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Daily Archives: April 1, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Trans Am Totem, a playful monument to motion, rises in Vancouver

Sculpture incorporating old-growth cedar, wrecked cars touches on history of the site, from trees to transit
Vancouver Sun
March 31, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

At an intersection where roadway meets SkyTrain, bike path and waterway, a Vancouver artist has raised a monument to a consumer culture on the move… 

Q: Where does the tree trunk come in?
A: When I was younger, we towed logs into False Creek before Expo 86. When I got the opportunity presented to me by the Biennale, they said it was this spot in False Creek. I thought the piece had to address the history of this site and the current state of this site. This site now is this major transit hub: We’ve got these stadiums for spectacle; we’ve got the SkyTrain; we’ve got the viaduct; we’ve got condo towers. It’s about this mobile culture and it’s a throwaway culture. It raises ecological concerns. That attracted me to this idea of using a tree for the base.

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Business & Politics

India: Our Opportunity On The Horizon

Media Planet (in the Vancouver Sun)
March 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY With 1.2 billion people constituting the fourth largest consumer market in the world, India represents an overseas export opportunity clearly visible on the horizon for Canada’s forest products industry. Having taken part in trade missions to India over the past three years, the most recent consisting of a 26-member delegation in February, it was apparent that the Indian market has a strong demand for wood not currently met through its traditional supply chains. Visits to major manufacturers, meetings with key buyers and influencers, and learning more about the developing local manufacturing conditions just reinforces this fact.

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Norbord and Ainsworth Complete Merger

Canada Newswire press release
April 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO and VANCOUVER – Norbord Inc. (“Norbord”) (TSX: NBD) and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (“Ainsworth”) today announced the completion of their merger. Under the terms of the transaction, Norbord acquired all of the outstanding common shares of Ainsworth in an all-share transaction and Ainsworth shareholders received 0.1321 of a share of Norbord for each Ainsworth share. Ainsworth is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Norbord.  With the completion of the merger, it is expected that the common shares of Ainsworth will be de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange on or about April 2, 2015.

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Growing A Better Community: A Healthy Forest Sector Strengthens the Fibers Of B.C.’s Coastal Cities

April 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“We do this because it’s the only thing we know,” says Ponting, owner and operator of Campbell River, B.C.-based Ponting Logging and Grade. “I’ve been in this business since I was a kid, my dad and grandfather were also in the business, I don’t know anything else.”He’s one of many contractors along the B.C. coastline that rely on the forest industry to make a living, a living that supports the economies of the towns that line the Pacific coast. …According to a study by the Coast Forest Products Association, the coastal forestry sector contributes 11 per cent to the total GDP of the B.C. coast and provides 38,000 jobs.

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B.C. To Benefit From Forest Sector Investment At Home And Abroad

Media Planet (in the Vancouver Sun)
March 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY As B.C.’s Forests Minister, I’m proud to recognize the successes in the sector. It is multi-faceted and complex, but what I’ve noted most in my four years as Minister is the commitment to adaptation and innovation. These two factors will ensure that forestry will continue to be a key driver of B.C.’s economy. B.C. was relatively well-positioned – compared to the rest of Canada – when the U.S. housing market crashed in 2007 – given the work we had done to build a market for softwood lumber markets in China. And while the Chinese economy is slowing from a 29 per cent growth rate to a 7 per cent growth rate, the appetite for B.C. wood products remains strong.

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Growing A Better Community: A Healthy Forest Sector Strengthens the Fibers Of B.C.’s Coastal Cities

April 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“We do this because it’s the only thing we know,” says Ponting, owner and operator of Campbell River, B.C.-based Ponting Logging and Grade. “I’ve been in this business since I was a kid, my dad and grandfather were also in the business, I don’t know anything else.”He’s one of many contractors along the B.C. coastline that rely on the forest industry to make a living, a living that supports the economies of the towns that line the Pacific coast. …According to a study by the Coast Forest Products Association, the coastal forestry sector contributes 11 per cent to the total GDP of the B.C. coast and provides 38,000 jobs.

