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Business & Politics

Stella-Jones Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Marketwired
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC— Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) (“Stella-Jones” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. “Driven by healthy demand for its core products and a strong market reach, 2014 marked the fourteenth consecutive year of growth for Stella-Jones. Moreover, a relentless focus on improving the efficiency of our growing network partially mitigated headwinds from the tighter market for untreated railway ties that affected the industry for most of the year.

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Juror bursts into tears during Lakeland inquest

Prince George Citizen
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Emotions ran high Friday morning at the coroner’s inquest into the Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion. A juror burst into tears while questioning Bill Barwise, who was the sawmill’s operations superintendent at the time of the April 23, 2012 blast, prompting coroner Lisa Lapointe to call for a short break. That came after coroner’s counsel John Orr showed Barwise a series of photos showing high levels of dust in various parts of the mill just 11 days before the blast. Orr told Barwise he found his claim “incredible” that the mill was getting cleaner in light of the photos.

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Accused in Nanaimo sawmill shooting to set trial date in April

Nanaimo Daily News
March 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The man accused in last year’s shooting at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo will be in B.C. Supreme Court April 13 to set a date for trial, the Nanaimo court registry said Friday. The preliminary inquiry wrapped up Friday for Kevin Douglas Addison, who faces two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm. Addison is a former employee at the mill. The April 30, 2014, shootings claimed the lives of two mill employees, Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern. Two others, Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly, were injured. Details of the preliminary hearing cannot be reported because of a publication ban.

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We should have known

Prince George Free Press
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake exploded and burned in January of 2012, no one seemed to know how much of an explosive hazard the fine dust from beetle-killed timber posed. When the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George exploded and burned three months later, we were becoming aware that it was a hazard but nothing really had changed. During the inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Alan Little, it has been referred to as an “emerging hazard.” It is clear no one, from the B.C. Safety Authority, to WorkSafeBC, to the Prince George Fire Rescue Service, to mill management, to the union to the guys working on the floor, knew the danger. The question isn’t whether they knew at the time, but, rather the question is ‘should’ someone have known. The answer is yes.

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Truck Loggers Association worried about future of island forest industry (& audio)

My Cowichan Valley Now
March 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association says a sell off of logging equipment by coastal contractors is a troubling sign. At a recent heavy equipment auction in Nanaimo 95 per cent of the machinery was from smaller logging companies. One of them claims they lost around a half a million dollars working on a large tenure on the Island. David Elstone of Roberts Creek is the Executive Director of the TLA.  Elstone says as
contractors shift into areas other than logging, they’re also laying off
young workers – the future of the industry.  He calls that a sign the
forest industry is broken.

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Safety issues arise in Lavington

Vernon Morning Star
March 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A busy hub of industrial, emergency and school activity has Lavington residents demanding safety improvements for their children. Particularly with the upcoming move of a pellet plant into the area. The Lavington town centre, as resident Sheila Sacht refers to it, is on School Road and includes Lavington Elementary, Jeffers Park and Lavington Centennial Park. While families and school children frequent the area, it also includes large truck traffic from the Lavington Fire Department, rail traffic and predominantly the Tolko mill. The congestion will only be heightened with the Pinnacle pellet plant.

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Westville sawmill facing layoffs over short supply of logs

NS Daily Business Buzz
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WESTVILLE – Trucks were bringing logs to Groupe Savoie on Friday in advance of the spring weight restrictions that will close roads to heavy trucks from March 16 until mid-May.Once those logs are processed at the Westville sawmill, likely taking about two weeks, it will probably close temporarily and the workers will be laid off. The situation is a familiar one for the 17-year-old business in recent years, as the supply of hardwood logs is harder and harder to come by. But that doesn’t make it any easier.

