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Business & Politics

Interfor buys sawmill in Ark. for US$29.3M

Canadian Press
May 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER – Interfor Corp. is buying a sawmill in Monticello, Ark., for just under US$29.3 million plus the cost of log and lumber inventories and certain pre-closing capital expenditures. The mill, about 145 kilometres southeast of Little Rock, produced about 75 million board feet of lumber in the past year, Interfor said in a statement announcing the purchase from The Price Companies Inc. It says improvements underway should increase that to about 100 million board feet in the near future. As a result of the purchase, Interfor’s total annual lumber capacity will increase to 3.2 billion board feet, including some 1.3 billion board feet in the U.S. Southeast. The deal is expected to close in June.

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Log shipments, U.S. dollar lift Western’s bottom line

Victoria Times Colonist
May 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Island’s biggest forest company posted a healthy profit in the first quarter and intends to make a significant investment in its operations. Western Forest Products had a profit of $27.6 million in the first quarter, up from $23.6 million in the first quarter last year and more than double the profit in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company noted the strong start to the year was due to increased log shipments and the stronger U.S. dollar. Western also said it would be spending $30 million in capital improvements at its operations.

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Lakeland Inquest Resumes Today

250 News
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Glenn Roche and Allan Little will resume at the Prince George courthouse today. The two men died as a result of injuries suffered when the Lakeland Mills exploded in April of 2012. The inquest was adjourned on March 25th to allow counsel to review newly-uncovered documents relating to the 2012 explosion, in particular, an investigation undertaken by the forensic engineering firm CASE Forensics at the request of lawyers for the mill’s owners, Sinclar Group Forest Products.

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James D. Irving inducted to Order of Canada

Recognized for outstanding business and community leadership
CBC News
May 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

James (Jim) D. Irving was invested in the Order of Canada in Ottawa today. Irving was one of 38 members, 10 officers and two companions recognized by Governor General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Irving was cited for outstanding business and community leadership that has helped to strengthen the Maritime economy by creating jobs and developing future leaders. He heads the forestry company, JD Irving Limited and Irving Pulp and Paper, and has funded programs in forestry, business, and environment at the University of New Brunswick.

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Rentech Announces Results for First Quarter 2015

Business Wire press release
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES—Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTK) today announced financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. Keith Forman, President and CEO of Rentech, stated, “Results for the first quarter were generally in line with our expectations for improved profits. At Rentech Nitrogen, margins improved in the first quarter from last year, due to robust demand for ammonia and ammonium sulfate, higher ammonium sulfate prices and lower natural gas prices.

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Let’s talk timber, Mr. President

Statesman Journal
May 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Dear President Obama, …But there’s an even more important issue that cries for your help: increasing timber harvests on federal lands. Trees are a renewable resource. Timber jobs are good-paying jobs. For generations, they were the glue that held Oregon communities together. People could make enough money in the woods or in the mills to feed their families and also to support community organizations. Not so today. …So we need your help, Mr. President. Get Republican Greg and Democratic Ron in a room. Leave them there until they negotiate a timber plan that can pass Congress this year and gain your approval.

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Congresswoman steering through safe waters

Longview Daily News
May 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is steering through safe waters in her home district by calling for removing more sea lions from the Columbia River and cutting more trees in national forests. Both pieces of legislation will sit well with many of her constituents in a region with many anglers and loggers. Whether the bills succeed is by no means assured, however… When it comes to forest management, Herrera Beutler uses phrases that environmentalists might echo, such as “strive to create a diverse landscape that is managed for the whole ecosystem.” However, she also is calling for increased national forest thinning and apparently moving away from protection for the spotted owl, though the details aren’t available. As with sea lions, it may be hard for her to convince those outside timber country that more logging is a good idea.

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Forestry Tasmania to axe 50 full-time positions as redundancies rolled out

ABC News, Australia
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has confirmed 50 full-time positions will be axed from the struggling state-owned company over coming months. The Resources Minister is making no apologies but unions say public safety will be put at risk. Twenty north-west Forestry Tasmania employees are set to lose their jobs which equates to about half the staff in the region. Staff at Forestry Tasmania’s Camdale and Smithton operations were invited to apply for voluntary redundancies. Two weeks ago the State Government said there would be no more public subsidies or equity transfers to Forestry Tasmania.

