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Daily Archives: February 23, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Health-drink craze taps birch trees

Star Tribune
February 22, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

The latest in a long line of energizing drinks could come from your own back yard. Birch tree water is poised to be the hip new health drink of choice. Harvested from the sap of silver birch trees and bottled immediately, the drink has many health-giving properties, from decreasing cellulite to detoxifying the body, its makers claim… For centuries, the sap has been used in herbal remedies in Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. In springtime, the trees are tapped like maple trees. While maple sap is boiled down to create sweet syrup, birch sap is left in its original form.

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Business & Politics

CN Rail, Unifor negotiators to resume talks Monday as lockout looms

Sides to resume bargaining on Monday with 5,000 employees facing lockout by 11 a.m. ET
Canadian Press
February 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian National Railway and Unifor are set to resume contract talks Monday in the face of a threat by the company to lock out nearly 5,000 employees. Statements from both sides said there were high-level discussions on Sunday and the two sides have agreed to continue talking. The railway said Friday it intends to lock out the 4,800 mechanical, intermodal and clerical workers represented by Unifor at 11 p.m. ET Monday unless the union agrees to binding arbitration to settle contract differences. The union, which has announced plans to begin a strike vote next week after the failure of five months of negotiations, rejected the company ultimatum.

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Canfor House a creation of forest giant’s employees

Prince George Citizen
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If not for some inspired thinking from a handful of rank-and-file employees, Canfor House, a popular attraction at Canada Winter Games Plaza, might not have been there at all. As Canfor Pulp president Brett Robinson put it, the idea originated about a year-and-a-half ago when the conversation turned to the Games during a company function. “A bunch of our employees ended up in my room drinking beer and they said ‘we should build Canfor House,'” Robinson said Wednesday. Already busy helping to organize the Games – he’s the executive chair of the Games host society – Robinson made it clear he simply did not have the time to participate in the project.

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Port Metro container truckers demand new commissioner resign

Union declares Andy Smith’s ties to Port Metro Vancouver a conflict of interest
CBC News
February 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The union representing container truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver is calling for the resignation of the new container trucking commissioner over his allegedly close ties to port management. Andy Smith is the president of the B.C. Maritime Employer’s Association, which represents and bargains on behalf of employers at the port… Smith assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association in October of 2007. Before that, Mr. Smith was an adviser on labour, environmental and forest policy matters to the president of Interfor, a major B.C. forest company.

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Delays force Rentech to borrow to finish pellet plants

Northern Ontario Business
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A California wood pellet manufacturer, which landed a long-term supply contract to fuel the Atikokan Generating Station, said it needs to borrow money to finish off rebuilds at its two Northern Ontario mills. Rentech said the cost to acquire and construct pellet plants in Atikokan and Wawa was higher than anticipated and they’re citing delays in construction and high labour costs to install equipment. The Los Angeles-based company announced Feb. 17 that its capital partner has increased its credit facility up to $63 million. Most of the funds are earmarked for plant completion, which is estimated to be $125 million to $130 million, up from $105 million.

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US softwood lumber prices so far showing little movement

EUWID
February 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Business activity is largely still relatively slow on US softwood lumber markets in mid-February. According to Random Lengths, the market is currently being governed by spot purchases for covering volumes required at short notice. Buyers are currently still refraining from concluding longer-term contracts for substantial volumes. As such, there are not yet any recognisable signs of the upswing in demand anticipated by market players.

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Klausner opens doors for local officials

Suwannee Democrat
February 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States


Suwannee County and Live Oak officials and citizens were taken on a tour of the state-of-the-art Klausner Lumber One sawmill at Suwannee County’s catalyst site on Thursday, Feb. 12, to gain a firsthand look at how the mill operates and a better understanding of a major job creator in the region. Klausner Trading USA’s President of International Business Development Thomas Mende led a group of about 15 officials and citizens on a walking tour through the log yard, the sawmill and the sorting facility. Construction is still finishing up at the sorting facility, but elsewhere production is rolling right along.

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Domtar paper mill is approaching its centennial celebration

Times News
February 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

KINGSPORT — Domtar’s paper mill in downtown Kingsport is on the verge of reaching a significant milestone. The mill, first doing business in 1916 as the Kingsport Pulp Mill, is approaching its centennial celebration. In that time, the mill has seen four other owners — Mead, Willamette, Weyerhauser and now Domtar. “It’s gone through a lot of transformation,” Domtar’s Bill MacPherson, who just completed first full year as mill manager, said of the mill. “It went through a pretty big one in 2002 where we were rebuilt as the newest and most modern paper facility in North America. It’s the last what we would call a ‘greenfield facility’ since that machine was installed.”

