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Business & Politics

Opinion: Diversification driving growth at Port of Prince Rupert

By Don Krusel, Prince Rupert Port Authority
Vancouver Sun
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Port of Prince Rupert is sustaining its strong growth as a key North American gateway and this is having a positive impact on communities across northern British Columbia. The Prince Rupert Port Authority recently released its latest five-year economic impact study… The study found transportation of port-related exports and imports generates $1.2 billion in annual economic activity and is creating well-paying job opportunities for skilled workers across northern B.C… Lumber and pulp from communities such as Smithers and Quesnel are being shipped through Fairview Container Terminal to growing markets in China. Wood pellets from Houston and Burns Lake are moving through the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal to help power the U.K. and northern Europe.

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Few promises in B.C. throne speech, premier aims to stay the course

TimesColonist
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government delivered a threadbare throne speech Tuesday that promised British Columbians a new medal for good citizenship and little else. Dismissed by the Opposition as “half an hour of emptiness,” the speech listed past accomplishments and commitments, while offering few insights into the legislative session ahead. Clark made no apologies for her stay-the-course strategy…The 15-page speech, read by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, also promised that government will launch a rural advisory committee, update the Forest Act and cut “red tape for real people.” The Liberals took office 14 years ago promising to get rid of red tape, so it was unclear where additional cuts will be made.

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Opinion: B.C. forest industry stands tall again

New research shows plenty of reason to support a modern, redefined forest industry. By James Gorman and Rick Jeffrey.
Vancouver Sun
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When paycheques find their way into bank accounts around the province this Friday or next, almost 150,000 British Columbians will have B.C.’s backbone industry to thank for at least a piece of that deposit, all of it for some 58,000 people directly employed by forestry… And the trickle-down impacts of these first-dollar jobs in coastal and interior communities are felt all the way down to the business centre of the province, where five of the world’s top 100 forest companies have their head offices, and where lawyers, accountants, bankers, insurance, trucking and rail companies and many others realize much of their income from the industry’s activities.

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B.C. lumber exports to China fell for the first time in nearly a decade last year

Canadian Press
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. softwood lumber shipments to China fell five per cent last year, marking the first annual decrease in nearly a decade. More than 7.5 million cubic metres of lumber valued at $1.4 billion was shipped to China in 2014, according to the province’s statistics agency. That compared with 7.9 million cubic metres worth $1.39 billion in 2013. China has been an increasingly important customer for Canadian wood for about a decade, picking up some of the slack as exports to the United States waned. In 2005, just 251,000 cubic metres valued at $54 million was sent to China.

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Wood pellet shortage frustrates pellet stove owners

Sudden cold weather and increased popularity in pellet stoves playing a role in the shortage
CBC News
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With extremely cold weather hitting most of the province, many New Brunswickers who rely on pellet stoves to heat their homes are finding it harder to find the wood pellets they need for fuel. Many retail stores in the are having a hard time keeping the wood pellets in stock. One Canadian Tire Store in Saint John put 100 bags of pellets out Monday. Manager Randy Richards says they were sold out in about an hour. He says the sudden cold weather and increased popularity in pellet stoves are playing a role in the shortage. 

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An Innovative, Prosperous Forest Industry = Economic Lever for All Quebec

Quebec Forest Industry Council
Canada Newswire press release
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUÉBEC CITY – As pointed out by the reporter Jean-Paul Gagné in an article published last Thursday in Les Affaires under the headline of “Le coût excessif du bois fait perdre beaucoup d’emplois et de taxes” (High cost of wood responsible for loss of many jobs, much tax revenue), the high cost of wood in Quebec has caused the provincial government to lose considerable tax revenue. The Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) hails the accuracy of this article, which brings to light several critical issues, and also wishes to emphasize that the supply of wood constitutes a major factor in the competitiveness of an industry that aspires to play a more considerable role in Quebec’s economy.

