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Daily Archives: April 6, 2015

Business & Politics

PPWC and Unifor commit to bargaining cooperation in pulp and paper sector

Canada Newswire press release
April 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Two of the country’s largest unions in the pulp and paper sector have agreed to work jointly in the next round of pulp and paper bargaining in Western Canada. Unifor and the Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) met in Vancouver last week to re-establish the Joint Pulp and Paper Caucus for the upcoming negotiations in 2017. “Under this Caucus, our pulp and paper members will have a strong and united voice,” said Arnie Bercov, PPWC President. “Working together will help us better resolve issues in an industry that has significant challenges,” said Scott Doherty, Assistant to the National President at Unifor.

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Northern forest company guilty of littering forest areas

620 CKRM
April 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Northern forest company Meadow Lake OSB Limited Partnership has been fined $4,900 in Prince Albert provincial court after being found guilty of two charges under The Forest Resources Management Act and The Litter Control Act. Charges were laid by the Ministry of Environment after the company failed to remove garbage left in the forest by its contractors. Meadow Lake OSB was convicted on one charge of failing to contain waste, as required by its approved operating plan, and fined $3,500 ($2,500 plus a 40 per cent surcharge). The company was also found guilty of abandoning waste, and fined $1,400 ($1,000 plus a 40 per cent surcharge).

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B.C.’s approach to land deals lauded by PM’s envoy

Globe and Mail
April 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government gets high marks from the man Ottawa appointed to revitalize Canada’s treaty-making process. Doug Eyford is urging Ottawa to follow a trail broken by British Columbia in finding reconciliation with First Nations through agreements that deliver benefits without decades of negotiations and mountains of debt. Mr. Eyford, a Vancouver lawyer and treaty negotiator, has been Ottawa’s go-to guy on a number of files related to aboriginal relations – even though the federal Conservatives aren’t always happy with his answers.

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Lakeland inquest fraught with controversy

Prince George Citizen
April 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Set to resume next month, plenty of ground has already been covered over the two-and-a-half weeks the coroner’s inquest into the fatal Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion has been held so far. By the time it was temporarily adjourned on March 26, the inquest had heard from 47 witnesses, beginning with the widows of Al Little and Glenn Roche, who died from the extensive burns they suffered in the April 23, 2012 blast. Another 22 people were injured, many seriously. With photos of the two deceased placed next to coroner Lisa Lapointe, testimony followed from employees at the sawmill who either worked alongside Little and Roche or were in the facility on the night in question.

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$25M upgrade announced for lumber mill in Carrot River, Sask.

Investment will result in 50 new jobs, the company says
CBC News
April 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sawmill in Carrot River, Sask. is getting an upgrade that its owner says will create 50 new jobs. Edgewood Forest Products said it will spend $25 million to replace existing equipment. The company said the new equipment will expand operations and reduce log-processing costs. The equipment is expected to be up and running by January 2016. Earlier this month, the province provided a tax incentive for companies to create full-time jobs. Meanwhile, Edgewood is intending to sell the Hudson Bay plywood plant. It’s hoping a new operator can restart the idle plant.

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U.S. Hardwood Exports Slow; World Markets Oversupplied

Woodworking Network
April 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 116 million board feet in January—the latest month with available trade data—which was virtually unchanged from the prior month but down 14% from January 2014. Year-on-year shipments to Asia and Europe were down 22% and 6%, respectively, far offsetting increases of 4% to Latin America and 6% to the Middle East and Africa. Among the bright spots relative to year-ago levels were January shipments to Mexico (+5%), Thailand (+106%), Spain (+76%), Malaysia (+48%), Saudi Arabia (+97%), Australia (+43%) and Pakistan (+46%). Conversely, shipments were sharply lower to China (-23%), Vietnam (-34%), Germany (-16%) and Taiwan (-49%).

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Contractor for massive forest-thinning project pauses plans for a lumber mill in Williams

The Republic
April 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plans for a lumber mill in Williams by the contractor overseeing a massive forest-thinning project in northern Arizona’s forests appear stuck on the back burner. Good Earth Power AZ was reissued a grading permit this week, but it could be several weeks before construction can start because of other issues, city building inspectors said. Chief building inspector Tim Pettit told the Arizona Daily Sun that the company is behind on submitting plans and regaining other permits for the project.

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Largest price drop since 2005

Timber Industry Report March 30, 2015
Natural Resource Report
April 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Nasty US weather and excellent local weather combined to lower log and product prices, and stall homebuilding. Other statistics suggest underlying strength, which should lead to upturns this Spring. Trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2006. …The drop in log price from $753 to $703 per thousand board feet, is the largest one-month drop since at least 2005. As also reported last month, the unseasonably good weather this winter allowed logging on dirt road systems, increasing winter log supply, leading to this price drop.