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Tauranga profit fall from logs

Otago Daily Times
February 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Declining log volumes overshadowed increased container throughput at the Port of Tauranga – delivering a 2% decline in after-tax profit at $38.5 million. Total revenue for the half to December declined from $137.1 million to $136.3 million with underlying after-tax profit down from $39.3 million to $38.5 million – but with the interim dividend up from 21c a year ago to 22c. Cargo across the wharves was up from 9.92 million tonnes to 10.03 million tonnes and container throughput rose from 381,038 to 426,512 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units).

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

City of Toronto Recognized for Support of Local Wood Industry

Newswire.ca
February 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The City of Toronto has been named as the recipient of the 2015 Ontario Wood Award. The award recognizes organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to promoting and supporting local wood programs and producers. The City of Toronto was recognized for their initiatives to promote locally produced wood products and urban forestry services and for their innovative programs to repurpose wood from diseased city trees into usable lumber.

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FMSA Architecture’s reworking of Richmond Rowing Club bookends Yarra strip

Sydney Morning Herald
February 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Richmond Rowing Club occupies dress circle seating on the banks of the Yarra… As well as installing some amenities, there were a number of cosmetic changes, including a plywood basket-style woven ceiling, new lights and carpets. This latest renovation included a gymnasium and larger spaces for training seminars and functions. “Our brief was to tie the past and present together, while opening up spaces to form a more holistic approach,” says Anson. The building was conceived in the Brutalist style. Split-faced concrete bricks and distinctive broad steel eaves provide the palette of materials. In contrast, the latest addition by FMSA is clad in timber, with timber battens creating rhythm and texture to the western elevation.

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Forestry

Province designates old-growth areas

Coast Reporter
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has designated 567 old-growth management areas on the Upper and Lower Sunshine Coast. Announced last week by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the protected areas cover 18,421 hectares, or about 13.6 per cent of Crown forest within five landscape units of the Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District. …The province said it initiated the process of setting boundaries for the old-growth areas in 2010, relying on input from natural resource professionals and forest tenure holders. Consultation with First Nations began in November 2013 and a 60-day public review and comment period ended in February 2014.

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province said it initiated the process of setting boundaries for the
old-growth areas in 2010, relying on input from natural resource
professionals and forest tenure holders. Consultation with First Nations
began in November 2013 and a 60-day public review and comment period
ended in February 2014. – See more at:
http://www.coastreporter.net/news/local-news/province-designates-old-growth-areas-1.1768390#sthash.UeLyNafa.dpuf

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Largest Private Wetland Restoration Project in BC Opens in Meadow Creek

Castlegarsource.com
February 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek resident and environmentalist Terry Halleran recently completed five wetland ponds on his property in North Kootenay Lake Country… Halleran’s words echo the ethos of “Private Land Stewardship”, the idea that private landowners have a responsibility to care for and enhance their land for the benefit of the environment and generations to come… Halleran and his wife Michele have taken this to heart, and are restoring four acres of their meadow creek property into wetland habitat. Halleran and his wife Michelle produced a television series entitled “Westland”, which aired on the Knowledge Network from 1984 to 2007 (the show was created in 1983 by Terry’s father Mike Halleran). The series explored a broad range of environmental issues, including ecosystem restoration in British Columbia. Now retired, the Halleran’s are living their dream, restoring the wetland in their own backyard.

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‘Professional’ oversight of environment needs to be tempered: UVic study

By Gordon Hoekstra – Shift in past decade has put more decision making into hands of those hired by industry
Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Much of B.C.’s environmental deregulation goes too far in handing over matters of public interest to those employed by industry, says a University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre study. The shift to so-called professional reliance in the past decade has put more decision making and responsibility into the hands of professionals such as consulting engineers, and allowed the B.C. government to reduce staffing. This reliance on professionals has been raised as a concern in Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine tailings dam failure last summer, but also in areas such as forestry. “There are certain roles that government just has to maintain as the trustee of Crown land. So, I think it’s gone too far in taking away that essential government role,” said report author Mark Haddock, a UVic law instructor.

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Clearcutting myth

Letter by Ed Bailey
Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a Jan. 25 Reader’s Corner, Syd Dumaresq implies that the clearcutting method is unsustainable. This assertion is an urban myth. Unfortunately, if you repeat a myth enough times, it becomes a truth in the minds of many unfamiliar with the science. The reality is that the clearcutting system has proven over the past 50 years to be a viable and sustainable method of forest management, resulting in ever-increasing yields and harvests.

