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Business & Politics

Tembec applauds Canada’s request for a WTO Panel on China Anti-Dumping Measures

from Tembec
Canada Newswire press release
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL,  – Tembec Inc. is pleased that International Trade Minister Ed Fast has requested a panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to resolve the trade dispute with China on dissolving pulp.  As a result of a petition by the China pulp industry, China imposed duties on viscose dissolving pulp against selected countries including Canada. These duties negatively impact Tembec’s operations and customers as we rely on market access to China for sale of viscose dissolving pulp.   Tembec supports rules-based trade of forest products as this provides our customers with predictable source of quality product, provides stability to our mills, employees and communities.

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Western Forest reports lower Q4 net income

Canadian Press
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Western Forest Products Inc. is reporting net income for the fourth quarter of $12.9 million, or three cents a share. The Vancouver-based company says that was down from $49.9 million, or 13 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Revenue was $232.6 million, down from $242 million in the year ago quarter, due to lower log sales volumes and weaker log export pricing. Western says it benefited from the weaker Canadian dollar, as well as gradual improvement in U.S. new home construction starts and the continued strength of the U.S. repair and renovation markets.

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B.C. shifts focus to promising industries for another balanced budget

Globe and Mail
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is counting on a diversified economy to weather the impact of tough times in the energy industry, touting strength in areas such as lumber, tourism and technology. As British Columbia forecasts its third consecutive balanced budget, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the province’s fortunes look bright even as low oil prices hammer its neighbour Alberta… The B.C. government forecasts that the province will show resilience in lumber, tourism, information technology, digital games, software publishing, transportation and food products. Mr. de Jong noted that B.C.’s merchandise exports to China have soared from 2.3 per cent of the total in 2001 to nearly 20 per cent last year. Lumber is seen as a bright spot not only because of rising exports to China, but a rebound in the U.S. housing market.

No tax increases, modest spending in budget earns praise from BC business leaders from The Vancouver Sun

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Interfor Announces Additional Long-Term Debt Financing with Prudential Capital Group

Stockhouse
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, Interfor announced today it has priced a US$100 million long-term debt financing with Prudential Capital Group… The financing is expected to close on March 16th and the proceeds will be used to reduce the drawings under the Company’s bank credit facilities. As previously disclosed, the Company expects to close the acquisition of four sawmills from Simpson Lumber Company, LLC on March 1st, with a portion of the acquisition price initially financed from funds currently available under its existing bank credit facilities.

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Balanced Budget 2015 – A Disciplined Approach for Our Economy

Coast Forest Products
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association and its member companies welcome the Province’s disciplined approach to growing our economy as demonstrated today by this year’s Balanced Budget 2015 and presented by Finance Minister Mike de Jong. The 2015 budget reveals continued stability in funding levels for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Within this, the Association acknowledges the government’s ongoing support for the industry through funding for resource stewardship, First Nations partnerships, industry innovation and competition, and market development – all of which further strengthen the competitiveness of BC’s coastal forest industry.

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Liberals vague on future plan for B.C. forestry sector

Globe and Mail
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong offered tax breaks and other support for the province’s natural gas and mining sectors on Tuesday, but little for the forest industry, the single largest contributor to the province’s natural-resource revenues. The B.C. budget forecasts that natural-resource revenues will slide by nearly 7 per cent this year, thanks to lower revenue from energy sectors. But revenue from forestry is expected to deliver $835-million to provincial coffers – more than double the amount that will come from natural gas royalties – and is forecast to rise at a rate of 6.2 per cent over each of the next three years.

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Port experiences record year for cargo volumes

Delta Optimist
February 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Metro Vancouver released its 2014 year-end statistics last week that show a second consecutive year of record-breaking cargo volumes. The year was marked by best-ever volumes in the bulk and container sectors, resulting in a record overall year in tonnage. …Breakbulk volumes also fell slightly due to a decrease in log exports. Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest gateway, handling 19 per cent of the value of Canada’s total trade in goods.

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MDF plant in Sault tops in productivity

Sault This Week
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Over the past 20 years, the Base Line Flakeboard plant has risen to become one of the most efficient and productive manufacturers of composite panels or particleboard, also known as MDF, in North America. Lloyd Hotchkiss, regional manufacturing director at the local mill, which employs just over 120 people said in a recent interview the company turns out 170-million square feet of MDF composite panels annually. About 60 per cent of the mill’s product, which is used for construction of items like kitchen cabinets, shelving and contoured molding is shipped to markets in the United States.