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Gorham mill owner’s investment firm charged with fraud

New Hampshire Union Leader
March 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Flamboyant New York investor Lynn Tilton, owner of the Gorham Paper and Tissue mill in Coos County, is best-known for her campaign to “rebuild America one company at a time.” But on Monday she gained notoriety for another reason, as she and her investment firm, Patriarch Partners, were charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Regulators say Tilton and Patriarch Partners defrauded investors by hiding the poor performance of assets in loan funds, collecting almost $200 million in questionable fees. She plans to fight the SEC charges through the agency’s administrative court, according to a Patriarch Partners spokesperson, who said, “We look forward to the opportunity to vigorously defend ourselves against the SEC’s allegations.”

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New On-Product Interfor Stamp Benefits Customers

Interfor
March 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor Corporation is making it easier for customers to find its quality Southern Yellow Pine lumber by changing the grade stamps at its US Southeast operations. The new grade stamps will also allow customers to easily identify which mill produced the lumber. Effective immediately, both Timber Products Inspection (TPI) and Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) mill grade stamps will include the initials “IF” and a number for each of the eight Interfor sawmills in the US Southeast on each piece of Interfor Southern Yellow Pine structural lumber.

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Riegelwood mill cutting jobs, changing focus

WWAY TV3.com
March 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC — A spokeswoman for International Paper says its Riegelwood paper mill will be converted into a new type of production, affecting jobs in the mill. According to a news release, the company is expanding the facility to fluff pulp production, converting the mill to 100% fluff and softwood pulp. They say the plans to convert the mill will cost about $135 million in investments from IP. Floyd Whitmire, Riegelwood’s mill manager, says the conversion is best position to be in for the future.

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Solomons timber exporters promoting product in NZ

Radio New Zealand News
April 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Solomon Islands sawn timber exporters have been in New Zealand over the past week as the country increases efforts to add value to its timber resource. Forestry has been the economic backstop of the Solomon Islands economy for years with bulk being sawn logs going to China. The exporters have been escorted around New Zealand by Andrew Piper is with the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program, or PHAMA, which is supported by the Australian and New Zealand aid programmes. He told Don Wiseman that Solomons sawn timber is typically produced by family based businesses harvesting trees on their own land.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada’s Forest Products Industry: An Environmental Leader

Media Planet (in the Vancouver Sun)
March 31, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

When we reflect on the future of forestry, it’s crucial to consider where the sector is, how far it has come, and where it’s going from the environmental perspective. Admittedly, Canada’s forest industry had some environmental challenges. However, over the past few decades we have embraced new practices and processes, and can demonstrate remarkable progress. And more importantly, there’s a commitment to continuous improvement. Don’t just listen to me as an advocate for the forest products industry. A survey of international customers done by Leger Marketing last year found that Canada’s forest products industry had the best environmental reputation in the world.

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Evolution Inspires Us To Push The Boundaries Of Innovation

Media Planet (in the Vancouver Sun)
March 31, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

There were, no doubt, skeptics when the Empire State Building was proposed for New York. Yet, to date, the 102-storey building stands strong and resilient as a symbol of the success that can be achieved when you dare to dream the impossible. In 2009, the Building Code in British Columbia was revised, with the intent of levelling the playing field for the construction sector by permitting mid-rise wood-frame construction up to six storeys in height. Formerly, wood construction was restricted to four storeys. This code change was a response to market signals that indicated a significant demand for cost-competitive mid-rise building alternatives.

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Hamilton issues Ontario’s first wood mid-rise permit

Northern Ontario Business
March 31, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Hamilton is the first municipality in Ontario to issue a building permit for a mid-rise wood-frame building. The changes to the Ontario Building Code allowing six-storey buildings, up from the previous limit of four, officially went into effect on Jan. 1. …The code changes are similar to that of British Columbia, the first province to adopt mid-rise wood-frame buildings in 2009. But in Ontario, there are more stringent safety requirements requiring the use of non-combustible materials in areas like stairwells.

