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Daily Archives: February 5, 2015

Special Feature

Resourceful Canadian forestry industry bounces back

By David Lindsay, president and CEO Forest Products Association of Canada
The Chronicle Herald
February 4, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada

…The ebb and flow of resources is not new. Economic historian Harold Innis once said Canada developed as a “staples economy” that relied on the likes of fur, cod and coal. Despite the fact that those resources have had their day, one of the foundational resource sectors fundamental to the development of Canada — our vast forests — is again creating jobs and prosperity for our nation. …Instead of just being “hewers of wood,” the forest sector has become a major manufacturing industry that accounts for 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP — that’s more than Canada’s auto sector. …For many forest companies, the most pressing problem is getting enough people to check the classifieds, or the job website, “thegreenestworkforce.ca” for the rewarding jobs on offer.

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Business & Politics

Quagmire in our native land

Parliament must act to mitigate the disastrous outcome of judge-made law
Financial Post
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The decision last June of the Supreme Court that the Tsilhqot’in Nation has aboriginal title to 1,759 square kilometres of land in central British Columbia with about 200 residents has been well publicized. But the significance for Canadian business, particularly in areas where the land has not been ceded by treaty, has received less attention. Those areas include most of British Columbia, likely much of the Atlantic Provinces and parts of Quebec, and stretches of land elsewhere. …Just as the provincial forestry licenses that led to Tsilhqot’in were swept aside by the Court, so might other government regulations (consider wildlife, flood, fire or pest management as examples) be ousted. More than a crack has been opened in the edifice of “applicable law” when it comes to economic activities on aboriginal title land.

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Cascades completes sale of its North American boxboard operations

PR Newswire
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, – Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and the manufacture of green packaging and tissue paper products, confirmed completion of the transaction announced on December 11, 2014: the sale of its North American boxboard manufacturing and converting assets to Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Included in the C$44.9-million transaction are the Cascades Boxboard units in East Angus, Quebec; Jonquière, Quebec; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Mississauga, Ontario and Cobourg, Ontario. This move, which reflects Cascades’ intention to refocus its activities on the strategic sectors in which it excels, does not affect the company’s European-based boxboard operations.

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Editorial: Economic deals bring certainty

Terrace Standard
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The gradual signing by northern First Nations to a provincial program offering millions of dollars tied to the prospect of natural gas pipelines crossing through their traditional territories is a continuation of a broad policy which now stretches over several decades. And that is to slowly – and everything involving government action takes place very slowly – establish an economic base by which First Nations can prosper. With the exception in our area of the Nisga’a who have chosen to develop their economy within the context of their ground-breaking 2000 land and government agreement with the provincial and federal governments, other First Nations are choosing to negotiate agreements separate from political or government to government arrangements.

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Canfor Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of 2014

CNN Money
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation  today reported net income attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net income”) of $29.9 million, or $0.22 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $45.5 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2014 and $28.0 million, or $0.20 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2013. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, the Company’s shareholder net income was $175.2 million, or $1.28 per share, compared to shareholder net income of $228.6 million, or $1.61 per share, reported for the comparable period of 2013.

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More logging exports from BC –good or bad?

CKNW 980 News Talk
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

2013 was a record year for log exports from BC and the executive director of the Truck Loggers Association says that’s a good thing. David Elstone says foreign buyers are keeping BC loggers in business. “If we weren’t able to have access to that market right now, the offshore markets, particularly China and Japan, these loggers would not be working –as simple as that.” The New Democrats say log exports deprive BC’s manufacturing industry of needed fibre, but Elstone says harvesting for export actually makes it more economical to gather cheaper timber which, at the same time, can supply local mills. END [We anticipate that the comments will be of note at the end of this story]

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Kenora sawmill prepares for 2015 restart

Northern Ontario Business
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The restart of a mothballed Kenora stud mill and a major expansion is hinging on the final approval of a Crown wood supply. The Manitoba parent company of Kenora Forest Products, Prendiville Industries, is prepared to invest millions to modernize the shuttered operation and install an additional sawline, pending word of receiving a wood supply agreement from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. …The mill has been allotted a combined 339,000 cubic metres of Crown fibre from various management units in the area, including a small portion from the contentious Whiskey Jack Forest.