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A mill in Long Creek? No kidding

Residents say mill activity will be a welcome sight in Long Creek.
Blue Mountain Eagle
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LONG CREEK – Things are looking up in Long Creek, as plans firm up for a small-wood chipping facility at the old mill site. “It’s a dream come true,” said Mayor Don Porter. “We’re really stoked about it.” The Long Creek City Council last week approved a conditional use permit for Grant County Fiber to operate a plant at 200 N. Eagle St. The permit hearing drew about 25 residents, plenty of support and no opposition. Porter said one resident who had voiced concerns about noise earlier in the process has since done some research that resolved his concerns.

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Weyerhaeuser Gains on Housing Market Revival, Runs Risks

NASDAC
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Feb 11, 2015, we issued an updated research report on Weyerhaeuser Company. Despite being well-positioned to leverage benefits from the U.S. housing market recovery, certain near-term headwinds can impede the company’s growth momentum. Weyerhaeuser, one of the leading U.S. forest product companies, serves a diverse client base spread over the U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe and other regions. The company’s West Coast Timberlands are well suited for domestic and export markets, while its Southern Timberlands are ideal for the Wood Products market. Cellulose Fibers benefits from its unique fluff and value-added products. 

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Report highlights growth of EU pellet consumption

Biomass Magazine
February 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The EurObserv’ER has published a new edition of its Solid Biomass Barometer, reporting consumption of solid biomass in the European Union increased to 91.5 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2103, up 2.9 Mtoe from the previous year. According to the report, the increase was particularly sharp in France and the U.K., with increases of a lesser degree occurring in Spain and Italy. Consumption in some countries, however, declined, including Sweden and Poland. The report indicates overall heat consumption from solid biomass reached 71.7 Mtoe in the EU in 2013, along with 81.7 TWh of electricity.

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Planting trees makes sense on many levels

Irish Independent
February 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

History, despite some notable exceptions, proves this to be true, but the other great financial truism is that demand creates supply. Timber and wood products of all kinds are in demand right now but how long will this last? Unless we have some world-transforming discovery that will deliver a cheap, environmentally friendly form of fuel, the price of timber for fuel should at least hold. …It seems far-fetched to think that wood chip might replace oil as the fuel that drives our economy, but just look at the facts.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Megasolar plant in Japan uses lumber mountings

EET India
February 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Solar Frontier has started building a megasolar plant that uses mountings made from lumber, an unusual occurrence in Japan. …The plant will leverage knowhow about wooden mountings from Xyence, the leaseholder and a specialist in wood preservation technology. The wooden mountings, made of Japanese timber, will comprise about 20 per cent of all the mountings at the power plant facility. High resistance to salt air damage and low thermal conductivity were important factors in choosing wooden mountings for this project. The wooden mountings also offer better resistance to the effects of heat under strong sun conditions.

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Forestry

Province Organizes Boreal Forest Summit in Northern Manitoba

ChrisD Winnipeg News & Media
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government has organized a summit in northern Manitoba to talk about how best to make sure the province’s boreal forest stays healthy. Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said the forest contains wildlife, rivers, lakes and wetlands that have both local and international significance, so to that end, they brought together stakeholders and Indigenous communities to talk about it.

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Apex owners frustrated with clear cuts

Penticton Western News
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jeff Brown says he is at a bit of a loss as to what to do about clear cutting around Apex Mountain Resort and the residential area. Brown, chair of the Apex Property Owners Association Forestry Committee, said there has already been 1,500 hectares of clear cut over the last decade, a number he expects to double in the next six years after looking at Weyerhaeuser Canada’s plans for the areas. Brown said it has been a frustrating process, trying to convince forestry companies to adopt harvesting practices that are more compatible with a recreation area. “The industry has basically said that clear cutting is the only option they will consider, and they have been doing a lot of it,” said Brown. 

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Cherryville equipment damaged

Vernon Morning Star
February 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The RCMP believe an incident of vandalism may be related to a dispute in Cherryville. Some residents have expressed concerns about a logging road being constructed adjacent to the community forest on Cherry Ridge. Sometime around Jan. 13, some of the heavy equipment belonging to the contractor constructing the road was severely damaged. “Damage to one of the excavators is estimated at more than $2,500,” said Cpl. Henry Proce, officer in charge of the Lumby RCMP detachment. “This is a criminal act and an unfortunate turn of events in what was previously a civil dispute.”