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Plum Creek Timber to invest $10m at Northwest Montana unit

Wood and Panel
April 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Owing to robust housing market in USA and growing demand of timber Plum Creek Timber has decided to invest $ 10 million at its Northwest Montana manufacturing plants to swell the production. “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’re hoping Congress will address that.” One of the largest landowners in the U.S., Plum Creek had a strong year in 2014, reporting earnings of $214 million on $1.48 billion in revenues. Harvest numbers were 13 percent over 2013.

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Canfor completes acquisition of buy Mississippi sawmill

WDEF News
April 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HERMANVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Canadian company says it has completed its acquisition of a sawmill in southwest Mississippi. Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, announced last year it would pay $48.7 million for the Southern Lumber Co. of Hermanville. It announced Thursday that the acquisition was complete. Southern Lumber makes pine boards, specializing in wide and long lumber, with a yearly capacity of 90 million board feet. Canfor said it expected to complete the purchase by early 2015. Current managers are expected to remain. The Canadian company has bought several southern pine sawmills recently, announcing last August that it would acquire two southern Georgia mills. Canfor is also spending $80 million over three years to buy Scotch Gulf Lumber of Mobile, Alabama. END OF STORY

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Japan’s forest products export increased by 38.8% in 2014

Lesprom
April 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Japan’s forest products export in 2014 was 21,921 million yen ($184 million) it is 38.8% more than in 2013. Export of wood products sharply increased by 90.8%, which is the second highest next to 1985 when the total amount was 18,100 million yen ($152 million), ITTO reports. Three major destinations of wood products are China, Korea and Taiwan. By items, logs and lumber take majority. In volume, logs are 521,222 cubic metres, 96.9% up and lumber is 67,647 cubic metres, 13.9% up. Growth of log export is conspicuous. Compared to 2010, lumber increase is 13.8% but log export increased by eight times.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nanocrystals Can Toughen Up Concrete

Epoch Times
April 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

New research demonstrates that cellulose nanocrystals can increase the tensile strength of concrete by 30 percent. The cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) could be refined from industrial byproducts generated in the paper, bioenergy, agriculture, and pulp industries. They are extracted from structures called cellulose microfibrils, which help to give plants and trees their high strength, lightweight, and resilience. …The cellulose nanocrystals might be used to create a new class of biomaterials with wide-ranging applications, such as strengthening construction materials and automotive components.

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Paul Brannen: When it comes to wood, we should

The Journal
April 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It seemed appropriate to visit the Staiths because I was travelling on to Bergen, Norway, to see the final phase of the construction of the world’s tallest wooden building, a 14-storey block of flats being built in the city centre on the side of the fjord. We have been building wooden framed houses in Europe for centuries, but most houses in England are brick and block. While elsewhere in Europe, as in Scotland, timber frame is more common, it has not been used in tall buildings. It is the recent breakthrough in the strength that can be achieved with laminated timbers that makes it now possible to take timber frame buildings up to ten storeys and beyond. Layers of timber, glued together under pressure, can now achieve the equivalent structural strength of steel.

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Forestry

Boreal forest suffering ‘significant’ losses in Russia, Canada

Rise in forest fires in boreal region might be due to climate change, researcher says
CBC News
April 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Russia and Canada led the world in the loss of tree cover in 2013, according to analysis of new satellite images by researchers and Global Forest Watch. Some 43,000 square kilometres of northern boreal forest were ravaged in Russia, due mainly to fires, in 2013, while Canada shed another 24,500 square kilometres — amounting to a “very significant” loss in tree cover, according to Dr. Nigel Sizer of GFW, an interactive, online forest-monitoring and alert system based in Washington. The data comes from GFW, the University of Maryland and Google. Both Canada and Russia have seen unusually numerous forest fires in recent years, something Sizer says might be attributed to factors including climate change.

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Forest Service history gives insight into timber industry

Times Colonist
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Just over a century ago, the provincial government set up a branch dedicated to the management of British Columbia’s forests…. Industrial timber harvesting, which required heavy investments in capital and equipment, was arriving, and the government needed a regulatory body to ensure that the wealth in our forests was managed and protected. …The government also wanted to get full value from the trees that were being felled, and that meant greater control was needed. …Griffin and Hammond have taken a thorough look at the work of some dedicated public servants, people who have done their work with little recognition until now. Stewards of the People’s Forests will give the reader a much better idea of what it takes to manage a renewable resource such as our forests, and a better understanding of the hurdles that had to be overcome.

