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Daily Archives: April 30, 2015

Business & Politics

Stella-Jones to buy Ontario wood treatment company Ram Forest; shares surge

Montreal Gazette
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones is expanding its wood treating capabilities for the residential lumber market, saying it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Ontario supplier Ram Forest Group and Ramfor Lumber for an undisclosed price. Ram Forest subsidiaries operate treating facilities in Gormley and Peterborough that generated about $90 million in sales last year. A wood milling plant operated by the company in Uxbridge is not part of the transaction. The deal announced Wednesday is expected to close in October 2015. Shares of Montreal-based Stella-Jones (TSX:SJ) hit an all-time high of $44.27 after the company announced strong first-quarter results.

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Paper Excellence expected to restart Chetwynd in May

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reports out of Chetwynd, B.C. suggest that the town’s idled pulp and paper mill is about to restart. According to a story in Business in Vancouver, Paper Excellence plans to reopen the mill as early as May 1st. The former Tembec mill has been shut down since September of 2012. The report was unconfirmed by Paper Excellence, but officials for the union representing mill workers confirmed that the company is working towards restarting the mill.

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Aspen Planers to be Temporarily Shut Down (video)

CFJC TV
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Aspen Planers in Merritt is feeling the pinch of a poor lumber market. President and CEO Surinder Ghog says the plant will be temporarily shut down in the coming weeks to account for a buildup of inventory. Ghog states.  We are taking a bit of downtime to control our inventory, due to the fact lumber is not moving.  and if it is moving, it is at very poor prices right now.   He adds it’s hoped the regression in the market is short term – which would allow the plant to re-open before long.

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Province must strike balance between Northern Pulp, environment

The Chronicle Herald
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

I am writing to express my concern over some of the conditions in Northern Pulp’s recent Industrial Approval Permit that appear to be causing the new owner, Paper Excellence of Canada, to question its long-term commitment to this province. … In addition, being a private woodlot owner, I and many other woodlot owners rely on wood processing facilities such as Northern Pulp and its many sawmilling partners to provide markets for products from our woodlots. These products are generated from large investments of time and money by the landowner and supported by the faith that good markets will be available when needed.

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Chamber lays out position supporting Northern Pulp

The Pictou Advocate
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce says it supports Northern Pulp and the province’s decision to close the treatment facility in Boat Harbour. Chamber president Jim Fitt issued a statement last Friday outlining its position regarding the pulp mill and the treatment facility. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis introduced the Boat Harbour Act on April 17 that passed second reading on April 21 to end the use of the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility for Northern Pulp by Jan. 31, 2020. Fitt said the chamber “supports the province’s decision to close and remediate the industrial treatment plant at Boat Harbour. “We value a balanced approach in relation to environmental stewardship and a diverse economy.”

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Nova Scotia bill aims to address legacy of ‘environmental racism’

‘Act to Address Environmental Racism,’ to propose committee to hold public meetings on issue
CBC News
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new private member’s bill is being introduced today to address, what some say is, a legacy of “environmental racism” in Nova Scotia. Ingrid Waldron, assistant professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing, says she has researched environmental racism as part of an examination of how social factors shape community health. While the concept has been around since the 1970s, Waldron says the definition will be new to many Nova Scotians. “The disproportionate location of industries that produce toxic waste, contaminants, and pollutants in racialized communities. In other words, non-white communities,” she says.

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Stella-Jones Reports Strong 2015 First Quarter Results

Marketwired
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC– – Stella-Jones Inc. today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “We are pleased with these results that show healthy demand in our core markets as well as the strong contribution of our recent acquisition. Furthermore, adjustments in our selling prices in response to higher input costs for untreated railway ties helped us to improve our gross profit margin when compared to recent quarters,” said Brian McManus, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Domtar Q1 profit softens eight per cent to US$36 million on weaker sales

Canadian Press
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) says its first-quarter profit fell eight per cent to US$36 million on lower pulp and paper prices. The Montreal-based pulp, paper and diaper producer, which reports in U.S. dollars, says it earned 56 cents per diluted share in the three months ended March 31, compared with $39 million or 60 cents per share a year earlier. Excluding one-time charges, Domtar says it earned $48 million or 75 cents per diluted share, up from $42 million or 65 cents per share a year earlier.

