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Business & Politics

Earnings take a dip for Catalyst in Q4

PrintCan.com
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC—Catalyst Paper’s earnings, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was down in its fourth quarter to $6.8 million from $8.0 million in the third quarter. The company reported a net loss, excluding specific items of $10.4 million in its fourth quarter compared to $10.8 million in its third. The results were a due to increased manufacturing expenses, including higher rates for electricity, the indefinite curtailment of Paper Machine No.9 at the Powell River mill and the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine. 

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Chief Roger William speaks on recent Tsilhqot’in land title victory

250 News
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William of the Tsilhqot’in people was in Prince George yesterday to talk about the importance of last summer’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Tsilhqot’in people’s land title case. Speaking at UNBC, He also discussed the role that the testimony of elders played both in the court case as well as the environmental review of the proposed Taseko/Prosperity mine at Fish Lake. In his presentation, Chief William asked the audience to go back to 1862 which was the date that a devastating small pox epidemic wiped out 80 to 90% of the Tsilhqot’in people.

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No title? No problem. Aboriginals can sue over property rights: appeal court

Canadian Press
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect aboriginal territorial claims in British Columbia just as they would heed the rights of any other Canadian landowner, the province’s highest court has ruled. A decision from the B.C. Court of Appeal paves the way for First Nations to launch lawsuits to protect their territory from private parties, even without proving aboriginal title. Two northwestern First Nations expressed vindication on Wednesday after a panel of three judges overturned a lower court ruling that denied them opportunity to sue the aluminum producer Rio Tinto Alcan.

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Fire at Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody, B.C. under control

CBC News
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Flavelle Sawmill caught fire at about 10 a.m. PT Wednesday morning, billowing heavy smoke into the area near the waterfront at Moody St. and Murray St. in Port Moody, B.C. Everyone has been accounted for, said Cst. Luke Van Winkle of Port Moody Police. Fire officials said the fire was under control shortly after 11 a.m. There was heavy smoke and drivers were asked to avoid the area Wednesday morning.

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Malahat Nation moves towards treatyMalahat Nation moves towards treaty

Cowichan Valley Citizen
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Malahat First Nation is one of a group of five that have now reached a major milestone in the treaty process. “It’s pretty important,” said Malahat Chief Michael Harry. “I’m quite proud of our table. We call our table the little table that could.” Last week the Te’mexw Treaty Association, which includes the Malahat Nation, signed an Agreement-in-Principle with the provincial and federal governments. “Malahat has long waited for the Crown to truly fulfill its duties to our people and celebrate this step forward in achieving the respect and recognition that our people have long demanded,” said Harry.

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Weyerhaeuser donates more than 100K diapers to United Way

The Dispatch
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

It’s not stretching the point too far to say that 12 months of the year Weyerhaeuser in Columbus makes diapers, but one month out of the year it collects them, too. From March 4-25, employees at Columbus Cellulose Fibers and its Lowndes County partner Columbus Modified Fiber, along with many of their contractors and vendors, donated 106,929 diapers during the Weyerhauser-wide “Operation Diaper Drive.” 

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More Bad News for Lumber Liquidators

April 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Accused of selling Chinese-made flooring that gives off dangerous levels of formaldehyde, Lumber Liquidators offered free test kits to any consumer who requested one so homeowners could check for themselves whether the air inside their homes was safe to breathe. But a lawsuit filed in California claims the test kits are provided by a third party paid by the retailer, do not use commonly accepted methods, and are basically faulty.

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Finland after the boom: ‘Not as bad as Greece, yet, but it’s only matter of time’

The Guardian
April 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

As general election looms and recession enters fourth year, once boom city of Oulu has little faith in politicians after collapse of big timber and Nokia. The weakest economy in the eurozone this year might not prove to be Greece or Portugal, but Finland. The Nordic country is entering its fourth year of recession, with output still well below its 2008 peak. The north of Finland, home to the “Oulu miracle” that was built on the twin pillars of plentiful timber and mobile phone technology, has been hit in particular. Although a paper mill still dominates Oulu’s skyline, jobs in pulp and cellulose have moved abroad, while the collapse of Nokia’s handset business knocked the guts out of the local economy.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Steering committee presents Sixth St. pedestrian bridge re-design to city council

Comox Valley Record
April 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tim O’Brien, a civil engineer and landscape architect, is part of the Sixth Street Bridge steering committee which had originally proposed a timber-framed bridge linking downtown Courtenay with Simms Park. A new plan calls for a cable bridge with a wood deck. On the park side would be steel supports tied to heavy blocks. The downtown side would feature a wooden archway and a plaza area. The 60-metre bridge would be wide enough to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and even an ambulance in case of an emergency — “but not too wide to make it too expensive,” O’Brien told Courtenay council Monday.