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The Wood Wars Continue

EcoBuilding Pulse
March 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification has received ample backlash from the lumber industry. The certification, which is rooted in a point-value system, awards a LEED point for using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber. The problem is that this is an international standard, for which very little lumber is produced on US soil. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, another certification for sustainable wood products, is 100% based in North America, but is not acknowledged by LEED. The lack of options for certified lumber has led to supposed “Wood Wars” in which certain states and legislative bodies have moved to ban LEED.

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Forestry

Futuristic Approaches To One Of Canada’s Oldest Industries

Media Planet
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY Remote sensing technology (LiDAR), as well as the use of drones, are changing the way that we map our lands and monitor the well-being of our forest resources. …“Innovation is playing a major role in Canada’s forestry sector, and without it other countries would be catching up to our success,” says Denis Cormier, Research Leader for Silvicultural Program at FPInnovations. “The only way that we can keep ourselves in front of the crowd is to strive to remain innovative.” …This growth is not expected to slow down. As more forestry companies embrace the innovation that we’re seeing in Canada, there will be even more jobs created for skilled workers

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Pursuing His Passion In Canada’s Greenest Workforce

Media Planet (in the Vancouver Sun)
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Mediaplanet: What initially drew you to a career in human resources? Jeremy Woo: Human resources is a growing profession that attempts to align organizational strategy, operational goals, and, of course, people. I’m a firm believer that the most valuable resource is people, and I am intrigued by the opportunity to wrangle all of these elements to create solutions that help organizations become more productive and more profitable. Whether it’s the thrill of recruiting the perfect candidate for an opening, investing in employee success, or designing total compensation policies that attract and retain top talent, each day is a new, exciting challenge. 

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Mature forest mitigates climate change effects

Alberni Valley Times
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni – Credit is due to the AV Times for presenting the science showing the role of mature forests in slowing and retaining runoff in a watershed. As a Forest Technician I learned this science over 30 years ago in college. Climate change is no longer an abstract future concept. It is here today in full force. We saw it in the summer of 2014 drought and the fall of 2014 precipitation events. The closure of Mount Washington this winter is another sign of the changes we are witnessing. 

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As Shortage Looms, Top Skilled Talent In High Demand Throughout B.C.

Media Planet (in the Vancouver Sun)
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Like many industries, forestry is projecting to lose their most experienced workers as the baby boomers continue to retire, but forestry has also had to watch much of their younger talent migrating east to work in the oil and gas industry, where many of the same skills are in demand. Even as this has been happening, enrolment in college and university programs that traditionally feed the forestry industry has declined. “We’re in about year six of proactively trying to manage this skill shortage,” says Doug Routledge, VP Forestry at the Council of Forest Industries. “It’s in our lap right now.”

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Administrative Appeals: 2009-2014

BC Forest Practices Board
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Practices Board participates in appeals to the Forest Appeals Commission under the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. These appeals concern administrative penalties (which are issued by government officials, rather than by the courts), remediation orders and government decisions concerning approval or rejection of forest stewardship plans, range stewardship plans, or range use plans. This report summarizes the work of the Forest Practices Board in administrative appeals from April 1, 2009, to December 31, 2014.

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Jens Wieting: Finishing the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements akin to climbing Mount Everest

Georgia Straight
March 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Finishing the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements feels like climbing Mount Everest: the air is getting thinner, the peak is in sight. With just one last push, we will reach it. The Great Bear Rainforest is known around the world not only for its spectacular natural beauty, and as the home of many First Nations, but also for the inspiring story of moving from conflict to collaboration and solutions for conservation and community well-being… Though the deadline for implementing the agreements passed one year ago on March 31, 2014, we are finally approaching the summit. New logging rules, community well-being agreements between the province and First Nations, a new forest management framework, and proposals for a number of new protected areas are all close to being final. That being said, the final stretch is still a difficult climb and the sun will be setting soon.

