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Business & Politics

Wood Pellet Association Of Canada Announces New Appointments

Accesswire Press Release
March 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BC – The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (“WPAC”) announced the resignation today of Mr. Brad Bennett as President and Director. WPAC’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointments of Michele Rebiere as President and Director, Rene Landry as Vice President and Director, and Wayne Young as Director. Mr. Bennett stepped down for personal reasons. The Board of Directors thanks Mr. Bennett for his service to WPAC and wishes him success in his future endeavors.

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U.S. paper producers file petition against Canadian competitors

Globe and Mail
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

U.S. paper producers are seeking trade action against Canadian rivals who they say are dumping their product south of the border and pricing them out of the market. The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission asking that countervailing duties be imposed on Canadian exporters of so-called supercalendered paper. The glossy paper is used in retail catalogues, flyers and magazines. The move comes as Canadian lumber producers brace for the Oct. 12 expiry of a long-running truce in the Canada-U.S. lumber wars.

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COFI convention set for April 8-9 in Prince George

Prince George Free Press
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Council of Forest Industries will be holding its annual convention in Prince George April 8-9. This year’s convention will attract senior industry, service provider, customer, community leader and senior government decision makers. “This year’s convention comes at a critical juncture in our history,” said James Gorman, COFI President and CEO, in a press release.

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Lakeland fire safety plan sent back to drawing board

Prince George Citizen
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lakeland Mills is in the process of getting a fire safety plan approved by Prince George Fire Rescue, a coroner’s inquest into the fatal explosion that rocked the operation’s sawmill nearly three years ago heard Tuesday. Although a plan has been submitted to PGFR, it has been rejected, Steve Feeney, a fire prevention officer testified, because it had not been formatted correctly. Feeney said Canfor’s P.G. Sawmill has also submitted a plan but it has been sent back for similar reasons. “Lots of them have documents that could be included in a fire safety plan, like emergency response plans, they just haven’t put it together in a package that satisfies what a fire safety plan actually is,” Feeney said.

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Hearing for mill shooting case starts in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Daily News
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — The first day of a preliminary hearing for the Nanaimo man accused in the shooting at the Western Forest Products mill last year began Tuesday in Nanaimo provincial court. Kevin Douglas Addison, a former employee at the mill, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. The hearing is to establish whether there is sufficient evidence for a trial. A mandatory publication ban means that evidence presented cannot be published. Mill employees Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern were killed in the April 30 incident.

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Hydraulic fail cause of mill fire

Alberni Valley Times
March 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni fire chief Tim Pley confirmed this week that a hydraulic failure caused the Alberni Pacific Division sawmill fire last week. “We have determined that a hydraulic system failure on the head rig carriage contributed to the fire last week at [Western Forest Product’s] APD sawmill,” Pley wrote in an email. “We have not yet determined the source of ignition for that fire. “We are continuing to investigate the ignition source for the fire, and are working with APD’s very competent maintenance personnel to identify possible ignition sources.”

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Logging contractors complain of low rates, inconsistent work

March 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the recovery of British Columbia’s forest industry underway, tensions are also rising between coastal logging contractors and the major lumber producers they cut timber for. The B.C. Truck Loggers Association (TLA) argues that contract rates being paid aren’t keeping up with contractors’ costs and that many companies aren’t getting consistent enough work, which is causing some to abandon this segment of the business.One of those companies, Alternative Forest Operations Ltd., was at an equipment auction in Nanaimo Tuesday selling off $2 million worth of equipment, after which it planned to lay off half its 50-member workforce… The major forest companies they cut for, however, don’t see problems being as big as the TLA is making out, said Rick Jeffery, CEO of the Coast Forest Products Association. Jeffery said contractors cut 95 per cent of the logs the major timber-owning companies need, but there is a shortage of them on the coast, so contractors should have the leverage they need to negotiate appropriate rates.

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TAYLOR: Mill pushes back against environmental rules

The Chronicle Herald
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Liberal government is being pushed to loosen new environmental standards for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. Whether the provincial government cracks under the pressure remains to be seen, but the company is appealing a newly amended operating licence, officially called an industrial approval, that the Environment Department issued for the Abercrombie Point kraft pulp plant. Northern Pulp, which employs about 200 workers directly and several hundred more forestry workers, says the government’s amended plan is flawed and hampers the Pictou County mill’s long-term business strategy.