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First Nations issue $127M bill to Ontario for extracted resources

Nishnawbe Aski Nation calculates value of centuries of mining, forestry on its traditional territory
CBC News
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is resubmitting an unpaid bill in the amount of $127 million to Ontario as part of the province’s budget consultation process. The provincial treaty organization, representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario, hired York University economics professor Fred Lazar to calculate the current value of resources extracted from its traditional territories between 1911 and 2011. In Lazar’s 2012 report he pegged the figure at 3.2 billion dollars, and then broke that down to an annuity, with a four per cent interest rate, that would amount to 127 million dollars per year, in perpetuity.

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2015 looks good for lumber, housing

Natural Resource Report
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

2015 looks promising. 30-year mortgage rates are again below 4%, unsold inventories are down, home prices are up steadily, and construction remains above 1 million. Trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2005. Stud prices gave up some significant ground in January, dropping to $320, lower than any third- week-of-the-month price in 2013. At the same time, log prices reached $758, a December price not seen in the last 10 years — except last December’s $768. 

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Softwood lumber production grows in US

HD FestForest
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Softwood lumber production increased in the US during the first 11 months of 2014. According to figures released by the Western Wood Products Association and highlighted by Fordaq, sawmills in the nation produced some 28.8 billion board feet (67.9 million cubic meters) of softwood lumber, representing growth of 3.8 per cent. Sites in the west of the country accounted for 12.9 billion board feet, while those in the south contributed 14.492 billion. The US’ consumption of softwood lumber grew 6.1 per cent between January and the end of November, rising to 36.794 billion board feet.

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Timber needed at Darrington mill

Herald Net
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Herald Business Journal’s Feb. 2 story, “Port sees logs headed to Japan for first time in decade,” which touted “great economic news” because a shipment of raw logs was headed for Japan really missed the boat! When examining the economic benefits of a few part-time port jobs to load a ship with raw logs for Asia, it is important to look at the negative effect on local sawmills when their raw materials are taken away. Risking the jobs of people who are earning family-wages at a sawmill in Darrington to offset by the few temporary jobs at the Port of Everett makes no sense. The Darrington mill runs below capacity today due to a shortage of raw material.

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Company plays key role in shaping timber, citrus industries

The Southern California-based Fruit Growers Supply Co. has played a key role in shaping two industries, as the farmers’ cooperative got into the lumber business in the early 1900s to produce cheaper shipping boxes for its citrus-grower members.
The Capital Press
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, Calif. — Kelly Conner is quick to downplay the Fruit Growers Supply Co.’s monumental impact on two industries — citrus and timber. “We’ve been a small player in the timber industry,” said Conner, the company’s general manager. “We didn’t get into the lumber business knowing what we were doing. We kind of learned as we went.” Nevertheless, the 108-year-old company based in Valencia, Calif., played a key role in making shipping containers more affordable and readily available to citrus growers while also blazing new trails in the lumber industry.

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Timbervest sells 19,700 acres in Georgia, Pennsylvania for $33.9 million

Atlanta Business Chronicle
February 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Timbervest LLC sold nearly 20,000 acres of timberland in Georgia and Pennsylvania for $33.9 million. The Atlanta-based company said the deal included the sale of 18,500 acres in Stewart County, Ga., to an institutional timberland investment group and 1,134 acres in Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Green counties to an undisclosed buyer. Timbervest currently manages more than 600,000 acres of timberland, timber-related assets and other real estate investments with a market value of more than $1.4 billion.

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Scion joins KiwiNet to boost forestry commercialisation

Scoop Independent News
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Crown Research Institute Scion is the latest organisation to join the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), a consortium aimed at increasing the scale and impact of scientific and technology based innovation in New Zealand. …Scion’s commercialisations include improved tree genetics, a decision support forecasting model
now used to manage half of New Zealand and Australian softwood plantations, new materials and products from wood fibre such as wood plastics, and environmental technologies such as TERAX™, which converts municipal sewage or wastewater into energy and useful products.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber Kings crew donates wooden cauldron to mark Canada Winter Games

Pioneer Log Homes created cauldron out of 400-year-old red cedar
CBC News
February 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wooden cauldron made from a 400-year-old red cedar by the crew featured in the hit HGTV series Timber Kings is the latest addition to the legacy of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. The cauldron, built by Pioneer Log Homes of Williams Lake, B.C., serves as a platform for a gas flame that will burn throughout the games. It was unveiled last Friday at the Canada Games Plaza just outside the Civic Centre in downtown Prince George. Peter Arnold and André Chevigny, with Pioneer Log Homes say they hollowed out the cedar stump and fitted in a gas pipe. The flame piece, made out of steel, sits on top of the cauldron.

