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Business & Politics

The Canada-U.S. cross-border relations chill might get frostier

Globe and Mail
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The Keystone XL pipeline proposal has been the issue that famously sent a chill through Canada-U.S. relations. But several others now threaten to deepen the frost. …That classic cross-border trade irritant, softwood lumber, could even return. And politics, on both sides of the border, might make it all harder to avoid. …The Canada-U.S. deal that has since 2006 given Canadian producers assured, but limited, access to the U.S. market runs out in October. It’s not clear the United States will renew it.

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Anonymous tip called Lakeland the ‘next Babine’

Prince George Citizen
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two WorkSafe B.C. officers visited the Lakeland Mills sawmill in response to an anonymous complaint that the facility could become the “next Babine sawmill” but did not take any action, a coroner’s inquest heard Wednesday. Darren Beattie, a WorkSafe occupational safety officer at the time, testified he and WorkSafe occupational hygiene officer Kim Hess made an unannounced call on the morning of Feb. 6, 2012, performed an inspection and concluded that what they found did not warrant a “housekeeping” order – or an order to have the dust cleaned up. 

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Lamphier: U.S. housing rebound still on track

Lumber producers eye second-half rally
Edmonton Journal
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – No, the U.S. housing rebound — a key driver of U.S. economic growth and a vital source of strength for Western Canada’s forest products sector — isn’t over. It just seems that way, thanks to a variety of temporary factors that have recently hindered demand and prices for lumber and other key building products. But like the downturn in the oilpatch, this too will pass. Investors should use the pullback in the shares of West Fraser Timber, Canfor and other big industry players to get positioned for a second-half rally, analysts say, as housing starts snap back.

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WorkSafe Safety Officer Puts Comments into Context

250 News
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Darren Beattie admits he said the Lakeland mill was the dirtiest he had ever seen, when he visited the site on February 6th 2012, but the comments have to be placed in the right context.Beattie was an Occupational Safety Officer with WorkSafeBC, and had visited the Lakeland Mills on many occasions over a ten year period. He testified at the Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Alan Little that Lakeland “was quite a clean mill in comparison with others in the industry. When I say it was the dirtiest I had seen, the thing I noticed was the light film on handrails and stuff, and that wasn’t normal for them.”

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Supreme Court upholds nearly $4M verdict in work injury at Frenchtown pulp mill

Associated Press
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HELENA  – The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a default judgment that led to a nearly $4 million award for a man who was seriously injured while unloading logs at a Frenchtown pulp mill in 2008. As part of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.’s 2009 bankruptcy case, the company agreed to accept a complaint from Allen Ginn of Bonner in exchange for limiting the amount of potential damages. However, the company did not meet a reply deadline.  District Judge John Larson entered a default ruling in 2012, saying
Smurfit-Stone was liable for Ginn’s injuries, which included a brain
injury and fractures to his back and pelvis.

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Procter & Gamble biomass plant a team effort

P&G biomass plant will generate over 50 permanent jobs
Albany Herald
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY — Community and business leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the development of a new biomass plant at Albany’s Procter and Gamble that will provide much needed renewal energy for the plant as it strives to make its operations more environmentally friendly. The addition of the $200 million energy co-generation plant will allow Procter and Gamble to move toward it’s goal of becoming more energy efficient and reduce it’s environmental footprint… Constellation Senior Vice President of Distributed Energy Gary Fromer said the plant will operate by taking waste products, such as timber remnants and peanut shells that would otherwise be left on the forest floor or taken to a land fill, and turning those into energy and heat.

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South leads U.S. timber industry

The Oconee Enterprise
March 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Great Northwest has the reputation, the history and the swagger, when it comes to timber. But the Southeast if the place to be. That was the message last week from Brooks Mendell, president of Forisk Consulting, which tracks the forestry industry. Mendell was one of the speakers last week at a dinner at Thomas Cotton Gin, hosted jointly by AgSouth Credit and Southeastern Land Sales. After Mendell updated those in attendance on the prospect for the forestry industry, John McKissick held forth on cattle. Mendell says that the South is blessed with multiple complimentary assets that put it in a favorable position regarding timber.