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Northern Pulp paper mill sees amended industrial approval

CBC News
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s Environment Department has issued an amended industrial approval for the Northern Pulp paper mill in Pictou County that corrects an error discovered last month. The mistake in the previous industrial approval misstated the location of an environmental study required in 2019 to determine how to improve the quality of effluent into Boat Harbour. The amended approval, also known as an operating licence, requires tighter restrictions on emissions and water consumption.

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Hagens Berman: Pennsylvania Consumers File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Lumber Liquidators for Alleged Formaldehyde-Tainted Flooring

Firm files third lawsuit stating Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring contains hazardous levels of cancer-causing chemicals
Business Wire
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

SCRANTON, Pa.– Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a third class-action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators, representing Pennsylvania consumers against the laminate flooring company for allegedly selling flooring tainted with hazardous levels of formaldehyde. The Pennsylvania family named in the suit sought a product that would be easier for their asthma symptoms, exhibited by their 7-year-old daughter, according to the complaint. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleges that Lumber Liquidators sold composite flooring manufactured in China tainted with hazardous levels of formaldehyde while falsely labeling their products as meeting or exceeding California Air Resources Board emissions standards.

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Lumber Liquidators to Discuss Product Safety During Business Update

Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber Liquidators Holding Corp. said it plans to discuss the safety of its products, its liquidity and give updated guidance for its current quarter on a conference call Thursday as the hardwood-flooring company continues to deal with the fallout from a television report that accused the company of selling products that violate health and safety guidelines. Earlier this month, a “60 Minutes” segment accused Lumber Liquidators of selling laminate flooring that contained levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, that are illegal under California regulations.

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Problems abound with Timber Tax Bill

Natural Resource Report
March 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The 2015 Legislature has resurrected a controversial Timber Tax bill from the 2014 Session. This bill is being hailed by timber groups as costly and unmanageable, unnecessary, and with serious financial harm at a vulnerable time. Timber Tax HB 2588 imposes a severance tax on all timber harvested from Oregon’s forestlands at a rate of $19/MBF. The Department of Revenue would receive 3% of the money for administration.

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Ecology: Everett mill site no longer hazardous

The Herald of Everett
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT — It’s taken 20 years, but the state says a former Weyerhaeuser mill site on Everett’s north side is clean. Contaminated soil at the site has either been trucked away or covered up and doesn’t pose a health threat, according to the state Department of Ecology.
From 1914 to 1992, Weyerhaeuser operated several mills at the 35-acre site along the Snohomish River, turning out pulp, boards and other wood products. …Weyerhaeuser started cleaning the site up in 1995, with Ecology approving plans and reviewing results.

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The global forest industry in the 4Q/2014

IHB The Timber Network
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

YOU MAY NEED TO CREATE A FREE ONLINE ACCOUNT TO VIEW THIS STORY: Sawlog prices were generally lower throughout the world in the 4Q as compared to earlier in the year. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell for the third consecutive quarter to $83.12/m3, which was down 2.6 % from the previous quarter. In 2014, global softwood log trade reached an eight-year high of approximately 85 million m3, according to estimates by WRI. China increased imports in 2014, and now accounts for about 40% of total world imports.

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Exportation of Logs and Lumber from Russia Failed to Increase in the 4Q/14 Despite the Advantage of an Almost 50% Depreciated Rouble

UK Yahoo Finance
March 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The much-depreciated Russian rouble has given Russian exporters of logs and lumber a good opportunity to increase shipments of their products. However, softwood sawlog export volumes in the 4Q/14 were up only by 2-3% from the same quarter in 2013, while lumber exports declined over the same time period, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. 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. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Advocates try in Annapolis for plastic bag ban

Baltimore Sun
March 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Environmentalists and others fed up with litter are making a pitch in Annapolis for a statewide ban on plastic bags. But the effort faces long odds, with powerful industries opposed and many lawmakers skittish of any proposal that could cost or inconvenience consumers. …The bill would also require merchants to charge 10 cents for every paper bag they give customers. …Paper bag makers also oppose the bill because of the fee. Representatives of the American Forest and Paper Association noted that their products are recyclable and often made of recycled material.

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Forestry

BC Timber Sales hosting Mount Macpherson open house

Revelstoke Times Review
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Timber Sales is hosting an open house this week to explain their logging plans for Mount Macpherson. The open will take place at the Revelstoke forestry office in the Big Eddy on Wednesday, Mar. 11, and Thursday, Mar. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The public is welcome to drop-in and ask questions of BC Timber Sales and Sites & Trails BC staff concerning their controversial logging plans for Mount Macpherson. BC Timber Sales intends on logging two cut blocks in the area in 2016 — one near the Nordic ski lodge and the other around the upper section of the TNT mountain biking trail.