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9 building materials made entirely from waste products

City Metric.com
April 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Building with Waste, a new book about, well, you can guess, may not sound like it should top your holiday reading list – but, construction geeks as we are, we found its premise fascinating. Every year, human settlements produce 1.3bn tonnes worth of solid waste products. The book argues that we could and should be putting this to good use as cheap, durable and green building materials. 1. NewspaperWood – This design comes from Norway, where over 1m tonnes of paper and cardboard are recycled every year. The wood is created by rolling up paper and solvent-free glue to create something not dissimilar to a log, then chopping it into usable planks. The wood can then be sealed so it’s waterproof and flame-retardant, and used to build anything you would normally build with wood. 

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Forestry

Fact-Based Research Dispels Forestry Myths

Natural Resources Canada responds to deforestation myths with new fact versus fiction publication
Forests Ontario
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO, ON – Recently, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding forest destruction and deforestation in Canada. While these issues are certainly important, there has also been considerable misinformation circulating on the subject. In response, Natural Resources Canada has released a fact versus fiction discussion on their website. The discussion, entitled Deforestation in Canada: Key myths and facts outlines several myths and misrepresentations associated with deforestation and uses scientific, fact-based knowledge to disprove inaccuracies.

Deforestation in Canada: Key myths and facts from Natural Resources Canada

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Wilderness groups fear Park Act changes will increase industrial activity in B.C. parks

A river runs through it; so does a pipeline and a road
Business in Vancouver
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To begin the ascent of Golden Hinde – the tallest peak on Vancouver Island in B.C.’s Strathcona Provincial Park – a climber first must spend two or three days on a trail that begins at a pullout near Myra Falls copper-lead-zinc mine. For the few British Columbians who have ventured onto this part of the map, the incongruity of an active mine inside B.C.’s oldest provincial park is hard to overlook. And it underscores the concerns that groups like the Wilderness Committee, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Friends of Strathcona Park have over Bill 4, which allows for research in provincial parks – research they fear could pave the way for industrial projects such as pipelines and logging roads.

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City to ask Minister of Forests to get involved on Mount Macpherson logging issue

Revelstoke Mountaineer
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Revelstoke City Council has agreed to request the Minister of Forests to mediate discussions on potential logging within Mount Macpherson’s recreational area as the next step in the sensitive issue. Next year, BC Timber Sales, a semi-autonomous arm of the B.C. provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, plans to log an area that includes trails used by the Revelstoke Nordic Club and the Revelstoke Cycling Association (RCA). The plan has triggered passionate discussion and the creation of community group Citizens for Mount Macpherson.

Revelstoke council to ask ministry about plan for Mount Macpherson from The Revelstoke Times review

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Tree falls on three loggers, requiring full scale rescue

Global News
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEAR LUMBY — Emergency crews were called to a logging accident just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. Three loggers were hit by a tree near the Monashee Pass forestry road, east of Cherryville. “It was a logging incident. They were actually actively logging and one of the logs struck the three people on the line,” says RCMP Sgt. Rob Daly. The three were reportedly working down a 500 foot embankment when the tree fell on them. According to RCMP two of the loggers were able to get to safety on their own, while the third needed to be saved by a helicopter winch rescue team from Vernon Search and Rescue. The man was then airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital.

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Wolf predation a serious problem for ranchers

Williams Lake Tribune
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Predation by wolves continues to be the biggest cause of cattle losses in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, according to Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association which represents about 1,150 producers throughout the province. “In that area it is our leading cause of death and cost to our producers,” Boon said during an interview for Cattle Country… Wolves continue to expand their territories and with the effects of the mountain pine beetle opening up more areas for harvesting of timber, wolves have the ability to travel farther and quicker.

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Foreign firm’s tree-planting practice in B.C. not sustainable, region says

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
April 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A foreign company that has been replanting thousands of hectares of farmland with trees in British Columbia in order to claim carbon credits has been told the practice is not sustainable and is damaging local economies. In a letter, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) told the British-based multinational Reckitt Benckiser Inc. (RB) that its conversion of some 2,000 hectares of farmland into forest is troubling. “There are concerns that the tree planting on agricultural lands in the RDBN may have a negative impact on the region’s economy, as centrally located and productive agricultural land is taken out of production in the long term,” Bill Miller, chair of the board, wrote last fall.

