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Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

Froggy Foibles

A delicious way to eat pine. (Yes, as in the tree.)

Bangor Daily News
April 17, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

The mighty pine tree. The symbol of Maine, our official state tree, a major driver of our economy, and a constant companion in our landscapes and vistas. …Pine is an excellent source of vitamin C, something we could all probably use after our never-ending winter. Because my husband and I moved to our farm late last summer, we didn’t have time to do much gardening. Although we have no early spring greens to harvest or overwintered parsnips to dig up, we do have many acres of woods with ample trees and plants to forage, including white pine, and with spring finally arriving this week I decided to go out and harvest some pine needles.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Expera asks city for massive tax break on Old Town mill

Bangor Daily News
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — The new owners of the local pulp mill are asking for a $43.7 million reduction in the valuation of its facility and city leaders decided this week to hire a company to revalue the property, City Assessor Travis Roy said Friday. “This action was taken in response to the mill’s owner, Expera Specialty Solutions, filing for a tax abatement on Feb. 2, 2015. Expera asserts that the Old Town Mill is worth $7.3 million,” Roy said in an email. “The city of Old Town had the mill real and personal property assessed at just over $51 million last year.”

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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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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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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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Second fire safety bill prompted by Edgewater blaze

NJ Advance Media
April 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A state senator has proposed a second bill to tighten New Jersey’s building standards in the wake of the massive Avalon at Edgewater fire in January. State Sen. Brian Stack, D-Hudson, submitted the legislation last month to strengthen firewall standards in all new multi-family construction. The measure also would limit the use of lightweight wood frame construction from four stories to three. In a statement accompanying the bill, Stack called the reforms “sensible” responses to help limit the spread of fires in multi-family buildings. He did not respond to requests for comment by NJ Advance Media.

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Big Wood

Michael Green Architecture and Hines back engineered lumber in Minneapolis.
The Architect’s Newspaper
April 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Minneapolis’ Warehouse District may soon be home to a milestone in wood construction. Designed by Michael Green Architecture, real estate firm Hines Interests’ proposed T3 office tower (T3 stands for timber, technology, and transit) would be the tallest mass timber building in the United States. The seven-story, 263,000-square-foot office block includes a concrete and steel foundation and first floor, plus an additional six floors constructed from engineered wood—primarily glulam and cross-laminated timber. The exterior is clad in corrugated weathering steel punctuated by large windows. On the interior, exposed mass timber beams recall heavy timber construction.

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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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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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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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Grants for invasive plants

Castanet
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is distributing more than $1.7 million in grant money to help control the spread of invasive plant species around the province. The money will be divvied up into 29 grants and given to regional invasive species committees, local governments and the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia. This funding is in addition to the $735,000 already allocated by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for invasive plant control and management in 2015-16.

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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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200 hectare forest fire northwest of Kenora threatens two lodges

Kenora #005 is also burning close to the Caribou Falls hydro dam, on the English River.
CBC News
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire burning 68 kilometres northwest of Kenora is threatening two lodges, and is very close to the Caribou Falls hydroelectric dam on the English River. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry estimates Kenora fire #005 to be at about 200 hectares. MNRF Communication specialist Jonathon Scott says 10 fire ranger crews are assigned to Kenora #005. “Values protection has been set up on two tourist camps in the area, and they are about half a kilometre to one kilometre west of the fire,” said Scott.

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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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Why Apple bought a forest

Fortune
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Leaving no footprint isn’t easy when you sell 300 million devices a year. I once saw Al Gore pantomime a Paul Bunyan-size giant stomping across Brazil, destroying old-growth rainforest at the rate of 1.5 acres a second. That forest-destroying lumberjack came to mind when I heard about Apple’s plan to reduce the company’s “virgin paper footprint” by buying a forest. Two forests, actually — 3,600 acres in North Carolina and 32,400 acres in Aroostook County, Maine, a place with almost as many o’s as people.