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Forest firefighters eye weather conditions as burning season begins

Firefighters to report for duty over the next month for training and equipment testing
CBC News
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Even though there’s still snow on the ground in some parts of the province, forest fire crews in Ontario are gearing up for another summer. This year’s fire season started April 1 — and officials are watching the weather closely. While the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is predicting a fairly slow start to the fire season — thanks to the dampening effect of the spring melt — officials are watching areas where the snow is already gone, including places like open fields and south-facing slopes.

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Studies shed light on beetle kills

The Pueblo Chieftain
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New understanding of mountain pine beetle outbreaks was gained from a pair of studies released last week. A Dartmouth College study funded by the U.S. Forest Service showed that while milder winters contributed to beetle outbreaks in the Western United States in the past 15 years, hotter summers and forest practices may also share part of the blame. A second study by the University of Colorado at Boulder found little correlation between beetle-kill areas and large forest fires on a regional scale.

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Forest industry uses herbicides responsibly

The Register-Guard
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A lot has been written in The Register-Guard about the management of Oregon forests recently, much of it appealing to the value of environmental protection that we all share. What’s been missing are some actual facts about how forests are managed and the outcomes of these management practices. We welcome debate about our working forests, because we believe the more people learn, the more they’ll see that adaptive management and healthy forests are providing both environmental and economic benefits to all of Oregon. Our forests are managed under the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the nation’s first state law governing forest management.

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Green Diamond plants its 100 millionth tree, more or less

The Olympian
April 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the midst of a 40-acre clearcut Wednesday just east of Taylor Towne in Mason County, about 75 people with ties to the state’s timber industry watched Green Diamond Resource Company Chairman Colin Moseley plant what was proudly called the family-owned forestry company’s 100 millionth tree. Moseley had some help on this milestone occasion from two Democratic congressmen: Denny Heck of Olympia and Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor. Green Diamond’s 323,000 acres of South Sound timberland spill over into both Heck’s 10th District and Kilmer’s 6th District and Heck was quick to point out that the tree planting was happening in his district.

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Restore federal forests and rural communities

By Duane Vaagen, president of Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc. of Colville, Wash
The HIll
April 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The demand for our products is strong. Yet despite our advances and commitment to good stewardship, it is uncertain whether our company, our industry and our workforce will thrive for another 60 years. Like any manufacturer, we depend on a reliable supply of raw materials to make our products. These materials once enabled us to operate three mills and provide 500 family-wage jobs in rural communities in NE Washington. Yet as the federal government shifted to a “hands off” approach to forest management, we were forced to close two of those mills and layoff many valued employees.

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Forest Restoration Contractor Struggling

Payson Roundup
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The company charged with the largest forest restoration project in history has encountered fresh difficulties, including a slow start in undertaking its vast thinning project and difficulties getting even its first, small-scale mill up and running. Good Earth Power AZ several months ago announced with some fanfare a plan to open a mill in Williams to process thousands of tons of biomass and a related plan to produce compost at the same site. The Oman-based company has a contract to thin a vast swatch of central Arizona under the terms of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).

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Wildfire Reforms Make It Into Budget

Payson Roundup
March 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The just-adopted Senate Budget Resolution includes far-reaching reforms in how the federal government allocates money to fight wildfires. Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake both pushed for the FLAME Act amendments, which require the Forest Service to dramatically increase its firefighting budget and to also fund forest restoration projects. The two Arizona senators on Friday issued a joint statement: “We believe that thinning our forests is one of the best ways to control the ballooning costs of fighting wildfires. We also believe that the Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior should have the funding they need to fight wildfires.”

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Funding available for private forestry projects

Helena Independent Record
April 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


The Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking applications for funding private forestry projects in the Ten Mile Creek Watershed and Helena’s South Hills in Lewis and Clark County and Lump Gulch near Clancy in Jefferson County. Ten Mile Creek provides drinking water for nearly 30,000 residents in addition to homes and trails throughout the drainage and nearby South Hills. The project area includes Grizzly Gulch, Orofino Gulch, Tucker Gulch, Colorado Gulch, Unionville and Rimini in Lewis and Clark County, plus Lump Gulch, Martinez Gulch, and Travis Creek in Jefferson County. Decades of fire suppression and infestations of the mountain pine beetle and spruce budworm have left vast swaths of dead trees across public and private land.