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Sweden: Roundwood prices up further in first quarter

EUWID
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Prices for logs as well as industrial wood continued to rise in Sweden in the first three months above those of the previous quarter. The results of the survey carried out by the Swedish Forest Agency (Skogsstyrelsen) show that the increase in roundwood prices that had already been noticeable in Sweden in the fourth quarter of 2014 there continued at the beginning of this year as well; in spite of the latest increase, prices for softwood logs in particular are therefore still around 10-15% short of the peak figures reached at the end of 2010, however.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

No timber towers happening in America as concrete industry blocks tall wood from International Building Code

TreeHugger
May 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

It’s easy to scare people off wood construction; just show pictures of January’s fire in New Jersey. However there is lightweight framing out of dimension lumber, which was what the Edgewater apartments were, and there is heavy timber and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) which is a whole different thing. Heavy timber is oversized so that in a fire it will char, which essentially fireproofs it.  Instead, the concrete industry went to the International Code Council hearings and “helped defeat a proposal allowing wood-framed structures up to nine stories—four higher than the 2015 International Building Code permits for such construction.”

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AHFA Responds To NYT Formaldehyde Article

Furniture World
May 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) reported that it disputes its characterization in the May 4 edition of the New York Times as an organization opposed to a federal formaldehyde standard. For more than a decade, AHFA and its member companies have supported and been actively involved in the development of formaldehyde emission standards in the United States.  “We supported California’s adoption of the most stringent formaldehyde emission standard in the world, and we have worked closely with EPA officials to help achieve a strong and enforceable federal regulation,” states AHFA CEO Andy Counts. The Times article reported that opposition from the home furnishings industry delayed and hampered the federal government’s attempt to “control substances known to be harmful to human health.”

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Unique ‘Treehouse’ awarded double LEED Platinum

Your Houston News
May 10, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Treehouse Memorial City, a 14,700 square-foot building that serves as MetroNational’s development office, meeting space and showroom for current and future Memorial City projects, has been certified double LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With a score of 95 points, The Treehouse Memorial City has achieved LEED BD+C: CS (Core and Shell) Platinum Level, marking this project as the highest credit point total in Texas and the second highest in the U.S. for this rating system. In addition, The Treehouse received LEED ID+C: (Commercial Interiors) Platinum Level with a score of 80 points.

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Forestry

Don’t discount environmental groups

Chronicle-Journal
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Managing publicly-owned forests is complicated. Goals for forestry, hydroelectric development, mining, tourism, hunting, recreation, conservation and other forest uses are not always compatible and trade-offs must be made. It is fair to say that our organizations – the David Suzuki Foundation and Ontario Nature – don’t always agree with claims made by some members of the forestry industry that their logging is sustainable. At last week’s annual meeting, the Northern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) passed a resolution (Support for Northern Forestry Operations) sending our organizations a clear message: Keep your mouths shut and your opinions to yourselves. The two of us have spent hundreds of hours with boots on the ground in the region’s forests as graduate students at Lakehead University. 

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Forestry industry optimistic at annual Vernon trade show

Global News
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON – The parking lot at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place is filled with large-scale forestry equipment this week. It’s part of an annual industry trade show and conference put on by the Interior Logging Association (I.L.A.). Organizers estimate attendance is up about 25 per cent compared to last year and many attendees are bullish about the industry’s future. “The industry has come through a very challenging time but [there is] lots of optimism and opportunity,” says Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. However, there are still challenges.

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Tree Canada announces $83,000 to help reforest urban Alberta

660 News Radio
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the City of Calgary is working double-time to get through even a portion of the damaged trees from ‘Snowtember’, individual Calgarians also have a lot of work left to do. Tree Canada has sent representatives to Calgary’s Disaster Alley on Saturday, to announce some help in the form of $83,000. Mike Rosen, president of the not-for-profit charitable organization, said they actually got the ball rolling a couple of years ago when he was visiting the Calgary Stampede and witnessed the damage caused from the 2013 flood.

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Wildwood Ecoforest should not be sold

Letter to the editor
Victoria Times Colonist
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “TLC, partners maintain connection to nature,” letter, May 3. As a member of The Land Conservancy of B.C. since 1999, I want to recognize the significant achievement of protecting, in perpetuity, 28 conservation properties across the province, which will now be transferred to another land trust. But I want to know: What happened to the Wildwood Ecoforest? Wildwood is a world-class example of sustainable forestry practices, thanks to the pioneering work of Merv Wilkinson. It has educated and inspired people from all over the world. Hundreds of people raised more than $1 million to protect this legacy, and TLC declared it would protect it forever. It was deemed inalienable, and under TLC’s bylaws can never be sold. And yet, under this process to settle debt, that is exactly what TLC is doing

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One-fifth of ash trees the city is trying to save are dying anyway

CBC News
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The news has gone from bad to worse for the city’s ash trees. Even many of the trees the city hopes save by injecting them with a pricey insecticide are dying. And it’s having trouble finding specimens that are healthy enough to be injected. The city aims to inject 800 of Hamilton’s most significant ash trees with TreeAzin. Among its targets: the iconic ash trees in Gore Park, and streets in Stoney Creek where all of canopy is ash. But of the 207 trees injected so far, 19 per cent have died anyway.

