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Business & Politics

Squamish Terminals fire continues to smoulder under timber berth

Shelter order lifted, schools open in Squamish
CBC News
April 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters continue to fight a stubborn fire smouldering under a berth at the Squamish Terminals north of Vancouver on Friday, almost 18 hours after it first was detected. At 10 a.m. PT Friday, officials confirmed the fire was completely contained but the creosote timbers that form the structure under the pier were still burning. An excavator was brought in to pull the asphalt surface off the structure so that firefighters could access the fire. Squamish Terminals vice president Kim Stegeman said the berth is the older of two at the facility and is only used for about 20 per cent of the work on site, primarily for loading wood pulp, timber and steel products.

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TAYLOR: Boat Harbour cleanup far from simple

Chronicle Herald
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fifty million dollars is a lot of money, but it may not be enough to pay for the Boat Harbour cleanup. That’s according to some Pictou County residents in the know who are concerned the effluent in Boat Harbour may be more toxic than anyone knows. On Friday, the provincial government unexpectedly announced it was cutting short Northern Pulp’s lease for the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility. The government will now close the facility by January 2020, rather than the closure date in the original lease, Dec. 31, 2030. The governing Liberals have set aside $52 million to clean up Boat Harbour, which has a nasty reputation as one of the worst toxic messes in the Maritimes.

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Northern Pulp to shut Boat Harbour waste treatment plant in 2020

No word on what will replace Northern Pulp mill’s effluent treatment facility
CBC News
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province of Nova Scotia has set aside $50 million to begin cleaning up the pulp mill waste treatment plant in Boat Harbour, but there are still questions about where the effluent will be treated after the plant is taken offline. “Today’s legislation will call for the closure of the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility by January 2020,” Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Internal Services, said Friday. “I know that seems like a long time, but there is no quick fix to Boat Harbour. It will take several years to complete our remediation planning and several more years to complete the remediation itself.” Kousoulis said remediation planning is well underway. The cleanup could take up to 10 years to complete.

Controversial pulp mill treatment plant near Pictou Landing to close 2020: province from The APTN

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Three investment lessons from the trees

USA Today
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

…I. Lumber prices are a good predictor of stock market volatility. This may sound farfetched, but it’s the subject of an award-winning paper titled “Lumber: Worth Its Weight in Gold – Offense and Defense in Active Portfolio Management,” by Michael Gayed and Charlie Bilello of Pension Partners. In a nutshell: When lumber outperforms gold over the previous 13 weeks, you should be more aggressive in the stock market, and when gold outperforms, you should be more defensive. Why lumber? Lumber prices are a good indicator of the housing market – which, in turn, is a good indicator of the economy as a whole

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Timber companies exporting logs affects Oregon jobs

Letter by Randall Toews
Statesman Journal
April 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…As I understand the situation, private timber companies can legally export logs while timber from public land must be milled in the U.S. Those companies seeking to harvest public timber in order to provide “American jobs” could send their private logs to American lumber mills, thus supporting local communities and jobs. Blaming environmentalists and U.S. government policies for too few jobs in Oregon communities is a bit hypocritical when Oregon private timber is bypassing Oregon mills and being sent overseas.

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Portland’s Forestland Investment Company Ecotrust Named Best for the World

GoLocalPDX
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Nonprofit company B Lab, has officially named the Portland based forestland investment company, Ecotrust, a “B Corp Best for the World.” This is the third year in a row that Ecotrust Forest Management has received this recognition for its work aiding investors and forestland owners to enhance forest health and products. Joining Ecotrust on B Lab’s list are 120 other companies whose services range from waste management to health care. Ecotrust is one of the three companies listed that are based in Oregon.

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Georgia-Pacific plant invests $50 million in plant renovations

The News & Advance
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Georgia-Pacific plant in Big Island is undergoing about $50 million in improvements with its biggest expense being an upgrade to its pulp mill. “The pulp mill is the oldest part of the mill,” said Zoe Myers, public affairs manager for the 124-year-old Georgia-Pacific plant in Big Island. “The projects are aimed to improve reliability and upgrade our technology,” she said. Myers wouldn’t specify what the rest of the money was being used for other than capital projects, saying the information was proprietary.