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Sierra Pacific Industries to acquire the remaining assets of Simpson Lumber’s sawmill operations

Lesprom
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Simpson Lumber Company, LLC and Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) have agreed to terms for SPI to acquire the remaining assets of Simpson’s sawmill operations in the Shelton, Washington area. SPI will purchase Simpson’s sawmilling equipment in downtown Shelton, at the nearby Johns Prairie complex, and at Dayton, Washington, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. SPI separately announced that it would not operate the mills, but instead will construct at least one new, state-of-the-art sawmill and lumber planing operation on the Shelton waterfront site. SPI anticipates its new mill will be operational sometime in 2017.

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Maine exports to China, Japan have declined over past two years

Widgets and Digits
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A trade delegation from Maine will head to China and Japan later this year, hoping to bolster trade where it has been on the decline in recent years.The drop in 2014 was due mostly to declines in paper-related exports, like wood pulp. That’s appeared to turn around so far in the first two months of 2015 in China, where wood pulp exports were at $23.3 million through February, compared with about $16.5 million for the same period last year. That change so far this year would reverse a drop in the value of wood pulp exports to China from 2013 to 2014. It remained the state’s most valuable category of exported goods to China in 2014, despite a 31.8 percent drop in value from the previous year.

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Zambia’s forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 Billion to national economy

eTurboNews
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NAIROBI, Kenya – Zambia’s forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study. …The report goes beyond elements already counted as value added in Zambia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)—for example, wood products—to consider regulating, supporting and cultural services services such as eco-tourism, erosion control and sediment retention, pollination and carbon storage. …In addition, Zambia’s forests provide about 1.4 million jobs, supporting 60 per cent of rural Zambian households who are heavily dependent upon the use of natural resources to supplement or sustain their livelihoods.

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Forico eyes publicly owned timber plantations up for sale in Tasmanian forestry restructure

ABC News, Australia
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A major timber industry player is taking an interest in the pending sale of Forestry Tasmania’s hardwood plantation estate. New Forests, the parent company of Forico, is seeking more information about the sale. Forico completed its acquisition of Gunns’ 100,600 hectare Tasmanian plantation estate in 2014. Forico chief executive Bryan Hayes said he thought there would be “synergies” with his company’s existing assets in Tasmania. “Yes, I’m sure New Forests would have interest to understand what the process is,” he told the ABC.

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The forest and paper industry is lagging behind in digital customer experience

Pulp and Paper News
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Several industries are adopting more and more digital channels for customer service. Research conducted by Tieto shows that most of European forest and paper industry companies do not take this change seriously and have exaggerated their expertise know-how in this area. Digital customer experience management is not at the heart of European forest and paper industry: a mere 24% of all respondents believed that this could bring added value to business operations. Developing customer loyalty and production efficiency were considered to be most important in the recent Tieto study.

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Raute received order worth Euro 13 million from UPM’s mill in Otepaa, Estonia

PapNews
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Raute Corporation has received orders worth approximately Euro 13 million for the machinery and equipment for the expansion of UPM Plywood’s mill in Otepää, Estonia, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The most important machinery and equipment included in the scope of delivery are veneer peeling, composing and patching lines, a veneer dryer and a plywood lay-up line. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Surrey seniors complex would offer independent, assisted living, include medical research centre

April 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

METRO VANCOUVER — A new proposal for Surrey City Centre would put independent and assisted living for seniors in the same complex as a medical research centre — all just steps from Surrey Memorial Hospital. The WestStone Group submitted a development permit application last week for Innovation Village, a $250-million scooter-friendly development at 9525 King George Boulevard… The plans call for two six-story wood-frame buildings for seniors’ independent living as well as a 12-storey tower housing the seniors’ research centre, medical offices and complex care and assisted living units. The developer expects that it will be located right beside one of the light rail transit stations that Surrey is planning to build. Pricing has yet to be determined.

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Sauter Timber Wins for 1st U.S. Industrial CLT Wood Building

Woodworking Network
April 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ROCKWOOD, TN – How strong is a large wood building? Sauter Timber’s Production Facility in Rockwood, TN, built from CLT (cross laminated timber) and glulam, has a 23-foot-high ceiling supporting a six-ton bridge crane, which it uses to carry the heavy timber trusses during production. The unusual construction effort won a 2015 Design Award from WoodWorks, an industry group that advocates and promotes increased use of wood for for structural components in buildings. The materials used in Sauter Timber’s building, which is a 9,000 square foot plant expansion at its Rockwood, TN facility, are similar to those applied to the growing numbers of large residential and commercial wood buildings, including wood skyscrapers.