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Forest policy failure

Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re: “No hardwood, no business: Flooring firm to close doors, will lay off 11 workers,” (Feb. 19 story). Once again, a value-added hardwood mill closes due to lack of wood supply, and once again, the government refuses to accept any responsibility for creating this problem. A lack of quality hardwood or harvesting capacity isn’t the issue. The manner in which government licenses access to Crown land wood supply is the problem, because access is consistently given to the high-volume, low-value users at the expense of low-volume, high-value users who provide much higher employment and value per unit of wood used.

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Weekend Focus: Uprooting our hardwood industry

Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Last year, Finewood Flooring in Middle River closed because it couldn’t get enough hardwood. This week, River’s Bend Wood Products Inc. of Pomquet, Antigonish County, shut down, citing a lack of steady supply of hardwood lumber. Meanwhile, the Group Savoie hardwood sawmill in Westville is running at less than half capacity because it can’t get enough hardwood logs to turn into lumber. In Bible Hill, guard rail poll and railway tie manufacturer Stella-Jones Inc. says production is being slowed by a short supply of hardwood. Northern Nova Scotia’s value-added, homegrown hardwood industry is dying.

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Northwest communities in decline, future uncertain

Letter by Lee Kennard, Mayor Township of Ignace
Chronicle Journal
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As one of 260 communities in Ontario dependent on the forest industry, for years we have followed processes regarding woodland caribou conservation and recovery strategies. We have watched certain environmental activists using this issue to attack the forest industry. We as key stakeholders will continue to make ourselves heard. After Christmas the State of the Woodland Caribou Resource Report was released by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Rather than seeing its findings as “sobering,” we find them incomplete and inconclusive.  We also see the findings do not provide a clear explanation for the decline in caribou.

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Trees grow back

Letter by Cassie (Ledwidge) Turple
Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It is so disheartening to hear fellow Nova Scotians express dramatic emotional responses to a science-based renewable industry. The citizens of St. Margarets Bay have spoken emotionally to the media about the harvest plan on Crown land near their community, but I have not received one single request to discuss it with us, even though we are the company they are objecting to. We are the sawmill that has hired a contractor and truckers to harvest this site, we have been planning to do so in co-operation with the government.

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Wretched stewardship

Letter by David Blackwell
Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Another company closed down and jobs lost because of lack of access to quality hardwood, with other companies in northern Nova Scotia likely to follow (“No hardwood, no business,” Feb. 19). This, despite profitable markets for their products. And one key reason for this? The operational requirements of feeding Nova Scotia Power’s biomass boiler its 660,000 tonnes of wood fibre a year.

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TAYLOR: Hard issue of hardwood

Chronicle Herald
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hardwood trees are being allowed to go up in smoke, and with them a number of rural manufacturing jobs that are hard to replace. It is easy to reach that conclusion after reading stories about several companies in rural Nova Scotia that have been making products from hardwood. Just recently, the inability to access enough local hardwood was one of the reasons given by the owners of River’s Bend Wood Products Inc. for shutting down their flooring plant. The factory in rural Antigonish County once employed 17 workers, but that number has been slowly whittled away. Now the remaining 11 employees will lose their jobs at the mill.

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The cutting of trees is sometimes necessary if we want reliable power

Letter by Ken Lyons
Montreal Gazette
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s understandable for people to object to the cutting of trees, but some branches end up shorting out nearby electricity wires whenever there is a storm or freezing rain. This has happened in my neighbourhood and we were left without power eight times in 2013, seven times in 2014 and twice last month. Two outages lasted over 12 hours, with loss of food, and most others were downright inconvenient. The majority of power outages are due to trees that are too close to power lines.

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The Renewal of Canada’s Forest Sector – John Rafferty MP –

by John Rafferty MP
Net News Ledger
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In spite of its enormous, but rapidly shrinking, contribution to the Canadian economy the forestry sector has never been a priority for this government or the Ottawa crowd in general. With that being said I am happy to report that the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Commons has committed to studying the sector over the next few months. It is safe to say that the forestry sector has not received the attention that is has deserved given both its economic size and the size of its struggle over the past decade.

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Forest Trends recasts preservation debate, emphasizes economic benefits of conservation

February 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The president of the Washington-based nonprofit Forest Trends is trying to recast the long-running debate between developers and environmentalists over how to preserve and profit from the world’s forests. This means emphasizing redefining conservation as something that deals with more than just ecology and also with economics and business development. “What we tried to do when we started Forest Trends was to say, ‘How can we flip that equation?’” said Mr. Jenkins in a recent interview. “How can we start to really develop the ways by which all of these additional, what we call ‘eco-system services,’ and functions that forests provide start to be real in terms of economic return.”

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What’s With All The Smoke?

