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Daily Archives: April 9, 2015

Special Feature

Optimism and Uncertainty in the Forestry Sector

250 News
April 8, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George – James Gorman says there’s reasons to be optimistic and also a number of factors to keep an eye on over the next while in the forestry sector. The president of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) made the comments on day one of their annual two day convention in Prince George this afternoon. “Some of the things that we certainly do see improving is U.S. housing starts. We’re starting to slowly climb back up over that 1.1 million mark so that’s good news,” he says. “But we are seeing a slowing down in China and one of the things that the B.C. industry has benefited from so much is the growth of the Asian market for us.” He says the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement with the United States in October brings even more uncertainty along with cuts to the annual allowable cuts in places like the Cariboo.

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Feds Fund Forestry Market Expansion

CKPG.com
April 8, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

With a federal election call a few months away, the Federal Government has announced the extension of its program to support the growth of overseas markets for Canada’s forest industry. Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Prince George. Findlay says the program will receive an additional $8.9 million. “By diversifying markets for our forest products and enhancing competitiveness for Canada’s forest industry, we are helping Canadian producers to prosper and supporting jobs and opportunities for Canadians.”

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COFI Conference Resurgence Hailed [photo gallery]

Tree Frog News
April 8, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George — Long recognized as one of the best forest conferences in Canada, COFI has successfully re-established its tradition of conference excellence and relevance. Day one of its 2015 conference included top-notch industry analysts, business veterans and political leaders informing, educating and entertaining the more than 500 delegates in attendance. This panel topics and and key messages included:

  • Global Economics and Markets: Although still strong and important, the Chinese market is less certain; the US exchange rate is helping Canadian exporters, and the US housing market is recovering but much more slowly than forecast.
  • Transportation Essentials: Increased collaboration is required to drive efficiency and improve reliability and competitiveness. 
  • First Nation Business Relationships: Mutual respect, acknowledging First Nation rights and relationship building is key to success.
  • Expanding Wood Use Globally: The technical ingredients necessary to push the boundary on wood use are present. Vision and leadership are now required.

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Business & Politics

Collins, King, Poliquin Write to International Trade Commission

Angus King, US Senator Press Release
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Congressman Bruce Poliquin sent a letter to United States International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairwoman, Meredith Broadbent, seeking an affirmative preliminary injury determination in regards to the unfair subsidies received by the Port Hawkesbury paper mill. This stems from the Coalition of Fair Paper Imports, which includes Madison Paper Industries and Verso Corporations, petition alleging that Canadian supercalendered paper producers, like Port Hawkesbury paper mill, are benefitting from subsidies from the Canadian government. As a result of these subsidies, earlier this year, Madison Paper Mill briefly curtailed production and temporarily laid off most non-salaried employees for two weeks.

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A Necessary Plan for Coastal Forestry

Rick Jeffery Blog
Coast Forest Products
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even after a thirty-year career in the industry, I often tell people that fresh information about British Columbia’s coastal forest industry crosses my desk every day. One recent example came from a new report by Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC). The report cited that of all jurisdictions in North America today, BC has the largest economic output from its forest industry… My communications director, clearly a child of the 70’s, (either this or a fan of #TBT), drew a connection between coastal forestry and the retro TV character, Steve Austin (aka. the bionic man). Similar to the way that Steve’s body was re-built to become better, stronger, faster, the parallel here is that coastal forest companies are re-defining themselves to become ever more sustainable, innovative and competitive

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Paper Excellence May Restart Chetwynd Pulp Mill as Early as July

PaperAge
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Paper Excellence reportedly has plans to restart operations at its Chetwynd mechanical pulp mill in British Columbia, Canada as early as July. The mill, which Paper Excellence bought from Tembec in March of 2014, has been idle since September 2012. At the time the mill was shut down, Tembec noted that a soft market for high-yield pulp coupled with the mill’s cost structure resulted in its closing.

