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Daily Archives: February 12, 2015

Special Feature

Davis LLP Welcomes New Associate, Jason Fisher, R.P.F.

Davis & Co. LLP
February 12, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Davis LLP, a full-service national law firm, is pleased to announce that Jason Fisher, R.P.F. will be joining its Forestry Law Practice Group in April 2015. Jason practiced law with Davis LLP before moving to industry as Vice President of a lumber products company in the B.C. Interior. Jason will be based in Prince George and will focus his practice on the forest industry and First Nations matters. The Davis LLP Forestry Law Practice Group advises and represents clients across Canada and abroad on all issues affecting the forest sector, and provides guidance on developing policy for legislative initiatives and education programs.

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Froggy Foibles

The Gladiator Tree Frog

National Geographic
February 11, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The gladiator frog, Hypsiboas rosenbergi, also known as Rosenberg’s gladiator tree frog, measures about 3.3 inches and is known for the aggressiveness displayed by males. Female gladiator frogs mate only with males capable of providing a nest, which puts pressure on males to either build one or conquer one from other males. This is when the gladiator-like fights kick in. Male gladiators remain very vigilant of intruding males until the eggs hatch. If a male poses a threat to the nest, they can engage in fierce wrestling matches, often times resulting in death or serious permanent damage to one of the contenders.

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Business & Politics

Producers on edge over possible CP engineer, conductor strike

Globe and Mail
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Companies that depend on the railway to haul their goods to market are bracing for a possible strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Catherine Cobden, executive vice-president of the Forest Products Association of Canada, said the 21 companies she represents are “very concerned” about the possibility of a strike Saturday night by CP’s locomotive engineers and conductors… Ms. Cobden said it takes three-and-a-half trucks to replace one rail car, and most lumber mills will not be able to find enough trucking capacity to replace trains. Many mills produce pulp and paper that cannot be stored outdoors, so they cannot stockpile while waiting for rail service to resume, she said.

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Canfor cuts shift at Canal Flats Mill; 81 employees hurt by decision

The Boundary Sentinel
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor announced to their Canal Flats employees (Thursday) February 5 that the mill would be going from two shifts to one affecting 81 employees due to lack of economically available fiber effective May 4, 2015. “This is devastating news for our members, their families, Canal Flats, surrounding communities and the Local Union” said Doug Singer, President of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook. …Canfor public affairs director Corinne Stavness told the Columbia Valley Pioneer the company says a lack of economically available fibre in the region as the reason for the cut.

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B.C. Liberals introduce new workplace safety laws

Legislation will add enforcement tools for WorkSafeBC, including on-the-spot fines
Vancouver Sun
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberals introduced legislation Wednesday to increase workplace safety following recommendations that resulted from two deadly 2012 sawmill explosions. The legislation adds enforcement tools for WorkSafeBC, the province’s chief safety agency. They include on-the-spot fines of up to $1,000, wider discretion to stop work deemed unsafe and the ability to take more forceful action against egregious, wilful and repeat offenders. The new legislation also expands the court’s authority to bar the worst offenders from operating in an industry, and shortens time frames in which companies must conduct investigations into significant workplace incidents.25/story.

Sawmill explosions prompt introduction of legislation for employer accountability from The Canadian Press
New Bill Aims to improve Workplace Safety from 250 News
Proposed bill to protect employees applies 12 WorkSafeBC recommendations from The Globe and Mail

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Union responds to Canfor layoffs

Daily Townsman.com
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A number of options, including transfers and severance, are being pursued by the union representing workers who are affected by layoffs at the Canal Flats operation. According to the United Steelworkers Local 1-405, 81 jobs are affected after Canfor announced the layoffs last week as the company moves from two shifts to one. “It’s devastating for the members and the families in the communities for sure. We’re working hard right now with Canfor to try and address all the issues and make sure we do everything we can,” said Doug Singer, president of the USW Local 1-405. According to a Canfor corporate spokesperson, the available fibre supply in the region is not sufficient to support the processing capacity, which necessitates the reduction.