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Forestry

Canada’s Forgotten Resource

By David Lindsay
Asian Pacific Post
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Today in Canada our lumberjacks often wear lab coats and are more likely to carry smart devices than axes. While our future is built on the foundation of our past we are modern, sophisticated and high tech. We’re harnessing technology to improve our productivity and environmental performance and we need the workforce to deliver. Like all good businesses, we’ve evolved and are poised to offer family-supporting jobs in attractive communities with a good quality of life. For those questioning their future in Canada’s resource sector, take a look our way, and don’t forget to see the forest for the trees.

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Company pressured to halt harvesting of old growth within city’s watershed

Alberni Valley Times
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some Island Timberlands’ stakeholders are adding pressure to the forestry company over the harvesting of old growth within Port Alberni’s watershed. As logging continues in McLaughlin Ridge near Cathedral Grove, the B.C. Teachers Federation voted to ask Island Timberlands to sell the forestry land it owns in the steeply sloped area. The motion passed Jan. 31 at a BCTF assembly of district representatives, urging the forestry company to sell McLaughlin Ridge to “an organization(s) that will conserve and preserve forest lands.” The old growth forest is within the China Creek watershed, the drinking water source for more than 20,000 people in Port Alberni and Beaver Creek.

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Give today’s kids a daily dose of nature

Idaho Statesman
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Today more than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. It’s therefore fortunate we now understand many of the physical and psychological benefits healthy trees provide urbanites: Our parks and trees are more than aesthetically pleasing areas that help address pollution problems. …A renewed focus on the many health benefits children receive from exposure to nature and play in the natural environment is called for. …Studies cited by researchers such as Kathleen Wolf of the University Washington College of Forest Resources are showing contact with nature helps alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind.

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Bill Takes Aim At Aerial Pesticide Spraying On Oregon Forests

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Oregon Senate bill introduced Tuesday would tighten rules for aerial pesticide spraying on forest land and overhaul how the state responds to complaints of drift and exposure. The bill has been in the works since 2013, when 16 Curry County residents filed complaints with the state that they became ill after an herbicide application. …“We’ve heard widespread concern that Oregon isn’t doing enough to protect the health of rural citizens from aerial herbicide sprays,” Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, said in a statement.

Oregon lawmakers propose tightening West Coast’s weakest weed killer aerial spray laws from The Oregonian

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Federal land transfer bill simple but contentious

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Barbs were thrown during a legislative hearing on the first of three bills dealing with transferring federal lands in Montana to the state, setting a tumultuous stage for future hearings. …The bill would prohibit Montana from selling any federal lands that the state might acquire after the bill is signed into law. “Some people have asserted that if the state assumes responsibility, we would foolishly sell the lands. I don’t believe the people of Montana want that to occur,” Fielder said. Joe Balyeat, Americans for Prosperity spokesman and former Bozeman legislator, was the only person who spoke in favor of the bill, saying it would take politics out of the debate.

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Improve farm value through forestry management

High Plains Journal
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A farmer knows where to find his cow herd at various times of the day, which is helpful as he goes out to feed, count and check on them this time of year in the early spring calving season. Typically the cows tend to huddle near a stretch of trees to block the wind and keep warm. Flash forward a few months, and the same farmer evaluates his corn with gratitude, as another row of trees along this field prevented strong spring winds from damaging his crop. Healthy trees—including those in windbreaks and woodland areas—can add more economic value to land than most farmers might realize, said Bob Atchison, rural forestry leader for the Kansas Forest Service.

