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Business & Politics

Norbord Reports First Quarter 2015 Results; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Norbord Inc.  today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $10 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $27 million in the first quarter of 2014. The change versus both comparative periods is primarily due to lower North American benchmark oriented strand board (OSB) prices. North American operations generated Adjusted EBITDA of $6 million in the quarter, unchanged from the prior quarter and compared to $17 million in the same quarter last year. European operations delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $7 million in the quarter versus $11 million in the prior quarter and $13 million in the same quarter last year.

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Interfor Reports Q1’15 Results

MarketWatch
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

INTERFOR CORPORATION reported sales of $415.4 million and EBITDA(1) of $30.8 million in Q1’15. These figures compare with sales and EBITDA(1) of $389.0 million and $37.4 million in Q4’14, and $294.8 million and $39.2 million in Q1’14, respectively. The Company’s Q1’15 results include a number of unusual items including one-time transaction and integration costs related to the acquisition of four sawmills from Simpson Lumber Company, LLC, which closed on March 1, 2015, as well as a negative contribution from its Tacoma mill (formerly called Commencement Bay), one of the facilities acquired from Simpson. These items totaled $1.4 million and $1.0 million, respectively, during the quarter.

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Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s export base remains heavily dependent on resources

May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The value of B.C.’s merchandise exports is at an all-time high, but the province cannot keep counting on the meteoric growth it has recently experienced in its trade with China. Since 2004, goods exports to China have grown by ”an astonishing 420 per cent,” notes Ken Peacock, chief economist at the Business Council of B.C. As of last year, the province was shipping 40 per cent of its exports to Pacific Rim countries, up from 25 per cent a decade ago. But that party may be over. .”

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Workplace culture scrutinized

Widow speaks out at Steelworkers’ hall one year after fatal shooting at sawmill
Alberni Valley Times
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“Violence in the workplace, whether it’s bullying, whether it’s physical, it’s got to stop,” said the wife of a man shot dead at a Nanaimo sawmill one year ago.  Marlene Lunn spoke at the National Day of Mourning ceremony at Port Alberni’s United Steelworkers Hall on Tuesday. Marlene is the widow of Michael Lunn, who was killed last year on April 30 when a man opened fire at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo. …As plant chairman at the Nanaimo mill, Michael witnessed a lot of workplace incidents, Marlene said. “There is a culture that is accepted in a mill, the way people talk to each other that is really disrespectful.” She hopes to make workplace violence a “thing of the past.”

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Mill Fire

A fire broke out in the steam and recovery area of the AV Cell mill in Atholville, New Brunswick the night of April 28.
Atlantic Farm Focus
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

According to The Campbellton Tribune, rapid action from the dissolving pulp mill’s Emergency Response Team and local firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. The damage was minimal. No one was injured and there was no environmental damage. The mill was undergoing its usual spring maintenance when the fire broke out. AV Cell uses wood chips to make dissolving pulp that eventually is utilized to make fabric.

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Domtar can meet demand for copier paper if it wins anti-dumping case, CEO says

Waterloo Region Record
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Domtar wants to boost production of office copier paper if it wins an anti-dumping case against imports from five countries, including China, that the company alleges have violated international trade agreements. “We’re confident we could supply the volume required,” Domtar CEO John Williams said Thursday in a conference call. Domtar, three other paper producers and the union representing thousands of industry employees, are pushing for the United States to penalize imports of “uncoated free-sheet paper” from China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia.

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Domtar Mill and Woodlands workers ratify agreements

Canadian Labour Reporter
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor members in the Dryden, Ontario-based Domtar Pulp Mill and Woodlands operations ratified new collective agreements. More than 550 employees are affected by the new deals, which were ratified after members voted 80 and 97 per cent in favour of the agreements. Key elements of the agreements included two per cent annual wage increases as well as a $1,000 signing bonus.

Press release from Unifor

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Weyerhaeuser Profit Falls Sharply

Weakness in dollar-sensitive cellulose fibers segment pushes sales lower
Wall Street Journal
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Co. said its first-quarter earnings declined sharply as weakness in the company’s dollar-sensitive cellulose fibers segment led sales lower. The results missed Wall Street estimates. Revenue from the company’s cellulose fibers business, which produces absorbent pulp for use in products like baby diapers, slid 7.3% to $447 million. The segment is particularly susceptible to currency swings. Weyerhaeuser generates about a third of its overall sales outside of the U.S., mainly in Canada, and the stronger U.S. dollar makes its products more expensive abroad.