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Polish lumber output increased by 3%

EUWID
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Poland’s output of lumber rose in the fourth quarter of 2014 by 3% against the same quarter of the year before to 656,000 m³. According to data from Gus, the Polish statistics office, 597,000 m³ of this or 91% of the total output, was accounted for by softwood lumber. The output of lumber had risen more sharply in the first nine months by 10% to 2.074m m³. As such, Polish sawmills produced a total of 2.73m m³ in 2014, 9% more than a year earlier. The output of softwood lumber increased 10% to 2.478m m³ whereas hardwood lumber production fell by 3% to 252,000 m³.

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Global paper and paperboard market forecast to grow 1.1 per cent

Pulp and Paper News
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

World demand for paper and paperboard is forecast to grow to 482 million tons in 2030. This equals an increase of 1.1 per cent per year. This is the result of the new global paper market study “World Paper Markets up to 2030” by Pöyry Management Consulting. The study forecasts the demand for over 80 countries and country groups, and ten product areas, including graphic, tissue and packaging papers. The demand for paper varies depending on type and region.

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Softwood lumber prices fell towards the end of 2014 in the US, Japan and the Nordic countries

Wood Resources International LLC
Business Wire
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SEATTLE—Global trade of softwood lumber has continued to trend upward ever since the global financial crises in 2008. In 2014, export volumes were up 5-8 percent for a majority of the largest lumber-exporting countries in the world, including Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Of the top fifteen exporting countries, only Austria, the US, New Zealand and the Czech Republic reduced their export volumes in 2014 as compared to the previous year.

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Tasmanian Government referred to anti-corruption watchdog over sawmill payouts

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government’s reversal of its predecessor’s sawmiller exit payout scheme has been referred to the state’s anti-corruption watchdog. State Greens Leader Kim Booth said Resources Minister Paul Harriss had serious questions to answer over the decision, and requested the Integrity Commission investigate. Yesterday, Mr Harriss told Parliament at least seven sawmillers had taken up his offer to keep half an exit package they received under the last government in exchange for being allowed to stay in the timber sector.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Op-Ed: Quebec’s Résidence du Havre was built to code. But does ‘building to code’ mean cutting corners and caving to lobbyists?

by Paul Hargest, President, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association
Canada Newswire press release
March 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The recent release of the Quebec coroner’s report on the retirement home fire in L’Isle-Verte has once again got people thinking about building safety. … killed 32 people. Among the causes cited in the report: a lack of sprinklers, inadequately trained staff, and the delayed assistance and questionable training of local firefighters. …Factor in today’s more flammable lightweight wood-and-drywall building assemblies, and you have a recipe for disaster. Experience shows us, time and again, that only genuinely fire-proof materials like concrete block stop fire. …lobbying efforts are now underway by the lumber industry to mandate wood as a building material of choice.

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Fashion Inspiration From the Redwoods of Northern California

A tree planted for every T-shirt sold; some made with wood fiber
Wall Street Journal
March 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Among the world’s working fashion designers, few have taken a more circuitous path to the runway than Christoph Frehsee, founder of the sustainable clothing brand Amour Vert… ”Mr. Frehsee and his wife spent many afternoons exploring Muir Woods. A lifelong lover of clothing design, Ms. Balti was saddened to read how much pollution happens in the fashion industry. They launched Amour Vert in 2010, using only nontoxic dyes and fabrics engineered from fast-growing eucalyptus and beech trees. Some dresses are made of Indian silk, while signature striped T-shirts are made of wood fiber… it was during a regular trip to Muir Woods that Amour Vert’s founders had the idea to plant one tree for every T-shirt they sold. By the end of 2015, the company will have planted more than 100,000 trees from Lake Tahoe to Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest.

