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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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First Nations talk issues at COFI

Prince George Free Press
April 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With both Victoria and Ottawa pondering the value of the B.C. Treaty Commission process and last year’s Tsilqot’in Supreme Court decision, one thing is certain, the issue of land claims won’t go away. In addition, dealing with First Nations in an open, up-front way will get results. That was the message given by a couple of First Nations leaders at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Prince George on Wednesday. “The courts bring us victories,” said Dallas Smith, President and CEO, Nanwakolas Business Corp. and Nanwakolas Council on Vancouver Island.

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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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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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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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New report reveals mixed fortunes for timber industry

The Siberian Times Reporter
April 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber industry has reported mixed fortunes with Russia increasing exports overseas but losing its position as the powerhouse of the Asia-Pacific region. New figures have shown raw timber exports rose by seven per cent year-on-year to almost 30 million cubic metres, making the country the third largest exporter in the world. According to the Lesprom Network report, China was the biggest destination for the wood, accounting for 52 per cent of all sales, a rise again of four per cent on last year. But in spite of a growth in the market, Russia has still lost is position as the leading exporter in the region when looking at imports to China, Japan and South Korea.

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Stora Enso contemplating closure of Pälkäne

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

tora Enso is currently looking into axing an estimated 50 jobs in its “Building Solutions Finland” division and closing the cross-laminated timber elements works in Pälkäne. According to a report published on 26 March, appropriate negotiations are to be commenced with the unions involved. Stora Enso says that plans have been made for concentrating the production of timber construction elements on the Varkaus facility following the revision of the business model for Building Solutions Finland.

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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

Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region’s heritage (Gallery)

Johnson City Press
April 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

For more than 10 years, the Barn Busters, McKinney and partner, Doug Barnett, of RHAM Inc., have been salvaging wood from structures left behind by the area’s agricultural past… In the last couple of decades, the demand for reclaimed barn wood has risen sharply. Designers use the beams, with their imperfections and visible marks from production, as rustic accent pieces, and flooring and furniture made from the lumber can fetch a high price… But in reality, the lumber taken from the old barns is impossible to recreate in modern times. The manufacturing processes from the bygone era: hand felling, splitting and chopping the beams are what give them their characteristic look, but the obsolete practices are too costly and time-consuming compared to today’s modern construction.

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Forestry

Northern fires caused almost a quarter of global forest loss

The Star Online
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

Vast areas of forest in Canada and Russia were lost to fire in 2013, according to new satellite data. But there were encouraging signs from Indonesia, where the loss of forest cover fell to the lowest level in a decade. Scientists from Global Forest Watch collated 400,000 images of the Earth’s surface to map the world’s forests down to a resolution of 30m. Their findings showed that overall the world lost 18 million ha of forest in 2013. Between 2011 and 2013 fires in the boreal forests of Canada and Russia accounted for almost a quarter of global forest losses. Some of this will return, but northern forests are particularly slow to recover after fire.

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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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CRD considers limiting access to Leech Water Supply Area

TimesColonist
April 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The need to further restrict access to the Leech Water Supply Area will be the focus of a series of five open houses over the next two weeks. The land, 9,623 hectares around the Leech River, is located west of the Sooke Lake Reservoir, which provides most of Greater Victoria’s water… While the Leech land might not be needed for decades, controlling access is needed so the forest can regenerate, said Annette Constabel, senior manager of CRD watershed protection. About 95 per cent of the land, which includes more than 400 kilometres of roads, has been logged.

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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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Republican-backed budget amendment threatens to sell off national forests

The Examiner
April 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

According to an April 10 article by Unoffical Networks, a Republican-backed amendment to sell off portions of national forest passed 51-49 on March 25. Now, the Wilderness Society has started a petition to make sure this doesn’t happen. The amendement, SA 838, was introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Essentially, it aims to slash U.S. Forest Service budget demands by giving states control of federal lands, which can then be overtaken by private companies and mined for resources.

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Aerial spraying rules stall in Salem

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

SALEM — Environmental advocates and some rural Oregonians appear likely to come up empty in their effort to get major new state restrictions on aerial herbicide spraying. Aerial spraying on private timberlands long has triggered health fears among rural residents, including some in Lane County who live in the Mohawk Valley and near Triangle Lake. Spraying critics had hoped that larger Democratic majorities in both chambers of the Legislature this year and a high-profile 2013 incident in which several residences in Gold Beach were mistakenly sprayed directly from a helicopter would bolster chances for new restrictions. But Oregon’s timber industry has proven a formidable adversary.

