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Daily Archives: April 13, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Green jackfruit: is ‘pulled pork for vegetarians’ the next big food craze?

The Guardian
April 12, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

To say the jackfruit is big is an understatement. It is the largest tree-borne fruit on the planet – it isn’t unusual to come across beasts weighing up to 35kg in South America and South-east Asia. And it has been hailed as a “miracle crop” because of its size, and resistance to pests and drought. And its nutritional credentials are also impressive: researchers have suggested it could replace wheat, corn and other staple crops that may come under threat because of climate change.

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Business & Politics

Federal Trade Group to Investigate Canadian Paper Subsidies

Maine NPR News
April 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Officials in Maine’s pulp and paper industry say they’re pleased that the United States International Trade Commission has decided to investigate a situation which they say is hurting the state’s mills. The USITC decided on Friday that it would investigate provincial subsidies paid to restart a competing Canadian mill, the Port Hawkesbury mill, in Nova Scotia. “The first hurdle is crossed. We know we’ve got a lot- several more- hurdles to reach here.” says Russ Dreschel, president of Madison Paper Industries.

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Government aid to grow forestry sector highlights COFI 2015

Wood Business
April 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Funding announcements, the future of fibre and an informative discussion on Aboriginal land title highlighted the final day of the Council of Forest Industries’ 2015 annual conference, which took place on April 8 and 9 in Prince George, B.C. Approximately 500 people packed into the auditoriums at the Prince George Civic Centre to listen to sessions on fibre supply, the bio-economy and community recognition, as well as an announcement from Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson… He added that any future policies for the province’s forestry sector would need to revolve around keeping B.C. competitive on a global scale. 

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U.S. firms charge ahead in quest for tariffs against Port Hawkesbury mill

Chronicle Herald
April 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two American pulp and paper mill owners are charging ahead in their quest to have tariffs placed on supercalendered paper entering the U.S. from Port Hawkesbury Paper Corp. In a preliminary injury inquiry on Friday, American trade commission voted to refer the case to the department of commerce for further investigation. Lead by American supercalendered paper manufacturers Madison Paper Industries and Verso Corporation, the Coalition for Fair Paper Imports is alleging that Nova Scotia has unfairly subsidized Port Hawkesbury Paper Corp.

Madison Paper unfair competition claim advances from CentralMaine.com

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Northern Pulp, two others, file appeals of mill’s industrial approval

Chronicle Herald
April 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Environment Department has received three appeals to the 2015 industrial approval for the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County. Thursday marked the deadline to file an appeal. Appeals were submitted by the Pictou Landing First Nation, a community group called Clean the Pictou Air and Northern Pulp. Environment Minister Randy Delorey, who said he hasn’t seen the appeals yet, has until June 9 to make a decision. “It’s too early to make any comment as to any of the three,” the minister said Friday at Province House.

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Great Western Forestry fighting Nalcor claims

The Telegram
April 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Great Western?Forestry disputes Nalcor Energy’s claim its work on the Muskrat Falls project was not up to snuff. The contractor — once tasked with clearing trees from a transmission line right of way between Muskrat?Falls and Churchill Falls — is pressing a lawsuit against the provincial Crown corporation, claiming Nalcor was the one to breach their contract.“At all times material to this proceeding Great Western Forestry was and it continues to remain engaged in the business of harvesting and clearing timber, a business which it has carried on since 2002,” the contractor stated in its February 2014 statement of claim.

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Stick to the facts, activist tells Northern Pulp supporters

Halifax Media Co-op
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

KJIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – The Northern Pulp mill in Pictou doesn’t like the conditions contained in the new Industrial Approval issued by the province’s Department of Environment. That Industrial Approval, issued in January of this year, requires Northern Pulp to substantially reduce emissions, water usage and waste water by 2020. The mill has been vocal in its opposition. It is appealing the Industrial Approval, and some businesses have spoken out in support of the mill. For the mill and its supporters to fight back is fine, says Matt Gunning, one of the founders of the Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill facebook group. But it should stick to the facts, he says. And back up those facts with sources.