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The eco-friendly family house that can be built in six days and costs £350,000

The Swedish Trivselhus shines at this year’s Ideal Home Show, opening on Friday.
House and Property
March 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A full-size, low-cost, five-star, eco-friendly family home that can be built in six days from a Scandinavian kit and costing £350,000 — without the land — is the focal point of this year’s Ideal Home Show in Olympia, opening on Friday (March 20) and running until April 6… The Trivselhus-designed house comes in at 96, the very top of the A rating for both energy efficiency and environmental impact, or CO2 emissions. The house is timber-framed with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a sauna — totalling nearly 2,700sq ft, including a large first-floor balcony… The house has a state-of-the-art German kitchen with energy-saving appliances and exterior decking made from recycled timber and plastic bags. “We are building homes for life,” adds Harris.

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Forestry

Parks seen as key to climate-change fight

March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change is a major reason the Canadian government should establish a long-sought national park in the South Okanagan region, according to Peter Wood. “All the species in the massive grasslands to the south, as they feel the need to move northward to achieve a cooler climate, they have to pass through a narrow bottleneck near Osoyoos,” the terrestrial campaigns director for the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society told the Georgia Straight by phone from downtown Vancouver. “If that’s just chock full of development, they’ll reach a dead end, and those species will die out.”.. According to Wood, large parks are needed to provide a “safe haven” for species dealing with the effects of global warming. He asserted that they also play an important role in climate-change mitigation as carbon sinks.

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Is the Kalum actually full of steelhead?

Terrace Standard
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gene Llewellyn, who was logging here when they occurred, was adamant that the log drives on the Kitsumkalum River had a devastating effect on the river’s Chinook. John Hipp, the DFO fisheries officer in Terrace for many years, thought so too. …If they knew what a riparian zone was (which is doubtful), the logging companies of yore didn’t have a clue when it came to the vitally important role that vegetation has for fish. …If other kinds of fish have suffered as a result of poor logging practices, it follows the same must hold true for steelhead. 

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Island Timberlands threatens to close Alberni Valley trails

Alberni Valley Times
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI — The Alberni Valley’s largest landowner is watching its property more closely amid concerns that public use could be threatening assets. Island Timberlands owns 254,000 hectares of property throughout Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, including private forest land in the Alberni Valley. Some of this land is regularly used by the public for recreation, but a letter sent to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s board of directors said opening its trails to the public has created problems. “This opportunity comes at a significant cost to our company in the form of various types of illegal activity, including theft (e.g. wood, equipment fuel, tools), vandalism (e.g. arson, equipment damage) and copious volumes of garbage dumping from a small amount of users,” wrote Morgan Kennah, the forestry company’s manager of community affairs.

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Competition, not climate change, slowing growth of forests, study finds

Edmonton Journal
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Across western boreal forests, more trees are dying off and those remaining are growing more slowly. Those are two signs of major change in the past 50 years, says a new study by the University of Alberta and Alberta Environment. Also, fewer young trees are taking root and hardest hit are “more sensitive” deciduous trees, such as apsen and poplar, says Shongming Huang, scientist with Alberta Environment, a partner on the study with U of A researcher Jian Zhang. Unlike many previous studies, this study shows climate change is not the major factor causing widely acknowledged change in the boreal forest, Huang said. A bigger factor is the internal competition in the forest for water, sunlight and nutrients to feed trees, he said.

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Parks seen as key to climate-change fight

March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change is a major reason the Canadian government should establish a long-sought national park in the South Okanagan region, according to Peter Wood. “All the species in the massive grasslands to the south, as they feel the need to move northward to achieve a cooler climate, they have to pass through a narrow bottleneck near Osoyoos,” the terrestrial campaigns director for the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society told the Georgia Straight by phone from downtown Vancouver. “If that’s just chock full of development, they’ll reach a dead end, and those species will die out.”.. According to Wood, large parks are needed to provide a “safe haven” for species dealing with the effects of global warming. He asserted that they also play an important role in climate-change mitigation as carbon sinks.