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Rainforest Alliance reaches a legal settlement with Resolute Forest Products

Canadian Press
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products has reached a truce with the Rainforest Alliance, a third-party group that conducts audits of compliance with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The Montreal-based company settled a lawsuit it filed in May that sought $400,000 in damages over audits of its forests in Northern Ontario. Resolute spokesman Seth Kursman declined to say if any money will be paid as part of the deal, but said the company is pleased a new independent audit will be completed. The company claimed last year’s audits that resulted in the suspension of FSC certificates in two forests were biased interpretations that contained errors and omissions.

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Kenora Weyerhaeuser plant falls short of full capacity prediction for 2015

Kenora Daily Miner and News
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Things are looking good for Weyerhaeuser after finishing 2014 with $1.8 billion in profits being distributed to its shareholders, compared to the $540 million the company earned by the end of 2013. Despite the positive financial news company-wide, Kenora’s Weyerhaeuser Timberstrand Plant has fallen slightly short of a projection made last spring that it would be running at full capacity by the start of 2015. …Even though Weyerhaeuser the company appears to have more than tripled its profits in the past year, those numbers have a limited effect on individual mills such as the one in Kenora

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Wood supply urgent matter: RRDMA

Fort Frances Times
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests is busy working with stakeholders to modernize forest tenure and develop Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence agreements.
But Rainy River District feels control of the Crossroute Forest needs to be wrested from Resolute Forest Products sooner than later to save the local economy. “We are pro-ESFL but right here and now, an ESFL doesn’t get it done,” Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig told Bert Hennessey, MNRF regional manager of tenure implementation, during the annual general meeting of the Rainy River District Municipal Association on Saturday in Emo.

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Mel Norton defends free flight on J.D. Irving airplane

Saint John mayor, deputy mayor flew on company’s plane to Fredericton for State of the Province
CBC News
February 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Saint John’s mayor and deputy mayor accepted free flights on the J.D Irving Ltd. airplane last week and say they did nothing wrong. Mayor Mel Norton and Deputy Mayor Shelley Rinehart flew to Fredericton with Irving executives last week to attend Premier Brian Gallant’s State of the Province address. …J.D. Irving Ltd is a major employer in Saint John and the company and municipality interact at many levels. The two are currently at loggerheads on at least one outstanding issue, a contract to supply raw water to the Reversing Falls pulp mill, which expired in 2005. The two sides have — so far — been unable to reach agreement on a new one.

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Nova Scotia forestry sector hangs by a thread

Chronicle Herald
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry makes the case for Ray Ivany’s remedy to get Nova Scotia back on its feet. Overcoming what’s going on in our heads is as critical as raising capital, finding markets and making products. The industry is currently so finely balanced that a decision in Shanghai could shut it down within 30 days, according to government and industry estimates. But there’s no sense of public urgency, not a peep in the legislature, no discussions in party caucuses, no letters to the premier or Department of Natural Resources minister. The industry is almost anonymous — one sector not speaking to the other and usually in its own interests.

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Sweden softwood lumber exports almost 6% higher in 2014

IHB The Timber Network
February 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first eleven months of 2014, Sweden has exported about 11.4 million cubic meters of sawn and planed softwood lumber. This represents a 5.7% increase over the same period of 2013. Main export markets for the Swedish lumber are the United Kingdom and Egypt, followed by Norway and Germany. In particular, exports to Germany dropped by 10% over January-November 2013, down to a volume of 900,000 cbm. Overall, the increase in Swedish exports was supported by larger deliveries to Egypt and Great Britain. But even to Denmark, Algeria, China and Belgium considerably more was exported.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario’s wood-frame construction change could spark new type of condo townhome

Metro News
February 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s big news for Ontario’s building industry that could have a major impact on how townhomes and midrise condos are built. Since Jan. 1, revisions to the Ontario building code allow wood-frame construction for residential and office buildings up to six storeys in height. The building industry has been pushing for this for quite some time, with the allure of a 10 to 15 per cent price advantage over traditional construction costs and a much-needed boost to Ontario’s sluggish lumber industry.

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Lightweight Beams May Contribute To Devastating House Fires

CBS Boston
February 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The I-Team investigates a widely used building material that could pose a serious danger. It’s the same material that firefighters say contributed to a massive fire that tore through a New Jersey apartment building and it’s also in thousands of New England homes. If you look closely at many new home construction sites, chances are you’ll see them – lightweight engineered I-beams or trusses. They are made of composite wood material and are often used to support floors and roofs. Builders love them because they are strong and cheap, but they have one major flaw, according to Chief Kevin Gallagher of the Acushnet Fire Department. “Lightweight construction materials we know fail early when exposed to these fires,” he said.