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Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches Innovative Greenharvest Products Made with Rapidly Renewable Plant Fiber

World Press Online
April 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ROSWELL, Ga., — Kimberly-Clark Professional today announced the launch of GreenHarvest products, a cutting edge offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.  Kimberly-Clark Professional is the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products made with 20 percent plant fiber in place of tree fiber or recycled fiber. These innovative products required the development of an entirely new supply chain to directly obtain wheat straw from U.S. farmers and the creation of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing process for converting plant fiber into pulp.

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Forestry

TimberWest Works With Students During Earth Week

Nanaimo Business News
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Today, tree-farming – logging as it is commonly known – employs a broad range of sustainability techniques and practices. For TimberWest, the science of protecting the environment and forest assets is as critical as the actual logging itself, and the company invests heavily in people and knowledge to ensure that the land is protected. …To bolster student and youth interest in forestry and tree-farming, TimberWest contributed over 500 new fir seedlings to local students for Earth Day activities. More than 350 seedlings made their way to the Nanoose Bay area as well as the Penelakut Island Learning Centre for school Earth Day planting activities.

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Community Forest CEO challenged at AGM

The Local Weekly
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest has generated more than $1.3 million dollars in revenue for the District over the past 10 years, company CEO Glen Bonderud told an annual general meeting at which he later had to publicly field a series of questions from local forestry activists. Bonderud reported to the meeting, held at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, that the Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) had another year of markedly higher income, with revenues of more than $2.95 million, compared to $2.13 million in 2013… Members of Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) later took Bonderud to task at an open meeting following the formal AGM.

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Alert to doctors on Surrey gypsy moth spraying contradicts public assurances

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Fraser Health Authority has written doctors advising them to be on the lookout for a long list of potential health complaints from patients related to aerial gypsy moth spraying in Surrey and Delta. …Health complaints from past sprays have included headaches, eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and dermal and GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms. …The $1.3-million spraying program involves the use of low-flying helicopters in the early morning hours across 4,576 hectares of Surrey and 204 hectares in Delta. …“Members of the public are unlikely to experience any symptoms if inadvertently exposed to Btk spray, and no special precautions are necessary or required,” according to Health Canada.

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Resource roads’ effect on wildlife ignored

Letter to the editor
Vancouver Sun
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent Forest Practices Board report, B.C. Resource Roads an Asset and Liability, is a reminder of the long-standing tradition to ignore how more roads is one of the main reasons many wildlife populations have collapsed. In a 1987 report titled Deer Harvest Management in the Okanagan: Past Results and Future Directions by biologist R. C. Lincoln states, “In the Okanagan where roads are abundant suggesting a potential for localized over harvest and where the wildlife management staffing capacity does not allow for careful monitoring of local deer status, it is prudent to be fairly conservative in harvest strategy.”

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Pine Beetle Recovery Dollars Still Needed

250 News
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It’s been a decade since the Pine Beetle Recovery Account administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust received $30 million dollars. The money was to be used to help forest dependent communities through the impact of the infestation. Over the years, the Pine Beetle Recovery account has provided about $19 million dollars for 215 projects that included everything from research projects to tourism, to airport improvements, anything that could help a community diversify its economy. Last year alone about $1.4 million was provided for a variety of projects. The account has a balance of about $23 million dollars.

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Audit of Chilliwack forestry operations finds numerous issues

BC Forest Practices Board
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of the BC Timber Sales program and 18 timber sale licensees in the Chilliwack Natural Resource District found that BCTS and several timber sale licensees did not comply with provincial forestry legislation related to protecting scenic areas and ensuring proper bridge and culvert construction, according to a report released today. A number of poor practices were also identified in the audit.  BCTS’s planning of a cutblock beside the Hope slide on the Crowsnest Highway did not ensure the harvesting maintained the visual quality of the scenic area.

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Six Flags solar farm sacrifices forest, critics say

USA Today
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – He drives a Tesla plug-in, speaks passionately about the perils of climate change and is an architect of one of the most ambitious green energy initiatives in the state. But for the past month, Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald has drawn the ire of New Jersey environmentalists, who have lined up in opposition to his plan to cut down 19,000 trees for a 90-acre solar farm. Yet in an interview Tuesday, the 50-year-old executive appeared to discount any possibility of changing course. “Why would we?” Fitzgerald said, when asked if Six Flags was considering scaling down the project or finding an alternate site. “Because at the end of the day, it is the right thing for the environment, long-term.”