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COFI Convention In Full Swing

CKPG
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The appearance of a LeTourneau outside the Civic Centre can only mean one thing. The Council of Forest Industries convention is back. The event draws speakers from may different area in the field of forestry. Russ Taylor, President of Wood Markets Group, says the industry has been experiencing stagnant growth recently, primarily as a result of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic and its impacts on the fibre base. He believes the consequences of which have yet to be fully borne out.

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Nalcor lawsuit follows loss in?N.B. court

Crown corporation kept from forcing contractor into bankruptcy
The Telegram
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nalcor Energy is certain it was right to fire Great Western?Forestry from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in 2013, but as recently as January 2015, a judge in New Brunswick could not agree with that certainty. As reported, Nalcor filed a lawsuit on March 26 with the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, claiming $20.6 million in damages as a result of a required change in contractors — for the clearing of a transmission line right of way between Muskrat?Falls and Churchill Falls. The Crown corporation is seeking damages from Western Surety, the principal on a related performance bond.

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Operations halted at Cottles Island Lumber after warehouse fire

CBC News
April 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A large lumber company in Newfoundland’s Notre Dame Bay has shut operations after a warehouse fire, with no word on when it will start again. The move follows a large blaze Wednesday that destroyed the building the Cottles Island Lumber calls “the heart of its operation.” The company said 30 people worked at the site and employes more than 80 people in the Summerford area. In a press release sent out Wednesday night, owner Rex Philpott wrote that the fire was a devastating blow to the company.”It’s a significant setback for Cottles Island Lumber and for our communities,” he wrote. “Fortunately no one was injured. We will be assessing the damage over the next day or so and planning our way forward.”

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Large Inflow of Money Witnessed in Weyerhaeuser Company

Woodbridge Daily
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) traded negative at $32.51. On an intraday basis, the price dropped 0 points or 0%. The composite uptick value was $1.7 million while the combined downtick value was $0.47. The net money flow was $1.23 million while the up/down ratio was not very comforting at 3.62. However, a positive money flow is a sign that the market is still confident about the stock. The counter on a weekly note has seen a change in share price of -0.4%.According to the trading data, the counter saw a block trade with $1.28 million in upticks and $0 million in downticks. The up/down ratio for the block was calculated to be 0. The net money flow for the block trade was 1.28.

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Supporters, opponents testify on Montana reappraisal laws bill

The Missoulian
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – A bill to revise state property reappraisal laws and shorten reappraisal cycles drew a support from a number of groups Wednesday, but opposition from Realtors and the wood products industries. …Opposing the bill were the Montana Association of Realtors, Montana Wood Products Association, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co., and Plum Creek Timber Co. “I think we have a disconnect between the taxpayer and understanding the system we have now,” Tutvedt said. He said the bill would shorten the reappraisal cycle from the current six years to two years for residential, commercial, agricultural and forest land property.

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Erikson Picks Up Renewed US and Canadian Contracts

Avionics Today
April 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Erickson has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters. The U.S. Fire Service agreements guarantee the use of multiple S-64 Aircranes previously used under these contracts for the 2015 North American fire season. The aircraft will be deployed as needed to mitigate the impact of wildfires in national forests and adjacent public and private lands, the reliability of which is underscored by ongoing, severe drought conditions across the western United States.

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Will younger generations lead the digital change in the forest and paper industry?

Tieto.com
April 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Customer Experience Management (CEM) is not widely recognized as a key business driver or enabler in forest and paper products industry, but there are clear signals that early adopters are far on their way exploring the opportunities of digitalization. These are the first results from a survey study conducted by Tieto on digital Customer Experience Management in European forest industry to find out about development plans in 2015-2017. Interestingly, digital CEM is not high on development priorities list in the forest and paper industry, although customer loyalty and operational efficiency are found to be key drivers for the industry. I believe the reason for the lower level of investments at the moment is simple: traditionally the major parts of forest companies’ business results, and competitiveness, have been improved by focusing on production and supply chain.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The British Columbia Building Act: Modernizing the BC Building Code

Real Estate Law Blog
April 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Earlier this year the BC Government introduced Bill 3-2015, the Building Act in an attempt to establish more consistent and standardized building requirements throughout the Province (with the exception of buildings located in the City of Vancouver and in or on mines). The BC Government has explained that the Building Act proposes to: Streamline Building Requirements – ensuring building requirements are the same throughout BC by establishing the Province as the sole authority to create building requirements. Establish Mandatory Qualifications for Local Building Officials – improving the interpretation, application and enforcement of the BC Building Code by making sure building officials have standard qualifications. Expand Provincial Review – furthering the Province’s ability to review innovative building proposals (such as the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George).