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City to burn wood debris

Castanet
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Kelowna is trying something new – burning wood piles as a way to eliminate wildfire fuels. The pilot project, introduced Monday by Urban Forest Health Technician Andrew Hunsberger, will focus on three piles in McKinley Landing. Until now, the city has always chipped materials gathered through wildfire fuel mitigation efforts. Hunsberger said the materials in question are in an area difficult to get to. He said the materials would have to be manually removed by either taking it up the steep slope and hauling it to the landfill or barging it across the lake.

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MNR set for fire season

Chronicle Journal
April 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources is ready for the 2015 fire season, which officially begins today. Fire information officer Jonathan Scott said Tuesday that the ministry will have the same resources in place to fight fires as it did last year. There will be no changes in crew numbers, with 101 four-person crews, to be deployed across the Northwest region. Those resources, he said, will be coming on line over the next month or so, and will reach their full complement by early May.  There also won’t be any change in air support this year. Nine CL-415 water bombers and three Twin Otters will be placed across the province where fire hazards dictate.

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Researchers Map Seasonal Greening in U.S. Forests, Fields, and Urban Areas

USDA Forest Service
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Asheville, NC — Using the assessment tool ForWarn, U.S. Forest Service researchers can monitor the growth and development of vegetation that signals winter’s end and the awakening of a new growing season. Now these researchers have devised a way to more precisely characterize the beginning of seasonal greening, or “greenup,” and compare its timing with that of the 14 previous years. Such information helps land managers anticipate and plan for the impacts of disturbances such as weather events and insect pests.

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Judge sides with Forest Service in treatment lawsuit

Great Falls Tribune
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris has sided with Lewis and Clark National Forest in a lawsuit brought by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies to block a forest logging/prescribed fire project in the Little Belt Mountains to address aging stands of timber. The Alliance alleged in the February 2014 lawsuit that the forest violated the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act when it approved the Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project. The lawsuit said the Forest Service’s finding of “no adverse effects” for lynx was flawed.

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North Kaibab Forest announces recent vegetation management accomplishments

Grand Canyon News
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FREDONIA, Ariz. – There is a symbiotic relationship on the Kaibab National Forest among the fire, timber and silviculture resource areas when they come together to combat the threats facing forests in the Southwest – human encroachment, rising temperatures, insects, disease and uncharacteristic stand replacing wildfires. Vegetation management is the practice of manipulating vegetation such as timber, forage, plants, brush and grass to produce a desired effect, such as changing the quantity or quality of particular vegetation in a specific area. By combining management efforts, silviculture, fire, and timber resource specialists directly benefit from each other’s actions and ultimately help improve the health of the forest overall. 

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Epic wildfire season may be ahead

Herald and News
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire managers are on pins and needles already, waiting for a wildfire season that could be catastrophic in Southern Oregon. At least three consecutive dry years, and two straight with abnormally low mountain snowpack, could make trees shrivel and turn the forest floor into tinder. The water content of snow as of Monday in Oregon was 14 percent of normal — 11 percent in the Rogue-Umpqua basins, despite new snow at higher elevations early last week. Further north, it was even worse in the Willamette and Mount Hood basins, both of which are under 10 percent. Typically April 1 is the peak of snowpack at higher elevations, but locations such as Crater Lake have 3 feet instead of the normal 10.

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Feds prevail in pair of environmental lawsuits

Independent Record
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal agencies won a pair of lawsuits filed by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies on Monday. In February, the alliance sued the Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the 40,700-acre Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project located in the Little Belt Mountains just east of Monarch. The lawsuit alleged violations of federal environmental law and causing potentially negative impacts on wildlife. The project includes more than 1,000 acres of timber harvest, and construction or rebuilding of 6.6 miles of temporary roads. Goals include improved forest resiliency against insects, timber production and reducing wildfire hazards.