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Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation

Associated Press
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace. On Thursday, Apple announced a new focus on using paper from trees harvested under environmentally sound conditions.

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Column: Plant a tree, improve our public health

Independent Record
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Next week, we honor our life-giving planet with Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 24). What better way to celebrate these springtime rites than by planting a tree? A growing body of evidence suggests that trees not only have aesthetic and environmental value, they benefit public health in many ways, too… Twenty-five urban and environmental specialists came together to explore what makes a vibrant community. Among the factors they considered were “urban forests.” They concluded that “trees are the key” to creating and managing sustainable communities and — not incidentally — to alleviating many public health challenges.

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Wind, drought feed wildfire in Northern California

USA Today
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are battling a 185-acre blaze that recently ignited in Northern California. The Ward Fire sparked at about 5:30 a.m. Monday on private land, but brisk winds helped to spread the flames into the Plumas National Forest, northwest of Reno, Nev. and Lake Tahoe. More than 158 firefighters were on scene Tuesday fighting to put out the flames, according to Plumas National Forest Fire. A record drought in the West is expected to give an early start to wildfire season. Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Washington had their warmest winters on record.

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Navy still examining pursuit of permit for using Department of Natural Resources lands in electronic warfare training

Peninsula Daily News
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Navy still is studying whether to submit a permit request for the use of state Department of Natural Resources lands to conduct electronic warfare training. Peninsula Daily News erroneously reported Sunday that the Navy had decided not to submit permits after DNR announced it wasn’t interested in allowing its West End land to be used for the proposed training. Three of 15 sites the Navy has tagged in the Olympic Military Operations Area for the $11.5 million project — identified in Navy documents as sites 3, 12 and 14 — are on forested DNR land in West Jefferson County.

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Tighten Oregon’s forest spray rules

The Register-Guard
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A legislative proposal to protect residents of rural areas against exposure to herbicides sprayed on private forest lands has been sent to a work group, ostensibly because the issue is so complicated that lawmakers can’t proceed until opposing groups reach a consensus. But it’s really not complicated at all: Oregon needs to catch up with neighboring states in regulating aerial herbicide applications. Senate Bill 613, the bill that has been punted to a work group, would tighten Oregon’s rules in three respects. First, the regulations would provide as much protection to people, livestock and crops as they currently do to fish.

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Like Strangers in Their Own County

In Skamania County, Wash., only 2% of land in the county is privately owned. The federal government controls 90% of all land use.
Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In Skamania County, Wash., only 2% of land is privately owned. …These public lands belong to everyone, yet the rural residents who live here have no authority over the federal land managers for active forest management, timber harvest for our community and forest health. The federal judges, environmental organizations and lack of congressional political courage continue to create the catastrophic fire conditions on public lands and continual degradation of county services for rural populations and urban visitors.

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Owl conservation plans aid timber companies

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to reclassify the Northern spotted owl as endangered rather than threatened. Whether that will make a difference in regulation or recovery is anybody’s guess.
The Capital Press
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

Upgrading the Northern spotted owl to “endangered” status may bring more scrutiny to timber sales on public land but probably won’t effect companies that already have owl conservation plans in place, experts say. …While that process would seem to carry the threat of increased regulation, most major timber companies already have federally-approved spotted owl Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) in place, said Gary Rynearson, forest policy and communications manager for Green Diamond Resources. The company owns timberland in Washington, Oregon and principally in Northern California, including 400,000 acres covered by an HCP. Such plans detail how logging and other activity can be carried out in areas inhabited by spotted owls.

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Podium: Criticism of federal-to-state land transfer idea is a sign of traction

Idaho Statesman
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You can tell when an idea is gaining some traction, critics will attack it from all angles. The transfer of federal lands to Idaho, and other Western states, is one such idea. And it’s an idea whose time has come. If we go back to our history books, we see the federal government has already transferred more than 1.275 billion acres to the states and their residents since the country was formed. It is easy to forget states like Illinois and Missouri were once more than 90 percent federal land. This transfer process slowed down greatly in the late 1800s after the Western states were admitted into the union.

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‘Trees aren’t sitting ducks’

The Durango Herald
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Once one hears about the more than 100 bark beetles native to Colorado, who enjoy fine dining on our trees, it becomes amazing we have any forests at all. “But trees aren’t sitting ducks out there,” Colorado State Forest Entomologist Dan West told about 30 people who attended a forest-health workshop Wednesday evening at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. “They’re defending themselves. Healthy trees will flush resin out a duct, and when a female beetle tries to get in and lay her eggs, she’ll get stuck and die.” The problem that is leading to so much die-off in places such as Wolf Creek Pass is that many trees are not healthy because of the lingering drought – they’re stressed.

