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Business & Politics

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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Safety council eyes sawmill role

Prince George Citizen
April 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A step was taken this week towards the B.C. Forest Safety Council becoming the health and safety association for the province’s sawmills in the wake of the fatal explosions at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills. On Tuesday, the council’s board of directors formally approved the initiative. Approval from the industry-led Manufacturers Advisory Group, launched in 2009 to develop best practices in sawmill safety, is expected to come shortly, with a strategy session involving the two groups to follow at the end of this month. Exactly what will come out of that remains up in the air but in an interview, the council’s safe companies director Rob Moonen said he expects controlling combustible dust, identified as the fuel in both explosions, will be a priority.

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Harmac Pacific: Mill Has Evolved Over Six Decades

Nanaimo Business
April 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Operating under many different corporate identities through the years, the Harmac Pacific Pulp Mill has remained a cornerstone of Nanaimo’s business and economic life for more than six decades. “Harmac has been around for over 60 years, a mill originally started by HR McMillan back in the ‘50s,” explained Levi Sampson, Harmac’s current Director and President. “Since then it’s been through many different owners and most recently (US-based) Pope Talbot owned the mill. They owned a couple of other mills as well. When they went under and went into receivership that’s when the workers here, the union and management, started looking seriously into other options.

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Coroners inquest into fatal 2012 B.C. sawmill blast to resume in May

Canadian Press
April 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE — A coroner’s inquest into a deadly 2012 B.C. sawmill explosion will resume next month and hear from the person who led a parallel investigation for the company’s lawyers. Alan Little and Glenn Roche died from extensive burns they suffered in the April 2012 explosion that also injured 22 others at Lakeland Mills in Prince George. The inquest began in early March, sat for 18 days and heard from 47 witnesses before lawyer John Orr asked for an adjournment to analyze new material. He said the BC Coroners Service was unaware of a separate probe performed by a Seattle-based forensic engineering firm, CASE Forensics, at the request of the mill’s lawyers.

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Pine beetle eroding lumber business in Canada

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

Canadian lumber production companies are struggling to cope with rampant threat of mountain pine beetle that caused less number of productions. Frustrating with the growing problem most companies are relying on sawmills in USA in order to balance production ratio, a recently published survey by International Wood market stated. Top five Canadian companies saw their production here dropped by 3.6 percent over 2013. Among the top five companies Confor, West Fraser Timber and Interor have mills in USA while Tolko industries and Rosolute Forest Product don’t have mills in USA; thus they suffered the most.

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Lumber production expected to jump in 2015

660 News
April 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

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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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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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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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Shupe family growing their sawmill business

Journal Gazette & Times Courier
April 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TOLEDO — Woodland owners Mark and Patty Shupe decided in 1998 to advertise to see if anyone in the area needed the services of their new portable sawmill. “Next thing I knew I was booked up for the next two months to do custom work,” recalled Mark Shupe, whose family lives and works just west of Toledo. “We just kept growing and getting busier and busier.” The resulting family business, Shupe’s Woodworks & Sawmill, grew to the point that they purchased a stationary sawmill in 2006. Mark Shupe said they soon they started cutting pre-cut pallet material logs for Amish-owned Wilson Pallet in rural Sullivan and have continued this business relationship ever since.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

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

Canada’s forests and its natural cycles

Forest Products Association of Canada
April 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and its members understand and embrace the value and importance of managing Canada’s forests responsibly. Canada has the second largest forest cover in the world, and by law all harvested areas must be regenerated. We harvest much less than 1% of the forests annually, and can proudly boast that Canada retains 90% of its original forest cover. …t is important to define what WRI means by tree cover loss. The distinction between natural cycles and man-made land use changes are necessary considerations when calculating tree loss.