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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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Judge rejects Sierra Pacific attempt to throw out Moonlight fire settlement

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

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday rejected claims that misconduct by prosecutors hoodwinked the federal court into approving a $100 million settlement over the massive Moonlight fire eight years ago. The ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb deals a major setback to timber giant Sierra Pacific Industries, which contends it has been unfairly blamed for the inferno that devastated huge swaths of Plumas and Lassen national forests after it was sparked on Labor Day 2007. In a 63-page order, the judge declared that Sierra Pacific had not proved its claims and that most of the evidence it cited in its motion to vacate the settlement was known to its lawyers before that time.

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BLM developing first watershed-wide assessment for Marysville area

Helena Independent Record
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment while it develops work plans in the Marysville area. …Among the management concerns already identified are fuel buildups posing a risk of fire, food storage in grizzly bear management zones, riparian restoration, timber harvests, noxious weeds, grazing permit renewals and a possible reroute of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. …The assessment will be the first watershed-wide planning for the Marysville area under a 2009 BLM regional management plan. …BLM would be mostly reactive to dead and falling lodgepole while more proactive in thinning fir stands, he said.

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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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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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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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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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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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For Connecticut’s Pine Trees, a New Insect Threat Emerges

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

Asian Longhorned Beetles, Emerald Ash Borers, Hemlock Woolly Adelgids: all these bugs pose threats to trees in Connecticut. Now, you can add another bug to that list: the southern pine beetle. “It’s certainly kind of disheartening to get another pest, yet again, attacking our forests,” said Connecticut state entomologist Kirby Stafford. Southern pine beetles were first seen in Connecticut last month in Wallingford. Since then, they’ve also popped up in Litchfield and Hartford counties. Last year, the bugs turned up in surprisingly high numbers in Long Island.

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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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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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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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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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New funding to address knowledge gaps in tackling Scotland’s tree diseases

The Scottish Forestry Trust has launched a fund to support postgraduate research on tree health issues in Scotland.
Horticulture Week
April 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Supported by a contribution from Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the Tree Health Scotland Bursary Award Scheme will offer 50 per cent support for research addressing tree pest and pathogen issues of current or future concern. The Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce noted in 2013 that significant knowledge gaps in epidemiology, surveying and surveillance and detection of tree pests and diseases remain, coupled with a decline in scientific expertise. The trust’s chairman Guy Watt said: “Together with Forestry Commission Scotland we will be able to support important new research for Scotland and help in building capacity for future scientific expertise.”

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Russian Ecologists Warn Summer Could See Repeat of 2010 Wildfires – or Worse

The Moscow Times
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With fires already raging across parts of Siberia, Russia can expect “catastrophic” wildfires as bad as or worse than those that devastated parts of the country in summer 2010, some environmental experts say. A mild winter with little snowfall, the early onset of spring with Moscow recording its warmest Easter in over a decade, the aftermath of last year’s drought in European Russia and shortfalls in wildfire prevention in the country paint a bleak picture. “All of Russia’s regions are at a higher than average risk of wildfire outbreaks this year,” Greenpeace forestry expert Alexei Yaroshenko said, with “guaranteed” fires in Siberia and the Far East.

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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. carbon tax gets international attention

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
April 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark met Friday with the finance ministers of China, India, the U.S. and other G20 countries to tell them about the success of B.C.’s carbon tax on fuels. …Countries around the world are looking for greenhouse gas reduction strategies before the next UN climate conference in Paris next December, and Clark said there was keen interest in B.C.’s experience. …Clark said B.C. will soon appoint a panel of “thought leaders” to see where the province can make further gains in greenhouse gas reduction. 

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Scientists create bigger, faster-growing trees in a bid to beat climate change

Experts at Manchester University altered two genes to accelerate growth in poplar trees and say the research could help crop production and renewable energy
The MIrror
April 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Trees that grow twice as fast as normal have been developed by scientists, in a bid to boost renewable energy and tackle climate change.  They manipulated two genes to accelerate cell division in poplar trees, which were also bigger and had more leaves.  The research, published in Current Biology, could boost biomass energy and help climate change-hit areas.  Researcher Prof Simon Turner of the University of Manchester said: “This needs to be tested but offers a potential way forward for one of the most pressing challenges of the day. ”

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