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Warm weather hampers logging operations

Williams Lake Tribune
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unseasonably warm weather has impacted the local logging industry. On Friday, Feb. 13, road restrictions came into effect, which is weeks earlier than previous years, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We’ve had a lot of freeze thaws this season and the frost didn’t settle very far into the ground,” a ministry spokesperson told the Tribune. Troy Bremner of Troyco Enterprises said his trucks didn’t run at all last week, but with the temperatures dropping to below zero Sunday night they were able to get back to work.

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Illegal tree cutting under investigation in Burnaby, B.C. salmon spawning creek

CBC News
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Burnaby, B.C. is investigating complaints of illegal tree cutting after more than a dozen alder trees were cut down without a permit last week near a salmon spawning creek. Resident Alicia Schuurmans says she contacted the city when she saw someone had removed the trees from a property that backs onto Buckingham Creek… The trees ranged in size and age, all were near Buckingham Creek, one of a number of sensitive waterways in the Central Valley watershed near Deer Lake.

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Province Pays Over $5 Million for First Nations Burial Site

Kelowna Now
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Following a controversial land dispute, the Nature Conservancy of Canada now officially holds title to Grace Islet. The Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced on Monday that the Province of B.C. has contributed $5.45 million. Broken down as $850,000 for the land and $4.6 million in a settlement agreement with the previous landowner, an agreement as at last been struck. …the amount listed represents all costs incurred over the past two decades by the landowner and his lost opportunity for future enjoyment of the property. Utility installation and archaeological, architectural, and professional fees are some of the incurred costs.

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Hwy 924 safety threat

The Star Phoenix
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s apparent Highway 924 was not constructed to bear the weight or frequency of heavy traffic. Travelling there last summer, I met approximately seven transports carrying logs within the first 20 kilometres, and encountered “potholes” that could swallow small vehicles. These spots and the restrictive road width make it dangerous to encounter log carriers. With regard to tourism, the websites don’t mention the rape of the land that’s perpetrated to keep these transports moving logs. Bare areas along the road, whose trees at one time enticed visitors, now don’t serve as an invitation for tourists to return. Extending this pillage of the land can only further discourage tourism. .

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The “Single Use Sustained Yield Act”: A thoughtful proposal for improving the management of our National Forests

Evergreen Magazine
February 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Are you tired of the continuing lack of active forestry treatments in our at-risk National Forests, tired of attending collaborative meetings that seem to be having – at best – anemic success in treating millions of acres of overstocked and dying timber stands within our National Forests, tired of legal gridlock created by environmental organizations that don’t participate in collaborative efforts and tired with the media putting out misinformation and inciting controversy over various proposals for improved management of our public forests? I’m tired too.

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Sen. Daines Holds Forest Management Roundtables To Find Ways To Boost Logging

Manitoba Public Radio
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tuesday in Columbia Falls, Senator Steve Daines kicked off a series of three meetings in western Montana that he’s calling “Forest Management Reform Roundtables.” Around the table were executives from three timber mills, county commissioners from Sanders, Lincoln and Mineral counties, and Montana leaders of The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Parks Conservation Organization. Senator Daines kicked off the discussion by asking a front-line timber mill worker to talk about what it’s like to be trying to make a living in the industry now. Frank Mills works at the F.H. Stoltze timber mill in Columbia Falls.

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Ketchikan Assembly: Transfer Tongass to state

KRBD.org
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a resolution Tuesday supporting a transfer of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest to state control… During Assembly discussion of the issue, the resolution’s sponsor, Glen Thompson, said that the federal government’s ownership of vast areas of land in the West means that those states are not able to tax adequately to support public services. “There’s about 3 million acres within the borough that belong in the Tongass National Forest. That represents about 98 percent of the land,” he said. “So, what we have is the largest landholder in the borough is nontaxable.”