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Acadian Timber 4Q net sales increased by 3%

Lesprom
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the 4Q 2014, Acadian Timber Corp. generated net sales of $22.5 million ($17.8 million) on sales volume of 361 thousand cubic metres, which represents a $0.7 million ($0.6 million), or 3%, increase in net sales compared to the same period in 2013, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. A 10% year-over-year increase in the weighted average log selling price drove Adjusted EBITDA for the 4Q 2014 to $7.5 million ($5.9 million), a $1.3 million ($1 million) increase from the 4Q 2013, while Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 33% from 28% in the same period of last year.

Press Release from Acadian Timber

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LP Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2014 Results

Business Wire
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

…“The fourth quarter was a tough quarter for LP as OSB prices drifted downward, log outages affected our siding production and EWP sales slowed as dealers aggressively managed their inventories at year-end,” said Curt Stevens, CEO. “But, there are some positive signs that housing activity will improve including: increase in consumer confidence (lower energy prices); actions by the government to lower the cost and increase the availability of mortgages; lower mortgage rates; and a better outlook for jobs.”

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EIA updates short-term forecasts for bioenergy

Biomass Magazine
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that total renewables use for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year. In 2016, total renewables consumption for electric power and heat generation is expected to increase by 2.9 percent, including a 6 percent increase in nonhydropower renewables. Wood biomass is currently expected to be used to generate 119,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, including to 121,000 MWh per day next year. 

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Louisiana-Pacific announces management team changes effective March 1

Lesprom
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) announced several internal changes to its executive management team. The organizational changes will be effective March 1, 2015, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. CEO Curt Stevens said, “These changes provide opportunities for LP to benefit from the shared perspectives and best practices across businesses as we continue to develop our top leadership talent.”

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Laid-off Weyerhaeuser employees set to return to work

TDN.com
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

About 180 employees temporarily laid off by Weyerhaeuser Co. last month should all be back on the job Thursday, according to the paperworkers’ union. Weyerhaeuser temporarily cut production at its Longview liquid packaging plant starting Jan. 27. The company cited the West Coast port slowdown for slowing shipment of its products to overseas customers and increased costs for freight and warehousing. “The liquid packaging facility is scheduled to be back up and running tomorrow,” Weyerhaeuser spokesman Anthony Chavez said Wednesday.

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North Bend council votes to re-zone land for log export terminal

KCBY.com
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY, ore. — It was reported in October that the Coquille Economic Development Corporation was joining forces with Knutson Tow Boats to start a log export terminal, but there was a problem.  According to the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan most of the land was in a zone that did not allow the storage or sorting of logs. Tuesday night the North Bend City Council voted to change that. The public hearing to discuss a plan text amendment attracted a crowd and every person who spoke was in favor of the export project.

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Port Townsend Paper Corp., sold to Atlanta holding company

Peninsula Daily News
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend Paper Corp. is changing ownership this week with a newly formed holding company purchasing the mill and its assets, it was announced Tuesday. Crown Paper Group Inc. of Atlanta will close on the sale later this week as it purchases Port Townsend Holdings Inc. in its entirety, which controls Port Townsend Paper Corp. — the mill — and Crown Corrugated, which does business as Crown Packaging and Boxmaster in Vancouver, B.C. “This is very positive for the mill because the people who are buying us know our business and how they can make it more profitable,” Port Townsend Paper Corp. President Roger Hagan said Tuesday, when the news of a sales agreement having been signed was announced.

PT Paper mill sold to newly created Crown Paper Group from The PT Leader

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International Paper Mill explores other energy options

WPTZ.com
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. —In a sudden reversal, the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga opted out of a natural gas pipeline deal with Vermont Gas Systems. The decision puts an end to phase two of the pipeline project. IP’s Ticonderoga site employs more than 600 people and receives regular deliveries from roughly 700 others. At the factory, what comes in as wood leaves as printer-ready paper, which is sold in stores across North America. “Value-added paper is color copy, laser print. It’s termed unloaded free sheet is what it’s called,” said Donna Wadsworth, communications manager for IP’s Ticonderoga mill.

