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Business & Politics

Interfor Completes Acquisition of Simpson Sawmills and Issuance of 3,300,000 Common Shares

Marketwired
March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA,- INTERFOR CORPORATION (“Interfor” or the “Company”) (IFP) announced today it has completed the acquisition of four sawmills from Simpson Lumber Company, LLC, increasing its annual lumber production capacity by 30 percent to 3.1 billion board feet and reinforcing its position as the fastest growing lumber company in the world. The purchase of the sawmills in Tacoma (Commencement Bay), WA; Longview, WA; Meldrim, GA; and Georgetown, SC, are key to Interfor’s growth strategy and firmly establishes its presence in the US. Two-thirds of Interfor’s total annual capacity is now in the US: 900 million board feet in the Northwest and 1.2 billion board feet in the Southeast.

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Coroner’s inquest into deadly B.C. sawmill explosion begins Monday

March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three years after a deadly sawmill explosion at Lakeland Mills, workers and relatives of the victims say they are resigned to not getting the justice they want from an inquest that starts Monday. Coroner’s inquests are fact-finding processes and do not find fault. However, family and workers say they hold out some hope the inquest in Prince George will help provide answers on how and why the dust-fuelled explosion happened. It’s important, they say, if recommendations are made, they are followe …The quasi-judicial inquest provides the first public airing of the facts surrounding the Lakeland explosion after Crown counsel rejected charges following a botched WorkSafeBC investigation.

Inquest to Start in Lakeland Mills Deaths from 250 News

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WorkSafe overhaul ties up loose ends

Prince George Citizen
February 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the finishing touches in WorkSafeBC’s new dual-team model for investigating major industrial incidents, should be in place by April, according to an update given this week of progress made towards revamping the system.  That is when two special constables should be appointed, according to the report from Gord Macatee, the special advisor brought in to overhaul WorkSafe’s inspection and investigation systems following the two fatal sawmill explosions in 2012.  Under the dual-team approach, WorkSafe’s fatal and serious injury department has been divided into two units and their work, files, and systems of the two teams are kept completely separate.

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Coroner’s inquest into deadly B.C. sawmill explosion begins Monday

March 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three years after a deadly sawmill explosion at Lakeland Mills, workers and relatives of the victims say they are resigned to not getting the justice they want from an inquest that starts Monday. Coroner’s inquests are fact-finding processes and do not find fault. However, family and workers say they hold out some hope the inquest in Prince George will help provide answers on how and why the dust-fuelled explosion happened. It’s important, they say, if recommendations are made, they are followe …The quasi-judicial inquest provides the first public airing of the facts surrounding the Lakeland explosion after Crown counsel rejected charges following a botched WorkSafeBC investigation.

Inquest to Start in Lakeland Mills Deaths from 250 News

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Lumber Liquidators linked to health and safety violations (video)

60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards
CBS News
March 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber Liquidators is the largest and fastest-growing retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, with over 360 stores in 46 states and revenues of more than a billion dollars a year. But hardwood isn’t the only product they sell. More than 100 million square feet of the company’s cheaper laminate flooring is installed in American homes every year. Lumber Liquidators is a U.S. company, but much of its laminate flooring is made in China, and as we discovered during our investigation, may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer causing chemical.

’60 Minutes’ airs troubling report detailing major problems at Lumber Liquidators factories in China from Business Insider 
60 Minutes says Lumber Liquidators Linked to CARB Violations from The Woodworking Network
Lumber Liquidators sinks after talk of ’60 Minutes’ report from The Associated Press

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Log prices in Western US fell in the 3Q because decreasing log exports to Asia

Free Press Release
March 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

There has been a constant upward pressure on domestic sawlog prices in the US Northwest for the past five years as a result of an increase in the exportation of sawlogs and softwood lumber to Asia. In just over four years, log export volumes to China, Japan and South Korea have almost doubled to reach close to an all-time high of 2.5 million m3 in the 2Q/14. As a consequence of the higher demand for logs from the export market, average prices for sawlogs at local sawmills have more than doubled from early 2009 to the 2Q/14, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). 