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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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Column: Politics often at odds with good forest management

Williams Lake Tribune
April 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It appears balancing budgets often means research programs are the first to disappear. My observation is specific to the research program in what used to be the Cariboo Forest Region. The research program has been reduced considerably and it doesn’t appear that any new staff have been hired to replace those who have left. A recent example of the need for sufficient staff and resources is contained in the chief forester’s report on the reduction of the annual allowable cut (AAC) for Williams Lake Timber Supply Area (WLTSA.)

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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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Missoula company makes bid for Forest Service contract

The Missoulian
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — 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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Forests modulate local climates, and scientists are turning to satellite data to better understand how it works

The Oregonian
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new study using satellite data aims to fill a knowledge gap about the temperature effects that forests can have on their local environments. Forests exert an influence on their local climates in two ways: by cycling water through evapotranspiration, a phenomenon that includes not only water evaporating from ground surfaces but the water that moves through plants from roots to leaves, where it escapes as vapor into the atmosphere; and by albedo, which involves the degree to which solar energy is reflected or absorbed by an area of the Earth’s surface. For example, transpiring rainforests in the Amazon contribute to a significant amount of cloud formation and subsequent rainfall. Cloud cover and rainfall also can lower local temperatures.

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Wyden leads charge on wildfires, payments to counties

Statesman Journal
April 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congress is making progress on two issues of special importance to the West: fighting wildfires and providing funding to counties with large chunks of federally owned land. And on the latter, thousands of counties and school districts that were receiving funding through the expired Secure Rural Schools program could see a quick injection of federal funds after Congress returns April 13 from its two-week spring break. On wildfires, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, joined before the recess to attach a provision to the Senate budget resolution that should ease the way for a new funding mechanism for fighting the most severe wildfires.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Parts of NY’s Fire Island closed to fight beetle infestation

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

MINEOLA, N.Y.  — More than 600 trees will be cut down on New York’s Fire Island to battle an infestation of southern pine beetles.  Newsday  reports that parts of Fire Island National Seashore will be closed for two weeks starting Monday.  Members of the National Park Service’s Arborist Incident Response Team will perform the work. The beetle is native to the southern U.S. and was first confirmed on Long Island last year.  Besides areas of the Sunken Forest on Fire Island, work also will be done at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, which is on the mainland of Long Island.

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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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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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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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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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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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Research findings back up Aboriginal legend on origin of Central Australian palm trees

ABC News, Australia
April 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The scientific world is stunned by research which backs an Aboriginal legend about how palm trees got to Central Australia. Several years ago Tasmanian ecologist David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback and near Darwin. The results led him to conclude the seeds were carried to the Central Desert by humans up to 30,000 years ago. Professor Bowman read an Aboriginal legend recorded in 1894 by pioneering German anthropologist and missionary Carl Strehlow, which was only recently translated, describing the “gods from the north” bringing the seeds to Palm Valley.

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Chinese President Spearheads Tree Planting in Beijing to Promote Green Awareness

Yibada
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Chinese President Xi Jinping, together with state leaders and Communist Party of China (CPC) members, including seven members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and residents, joined a tree-planting activity at a village in Chaoyang district in Beijing, the China Daily reported. …Xi, who planted six saplings, noted China’s important contribution to the world through decades of tree-planting activities which resulted in the country “enjoying more trees, with greener mountains and land,” the report added.

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Brazil’s land war

Buenos Aires Herald
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BRASILIA — In a world hungry for environmental success stories, Brazil has been the closest thing we have to a golden child. The nation, Latin America’s largest economy, has been growing at an impressive clip, weathering the global financial crisis while cutting deforestation rates in the Amazon to historic lows. Citing its success in protecting the earth’s largest rain forest, President Dilma Rousseff boasted that Brazil is “one of the most advanced countries” for sustainable development, on World Environment Day last June. But it is too soon to declare victory in the Amazon. Corruption, lawlessness and massive land fraud are now threatening those gains, and an aggressive new development push in the region may soon open remote areas of the forest to being cut.

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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

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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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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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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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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