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International Paper Revenue Falls 3.6%

First-quarter earnings beat Wall Street Expectations
Wall Street Journal
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper Co. said its first-quarter revenue fell 3.6%, as seasonally lower volume and some winter-weather issues weighed on results. Earnings beat Wall Street expectations, though revenue came in below. Memphis, Tenn.-based International Paper is a leader in the U.S. market for paper products such as cardboard boxes and paper bags. In the latest quarter, the company said that performance was solid in its North American box business. The company reported earnings of $313 million, or 74 cents a share, compared with a loss of $95 million, or 21 cents a share, a year earlier. The year-before period included a $495 million charge associated with its Courtland, Ala., mill shutdown.

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Columbia Falls Company Works To Build A Future With Cross-Laminated Timber

Montana Public Radio
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A young company in Columbia Falls is finding success in developing new construction material, and they’ve just received a federal grant to help push that success to the next stage. Earlier this month, Smartlam Technologies, in Columbia Falls, received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s the most recent of numerous grants awarded to company since it was created in 2012. These funding boosts are keeping Smartlam in the black as they develop the increasingly popular material of cross-laminated timber, known as CLT. Inside the Smartlam plant, employees are stacking 2 x 8 boards of lumber in of the plants clam-shell-like presses. Most of the wood comes from within 200 miles of Columbia Falls.

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Sustainability Through Technology and Science: State-of-the-Art Sawmill and Plantation Process Fast Growing Timber, Reduce Environmental Impact

Green Operations: Oregon sawmill focuses on sustainability and innovation by processing new hybrid, fast-growing trees while reducing environmental impact.
Pallet Enterprise
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


Boardman, OREGON – Trees that grow to 110 feet in just 12 years? It’s not fantasy; it’s the Boardman Tree Farm, located three hours east of Portland in Morrow county, Oregon. Several years ago, Lee Jimerson of The Collins Companies was asked if he would be interested in overseeing the marketing of a new product – those fast growing hybrid poplars that populate the Boardman property. Lee jumped at the opportunity to build an entire marketing campaign for a fresh product in the mature forest products industry, starting with the creation of a new name – Pacific Albus. “It’s been a fun ride,” he said, now the Pacific Albus product manager for Collins. The material is a great fit for many industries, including a number of pallet applications.

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Welcome To The Anything-Can-Happen Southern Pine Industry

Timber Processing
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Does it seem like a lot has happened in the southern pine sawmill industry since the SFPA Expo was held June 5-7, 2013 in Atlanta? Well, if you attend the upcoming SFPA Expo June 10-12 in Atlanta, you might see a lot of the same faces as you saw in 2013, but their badges may indicate they now work for a Canadian corporation. And I’m talking about former owners as well as plant workers. (The former owners will probably be smiling.) Say what? When I walked out of the SFPA event and the Georgia World Congress Center in 2013, the rumors were flying about as fast as the Canadians were throwing their cash at Southern sawmillers.

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200-year-old Scottish paper mill closes

Recycling Today
May 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tullis Russell Group, based in Markinch, Scotland in the United Kingdom, has announced that its Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd. subsidiary has been placed into administration, essentially closing down its operations. The company has been making paper in Markinch for more than 200 years. The company manufactures board products for use in the cards, covers and packaging sectors. It uses predominantly wood-based pulps to make its products but has been using some recycled-content pulp since 2003, according to its website.

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Metsä Board divests Gohrsmühle mill in Germany

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

Metsä Board Corporation, a part of Metsä Group, has agreed to divest 100 per cent of its shares in Metsä Board Zanders GmbH including all related liabilities to mutares AG and its partner company. Metsä Board Zanders GmbH contains the business operations of Gohrsmühle mill located in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Gohrsmühle mill has approximately 480 employees and its main products are cast coated and label papers. Closing of the transaction is subject to German competition authorities’ approval and it is expected to take place by the end of May 2015.

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NZ export log prices fall as Chinese inventories build

New Zealand Scoop
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand export log prices fell to a seven-month low as high inventories on Chinese ports dent demand in the country’s largest market. The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs fell to $94 a tonne in April, from $106 a tonne in March, the lowest level since September, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The AgriHQ Log Price Indicator, which measures average log prices weighted by grade, fell to 93.29 from 96.58 in March.