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Human-caused fires raise concerns in Southeast B.C.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CASTLEGAR – On Monday, March 9, crews from the Southeast Fire Centre responded to four new wildfires, all of which were human-caused and therefore preventable. …Monday’s incidents are reminders for the public to remain vigilant with any recreational activities or open fires, and to ensure that they have contingency plans in place to extinguish any fire that may escape. The recent unseasonably mild temperatures, spring-like conditions and low relative humidity in the Southeast Fire Centre have increased the wildfire risk in all snow-free areas. Dried grass from last summer has not had the opportunity to renew itself due to cold overnight temperatures and so it is highly flammable.

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BCTS operations near Houston Pass audit

BC Forest Practices Board
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales and timber sale licensees in the Morice timber supply area portion of the Nadina Resource District found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities complied with legislation, according to a report released today. “The audit found that BCTS and its timber sale licence holders followed the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “We are pleased to find that BCTS did a good job of meeting legislative requirements.”

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West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater calls for better prevention of forest fires

CBC News
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Kelowna wants the B.C. government to do more to prevent forest fires and the city, which has been hit hard in past summers by wildfires, is calling for more funding to protect public and private lands. “Our community has been affected by wild fire a number of times,” West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater told Daybreak South. ?Findlater said he’s worried because this season’s warm, dry, weather has already led to warnings about forest fire risk with the Kamloops Fire Centre advising caution with open burning. “The province needs to step up and be the muscle in dealing with private landowners who deal with chunks adjacent to interface areas,” said Findlater.

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David Suzuki: It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt

Georgia Straight
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The spring grizzly kill starts April 1 and extends for several weeks, followed by a second fall season. By year’s end, several hundred will have died at the hands of humans, close to 90 percent shot by trophy hunters—many of them foreign licence-holders, as the B.C. government plans to enact new regulations to allow hunters from outside B.C. to take 40 percent of grizzlies slated for killing… Grizzly population health is an indicator of overall ecosystem health, and bears are important to functioning ecosystems. They help regulate prey such as deer and elk, maintain forest health by dispersing seeds and aerating soil as they dig for food, and fertilize coastal forests by dragging salmon carcasses into the woods.

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Mayor of Saguenay calls for action against Greenpeace, environmentalists

‘If it continues like this, our workers will have no more jobs’, Jean Tremblay says on YouTube
CBC News
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A video message posted on YouTube by the mayor of Saguenay is going viral after Jean Tremblay called on all city employees and unions to take action against Greenpeace and “the intellectuals of this world.” “If things continue like this, there will be no more work for our workers. We are not able to develop projects anymore,” Tremblay says in the video. “Our forest — we have an extraordinary forest — but the people of Greenpeace with their certifications are more intelligent than our government that establishes laws and is elected democratically?” The video was posted Tuesday and had more than 30,000 hits by the end of the day.

Saguenay mayor wants movement “against Greenpeace and intellectuals of the world” from The Canadian Press

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Black Hills Future Uncertain Due to Long-Eared Bat

By Senator John Thune
Black Hills Pioneer
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hundreds of different wildlife species call the Black Hills National Forest home. Bison, deer, elk, coyotes, and antelope are all part of the vast array of wildlife that make the Black Hills a unique place to visit. Among the lesser-known wildlife species that call the Black Hills their home is the northern long-eared bat. Unfortunately, northern long-eared bats are dying at alarming rates in parts of the country. Researchers have determined that the leading cause of death among northern long-eared bats is a disease in certain areas of the country known as white-nose syndrome. While this disease has been found in 22 states across the country, it has not been detected in South Dakota.

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Forest fire recovery discussed in Silver City

Speaker explains site recovery work
Silver City Sun-News
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SILVER CITY >> Seeding and mulching, as well as just seeding, aid in recovery of top soil and canopy growth following catastrophic forest fires, members of the Southwestern New Mexico Audubon learned on Friday. Michael Natharius, forest soil scientist and burned area response coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service’s Gila National Forest office, gave a presentation on his study. “It is usually three to four years after a fire that you start seeing trees coming back,” Natharius said. The experiment Natharius conducted started in 2012, when the Forest Service created 17 sample plots to study the effect of seeding, seeding combined with mulching, and no treatment whatsoever on recovering forest.