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Timber industry, conservationists forge partnership

Associated Press
March 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY, Ore. – Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in. John Day, a town of 1,700, almost died two years ago. Its lifeblood, the sawmill, was about to close. So few logs were coming off the nearby Malheur National Forest, the mill’s owners decided it was time to shut down. But the mill and the town’s economy were rescued by a detente between the timber industry and environmentalists – foes since the battles over logging that erupted three decades ago in the Pacific Northwest. The sides uncovered a shared goal: thinning overgrown forests to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

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Western Montana company putting beetle-killed timber to good use

KPAX
February 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DRUMMOND – The infestation of the Mountain Pine Beetle continues to grow across the West and Montana’s forests are not immune to the damage and destruction that’s left behind when these nasty, little creatures move in. Reporter Brenda Bassett went On Special Assignment and found a small, silver lining when it comes to making something out of nothing. When the conditions are right, beetles can kill large numbers of healthy trees across thousands of acres. It’s not a pretty sight as the once flourishing forests are now spotted with the ugliness of beetle kill.

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Russian Log and Lumber Exports Failed to Increase in Q4/14

Woodworking Network
March 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Seattle, USA — Two major events in Russia changed the outlook for production and exports of forest products in 2014. First came Russia’s involvement in Ukraine last spring, which resulted in an array of sanctions by governments in the US and Europe. Later in 2014, the world market oil prices fell by over 50 percent. This price drop had major ramifications for Russia because oil is the major export commodity for the country. Together, these two events have shaken the Russian financial institutions and will likely result in a 3-5 percent contraction in the Russian GDP in 2015.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Old-growth stumps and burls command high prices in furniture, landscape enterprise

The News Tribune
February 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

When John Evans looks at logging debris he sees more than lumps of wood. In fallen logs he finds retaining walls, in standing snags he visualizes garden art and in gnarled burls he sees tables. For over a century, logging in the Pacific Northwest has been about board feet and right angles. Now, landscapers and homeowners are seeing the beauty in untouched wood. They’re using it as garden focal points and to make rustic furniture. Call it the whole tree movement. The company Evans works for, NDC Timber Inc. of Elma, makes the bulk of its revenue from contract logging and milling tongue and groove boards.

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Local projects meet fire codes, but concern lingers

Essex News Daily
March 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The township of Bloomfield received a correspondence two weeks ago from Atlantic Realty Corp., the developer of the proposed project at the former Hartz Mountain site on Bloomfield Avenue. The correspondence said that the sprinkler system in their project would adhere to more stringent fire-code regulations in light of the fire in Edgewater several weeks ago. There were no fatalities in that fire, which destroyed a residential apartment of 276 units.

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Minneapolis Office Building Made of Wood Would Be a U.S. First

NextCity.org
February 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Last November, the Hines development company unveiled plans for a new office building in the North Loop section of Minneapolis. Seems like ordinary news, except that the building would be the first of its kind in the U.S to be made primarily of wood. The builders refer to the project as “T3” for “Timber, Technology and Transit.” …“This building is very unique,” the lead architect, Michael Green, told the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission earlier this month. “It is the first large-scale office building built of timber in America. It is part of a revitalization of century-old ideas of how to build buildings.”

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US Reclaimed Wood from Pioneer Millworks to be Featured at Architecture & Construction Materials Show in Tokyo

Virtual-Strategy Magazine
March 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Pioneer Millworks reclaimed USA wood will be on display at the 2015 Japan Architecture & Construction Materials Show, an annual, premier sustainable building event in Tokyo, Japan. They’ll join more than 1,000 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest building products, services and technology. Reclaimed wood products sourced and manufactured by Pioneer Millworks from their Oregon and New York facilities have found popularity in Japan at restaurants, hotels, retailers, and corporate offices.