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Quebec forest fire risk highest it’s been in a decade

192 fires burned in Quebec forest since the start of 2015
CBC News
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The annual number of forest fires this year is the highest it’s been in a decade, according to the province’s forest fire prevention agency (SOPFEU). In Quebec, 192 fires burned more than two million square metres (two square kilometres) of forest since the start of 2015. In the month of May alone, five forest fires popped up in eastern Quebec, three of them in the Côte-Nord region. Earlier this week, a fire in Matamek near Sept-Îles, ravaged 10,000 square metres of vegetation — the equivalent of two football fields. SOPFEU said all of them were caused by humans and could have been avoided.

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Delivering Benefits to the Public through Mitigating Wildfire Risk

by Chief Tom Tidwell
USDA Blog
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

During the month of May, we are putting a focus on delivering benefits to the public. While the U.S. Forest Service provides value to the American people in a variety of ways, I wanted to focus on how we mitigate wildfire risk as fire season is already upon us. Some of you might not know this, but my very first job in the Forest Service was in fire. It was a way to get my boot in the door as a seasonal employee and allowed me be a part of something great. Early in my career, everyone participated in fire – certainly if you were on a fire crew – but when a large fire occurred, everyone pitched in when needed.

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Forest Service-funded study: Timber sale lawsuits impact local jobs, tax revenue

The Missoulian
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — The largest potential economic impacts to communities from timber sale lawsuits come in the form of lost jobs, labor income and federal, state and local taxes, according to a study by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The report was paid for by an agency that often has to defend itself against timber sale lawsuits, the U.S. Forest Service, and a pro-timber industry coalition, the Montana Forest Products Retention Roundtable. It was conducted by BBER director of forest industry research Todd Morgan and director of survey research John Baldridge. The report provides information on government costs and other impacts associated with lawsuits filed against timber sales in the Northern Region of the Forest Service.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 5: An Interview With Scott Atkison

Evergreen Magazine
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Scott Atkison is the President of the Idaho Forest Group, a five sawmill complex that is, by far, the largest consumer of logs in Idaho. IFG was created through the 2008 merger of Bennett Forest Industries and Riley Creek Lumber Company. Atkison was President and CEO of BFI at the time of the merger. BFI was founded by his grandfather, Dick Bennett, easily one of the most prominent lumbermen in the long history of sawmilling in Idaho. Riley Creek was owned by Marc Brinkmeyer, who is now Chairman of the IFG Board of Directors.

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Copter crash sparks wildfire in NE Washington

Associated Press
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ORIENT, Wash. — A wildfire that started after a logging helicopter crashed in northeast Washington has held at about 70 acres. Forest Service spokesman Franklin Pemberton says the Hungry Hill Fire in Colville National Forest was 10 percent contained by Saturday afternoon. No injuries have been reported. Hot dry weather coupled with steep terrain has slowed efforts to put the fire out. It started Thursday when a helicopter pilot crashed just after lifting off with a load of logs. Pemberton says she was taken to the hospital to be checked out but was in good condition.

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This is how a forest fixes itself (& video)

KRCR News
May 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – Forest fires can destroy everything in their paths, burning trees and vegetation until the landscape is uninhabitable for months or sometimes even years. But, they can also usher in new life, creating a completely new ecosystem and fostering new growth. The Oregon Fire of 2001, just outside of Weaverville, left devastation on the landscape that has yet to grow back 14 years later. In comparison to the Eagle Fire of 2008, in a similar region of Trinity County, this wildfire burned large patches of landscape, but the forest is already starting to rebuild itself with trees and shrubs 7 years later.

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Sustained yield timber needed to benefit Oregon counties

by Chris Cadwell
The Register-Guard
May 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Under the Northwest Forest Plan, the modest amount of the federal land dedicated to sustained yield timber production has not been managed under the sustainable strategies outlined in the agency management plans. Both the Forest Service and BLM timber sale offerings have been made up of largely thinning, which, by the agencies’ own admission, cannot be sustained. Environmental groups have protested and litigated the agencies’ actions. This is a major reason why the federal agencies have taken a risk-avoidance strategy in their forest management practices, and resorted to mostly thinning.