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$4 million in US projects aim to protect sage grouse habitat

Associated Press
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho  — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will use the money in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Oregon to counter wildfire threats, invasive grasses and flammable juniper trees encroaching in native sagebrush habitat. …Though Congress voted last year to withhold funding to list the sage grouse as threatened or endangered, protections could complicate energy development.

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Oregon Counties To Receive $61 Million In Timber Payments

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released information on how much money states will receive from the Secure Rural Schools Act, known as timber payments. Oregon counties will receive nearly $61 million over two years. Curry is one of several counties that struggled to pay for public services as timber subsidies decreased. This year, the county is slated to receive 2.2 million federal dollars. Curry County Commissioner David Brock Smith says he’s grateful for the federal funding this year. But he says his county made severe budgets cuts as timber payments waned.

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The middle class deserves more attention: Editorial

The Oregonian
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Despite all the attention that has fallen on efforts to increase the minimum wage, many on both sides of the debate acknowledge that raising the minimum is at most one step toward addressing middle-class economic problems. Restoring hope to those who reside in the broad middle of the American economy requires something much more difficult: creating more jobs that would demand a wage of more than $15 an hour no matter what wage the government mandates. Legislators will not be able to claim meaningful progress on rebuilding the middle class until they embrace policies that make it easier for Americans to gain entry to careers with growth potential.

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Newly Released Forest Service Tree Mortality Charts for Western Bark Beetle has California at 800,000 Acres for 2014

USDA Forest Service
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The findings show a 24.3 million acre footprint for mountain pine beetle and a 49.8 million acre footprint for all western bark beetles over the past 15 years. Many areas of pest activity overlap from year to year. The footprint areas are the cumulative area covered by pest activity with no double counting of acres between years. 24 species of bark beetles were included in the calculation. Complexes, insect/disease and other multi damage phenomena that contain a bark beetle component like five-needle pine decline, subalpine fir mortality, true fir pest complex, and pinyon pine mortality are also included.

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How to Acquire Public Land

Flathead Beacon
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It seems that several of our legislators and political leaders are being played for fools regarding the transfer of federal lands to the states. If I were incredibly rich and influential and wanted to own vast amounts of public land without having to share with the masses, here’s how I would go about it. First, cut Forest Service funding to reduce the effectiveness of its management. Also require that the agency absorb all firefighting costs from its management budget. Next, loudly proclaim that federal lands management is inadequate and that the state could provide much better management, despite dramatic differences in management directives, which are maximum profit for state lands and multiple use and sustained yield or benefit and enjoyment of the people for federal lands.

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Congress Should Stop Wildfires From Spreading Effects in the East | Commentary

RollCall.com
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Recently the National Interagency Fire Center announced six new large wildfires have been reported across five states. This brings the year’s total wildfires to 14,213, and it’s only April. While wildfires are, in most cases, natural occurrences that can be good for forests when managed, the funding to manage large ones has gotten way out of control and deserves the immediate attention of Congress. Legislators from the Eastern United States likely associate wildfires with America’s public lands of the West and think it does not apply to their state or residents. They may also not think twice then about the need to fix how wildfires are budgeted, as proposed in the Wildfire Disaster Funding Acts (HR 167, S 235).

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Allegheny National Forest timber revenue starts to dwindle

The Bradford Era
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANE — As the amount of timber being cut on the Allegheny National Forest continues to dwindle, so too does the impact fees for those townships and school districts which benefit from those timber sales. A letter dated March 18 from the U.S. Forest Service indicates that McKean County townships are projected to receive a total of $253,724.77 in federal money from timber sales on the forest. The figure is down from last year’s figure of $317,548.01 and from when the federal timber money peaked for townships in 2006 at $719,316.55.

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MPs at loggerheads over forestry

Herald Sun
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Liberals say they are taking decisive action to fix Forestry Tasmania, as their political opponents blast them for having no plan at all. Greens MP Nick McKim was ejected and Greens leader Kim Booth suspended for 24 hours during a rowdy Question Time today revolving around the forestry issue. Resources Minister Paul Harriss was constantly on his feet as he was attacked by the Opposition and the Greens over the Government’s restructure of Forestry Tasmania. The State Government wants Forestry Tasmania to investigate selling off hardwood plantations to create revenue to replace public subsidies.

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Arson suspected cause of forest fire near Chernobyl

World Nuclear News
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Firefighters were today still battling to extinguish Ukraine’s worst forest fire in 23 years, but state officials said its spread towards the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been halted. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said yesterday that the situation was already under control and that there had been no changes to levels of background radiation… The blaze started yesterday afternoon about 20 kilometres from the Chernobyl site, in northern Ukraine. A 30km exclusion zone remains in place there, following the 1986 accident that was caused by a fire at unit 4.