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Forestry

No longer protected, woodland feared under threat in Langford

Victoria Times Colonist
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A development proposal is threatening to destroy an endangered Garry oak ecosystem in Langford, neighbours of the property say. But without legal protection, the future of the land is not bright. Janina Wiebe and her partner, Morgan Aldridge, bought their McCallum Road home in May 2013 because they were told the meadow and woodland it backed onto was protected green space. “It’s spectacular,” Wiebe said. “Neighbourhood kids play in it all the time, and the variety of birds and plants we get in there is incredible. It’s an incredibly diverse ecosystem.” The 7.7-acre property lies north of the Trans-Canada Highway, south of the Cavalcade Terrace neighbourhood and east of Florence Lake Road.

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Bloom forestry program expands

Vernon Morning Star
March 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A long-established program will expand so students have more opportunities for the future. The Vernon School District has increased the forestry program at Charles Bloom to a full year so it can branch out into carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding and automotive. “There is a huge demand for trades and the Ministry of Education really wants students to go into the trades,” said Tim Thorpe, career co-ordinator. “Students will have an opportunity to try several different kinds of trades.” It was decided to broaden the scope of the forestry program partly because there have been fewer participants in recent years.

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Forestry reform: Nova Scotia revisits harvesting practices

Chronicle Herald
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province has committed to fine-tuning the way it manages Crown land in environmentally sensitive areas. On Thursday, the province announced it will postpone harvesting in designated environmentally sensitive areas until special management practices are in place, except on land already approved for harvest during the spring road closure. The Natural Resources Department will also establish a working group to develop guidelines for environmentally sensitive areas, three stakeholder committees to give feedback on forest management and a science advisory committee to give advice and identify research gaps.

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Clear-cut logging, predators decimate moose

Letter by Dave Huckell
Chronicle Journal
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re Moose Measures Get Mixed Reaction — CJ, Feb. 10: Why is the Ministry of Natural Resources so surprised that the moose population has hit rock bottom in many wildlife management units in the Northwest? The animal’s population has been on a steady decline since 2000. That’s when the ministry began allowing forest companies to expand the size of clear-cuts, clearing away anything a moose could possibly hide behind As a hunter in the Dryden-to-Basket Lake area for the past 45 years, I’ve seen the changes in how the ministry manages the forest, and it isn’t pretty. Moose that live in these newly logged areas are killed en masse when they are opened to hunters.

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Nova Scotia squanders its forest resources

Chronicle Herald
February 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It has been a year since the Ivany commission published its One Nova Scotia report, setting out 19 goals for the province. Among them were 4,200 new business startups annually, increasing exports, and more full-time, year-round jobs. Since last February, however, two hardwood flooring mills have gone out of business, putting 28 skilled, full-time employees out of work. Finewood Flooring in Victoria County was in operation for 33 years, Rivers Bend Wood Products in Antigonish County for 20 years, and both were heralded as model, value-added wood products operations. At their peak, their combined workforce was 36 full-time employees.

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Forest Service ‘Champion’ Recognized for Corps Program Leadership

USDA Forest Service
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps recently recognized a Forest Service employee as a 2015 “21CSC Champion of the Year” for her outstanding contributions in connecting people to the land. Michelle Mitchell, a regional program leader for volunteer and service programs in the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region, was selected, along with two colleagues from across a range of government organizations, for tirelessly creating and enhancing programs that engage diverse groups of young people and veterans in conservation activities on America’s public lands.

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How Trees Help Fight Climate Change – All Over the World

March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Did you know that carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the main contributors to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change? And, did you know that one averaged-size tree – say a 30-footer – can store hundreds of pounds of CO2 over its lifetime and even longer if it’s used in building materials for a house or furniture? If this is the power of one tree – imagine what a forest can do. During our 21-day recognition of the United Nation’s International Day of Forests the U.S. Forest Service wants folks to be aware of the power of trees and of our forests. Since 2013, the UN has selected March 21 of each year to be the unique and specific day that the entire world thinks about the importance of trees.