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In life after Tembec Inc, Frank Dottori finds new passion with Fadco Consulting Inc and White River Forest Products Ltd

Financial Post
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sitting in a coffee shop on Bay Street, Frank Dottori brags: “I haven’t worn a tie since I retired.” The statement is half true. Is he necktie-free? Yes. Is he retired? No. Mr. Dottori, who turns 76 this month, stepped down as chief executive at Tembec Inc. 10 years ago. He founded Tembec in 1973, reviving one shuttered mill in Témiscaming, Quebec and transforming it into a global forest products company with 55 mills in North America, Europe and South America. In his 33 years at Tembec, the plain-speaking Mr. Dottori became a legend; the National Film Board made a film about him and Témiscaming, called A Town That Wouldn’t Die. Today Mr. Dottori may not wear a tie but he does wear his Order of Canada pin, awarded in 1989.

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What is nature worth? Studies detail monetary value of Montana’s forests and rivers

Helena Independent Record
March 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Perhaps anyone who takes a minute to stare at the mountains, forests or rivers understands the natural amenities Montanans enjoy have a value with no discernable price tag. While the intangible values may remain in the memories of family hunting camps or river floats, recent studies continue to show that our natural backdrop makes for a significant economic impact as well. Natural resource managers recently released economic numbers for some of the Helena area’s most visible natural resources: the Helena and Lewis and Clark national forests and the Missouri River. While those amenities contribute beyond the scope of the studies, the reports show the public land and water driving nearly $120 million annually.

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Plum Creek Timber : invests heavily in plant upgrades

Daily Inter Lake
March 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timber Co. plans to invest $10 million in plant improvements this year at its Northwest Montana manufacturing facilities. “We’re optimistic overall for another good year,” said Tom Ray, Plum Creek’s vice president of Northwest Resources and Manufacturing. “The largest single concern is the lack of raw materials, but we are hoping Congress will address that.” Plum Creek’s optimism is based in part on a gradual increase in housing starts across the country, along with better timber prices and an uptick in the number of Montanans working in the timber industry, state economists say.

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Why heavily forested Maine imports wood each year

Bangor Daily News
March 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Timber doesn’t flow literally on Maine’s waterways any more, but it does flow in and out of the state. Mostly, it flows to Maine, not out of it. For the most heavily forested state in the country, it may seem counter-intuitive, but there are a lot of reasons why Maine gets its wood from elsewhere — and, it’s not a bad thing, according to Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council. “We’re located in an area where we can draw from Quebec and New Brunswick and southern New England,“ Strauch said. “To me, that’s an opportunity and strategically it’s something we should capitalize on.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

TED: A structure built for big thinkers

University students help design and construct large picnic shelter for TED conference
Vancouver Sun
March 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Juggling the heavy workload required for UBC’s architecture program is a challenge. Add to that helping to design and build a picnic shelter for the big thinkers attending this year’s TED talks and you’ve got quite the time crunch.  But that’s just what Monika Loevenmark chose to do, along with 16 other design and architecture students from four Metro Vancouver universities. ..The end product is the Lions Marquee, two intersecting A-frame structures that mirror the Lions Mountains on the North Shore. Interfor donated the wood for the project, while the manufacturer Saint-Gobain provided a durable clear plastic film known as ETFE to use as a waterproof lining.

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Designers find new purpose with repurposing

Building a business on storied wood
The Province
March 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s not surprising that Sam and Lenny Clemens are making a living by giving new life to old wood. “Our parents lived on the Maplewood mudflats in North Vancouver and built their house from wood they salvaged from the old Victorian homes in the West End,” said Sam, who, along with Lenny, owns Hobo Woodworks in the heart of East Van. The brothers rely on reclaimed wood to create their products. “We are always designing, getting inspired and building stuff that we love,” said Sam.

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Medieval Log Buildings Unearthed in Kyiv

Archaeology.org
March 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KYIV, UKRAINE—Medieval Kyiv was larger than had been thought. Last month, a construction project in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city uncovered a street and remains of log buildings in wet ground near the Dnipro River. “Podil is very well studied, which is why everyone was very surprised when we first saw the fragments of the twelfth-century wooden fence and house,” archaeologist Ivan Zotsenko told the Kyiv Post.