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OSU touts effort to improve rural life in Oregon

Oregon State’s ag, timber and marine science initiatives intersect with the economic needs of rural areas, the OSU president says.
The Capital Press
February 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND – Oregon State University’s commitment to improve life in rural Oregon will includes major expansion of its forestry and marine sciences programs and strengthening the statewide system of agricultural and forest research and extension stations, President Ed Ray said. …He said Oregon State’s forestry, marine science and other initiatives are in line with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s goal of bringing economic prosperity to a wider slice of the population. Rural Oregon has not fully shared in the economic recovery enjoyed by urban areas such as Portland, Ray said.

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Is Bloomfield’s Avalon project a concern?

NorthJersey.com
February 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Avalon, owners of the Edgewater apartment complex involved in a fire two weeks ago that left hundreds out of a home, is weighing in on another of their projects: Avalon Bloomfield Station. On the night of Jan. 21, a fire at the Avalon at Edgewater complex was brought under control without loss to life. So-called “lightweight construction” used in many such complexes is said to afford occupants enough time to exit the building in the event of a fire. Bloomfield Station is part of the Glenwood Village development, 300 Glenwood Ave. Since it is near completion, there is no expectation from Bloomfield that Avalon will change the standards and materials used in its construction.

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The Record: Tedesco in charge

NorthJersey.com
February 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BERGEN COUNTY Executive James Tedesco has been in office for only a month, but he is already showing signs of embracing the full mantle of that leadership role, even if it involves traveling to another part of the state to do it. …Tedesco, along with Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland, traveled to Princeton to join its mayor, Liz Lampert, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes in pressing state officials to continue taking a closer look at rules that apparently couldn’t prevent the Edgewater blaze. … Firefighters and others have voiced concern about the use of lightweight wood construction, which is commonplace, with a truss style of roof framing said to be cheaper and faster to build.

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Forestry

North America’s Trees Create Some of the World’s Hottest Forest Fires

What makes certain forest fires especially destructive?
Smithsonian Magazine
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The northern reaches of Eurasia and North America are quite similar—both home to a nearly continuous belt of boreal forest. But forest fires burning in the upper tiers of the U.S. and Canada tend to be more intense and destructive than those burning across the North Pole, in Russia and parts of Scandinavia. One team of scientists wondered why—and set out to find an answer by using computer models, ground observation and about 10 years of satellite data.  As Ria Misra at io9 writes,
the researchers found that the difference is primarily due to the
species of trees that tend to thrive on our continent.

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RURAL REPORT: Water, re-zoning, forestry on Area B agenda

Revelstoke Times Review
February 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Another top priority is to find a way to have meaningful public involvement as it relates to harvesting in the Revelstoke Area. Forestry is very important to the fabric of our community however we do need to have a balance of activity on crown land that includes non-forestry related activities including recreation. …However I was disappointed about the lack of information provided regarding the actual harvesting plans and the lack of meaningful engagement with the public, especially not allowing questions from those in attendance. I have received numerous emails and phone calls regarding this issue and I am working on your behalf to find a better way to include other perspectives as it relates to land use planning in our area.

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Woodland caribou in decline, future uncertain

Chronicle Journal
February 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) mailed copies of the State of the Woodland Caribou Resource Report to foresters, environmentalists, community leaders and other engaged citizens. Running almost 1,000 pages, the report, supporting documentation, and policy, represent the most comprehensive assessment to date of caribou habitat and population trends for ranges across the province. The findings are sobering. Reindeer are called caribou in Canada. Woodland caribou, a subspecies, have vanished from at least 40 per cent of their southern range in fewer than 100 years. This decline varies across boreal forest regions, but in 2011, Environment Canada found that most caribou populations in Ontario were “as likely, as not” to be self-sustaining.

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Students meet employers

Chronicle Journal
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Confederation College students were wooed Wednesday during an annual job fair held to connect hiring employers with aspiring professionals. “We want to expose the employers to our upcoming graduate — and alumni —who are also available for employment,” said Sue Prodaniuk, the college’s director for advancement and communications.  Among the more than 40 employers showcasing themselves to potential employees, KBM Resources Group demonstrated their mapping system and a drone that helps to make the mapping possible.