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Time to reset the logging debate

by George Ochenski
The Missoulian
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As predicted in last week’s column (Feb. 23), the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler did a Fact Checker article analyzing the comments made by U.S. Sen Jon Tester on Montana Public Radio claiming “every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation.” Unfortunately for Tester, the Post awarded him its “Whopper” 4-Pinnochio rating for misrepresenting not only the facts on logging and litigation in Montana, but also for an erroneous “correction” the senator’s office supplied to the media. …So, how important is it that if we’re going to have a public policy debate on national forest logging levels in Montana it should be set on facts, not political rhetoric?

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Juniper funding garners bipartisan support

Legislation that would devote more than $1 million to harvesting and processing juniper has garnered bipartisan support from Oregon lawmakers.
The Capital Press
March 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Legislation that would direct more than $1 million toward strengthening Oregon’s juniper wood products industry has garnered bipartisan support from lawmakers. A bevy of Republican and Democrat legislators recently testified in favor of three House bills — HB 2808, HB 2997 and HB 2998 — that would assist companies that harvest and process juniper, a tree that’s native to the West but has overrun arid landscapes to the detriment of other species. Removing a high-density juniper stand can cost several hundred dollars per acre, which poses a staggering financial challenge in light of the roughly 10 million acres occupied by the trees in Oregon, said Tim Deboodt, a Crook County extension agent with Oregon State University

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Murkowski pressures Forest Service

Peninsula Clarion
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Senator Lisa Murkowski said the United States Forest Service needs to commit to the future of Alaska’s forest management. Speaking on Thursday at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the U.S. Forest Service’s 2016 budget request, Murkowski was critical of the agency’s recent actions. She said she disapproved of how Alaska’s national forests have been managed, especially in the face of dwindling Secure Rural School funds. “I think the Forest Service has broken the federal government’s promise to actively manage our national forests…

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Fungus could halt bark beetle munching

Arizona Daily Sun
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The tiny bugs [bark beetle ips lecontei] are test subjects in Hofstetter’s most recent project: a quest to find a fungus strain that will kill the beetles that have wreaked havoc on trees throughout the West. The NAU forest entomology professor is one of world’s top bark beetle experts. His past research has focused on using sound — from rock music to amplified versions of the beetles’ own calls — to control the beetles’ tree munching. The specific fungal strain that Hofstetter is testing now penetrates the beetles’ exoskeleton and grows inside the bug, eventually killing it. Then the fungus grows out of the dead insect’s body and produces spores that can be picked up by other beetles.

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Oregon bans use of bee-killing insecticides on linden trees

The Oregonian
February 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A state rule established Friday bans the use of four types of bee-killing insecticides on linden trees and related species. The rule, enacted at the request of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, makes it illegal to spray lindens, basswood trees and their relatives with any product containing dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or clothianidin. The four chemicals are all neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that has been identified as a major contributor to the collapse of bee colonies around the world. They’ve also been implicated in seven major bee die-offs in Oregon since June 2013, when 50,000 bees dropped dead in a Wilsonville Target supermarket parking lot after workers sprayed dinotefuran on trees the bees swarmed.

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Murkowski slams agency over Tongass harvests

EENews
February 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber mills in southeast Alaska are “hanging on by their fingernails” and may disappear forever if the Forest Service does not increase harvests on the Tongass National Forest, a key senator warned yesterday. “It feels like ‘Groundhog Day’ all over again,” Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R) told Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at a panel hearing yesterday to discuss the agency’s fiscal 2016 budget request. “It seems like we have the same conversation year after year after year about how the Forest Service is going to get the timber cut up.”