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Forestry

Conservation groups seek to protect North American boreal forests

Call is for at least half of boreal forests, covering over more than one billion acres from Alaska to Labrador, to be set aside from industrial development
Vancouver Sun
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Leading conservation groups, including Ducks Unlimited and the National Audubon Society, are pressing for a plan to protect North American boreal forests that are home to an estimated 3 billion birds and more than 300 species.  “Protecting at least 50 per cent of the boreal forest is in line with what modern conservation science contends is needed to preserve the ecological health of the forest and its biodiversity,” says Dr. Jeff Wells, senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative. “Climate change has already begun pushing bird ranges further north, making the boreal forest an important refuge — a ‘Noah’s Ark’ for birds.”

‘Bird Nursery’ at risk unless half of Canada’s boreal forest preserved from CBC News

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BC wolf cull: petitions and protests

Nelson Star
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The public and conservation groups are voicing a mixture of opposition and support for the BC government’s wolf cull that aims to kill 144 to 184 grey wolves in two separate regions. The cull began in mid-January with aerial sharp shooters in helicopters aiming to kill 24 wolves in the South Selkirks to protect 18 remaining mountain caribou and 144 to 164 in the South Peace areas to protect seven herds totaling 946 to 971 caribou.

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Quebec Politicians Slam Greenpeace’s Boreal Forest Junk Science

Ezra Levant.com
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Saguenay, Quebec mayor Jean Tremblay’s video calling out Greenpeace as “a bunch of job killers” is getting lots of attention. Greenpeace claims that forestry is destroying the region’s boreal forest, but Tremblay shows this is junk science. Even the Liberal premier of Quebec is joining the anti-Greenpeace chorus. Philippe Couillard says if Greenpeace thinks they’re going to destroy his province’s forestry industry, “They can forget it.” This is incredible. This isn’t Alberta or even B.C., but Quebec, pushing back against the multinational, foreign funded lobbyists at Greenpeace.

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Mistakes of the past; Logging proposal raising the mercury fears in Grassy Narrows

The Chronicle Journal
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While much of Canada is just beginning to emerge from our wintry deep freeze, the people of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in Northwestern Ontario aren’t as eager to see spring arrive. The community is concerned that proposed clear-cutting slated to begin in April on their traditional land could cause mercury, a potent neurotoxin, to leach into the rivers and lakes where they live. These concerns are understandable. Only a few decades ago, the province allowed their rivers and lakes — the lifeblood of the community — to be severely contaminated with mercury and the people of Grassy Narrows are still living with the tragic impact. The province’s plan to resume clear-cutting at Grassy Narrows is an obvious case where risks to the environment and human health should, at the very least, be subject to the public scrutiny provided by an environmental assessment. 

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The Bug That’s Eating the Woods

March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

One chilly morning in October 2013, Diana Six parked her white Subaru at the edge of a pine forest in southwestern Montana’s Big Hole Valley. Beneath snow-tipped peaks, lodgepole pines in four different colors draped the hillside—a time line of carnage. The gray ones, now just trunks and branches, had died in 2009. Light red trees, still holding needles, had succumbed in 2011. Darker, auburn trees had perished in 2012. Even the seemingly healthy green trees, said Six, a ponytailed, bodybuilding, beer-brewing entomologist at the University of Montana, were not what they seemed. Roughly a quarter of them were already doomed. Six zipped her jacket and ambled into the woods with an ax. She stopped at a mixed stand of emerald and burnt-orange lodgepoles. 