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Headphone makers carve into wood’s sonic properties

From the Shun Mook record clamp to turntable tone arms and speaker cabinets, wood has long been a staple material in hi-fi products.
Sydney Morning Herald
April 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

People who make speakers worry about wood, because most speaker cabinets are made of the stuff. Their task is to find the wood that gives the best audible results with their hardware, design and budget. They put as much work into selecting wood as winemakers put into choosing barrels. Now it’s happening with headphones too. Lately three headphone brands with wooden earcups have entered the market.

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NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2015

New Zealand Scoop
April 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Showcase your examples of timber design excellence. Both local and international companies will be looking to NZ for timber design inspiration in 2015/16. This is New Zealand’s only Timber Design award event and allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders to showcase innovation using timber. One of the two new categories “Excellence in Engineered Wood Products” has been added to the award categories, due to growth of engineered timber buildings in New Zealand. The second NZ Wood new award is “Novel Application of Wood Award” for using new wood products or systems in a manner that characterises its unique features. 

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Forestry

FSC Board of Directors Acknowledges Commitment from Resolute Forest Products

Forsest Stewardship Council
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

(Bonn, Germany) – At a recent meeting, the International Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) acknowledged the positive signs shown by Resolute Forest Products (Resolute FP) as it commits to regain its suspended FSC certificates in Canada. The Board was reacting to a report of a meeting between the CEOs of FSC International and Resolute FP, held in late March in an attempt to resolve ongoing issues around the suspension of FSC certificates. FSC representatives stated the meeting with Resolute FP’s senior management had been constructive, and noted Resolute FP’s continued commitment to support FSC’s credibility and reputation. The two parties agreed to continue to work together to pave the way for the restoration of currently suspended certificates.

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U.S. Forest Service Partnership Effort Improves Health of America’s Forests

USDA Forest Service
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington, DC – The U.S. Forest Service announced today that 1.45 million acres of America’s forests and watersheds – an area larger than Delaware – are healthier as a result of collaborative partnerships to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Authorized for 10 years through the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) was created to emphasize partnerships between government and local forest workers, sawmill owners, conservationists, businesses, sportsmen, outdoor recreationists and others to improve forest health and promote the well-being of local communities.

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Time to move forward with Big Thorne timber project

Alaska Journal of Commerce
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s been said the wheels of justice turn slowly, and that’s before appeals and injunctions. With an injection of economic stimulus for Southeast Alaska hanging in the balance, more than 20 local special interest groups filed two additional lawsuits in an effort to stifle the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island. On March 31, U. S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline issued a 14-day stay in the implementation of the Big Thorne project; seeking relief from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The timber sale, the largest in 20 years, encompasses 6,000 acres of old growth forests. Viking Lumber, located between Craig and Klawock, was scheduled to start the project April 1, until the latest round of injunctions were filed before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 27. 

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Monterey pine’s life is short; let’s help the forest live longer

The Tribune News
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s never been any doubt that Cambria’s skyline would change. It always does. When we moved to Cambria in 1971, a wall of glass in our Spencer Street house overlooked the middle-aged forest’s treetops toward a wide view of the hills and valleys beyond. Someone looking through those glass doors today would see trunks of the forest’s stately but aging pine trees, which now tower over the home. Soon, the big, old pines will be gone. A Monterey pine is short-lived, for a tree. Compared to the lifespan of a giant sequoia (said to be more than 3,000 years), a Bristlecone pine (almost 5,000 years), or even a coast live oak (up to 250 years), our pines are short-timers, with a lifespan of about 80 to 100 years. That’s how old many of Cambria’s pines are now.

