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Daily Archives: April 21, 2015

Business & Politics

UPDATE: Catalyst fire caused by overheated bearing

Alberni Valley News
April 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An overheated bearing was the cause of the Catalyst paper mill fire the night of April 16. “The Catalyst fire apparently started they believe by an overheated bearing on one of the rollers,” Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley said. “They are replacing the bearing and the entire roller.” The fire broke out at the No. 5 machine during regular operation just before 11 p.m. on April 26. “You have this really big, heavy roller that’s flying around at a really high speed so when the bearings start to develop some friction they building up a lot of heat.”

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Sino-Forest defence lawyers’ bill a ‘staggering’ $41-million

Globe and Mail
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Defence lawyers for Sino-Forest Corp. and some of the collapsed forestry firm’s former directors and senior executives have billed $41-million in legal costs over the past four years, an amount that lawyers for burned shareholders call “staggering” and “astonishing.” The once $6-billion Chinese forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange sank after a short-seller alleged it was a “Ponzi scheme” in June, 2011, resulting in fraud allegations from the Ontario Securities Commission and a $9-billion class action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders.

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Pic River announces major investment in forestry

Anishinabek News
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PIC RIVER FIRST NATION – The Pic River First Nation announced today a major investment in forestry purchasing harvesting equipment which will be used to supply area mills with needed fiber. The investment totals $2.5 million dollars. “We are pleased to announce that Pic River will be purchasing harvesters and forwarders from Ponsse. The equipment will add harvesting capacity for the region and in doing so, support area mill operations. It will create new community based jobs and support our expansion into other value added activities such as wood pellet production, sawmilling and commercial/residential firewood supplies.”, said Chief Duncan Michano.

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Two Timber ETFs Felled Post Apple’s Forest Buy

Investors.com
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Timber! Two ETFs haven’t felt the halo effect of Apple’s massive forest buy. The exchange traded funds, which track the timber industry, fell after the Cupertino, Calif.-based company announced its green move Thursday. They continue to languish in intraday trade Monday.  Apple’s deal with The Conservation Fund to buy 36,000 acres of forest in Maine and North Carolina is more than another smart green move . It could ensure sustainable paper-based packaging for its hot-selling Mac computer and iPhone product lines. The day after stock market news of Apple’s initiative, $293.2 million iShares Global Timber & Forestry gave up 1.06% on Friday.

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Gold, Lumber and Their Impact on Stocks

How these two dissimilar assets may matter to markets. And why Mark Mobius likes Japan.
Barron’s
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

I suspect that few individual investors have thought much about lumber prices lately. And I’m willing to wager that only a tiny subject of those few lumber-aware investors have been thinking about the relationship between lumber and gold and what their behavior in comparison to each other portends for the stock market. According to Charlie Bilello, the research director at Pension Partners, an investment advisory firm, much can be learned from the interplay between these two seemingly dissimilar assets.

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Enviva Partners touts European alternative energy initiatives

Reuters
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW YORK – The European Union’s so-called 20-20-20 mandate – by 2020 to reduce global CO2 emissions by 20%, source 20% of energy from renewable, and increase energy efficiency by 20% – is working its way through the US equity capital markets… Nearer-term, investors will be given an opportunity to invest in the still nascent business of producing utility-grade wood-pellets through the upcoming IPO of Enviva Partners, following the launch this morning of an IPO targeting as much as US$210m.

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Södra raises price of hardwood pulp

Lesprom
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Södra is replacing the contracting premium for hardwood pulp that has been in place since 10 February with a corresponding price increase of SEK 25 ($2.9) per m3sub effective as of 15 April, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “The mild and wet winter, in combination with the clearing of storm-felled wood, have led to a weaker flow of hardwood at the same time as demand for the material is favourable. The price increase applies to hardwood pulp and sawable hardwood.

Södra’s
offer for hardwood remains strong, providing the basis for a
high level of activity at the hardwood mill,” says Håkan Larsson,
President, Södra Skog. – See more at:
http://www.lesprom.com/en/news/Sdra_raises_price_of_hardwood_pulp_67312/#sthash.VJyjxANP.dpuf

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World Bank approves a $40.71 million loan to Belarus

Pulp and Paper News
April 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank recently approved a US$40.71 million loan to the Republic of Belarus for a new Forestry Development Project designed to enhance silvicultural management, reforestation and afforestation, increase the use of felling residues, and increase the overall contribution of forests to sustainable development. The project is also financed by a grant from the Global Environment Facility in the amount of US$2.74 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Students’ residential designs win both awards in national contest

Arch One College of Architecture
April 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Second-year environmental design students at Texas A&M swept a national residential design competition sponsored by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, placing first and second. The winning designs of a contemporary, single-family home resplendent with generous use of Eastern White Pine were created by Jack Searcy and Rebeca Diaz in a studio led by Ahmed Ali, assistant professor of architecture. …The contest jury selected the winning two entries for demonstrating a thorough understanding of lumber design practices, specifications and pricing. Searcy and Diaz each designed a 24,000 square-foot residence for a site near downtown Bryan.