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The Bug That’s Eating the Woods

March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

One chilly morning in October 2013, Diana Six parked her white Subaru at the edge of a pine forest in southwestern Montana’s Big Hole Valley. Beneath snow-tipped peaks, lodgepole pines in four different colors draped the hillside—a time line of carnage. The gray ones, now just trunks and branches, had died in 2009. Light red trees, still holding needles, had succumbed in 2011. Darker, auburn trees had perished in 2012. Even the seemingly healthy green trees, said Six, a ponytailed, bodybuilding, beer-brewing entomologist at the University of Montana, were not what they seemed. Roughly a quarter of them were already doomed. Six zipped her jacket and ambled into the woods with an ax. She stopped at a mixed stand of emerald and burnt-orange lodgepoles. 

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Montana study of federal-lands transfer dies in committee

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montanans won’t be paying for a legislative study of the feasibility of transferring federal lands to the state. Late Friday afternoon in the House Natural Resources committee, House Bill 496, which would have created a “Transfer of Public Land Feasibility Task Force,” failed to pass out of committee on a 9-9 vote — but not before a number of the committee members explained why they would be voting the way they did. Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, sponsored the bill, which would have spent $35,000 over the biennium to study the feasibility of transferring federal land to the state, according to a legislative fiscal note.

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Family sawmill processes logs skidded with horses

NBC Montana
March 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Mont. – A family in Corvallis has started sawing the logs they skidded with horses this past winter. NBC Montana brought you the first part of this story a few weeks ago. The Plochers used their animals to harvest pine beetle-killed timber on private land. Now, those logs are being processed in another time-honored way, in the family’s small circle sawmill. Thursday morning, Shannon Plocher started up his mill to begin sawing the first logs from a huge load of timber the family brought home. The horses that worked so hard skidding that timber had the day off.

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Prescott Forest kicks off timber sales under landscape-scale project

The Daily Courier
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The first timber sale under the Prescott National Forest’s Bradshaw Vegetation Management Project is reducing the unnatural density of the ponderosa pine forest in a key spot for protecting the Prescott area from wildfires. The 47,000-acre Bradshaw Vegetation project is the largest restoration effort to date on the forest. The aim is to restore the forest to more natural conditions, and help prevent unnatural catastrophic wildfires.

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EAB: Experts say Tiny Insect will Cause Big Problems for Nebraska

Nebraska.TV.com
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s a little bug brought to the US from Asia, and since 2002 it has spread to 25 states, killing millions of ash trees along the way. Now talk of the insect called emerald ash borer, known as EAB for short, has even reached the Nebraska Legislature. Barry Burrows says the City of Grand Island has been working for about eight years to not just plant trees, but to plant different kinds of trees. Still, a few types are dominant… Those ash trees, known for growing well in nearly all parts of Nebraska and often planted as good shade trees, are now a concern. Not just for GI, but every community.

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Long Road Lies Ahead For Northwest Forest Plan Update

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Timber interests and environmental groups are gearing up for a multi-year fight over how federal forests are managed in Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The Northwest Forest Plan is now 20 years old and due for an update, according to the US Forest Service. The groundbreaking 1994 management plan limited old-growth logging on federal lands and put in place environmental protections for wildlife like the northern spotted owl. It was unique in establishing an ecosystem-wide science-based approach to protecting wildlife on 26 federal forests. But scientific understanding has advanced in the past 20 years.

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Consultants raking in millions on Utah’s anti-fed campaigns

The Salt Lake Tribune
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Utah lawmakers were good to consultants this year. Legislation passed this session will release a deluge of taxpayer dollars — more than $12 million — for state leaders’ campaign against the federal government, aimed at taking over public lands and extracting the natural resources they hold. New appropriations offer a bonanza for consultants retained to pressure Congress, sway public opinion, sue the federal government, intervene in environmental lawsuits, craft legal strategies, challenge federal scientists and develop land-use plans.