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Global warming: California’s majestic redwoods at risk

New study pinpoints climate-change threats to Pacific Northwest rainforests
Summit County Voice
February 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — Huge reservoirs of biodiversity in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest are at risk as global warming reshapes climate conditions in the region. Suitable habitat for majestic coastal redwoods could shrink by 23 percent, and other species like Alaska’s yellow cedars are already dying back as temperatures warm. “In the Pacific Northwest, the glass is half empty as the climate may no longer support rainforest communities like coast redwood,” said Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala, Chief Scientist of Geos Institute, announcing the results of a recent study that focused on the future distribution of eight rainforest conifers across a 2,200-mile stretch of coastal rainforests in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Alaska.

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Environmentalists give Kurt Schrader lower scores than other Oregon Democrats in Congress

The Oregonian
February 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Among the Oregon Democrats on Capitol Hill, Rep. Kurt Schrader was even more of an outlier Wednesday on environmental issues when the League of Conservation Voters released its latest scorecard. The influential environmental lobby said that Schrader voted with the group 60 percent of the time — compared to the other three House Democrats from Oregon who each received ratings of at least 94 percent. Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both received scores of 80 percent. But the league said only five major bills related to the environment reached the Senate floor, so the senators only disagreed with the league on one bill — a measure supported by a strong majority of the Senate that reversed a controversial flood insurance law.

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Forest restoration gets help from state utility giant

AZ Daily Sun
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Several new watershed restoration and monitoring projects are taking shape around northern Arizona’s forests, but the impetus behind them isn’t a nonprofit, municipality, university or the Forest Service. It’s Salt River Project, the utility that provides water and power to hundreds of thousands of people in and around the Phoenix metropolitan area. The projects, which aim to increase understanding and preservation of the state’s ponderosa forests, indicate the vital role these landscapes play in the utility’s power and water operations.

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$37 million for Black Hills restoration project

kotatv.com
March 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving $37 million dollars to South Dakota so a number of forest districts in the country can be thinned, including one district in the Black Hills. The machine in the video is sawing and stripping trees in the Hell Canyon Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest, which is near Custer. 65 hundred acres in the district are already contracted and scheduled to be thinned. With more money allocated to the Black Hills vestal project, an effort aimed at improving the health of the forest, 14 hundred more acres will be thinned.  This is great news for both the forest service and homeowners in the area.

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Native forest logging loses $495 a hectare, Greens say

The Sydney Morning Herald
March 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging in the state forests has cost NSW more than $43 million over the past three years – money that would be better spent promoting tourism in the regions, according to the Greens. Each hectare felled costs taxpayers $495, with the losses in 2013-14 alone reaching almost $12 million, the Greens said, citing Forestry Corporation figures. By contrast, the state’s small plantation estate generates a profit of $5387 per hectare – and $114.4 million over the past three years – underscoring the need for the corporation to shift its focus, Greens forestry spokesman David Shoebridge said.

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China’s wild population of pandas up nearly 17 per cent in the decade to 2013: report

ABC News Australia
March 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China’s population of wild giant pandas jumped nearly 17 per cent over a decade, state media is reporting, with conservation measures credited as being behind the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268 individuals, or 16.8 per cent, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The figures were compared to a survey carried out in 2003, Xinhua said. The SFA said conservation efforts led to the increase, according to Xinhua.

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Buddhist monk ordains trees to help the environment

BBC News
March 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Buddhist monk from north-east Thailand is so worried about the environment that he has been ordaining trees for 25 years. Since 1990 Phrakru Pitak Nanthakthun has been leading ceremonies to dress trees in orange robes as a way of convincing people that they should be viewed as sacred. He believes the symbolic act can help prevent the logging and deforestation that plague his home province of Nan. And people are taking notice, as Phrakru Pitak Nanthakthun has started a movement that is spreading across south-east Asia.

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Coalition splinters over timber policy

The Australian
February 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A HIGH-LEVEL Coalition split over forest policy was resolved only after Tony Abbott overruled his Environment Minister and ignore­d departmental advice, The Weekend Australian can reveal. The Coalition went to the September 2013 election promising to rescind a swath of the recently extended Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and to halt all further forest protection. It did so against the urging of key timber industry players, fearful that the policy would destroy their “peace deal” with conservation groups, spook key markets and jeopardise top-flight product certification. The Weekend Australian can reveal the federal departments responsible for forest policy, Environ­ment and Agricult­ure, expressed serious concerns about the policy in the weeks after the Coalition formed government.