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Swap steel, concrete, and brick for wood – wooden buildings are cheaper and cleaner

Architecture and Design
April 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tonnes of these modern materials every year. They have many valuable properties, but are energy-intensive to create, accounting for around 16% of the entire planets’ fossil fuel production. Instead we could be using wood, which is also strong, renewable, and plentiful – we use only a fraction of the world’s available forestry resources. Our research, published in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, estimated that the world’s forest contain about 385 billion cubic metres of wood, with an additional 17 billion cubic metres growing each year.

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Forestry

Stephen Hume: Port Alberni water fight has political implications

By Stephen Hume
Vancouver Sun
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unexpected opposition: When a industry town like Port Alberni fights logging, politicians had better listen. …To complicate matters, Port Alberni doesn’t control its water source. The watershed is owned by Island Timberlands LP, a private company that generates annual revenue of $16.5 million from more than 250,000 hectares of private forest, 75,000 hectares of which surround the town. Timber prices are up. Island Timberlands responded by accelerating cut in the watershed from which Port Alberni draws drinking water. Now, even here in a gritty town with deep roots in the forest industry, opposition to business as usual is heard.

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Moose decline follows that of forest industry

Chronicle Journal
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the late 1990s, forest harvesting in the Northwest region (Kenora to Geraldton) supported 10 pulp and paper mills and at least as many sawmills and other significant production facilities. In 2002/03 the forest harvest in the province was 230,000 hectares, with a substantial portion of this in the Northwest region.  Today there are three pulp and paper mills and a similar number of other significant processing plants operating in the Northwest. In 2008/09 the forest harvest in the province had dropped 55 per cent to 125,000 hectares. …It is no coincidence then, that the decline in the moose population has
followed the dramatic fall of the forest industry and the significant
reduction in harvesting in the North.

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U.S. Forest Service Expands Access to Youth Conservation Corps Program

USDA Forest Service
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service is announcing new Youth Conservation Corps job opportunities on national forests throughout the country. Young people from across the United States are encouraged to apply for these jobs at a local forest or with a partner organization. Some residential YCC opportunities are also available for selected applicants. …he YCC and a previous companion program, the Young Adult Conservation Corps, has launched the careers of many Forest Service employees and has had a profound impact on the personal and professional development of people across the country, including Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

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Two Sides Celebrates Earth Day with Good News about Paper and Sustainable Forestry

What They Think
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Chicago – Two Sides North America announces the release of an engaging infographic that presents key facts about the relationship between Paper and Sustainable Forestry, and encourages people to share it in celebration of Earth Day (April 22, 2015). The wise use of the world’s forests is critical to our survival and a healthy environment. …We are often led to believe that using paper is bad for the environment and that forest practices always lead to eroded lands and fewer trees—not so in North America! …By demanding sustainably produced forest products we create incentive to properly manage forests and preserve forested lands for future generations.

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Largest Forest Service Restoration Initiative Reaches Milestone

USDA Forest Service
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said today that the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the largest landscape-scale restoration initiative of its kind, has reached a pivotal milestone towards achieving accelerated forest restoration on more than 500,000 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and grasslands in Arizona. Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart and Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams signed the final decision document for the project’s first Environmental Impact Statement on April 17th.

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Forest Supervisors Sign Off on First Phase of 4FRI

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

Supervisors with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have given final approval of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the program will restore forest health and decrease wildfire danger. Nearly 600,000 acres will be treated on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests as part of the first phase of 4FRI. Mechanical thinning and prescribed burns will take place across a majority of that area along with watershed restoration and animal habitat improvement.

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Insuring against wildfire

The Register-Guard
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon has carried wildfire insurance for the past four decades, and in that period the state has collected $44 million more in claims than it has paid in premiums. With that claims history, it’s no surprise that the premium has climbed. Indeed, the surprise is that Oregon was able to buy this form of insurance for any price this year. The state should begin to prepare for a time when coverage is not available by building an emergency wildfire reserve fund and stepping up efforts to reduce the severity of forest fires. Lloyds of London has been Oregon’s wildfire insurance underwriter, and the company agreed to provide insurance again this year. It won’t be cheap — the premium is $3.75 million, about twice the level in the past. And the deductible has gone up to $50 million from $20 million. After the deductible, Lloyds will cover $25 million in firefighting costs.