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Tree QR codes encourage kids to explore nature

TreeCaching trail in Humber Arboretum believed to be first in North America
Etobicoke Guardian
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kids of all ages can now use their smart phones to explore outdoors. That’s right, outdoors. Registered charity Climate’s Sake celebrated its innovative TreeCaching trail expansion Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Humber Arboretum at Hwy. 27 and Finch Avenue West. Retired Teachers of Ontario District 22 Etobicoke York funded the 11-tree expansion of the Beech-Vista Trail of 16 QR (Quick Recognition) code-tagged trees. …TreeCaching is a self-guided nature walk. Trail users download a free QR reader on any mobile device. Scan the trees’ codes. The scan directs users to a website to learn more about that tree, and interesting facts about that tree species.

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OSU forestry lecture series to focus on Douglas fir

Albany Democrat-Herald
January 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This year’s Starker Lecture Series, hosted by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, focuses on the Northwest’s most-iconic tree — the Dougas Fir. The series kicks off Thursday with the free screening of a documentary on David Douglas, the Scottish botanist for whom the tree is named. The film, “Finding David Douglas,” will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre, 361 S.W. Madison Ave. Historian Lois Leonard will lead a discussion after the screening.

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Podium: Debate over control of our land should not end

Idaho Statesman
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Critics of the notion there is economic value in transferring federal lands to Idaho want Idahoans to believe it’s time to lay this idea to rest.  Let’s be clear: The legal hurdles are huge, as it is difficult to imagine the federal government relinquishing so much land and power easily. However, it is time for Westerners in general and Idahoans in particular to highlight the economic cost of continuing to allow the federal government to squat on Western lands and smother our economy. …Curious why we must have this discussion? Visit rural parts of Idaho, like Grangeville, Orofino, Idaho City and Challis, where the economic base has largely evaporated as timber harvesting and mining continues to decline or has disappeared altogether.

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Setting the record of Arizona’s forests straight

AZ Daily Sun
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…While the objectors brought up a range of concerns, from grazing impacts to Mexican spotted owl monitoring addressed by the Forest Service, one issue kept popping up. Five of the nine objections referred to research by a University of Wyoming alumnus and a former professor that concludes patches of dense forest, smaller trees and mixed-severity fire were a significant component of northern Arizona’s forests. The data throws serious doubt on restoration methods proposed by Forest Service’s 4FRI environmental analysis and, if accurate, could put the entire plan into question. But that’s exactly why a group of 18 scientists from across the nation banded together to write a response to the University of Wyoming researchers.

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Agreement made on Usal Redwood Forest conservation easement; Cal Fire to monitor nearly 50,000-acre working forest

Lake County News
February 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NORTH COAST, Calif. – An agreement with the Redwood Forest Foundation Inc. (RFFI) has transferred a conservation easement to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, of nearly 50,000 acres of the Usal Redwood Forest. The agreement was reached in December 2014 for Cal Fire to assume responsibility for monitoring a conservation easement on the 49,576 acre Usal Redwood Forest in Mendocino and southern Humboldt counties. “The acquisition of the Usal conservation easement will provide Cal Fire with a great opportunity to showcase the importance of maintaining working forested landscapes,” said Duane Shintaku, Cal Fire’s deputy director for resource management.

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Pine Barrens community, nonprofit at odds over use of land

Philly.com
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The changes in Woodland Township have been good or bad, depending on the point of view. Mayor Matthew Henrich says they’ve hurt the Burlington County township, stifling its sportsman culture and traditional outdoor activities that defined the community. Residents freely hunted on the 9,400 acres of the Pinelands before the land was bought in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources. They fished and swam in reservoirs, and rode motorcycles and ATVs over the land, Henrich said.

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A forest dilemma: What will grow in a changing climate?

Minnesota Public Radio
February 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Minnesota’s iconic northern forests are undergoing a gradual shift as the climate warms. Aspen, birch, balsam fir and black spruce, for example, are projected largely to vanish from the state by the end of the century. But some foresters are suggesting a more radical shift in approaching what to do about it. Although not everyone agrees, some in forestry are stressing urgency and experimenting with bringing new species from hundreds of miles away, betting that with a helping hand those trees stand a better chance of producing a healthy diverse forest than existing species. For proponents, bringing oaks and even ponderosa pines from as far away as the Black Hills is the best way to ensure Minnesota and its sizable forest industry will have thriving forests many decades from now.