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Under pressure, USFS sets Bend forest plan meeting

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

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service on Friday announced plans to hold a dozen additional forest management plan revision listening sessions, including one in Bend, a month after Northwest lawmakers said the three scheduled events were not enough. The listening sessions are planned in locations throughout Oregon and Washington. These sessions follow an initial round of listening sessions held earlier in Portland, Seattle and Redding, CA. Last month, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and 11 other Northwest lawmakers urged the Forest Service to hold more listening sessions on upcoming revisions to the Northwest Forest Plan. .

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In the Wake of the Rim Fire, What Comes Next? A Story of Recovery, Restoration and Reforestation

USDA Blog
April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The next step in this restoration process is reforestation. Maria Benech, Interdisciplinary Team Leader for the Rim Fire Reforestation project, has been working with a host of scientists, resource specialists and the public to develop a project plan for the future forest. Without intervention, it could take several decades, even centuries, for the forest to reestablish its place in the natural cycle. The intensity and sheer size of the fire left large gaps in the forest canopy. These gaps are far greater than those historically seen. “Seed-producing trees are so far away from some of these openings that it is very unlikely trees could naturally regenerate for a very long time,” said Benech.

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Essex Man Convicted of Cutting Over 1,000 Trees in National Forest

Charles McAlpine pleaded guilty in January to cutting and removing timber from public lands
Flathead Beacon
April 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Essex man will pay over $16,000 in restitution and fines and serve one year of probation after cutting over 1,000 trees on national forestlands adjacent to his property. Charles McAlpine pleaded guilty in January to cutting and removing timber from public lands and aiding and abetting the same. Last month a federal judge sentenced him to one year of probation, $11,420 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service and a $5,000 fine. According to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Missoula, a Forest Service employee in November 2009 noticed an area near Giefer Creek in the Hungry Horse Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest where a large amount of trees were removed. The area was directly connected to McAlpine’s property.

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Engineer who designed 400 Forest Service bridges dies

Standard Examiner
April 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NORTH OGDEN — Veteran U.S. Forest Service bridge engineer Thomas Norman Gillins, who designed more than 400 bridges now serving the Intermountain West, has died of cancer at the age of 58. Gillins died Thursday at his home in North Ogden surrounded by his family. He worked 34 years for the Forest Service based in Ogden, including 20 years as regional bridge engineer for USFS Region Four, which includes 12 national forests in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada. In 2010, he was also named as one of two national lead technical support engineers for structures and bridges for the entire Forest Service. He held that position as well as the regional engineer’s job until his retirement in 2014 due to his illness.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ricky Muir visits former sawmill workplace in Victoria, reflects on life before the Senate

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

His workplace is now the Australian Senate, but it was back to a sawmill in Victoria’s east on Monday for Ricky Muir. The Motoring Enthusiast Party senator reflected on the job he held before starting in the Senate last year. “I think I spent, from memory, on this site five years, maybe a little bit more,” he told reporters at the Heyfield processing plant. “It was quite an enjoyable industry to work in – I absolutely loved it. “I loved getting my hands dirty and working with timber [and] the smell of timber. It is just a good industry to work in.”

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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Playing A Global Game

Editor Tim Portz discusses how the global nature of the biomass industry allows it to flourish despite policy fluctuation and uncertainty
Biomass Magazine
April 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

… The stories make it clear that while policies that establish and support biofuels, biogas or wood pellets may come and go, the ability of the global biomass community to discover and use them to grow their business is constant. In his page-58 feature, “All Roads Lead to North America,” Keith Loria explores the migration of technology companies from Germany to North America as German policies became less lucrative. Loria talked to GICON’s Wayne Brown, who underscored this trend, saying, “The expanse of opportunities in the U.S. and Canada is definitely a factor in our decision to pursue work in North America, as is the relative weakness in the German biogas market at the moment.” 

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Forests store our CO2 emissions

 Letter to the Editor
Lethbridge Herald
April 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

On March 21, the International Day of Forests, on the Herald’s Readers Forum page, Paul Whittaker wrote: “Canada’s forest is the largest in the world . . . it directly employs 13,000 Albertans, and thousands more indirectly . . . Alberta planted 65 million seedlings in 2014 . . . forests are integral to our environment.” Indeed, Canada’s forest is integral in making progress with the greenhouse gas problem. The Canadian Boreal Initiative reports 208 billion tonnes of carbon are stored in the Canadian boreal forests’ trees, soils, water and peat – equivalent to nine years of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Canada has approximately 53 billion trees, each one storing 50 pounds of carbon annually for most of its 100-year lifetime. Yes, as each tree grows, its storage capacity grows.

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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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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

Canal Flats mill employee airs grievances against Canfor

Columbia Valley Pioneer
April 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

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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