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Tongass Advisory Committee finishes its plan for changing forest strategy

Ketchikan Daily News
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass Advisory Committee late Friday morning — and despite criticism from both the timber industry and conservationists — voted 14-0 to approve a package of recommendations aimed at helping to transition logging in the almost 17 million acre Tongass National Forest from old-growth timber to young-growth timber. The TAC — which includes government, timber industry, Alaska Native and other representatives — has worked on the recommendations in a series of meetings held throughout Southeast Alaska for about nine months. This was the committee’s second meeting in Ketchikan.

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Mailbag: Balance needed in the forests

Letter to the editor
Albany Democrat-Herald
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I wish to respond to Reed Wilson’s letter (Mailbag, April 29). I am a trained forester with 35 years of federal experience. I find Reed’s letter presents an extremely simple solution to a very complex problem. The conclusion that clear cutting is to blame for the decline of the northern spotted owl is rather simplistic and ignores all the other factors in the decline of a species. What really brings me to write this letter is the simple assumption that clear cutting is going to return national forests. What needs to return to the national forests is an ecological balance between the needs of the long term and the needs of humankind.

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Everett plans timber harvest

Herald Net
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT — The city of Everett has submitted a 50-year plan to regulators to harvest timber around Lake Chaplain.The area, part of city-owned watershed about three miles north of Sultan, could be home to two bird species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act: the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet.The plan is part of a safe harbor agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a cooperative habitat enhancement agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Kilmer, collaborative aim to finds forestry solutions for both environmentalists and logging interests

Peninsula Daily News
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer presided at the official launch of an effort to put environmental and logging interests on a single, mutually beneficial path while harvesting for profit — and preserving for future generations — Olympic National Forest. The two sectors, often on opposite sides of the debate over forest practices and preservation, have joined together in the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative spearheaded by Kilmer. The group’s goals were explained to more than 50 observers Friday in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The hour long meeting was called by Kilmer, the 6th Congressional District Democrat and Port Angeles native whose district includes Grays Harbor, Clallam and Jefferson counties.

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Monday’s Montanan: Ron Wakimoto rearranged how we think about fire

Missoulian
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some fire scientists burn down hillsides. Some burn up whole fire policies. Ron Wakimoto has done both, developing research that helps save the lives of firefighters and helps return fire to the woods after a half-century of fighting to keep it out. Last week, he wound up more than three decades of teaching fire science at the University of Montana’s School of Forestry. “Ron has been a leader in terms of teaching, and we wanted the students to be able to hear from an elder,” said Colin Hardy, director of the U.S. Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory, just before Wakimoto spoke to the annual Mike and Maybelle Hardy Lecture audience last Thursday. 

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Bitteroot National Forest: Put resources ahead of personal use

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot National Forest recently released the draft decision on the forest travel plan. The proposal has already met with opposition from some forest users, but overall the proposal is the result of careful balancing of a wide variety of objectives. The Bitterroot forest must first protect wildlife, watersheds and other forest resources to provide a high-quality environment for all users, now and for future generations. Our quality of life and our property values here in the Bitterroot Valley depend on this. The plan strives to achieve resource protection while permitting a wide variety of motor uses, largely based on past development.

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Progress made against Mark Twain National Forest fire

Associated Press
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. LOUIS – Firefighters in the Mark Twain National Forest of southern Missouri say they are making progress in the effort to battle a massive forest fire. The fire has burned more than 1,300 acres of public and private land near Black, Missouri, 115 miles southwest of St. Louis. The fire was discovered Sunday. The cause is under investigation. Federal authorities say that about 40 percent of the fire has now been contained. Nearly 150 firefighters from as far away as Iowa and Minnesota are helping.

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World’s critical habitats lost Connecticut-size area of forest in a decade

Mongabay
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Many of the world’s endangered animals live in only one place, making them hugely susceptible to environmental upset. One fell swoop, and entire species could disappear from existence forever. New analysis shows that possibility may be edging closer and closer to reality in some areas, with forests known to harbor high-risk species losing an area of tree cover the size of Connecticut in a little over a decade. In 2010, the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) mapped out these sole areas of habitat for endangered species, finding 587 areas critical for the conservation of 920 species.

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Australian parrot faces extinction

Birdwatch UK
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The iconic Swift Parrot of Tasmania is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found. “Swift Parrots are in far worse trouble than anybody previously thought,” said leader of the study, Professor Robert Heinsohn, from The Australian National University (ANU). “Everyone, including foresters, environmentalists and members of the public will be severely affected if they go extinct.” Swift parrots are major pollinators of blue and black gum trees which are crucial to the forestry industry, which controversially continues to log swift parrot habitat. 