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Injunction blocks Tongass logging

Alaska Dispatch News
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU — A federal court has blocked a Tongass timber sale, the biggest in a generation, that was scheduled to have begun to be logged as soon as April 1. The Big Thorne sale on Prince of Wales Island is about 8,000 acres, including 6,000 acres of valuable and controversial old-growth forest. An Alaska-based federal judge had earlier rejected legal challenges to the sale from 10 environmental groups. But the groups, represented by the Earthjustice law firm and others, appealed the U.S. Forest Service sale to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The injunction was ordered Tuesday by U.S District Court Judge Ralph Beistline, who heard the earlier case, to give the appeals court time to decide on a longer stay sought by the groups.

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Nature Conservancy buys timberland for $7 million along Hoh River

Peninsula Daily News
April 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — The Nature Conservancy has bought 3,184 acres of Rayonier timberlands in the Hoh River drainage for $7 million as part of a broad forest-restoration effort on the Olympic Peninsula. The land sale, which closed Monday, will help in the creation of a 32-mile conservation corridor extending along the Hoh River from the Olympic National Park to the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Plans for the land also include some long-term rotation timber harvests, the Conservancy said.

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LePage taps key ally to oversee forestry on public lands

The new duties for Maine Forest Service Director Doug Denico are likely to bring more timber-cutting on state land, which could affect recreation and wildlife.
Portland Press Herald
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The LePage administration has appointed the head of the Maine Forest Service to oversee forestry activities within the Bureau of Parks and Lands, giving Gov. Paul LePage a key ally in his plan to increase logging on Maine’s state-owned lands. Doug Denico’s appointment is likely to heighten concerns among some groups opposed to LePage’s plans for more intensive timber harvesting on Maine’s “public reserved lands” and for dismantling the agency responsible for managing state parks and public lands. “Hopefully, Doug is willing to reach out and talk to a lot of the groups that are concerned about our public lands … and that the public expectations for managing for public recreation, wildlife and timber management will continue,” said Tom Abello, senior policy adviser for the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

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Russia looking to double lease terms of forest areas to attract investors

Wood Business
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The head of the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation, Ivan Valentik, would like to have lease terms with tenants increased from 49 to 98 years, as a way to increase investment in Russia’s forestry sector, according to an article published by Lesnaya Industriya, a Russian trade magazine for forestry sector professionals and businesses working in logging, woodworking, furniture production and wooden home construction. Alexei Bogatyrev, CEO and founder of the Lesprom Network, says that the move to increase the leasing agreements is a good long-term measure that could create a positive effect for the industry in Russia, which is needed to increase investment in areas such as new resource roads and updated equipment for logging and sawmilling operations.

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Workers at risk from forestry strains

Radio New Zealand
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The owner of a M?ori forestry company says the industry’s growing mechanisation has put forestry contracting businesses under financial stress, in turn putting workers more at risk. Many t?ngata whenua work in the industry, particularly on the forest floor. Jacob Kajavala, of T?hoe and Ng?ti Kahungunu, said while the push towards increased safety was excellent, it had meant there was much more risk of companies quickly going bankrupt. Mr Kajavala, the general manager of Kajavala Forestry, said forest contractors carried all of the risk in the industry and were being forced to pay debt on new equipment worth millions of dollars with the potential for a drop in safety standards.

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Forestry agreements need a full overhaul, not just a tick and flick

By David Lindenmayer – Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University
The Conversation.com
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

For almost two decades, the management of forests in parts of Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales has been underpinned by state and federal Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), defined as “20-year plans for the conservation and sustainable management of Australia’s native forests”. The broad aim of RFAs is to “provide certainty for forest-based industries, forest-dependent communities and conservation”. RFAs are now up for renewal, and it would certainly be in industry advocates’ interest for them to be simply “ticked off”, without the critical scrutiny that is clearly warranted. The RFAs need to be fully reviewed, not just renewed, because they have had highly perverse outcomes – rather than helping to ease environmental problems, the agreements have actually worsened them in some cases.