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Logging industry fails yet again to strip Pacific Northwest protection for marbled murrelets

Summit County Citizens Voice
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FRISCO — Marbled murrelets along the Pacific Northwest Coast will continue to benefit from the protection of the Endangered Species Act, as a federal appeals court last week rejected yet another logging industry attempt to open more coastal old-growth forest to logging. The robin-sized birds feed at sea but nest only in old-growth forests along the Pacific Coast, laying their eggs (one per female) on large, moss-covered branches in old growth Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and redwood trees. 

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Emerald ash borer beetle now in 19 Iowa counties

Newton Daily News
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the purposes of some discussions, the emerald ash borer is a “boring” insect. However, the growing number of Iowa counties affected by the bark-eating beetle is not a “boring” topic to some people — especially those who realize how many Iowa ash trees could eventually become infested. A recent discovery of the borer in Hedrick, in Keokuk County, brings the total number of infested Iowa counties to 19. …The mountain pine beetle has destroyed millions of acres of British Columbia forest and hundreds of thousands more in Colorado, but the evenly spaced population of the Midwest makes the ash borer a different type of challenge for Iowa regulators.

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Can You Guess Oregon’s Most Unique Occupation?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

People are moving to Oregon for a lot of reasons: the access to mountains and the coast, the temperate weather and, more often than not, jobs. A number of industries have been booming in the Beaver State, but the Pew Charitable Trusts found that Oregon’s “most unique occupation” is still logging, with nearly 1,400 logging workers in the state. That’s 40 times higher than would be expected based on the national average. Despite a declining industry in the state, these numbers show that timber is still an important part of Oregon’s economy.

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Timber project raises concerns about public process

Daily Astorian
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The city is moving ahead with its timber harvesting project despite a request from the North Coast Land Conservancy to pause the work and have a discussion about the best options. The city is moving ahead with a timber harvesting project on its property in the Necanicum Watershed with little input from the Necanicum Watershed Council, North Coast Land Conservancy and the public. Despite a request by the land conservancy that the city temporarily halt its harvest to discuss harvesting alternatives, the Seaside City Council decided at its Feb. 23 meeting to honor its contract and continue the harvest.

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North Portland residents turn to crowdfunding to save century-old oak tree

The Oregonian
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Residents of North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood are raising money in hopes of saving a damaged tree they say is about 150 years old. The oak, which sits next to a gravel stretch of North Leavitt Avenue near Willamette Boulevard, had developed a crack in the trunk. Neighbors alerted the property manager of the adjacent house to the damage, said Hilary Smith, who lives less than a block away, but were surprised Monday to see private contractor preparing to remove it. They launched a flurry of phone calls to stop the work and try and find a way to save the tree.

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Stewardship cuts would hurt lure of Northwoods

Green Bay Press Gazette
March 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Northwoods of Wisconsin is defined by its most abundant and rewarding resource, a resource that impacts the region’s economy, its residents, its visitors, and its image. This resource is the forestland that makes up the majority of the Northwoods. These forests are plentiful with opportunities and natural wealth. As a dominant fixture of the Northwoods economy, the forestlands are the sustainable foundation of forest products industries in the region. Many Northwoods residents have work closely tied to the forest, in silviculture, logging operations, on sawmill crews, or wood processing. Timber or finished products are shipped out of the area, drawing revenue from outside of the region.

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Lawmakers question plan for more logging on Maine’s state-owned land

The adminstration’s plans for an increased timber harvest and reorganized land management get a cool reception from a legislative committee.
Press Herald
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers grilled a LePage administration official Tuesday about plans to substantially increase logging of state-owned lands and reorganize the department that oversees Maine’s public parks. In a report filed this month with a legislative committee, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands outlined plans to increase the anticipated harvest of timber on state-owned lands from 141,500 cords to 180,000 cords in fiscal year 2016-17. The increased harvesting will reduce tree mortality caused by overcrowding and reduce the risks of trees dying from insects such as the spruce budworm, which is expected reappear in Maine within the next several years, the bureau said.

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Endangered Flying Squirrel Relegated to Living on Sky-Islands

New Model Helps Resource Managers Protect Squirrel, Habitat
USGS.gov
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLACKSBURG, VA.—Habitat loss has fragmented the population of the Carolina northern flying squirrel, an endangered species now living on “sky-islands” on nine isolated mountain peaks in the southern Appalachians. A new study published in Endangered Species Research provides resource managers with a predictive map, based on U.S. Geological Survey led modeling efforts, that can help as they work to better define, protect and enhance the endangered squirrels’ habitat. 