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Fire heavily damages main saw building at Schmitt Timber Co.

Pierce County Herald
February 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SPRING VALLEY — Firefighters from more than a dozen departments worked into early Saturday morning to control a blaze in a sawing building at Schmitt Timber Co., a large sawmill and wood-processing firm, located about two miles west of Spring Valley. Wayne Schmitt, who operates the business with sons Jeff and Greg, said he was away for the afternoon but his sons told him the mill was shut down, the saw building had been cleaned up and when the men left the complex about 4:30 p.m., Friday, all appeared well. Pierce County’s dispatch center was notified of smoke in the area of the mill at N8539 CTH B just after 5 p.m. Wayne was alerted the fire early in the evening.

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Forestry firm Scottish Woodlands reports record sales

BBC News
February 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forest management company Scottish Woodlands has posted a record turnover, lifted by strong demand for domestically-grown timber. The Edinburgh-based firm saw sales rise by nearly 15% to £73.8m for the year to the end of September. Net retained profit climbed from £560,000 to £1.1m. The company, which is 80% employee-owned, is now harvesting more than one million tonnes of timber a year on behalf of its clients. Scottish Woodlands said demand for forestry investments remained high over the year, while utilities and landscaping activity also increased.  Managing director Colin Mann said the company’s growth reflected the success of the forestry sector, which is currently benefiting from strong supplies of timber.

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Sappi upbeat on slower fall in paper demand

BCLive.co.za
February 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

DEMAND for paper declined at a slower rate over the past 12 months than in previous years, Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said on Wednesday. “In Europe coated woodfree paper was only down about 2% over the past 12 months or so — in the past that’s been 4%-5%. So it’s still negative, but it’s slightly better than it was,” he said, citing a US trend. “We know that it will continue to decline, but at least the slowdown in decline puts a little bit less pressure on us.” With digital products taking market share from paper, Sappi has grown its dissolving woodpulp business, which makes products from pulp for the textiles, food and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mid-rise wood use a needed evolution: advocates

Daily Commercial News
February 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s building scene is about to undergo an evolution in residential design as developers take advantage of building code changes that permit residential mid-rises (up to six storeys) to be constructed in wood. The code change came into effect Jan. 1, making Ontario the second province, after British Columbia, to allow wood constructed mid-rises.  “There are many design teams now being retained by developers who actually have plans, land and finances in place to start taking advantage of these new rules,” says Steven Street, technical director at Ontario Wood WORKS!, a national campaign organized to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.

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US Hardwood Industry Coalition Thanks USDA

Woodworking Network
February 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC – After initial confusion within the hardwood industry about the status of the proposed Hardwood Checkoff, the USDA has issued a statement via e-mail to stakeholders clarifying where the process stands. According to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the agency reviewing the proposal:… To clarify, USDA is still in the process of evaluating the voluminous comments received on the proposed rules for the Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order and Referendum Procedures. We hope to complete our review shortly. AMS intends to publish any next step in this rulemaking process in the Federal Register, and, if appropriate, provide an opportunity for public comment.

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Wood or fiberglass? Council to decide whether fiberglass windows are allowed on historic houses

Gazette Times
February 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

What kind of windows should historic properties be required to have? That’s the issue the Corvallis City Council must unknot when it deliberates in a pair of cases at its Feb. 17 meeting at the downtown fire station. The council is meeting on Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday Monday… “Historic wooden windows are simple to repair and, when properly maintained or restored, will generally far outlast replacements. The proposed fiberglass-clad inserts are not permitted by code (and would) reduce the net size of historic windows. The Historic Resources Commission correctly interpreted and applied existing code.”