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Use of Equal Access to Justice Act defended

Hungry Horse News
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Local environmental groups concede that reforming the federal Equal Access to Justice Act will limit their ability to challenge logging projects and other federal land management decisions, but they also note that what’s bad for them also would be bad for the industry and individuals. Sen. Steve Daines says the act should be changed and groups that want to sue federal agencies should have to post a bond. The Equal Access to Justice Act was created by Congress in 1980 to protect small businesses against overbearing government regulation. Under the act, plaintiffs can recover court costs and attorney fees if the federal government’s position in a case is found “to be without substantial justification.”

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Land grab

The transfer of public lands to state control appears to have little support in Montana. So who’s pushing for it, and how has such an unpopular idea gained traction?
The Missoula Independent
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Jennifer Fielder sits in a hallway outside her office on the fourth floor of the Montana Capitol in Helena, leafing through a four-inch-thick binder crammed with bill drafts, leaflets, policy statements and news clippings. Every scrap of paper relates in some way to the public lands issues this Republican state senator from Thompson Falls is pushing in the 2015 legislature, and she pauses occasionally to look over an article or a resolution.

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New Bridger-Teton supervisor settles in at her job

Jackson Hole News
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In her various roles with the U.S. Forest Service, Tricia O’Connor has been engaged in issues as complex and contentious as logging on Alaska’s enormous coastal Tongass National Forest. But having been through it all, O’Connor, 53, has still been struck by the intense public interest in the inner workings of her new place of employment, the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The new supervisor started at the post in late February. “I’ve lived in some places in the West with some similar dynamics, and that feels almost familiar to me,” O’Connor said as she sat in the forest’s soon-to-be demolished headquarters on North Cache Street. “What is interesting here is just the overwhelming interest in what we do. There’s a lot of passion.

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Spotted owl up for more protections

Herald and News
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In response to a petition from the Environmental Protection Information Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will consider changing northern spotted owl protection status from threatened to endangered. The spotted owl was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1990. Populations of northern spotted owl, which is currently listed as threatened, are declining across most of the species’ range in old-growth forests in southwestern British Columbia, western Washington and Oregon and northwestern California as far south as the San Francisco Bay.

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Stoltze Manager: Plan For Forest Needs, Not Budget Limitations

Montana Public Radio
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We’re continuing our series of interviews on the new management plan for the Flathead National Forest. We’ve heard from the Forest Service and the Montana Wilderness Association so far. This time we’re talking to a prominent timber company executive. Paul McKenzie is the lands and resource manager at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber in Columbia Falls. I spoke to him in his office.

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Rattlesnake logging: Undisturbed creek runs clear

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

To appreciate why the “commercial logging” proposed for the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is questionable, you should see the water that flows down Rattlesnake Creek at its highest, spring-thaw, flood stage. Most of us have no experience with an undisturbed ecosystem any more (or one like the RNRA, which has “healed,” decades after being disturbed), so logging it wouldn’t seem like a problem. But every time I see Rattlesnake Creek in full spring runoff, I’m amazed. Why? Because that torrent of water will be clear. How can this be? You look at other rivers in spring runoff, and they will be muddy and brown from erosion. Surely that’s “normal,” right?

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Are barrel owls pushing out native spotted owls?

Statesman Journal
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging cutbacks in old growth forest, court-ordered more than two decades ago to save the Northern spotted owl’s habitat, might have reduced one threat to the bird of prey. But continued declines in the spotted owl’s population show another threat might need cutting back as well. The barred owl, which became something of a celebrity in Salem for attacking runners in Bush’s Pasture Park earlier this year, is native to the eastern half of the United States. But in recent years, it has increasingly migrated west and is believed to have become aggressive toward the Northern spotted owl.