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Property tax bill draws supporters and opponents

Flathead News Group
April 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A bill to revise state property reappraisal laws and shorten reappraisal cycles attracted a lot of interest during its April 8 hearing in the House Taxation Committee, with opposition from Realtors and the wood products industries. Senate Bill 157, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, passed in the Senate by 25-22 on March 28… Opposing SB 157 were the Montana Association of Realtors, Montana Wood Products Association, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber, and Plum Creek Timber Tutvedt said his 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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For a clean environment, jobs and financial stability, natural gas strikes right balance: Guest viewpoint

Richard Abradi is the Energy Manager at Catalyst Paper in Rumford, Maine. 
Mass Online
April 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

As our economy begins to rebound from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it is important to understand that one of the primary costs to manufacturing businesses is the cost of energy. Manufacturing in this country began in New England and the Northeast by taking full advantage of our many rivers. If manufacturing is to remain a feature of our economy and provide good jobs for our workers, it is critical that our region has access to cheap energy, just as it was critical 200 years ago. The problem is that New England is one of the most expensive regions of the country and, indeed, the world for energy costs. 

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High demand drives bidders to timber auction

Park Rapids Enterprise
April 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Monday’s Hubbard County timber auction drew a “tremendous turnout” to bid on the 22 parcels, all of which sold in the first round of bidding, Natural Resource manager Chip Lohmeier told commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting. The auction totaled $810,268, with aspen prices up 25 percent from January, 60 percent from 2014. Birch’s weighted average price also increased commensurately, Lohmeier reported. Jack pine moved up 35 percent from last year and Norway pine saw logs increased by 47 percent, 422 cords valued at $92,526 at Monday’s auction. Approximately 30 arrived for the auction, now being held in the board’s meeting room at the courthouse.

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Boise Cascade Upgrades-Increases Capacity At Florien, Louisiana, Plywood Mill

AreaDevelopment.com
April 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Boise Cascade will make a $43 million capital investment to upgrade and increase capacity at its Florien, Louisiana, plywood mill located in the state’s Northwest Region. The Florien mill is one of three major manufacturing sites Boise Cascade operates in Louisiana. Other locations include a plywood mill in Oakdale and an engineered wood products mill in Alexandria. The expansion is scheduled to begin this summer. In Florien, Boise Cascade will replace two dryers and substantially increase its capacity for manufacturing veneer products, with the company also adding log yard storage space and new press equipment that will boost capacity.

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Spanish timber imports stable at a low level

EUWID
April 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Spanish imports of lumber and timber products will probably stabilise this year at the lower level reached last year. This was the assessment given by AEIM, the association of Spanish timber importers and the timber industry, at its annual general meeting held in Madrid on 12 and 13 March. The Spanish industry is benefiting above all from greater competitiveness in the international arena, allowing it to increase its exports. In Spain, a growing rate of modernisation activity in existing buildings is generating correspondingly growing demand for construction timber.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Softwood Lumber Board Partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Support Market Development for Innovative Wood Building Technologies

from the Softwood Lumber Board
PR Newswire
April 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Today, the Secretary of Agriculture announced a partnership agreement between the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help coordinate research, demonstration projects, and market development for innovative wood building technologies in the built environment throughout the United States. …The agreement recognizes several goals and objectives including the creation of jobs in rural communities. The softwood lumber industry is an important job creator and supports hundreds of local communities, and building with wood helps create jobs along each stage of the supply chain.

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Maker of toilet tissue, towels using wheat straw as easily renewable fiber source

Star Tribune
April 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

WICHITA, Kan. — A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested. Kimberly-Clark Professional, which manufactures Kleenex and Scott brand products, says its new “GreenHarvest” line will blend in 20 percent wheat straw, which it hopes will ease demand for the tree fiber and recycled paper it already uses. It will help conserve natural resources and address what the Roswell, Georgia-based company expects will be dwindling supplies of recycled paper.