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Selkirk College offers forestry training

Nelson Star
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ross Spur resident Tina Paterson was looking for a new direction in life when an email from her child’s elementary school introduced her to the safety in resource industry forestry training program offered at Selkirk College. A single mother of two, Paterson jumped at the chance to gain job ready skills and build a resume aimed a higher paid employment. Paterson is one of 50 residents from around the region who has taken advantage of the tuition-free program that aims to get unemployed and under-employed people the training they require to transition into an industry that needs more entry level workers.

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FSC wants Resolute to back off

Chronicle Journal
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Stewardship Council wants Resolute Forest Products to stop attacking the credibility of its audit process.  In a letter to Resolute president Richard Garneau, FSC has requested that the company stop its “activities against FSC.”  The letter follows many months of repeated public attacks by Resolute on FSC’s management and policies, after the suspension of Resolute’s FSC certificates, the council says. In the letter, FSC director general Kim Carstensen cites a number of Resolute press releases and comments by company officials that attack the governance of FSC and the audit process’s fairness and impartiality, and portray the FSC as non-credible, risky and biased towards certain interest groups.

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Bark Beetles Are Decimating Our Forests. That Might Actually Be a Good Thing.

They gobble up trees and send politicians into a frenzy. But do the bugs know more about climate change than we do?
Mother Jones
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

There is an eerie feel to this grove of lodgepole pines that I can’t quite put my finger on as entomologist Diana Six tromps ahead of me, hatchet in hand, scanning the southwestern Montana woods for her target. But as she digs the blade into a towering trunk, it finally hits me: the smell. There’s no scent of pine needles, no sharp, minty note wafting through the brisk fall air. Six hacks away hunks of bark until she reveals an inner layer riddled with wormy passageways. “Hey, looky!” she exclaims, poking at a small dark form. “Are you dead? Yeah, you’re dead.” She extends her hand, holding a tiny black oval, maybe a quarter of an inch long. Scientists often compare this insect to a grain of rice, but Six prefers mouse dropping: “Beetle in one hand, mouse turd in another.

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Forest Service chief seeks firefighting funds that will last all wildfire season (& videos)

Cronkite News
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The head of the U.S. Forest Service told a Senate committee Wednesday that a fix is far overdue for the practice of “fire borrowing” that his agency has been forced to resort to for sufficient wildfire fighting funds. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said fire borrowing has happened in eight of the last 10 years. It occurs when the service exhausts its firefighting budget before the year is over, forcing it to transfer funds from other programs to cover wildfire costs for the rest of the year. “It is past time for us to find a fix and to stop the transfer, to stop having to shut down our operations in August, to be able to move on with all the programs across the country, to be able to pay the cost of fire suppression,” Tidwell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

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Questions Abound for 4FRI Contractor

FSEEE.org
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In September of 2013, a company based in the Arabian Peninsula nation of Oman took over the largest forest-restoration effort in United States history. …A year and a half later, the 4FRI picture looks very different. An FSEEE investigation has found significant discrepancies between the claims of Good Earth officials and the on-the-ground reality. As of last month, Good Earth had thinne dabout 2,800 acres—just a fraction of the acreage made available by the Forest Service. In their press releases and newsletters, however, Good Earth officials say that will soon change.

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Judge rejects BLM logging plans at O&C lands: Oregon environment news

The Oregonian
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A US District Court judge has sided with Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands in their lawsuit against a logging project on Douglas County’s O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management had planned to cut 160 aces of old growth trees using a methodology known as “variable retention regeneration harvest” or “ecoforestry.” Large areas would be clear-cut while smaller stands of old trees would be left alone to open up young stands and diversify the area’s habitat. In her ruling, Judge Ann Aiken found the BLM’s environmental review fell far short of fully considering the full range of harm that method could cause.