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Bids in Tuesday for giant North Coast forest land

The Press Democrat
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A coalition of conservation groups with visions of riverfront parkland, environmentally friendly forestry practices and watershed preservation will submit a bid Tuesday on 30,000 acres of redwood timber holdings and bluff-top land at the mouth of the Gualala River, straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties. ….Marketed as “one of the last, large contiguous blocks of coastal redwood forest likely to come to a public market,” the 47-square-mile property
includes productive timberlands for which several harvest plans already
have been approved, nearly 20 miles of river frontage and a 58-acre
tract above the town of Gualala and zoned for a mixed-use planned
development.

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Legislation needed to curb herbicide spraying

The Register-Guard
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The forestry act is a relic of industrial influence from when timber accounted for more than its current 3 percent of jobs (or less).  In January, two federal agencies ruled that Oregon fails to protect fish and water from pollution caused by clear-­cutting next to streams, by runoff from logging roads, by logging-­induced landslides, and by aerial spraying of pesticides. …Oregon’s standards for timber harvest rank rock-bottom when compared with every surrounding state. Even Idaho. …The bill is a step in the right direction. But that’s not saying much.

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Caldwell: It’s foolish for states to want to take over federal lands

Denver Post
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some ideas, no matter how many times they’re warmed over and repackaged, are just fundamentally flawed.  The notion that states should pick a fight with the feds over ownership of federal lands is one of them. …While it may sound good to some who worry about preserving states’ rights, the idea is legally deficient and problematic both in terms of economics and land management.  ….”The public would have less, not more, input into land management, and all who utilize what are now public lands — industry and recreation interests alike — would likely see the cost of access increase substantially,” said Ruple, who served in the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office under former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman.

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Fire Safe Council, Plumas National Forest form new collaboration

Plumas County News
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In partnership with the Plumas National Forest, the Plumas County Fire Safe Council is taking on a new role to initiate a collaborative group designed to increase public engagement in national forest restoration….This is a new, grassroots effort undertaken in collaboration with the Plumas National Forest. Motivated individuals and groups are encouraged to participate and make a difference in national forest restoration in Plumas County. “We are looking for people to help shape this effort and to establish a solid, locally influenced foundation for the long-term management decisions that will take place on both public and on participating private lands here in Plumas County,” say organizers.

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Fire safety a top priority at logging sites, companies say

Foot patrols and detailed weather reports are just a few of the many safety precautions that are now employed at logging sites, company officials said during a Sierra Cascade Logging Conference workshop.
The Capital Press
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANDERSON, Calif. — Detailed weather reports, on-the-ground inspections and having the right equipment on hand are just a few ways logging operations manage the risk of fire, company officials said during a workshop here. Timber companies such as Sierra Pacific Industries have permanent and portable weather stations near every logging operation and know ahead of time whether conditions will be too dry or windy to work, said Cajun James, SPI’s research and monitoring manager. A few years ago, Sierra Pacific developed a 100-point checklist of safety precautions that must be taken at each logging site, going above and beyond what state regulators require, James said.

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Now in Charge: What Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, the New Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thinks About Western Issues

CV Independent
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski opened her first legislative meeting as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources by using talks on the Keystone XL pipeline to hint at a broader agenda. The statement helps inaugurate the political season, with a new Congress controlled by Republicans, many of whom aim to upset President Obama’s climate and environment agendas. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee—which legislates energy development, mining, public lands, water and other resources—is a key front where that fight could take place, especially as far as Western lands are concerned, so Murkowski’s comments are worth reading for the upcoming season.

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The faces of forest landowners: meet an Arkansas tree farmer

February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Charles Purtle grew up around forests, but never truly thought about forestry. As a child, he would spend weekends walking through the woods in his southwest Arkansas town. …After he graduated high school, Purtle went to college and studied animal science. He intended to return to Arkansas to raise cattle, and eventually, that’s exactly what he did. However, during a flash flood one year, he lost the majority of his calves. The flash food caused Purtle to rethink how he was using his land. In the place of the pasture, he began planting trees until the farm was completely forested.