Controlled burns planned next week near Whispering Pines
Payson Roundup
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tonto National Forest fire specialists hope to burn 3,000 acres of brush and debris piles near Whispering Pines Feb. 23-25, depending on the weather, including 200 acres close to Forest Road 233. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell light to moderate amounts of smoke on Monday during the hand firing operation. Beginning on Feb. 25, fire specialists will begin aerial ignition of approximately 2,800 acres north of Beaver Valley and west of Whispering Pines. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell heavy smoke during this one-day operation.

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Daines Confident U.S. Can Pass Forest Management Reform

Senator meets with shareholders for roundtable discussion in Columbia Falls
Flathead Beacon
February 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana Sen. Steve Daines believes Congress can pass forest management reform and send it to the president’s desk before the end of the year. On Feb. 17, the freshman Republican Senator met with industry and conservation leaders at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. in Columbia Falls to talk about management issues within the U.S. Forest Service and how that is impacting local communities. “There is an appetite to get this done,” Daines said. “Because right now it seems like beetles and forest fires are the ones who are managing our forests.”

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‘Forest bath’ is way to let nature cleanse away stress

LA Times
February 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Shinrin-yoku is the name given to the Japanese art of “forest bathing,” contemplative walks through the woods that reconnect the individual with nature and can lead to decreased stress, natural mood elevation and even a stronger immune system. This means of mobile meditation has been recognized by the Japanese government since 1982 and has been endorsed by the Forest Agency of Japan as a means of improving quality of life. The practice can be a natural way to combat the toll of stress and anxiety, and this holds equally true for Tokyo or L.A.

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Tester on timber: The Big Guy tells the Big Lie

by George Ochenski
The Missoulian
February 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….So how bizarre is it that Montana’s Democratic u.s. Sen. Jon Tester employed that propaganda technique last week and told a whopper on Montana Public Radio when he claimed: “Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.” The truth is that is one very big lie to Montana’s citizens. The U.S. Senate likes to call itself “the greatest deliberative body in the world” which, besides being extremely self-aggrandizing, would definitely be debatable given the stunning lack of deliberation or progress the Senate has actually accomplished in recent years. But that aside, if one believes in the worth of deliberation in the Democratic process, then the undeniable truth is that deliberation can only be productive if it’s based on fact.

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Tribes upset with timber land purchase

Singapore-based company buys land, including Mazama Forest
Herald and News
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Singapore-based company purchased 197,000 acres of land in Klamath and Deschutes counties this week, including the 90,000-acre Mazama Forest, which was promised to the Klamath Tribes in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The announcement Wednesday spurred a strong response from the Klamath Tribes Thursday. “It was very surprising,” Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes said. “This is obviously a disappointment.” In a released statement, he spoke about how important it is for the Tribes to reacquire land included in the Klamath Reservation boundaries from the Treaty of 1864.

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Daines, Tester join forces to work on forest management reform

The Missoulian
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A one-year window exists for comprehensive forest management reform before presidential politics likely will make such progress impossible, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Friday. “We’re running out of time for our timber industry,” Daines said during a meeting with the Missoulian editorial board. “And this is a good time before presidential politics take over. The water’s cooler right now, before it heats up next year.” Daines said he and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., had a private meeting last week and shared ideas about working together on legislation to improve forest management and future wilderness designations.

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Environmental groups appeal DNR timber sale over concern about erosion, fish

Methow Valley News
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Concerns about erosion, the deposition of sediment in waterways that provide habitat for endangered fish, and the likelihood of inadvertently cutting down live trees have prompted an appeal of the state’s plans to log 1,285 acres in the lower Methow Valley that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire. Kathleen (Maeyowa) Yockey, who owns property on Cow Creek, Conservation Northwest and the Kettle Range Conservation Group have appealed the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Carlton Fire Salvage FIT sale. The appeal was filed with the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board on Friday (Feb. 13).

Appeal filed to stop logging on state lands that burned from The Associated Press 

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Major timberland sale includes ‘Skyline Forest’

Proposed ‘Skyline Forest’ community forest has been in the works for years west of Bend; land just traded hands again;
KTVZ.com
February 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The chairman of the Klamath Tribes says the unexpected sale of private timberlands the tribes had hoped to regain to rebuild their lost reservation jeopardizes agreements to settle longstanding water battles in the Klamath Basin. This week, Fidelity National Financial Ventures announced it had sold the assets of Cascade Timberlands, LLC, including 300 square miles (over 190,000 acres) of timberlands in Deschutes and Klamath counties, to Whitefish Cascade Forest Resources, LLC, based in Singapore.