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Two bills plot starkly different courses for Elliott State Forest

The Oregonian
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two competing bills in the Oregon Legislature aim to set very different courses for the Elliott State Forest: log more, or leave it alone. The 92,000-acre Elliott is among 780,000 acres of Oregon trust lands, designated in the state Constitution as moneymakers for K-12 schools. Historically, the Department of State Lands has sold timber leases in the Elliott to make money, but a series of legal challenges over the threatened marbled murrelet seabird steeply curbed timber cutting there. Instead of making money off the forest, the state began spending money to manage unloggable land.

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Oregon logging operations get exemption from mandatory 30-minute break

Land Line
March 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Another exemption from the mandatory 30-minute rest break has been granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This time Oregon timber hauling operations get the free pass. The Oregon Trucking Association petitioned FMCSA in December 2013 on behalf of commercial vehicle drivers who transport timber from Oregon forests. The trucking association petitioned for the exemption stating that the lumber mills depend on regular volume. Environmental restrictions limit the amount of timber harvested, and when fire risk increases the Oregon Department of Forestry limits logging operations.

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Wyden: New way to pay for wildfires

Baker City Herald
March 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… He explained that he is doing everything he can to address the problem of climate change both nationally and worldwide. Wyden mentioned that the 2015 fire season could be a bad one in Oregon due to drought. “One of my top priorities in the next few weeks — not the next month or year — is to fix the broken system of fighting fires,” he said. “Understand the focus has got to be on prevention — thinning and going in there and clearing out the underbrush and small trees.” Wyden explained that when big fires happen because there has not been enough preventive work done, bureaucracy takes money from the prevention fund to fight the fire. This takes dollars away from essential fire prevention work such as thinning overcrowded forests.

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Expert: Timber Industry Needs Forest Service Land To Survive (& video)

KULR8
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester urge the US Forest Service to substantially increase Montana’s timber harvest. Some say it’s essential for the survival of the timber industry. Peter Kolb, the Montana State University Extension Forestry Specialist, says Montana’s lumber mills are mostly dependent on wood from private land. Simply put, this won’t last much longer and without using National Forest Service trees, it could put hundreds of jobs in jeopardy.

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Murkowski: No Confidence in USFS Plan in Tongass

Alaska Public Media
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t see any good news for the families in Southeast Alaska that still depend on the harvest of Tongass timber. She says nothing Congress does seems to increase the national timber harvest, and Murkowski she’s not confident the transition to second-growth in the Tongass will work. “I don’t disagree that you’ve got a hard job here managing things,” she told Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at a budget hearing today, “but I don’t know what to tell the folks in the Tongass anymore.” Putting some of the blame on environmental lawsuits, Murkowski says communities that used to rely on timber now have to rely on subsidies, like the Secure Rural Schools program.

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Public Forest Estate secures Grown in Britain licence

UK Forestry Commission
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The entire Public Forest Estate in England is now qualified to use the Grown in Britain Certification mark on any timber produced across its 1,800 sites. The certification mark has been granted after a rigorous audit assessment, which recognised the Forestry Commission’s successful woodland management programme and its production of home-grown timber. With 250,000 hectares of woodland across England now holding this prestigious licence, the entire forestry supply chain – from seed to store – as well as the public can rest assured that any timber or wood product sourced from these sites and marked with the Grown in Britain logo has been managed in accordance with the Government’s responsible Timber Procurement Policies.

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Massive reforms to China’s forestry industry put in motion

Wildlife News
March 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Chinese authorities have put in motion major reforms to the forestry sector which will include a ban on logging of natural forests in important areas and ordering state forestry plantations to cut back harvesting by 20% each year. In addition the authorities have announced a major reforestation programme that will see 6.6 million hectares planted with trees – a size equivalent to double the area of Belgium. The reforms are set to be completed over the next 5 years. Many of China’s state owned forestry companies are struggling because of over-exploitation over the last 30 years. In an effort to protect jobs the government has announced grants to allow the businesses to look for alternative sources of income.