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Work begins to fell 150,000 infected Cwmcarn Forest trees

BBC News
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Work has begun to chop down up to 150,000 larch trees in Caerphilly’s Cwmcarn Forest, after they became infected by a fungus-like disease. It is part of a nationwide strategy to curb the spread of phytophthora ramorum that has infected approximately 6.7 million larch trees in Wales. The council-run visitor centre and all other site facilities will remain open. Natural Resources Wales has felled nearly three million trees across Wales. The environment body said it plants more than 3 million trees annually with some of these replacing the larch trees that have been felled.

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Apple expands green initiative to Chinese manufacturing, to manage 1M acres of forest

Apple Insider
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Apple on Monday local China time announced a major expansion of its environmental responsibility operations in the region, including the creation of one million acres of responsibly managed forests and a buildout of clean energy infrastructure for manufacturing facilities, offices and retail stores. The managed forest initiative, established in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund China, is a multi-year plan that brings Apple closer to its goal of achieving net-zero impact on the world’s virgin fiber. As the world’s largest timber importer, China will also see benefits from growing and harvesting its own wood in a sustainable manner.

Aple Pushes Ahead with Green Efforts in China Through Forestry from Bloomberg News

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Forest areas down to 25%, official says

National Multimedia
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Myanmar – Due to deforestation and smuggling, the total area of remaining forests is now a fifth of the nation’s total land mass and only 19 per cent of that is dense forest, the Forest Department says. The data was recently submitted to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation. It was a result of the latest survey of forest coverage in the country. According to the data from World Bank, Myanmar had 58 per cent of the landmass as forests in 1990 but went on a steady decline over the years till date. “We have submitted the annually collected data and carefully measured calculations,” said an official from the planning department of the Forest Department, who asked not to be named.

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What is the Great Green Wall of China?

Augusta Free Press
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Unlike the Great Wall of China, a 5,000-mile fortification dating back to the 7th century BC that separates northern China from the Mongolian steppe, the Great Green Wall of China—otherwise known as the Three-North Shelter Forest Program—is the biggest tree planting project on the planet. Its goal is to create a 2,800-mile long green belt to hold back the quickly expanding Gobi Desert and sequester millions of tons of carbon dioxide in the process. If all goes according to plan, the completion of the Green Wall by 2050 will increase forest cover across China from five to 15 percent overall. The Chinese government first conceived of the Green Wall project in the late 1970s to combat desertification along the country’s vast northwest rim. Soon thereafter, China’s top legislative body passed a resolution requiring every citizen over the age of 11 to plant at least three Poplar, Eucalyptus, Larch and other saplings every year to reinforce official reforestation efforts.

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Brazil plans to ‘nationalise’ rainforest in pioneering plan to protect Amazon

The Independent
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Brazilian rainforest could be effectively nationalised under a draft bill being considered by the country’s MPs. The proposed legislation would recognise the sovereignty of Brazil over the Amazon’s natural resources and set up a national Amazonian policy council with the aim of enshrining environmental protection and regulating economic activities in the rainforest. Should the law be passed, companies wanting to operate in the area would require approval from the new state entity in return for shares of the proceeds – in a similar way to that which oil exploration concessions are granted through state-controlled company Petrobras in return for royalties.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. failing to meet greenhouse emission targets: Federal government

Metro News
May 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is on track to increase greenhouse gas emissions – not reduce them – according to a letter from Canada’s environment minister. Leona Aglukkaq wrote to her provincial counterpart, Mary Polak, on April 10 with Environment Canada’s latest greenhouse gas projections as B.C. struggles to meet its 2020 goal of reducing emissions to 33 per cent below 2007 levels. Instead of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), the 2014 Emissions Trend Report says B.C. is actually on pace to increase emissions 11 per cent by 2020 (from 2005 levels)… In an emailed statement to Metro, the Ministry of Environment says the province met its 2012 interim GHG reduction target of six per cent and claims the federal data “does not incorporate all of B.C.’s GHG reduction actions,” such as carbon offsets in the forest sector.

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Cochrane Power biomass plant to shut down tonight unless government acts

Timmins Press
May 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

After seeking a renewal to their energy selling agreement with the provincial government for over a year in order to remain open, the Cochrane Power plant will be shut down if doesn’t get a new contract, or an extension to its current one, by midnight tonight. Northland Power, which owns the plant, has until tonight to secure a new long-term agreement with the government-run Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), to allow them to continue selling the electricity they produce using biomass – sawdust, bark, wood chips — taken from local mills. As of Sunday evening, Northland Power confirmed that were no negotiations for a last-minute deal to save the power plant and the company expects they will have to shut down the Cochrane facility after Monday.

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