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Forestry

Clark gov’t under fire for “illegal” grizzly hunt in Tsilhqot’in

April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Clark government is under fire following remarks from Tsilhqot’in leaders in B.C.’s interior last week that the grizzly hunt licences issued by the province for their neck of the woods are “illegal.” “This is Question Period material,” reacted B.C. NDP MLA Scott Fraser, the Aboriginal Relations critic on Friday. The Official Opposition also responded to a sloo of internal B.C. government memos obtained via the Vancouver Observer that show, among many revelations, a senior wildlife official warning against the hunt in the backcountry of one of the most legally trailblazing tribes in Canada. The Tsilhqot’in are fresh off a Supreme Court land rights victory, and view the grizzly as sacred.

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B.C. farmland lost to tree planting for carbon credits is a frightening loss

Opinion by Mark Hume
The Globe and Mail
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thousands of hectares of agricultural land in British Columbia are being planted with trees so that companies can gain credits for carbon sequestration, says NDP agricultural critic Lana Popham. During a tour of the province, the MLA has been hearing about the practice from ranchers and farmers who are worried about the loss of food productivity and who say they are being outbid for good farmland by large, foreign corporations. Given the massive drought in California and the uncertain future of food production everywhere due to climate change, it seems crazy to take valuable farmland out of production to grow trees… There’s room for more trees in the forest land base, but Ms. Popham said companies want flat, open farmland because it is easier and cheaper to replant trees there.

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Recent Expansion to West Arm Park Will Not Significantly Benefit Caribou Herd

Letter to the Editor from Anne Sherrod
The Castlegar Source
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) played a leading role in the establishment of Valhalla and Goat Range Provincial Parks, and it goes without saying that VWS welcomes the recent expansion to West Arm Park. Contrary to government claims, however, the addition will not significantly benefit the endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd. Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old. It is true that the 1,219-hectare expansion contains some old-growth forest, but it is too small to be significant to the survival of the South Selkirk herd. Maps also indicate that much of the expansion is too steep for caribou and some of it has also been burned.

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Amphibians spring into action as temperatures rise

The Herald
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia — Every spring during the first few warm, damp nights in March or April — usually about 5 C or warmer, and coupled with precipitation — thousands of amphibians roam from forests to wetlands, sometimes in concentrated bunches or sometimes more scattered across several nights. The most common are yellow-spotted salamanders and wood frogs, although several other species like the blue-spotted salamander can be seen as well… The starting point for salamanders and wood frogs is in upland forest, where they spend most of the year hunkered down under logs, rocks, leaves and mosses, feeding on an assortment of insects. Their destination, which can be up to a few hundred metres away, is in forest pools and wetlands and sometimes even a wet spot in your backyard where they breed.

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Southeast state forest plan out for public comment

KFSK.org
April 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The state of Alaska this month is taking public comment on a draft plan for managing the newly created 48-thousand acre Southeast state forest. It’s the third state forest in Alaska and much smaller than the other two state forests in the Tanana Valley and near Haines. The Southeast forest lands were set aside by the state legislature in 2010nd acreage was added the following year. Overall the lands total over 48-thousand acres in 33 units on 12 different islands and the mainland near Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island. The lands are primarily designated for timber sales.

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Crapo defends vote as just budget measure

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

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo says his recent vote on a potential future transfer of public lands from federal to state management is nothing to get excited about. He says the amendment only provides the Senate with the ability to hold future deliberations on land transfers. Lewiston Tribune writer Eric Barker quotes Crapo saying the amendment does not undercut the collaborative processes. “It was a budget amendment with no substance in terms of details and left working out of any details to future legislation that would necessarily, if it comes together, be as a result coming to consensus,” Crapo said.