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Another round of layoffs at former Verso mill

The Ellsworth American
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUCKSPORT — Only a dozen or so workers will remain employed at the local mill site after a round of layoffs by the facility’s new owners, Montreal-based scrap metal recycler AIM Development. After Verso Paper Corp. closed the mill in December, a cadre of employees remained to keep operating a power plant also located at the mill site. AIM continued to operate the plant when it bought the facility from Verso for $58 million in January. That plant burns natural gas, oil and biomass.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

WIDC gets architecture award

Prince George Citizen
April 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George is one of two recipients of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Innovation in Architecture award for 2015. The award recognizes projects that highlight new ways to use wood and steel. WIDC was recognized for its economical and safe features, focusing on wood as an attractive and sustainable material. The architect, Michael Green, is from Vancouver. The Innovation in Architecture award recognizes areas for innovation like research and development, applied use of new technology and altering technology already in existence. Innovation can be showcased for a new project or changing existing technology. END

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Big day in Forks: Large crowd joins ribbon-cutting on Rainforest Arts Center

Peninsula Daily News
April 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — Nearly 200 West End residents packed the new Rainforest Arts Center on Saturday to celebrate the community center’s grand opening. …Monohon pointed out many features of the new building, including exposed wood beams, its accessible location in the Forks downtown and the large space. The building was designed by Matthew Rumbaugh and Boris Srdar of RAC Architecture of Seattle, who created the building to resemble a large circular saw evoking the town’s timber history. Lacquered, exposed wood is evident throughout. A wall of blocks of wood on their sides shows the grain. The exterior is styled with brick, wood and cement shingles made to look like wood.

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Beautiful Jan bicycle is made with a handcrafted wooden frame

Inhabitat
April 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Prague-based Bike Studio Jan developed a beautiful wooden bicycle prototype with a handmade frame crafted from over forty laminated layers of veneer. The single-piece wooden frame, called Skeleton, is constructed with a unique ellipsoid shape without any joints or connections. Jan bicycle workshop founders Jan Mucska and Jan Vidlicka recently unveiled the bicycle in a public showing in Prague….The wooden frame was molded into an ellipsoid shape to improve durability and response against dynamic usage. The lower part of the frame is enlarged to optimize firmness and loading capacity, while the upper part balances the forces affecting the frame.

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$12m lumber imported by UAE in 2014

Trade Arabia
April 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

UAE imported about 15,000 cubic meters of lumber valued at $12 million in 2014, marking its position as an important market for wood, said Roderick Wiles, director of American Hardwood Export Council. He was speaking after the successful conclusion of the Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show, held in Dubai, UAE. …“We have seen 80 per cent growth in the last five years in wood exported to GCC. UAE forms a third biggest trading and processing hub for wood exported here. There are 300 wood processing factories in UAE sending processed wood to Middle East and Africa, as well as London and New York. Thus, UAE forms a very important market, and we see tremendous growth potential in the field of wood trading.”

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Forestry

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Welcomes Four New Board Members Representing Environmental, Social and Economic Interests

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. and OTTAWA, ON –– The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce that four leaders have been elected to the independent Board of Directors. Joining the board are Mary Klein, President and CEO, NatureServe; Guy Gleysteen, Senior VP, Time Inc.; Bettina Ring, State Forester, Virginia; and Steve Bullard, Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University.

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Author talks ground-truthing this Earth Day

Terrace Standard
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Earth Day will see a new book launched at the Heritage Park Museum, Ground-Truthing: Reimagining the Indigenous Rainforests of BC’s North Coast. Northern-based author Derrick Stacey Denholm is interested in the ecology of the north coast and approaches the topic through a fusion of poetry and science. …Ground-Truthing is a scientific method, where a hypothesis is made, and then technicians go out in the field and collect data on the ground to disprove or validate the hypothesis. My idea is based upon the BC Ministry of Forests Biogeoclimatic classification system, developed at UBC, where all of the province’s forests are mapped into different ecosystem types by climate, elevation, plant species, soil types. The entire province was ground-truthed through sample plots by university students and other researchers.

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Guelph’s tree canopy will shrink before it grows

The Guelph Mercury
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GUELPH—The dream and target of a 40 per cent urban forest canopy in Guelph is still alive. But those who know trees and the stress they are under say it won’t be quick and easy. The pressures on the city’s leaf cover, known as the leaf area index, have been severe in recent times. The number of mature trees, and their vital leaf coverage is expected to decline before it increases, says Martin Neumann, Guelph’s manager of parks operations and forestry. Neumann said city council signaled its commitment to the urban forest management plan by voting during budget deliberations to approve the hiring of an additional arborist.