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Not impressed with Daines

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I’m a recent transplant to Montana. One of the main reasons I moved here was the beauty of this state and the freedom to explore its wild places. I was very disheartened, therefore, to see my new senator, Steve Daines, cast a vote that threatens Montana’s public lands and its outdoor heritage. The Senate budget amendment, which passed 51-49, would create a “reserve fund” to facilitate the sale, transfer or exchange of federal lands.  While the amendment spares our national parks, preserves and monuments,
it puts at risk all of Montana’s cherished wilderness areas and wildlife
refuges. Among many, Daines’ vote threatens gems like the
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Charles M. Russell National
Wildlife Refuge.

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State control over fed land inches closer

Outdoor, conservation groups oppose bill
The Durango Herald
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – The Colorado Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would clarify state jurisdiction over federal lands. A final vote in the Senate could come as early as Tuesday before the bill heads to the Democrat-controlled House, where the measure would face a rocky road. Senate Bill 39 would allow Colorado to exercise authority along with the federal government over federal public lands. “This is about clarifying both the federal and the state law by putting in current definitions and codifying what is already practiced at the federal level but is often ignored,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs.

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Bigfork logger named logger of the year

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

The Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative recently named Greg Cook Logging of Bigfork as the 2015 Logger of the Year. The award was presented April 14 during the Minnesota Logger Education Program conference in Tower. “Greg Cook Logging exemplifies the significant and unique contribution the state’s timber harvesters provide Minnesota’s economy, wildlife and healthy forests” Tim O’Hara, vice president of forest policy with Minnesota Forest Industries, said in a release. Greg Cook started the logging business in the 1970s in the Bigfork area. In 2006, his son, Clinton, purchased the business from his father. Minnesota’s woods and timber harvesting were not unfamiliar ground to Clinton; he had worked alongside his dad since he was in the eighth grade.

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Letter: Another perspective on forestry management in Oregon

NR Today
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While Kevin Kehoe and I share much in common — we are both foresters with deep ties to this region — I have to take issue with his conclusions about the use of herbicides in forestry. There is nothing more important to me than protecting forestland in Oregon. I spent my career utilizing adaptive management of forests to maximize environmental protection through the most recent science, while ensuring access to our state’s most abundant resource: wood. I’m proud to say we had tremendous success doing this, which is why the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has identified forestland as having the highest water quality in the state.

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In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

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

In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for potential geothermal power development. Companies would then be able to apply for permits to build power plants that would harness the heat beneath the surface to spin turbines and generate electricity. All of this would be taking place in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state. Industrial-scale geothermal power has been a dream clean energy source since the 1970s. Large geothermal plants are online in California and Nevada, but in the volcanic Pacific Northwest, the Earth’s heat has been mainly tapped for small-scale, local heating needs, not big-time electricity generation.

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Forest-fire season has arrived in Kamloops region

Kamloops This Week
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, US West, Canada West

Four human-caused blazes kept forestry firefighters in the Kamloops Fire Centre busy over the weekend. The closest to Kamloops was a one-hectare fire on Greenstone Mountain. Crews were back at it yesterday mopping up. In the North Thompson, a 1.5-hectare blaze that started Sunday was extinguished by provincial crews with the help of Clearwater Fire Department. Two other fires in the South Okanagan — one 13 hectares and the other 80 hectares — were also attacked by ministry crews.

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Southeast Alaska needs no return to industrial logging of Tongass land

Alaska Dispatch News
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass Advisory Committee, convened by the U.S. Forest Service to discuss management of the Tongass in a time of transition from old-growth logging, is set to offer recommendations soon. Southeast Alaska has a diverse economy and timber represents just a fraction of the economic activity that keeps our small towns alive. The transition from old-growth logging began in the mid-1990s with the closure of the Sitka and Ketchikan pulp mills. Southeast Alaska has not had industrial-scale timber harvest on the Tongass for two decades, and our communities have, through creative work and flexible thought, proven that they can thrive without it.

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Plan to thin, save 600,000 acres of forest

AZ Central
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The environmental review gives an OK to thinning, planned burns and other work to preserve overgrown forests from fire. But infrastructure challenges continue. A plan to save huge areas of Arizona’s forest from devastating wildfires cleared its highest hurdle yet with final approval of an environmental review that will allow the government and private businesses to remove small trees through logging and prescribed burning. The plan, the largest landscape-level forest restoration project in the U.S., comes after years of negotiation among federal agencies, environmental groups and businesses.

