash and burn treatment of family-owned timber corporation.
The American Spectator
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Why did Sierra Pacific settle with Washington? “The federal government was demanding $1 billion from us,” Chief Financial Officer Mark Emmerson told me. Sierra Pacific is a large, family-owned corporation — the second-largest lumber company in the country and the largest landowner in California. Even for a large corporation, it seems, the might of the federal government is daunting. Given the damage the U.S. attorney’s office could do and given the federal government’s considerable resources, a settlement for an appreciably lighter penalty made sense — especially after the timber executives observed a federal judge’s pretrial rulings.

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Subsidized logging threatens the economy and future of the Tongass

Alaska Dispatch News
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As it gears up for its public meeting in Juneau, the Tongass Advisory Committee is almost ready to make its recommendations on the future of our largest national forest. As a resident of the Tongass, I want to express my hope that the TAC will speak for the many diverse users of our forest and recommend a management plan that protects and enhances the economy that sustains us. …Ms. Wright also describes the “full-scale war” that environmentalists continue to wage on the timber industry – to the point that the industry is one-tenth of its former size and shrinking. Yet this is also misleading, as it is the losing economics of Tongass timber under its antiquated management regime that ultimately drives its decline.

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Bureau of Land Management plans to remove junipers from 1.5 million acres in southwest Idaho

Associated Press
January 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to remove Western juniper from a 1.5 million-acre area of public land in southwest Idaho to conserve sage grouse habitat. BLM Boise District Manager Jim Fincher in a statement Friday says conserving habitat for sage grouse is a key method for improving an entire rangeland ecosystem. The agency is hosting two public meetings to provide information about the plan in Owyhee County. The first is in Boise on Feb. 4 and the second in Murphy on Feb. 5.

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California’s Forests: Where Have All the Big Trees Gone?

January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California has lost half its big trees since the 1930s, according to a study to be published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—and climate change seems to be a major factor. The number of trees larger than two feet in diameter has declined by 50 percent on more than 46,000 square miles of California forests, the new study finds. No area was immune, from the foggy northern coast to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the San Gabriels above Los Angeles. In the Sierra high country, the number of big trees has fallen by more than 55 percent; in parts of southern California the decline was nearly 75 percent.

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$2.6 million project to help Virginia forests

Richmond Times-Dispatch
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A $2.6 million project will help Virginia forest owners help their forests. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending Virginia $1.3 million in new money, and the state Department of Forestry is matching that with $1.3 million from an existing program, officials said Friday. Forestry officials will pass the money on to farmers and other forest owners, who will put up varying amounts of their own money. “Everyone’s got a financial hook in the game,” said Jack Bricker, who heads the Virginia office of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Malawi to plant over 15 million trees in reforestation drive

Star Africa
January 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Malawi’s Department of Forestry said Monday that it plans to plant at least 15 million trees in the 2014/15 National Forestry Season.The Department’s deputy director Thomas Makhambera said in the capital Lilongwe that during the season all Malawians would be required to plant one tree each under the theme “Plant One Tree Per Person Per Year”. “We would like to build a responsible citizenry that cares for our trees and forests for the sustenance of present and future generations,” he said. Malawi’s forests are currently facing a high rate of deforestation caused by agricultural expansion, illegal charcoal and firewood production, uncontrolled forest fires and encroachment due to population growth.

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Ten years after Cyclone Gudrun: forestry balance has been restored

Fell about 200 million trees
Pulp and Paper News
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In January 2005, Cyclone Gudrun swept over Götaland in southern Sweden, felling about 200 million trees, or 75 million cubic metres of wood, in the process. Today, 10 years later, the forest’s balance has been restored. “Replanting has continued apace and forest regeneration of the storm clearings has been satisfactory,” explained Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra. …Following intensive and large-scale efforts to process the trees felled by the cyclone, Södra simultaneously stored more than 10 million cubic metres of storm-felled timber at terminals and mills and on roadways.

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Deforestation continues to deplete nation’s wealth

Vietnam Net
January 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Our sector focused on restructuring last year, with two main objectives: creating a big change in forestation and increasing forest values for foresters. As a result, achievements gained in 2014, generally speaking, were better than those of the previous year. Forest production value was at VND24 trillion (US$1.12 billion), with the value ratio at more than 7 per cent. …Forest destruction remained a major problem for the sector, particularly in Tay Nguyen, the Central Highlands. In 2014, some 870ha of forest were illegally cut down – an increase of 7.7 per cent compared with the previous year, and 3,157ha were destroyed by fire – an increase of 173.1 per cent over 2013.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Letter: Carbon coincidence?

Letter by Tony Rotherham
Financial Post
January 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am sure that one of the factors that the academics bent on proving a point about the benefits of a carbon tax in British Columbia did not look at is the B.C. forest industry. This industry is a big piece of the B.C. economy and a heavy user of gasoline and diesel fuel. …It is just possible that the short-term reduction in carbon fuel consumption in the province following the introduction of the carbon tax might coincide with the decline in the forest industry. Just a thought.

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America’s largest pellet manufacturer chooses Turboden for new biomass power system

Penn Energy
January 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), has been chosen to supply the world’s largest biomass-based Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) with an 8 MW power unit at its plant in Athens, Maine, US. Maine Woods Pellet Co. owns and operates the state-of-the-art wood pellet production facility. This plant can produce up to 100,000 tons of wood pellets per year both for the bulk and bagged fuel markets, which make it the largest pellet manufacturer in the state.

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Highlands logging halt would earn Victoria $30m a year in emissions reductions: report

The Age
January 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Stopping logging in Victoria’s central highlands would drive tens of millions of dollars into state coffers if the move was included under the Abbott government’s emissions reduction fund. Fairfax Media has seen a confidential brief prepared for the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, which found ending logging in the highland forests, north-east of Melbourne, would save about 3.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. The central highlands forests are home to Victoria’s endangered animal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, along with other threatened species, and have been a heated conservation battleground for many years.

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Study Downgrades Climate Impact of Wood Burning

Climate Central
January 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Surprising new research has sharply downgraded the perceived climate impacts of the gathering and burning of wood by residents of poor and developing countries who rely on the fuel to keep warm and cook food. Of the 2.8 billion people forced to use wood for fuel, often filling their humble homes with life-shortening soot, the vast majority are chopping down and gathering their fuel in ways that allow forests and woodlands to regrow. That isn’t just good for the environment around them — carbon-hungry growth of trees that replace those that were felled helps cancel the climate-changing effects of carbon dioxide pollution released when the wood is burned.

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Indonesia’s moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target

Mongabay.com
January 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

When Indonesia’s former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country’s levels of deforestation….Now, in a first of its kind study, a group of researchers has estimated the impact of that moratorium on rates of deforestation and the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere because of the felling of Indonesia’s forests and the degradation of its carbon-rich soils.

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General

Longtime sawmill set to close

Upper Michigans Source
January 19, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

L’ANSE — After more than sixty years in business Erickson Lumber in L’anse is closing down. The sawmill is the only part of the family business to shut down. Saws are still operating at Erickson Lumber, and former owner 86 year-old Donald Erickson often helps out. However, this won’t be the case by the end of the month, when the Sawmill closes down. “Well, I hate to see that happen, but the circumstances indicate that we have to do that,” said Donald Erickson, former owner.

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