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Public Asked to Weigh In on Future of NW Forest Plan

Public News Service
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – The U.S. Forest Service holds public meetings this week in Seattle and Portland, asking for comments on how to update the Northwest Forest Plan. The plan has been the overarching management strategy to balance conservation and timber harvest on national forestland in the Northwest for 20 years, but the Forest Service is leaning toward relying on separate plans for each forest instead. As a coauthor of the original plan, University of Washington Forest Ecology professor Jerry Franklin says he’s convinced an individual approach won’t work as well, because so many of the challenges are regional, including endangered species and climate change.

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Marshall Woods project hinges on Rattlesnake logging

The Missoulian
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 13,000-acre project to revitalize the forest in Missoula’s Rattlesnake and Marshall drainages may hinge on 225 acres of commercial logging. “This is going to be the most scrutinized timber sale in the history of the Forest Service,” said Jake Kreilick, chairman of the Lolo Restoration Committee, which has been monitoring the proposed Marshall Woods Project since 2007. “It’s not like this is pristine forest – the area was heavily managed by Montana Power, and lots of people were living up there for a while. And it’s not a ecological issue – those are pretty dense stands (of trees) that would have been thinned out by fire.

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Taking issue with a column on 3M’s forestry-policies changes

Letter to the Editor
Minnesota Post
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Regarding Ron Meador’s column on 3M’s sourcing of forest products, March 6: Based on my experience as a professional biologist, board member of an independent watchdog on forest practices, and a sustainability professional, I can assure you that SFI is a respected, solution-focused, nonprofit NGO and standards organization with an independent board equally representing social, environmental and economic stakeholders. SFI is a collaborative advocate for sustainable, forest-based supply chains. 

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Parks logging revenue falling short of projection

Kitsap Sun
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CENTRAL KITSAP — Logging parks isn’t the moneymaker Kitsap County initially thought it would be. The first year of the Kitsap County Parks Department’s selective logging program generated only about a third of the $100,000 the department hoped to earn when it began harvesting trees at Newberry Hill Heritage Park seven months ago. “But one bad year doesn’t put the kibosh on it,” Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie said. The logging operation at Newberry, a 1,082-acre park between Silverdale and Seabeck, is part of the department’s new forest stewardship program. 

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Farmington forestry program training the next generation of loggers

A demand for loggers skilled in the high-tech modern practice of the ancient trade has prompted an expansion in logging certification programs at technical schools in Maine
Central Maine
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FARMINGTON — Like his father, grandfather and uncle, 16-year-old Kyle McLean plans to get a job in the logging industry after high school. He already has a head start as a student in Foster Career and Technical Education Center’s forestry program, where he spends most mornings harvesting trees and cutting lumber. He hopes to graduate with not only a high school degree but also as a certified logging professional. McLean, who is from Chesterville and is a high school junior in Farmington, spoke on a recent morning in the woods next to the technical center, where he was surrounded by classmates clad in bright orange Kevlar pants and steel-toed boots. “You’re always on your toes in the woods,” McLean said. “Your adrenaline is going. It’s fun.”

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With borer spreading, chains saws roar as towns sacrifice their leafy canopy

Star Tribune
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DES MOINES, Iowa — Since she was a child, the giant ash tree that towered over Rebecca Robinson’s small home offered a cool refuge during sultry Midwest summer days. It was the same down her tree-lined neighborhood’s block and throughout much of Waterloo, a leafy Iowa city that’s home to about 4,000 ashes. But work crews have toppled Robinson’s tree and soon, nearly all of Waterloo’s ash trees will be gone too — though many are perfectly healthy — as big cities and small towns from Pennsylvania to Colorado surrender to a small, shiny bug by preemptively eliminating a big part of their urban foliage.

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Sidney named Tree City USA

Sydney Daily News
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SIDNEY — Sidney was recently named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management, City Manager Mark Cundiff said Friday in his weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Sidney achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

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No Spray, No Way community fights chemical weed spraying in Gladstone state forest

Sydney Morning Herald
March 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It has been described as a laid-back, tree-fringed town with a community that prides itself on making a living out of organic farming and healthy lifestyles. So when residents around Bellingen in the state’s north were told that the nearby Gladstone State forest was about to be aerially sprayed by the Forestry Corporation with a cocktail of chemical weed killers they reacted angrily and immediately mounted a campaign to stop it… “Forestry Corporation was not allowed to conduct any aerial spraying while there werecommunity members in the forest and we took full advantage of this protocol,” Ms Weil told Fairfax Media.