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Research unites drones, forestry

Technician Online
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Due in part to work being done with NC State’s NextGen Air Transportation institute, drones may soon be part of people’s everyday lives, according to Kyle Snyder, the director of NGAT. Since the institute came to NC State’s Centennial Campus in 2012, the university has been home to the state’s only agency approved to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. …These UAVs are now being used for more than recreational purposes and can be beneficial to areas of agriculture and forestry in North Carolina. For NC State, this technology could be applied to both agriculture and the forestry departments. “This technology could be used for forest and land surveying, looking at crop health, and aerial applications of crop dusting,” Snyder said.

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The faces of forest landowners: meet an Arkansas tree farmer

February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Charles Purtle grew up around forests, but never truly thought about forestry. As a child, he would spend weekends walking through the woods in his southwest Arkansas town. …After he graduated high school, Purtle went to college and studied animal science. He intended to return to Arkansas to raise cattle, and eventually, that’s exactly what he did. However, during a flash flood one year, he lost the majority of his calves. The flash food caused Purtle to rethink how he was using his land. In the place of the pasture, he began planting trees until the farm was completely forested.

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DCC keen to invest in forestry sector

Solomon Star
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The present unsustainable harvesting of the country’s forest resources and the high rate of illegal logging activities necessitate a timely decision by the DCC Government to impose a moratorium on new registration and applications for logging business activities in Solomon Islands. A statement issued through the Government Communication Unit said, the Cabinet has reached this decision a fortnight ago and will further advice on the enforcement of this moratorium soon.  “To effectively enforce this decision, Government will strengthen the coordination of relevant Ministries involved in issuing of business certificates and logging licence processes.

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Valentine’s Day cards made from illegally and unsustainably sourced wood found on British high street

The Independent
February 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Some things are best left unsaid over Valentine’s dinner. But what would your sweetheart think if they knew that in handing over your Valentine’s card filled with tender declarations of love you may have helped to destroy thousands of acres of rainforest? As heart-adorned cards fill high street shops, retailers are continuing to sell goods made with illegally and unsustainably sourced wood, according to a report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-UK). Legislative loopholes in the EU Timber Regulation, introduced in 2013 to prevent illegally logged wood from being imported into Europe, mean that not all imported timber and wood products are covered by the regulation. Greetings cards, books and musical instruments fall outside the regulations.

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Banco Santander targeted over deforestation link

Mongabay.com
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace has opened a new front in its campaign against a controversial Indonesian logging company by targeting one of its major financiers: Banco Santander. In a blog post Tuesday, Greenpeace signaled that Santander (NYSE:SAN), one of the world’s largest banks, was fair game in its effort to push Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) to stop destroying rainforests and peatlands. “Diggers are tearing up Indonesia’s rainforest – home to endangered tigers, orangutans and sun bears – and Santander is bankrolling the paper company that’s leading this destruction,” the activist group said, noting that the bank brokered a $600 million loan to APRIL in 2012.

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Indonesia dissolves agency charged with forestry reform

Mongabay.com
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s first cabinet-level ministry dedicated to implementing REDD+ has been dissolved. In accordance with Indonesian Presidential Decree No. 16/2015 the agency known as BP REDD+, along with the National Council on Climate Change, has been absorbed into the newly merged Ministry of the Environment and Forestry (MoEF) as part of a massive government restructuring. Former leaders of BP REDD+ may be kept on as advisors to the new Directorate General of Climate Change Oversight—one of nine Directorates General established during the restructuring and merging of the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forestry. The move is part of a push by newly elected President Joko Widodo to streamline the government and reduce overlap of agencies.

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Who’s responsible for deforestation? New Forest 500 bares all

A new ranking by Global Canopy Programme paints a depressing picture of current efforts by those driving deforestation, but some good progress has been made, giving cause for optimism.
Eco-Business
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UK think tank Global Canopy Programme (GCP) has launched a first-of-its-kind platform that evaluates and ranks 500 organisations around the world which are responsible for the commodities that drive deforestation. The study has uncovered a “depressing” picture of deforestation: Only seven companies scored top marks in implementing policies to protect forests and most governments are lagging behind, suggesting that the current global goal of halving forest loss by 2020 may just remain a pipedream. The Forest 500 ranking is based on a study of 250 companies – with total annual revenue in excess of US$4.5 trillion – 150 investors and lenders, 50 countries and regions, and 50 other organisations.