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Forestry

City grant requests spark Terrace council debate

Terrace Standard
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City councillors are wrestling with decisions about whether certain groups should qualify for grants this year provided directly from the city and from subsidiary Terrace Community Forest. After reviewing a list of requests, councillors now want more detailed budget information from groups… Seventeen groups have applied for grants totalling $156,845, with $150,000 coming in from the municipal forestry company, which is a 50 per cent rise in available money over last year.

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B.C. protects more old-growth forests on Sunshine Coast

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The government of British Columbia is protecting more old-growth forests and enhancing biodiversity by establishing another 567 old growth management areas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. British Columbia’s newest old growth management areas lie within five landscape units of the Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District and cover 18,421 hectares, representing about 13.6% of the 134,993 hectares of Crown forested land base in those landscape units… These areas are excluded from commercial timber harvesting, which helps preserve plant ecosystems, wildlife habitat and cultural values.

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Editorial: B.C.’s water is undervalued

Victoria Times Colonist
February 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Changes to regulations governing B.C.’s water supplies are welcome, but the legislation still does not fully acknowledge the true value of this precious resource.  Last year, the government replaced B.C.’s Water Act of 1909 with the Water Sustainability Act, which, among other things, states that users of the province’s ground-water (other than homeowners on individual wells) must pay for the water they extract. The new rules require water users to pay permit-application fees and water-rental rates. …And after we have used it or abused it, it is often polluted. Fracking, logging and other activities threaten the quality of our water. Yes, protective regulations are in place, but we cannot let our guard down. The province should compile a water inventory, with particular attention to groundwater.

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Limerick Forest celebrates 75th anniversary

Inside Ottawa Valley
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An open house was held at the Limerick Forest Interpretative Centre on February 8, hosted by the Friends of Limerick Forest, featuring birding expert Bruce Di Labio. “This is one of a bunch of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Limerick Forest,” explained Geoff McVey, Forest Manager. It all began in 1940, when the Agreement Forest Program (AFP) was signed by the County of Leeds and Grenville and the province. The program was designed to promote substantial tree planting in the early 40’s and 50’s. Over 8 million trees were planted over the life of the program

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Video: Our forests, our solutions- How climate change affects forests

Forest Business Network
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Our Forests, Our Solutions from NIACS on Vimeo.

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Good news and bad news for beetle fight; 2014 Health Survey

Results of 2014 Aerial Forest Health Survey
KOTA TV
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The mountain pine beetle battle rages on, but the bugs aren’t as cozy in the hills as they used to be. “We’ve been placing our treatments there for several years, working with partners across all lands in our forest industry,” said Bobzien. “And trying to be at the right place at the right time.” Bobzien says there are still hot spots, which includes west of Hill City, west of Deadwood, southeast of Custer, and along the South Dakota/Wyoming state border. “It’s habitat and persistence of the beetle,” said Bobzien. “They started in 1996 in some areas and as long as the dense large diameter trees are available for them, they continue to persist.”

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State adopts new logging rule for landslide-prone areas

Heraldn Net
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — A new state rule approved Tuesday makes clear that anyone seeking to log in landslide-prone areas might have to provide additional scientific data to show the safety of the public is adequately protected.The state Forest Practices Board, an independent panel that regulates logging, voted unanimously to adopt the rule that’s been in the works since May 2014.That’s when the state Department of Natural Resources revised its timber harvest application to clarify that the agency may require additional geotechnical reports before being allowed to log near potentially unstable slopes or landforms.

Forest Practices Board approves rule for timber harvests and unstable slopes from The Enumclaw Courier-Herald

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Large sediment plume enters Lake Coeur d’Alene

The Spokesman-Review
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The cause of a large silt plume in Lake Coeur d’Alene remained a mystery on Tuesday. …But agency officials were unable to detect the cause of the plume. Based on the high volume of sediment, Forest Service officials were looking for a “point source” for the dirt, such as creek jumping its banks and cutting into a hillside, a landslide or a road washing out, said Jason Kirchner, Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesman. Logging at the Forest Service’s 889-acre Blue Alder sale had been scaled back earlier to reduce erosion during the recent heavy rains and snowmelt, Kirchner said.