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Chile forest fire near Valparaiso sparks evacuations

BBC News
March 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Chilean authorities have declared a state of emergency as a raging forest fire forced thousands of people to flee their homes. The fire is threatening the port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. The interior ministry said about 4,500 people had already been evacuated and another 10,000 might need to be moved. Valparaiso is still recovering from a forest fire last April that killed 15 people, injured more than 500 and destroyed nearly 3,000 homes. The fire began at an illegal garbage dump on Friday afternoon, officials said, and spread quickly fanned by strong winds.

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Alarming beetle discovery by city’s own James Bond as Roger Moore identifies threat to Australia’s forest

Quest Newspapers
March 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


Roger Moore is best known for playing British secret agent James Bond but Logan’s very own Roger Moore has also saved the day trapping a Japanese sawyer beetle on his Greenbank property last week. Unlike others who would simply squash a strange looking bug with their shoe, Mr Moore caught the creepy crawly and kept it after it appeared from a shipping container he had just opened after it arrived from Europe. Also known as a Japanese pine sawyer, the beetle is one of a number of pine-infesting Monochamus longhorn beetles that attack stressed or recently killed trees.

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New body to develop national forest certification system

Business-Standard.com
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new body aiming to develop a national forest certification system and formulate standards was set up today to promote “responsible” trade in forestry sector for better management of forest resources. The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) would have representation from various stakeholders including the government and industry, and is expected to formulate certification standards within a year. “It is the diversity and differences that NCCF, as the certifying body, shall take into consideration while developing our own standards. The forest management standards will be developed in a manner that it reflects the plurality of our forests and the link that they have with the people.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest Evolution: Climate change is certain to create new physical environments for forests

Midland Daily News
March 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Forests have been evolving for millennia. The Lake States were once covered in ice and the Great Lakes themselves were formed through glacial action. The current forest cover was created post-apocalyptically following the massive over-cutting and sweeping wildfires from a century ago. And the forests are now in the early stages of another rapid, and sweeping, change. Major shifts in climate over the next 50-100 years will have profound effects on the northwoods. Our grandchildren will not hunt, fish, and camp in the forests that we enjoy today. Forests have much to do with our quality of life and sense of place. These things will change, too.

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Brown: Preparing for solastalgia as climate changes

Recent Eastern Oregon Forum focuses on climate change impacts to human health, water, fish and wildlife.
East Oregonian
March 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Climate change science has come a long way since 2006. That year, reporters and editors from six newspapers in the EO Media Group collaborated on a series of articles on climate change and how it would affect agriculture, forests, fish and wildlife in the Northwest. The series, titled “Our climate is changing … ready or not” included more than 50 articles and interviews with scientists and naturalists. The series won awards and helped raise awareness of the issue across the Pacific Northwest.

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Fighting climate change naturally!

Planting 100m trees could reduce 18m tons of carbon per year, moot told
Pakistan Today
March 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahid Ullah Khan, said on Friday that in a country like Pakistan, which is a nuclear state, tackling deforestation and increasing area under trees cannot be described as any serious challenge. However, what is required is will and commitment to the cause of boosting forestry at all level. “Raising awareness among children about unprecedented significance of trees regarding trees’ health as well as economic benefits, and engaging children in tree plantation campaigns can yield manifold benefits, who would then take it as fruitful activity to properly take care of the trees and knowing that these trees will provide shade during scorching summer months,” said the minister in his keynote address at a spring tree plantation programme held here. ‘We would have 200 million trees in a matter of single day.

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