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Land clearing in Queensland triples after policy ping pong

Brisbane Times
March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In 2013, a group of 26 senior scientists in Queensland (including ourselves) expressed serious concern that proposed changes to vegetation protection laws would mean a return to large-scale land clearing. The loss of these protections followed a Ministerial announcement in early 2012 that investigations into and prosecutions of illegal clearing would be halted. Our statement of concern pointed out that tens of thousands of hectares of Queensland’s woodland and forests were being lost every year, even before the vegetation protections were wound back.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Stephen Hume: Canada in need of climate change strategy, report says

Vancouver Sun
March 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is one of three provinces demonstrating leadership in strategic climate change planning that should be coming from the federal government, says George Hoberg, a specialist in environmental and natural resource policy from the University of B.C. Hoberg is one of the contributors to a major national report from leading scientists across the country that urges Ottawa to swiftly co-ordinate a national program for pricing carbon. B.C.’s carbon tax, introduced by then-Premier Gordon Campbell, has been an under-appreciated success in curbing greenhouse gas emissions, Hoberg says.

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NSP boiler consumed 50 truckloads of wood biomass a day in 2014

CBC News
March 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The biomass boiler near Port Hawkesbury consumed 530,000 tonnes of woody biomass last year, with nearly a quarter of that imported from outside the province, CBC has learned. The total consumed by the plant in 2014 amounts to about 50 large pulp trucks a day. It includes low-grade hardwood, bark and wood chips. The numbers are contained in a summary report prepared for the province by Nova Scotia Power, which owns the boiler.

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Harris: Ontario’s uninformed drive to price carbon

The Windsor Star
March 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

… Ministry of the Environment spokesperson Karen Clark set the tone at the Ottawa town hall by saying, “Scientists around the world agree that climate change is happening,” a statement as meaningful as “water is wet.”… Clark next warned the audience, that, “Warmer average temperatures mean drier forests and more frequent storms so we have more frequent forest fires.” “That makes no sense,” says Dr. Tim Ball, former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. “If you have warmer conditions, the forest, particularly the boreal forest, expands. My own research showed the tree line moved an average of 200 km further north from 1772 to 1952 — that is, from the depths of the Little Ice Age to the modern warm period.”

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Burning Wood for Electricity: New Demands, New Questions

Epoch Times
March 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

You may have heard that natural gas has been replacing coal in many power plants, a shift which lowers carbon emissions from electricity generation. But there’s another form of energy that’s increasingly being used to replace coal: wood. Wood pellets are a renewable energy source and there are circumstances where wood energy can reduce net CO2 emissions. Yet turning to biomass to generate electricity alters the economics of forestry and raises a number of sometimes-complex environmental questions. Europe has created a market for large-scale pellet production by requiring every member country to increase their use of renewable energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Researchers create fast-growing trees that are easier to turn into fuel

Phys.org
March 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth. In a paper published recently in Biotechnology for Biofuels, the researchers describe how decreasing the expression of a gene called GAUT12.1 leads to a reduction in xylan and pectin, two major components of plant cell walls that make them resistant to the enzymes and chemicals used to extract the fermentable sugars used to create biofuels.

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Global call finds NZ forest policies wanting

By The NZ Forest Owners’ Association
Scoop Independent News
March 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest owners and wood processors world-wide are calling for governments to recognise the role of forests and wood products in combating climate change. Forests and climate change is the theme of the 2015 United Nations International Day of Forests, Saturday 21 March. “What we are looking for is a real carbon price that reflects the value of tree planting. Not one that has been watered down. We need consistent long-term policies that give forest owners the confidence to retain existing forests and plant new ones,” says Forest Owners Association president Paul Nicholls.

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General

LSU AgCenter: State’s forestry industry is healthy and growing

Red River Radio
March 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass. “Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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