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Forico interested in extra timber but not in building or using local pulp mill

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

The prospect of a pulp mill being built in northern Tasmania appears to have taken another hit as a major timber player eyes off Tasmania’s public hardwood plantations. Resources Minister Paul Harriss said the Government strongly supported a pulp mill at Bell Bay, but so far no buyer had come forward to buy the permits to build the mill. The pulp mill was originally proposed by the collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns Limited. Gunns’ receiver Korda Mentha has been trying to sell the permits for the project as well as the land upon which it was proposed to be built, separately if necessary.

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Russian lumber output up slightly

EUWID
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russian sawmills raised their lumber output in the first quarter of 2015 by 3.1% against the same quarter of last year to approximately 5m m³. According to information from the Russian statistics office Rosstat, the output in each of the first three months of this year was higher than in the same months of last year. Rosstat recorded growth of 3.8% to 1.5m m³ from January. Output rose by 2.9% in February to roughly 1.7m m³ and by 2.3% in March to 1.8m m³.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

france pavilion gears up for the opening of expo milan 2015

designbloom
April 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

expo 2015 is around the corner and for france, their distinctive pavilion is ready to be showcased to the public. composed completely of glu-lam, the architecture practice XTU- who are known for their sustainable strategies- were commissioned to structurally convey and symbolize the country’s deep-rooted cultural and gastronomical background. keeping to the theme of ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’ inside and outside, the organic form is abstractly derived from france’s hexagonal shape and contorted by the reminiscent ripples that reflect the wider topography.

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Forestry

New report identifies ways to improve management of Canada’s forests

Public Policy Forum
Canada Newswire press release
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The forest industry is changing, and with more forest cover than almost any other country, how Canada keeps pace is a global concern. A new report by the Public Policy Forum identifies the need for greater collaboration among sectors to help improve the forest industry for generations to come. #FutureofForestry: Sustainable Solutions, developed in partnership with the Forest Products Association of Canada and Natural Resources Canada, explores new technologies, markets and practices that are impacting our environment and economy.

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Pier omission to be corrected

Campbell River Mirror
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City council is attempting to correct an omission at the pier. Resident Stan Zuke [said] that the forestry industry, which played an instrumental role in the construction of Discovery Pier, is left out of all the acknowledgements that adorn the 600-foot long wooden structure. …the forestry industry which donated the timber for the pilings and the logs that were converted for the pier deckings and the railings that run the length of the pier. It’s estimated that the forestry industry in total provided roughly $1 million in materials, time and machinery to the construction of the pier. Council…agreed that the forest companies should be recognized and approved … to purchase and install such a plaque.

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Parties promise to close Alberta coal plants, encourage renewable energy

Edmonton Journal
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – As Alberta’s caribou herds shrink, Carolyn Campbell has been calling for a halt to lease sales to oil and gas companies in sensitive areas. Yet on Wednesday, in the midst of the election, the province went ahead with more lease sales in key caribou forests without new (and long-promised) rules to limit disturbance from roads and pipelines. “Selling more leases will make caribou survival harder and it’s time for our political leaders to get better forestry management practices,” said Campbell, conservation specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association.

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Conservation group lets grass grow in fight against invasive plants

infotel News
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PENTICTON – A widely diverse group of biologists, foresters, agrologists, conservationists and members of the general public took to the hills above Okanagan Falls Wednesday to learn more about ways to fight invasive plants. The 35 member tour, April 29, took a look at seeding experiments conducted by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, who are studying grass seed mixes. They are trying to determine what grass seed mix provides the quickest way to reduce invasive plants to a point where they no longer threaten the environment.

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Logging news creates gathering

Powell River Peak
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over 100 people converged on Base Camp Monday, April 27, for a quickly organized meeting to discuss logging plans within the City of Powell River. With interest generated through Facebook and other social media outlets following a press release by Island Timberlands that was uploaded to the Peak’s website, elected officials, environmentalists and community residents gathered to hear clarification about imminent road-building and harvesting involving Lot 450. The meeting was facilitated by Erin Innes, who has experience organizing community residents opposed to logging in the Crowther Road area, and reportedly was respectful, quiet and evident that people wanted to listen and understand.