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77th Redwood Region Logging Conference draws a crowd

The Humboldt Beacon
April 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While much has changed over the years, the timber industry is still a viable and sustainable force on the North Coast, as shown by members of the industry, their families, friends, and supporters gathered recently at the 77th Annual Redwood Region Logging Conference, held March 19-21 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka. The event featured three days of hands on education, historic and modern logging equipment displays, and many more fun activities. It offers an opportunity to connect with old and new friends, talk about the challenges facing the industry today, and look ahead toward the future.

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Lloyd’s of London offers Oregon wildfire coverage with $50 million deductible

Associated Press
April 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND — The state of Oregon has a chance to continue its unique insurance policy that helps pay for fighting wildfires in big burning years — but at a higher premium and deductible. Lloyd’s of London has offered to cover up to $25 million of wildfire costs this season, after the state pays a deductible of $50 million, The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reported Friday. After last year’s tough season, the premium the Oregon Department of Forestry and private landowners would pay has nearly doubled: from $2 million to $3.75 million. The deductible is more than twice last year’s $20 million. An answer is due in two weeks.

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Looking Back: The Northwest Forest Plan’s New Conservation Paradigm

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Portland Convention Center is abuzz with activity. Security personnel and organizers chatter on walkie-talkies. Photographers and reporters pace the periphery. The audience is full of dignitaries; a who’s-who of Northwest politicians and public figures. Then a voice – a cross between a game show host and debate moderator – fills the vast room. “Ladies and gentlemen, the president and vice president of the United States.” The applause comes slowly, with surprising hesitation, perhaps because no one really knows where this day – April 2, 1993 – is headed. But there’s a sense this could be the beginning of a detente in the Timber Wars.

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Is the wood product industry sustainable in Western Tidewater?

Tidewater News
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A centuries-old practice in Southampton County and the city of Franklin, the logging industry has been vital to Western Tidewater since its inception in the early 1800s. What started with a small lumber mill located on the eastern bank of the Blackwater River developed into a thriving pulp and paper business that offered thousands of jobs to local residents during its height. The mill — Camp Manufacturing Company — struggled to get off the ground in part because of financial hardships, but grew rapidly when the demand for lumber became infinite during the First World War. Because of this boom, Franklin and Southampton hitched their wagons to the logging industry and never looked back.

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Legislators reject LePage plan to reorganize forestry oversight

Sun Journal
April 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A key legislative committee has rejected a proposal by Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration that sought to dissolve the state’s Bureau of Public Lands and fold its functions into two other agencies within the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. As part of his two-year, $6.57 billion state budget proposal, LePage wanted to fold some of the bureau’s functions into the Maine Forest Service and others into the Bureau of Conservation. Under the proposal, the Forest Service would manage all state public reserves and other state property while the Bureau of Conservation would manage state parks.

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Pro-Logging Denico to Manage Forestry on Maine’s Public Lands, ACF Committee Votes to Rein Him In

The Free Press
April 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On Tuesday, the LePage administration announced that Doug Denico, a former timber industry executive who is the director of the Maine Forest Service, was going to take over the management of foresty on Maine Public Lands. Denico spearheaded the move to dramatically increase logging on Maine’s Public Lands two years ago, even though he had no oversight authority at the time. The governor is seeking to change state law to get access to increased timber revenue from the public forests. In March, LePage announced that he would hold up money for the Land For Maine’s Future projects unless he got full support for the continuation of the increased logging on Public Lands.

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Bat’s threatened listing will bring changes to Pennsylvania timber industry

PA Independent
April 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday it will list the northern long-eared bat as threatened and install new protections for the mammal, a move that’s getting mixed reactions from the timber industry. The service said it’s trying to protect the bat, whose population has been decimated by the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, while avoiding unnecessary regulations for landowners and others within the animal’s 37-state range.

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Quail are back in the Pinelands

Philly.com
April 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The distinctive singing of wild quail had all but disappeared from Bill Haines’ forests and fields in Burlington County.  The chorus of “bobwhite” calls began fading decades ago along with the bird’s habitat across New Jersey. Choked forests, paved roads, housing developments, herbicides, and pesticides destroyed the bird’s food sources and nesting grounds. …Eighty northern bobwhite quail – captured this week in Georgia – were radio-tagged for monitoring, driven about 15 hours, then released into a haven in Chatsworth specially created for them using prescribed burns and tree-thinning practices that produced the optimum surroundings on about 1,500 acres adjacent to Haines’ Pine Island Cranberry Co. operations.