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Oregon Humongous Fungus Sets Record As Largest Single Living Organism On Earth

Herald and News
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Let’s begin with a couple of riddles: What’s bigger than a whale yet hides out of sight? What could fill 250 semi trucks yet spreads itself thin? The answer lies in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and it tries to kill whatever it touches. But to see it, you have to know what to look for. It’s a fungus. “People don’t think of mushrooms killing trees,” says Greg Filip, a pathologist with the U.S. Forest Service. Trees often benefit from mushrooms at their roots. Honey mushrooms, however, suck the life out of a number of types of trees. The trees fight back, shoving out the invading fungus, pitch oozing out of holes in the bark. But in many cases it’s a lost cause. 

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Counties still short from federal subsidy cut

Billings Gazette
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS — Two months after losing $20 million in a last-minute federal budget deal, Montana counties are still searching for a do-over. In the lame duck session of Congress last December, Lawmakers left the $330 million Secure Rural Schools program out of a last minute deal to keep the federal government running until September. SRS money is paid to counties with U.S. Forest Service land because the lands are both untaxable and often unlogged because of government policy and sluggish timber demand. Roughly $20 million of that money would have gone to Montana counties with U.S. Forest Service lands.

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Another bad fire season could be in Idaho’s future

KTVB.com
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — We’ve seen new records set the past couple weeks with temperatures well above normal, and what happens during these winter months can have a major impact on the summer. If we don’t see more snow, Idaho could see another wildfire like the Murphy Complex in 2007 that scorched more than 650,000 acres. On Feb. 2 when the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow it was supposed to mean six more weeks of winter, but so far February has felt a lot more like spring. “In our higher elevations we have 75 percent of our normal snowpack for this time of year, and in our mid-elevations we’re only at 60 percent,” said Bob Shindelar, Boise National Forest Fire Chief.

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Some environmental groups have abandoned principles

The Missoulian
February 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This article is long overdue. I have lived here for 13 years and am angry about these “pseudo-environmentalist” black-hearted souls calling themselves true environmentalists. I wrote this article as a birthday present to myself. ..National forests and designated wilderness areas should be recognized as primarily the home of wildlife, not the playground for human-caused, noisy, smoke polluting, gas- and oil-spilling, motorized recreational vehicle access, and sources of wildlife habitat-destroying tree harvesting for the timber industry.

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Scientist uses fungus to destroy bark beetles

Phys Org
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Arizona and other western states face ongoing drought conditions, the region’s pine forests are becoming more vulnerable to bark beetles, which attack and kill stressed trees, increasing wildfire danger. NAU researcher Rich Hofstetter is working with a fungus that kills the beetles. “We have isolated particular strains and are testing to see whether these strains are effective against not only the mountain pine beetle, which is the most significant bark beetle in the West, but all the other bark beetles that we have in Arizona that are killing trees, as well as in the eastern United States.”

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Log supply a pressing timber issue

Daines looks for ways to improve forest output
Daily Inter Lake
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Collaboration and reform in federal forest management were the main themes Tuesday during a roundtable discussion held in the Flathead Valley by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. During the first of three such meetings he plans to hold this week, Daines said he is working to develop a comprehensive forest management bill that would get the nod from all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation. … Lumber-mill representatives, environmental leaders and commissioners from Northwest Montana counties historically dependent on logging gathered in the conference room at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber to discuss ways to make national forests more economically productive, while satisfying environmental concerns.

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Commission takes aim at Congress and Forest Service

Salem News Online
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

All three members of the Dent County Commission recently met jointly with Matt Williams, a field representative with Senator Claire McCaskill’s office, to express their concern and frustration with the federal government’s policies concerning local funding. …The Mark Twain National Forest’s current management plan was written in 2005 and is coming due for a reauthorization, much like the Ozark National Scenic Riverways General Management Plan. It appears the forest’s management is going to be a contested issue just like the GMP last year. The ONSR debate created a genuine fervor locally. Among the topics in that debate were motorized boats and horseback riding, which are quite small in comparison to the much larger and contentious issues of logging, funding streams and conservation.

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Conservation and recreation don’t always mix well

Denver Post
February 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRAND JUNCTION — In 1949, Aldo Leopold gave us the land ethic. With the understanding that ethics direct people to cooperate with one another for the mutual benefit of all, he crafted a philosophy that set the stage for the modern conservation movement. …It turns out that modern outdoor recreation — much of it taking place on protected networks of public land and areas set aside as “open space” — is often at odds with wildlife and conservation in ways never before envisioned. The new challenges faced by land managers and the current conservation movement provided fodder for discussion at the annual meeting of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society held recently in Grand Junction.