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Watershed too vital for private ownership

Alberni Valley Times
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last August city council passed a resolution to urge both the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Island Timberlands to halt the harvesting of old growth trees in McLaughlin Ridge, a steeply sloped area near Cathedral Grove. It was a bold move with the appearance of pushing the direction of Island Timberlands, one of the region’s largest landowners. But after eight months of regular meetings little progress towards this goal is evident, other than that the various parties involved are continuing the conversation.  Council has heeded warnings from the Watershed Forest Alliance, a local environmental group that fears the old growth logging is threatening wildlife and Port Alberni’s water supply by removing the natural filtration provided.

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Column: Grass versus trees – the encroaching debate continues

By Jim Hilton, retired professional agrologist and forester
Williams Lake Tribune
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The debate over what is the best use of land has been going on for some time. … A new dimension was added with the recent debate over the production of compressed hay for sale to China versus planting of the same land with trees by a foreign company for carbon credits. An article written by Mike Greig and Gary Bull in 2009 Carbon Management in BC Forests is a good place to start to understand how governments, big business, global markets and environmental concerns all interact in this increasingly complex topic. …In order to understand the complex issues it is necessary to review other terms like: Cap-and-trade system, carbon credit, carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e,) carbon-neutral and carbon offset, just to name a few.

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Extreme fire hazard in Alberta due to high winds and low humidity

Calgary Herald
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With high winds and low humidity in Tuesday’s forecast, wildfire officials warned the fire hazard could get worse before it gets better. Late Monday, the province said on social media that the conditions — combined with the lack of rain since the snow melted — will contribute to an extreme fire hazard in some areas near Edmonton. Officials said areas in southern Alberta would also face a high to very high risk. “Today’s going to be a day,” Geoffrey Driscoll, fire information officer for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, said Tuesday morning. “There’s a weather system coming in tonight and, before it comes, it’s going to bring really high winds combined with really low humidity.

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Logging ideas on the value of woodwaste

Kamloops This Week
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

They are the garbage dumps of the forest: a tangle of fat, scarred Douglas fir ends ravaged by fire, three-metre-long tree tops and twisted pieces deemed too small for the mill. Pushed and scraped into heaps along with needles, twigs and the occasional boulder, these slash piles will remain through the summer until the cold fall and early winter months, when a little fuel and a match will make the waste disappear. But, fingers were pointed at the forest industry last fall when the Thompson Valley became choked with smoke as an unexpected inversion set in during the annual rite of burning slash piles.

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Harvest plans cause stir

Powell River Peak
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver Island-based logging company’s announcement of its timber harvest plans within the City of Powell River has created an outpouring of reaction on social media as well as concern in city hall. Morgan Kennah, manager of sustainable timberlands and community affairs for Island Timberlands, provided the Peak with a press release on Wednesday, April 22. The company, which is headquartered in Nanaimo, has timber reservations on PRSC- and Catalyst Paper Corporation-owned lands as well as parcels of private managed forest land within the city limits. As soon as news of the plans broke, concerned residents took to social media to start talking about the issue and organize community meetings.

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Forest fire season begins today on island, May 15 in Labrador

CBC News
May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Newfoundland residents preparing to burn brush as part of spring clean-up activities around their properties should note that the 2015 forest fire season is now underway. This year’s season opened Friday and will run until Oct. 15. For the island, this year’s season has been extended by two weeks in the fall, due to above-average temperatures and increased forest fire activity in recent years. In Labrador, the season begins on May 15 and ends on Sept. 30.

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Trapping spruce budworm moths

Atlantic Farm Focus
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The spruce budworm moth has made its way into New Brunswick. As scientists warned an infestation of the most destructive forest defoliator in North America could be imminent. Last year 3.2 million hectares of forest in Quebec were affected by the budworm. Industry experts say five million hectares of NB land is vulnerable. And the pest will eventually move into Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador.

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More money means more trees in US cities.

Environmental Health News
April 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Ray Tretheway has been in the tree business for more than three decades in Sacramento – a city notorious for ambitious city tree planting. He talks of successful programs with energy suppliers and multiple schools. The Sacramento Tree Foundation, where Tretheway works as Executive Director, has a lofty goal of planting five million trees. But even a veteran like Tretheway and his tree-loving city struggle with one of the major issues of urban tree planting: higher income areas just seem to end up with more trees. “Income is one of the strongest indicators we have of tree cover,” Tretheway said.