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The Forest Legacy Program: 25 Years of Keeping Working Forests Working

USDA Blog
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres — equivalent in size to two Delawares — are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Enacted through the 1990 Farm Bill’s Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, this voluntary program has proved popular and crucial to aiding states in meeting their forest conservation goals. The first Forest Legacy project was located in Vermont, the 1660-acre Cow Mountain Pond property. Today, 53 states and territories participate. The map below shows program accomplishments through 2014.

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Governor Vetoes Rim Lawmakers’ Federal Takeover Bills

Payson Roundup
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Different governor. Same result. Rim Country’s representatives in the state House continue to provoke more than their fair share of opposition from Gov. Doug Ducey, with several vetoes of bills intended to force the federal government to turn over millions of acres of land to the state of Arizona. Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) and Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) have taken the lead in sponsoring an array of bills that seek to force the federal government to turn over to the state the roughly 42 percent of the land in the state it controls.

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CITY OF OURAY: No easy answer for dead trees

Ouray News
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fifty percent of the landscape around Ouray is on the verge of death. It’s a fact that’s as disturbing to hear as it is to see. The once healthy, green white firs that line the canyon walls have been reduced to crumbling specks of brown rot as the fir engraver beetles complete their feasts. Even more unsettling, according to U.S. Forest Service silviculturist Todd Gardiner: there’s really nothing we can do. On April 9, the West Region Wildfire Council met in Montrose to discuss issues surrounding Ouray’s forest health and what’s being done to protect the public from potential hazards that might arise from the alarming number of dead trees.

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USFS takes on spruce beetle kill

Telluride Daily Planet
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are actively working to remove trees and improve safety in areas affected by spruce beetle infestations. “We can’t stop the spruce beetle infestation; it’s an epidemic,” GMUG Public Affairs Officer Lee Ann Loupe said. “We always have an endemic population, but when it grows and conditions are favorable to the rapid increase in epidemic proportions, that’s when we start seeing large-scale damage.” According to the Forest Service, the Gunnison area has the most active spruce beetle population, but forests in the Grand Mesa and Ouray areas are also affected by both spruce beetle and fir engraver beetle.

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Addressing the real threats to Northern Spotted Owl

American Forest Resource Council
April 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced it will consider changing the status of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) from “threatened” to “endangered” as owl populations continue to decline. The species’ listing in 1990 led to a 90-percent decline in federal timber harvests and restrictions on other forest management activities. 24 million acres of federal land in the Pacific Northwest have largely been set aside for the owl, including 12 million acres of forestland identified as critical habitat. Unfortunately the USFWS’ approach has failed to address the real threats to the species while devastating the socioeconomic health of many rural communities.

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Injunction denial met with pleasure, disappointment

KRBD
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thursday’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against an emergency motion for an injunction to delay the Big Thorne Timber Sale was greeted with pleasure or disappointment, depending on who you talk to. The Ninth Circuit’s rejection of an injunction was just the latest action related to the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. It’s been a drawn-out process, with challenges at each stage leading up to the U.S. Forest Service’s final decision last summer to move forward with the project. Within days of that decision, two coalitions of conservation organizations filed lawsuits in federal court to stop the timber sale, which includes about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest. The groups argue that it’s critical habitat for deer and wolves.

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Foresters busy with prescribed burns to prevent wildfire tragedies

The Missoulian
April 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just a few minutes after he and his crew intentionally set a small patch of bone-dry grass and brush ablaze in a Grant Creek neighborhood on Wednesday morning, Robert Dillon marveled at how quickly the fire spread. “It’s burning like it’s July,” he observed. “It’s scary.” Dillon wasn’t worried though. He and his employees at Robert Dillon Tree and Forestry Service are all highly trained professional wildland firefighters, and they were being paid by the landowner to start a prescribed burn to protect the home in the event of a wildfire.

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Rattlesnake: Logging best for forest health

Letter by Mike Hillis
The Missoulian
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There have been a number of letters to the editor regarding logging in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. Some writers have recommended “just leaving it alone.” Unfortunately, low-elevation forests in the northern Rockies don’t fare well when fires are suppressed and no actions (e.g. thinning, prescribed burning) are taken to remove accumulating fuels. Our recent severe fires demonstrate that. …Montana’s fish and wildlife co-evolved with and therefore are dependent upon natural levels of wildfires and insect outbreaks. Long-term fire suppression, however, has made those disturbances occur less frequently and at higher severities. Some wildlife species have suffered as a result. Restoration logging is a proven method for restoring habitat that more closely mimics historic conditions.