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Brazil’s king of deforestation dethroned in drive to beat land clearers

Arrest of Ezekiel Castanha shines new spotlight on financial crime and may help bring breakthrough in effort to protect Amazon rainforest
The Guardian
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

For most of the past six years, Ezequiel Antônio Castanha had seemed a pillar of the community in the small Amazonian city of Novo Progresso. As the owner of a supermarket, hotel and car dealership, he provided more jobs than anyone else. … Today, however, the thick-set, middle-aged man sits in jail with a notoriety across Brazil as a Tony Soprano-like character whose businesses were used to launder money from one of the biggest land clearance syndicates ever uncovered. Castanha was arrested last weekend, along with 15 associates, in what has been hailed as a major breakthrough for environmental enforcement. The local media have described the detainee as the “king of deforestation”. According to the environment ministry Ibama, he and his gang were responsible for about 10% of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon last year.

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Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

Reuters
March 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LONDON – Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say. The annual rate of deforestation from 1990 to 2010 was 62 percent higher than in the previous decade, and higher than previous estimates, according to a study carried out of satellite maps covering 80 percent of the world’s tropical forests. The new study questions the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) assessment, which suggested that the rate of deforestation actually decreased 25 percent from 1990 to 2010.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Round Valley First Forest Carbon Offset Project on Native Trust Land for California

Indian Country Today Media
February 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The discussions of climate change and carbon footprints are important subjects within Indian country, and on February 24 the Round Valley Indian Tribes became a part of history as far as carbon emissions goes. Round Valley and New Forests on Tuesday announced the regulatory approval of the first forest carbon offset project developed on Native American trust land for the California carbon market. Carbon offsetting, according to carbonneutral.com, “is the use of carbon credits to enable businesses to compensate for their emissions, meet their carbon reduction goals and support the move to a low carbon economy.” The offsetting provides funding for renewable energy, forestry and resource conservation projects that generate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Middleton’s woodlands granted carbon credits of more than $2 million

The Post and Courier
March 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Thousands of acres of woodlands adjacent to a historic Charleston landmark have gained another layer of protection in a first-of-its-kind project in the United States. More than 3,700 wooded acres of the 5,800-acre Middleton Place plantation forestlands west of S.C. Highway 61 have been awarded carbon credits to limit the amount of trees cut on the property and help California industries. If the more than 250,000 credits issued were sold at once, they would generate more than $2 million for the Middleton Place woodlands, a separate entity from the tourist attraction across the street along the Ashley River, said Colby Hollifield, Middleton’s woodlands manager.

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Signs of spring ‘shifting’ in trees

BBC News
March 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Scientists say signs of spring are appearing earlier in woodlands because of temperature rises in past decades. They predict that climate change will alter the order in which different trees start to grow leaves, with long-term implications for the survival of some woodland plants. A 200-year-old record from a Norfolk estate shows warmer springs are causing most woodland plants to leaf earlier. But warmer autumns are having the opposite effect on some species. It is shifting the timing of when different trees grow leaves and flowers, according to biologists at the University of Edinburgh.

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General

How Trees Help Fight Climate Change – All Over the World

March 2, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Did you know that carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the main contributors to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change? And, did you know that one averaged-size tree – say a 30-footer – can store hundreds of pounds of CO2 over its lifetime and even longer if it’s used in building materials for a house or furniture? If this is the power of one tree – imagine what a forest can do. During our 21-day recognition of the United Nation’s International Day of Forests the U.S. Forest Service wants folks to be aware of the power of trees and of our forests. Since 2013, the UN has selected March 21 of each year to be the unique and specific day that the entire world thinks about the importance of trees.

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