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Daily Archives: May 11, 2015

Business & Politics

Minister Thomson announces $1 million replenishment to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund

The Truck Loggers Association
May 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vernon – Today Minister Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, stood up for forest contractors and the communities they live in when he announced a $1 million top up to the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund at the Interior Logging Association’s 57th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vernon, BC. With leaders from the three BC logging associations in attendance, they took the opportunity to thank Minister Thomson in person. The three associations are working together to address issues of contractor sustainability to improve the business environment for contractors. “Forest contractors are the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities” said Reid Hedlund, Chairman on the Interior Logging Association (ILA). 

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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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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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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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Columbia Falls company helping preserve Montana lands (& video)

KAJ18
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Preservation of the Treasure State’s forests is very important to many Montanans, and one program is striving toward that preservation. Nestled in the mountains behind the Stoltze lumber mill in Columbia Falls sits 10,000 acres the company has owned and managed for more than 100 years. Today, they are working to conserve these lands so they will look the same in the next 100 years. “When we had the right stars align with the Stoltze family, with the management of our company, we said now is the time we got back to the trust of public lands and said let’s try this,” manager Chuck Roady said.

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Chinese investors to build pulp and paper mill in Tomsk region

Pulp and Paper News
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to a press release from RIA Tomsk, Tomsk Region Governor Sergei Zhvachkin in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign in Moscow a memorandum on the construction of an indusrtial forest products complex that will include a pulp and paper mill (PPM), sawmill, and CHP (combined heat and power) plant in the Tomsk Region (Siberia) of Russia. Chinese investors Xinjiang Zhongtai Group, Xinjiang Fulida Fibre, and RosKitInvest will invest about 50 billion rubles (approx. USD 983.3 million) in “Beloyarsky LPK”, according to Russian news agency RIA Tomsk.

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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

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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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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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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Yukon’s supply of spruce beetle-killed firewood threatens to rot

Woodcutters and processors spending more time sorting out bad logs
CBC News
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was the good that came from the bad — a seemingly endless supply of dead trees to harvest, casualties of a devastating spruce bark beetle infestation in southwest Yukon. But that supply may come to an end after all, possibly within a few years. “You’re getting rot in it,” says Myles Thorp of the Yukon Wood Products Association. “The stuff that died in the early part of the infestation in the early ’90s, through the ’90s, is probably getting to the point where there’s a lot of rot.” The spruce beetle epidemic killed an estimated 350,000 hectares of forest in the Haines Junction area before petering out a few years ago.

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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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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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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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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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Sweet Home takes first state forestry title

Albany Democrat-Herald
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SWEET HOME — Senior Justin Wolfe took top overall honors for the boys and junior Kara Baker was the top female, leading the Sweet Home Forestry Club to its first state title at Central Oregon Community College in Bend on May 2. Adviser Dustin Nichol said the key to the win was that every team member scored and supported Wolfe and Baker’s championship efforts. Wolfe, 19, won the All-Around Jack title, which focuses on skills such as cross-cut saw and pole climbing, and the Technical Forester title, which is based on skills such as timber cruising and log scaling.

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In Western states, idea of reclaiming federal land still has a strong allure

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

pread over 6,500 miles of sparse scrub and alkaline soil, Millard County is one of Utah’s poorest. But for five years, the cash-strapped county so remote it was the site of a Japanese American internment camp in World War II still found $1,000 to send to the American Lands Council. The Lands Council’s goal is grand but simple: to wrest control of vast swaths of land from the federal government and turn them over to the states. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions, that could be made off land administered by the federal government. The big-dollar opportunities include oil leases in Utah grassland, all-terrain vehicle tourism in Arizona and rare-earth mineral mining in Nevada.

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My Turn: Ax the timber budget

Juneau Empire
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recent news articles and letters reflect a lot of worry about government costs and budgets — there are too many large capital projects, rate increases and cuts to public services. What to do? The largest sources of government waste in Southeast Alaska are the seemingly untouchable state and federal timber sale programs. There were a few fiscally responsible Republicans up north who unsuccessfully proposed to ax the Southeast timber program from the state budget. Unfortunately, most Alaskans with a seat at the table in the federal and state spending processes will selectively slash funds for schools and other social services with no consideration for axing the timber budget.

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Colorado senators hear of fire-prevention obstacles at fire summit

The Colorado Gazette
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A tangle of congressional squabbles, federal bureaucracy and outside interests often stand in the way of healthier forests, a group of state and county leaders told U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner during a wildfire summit in Colorado Springs on Saturday. The 30-person group of wildfire experts, land managers and county commissioners voiced concerns over fire mitigation and flood prevention projects, which often require federal backing and encounter obstacles in Washington.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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OPINION: Fighting fire with common sense

By Sen. John Thune
The Daily Republic
May 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…The lack of common-sense collaboration between federal agencies and other levels of government is often frustrating, and can result in reckless actions by federal officials placing lives and property at risk. One recent example of this type of reckless action was the out-of-control prescribed burn, known as the Cold Brook Fire, at Wind Cave National Park. On April 13, the National Park Service initiated a prescribed burn of an intended 1,100 acres, which burned out-of-control consuming 6,500 acres in Wind Cave National Park. This is not the first time federal agencies have disregarded imminent fire danger, putting lives, land and property at risk.

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The Great Cypress Swamp

SFI Blog
May 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There was a time when I began every morning by strapping my boots on… but that’s been a long time ago. Anymore, my morning routine is more likely to focus on a cup of coffee and finding my glasses. But even old foresters enjoy a chance to visit the woods, and so I jumped at the chance last week when long-time SFI External Review Panel member (and consulting forester) Neil Sampson offered to take several of us on a tour of a truly unique forested wetland in Delaware. It turns out that this is a very special place, indeed… and a great example of the varied, and sometimes surprising, ways in which the SFI standard is applied to ensure sustainability.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Enviro-tech company plans wood waste bio-energy plant for Revelstoke

Revelstoke Moutaineer
May 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver-based company Emergent Waste Solutions (EWS) is exploring building a bio-waste processing facility in Revelstoke. The facility would process waste including wood chips into byproducts like bio oil and carbon. They would then be resold. EWS is looking for city support in principle to locate their plant in Revelstoke. The proposed facility plant uses the combustion-free pyrolysis process to superheat and steam the bio-waste, breaking it down into marketable by-products including carbon, activated carbon and bio-oil. The products are then sold on for use in a wide array of applications, including agriculture, filters, fuels and more.

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General

U.S. producers push for new restrictions on Canadian lumber exports

The Hill
May 8, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Democratic Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have picked a fight with the biomass industry over the role plant-based energy plays in an Obama administration climate change plan. Warren and Markey wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Friday asking her to reconsider the way the agency’s proposed greenhouse gas rules for power plants incorporate biomass. The plan could end up treating biomass as a source of low-emission energy and letting states use it as a way to comply with emission reduction targets.

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