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To save tropical forests, scientists are turning to satellites in space

CBS News
February 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As world leaders search for ways to combat global warming, they have rallied around the idea of paying countries to save tropical forests. …But the [REDD] program has long been dogged by one problem – there aren’t any good ways to accurately assess whether the likes of Indonesia or Kenya are really saving their forests or simply gaming the system. Now, a project led by the European Space Agency hopes to change that. Known as the Biomass mission, it will provide a global picture from 2020 to 2025 of the carbon stored in forests. 

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Dr Mahathir: Malaysia can do without logging

The Star online
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


KEPONG: Authorities should not only look to reducing the illegal felling of trees but logging in general if they want to avoid devastating floods, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He feared the floods would be an annual occurrence if nothing was done to stop deforestation. “We have many sources of wealth in the country which do not cause environmental degradation and if we reduce even legal logging we will stand to benefit more,” he said when unveiling the National Heritage plaque at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). Dr Mahathir said that deforestation was a main cause of the devastating east coast floods recently.

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Big Tree Plant’s millionth tree planted

UK Government
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss plants an oak to celebrate the leafier streets and cities. We all want the place we live to be as beautiful as it can be and the government’s tree-planting campaign to make that happen in England’s towns and cities has hit the million mark. The campaign has been led by Defra, and the Forestry Commission has provided £4 million to pay for planting and caring for the trees. This has gone in grants to the volunteers and groups who have brought communities together to make the Big Tree Plant such a success.

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Koala filmed clinging for life as loggers clear trees in south-west Victoria

3aw.com.au
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Disturbing footage has emerged of a koala clinging for life with its baby joey as loggers clear a blue gum plantation in south-west Victoria. Anthony Amis from the Friends of the Earth group uploaded the footage to YouTube, which was filmed by a resident in Bessiebelle. He told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive the group believed the koala was still alive. “We think it survived but one of the people down there thinks that one of its limbs could be badly damaged,” he said. “She’s struggling to work out how she can get it down from a tree again.”

Koala’s miracle survival as loggers strike tree from Yahoo News Australia

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Rainforest Alliance report sparks mixed reactions

The Jakarta Post
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Rainforest Alliance on Thursday announced an independent evaluation of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), marking an immediate end to natural forest clearance by APP’s pulpwood suppliers as well as a range of other measures. The evaluation report, which assesses the period between Feb. 5, 2013, and Aug. 15, 2014, provides a view of the company’s progress toward meeting each of the FCP’s four policy areas, as well as additional public statements relevant to the FCP. However, the report has met with mixed reactions from green groups. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, APP fails to stop deforestation and illegal activities in its concession areas by other parties, even in locations already identified by the company as having high conservation value and carbon stocks.

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Explainer: Why the Tasmanian Government abandoned defamation law changes

ABC News, Australia
February 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania was pushing to become the first state in the country to allow companies to sue people for defamation but recently dumped the proposal, breaking an election promise. Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin admitted there was zero appetite from other states for the move. It was the second blow to the Government’s plans to crackdown on forest protesters, a push much heralded in last year’s election campaign. In the Government’s sights were groups like Markets For Change, Bob Brown Foundation and activists like Miranda Gibson who sat in a tree for a record 457 days.

Tasmania ditches defamation law changes after public backlash from ABC News Australia
Attorney-General admits no appetite for law change (video) from ABC News Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass destruction entirely predictable

Chronicle Herald
February 4, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a Jan. 9 story about damage to our forests as a result of the need to feed the giant new Nova Scotia Power biomass generator in Port Hawkesbury (“Biomass project raising green concerns”), Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Allan Eddy suggested that these negative impacts were simply unintended consequences that “couldn’t have been predicted before the plant opened.” This is simply wrong. There were plenty of warnings that the proposed biomass project was too big to be sustainable and it strains the limits of credibility to suggest that the department responsible for managing our forests was unaware of the potential negative impacts.

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General

Northern highway a ‘ticking time bomb,’ says councillor

The Star Phoenix
February 4, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Residents of Dore Lake who are calling for highway repairs and safety measures say their pleas have gone unanswered. Jonathon Fonos, a municipal councillor for the northern hamlet, said Highway 924 sees hundreds of logging trucks a day that are too wide for the road and are causing deep potholes and other damage. Fonos, a resident of the community, said he feels it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. “We are dealing with a ticking time bomb here,” he said. “We don’t want our lives put into danger so the government can create a few jobs.”

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