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Bitterroot family skids logs old-fashioned way (& video)

NBC Montana
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

VICTOR, Mont. – It would be hard to calculate what an important role horses played in Montana’s logging industry. Long before mechanized tools, loggers depended on horses to do the heavy lifting. In the Bitterroot, some people are sticking with the old ways. It’s amazing how agile horses can be in the woods, stepping over stumps and brush, and getting so much work done. Shannon Plocher and his horses were skidding logs in the woods near Victor, Monday morning. “We go ahead and hook our chains to our logs, and skid the logs with horses,” said Plocher, “like you would with a piece of equipment.” The horses drag the timber to the log deck for easy pickup later.

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Indonesia’s Forestry Industry Relies on Illegal Timber: Study

Bloomberg
February 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

About a third of the wood used by Indonesia’s forestry industry came from clear-cutting natural forests and other illegal sources in 2014, according to a study released on Tuesday.
Raw material from illegal sources used by pulp and paper mills exceeded legal supply by the equivalent of 20 million cubic meters last year, according to a report by Washington D.C.-based Forest Trends and the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition, which groups Indonesian civil society organizations. The study compared data from the country’s forestry ministry and timber industry, which it said doesn’t have enough supply from legal timber plantations to fill capacity.

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Campaign asks consumers to directly support forest conservation

Mongabay.com
February 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new campaign is calling on consumers to directly support forest conservation with their wallets. “Stand For Trees” is an initiative launched by Code REDD, a marketing platform for a group of organizations running REDD+ forest conservation projects. Code REDD partners distinguish themselves by adhering to higher standards than conventional REDD+ projects, which aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation…”Stand For Trees” instead targets end consumers by emphasizing the non-carbon benefits of protecting forests, like supporting forest-dependent communities and safeguarding habitat for wildlife.

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How did DLH, a company trading illegal timber from Liberia, get Forest Stewardship Council certification?

Redd Monitor.org
February 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last week, the Forest Stewardship Council announced that it was kicking out Danish timber giant Dalhoff Larsen and Horneman (DLH). FSC did so after investigations by Global Witness revealed that DLH had traded illegal timber from Liberia. But how did a company trading illegal timber get FSC certification in the first place? Patrick Alley, co-Director of Global Witness, says in a statement: “Right now, consumers can’t be sure the wood they buy is legal and sustainable. FSC has done the right thing by expelling DLH, but it shows that you can’t even be sure that certified companies are trading legally.”

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Forest sector sets out path for development

Eco-Business
February 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Viet Nam has set a target to increase forest coverage to 42 per cent in 2015 – an increase of 5 per cent over that of 2014. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan announced the new goal at a meeting in the capital city on Wednesday, which was co-organised with the Forest Sector Supporting Partnership (FSSP). For the year 2015, the forest sector also set a target of bringing in US$6.7 billion from forest products – an increase of $500 million compared with that of 2014.  “This year, the forest sector will continue to update its management of
special use and protection forests; will stop logging natural forests;
and all while stepping activities to protect and develop forests to
improve the livelihoods of poor people and ethnic minorities,”
Tuan said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Green Majority launches “Climate Cartoons”

Vancouver Observer
February 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate science can be a difficult topic to talk about with many unintuitive concepts, and this confusion leads to confused voters!  This new animated series by the Green Majority uses simple language and hand drawn animation to help explain the basic parts that citizens need to know to have an informed position on this vital issue, without trying to tell them what to think about it.  Starting with this first pilot episode “What is a Carbon Budget?” the series will be designed as a course on climate essentials for newbies, each episode tackling one small piece of the puzzle in a bite sized 2-3 min sections. 

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OP-ED: Climate change speeding demise of Pa. state tree

York Dispatch
February 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Slowly but surely, Lyme disease has reached near epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania. Twenty years ago, most of us never heard of Lyme disease. Now, most of us know someone who has had it, and many of us have had it as well. Ticks not only are more abundant in Pennsylvania, but they also have migrated into Canada. It’s no coincidence that warmer winters have facilitated the spread of ticks to the North. Another noxious insect pest, the wooly adelgid, is decimating our state tree, the hemlock. This species originated in southern Virginia, but has steadily moved north as winters have warmed. As of 2007, the adelgid has impacted over 50 percent of the geographic range of the hemlock.

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