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It’s inevitable: Invasive pest will arrive in Nebraska, kill ash trees, costing an estimated $960M

Omaha.com
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An invasive pest that could wipe out a significant chunk of Nebraska’s tree canopy is on the state’s doorstep. While an emerald ash borer hasn’t been discovered in Nebraska yet, an infestation is inevitable and is expected to cost residents, businesses and state and local governments an estimated $960 million. Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks says cash-strapped Nebraska communities need state funding if they’re going to get ahead of the emerald ash borer. She’s sponsoring legislation to funnel $3 million annually into fighting it. The proposal faces its first test at a hearing Thursday.

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Land of wood… and greenery

March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Forestry Department yesterday announced that 441,000 hectares of the island was covered by forest — 10 per cent more than the 30 per cent recorded in 1998 when the last land-use/cover-change analysis was conducted. That’s 1,394 hectares per annum, but it might not be a true increase. For one thing, the satellite equipment used to gather much of the data in 1998 was not as advanced as that used in the most recent study, conducted in 2013-2014. Secondly, the forest type which is showing the bulk of the increase — secondary forests — did not exist as a stand-alone category back in 1998.

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Standing tall for trees: meet the women who are changing forestry

March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sure, women around the world have made great strides in the workplace – but many fields are still dominated by men, including one that is dear to our heart: forestry. In honor of International Women’s Day, join the Rainforest Alliance in celebrating three women, who are not only breaking down gender barriers, but also working to protect and conserve forests – sometimes risking their lives to do so.

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Government to do more to secure Jamaica’s forests

The Gleaner
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Despite a study which shows growth in the country’s forest cover, Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Robert Pickersgill says the government is moving to put strategies in place to secure the country’s forests. According to a Land Use Assessment carried out by the Forestry Department, 40 per cent of the island is classified as forest and this has been increasing overall at a rate of just under half a per cent annually, mainly due to the conversion of non forested land into secondary forests. However, the study has also indicated losses in the quality of forests. Pickersgill says open dry forests have been converted to bare lands, particularly along the south coast.

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Protesters face jail under new Barnett Government law

WA Today
March 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protesters using devices to lock themselves to machinery face up to 12 months behind bars or a $12,000 fine, under new proposed legislation introduced into Parliament by the Barnett government on Wednesday. In some ca es, protesters could be jailed for 24 months and slugged with a $24,000 fine if they become aggressive and endanger the safety of others, including themselves. The bill was introduced into Parliament the same day, Margaret River woman Dee Patterson locked herself inside a car, concreted to the road, outside the Helms Forest near Nannup. She is protesting against the Forest Products Commission’s plans to clear 500 hectares of jarrah and marri trees in the South West forest.

Anti-protestor laws: West Australian activists using locks to attach themselves to objects face tough new laws from ABC News, Australia

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USF professor raises awareness for threatened Jamaican forest

The Oracle
March 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As April, the environmental awareness month, quickly approaches, thoughts begin to turn toward human impact on the natural environment. People are well aware of recycling and water conservation, but USF’s herbarium curator and professor of medical botany, Alan Franck, is doing his part in a more innovative way. In February, Franck, along with a slew of scientists from around the world, was chosen to participate in a research study on biodiversity sponsored by the Clarendon Parish Development Committee and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund to preserve and document a fragile ecosystem in Jamaica full of endemic species. Franck said informing the public about resources they may not be aware of leads people to protect those resources and may lead to a greater interest in biodiversity.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuels Group to Ask Congress for Revamped Renewable Fuel Standards

Biofuels companies have been pressured by lower oil prices and regulatory uncertainty
Wall Street Journal
March 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON—Companies that make alternative fuels, pressured by lower oil prices and regulatory uncertainty, are launching a push for legislation to make it more likely fledgling segments of the biofuels industry can survive. Biofuels, mostly corn-based ethanol, have been blended into the nation’s gasoline supply since Congress passed a law a decade ago promoting increased use of alternative fuels. The government in recent years has pushed for a more diverse offering of alternative fuels, such as products made from municipal solid waste, plant material and biogas that comes from, among other places, landfills. But it has struggled with how to craft regulations and mandates so they have the intended effect.

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EIA reports illustrate bioenergy growth

Biomass Magazine
March 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that total renewables used for electricity and heat generation will grow by 2.9 percent this year. Conventional hydropower generation is expected to increase by 6 percent, with nonhydropower renewables generation increasing by 1.4 percent. Next year, total renewables consumption for electric power and heat generation is expected to increase by 1.8 percent, with a 3.6 percent decline in hydropower and a 4.6 percent increase in nonhydropower renewables.

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