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RE: No “Young Growth Management” on the Tongass

Letter to the Editor
Sit News
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kudos to Mr. Pickrell for his garden. He and I apparently have in common a liking for raspberries. And it does seem like Alaska is treated as little more than a colony when the US Dept. Of Agriculture sends an endless roster of Regional Foresters, Supervisors and District Rangers selected from a bureaucratic hierarchy of non-Alaskans to oversee Tongass management that increasingly relies on round log export. Furthermore, as a sawmill owner who mills predominately old growth logs from dead and down trees I would not be in favor eliminating logging of all old growth if that elimination included the dead and down.

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Logging of Big Thorne trees in Tongass can begin, court rules

Alaska Dispatch News
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A mill on Prince of Wales Island was cleared to begin felling trees last week under a court ruling in the fight over a timber sale in Tongass National Forest. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied a motion by conservation groups for an emergency injunction, which would have halted the Big Thorne timber sale in Southeast Alaska while the court considered the groups’ appeal of its recent decision to uphold the sale. Environmental plaintiffs include Greenpeace, Cascadia Wildlands and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

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State land-grab is enough to be called treason

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

Treason – from the Latin traditio and the French trader – means “to hand over or betray.” Merriam’s 11th further defines treason as “the betrayal of a trust: treachery.” Sadly, I can think of no more apt term to describe the intent of Colorado Senate Bill 232. The purpose of SB 232 is to pave the way (via a taxpayer-funded committee) to “hand over” America’s pride of public lands to state control – in preparation for further “handing over” from the state to private for-profit interests, via leasing and outright sale, thereby deleting the public from public lands.

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Oregon House Committee gets Forestry’s attention

NW Timber Blog
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, withdrew HB 3210 after he reported that he received a letter from Board of Forestry Chair Tom Imeson and State Forester Doug Decker. Imeson and Decker’s letter indicates that they received the message HB3210 and proposed amendments were seeking. Their letter promises to expedite the process of developing a new plan for the State Forests based on the recommendations of a BOF subcommittee recommendation to change the previous Structure Based Management to a new 70-30 strategy.

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Janaki Alavalapati named dean of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

American Bazaar
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, DC: Janaki Alavalapati, head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech, has been named dean of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, effective May 27. Dr. Alavalapati has an outstanding record of accomplishments in a range of disciplines, including forest resources, the environment and new energy solutions, as well as a wealth of experience with national and international governmental agencies,” said Auburn University Provost Timothy Boosinger, in a statement.

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Greens hope Forestry Tasmania report spells end for government-owned business

ABC News, Australia
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The future of Forestry Tasmania remains under a cloud as the State Government commits to detail its plans for the company before the May budget. The company has been reviewed by officials from Treasury, State Growth and the Premier’s Department. Three weeks ago they handed their report to the Government but there has been no formal word on what it recommends. Unions claimed Forestry staff had been left in the dark. Greens Leader Kim Booth wanted the review released today and said he hoped it recommended killing off the government-owned company.

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A Thousand Angry Women Say No to Genetically Engineered Trees

Huffington Post The Blog
April 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

[Protesters] descended on a facility in Brazil where the biotechnology company, FuturaGene, was growing genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. Later that day, a meeting of the Brazilian Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) was scheduled to announce their decision about whether or not to allow commercial release of the GE eucalyptus. …They made clear their determination to prevent the release of GE eucalyptus because they have direct experience with the harms resulting from existing large plantations of non-GE eucalyptus …Here in the USA… it was revealed that the USDA had given GE tree company ArborGen the green light to pursue commercialization of their GE loblolly pine simply by refusing to regulate it

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New forestry model adds ‘huge value’

Radio New Zealand News
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Fonterra milk co-operative model that’s created billions of dollars for farmers is being proposed for M?ori-owned forestry. The Mayor of the Far North District Council, John Carter, said the proposed model has huge potential and he is pushing his council to support it. Mr Carter said the co-operative proposed by the group Toit? Te Waonui would give M?ori, especially those with multiply-owned land, more returns on their underdeveloped whenua. He said it sets up a structure that gives a return to those who have invested in it and has “huge value”, not only for Northland, but for the rest of the country as well.

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Feds should not save Forestry Tas: Greens

The Australian
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CANBERRA has been dragged into a tussle about the future of Tasmania’s government-owned logging business. THE Greens at both state and federal level on Tuesday called on Tony Abbott’s government not to bail out the ailing Forestry Tasmania, as doubt is cast over its future. Tasmania’s Liberal government has been given a review of the company, with the report’s contents yet to be made public. Premier Will Hodgman says there will be an announcement soon about “serious reforms” to the business.

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