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The Emerald Ash Borer beetle has killed trees in 22 states

North Dallas Gazette
February 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The emerald ash borer, a beetle that is killing trees all across the United States and Canada, arrived at least 10 years before it was first discovered in North America in 2002. A new study, published in the journal Diversity and Distributions, shows that the beetles were feasting on ash trees in southeast Michigan by the early 1990s, says Deb McCullough, Michigan State University professor of forest entomology. “We suspect they arrived inside wood crating or pallets imported from Asia where the beetle is native,” she says. “There were probably only a few live beetles that arrived, but ash trees are common in urban landscapes as well as in forests. When they emerged, there were likely ash trees nearby, providing food for the beetles and their offspring.”

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Rural western Montana counties struggling mightily with loss of federal funds

The Missoulian
February 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUPERIOR – Mineral County has a road department of four, a population of 4,200 and a budget just north of $4 million. When it faces a hit of $750,000 pending action from a fickle Congress, questions arise that have no good answers… Funding has reverted to the Twenty-Five Percent Fund Act, a 1908 measure signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt. It was enacted to offset property tax losses to forested counties shortly after the U.S. Forest Service was created..By 2000, timber sales had dropped so precipitously that SRS was adopted to make up the difference. It was based on the average of the three highest years of 25-percent payments from 1986-1999.

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Tongass transition plan may run short on timber

KCAW.org
February 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might. Meanwhile, critics continue pushing the Forest Service to focus more on fishing, recreation and tourism during the most recent Tongass Advisory Committee meeting, held in Juneau. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, gave Tongass officials a mandate about a year and a half ago. He told them to develop a plan to move from logging old-growth to second-growth trees over the next 10 to 15 years.

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Lawmakers, educators say workforce training needed to grow jobs in The County

Bangor Daily News
February 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — State lawmakers met with major employers, workers and students during a two-day tour in Aroostook County, in an effort to learn what can be done to improve wages, help grow existing businesses and attract new ones… “The purpose is to regionally identify and work within partnerships — public and private — to grow jobs and wages. We’ve spent two days in The County, primarily learning about the forest products industry and its need for a trained workforce,” Eves said… Crowley said much of the equipment now being used in the logging industry is “much more technical and expensive.

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Radical transparency: Tracking deforestation through satellite imagery

February 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Floating softly through the vacuum of space, the Landsat 7 satellite has faithfully provided imaging of the entirety of Earth’s surface, every 16 days, since 1999. Now, a series of technological developments has made this silent spectator a dominant force in tracking forests worldwide. From his personal computer in Redwood City, California, Rhett Butler, founder and director of mongabay.com, identified an area of recent deforestation on the island of Sumatra. In less than 72 hours, he was bumping along a freshly cut logging road in a 4×4 Jeep, following his GPS to the coordinates of the identified forest loss. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Burning Trees for Electricity Is Actually Dirtier Than Coal

EcoWatch
February 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Western Europe has already lost about 97 percent of its original forests. But European power companies, under pressure to clean up their climate pollution and switch to renewable sources of energy, are increasingly looking to burn wood fuel instead of coal in their power plants. Without enough wood at home, European utilities are looking to America for wood fuel—to the rich forests of the Southeastern U.S. Their exploding appetite for wood from our southern forests stems from misguided EU energy policies that allow power plants to burn wood—known as forest biomass—as a low-carbon alternative to coal.

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Offsetters Climate Solutions Ponders Forest Assets Acquisition

SmallCap Network
February 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Offsetters Climate Solutions announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent that contemplates acquiring certain assets from Forest Finance GmbH of Germany. Forest Finance is a forest investment provider in Europe, which has been establishing and sustainably managing forests for about 15,000 clients over the past 20 years, and to date has deployed over US$100 million to projects in Panama, Columbia, Peru and Vietnam totaling over 16,000 hectares of forest and agro-forest areas. Alexander Zang, Offsetters’ Chairman, stated “This new international enterprise will be well positioned to engage with capital markets in North America and Europe, and attract the growing number of investors who want to benefit from sustainable forestry and agro-forestry projects”

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Market outlook: Bio-cluster adds to Rotterdam appeal

ICIS.com
February 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has a long history of attracting chemical production into the extensive port area, offering access to raw materials, utilities and logistics as well as close proximity to sea and inland waterways and rail transport… Now there is a strong emphasis on promoting and developing a bio-based chemicals cluster at the port and an ambition to build on what has already been achieved in this area… “We are already large in the renewables sector, with more than 1m tonnes of solid biomass being transshipped through Rotterdam each year for bio-energy,” he points out, and there is ready access to vegetable oils and fats, sugars and grains and cellulosic materials for chemicals production.

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