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Egan’s attempt to save Haines forestry office fails in Senate

Juneau Empire
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An attempt by Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, to keep a state forester in Haines was defeated 6-14 in the Alaska Senate on Friday. Egan, whose district includes Haines, included an amendment in a forestry bill that would have required a forester to be “stationed in or within one mile of the state forest resource management area.” Budgets moving forward in the Alaska Legislature call for the elimination of state forestry jobs across Southeast as a cost-cutting measure. The cuts include the closure of the Haines office and the elimination of two forestry jobs there. Haines State Forest, at 286,000 acres, is the second-largest state forest in Alaska.

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Forest Service is mismanaging our public lands

Albuquerque Journal
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The U.S. Forest Service is an example of federal mismanagement. After more than a century of USFS oversight, it is observably clear that the vast majority of our western forests are either burned-out hulks – a result of devastating wildfire fueled by overgrowth – or tinderboxes awaiting a spark. The USFS created this situation in the early 1990s when it began to reduce timber harvesting while simultaneously resuming the suppression of wildfires. Properly structured timber harvesting programs as well as the allowance of fires are both sustainable forest management techniques.

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Fire officials decry timber management procedure as unsafe

The Press Democrat
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mendocino County fire authorities have added their voices to a heated debate over a timber-management practice that poisons unwanted hardwood trees and leaves them to decompose in forests, creating what some say is an increased fire hazard in a state already plagued by tinder-dry conditions in its fourth year of drought. Fire officials are calling for tighter limits on the decades-old practice, which uses chemicals in place of more expensive mechanical means to eliminate the trees. The private timberland company at the center of the debate — Mendocino Redwood Co., which owns more than 10 percent of Mendocino County’s land mass — says the practice is safe, but local fire officials say it effectively adds fuel to an already flammable situation.

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Klamath National Forest Post-Fire Plans Run Into Opposition

Jefferson Public Radio
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly a quarter-million acres of forest burned in last summer’s fires in and around the Klamath National Forest in northern California’s Siskiyou County. The US Forest Service is proposing a recovery plan that includes salvage logging and other elements critics say will damage wildlife habitat and make future fires more likely. The fires burned for the better part of three months late last summer and early fall. After prolonged drought and record high temperatures, much of the area burned at high intensity, leaving little but charred tree trunks and scorched earth. Klamath National Forest supervisor Patricia Grantham says the fires created the equivalent of massive clear cuts.

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Public lands management: States, counties should take charge

Letter by Jim Arney, St. Regis
The Missoulian
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Many of us have reluctantly come to the conclusion that federal management of our public lands is failing. It has failed so miserably that to continue debating piecemeal projects independently from county to county across the west is obvious folly…. I watched and listened to the full hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 24. The committee’s chair, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, had the current situation with federal management correct in her statements. The problem is that the other senators from around the country showed little grasp of the real problem or a solution.

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Montpelier to hold ceremonial planting of chestnut seedling

Associated Press
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ORANGE, Va. — An American chestnut seedling that potentially is resistant to blight will be planted at Montpelier. The ceremonial planting will be held Friday behind the visitor center at President James Madison’s estate in Orange. The planting will honor Tom Dierauf, retired director of research at the Virginia Department of Forestry. The Virginia chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation says Dierauf is a leading woodlands expert who spent much of his career working to develop a chestnut tree that’s resistant to disease.  The foundation is leading an effort to restore the American chestnut to
the nation’s eastern forests. A blight wiped out most of the trees in
the early 20th century.

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CHUCK LEAVELL: Georgia forest landowners are taking a sound approach

GUEST COLUMN: Georgia has 24 million acres of sustainably managed forestland
Albany Herald
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

….On our family farm, we grow trees that are part of Georgia’s 24 million acres of sustainably managed forestland; trees that filter our air and water, provide homes to wildlife and give us beautiful views and places to play. Using time honored methods and modern scientific tools, we nurture our trees. We plant them one by one, tend them, groom them and selectively harvest them so that the whole grows on, so that our children, grandchildren and kids yet to be dreamed of will know the riches of this amazing, renewable resource.

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Tree killer captured, say Boston police

Associated Press
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BOSTON — Boston police say they have arrested a 65-year-old man they believe is the infamous “Brighton Tree Ninja.” Infamous, because for several years, someone has been periodically killing or damaging young trees that were planted in the Brighton section of the city, CBS Boston reported. Flyers posted in the neighborhood have warned residents about the “master of evasion” who has cost the community thousands of dollars in tree removal spending, according to the station. “The tree killer has now moved on to damaging and destroying flowering shrubs and bushes. YOURS COULD BE NEXT,” the poster reads.