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Logging of Dead, Burned Trees in Idaho Forest Discussed

Lewiston Tribune
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest wants to salvage logs from thousands of acres burned in last summer’s Johnson Bar Fire near Lowell. The agency is seeking public comments on a draft environmental impact statement that would allow loggers to harvest dead trees on 2,300 to 2,900 acres and yield an estimated 20 million board feet of timber. The fire, started by an Aug. 3 lightning strike, covered about 13,000 acres before being extinguished. Joe Hudson, ranger on the forest’s Moose Creek District, said the fire burned through the forest in a typical mosaic pattern, leaving many pockets of live trees within its perimeter.

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Insect that spreads deadly tree fungus found in Indiana

Associated Press
April 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BROOKVILLE, Ind. – State officials say an insect that’s involved in spreading a fungus that’s deadly to black walnut trees has been found for the first time in Indiana. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that a walnut twig beetle was found in a trap at a saw mill in Franklin County. Additional beetles were later found in walnut logs and lumber at the southeastern Indiana mill. The walnut twig beetle spreads thousand cankers disease fungus, which is lethal to black walnut trees. State Entomologist Phil Marshall has ordered the mill quarantined. The DNR says the mill is destroying walnut material to prevent the fungus from spreading beyond its property.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

$4.9 Million Grant from California Energy Commission awarded for Forest Biomass Gasification Plant in North Fork, CA

Company Press Release
PR Newswire
April 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Phoenix Energy’s joint venture, North Fork Community Power’s project was awarded a $4.9 million grant announced at today’s California Energy Commission Business Meeting. The award will be used to construct one of the first forest-sourced biomass gasification plants, as well as research into the emerging field of forest biomass utilization. The plant will utilize local forest biomass sustainably sourced from restoration and fuel reduction activities on local forest lands, including the Sierra National Forest. The biomass will be used to make electricity, heat and biochar – a solid carbon byproduct that is used as a soil conditioner and filter media. The project will also be one of the first projects to use forest-based fuel under California’s new SB 1122 bioenergy law. 

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Climate Change and Forest Death

Scientists glimpse into a future of drought and tree mortality
Santa Barbara Independent
April 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

From 2000 to 2003, a drought in the American Southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region, including many stands of quaking aspen. While the event was associated with drought, scientists didn’t know exactly what caused forests to succumb or how severe conditions needed to be to induce such die-off. Now, a team of scientists has begun to find out. UC Santa Barbara’s Frank Davis collaborated on the development a new modeling tool to better explain how aspen forests died as a result of the 2000-2003 drought. The researchers’ findings appear in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Forest degradation as bad for climate as deforestation, says report

The Carbon Brief
April 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Degradation of tropical forests could be as severe a problem as full-scale deforestation when it comes to their carbon emissions. While not as widely recognised within policymaking circles, the steady deterioration of forests across places such as the Amazon and Borneo could be responsible for 6-14% of all human-caused emissions. This is the finding of a new review into the state of the world’s tropical forests, conducted by the International Sustainability Unit, a charity backed by Prince Charles. The problem demands a re-evaluation of forest policy, which leans towards stemming deforestation as the key to curbing tropical forest emissions, says the report.

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WRI Wrong On Wood Pellets

Biomass Magazine
April 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The World Resources Institute recently published a working paper, “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land.” We strongly disagree with its perspective on the industrial wood pellet sector, as well as its inaccurate characterization of how the sector causes a net negative impact on global carbon emissions.  The authors do not appear to grasp the size and scope of the forest product industry in North America, where more than a billion acres of land are forested.

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General

Harper Government Announces New Investment in Forest Industry Innovation

Market Watch
April 8, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

PRINCE GEORGE — The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., Minister of National Revenue and MP for Delta-Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the government’s new investment of $8.9 million for the Expanding Market Opportunities Program. Minister Findlay made the announcement during an address at the annual convention of the Council of Forest Industries in Prince George… The Expanding Market Opportunities Program helps Canadian producers diversify markets and market segments for forest products, build business relationships across the world and enhance competitiveness and prosperity for Canada’s forest industry.

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