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9th Circuit considering Big Thorne injunction request

KRBD
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court. A temporary injunction was granted in late March by Anchorage-based U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline, but that order has expired. The emergency motion was submitted to the 9th Circuit on April 3, with a request for a decision by this Friday. Several lawsuits were filed last summer after the U.S. Forest Service made a final decision to move forward with the timber sale, which includes about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest.

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Robert Ingram: Environmentalists blowing smoke

The Union
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do environmentalists like Chad Hanson and his newest disciple, Christy Sherr, care about our environment? Obsessively so. Are they honest in their attempts to “save” the Sierra? Absolutely not. Hanson, as high priest to the cause, deems all commercial logging of federal lands a crime against nature and will do or say anything to stop it. His latest humorous attempt, authored by Christy Sherr in The Union on April 1, borders on fantasy. Hanson and Sherr’s contention that a “Snag forest, or ‘complex early seral forest (CESF)’ created by high intensity fire (75 to 100 percent mortality) is the most ecologically diverse and wildlife rich forest habitat type in the Sierra Nevada.” Really? No, not really. Below are a few glaring gaps in their half-truths and faulty logic that just doesn’t pass the smoldering forest smell test.

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Timber family buys 30,000 acres of forest near Gualala

Press Democrat
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A swath of coveted timberland near the town of Gualala is being sold to a Northern California family whose existing forest product interests include the Redwood Empire sawmills in Philo and Cloverdale, where logs from the site have been processed for some 30 years. The Roger Burch family, owner of Redwood Empire and its parent corporation, Pacific States Industries Inc. in San Jose, is expected to close escrow on the property in June, taking possession of nearly 30,000 acres of mixed redwood and Douglas fir at the mouth of the Gualala River currently owned by Gualala Redwoods Inc.

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Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in state climate targets

UC Berkeley
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BERKELEY — A new study quantifying the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands finds that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The findings, published online today in the journal Forest Ecology and Management, came from a collaborative project led by the National Park Service and UC Berkeley. The results could have implications for California’s efforts to meet goals mandated by the state Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. 

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Public lands transfer: Fix problems, don’t start over

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Newspapers around Montana recently reported on a vote by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to facilitate the transfer of our federal public lands to state or private ownership. I hope he changes his mind quickly and goes back to his earlier promises of keeping public lands in public hands…. I struggle to see the reason why it would be beneficial to transfer land to state or private ownership. If history tells us anything, transfers usually lead to less public access. This happened in Arizona in December, when Congress sold U.S. Forest Service land to an Australian mining company.

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Oregon needs better spraying protections (OPINION)

The Oregonian
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Late last month, loggers near Roseburg were harmed by pesticide from a helicopter spraying forestland. The victims were working at a site in Douglas County adjacent to the spray zone. “I had a raincoat on, but I could feel it on my face. I got blisters on my lips and tongue,” said Marty Heyter, a retired logger who had been visiting his sons at the job site when the spray occurred. In the past year, we have heard chilling accounts from people who have suffered after they or their children, animals or drinking water were harmed by helicopter pesticide sprays intended for forestland. The Oregonian has provided strong coverage of incidents in Cedar Valley near Gold Beach, Douglas County and elsewhere.

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Roger Phillips: Public lands deserve protection, not liquidation

Idaho Statesman
April 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Like many people, I was bewildered that U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently voted in favor of a resolution that could allow the transfer of federal lands to states. For the record, I think it’s a long shot at best the federal government will ever transfer title of its lands, but I will get to that later. It still concerns me that Idaho’s two senators are deaf to Idahoans’ loud-and-clear message to protect and preserve our public lands. …What’s equally baffling is why these two senators would vote for this misguided legislation. Both have shown leadership and wisdom in managing federal lands.

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Resurrecting the Debris of Bygone Maine Log Drives for a New Generation of Consumers

MPBN News
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine – Before there was a road system, timber … was transported by river. … and floated … to sawmills downstream. But not all of the logs arrived at their final destination – a portion sank to the bottom of a lake used as a temporary holding pool. …Shafer has been working on a timber resurrection project for almost five years now. … The wood must be retrieved, transported, tumbled clean, and milled. The logs are pulled up from the silty bottom of nearby Quakish Lake – the same lake where, 150 years ago, naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote notes for his journal as he paddled across. “This wood was cut before the civil war!” Shafer says.