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Northern MN State Forest Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

CBS News
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MINNEAPOLIS — Fire crews have the upper hand on a fire that has burned thousands of acres in a northern Minnesota state forest. The wildfire in Beltrami Island State Forest, just south of Warroad, broke out on Wednesday. Since then, nearly 5,000 acres have been burned. But thanks to over 100 firefighters and cooler and wetter weather, the fire is now considered to be 80 percent contained Monday morning.  Fire officials say it’s rare to see a fire of this size this early in
the year. They say if this fire had happened two weeks from now the
outcome could have been much worse.   There’s actually still frost several inches underground.

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Gov. Dayton’s budget proposal supports healthy, vital forests

Herald Review
April 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Minnesotans will be able to recreate and work in healthier, more productive state forests under a budget proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The governor’s proposal will enable the DNR’s Forestry Division to expand on-the-ground field activities to increase the biological diversity and economic productivity of state forests; provide safer state forest roads and bridges; and address statewide pest outbreaks more rapidly and effectively. It will also upgrade technology systems so accurate state forest data can be collected and used to make sound management decisions.

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Demand for rubber ‘threatens forest’

April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study. Tropical forests are being cleared for rubber plantations, putting endangered birds, bats and primates at risk, say UK researchers. By 2024, up to 8.5 million hectares of new rubber plantations will be needed to meet demand, they report in Conservation Letters. This could have a “catastrophic” impact on wildlife, they warn. Species such as the endangered white-shouldered ibis, yellow-cheeked crested gibbon and clouded leopard could lose precious habitat

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Demand for rubber ‘threatens forest’

April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study. Tropical forests are being cleared for rubber plantations, putting endangered birds, bats and primates at risk, say UK researchers. By 2024, up to 8.5 million hectares of new rubber plantations will be needed to meet demand, they report in Conservation Letters. This could have a “catastrophic” impact on wildlife, they warn. Species such as the endangered white-shouldered ibis, yellow-cheeked crested gibbon and clouded leopard could lose precious habitat

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A video shot from a dashboard camera shows cars driving through a forest fire in Russia’s Republic of Khakassia

Sputnik News
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ari Phillips Got It Wrong

Executive Editor Tim Portz responds to a recently published blog story he appeared in that fails to accurately tell the story of the wood pellet industry.
Biomass Magazine
April 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

About two weeks ago, against my better judgement I agreed to speak with Ari Phillips a senior climate reporter from Climate Progress, an online climate science news outlet. He offered that he wanted to get some background on the pellet industry. I did a cursory check of their website and agreed to speak with him. I’m now regretting it. Ari’s headline says it all and I suspect that somewhere there is a machine that is optimized to produce sensationalized headlines about the wood pellet industry. Ari went with “American Companies are Shipping Millions of Trees to Europe, And It’s a Renewable Energy Nightmare”.

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Yakima company will design generator that converts wood waste to energy

Yakima Herald Republic
April 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A Yakima nonprofit that employs the disabled will receive nearly $100,000 in grant money to design a biomass boiler, and both forest managers and local employers stand to benefit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a Wood Innovations grant to Yakima Specialties, one of two Washington state projects selected to share funding from a wood-related grant program that tops $9 million. The federal award amounts to $97,400, which Yakima Specialties will augment with a $64,500 match.

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Timbervest provides insight on pellet production, export activity

Biomass Magazine
April 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Timbervest LLC, an Atlanta-based company that manages timberland assets and investments, has been actively selling and purchasing timberland acreage in a variety of states. “We just completed investing our last Timbervest Partners III fund, which was a $410 million fund,” said Bill Boden, chief investment officer with Timbervest. “We’re now back in acquisition mode, looking for different deals around the country that meet our investment criteria.”

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General

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

MPBN
April 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

…Bumping down the long, rutted trail in a four-wheel drive truck, the giant mounds looming ahead don’t look like much. But there are the remains of maple, pine, oak and birch trees that were cut from the Maine woods a century or more ago. “The wood comes out and it looks like that in those piles of mud and it looks like construction debris, kind of,” says Tom Shafer, co-founder of Maine Heritage Timber. In these piles, Shafer sees tables, walls, doors, bars and floors in rustic, trendy restaurants and hotels in Boston and New York. And a major selling point is that there isn’t any wood quite like it anywhere else in the world.

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