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That smoke in Ashland hills likely from underburn

The Mail Tribune
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND — If you live in southern Jackson County, this warning is probably starting to sound familiar. Officials with the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project say smoke from a controlled underburn in the Ashland watershed may continue into this morning. During an underburn, crews start a fire on a designated area that borders a road or other set fireline to keep the flames low. Traditional controlled burns involve burning brush piles one at a time.  “Underburns mimic the long-absent role of fire in our local ecosystem,
consuming needles, leaves and branches on the forest floor that would
otherwise accumulate over time and potentially fuel a severe fire that
could threaten the community and our municipal water supply,” Ashland
Fire & Rescue forestry division chief Chris Chambers said in a news
release.

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State officials cite increased potential for wildfires

Associated Press
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX ( — Arizona officials said a large swath of the state will have an increased risk for wildfires in 2015 after recent wet weather has spurred the growth of grasses, weeds and brush that often fuel big fires. Gov. Doug Ducey was joined by forest and fire officials Thursday as they offered a preview of the wildfire season. They believe low-lying regions stretching from Kingman to the Tucson area are at a higher risk of fires, while the mountainous areas face a moderate risk. “I encourage Arizonans to be safe, to enjoy the recreation and the outdoors, but to follow the law,” Ducey said. “We know these fires aren’t typically started by the climate, they’ve been started by humans.”

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Officials and Activists Weigh Options for O & C Lands

KBOO.fm
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations.

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Kirkpatrick: Arizona forests need thinning

May 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service’s recent announcement that 4FRI’s initial environmental impact statement has been completed represents a major milestone for the project. The agreement comes after more than five years of collaboration between the Forest Service, local governments, conservationists, environmentalists, private industry and other stakeholders. And it’s about time. 4FRI has had its share of obstacles, whether with its first private contractor, federal bureaucracy or other forms of foot-dragging. But as yet another wildfire season approaches, now it’s time for action.

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Forest Are the Solution: A Vision of the Future at Earth Day Texas

SFI Blog
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…But where others are moved to fear, I am moved to hope. And for all the uncertainty, I have great optimism. I had the pleasure of spending last week, April 23-28, at Earth Day Texas. With 70,000 participants, 1,500 exhibitors, and dozens of interactive sessions, it’s the largest Earth Day celebration in the US. While the scale of the event is encouraging, it’s the breadth of its participants that is truly moving. Attendees included corporate and local businesses, environmental and conservation advocates, community and education non-profits, and ranged across the political spectrum.

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Controlled Burn Grows Out of Control

My Waybash Valley
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Crews in Parke County were busy Thursday night. A fire at the old Ferguson Lumber Company in Rockville started as a controlled burn, but grew out of control. The property owners had permission for smaller debris fires. Officials on scene said the owners left the property thinking the fire was out, but it somehow re-ignited.

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Most forest loss occurs in 11 global hotspots

Deutsche Welle
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new report indicates that most deforestation is concentrated in just 11 world regions. Of these locations, 10 are in the tropics, while one – perhaps surprisingly – is in Australia. According to the briefing Saving Forests at Risk, by conservation organization WWF, deforestation in 11 world regions will account for 80 percent of forest loss by 2030. In the two decades until then, if current trends continue, up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost, the report estimates. Regions cited are the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.

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National survey of forestry professionals in Sweden

Stockholm Environment Institute
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The aim of the study was to gain a more comprehensive picture of how foresters in Sweden view climate change and adaptation. The survey asked about the risks associated with climate change, views on different adaptation measures, and the importance of having science-based information for decision-making. The results show that almost one third of forest owners and forestry advisors believe that climate change will imply serious risks for forests. A slightly lower number of professionals express concern about climate change impacts on their own forests. At the same time, more than a quarter believe that climate change will affect Swedish forestry in a positive way. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

One in six of world’s species faces extinction due to climate change – study

The Guardian UK
April 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

One in six of the planet’s species will be lost forever to extinction if world leaders fail to take action on climate change, according to a new analysis. The stark warning on the scale of global warming’s impact on animals and plants comes just months before nearly 200 governments meet for UN climate talks in Paris in an attempt to forge a global deal on cutting carbon emissions. …“This isn’t just doom and gloom. We still have time. Extinctions can take a long time. There are processes that could be important in mediating these effects, for example evolution, but we really need to very quickly start to understand these risks in a much more sophisticated way,” said Urban. 

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