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LaMalfa visits Siskiyou County

Approximately 60 people attended a meeting in Fort Jones on Wednesday night to voice their concerns about forest management and wildfire policies to U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who represents Siskiyou County.
The Siskiyou Daily News
April 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Approximately 60 people attended a meeting in Fort Jones on Wednesday night to voice their concerns about forest management and wildfire policies to U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who represents Siskiyou County. LaMalfa visited both Happy Camp and Fort Jones – two communities highly affected by the county’s 2014 wildfires – along with local speakers to provide information and take feedback on the complex issues surrounding federal land management. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey told the crowd that he and other sheriffs around the West are concerned about natural resource issues, recalling the days when Siskiyou County had a bustling economy driven by the timber industry.

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Studies question wisdom of thinning forests to stop fires

The New Mexican
April 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…But as city officials consider joining the group, known as the Rio Grande Fire and Water Source Protection Collaborative, the science is still changing. New studies question how, and where, fire and tree thinning in Western forests should be used to restore forest health and protect watersheds. The studies, and the move toward treating forests across large landscapes, are fueling some old debates over the best way for people to manage forests that have been dramatically altered during decades of fire suppression, logging and overgrazing.

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EDITORIAL: The Future of Our Forests, Part One

Pagosa Daily Post
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Recent forest fires in Colorado and throughout the West have pretty well convinced us that 100 years of sometimes remarkable population growth, coupled with questionable forestry management policies, have created potentially disastrous conditions in our high-mountain Western forests — particularly where that population growth has happened at the edge of, or within, those same forests. As as happened, for example, here in Archuleta County. It hasn’t been terribly difficult for Renewable Forest Energy to convince our local, state and federal governments that it would be a good idea to thin our local forest, especially in the areas where those same governments have allowed residential development to take place in the midst of trees.

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Daines pushing for disaster funding for wildfires

Helena Independent Record
April 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he is looking to add certainty to federal fire managers’ budgets by reforming the way the worst wildfires receive federal funding. Daines was in Clancy on Friday discussing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 with a roundtable of state and federal forest managers, conservation and forest dependent business interests. Daines signed onto the act as a senator in January, which would likely end the practice of “fire borrowing” when suppression funding runs out and must be pulled in from other programs.

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Fed review of Canada lynx to take longer than expected

Associated Press
April 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is applying a new threat assessment for federally protected Canada lynx from Maine to Washington State, delaying completion of the first five-year review. The structured threat assessment will involve several other agencies, at least 15 states and more than 20 Native American tribes. The resulting assessment will serve as the basis of a streamlined five-year review, and a recovery plan if one is necessary, said Jim Zelenak of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Montana.

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Editorial: Forest Service must listen to other voices

Albany Democrat-Herald
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It turns out that mid-valley residents interested in weighing on the Northwest Forest Plan will have a shot to do that. The Forest Service announced earlier this week plans to hold additional “listening sessions” on the controversial plan in the wake of three earlier sessions, held in Portland, Seattle and Redding, California. When those first three sessions were announced, the Forest Service took criticism from a variety of people (including some members of Congress) who said the agency needed to hold similar events in other locations.

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Westside Fire Recovery Project a hot mess

The Times-Standard
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With over 30,000 acres of Klamath National Forest proposed to be harvested and sold, the Westside Fire Recovery Project is poised to be one of the largest ever post-fire timber harvests on a National Forest. This so-called “recovery” project places timber company profits over community safety and wildlife by clearcutting complex, habitat-rich forests and replacing them with fire-prone plantations.It is clear why the Forest Service wants to limit public scrutiny: the Westside Project is an ecological disaster. Miles of new roads would increase sediment in Coho bearing streams and the Wild & Scenic Scott, Salmon and Klamath Rivers. Logging would impact — by the Service’s own admission—over 90 spotted owl activity centers and remove thousands of acres of habitat.