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Swedish wildlife extinction threat as loggers clear-cut ‘old growth’ forests

The Ecologist
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sweden’s biodiverse ancient forests will be largely wiped out within two decades, writes Alec Forss – and along with it will go thousands of species that depend on mature forest ecosystems. But with powerful logging companies riding roughshod over the law, regulators, politicians and certifiers, who is to stop the destruction before it’s too late? …Aimed at raising public awareness, the message of the video by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) (see below) is clear: Sweden no longer looks like what you think. While Sweden’s forest cover of 60% of the country’s land area is one of the highest in Europe, it is calculated that more than half of Sweden’s productive forests have been felled since the 1950s.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Thunder Bay Generating Station now fueled by advanced biomass

Biomass Magazine
February 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Power Generation’s Thunder Bay Generating Station is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel. “Ontario is a leader in building a clean energy system, and the completion of the conversion to use advanced biomass at Thunder Bay is key to building a cleaner future for the people of our province,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. “Congratulations to OPG for their commitment to this initiative and recognizing the long-term benefits cleaner electricity generation will bring to the people of Ontario.”

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Geoengineering: The Bad Idea We Need to Stop Climate Change

The National Research Council has provided a shock of fresh air to the climate debate in the U.S.
Bloomgerg.com
February 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Maybe the problem with climate change isn’t that we’ve messed with the earth too much. Or maybe we haven’t messed with it enough. The National Research Council, which writes fat, independent reports on complicated topics for policymakers, has at last weighed in on the utility— and possible consequences—of re-engineering the planet to ease global warming’s worst impacts. It’s called geoengineering, and with a name like that, what could go wrong?… The expensive-and-immature approaches range from dramatic reforestation to capturing carbon dioxide from biomass power plants and channeling it underground forever and on to sucking CO2 out of the air directly with machines that have barely been invented.

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The Lumber Man In Charge of Climate Policy

East Bay Express
February 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Bay Area billionaire Robert Fisher profits by logging California’s North Coast forests, even as Governor Jerry Brown has tapped him to help implement the state’s anti-global warming agenda. The world’s largest remaining contiguous stand of old-growth redwood forest resides in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. On the park’s northwestern flank, six people gathered last May to oppose a logging venture on adjacent private property. For four days, the activists shadowed the loggers and their supervising forester, as well as three Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies who were keeping a watchful eye on the forest defenders in case they edged over the park boundary.

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Stand For Trees: Forest Carbon For The Masses?

February 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest carbon has always been a touchy-feely way to reduce your carbon footprint – after all, by purchasing a REDD offset, you’re doing more than just fulfilling the requirement of the acronym and “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.” If the project is properly-structured, you’re helping a specific community save a specific patch of endangered rainforest – and in a way that often helps them build schools, fund healthcare, and develop sustainable sources of income for the future. These features could make REDD offsets ideal for individuals – the millions of people around the world who want to be carbon-neutral but don’t know how to offset the few tons of emissions they inevitably generate. The overwhelming majority of REDD offsets, however, are purchased by corporations.

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Stand For Trees: Forest Carbon For The Masses?

February 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest carbon has always been a touchy-feely way to reduce your carbon footprint – after all, by purchasing a REDD offset, you’re doing more than just fulfilling the requirement of the acronym and “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.” If the project is properly-structured, you’re helping a specific community save a specific patch of endangered rainforest – and in a way that often helps them build schools, fund healthcare, and develop sustainable sources of income for the future. These features could make REDD offsets ideal for individuals – the millions of people around the world who want to be carbon-neutral but don’t know how to offset the few tons of emissions they inevitably generate. The overwhelming majority of REDD offsets, however, are purchased by corporations.

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