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Sapling farm could help boost Missoula’s urban forest

The Missoulian
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The city’s long-term plan to maintain and supplement Missoula’s urban forest could include a strategy to create a sapling farm – a proposal that would enable foresters to more than quadruple the number of trees planted each year, and do so with more local control. Chris Boza, the city’s urban forester, addressed the City Council’s Parks and Conservation Committee on Wednesday, briefing members on efforts to finish the new urban forest management plan. “It would cost $68 million if you had to pony up the money and replant all 24,400 trees across the city,” Boza, citing the recent tree inventory.

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Bill Clinton’s Visionary Northwest Forest Plan Is On the Chopping Block

Feds proposal to revise forest management plan that safeguards old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest could lead to increased logging
Earth Island Journal
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Twenty years ago, the Clinton administration adopted the Northwest Forest Plan to safeguard what little remained of the region’s heavily logged old-growth forests, as well as protect its imperiled wildlife. The plan limited the timber industry’s access to federal timber in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. But now, the Obama administration appears willing to concede to the demands of the logging industry and members of Congress who are clamoring for timber they say they were promised but never delivered. The Forest Service revealed the basic outline of the revised plan to representatives of several environmental groups and the American Forest Resources Council, an industry group, at separate private briefings in Portland last November.

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Surveys: St. Joe elk show signs of increase

The Spokesman-Review
February 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Surveys conducted this winter showed a substantial increase in elk calf-cow ratios for elk in portions of North Idaho as the region’s elk seem to be digging out of six-year slump. …”Elk prefer younger forests that provide nutritious browse,” Wakkinen said. …However, those forests have matured. They don’t provide enough nutrition and in some area’s they’re so thick that elk become more vulnerable to predation. The agency is working with the U.S. Forest service and other major landowners to give moose,elk and deer more consideration in forest management, he said. Prescribed fire and well-designed timber harvest are key to the effort.

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Forest plan reset offers chance for collaboration

Asheville Citizen-Times
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A new round of public hearings will be held in April. “We will use these meetings to ‘step back’ the public dialogue away from commenting on (and advocating for) what some believe is a specific proposal concerning the designation of management areas,” said Kristin Bell, supervisor of North Carolina’s national forests. If that means the Forest Service is going to try to persuade critics the plan doesn’t really mean what it says, this will not work. Critics will insist, and rightly so, that the logging issue be met head-on. Forest Service officials say that when the final plan is produced, the area available for logging will be in the order of 300,000 acres. Some of the designated areas are too rocky, others too wet for timber harvesting.

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Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics

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

Healthy forest ecosystems need dead wood to provide important habitat for birds and mammals, but there can be too much of a good thing when dead wood fuels severe wildfires. A scientist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) compared historic and recent data from a forest in California’s central Sierra Nevada region to determine how logging and fire exclusion have changed the amounts and sizes of dead wood over time. Results were recently published in Forest Ecology and Management… Long-term dead wood changes in these forests pose a challenge for forest managers who must balance concerns for wildlife habitat with reducing the chance for damaging wildfires.

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New Hope for an Ancient Forest

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

On tonight’s episode of PBS’s EARTH A New Wild, host M. Sanjayan travels deep into some of the most spectacular forests on the planet, from uncharted areas of the Amazon to the jungles of Sumatra. But this isn’t your typical nature documentary. Tonight’s episode demonstrates that in forests around the world, nature and people can thrive together. A shining example of this is Canada’s spectacular Great Bear Rainforest. Great Bear is full of massive old-growth forests spread across a vast landscape of mountains, fjords and waterways. It stretches for more than 250 miles, from the northern end of Vancouver Island to the Alaskan border. Nearly 60 percent of the planet’s original coastal temperate rainforests have been logged or developed. This place represents a quarter of what’s left.