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City focuses on planting as more trees lost to emerald ash borer

Sun Times
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Chicago — The arrival of spring marks the start of forestry officials’ yearly battle against the destructive emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle that could eventually claim all ash trees. In the years since the beetle was found in Illinois, the city has spent considerable resources treating trees for the infestation — while the county forest preserves and the Chicago Botanic Garden have focused more on tree removal… The department will focus on planting this year to replace some of the 10,000 parkway trees removed each year, Poppe said. Resources dedicated to fighting the beetle will be used to plant 7,800 trees this year.

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Timber industry OK with ‘threatened’ listing for northern long-eared bat

Arkansas News
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas Forestry Association says it can live with a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to list the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species while allowing most forest management practices to continue unabated. “From our perspective a threatened listing is obviously more palatable than an endangered listing,” said Max Braswell, executive vice president of the Arkansas Forestry Association. “We don’t think (the listing) will have a significant impact on us, but we will continue to be vigilant.”

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Pine Beetle Timber Boom Prepares To Go Bust

Wyoming Public Radio
April 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When you hear the word “boom” in the West, you usually think of the energy industry. But in the last 15 years, there’s been another kind: a timber boom. That’s thanks to the mountain pine beetle, a tiny ravenous bug that’s now chomped its way through over 40 million acres of forest in the U.S., moving north into Canada, expanding its reach as the climate warms. To clean up all that dead wood, forest managers have turned to the timber industry, leading to a surge in jobs and enterprise. But now, the bugs have almost eaten themselves out of food. The question is, what’s next for the timber industry? Hank Lucido looks just like a lumberjack stepped out of a fairy tale–the big burly beard, the stocking cap, the boisterous laugh.

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After Months of Tussle With Activists, India Suspends Greenpeace

April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Pillai’s story made the international news as a case of state intimidation of green activism, but many other local activists in Mahan, where she works, have been targeted. Mahan is one of the last forests of sal trees in the country, and mining there affects more than 14,000 indigenous people… In Singhrauli district, which is near Mahan, members of the MSS say they are subject to regular raids by the Intelligence Bureau, midnight arrests by local police and constant intimidation. On May 7, 2014, some MSS members, who would only speak on condition of anonymity, tried to stop Essar staff from cutting trees before forest clearances were given. They were arrested at midnight without the required warrants.

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Eucalyptus trees the future for forestry on the Tiwi Islands of the Northern Territory

ABC News, Australia
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As the Traditional Owners of the Tiwi Islands gear up for their first woodchip harvest of Acacia mangium trees, there are nearby trials showing what the future of Tiwi forestry will look like. A variety of eucalyptus trees are showing significant growing advantages to the acacias that currently dot the landscape of Melville Island. Managing director of Plantation Management Partners, Glen Samsa, said the eucalypt trials covered 150 hectares and were established in conjunction with the CSIRO. He said the Acacia mangium plantations would soon be harvested and would likely be replaced by eucalypts, subject to an investment decision.

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Bruny Island logging plans could threaten Tasmanian environment, wildlife tourism operator says

ABC News, Australia
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Tasmanian wildlife tour operator says she fears her business will be destroyed if a planned logging operation goes ahead next to her Bruny Island property. Forestry Tasmania is preparing to log a coupe next door to the conservation area, which is home to threatened species and orphaned animals. Tonia Cochran has run a wildlife tourism operation there for more than 20 years, attracting bird watchers from all over the world. Nearly 100 species of birds have been found on her property.