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DNR wants more green for trees: Officials tout Dayton proposal for more forestry money

Bemidji Pioneer
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BEMIDJI– Officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry Division on Wednesday promoted an idea from Gov. Mark Dayton to add $2 million a year to the division’s $24 million annual budget over the next biennium. Forrest Boe, head of the DNR’s Forestry Division, told reporters on a press conference call that the potential budget boost would help make state-owned forests more sustainable and productive, increase the DNR’s ability to respond to forest health threats like the emerald ash borer, and modernize the agency’s data collection efforts.

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Obama bat protection decried as ploy to thwart oil and gas extraction, logging

The Washington Times
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A tiny brown bat known for its long ears is giving the creeps to those fearful of its potential to make jobs in the East and Midwest disappear. …House Natural Resources Committee Chair Rob Bishop connected the dots in a statement issued after the agency’s March 31 ruling, accusing the Obama administration of wielding the listing as a weapon against economic development on behalf of a species threatened not by industrial activity but by disease. “This decision flouts transparency and will fail to mitigate the real menace to this species, which is a disease called white nose syndrome — not human activities,” the Utah Republican said.

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Chinese logjam stunts forest harvest

Radio New Zealand
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Industry Contractors Association says a continuing log jam in the main Chinese market has led to the harvesting of logs from farm forests drying up in New Zealand. The association’s chief executive, John Stulen, said four-and-a-half million cubic metres of wood was sitting in ports in China, resulting in lack of demand and a drop in prices. He said a trying aspect of conditions at the moment was that the farm forestry log market had collapsed. “Prices in China are just not high enough to support the harvesting in small forests, because of the high fixed costs to do with putting in roads and extracting wood.” He said apart from those with long-term contracts, small forestry harvesting had more or less shut down.

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144ft beech in Sussex named Britain’s tallest native tree

Beech tree on the South Downs in West Sussex is thought to be almost 200 years old and beat the previous champion by 3ft
The Guardian
April 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A beech tree standing 144ft (44 metres) high has been declared the tallest native tree in Britain. The tree, which is thought to be almost 200 years old, stands in Newtimber Woods on the National Trust’s Devil’s Dyke Estate in West Sussex, in the South Downs landscape. The discovery of a new record for the tallest native tree title was made by Owen Johnson, the honourable registrar for the Tree Register, a charity which holds records of more than 200,000 exceptional trees in Britain and Ireland. He was alerted to the possible new champion, one of a clump of trees planted together which has achieved its great height by continued competition to reach the light and being allowed to grow unmanaged for 90 years, by dendrologist Peter Bourne.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New Brunswick looks to tides and forests as power sources

Capital costs main hurdle to introducing technologies like tidal power and regional biomass plants.
CBC News
April 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick’s forests and tides are regularly marketed as tourist attractions, but renewable energy experts say they could both play an important role in reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions. A 2012 study carried out by forester Stéphane Bouchard said that byproducts from the wood industry in New Brunswick have the potential to generate up to 500 megawatts of power. “That amount of energy would represent about one third of the electrical baseload of the province,” said Bouchard. “Everywhere in New Brunswick has the potential to use biomass for energy. Basically because there is forest everywhere in New Brunswick.”

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EIA annual outlook predicts bioenergy growth

Biomass Magazine
April 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), which presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040 based on six different cases that reflect updated scenarios for crude oil prices. The six cases include the reference case, low and high economic growth, low and high oil price, and high oil and gas resource. The AEO2015 reference case predicts renewable electricity generation will increase by 72 percent from 2013 to 2040, accounting for more than one-third of new generation capacity. The total share of renewable generation is expected to grow from 13 percent in 2013 to 18 percent in 2040.

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Global Biomass Market Forecast – Assessment of Opportunities, Trends and Challenges 2014-2023

PR Newswire
April 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LONDON — Over the years to come, biomass will grow within the biopower, biofuels, and bioproduct sectors. About 70% of all biomass in the world is used in the residential sector, while 14% is used in industry and 11% is transformed into electricity, heat, or another energy carrier such as liquid fuel or biogas. Under the present market conditions, the majority of available renewable power resources including biomass power are yet to become cost competitive compared to non-renewable resources including coal and natural gas. Going forward, benefits from national level programs, energy efficiency incentives, and financial incentives targeting the expansion of the renewables market will create demand for additional biomass power capacity globally between 2013 and 2035. 

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