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Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it

The Guardian UK
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil and Indonesia spent over 100 times more in subsidies to industries that cause deforestation than they received in international conservation aid to prevent it, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The two countries handed out over $40bn (£27bn) in subsidies to the palm oil, timber, soy, beef and biofuels sectors between 2009 and 2012 – 126 times more than the $346m they received to preserve their rainforests from the United Nations’ (UN) REDD+ scheme, mostly from Norway and Germany.

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Forestry projects identify practical solutions

Forestry projects identify practical solutions
Scoop.co.nz
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand’s forestry sector will benefit from five new projects in the latest round of the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew announced today. “Around $1.2 million has been committed over four financial years towards five new SFF projects involving the forestry sector,” Ms Goodhew says. “SFF continues to be a great example of government supporting foresters to ensure the sustainability of our primary industries.” The forestry projects are part of the 29 new SFF projects announced today—following the 2015/16 SFF funding round held last year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Sharks, snakes and giant squid: Climate change driving exotic species north into B.C., but killing others

FORESTS AT RISK FROM VORACIOUS BUGS
National Post
March 31, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Tree-trashing bugs just can’t wait for B.C.’s climate to warm. Retired University of B.C. professor Fred Bunnell says insects are already reaping the benefits of milder temperatures — and this spells a troubling future for B.C.’s forests. The mountain pine beetle, which has thrived in the province’s milder winters, destroyed millions of hectares of lodgepole pine in B.C.’s Interior. And the mountain pine beetle is not finished yet. “Throughout the province there are … extensive tracts of young lodgepole pine that were not large enough to attract the beetle during its initial attack,” Bunnell says in a study he co-authored in 2012. “The beetles will remain, ready to attack once trees grow large enough.”

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US climate pledge promises to push for maximum ambition

The Carbon Brief
March 31, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The US has set out its contribution to a new international climate change agreement, due to be agreed in Paris this December. It promises to cut emissions by 26% to 28% in 2025 against a 2005 baseline, confirming an existing goal jointly announced with China in November. It says the US will make best efforts to cut emissions by the maximum 28% by 2025… These targets are slightly lower than planned by the US in 2010, but, unlike that earlier range, international carbon offsets are excluded, at least for now (the submission says “at this time”). The US target includes land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) as expected.

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The Greening of Pope Francis

Huffington Post Religion
March 31, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Pope Francis is poised, within the next two or three months, to announce one of the signature documents of his papacy, an encyclical on climate change… The encyclical has yet to appear, but we can still surmise some of its main themes in light of Pope Francis’ own statements on the environment. First, it seems that the Pope is not a newcomer to environmental concerns. He has said that events in Latin America years ago forced him to confront the catastrophe of environmental degradation. Bishops in Brazil, he has said, first explained to him the deforestation of the Amazonian rain forest. Deeply moved by this tragedy, Pope Francis now sees the rain forest as “one of the world’s lungs.” 

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Portucel breaks ground on new facility

GWDToday.com
March 31, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

SC – Shovels began turning Friday morning at what will be the future home of Colombo Energy, a wood pellet manufacturing facility. Officials with the Portucel Soporcel Group, a Portugese forestry company, joined local dignitaries, including South Carolina Lt. Governor Henry McMaster, at the event. Portucel is an integrated forest, pulp, paper and energy company and is currently Europe´s largest producer of uncoated wood free paper.

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CRI licenses IH2 technology to forest products company

Biomass Magazine
March 31, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A leading global forest products company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-1 license agreement with CRI Catalyst Co., a global catalyst technology company. IH2 technology is a thermal catalytic process, which produces liquid transportation fuels from forest residues, and other renewable resources… The forest products company sees the potential of IH2 technology, and will continue collaboration with CRI and its partners to further evaluate implementation of the technology, with the aim of producing commercial volumes of high quality transportation range renewable hydrocarbons (gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuels) once the plant is constructed.

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