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Raging Forest Fires in Siberia Kill 5, Destroy 100 Homes

The Moscow Times
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A rash of forest fires broke out Sunday in rural southern Siberia, killing at least five people and injuring more than 70, the Interfax news agency reported. The fires, apparently caused by the careless deliberate burning of dry agricultural land, have destroyed 100 homes across 16 communities in the Russian republic of Khakasia, the Federal Forestry Agency said on its website… The ministry said Sunday evening that firefighters were managing to control the flames despite strong winds. The forestry agency said it was dispatching 40 firefighting aircraft to the region. More than 50 people have been hospitalized because of the fires, and nine were in critical condition Sunday evening, the Interfax report said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Monique Keiran: Climate change threatens Garry oaks

TimesColonist
April 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

… How changing climate and its attendant baggage will affect Garry oaks and their attendant plants, microbes, insects and other critters remain unknown. Whether this Garry oak meadow will survive also remains uncertain. Elsewhere in B.C., scientists, policy-makers and forestry professionals delve into similar questions. However, they spend their efforts determining changing climate’s effects on the province’s economically important tree species — lodgepole pine, Sitka spruce, and Douglas fir, for example — not geographically unique, timber-valueless species such as Garry oak. We have, after all, seen how changing climate enabled a burgeoning epidemic of mountain pine beetles to kill mature pine forests across more than 14 million hectares of B.C. and economically devastate many Interior communities.

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Future For Bio-Products Bright

250 News
April 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Although risk, as well as investment sources, are important issues for the wood bio-products industry, the longterm outlook and possibilities are bright. That was the message conveyed at the COFI Convention session on this emerging industry, which encompasses a wide variety of wood-derived products, including materials, fuels, chemicals, resins and even sugar-based foods. Trevor Stuthridge, Vice-President of FP Innovations, did emphasize, however, that the bio-industry has to be integrated into the existing value chain of wood products. For example, he sees great possibilities for the wood by-product lignin which could be used to develop products that replace glues in the manufacture of engineered wood.

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Indonesia has a new tool against climate change

Cifor.org
April 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indonesia—It has one of the world’s largest forest estates …. and one of the highest rates of deforestation and degradation. The government of Indonesia has a serious target: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2020, and – if international assistance is forthcoming – by 41 percent during that same period… “We all realize that deforestation, degradation, and forest fires contributed to greenhouse gas emissions. With this INCAS method, we can actually move forward, at least figure out emissions figures and not just all talk,” said Minister Nurbaya at the INCAS seminar. INCAS is designed to bring together best available spatial, biophysical and land management data from across the nation, to quantify changes in carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors in Indonesia.

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An Industry Looks at 50

The pellet industry has grown each quarter for nearly five years. For this trend to continue, however, the sector must navigate numerous challenges, not least of which is its own success.
Biomass Magazine
April 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International


Within 60 days of fall 2014, the two trade associations that represent North American pellet producers active in the export market held their annual events, and both opened with bullish market forecasts for good reason. The wood pellet industry has shown quarterly production increases each quarter since 2011, and according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 2013 global pellet production surpassed 22 million metric tons. Over half of this volume is traded internationally, with European countries consuming over 80 percent of current production.

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General

Timber activist: Damage already done by spotted owl’s listing

Peninsula Daily News
April 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

PORT ANGELES — An advocate for the North Olympic Peninsula timber industry isn’t sure what to make of a new study to determine whether the northern spotted owl should be relisted as endangered. “They did so much damage in the beginning, it’s hard to image they could do much more,” said Carol Johnson, executive director of the North Olympic Timber Action Committee. Logging was curtailed when the owl was listed as threatened in 1990, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a loss of old-growth habitat was the primary threat to the species. Biologists have since determined that the invasive barred owl, a larger and more aggressive cousin of the northern spotted owl, is the main reason the spotted owl was driven from its native forests in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

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Canal Flats mill employee airs grievances against Canfor

Columbia Valley Pioneer
April 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

With the previously announced mass layoffs at Canal Flats mill less than a month away, one Canfor employee at the mill has come forward saying the company’s promises to make the transition as smooth as possible are not as great as they were initially made out to be. When Canfor made the announcement about the layoffs back on February 5th, company public affairs director Corinne Stavness said the reduction would be from two shifts to one, affecting 81 Canal Flats mill employees, all of whom would be offered positions elsewhere in the company.

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