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Securing the future of Forestry Tasmania

Premier of Tasmania
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Hodgman Liberal Government was elected to rebuild Tasmania’s forest industry. We want not just Forestry Tasmania, but the entire forest industry, to stand on its own two feet. We strongly believe that the forest industry can – and will – grow into the future without the need for ongoing Government financial support. We all know there is a lot more to be done, but the Government is committed to growing the economy and creating employment, and the indicators show that we are heading in the right direction. One of the commitments of the Government to grow the forest industry was to ensure a sustainable future for Forestry Tasmania. Forestry Tasmania has been hit with the perfect storm, the three Gs – the GFC, the collapse of Gunns, and then finally, the Greens/Labor government and the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

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Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Reveal Why Australia’s Approach to Responsible Forestry is a Global Model

Timber suppliers from Brisbane outline the Australian approach to responsible forestry and why it is admired across the globe.
PRWire
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brisbane, QLD – Australia’s approach to responsible forest management is so effective that it has become a global example of how to successfully balance output with environmental concerns. Australia has been at the forefront of environmentally responsible forest management since 1992 when the Australian Government made their Forestry Policy Statement. In 1998, an official framework was developed and Australia has operated under an “ecosystem approach” to forest management since 2000. It is based on twelve principles that all work to balance a high yield for the timber business with the concept of ecologically sustainable practices.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest canopies buffer against climate change

Phys.Org
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When temperatures rise and less water falls, forests respond. Forest canopies can buffer juvenile trees from drought and heat by providing shade for the younger trees below the leaf and needle cover. Adult trees have deep roots and can handle hot and dry conditions better than juveniles of the same species. However, current models of how forests will respond to climate change don’t account for this difference between adult and juvenile trees. Recent research by Solomon Dobrowski, a University of Montana professor of forest landscape ecology, finds that climatic buffering from forest canopies is important to consider when projecting the likelihood of regeneration in future forests. “Models that forecast forest change should consider where juvenile trees can make a living – and this might not be where the adult trees currently grow,” Dobrowski said.

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Gov. Brown Speeds Up California’s Climate Change Response With New Executive Order

CBS San Francisco
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — Governor Jerry Brown wants California to slash its carbon footprint even more quickly than is already called for in the continent’s most ambitious climate change law. Determined to take the national lead, Brown issued an executive order Wednesday to speed up the state’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The lengthy executive order requires the state to cut its carbon emissions to 40 percent below what they were in 1990, when the state had far fewer people and cars, within 15 years. He spoke about  “I’ve set a very high bar, but it’s a bar we must meet,” and for good reason, Brown says. “There is something called global warming. We’re four-degrees warmer than we were historically. Our forest fire season is months longer. It’s almost year round.”

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California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters

Climate Central
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California introduced a world-leading carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program to drive down pollution rates after lawmakers approved an ambitious climate protection law in 2006. It also changed rules affecting utilities, spurring investments in some of the biggest solar power plants the world has yet seen. But an emerging body of research shows it’s going to take more than a clean energy blitz to help the state comply with the historic California Global Warming Solutions Act. A Californian task force has been handed the confounding task of figuring out how forestry and land management practices could be improved to prevent what scientists say are surprisingly high levels of climate pollution escaping from its forests and other wildlands. A new study has shown that greenhouse gases are billowing out of the state’s forests faster than they are being sucked back in, with unnaturally intense wildfires mostly to blame.

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Forests on fire: Climate change triple whammy

Minnesota Public Radio
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Want to see climate change in action? Take a drive to the Black Hills of South Dakota or just about any forested slope in the Rocky Mountains. Human emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere is often the main focus of climate science. But an important new element of carbon transfer into the atmosphere is emerging as climate shifts. The increasing role of forest fire activity in changing the carbon balance is getting more attention. As millions of additional acres of forests go up in smoke in places like California and the American West, scientists are learning it’s triggering a triple whammy effect on climate.

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Metsä decides to proceed with next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Metsä Fibre, has made the decision proceed with a previously announced plan to build a massive pulp and bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The construction work will begin immediately, and the mill is scheduled to be completed during the third quarter of 2017. The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment within the forest industry in Finland. The total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion. The bioproduct mill’s annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes, of which 800,000 tonnes will be softwood pulp and 500,000 tonnes hardwood pulp.

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