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Supply chain policies need work to save forests-think tank

Reuters
February 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BARCELONA – Governments, companies and investors still have significant work to do if they are to stop global supply chains causing deforestation and worsening climate change, a tropical forest think tank said on Wednesday. A new ranking of 250 companies, 150 investors and lenders, 50 countries and regions, and 50 other powerful players showed only a small minority have comprehensive policies in place to tackle the problem. At the current rate of progress, international goals to end deforestation will not be met, the Global Canopy Programme warned. “Whilst some powerbrokers are leading the way in addressing global forest loss, many are failing to take the action required,” it said in a report on the “Forest 500”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Scientists Bash EPA’s Take On Burning Wood For Power

Huffington Post
February 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — A group of 78 scientists is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency memo they say may dramatically undermine President Barack Obama’s directive to cut planet-warming emissions. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, a group that includes climate scientists, engineers, and ecologists criticizes a November 2014 EPA policy memo that discounts emissions generated by burning biomass, including plants, trees, and other wood products known as sources of biogenic carbon dioxide. Critics said they fear the memo shows how biomass might be treated under the EPA’s forthcoming Clean Power Plan, which will set the first regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The EPA is expected to finalize those regulations by summer.

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Report: European pellet demand could increase U.S. forest area

Biomass Magazine
February 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A recently released study led by U.S. Forest Service scientists and published by the Forest Service’s Southern Research Station finds that policies in the European Union and elsewhere requiring the use of renewable and low greenhouse gas-emitting energy are driving demand for wood pellets used to generate bioenergy. This demand could provide new markets for U.S. timber exports, increase wood prices, and lead to increases in forestland area. Karen Abt, research economist with the SRS Forest Economics and Policy unit is the lead author of the report. “Southern forests and some northern forests as well, are being used to produce pellets for export to the EU,” she said. “Current and proposed production levels have the potential to increase prices, but may also lead to an increase in timberland area.”

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A biofuel debate: Will cutting trees cut carbon?

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

Does combating climate change require burning the world’s forests and crops for fuel? It certainly looks that way, judging from the aggressive mandates governments across the globe have set to incorporate bioenergy into their transportation fuels in the hope of limiting the world’s overwhelming dependence on gasoline and diesel to move people and goods. While biofuels account for only about 2.5 percent today, the European Union expects renewable energy – mostly biofuels – to account for 10 percent of its transportation fuel by 2020. In the United States, the biofuel goal is about 12 percent by early in the next decade. The International Energy Agency envisions using biofuels to supply as much of 27 percent of the world’s transportation needs by midcentury.

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Forest owners ask government for ETS crisis meeting

By The NZ Forest Owners’ Association
Scoop Independent News
February 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest owners are asking the government to call an urgent meeting of primary sector leaders and iwi to deal with the country’s greenhouse gas emissions blow-out. They say a lack of new forest planting and a looming harvest “bulge” has to be addressed. “Forests planted since 1990 have contributed to the credit side of the country’s climate change ledger. As these forests are harvested, without any significant offset from new planting, they will increasingly throw the ledger into the red. New Zealand’s lack of real action on climate change will become a stark reality,” says FOA chief executive David Rhodes.

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Nepal prepares for UN forest carbon trading

Eco-Business
February 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Nepal’s forests store more than 500 million tonnes of carbon, new government research has revealed. This is equivalent to about two thirds of India’s total emissions in 2011. Officials say this is the first nationwide survey of its kind and an important step towards preparing the country for trading carbon stored in forests, a mechanism for which is under discussion by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “Now we are among the few countries that have solid scientific information about the status of its forest carbon,” said Krishna Acharya, a spokesperson at Nepal’s Forest Ministry. How to pay poor countries for their efforts to preserve and store carbon in forests has long been a subject of hot debate at UN climate conferences.

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