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Despite decades of deforestation, the Earth is getting greener

The Conversation
April 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

While the news coming out of forests is often dominated by deforestation and habitat loss, research published today in Nature Climate Change shows that the world has actually got greener over the past decade. Despite ongoing deforestation in South America and Southeast Asia, we found that the decline in these regions has been offset by recovering forests outside the tropics, and new growth in the drier savannas and shrublands of Africa and Australia. Plants absorb around a quarter of the carbon dioxide that people release into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. With a greening globe, more plants may mean more absorption of carbon dioxide. If so, this will slow but not stop climate change.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Stephen Hume: Time now to talk about looming water scarcity

Vancouver Sun
April 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

California’s deepening water crisis offers a gloomy omen for parts of British Columbia as climate change begins to bite. Things look even gloomier for our Prairie neighbours. Here, we can look forward to less rain across 15 million hectares of Interior forest already dead and degraded thanks to the mountain pine beetle. This means a growing threat of megafires and denuded hillsides unable to soak up and hold back run-off. …What’s now occurring in California is already trending in B.C., too. True, climate warming is expected to increase precipitation over parts of the province, but BC Hydro data shows peak winter snow accumulation in the mountains in a long, steady decline.

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A New Interactive Education Module on Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands

USDA Blog
April 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) has recently released a new education resource on climate change effects on forests and grasslands. The CCRC is an online, nationally-relevant resource that connects land managers and decision-makers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. The CCRC plays a key role in the USDA Climate Hubs’ effort to help land managers (the Forest Service, other agencies, and the general public) understand and respond to a changing climate.

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Study: Minnesota’s Wetland Conversion and Carbon Emissions

Fox 21 Online
April 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

That’s according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports about 250,000 acres, or nearly 400 square miles, were converted to row crops. Most was grassland, but 25,000 acres were wetlands, more than any other state. Also, 13,000 acres of forests were converted – the second largest forest conversion in the country. The study estimated that 7.3 million acres were converted nationwide. According to the study, the increased carbon emissions from the additional corn and soybean crops alone would be equal to a year’s emissions from 34 coal-fired power plants.

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High-efficiency wood heating systems winning converts

The Missoulian
April 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ATHENS, N.Y. (AP) — With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that’s where the similarity ends. “This burns very cleanly and produces very little ash,” said Besenfelder, director of facilities for the Coxsackie-Athens School District, beside the Hudson River 30 miles south of Albany. “It takes no more maintenance than an oil boiler. Everything’s automated.”

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Consumers warming up to wood heating systems

Chicago Daily Herald
April 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ATHENS, N.Y.– With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. …Athens is among a growing number of schools, government buildings, nature centers and homes that have switched from fossil fuels to renewable wood heat in Northern states to save money and support the local forestry economy. …The Northern Forest Center, a nonprofit based in Concord, New Hampshire, is promoting the biomass heat industry by subsidizing the installation of high-efficiency pellet boilers in “model neighborhoods.”

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The climate change paradox: Rainforests are being felled… but the world is getting greener

Independent UK
April 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The dramatic demise of the world’s rainforests has caused concern for years while they have been chopped down at breakneck speed to grow crops and rear cattle – yet the planet has actually become greener in the past decade, with the total amount of plant coverage soaring. The rise in vegetation is the result of a major tree-planting campaign in China and unintentional increases in grasslands and non-tropical forests in former Soviet states, Australia and Africa, as heavy rainfall and abandoned farms improve growing conditions, according to new research.

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General

Missoula company makes bid for Forest Service contract

NBC Montana
April 5, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

MISSOULA, Mont. – A Missoula-based company is seeking a contract with the U.S. Forest Service to provide planes for fighting wildfires. Neptune Aviation has put in a bid to provide fire bombers for the Forest Service for the next five to 10 years. The new contracts call for fire bombers that can carry at least 3,000 gallons of retardant and cruise at 300 knots when fully loaded. Neptune Chief Operating Officer Dan Snyder says it’s a competitive process, but if things go their way it will create some security for the company’s future.

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Pellet plant

Letter by G. and D. Andrews, Lumby
Vernon Morning Star
April 5, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

We are writing to pass on information about a negative repercussion that has already begun and will be of great detriment if the proposed pellet plant in Lavington becomes a reality. Not many realize how livestock producers and other animal owners depend on wood shavings and sawdust as bedding to help keep animals warm, dry and, therefore, healthy. …If the plant goes ahead, the wood byproduct in the area has been claimed for pellet production. Local cattle producers have been informed of a future cut-off date for purchasing shavings and the pellet plant is already reducing the supply by stockpiling even before it has been confirmed to be built. …This could… cause the shutdown of more of our food producing businesses.

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