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Froggy Foibles

Truck Drag Racing in Canada Involves Rolling Coal and 71 Tons of Wood – Video

Auto Evolution
May 11, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

Have you ever noticed how the Canadians have all sorts of local sports that they use to vent steam? For example, there’s a whole national event where all they do is cut wood in every way imaginable. …How about drag racing trucks that are carrying 71.5 tons of wood using trucks so powerful they double as dragsters? Yes, that sounds very Canadian. This drag race is between Sebastien Gagnon and Vincent Couture, taking place in Quebec, Canada. Very little is known about these monsters, but apparently they have about 2400 horsepower and enough torque to visibly twist the chassis.

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Super-fit tree frog shows off his one-handed chin ups to make his rivals green with envy

The Mirror
May 11, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

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Business & Politics

Chetwynd mill restart caps company buying spree

Richmond-based Paper Excellence now owns four pulp mills in B.C., seven in Canada
Business in Vancouver
May 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


For a company that has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian pulp mills to become the second-largest pulp and paper producer in Canada, Paper Excellence (PE) doesn’t talk about itself much. The company’s owner, 35-year-old Jackson Widjaja, who lives in Vancouver, doesn’t give interviews, and up until May 1, the company’s deputy CEO, Pedro Chang, had not spoken publicly about the company’s investments in B.C. and the rest of Canada. May 1 happened to be the day that its fourth B.C. acquisition – the Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB) pulp mill in Chetwynd – went back into production for the first time since it was idled in September 2012.

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WorkSafe Director of Investigations On the Stand

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

Prince George, B.C. – The inquest into the deaths of Lakeland Mills employees Glenn Roche and Allan Little resumed this morning, with Chief Coroner Lisa LaPointe saying she fully expects to deliver her charge to the Jury this Thursday. …This morning, Jeff Dolan, the Director of Investigations for WorkSafe, testified although requested to, he did not agree to meet with Lakeland’s lawyer, Gavin Marshall to share the finds of the investigation by CASE Forensics, who had been hired by Lakeland, saying such a meeting would not have been appropriate. He said WorkSafe was days away from passing its own report to its CEO for a decision on whether the case should be forwarded to Crown for consideration for possible charges.

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Coroner’s inquest into B.C. sawmill explosion resumes

Globe and Mail
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A coroner’s inquest into a fatal 2012 B.C. sawmill explosion has resumed with the province’s workers’ compensation board explaining why it chose to ignore the findings of the mill’s internal investigation for its report. WorkSafeBC opted not to use a parallel investigation conducted by Lakeland Mills because the agency had already decided to take the company to court, said the agency’s investigations director Jeff Dolan. …Explaining WorkSafeBC’s actions, Mr. Dolan said an employer is normally required to present findings to the agency. But WorkSafeBC’s decision to pursue charges against the sawmill’s owner meant it was no longer necessary to demand the results of the company’s investigation, he added.

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Southern pine lumber exports down 4% in February

Lesprom Network
May 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Though up from January’s volume, exports of Southern Pine lumber in February continue to lag behind last year’s record-setting monthly pace, as the Southern Forest Products Association said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Southern Pine lumber exports were approximately 46 million board feet during February 2015. This volume represents a dip of 4% below the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date drop of 9% when compared with the first two months of 2014. Offshore shipments during February roughly break down as follows: 26 MMbf dressed, 8.9 MMbf rough, and 11.1 MMbf treated lumber. Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. during February were just over 950 million board feet, up 13% from the volume imported during February of 2014. Year-to-date softwood imports are up 11% when compared with last year. [END]

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As many as 100 Forestry Tasmania jobs could be lost during downsize, unions say

ABC News, Australia
May 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) says it’s not convinced job losses at Forestry Tasmania will be limited to 50 positions. Forestry Tasmania has confirmed 50 jobs will be shed in the next few months as the State Government-owned company is downsized. Yesterday 20 operations staff at Forestry Tasmania’s Camdale and Smithon sites were asked to apply for voluntary redundancies. Today union representatives and workers from Forestry Tasmania’s Scottsdale and Perth facilities are meeting with the company.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Metrostudy Releases Q1 2015 Home Building Outlook

PRWeb Hanley Wood Press Release
May 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, announced today the release of its first quarter 2015 Home Building Outlook detailing housing construction trends nationwide. The Home Building Outlook is the platform for Metrostudy’s national and local forecasts, spotlighting the Top 100 Housing Markets across the United States. The first quarter update indicates U.S. Housing Starts are expected to advance gradually to hit 1.1 million this year, with 715,000 of those being single family homes as defined by the Commerce Department. Multi-family housing starts are expected to increase to 385,000 as the rental market continues to exhibit strength.

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Bourbon Feels the Burn of a Barrel Shortage

Surge in popularity coincided with downturn in white oak logging
Wall Street Journal
May 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In 50 years of making bourbon barrels, no one had ever offered Leroy McGinnis more than what he charged for them. But over the past six months, multiple distillers have offered to pay him $250 a barrel—a 70% premium above the $150 list price. The offer illustrates just how scarce bourbon barrels have become. As bourbon sales have soared, both barrel production and the lumber industry have struggled to keep up. Mr. McGinnis’s Missouri-based company, McGinnis Wood Products Inc., gets about four email requests a day for barrels. He turns most down. Like many of his competitors, he has only enough capacity and wood to fill orders from longtime customers.

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Forestry

Boom and Bust in the Boreal Forest: Climate Signals Seen in Bird Populations

USGS Newsroom
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Weaving concepts of ecology and climatology, recent interdisciplinary research by USGS and several university partners reveals how large-scale climate variability appears to connect boom-and-bust cycles in the seed production of the boreal (northern conifer) forests of Canada to massive, irregular movements of boreal birds. These boreal bird “irruptions” — extended migrations of immense numbers of birds to areas far outside their normal range — have been recorded for decades by birders, but the ultimate causes of the irruptions have never been fully explained. “This study is a textbook example of interdisciplinary research, establishing an exciting new link between climate and bird migrations” said USGS acting Director Suzette Kimball. 

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80 people under evacuation order as wildfire burns south of Norman Lake

Global News
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eighty people are under an evacuation order because of a wildfire south of Norman Lake. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued the order last night for residents of Norman Lake and area. An evacuation alert has been put in place for Little Bobtail Lake and Naltesby Lake (Bobtail Lake). The alert is for the area south of Highway 16 from Sob Lake Road to the eastern boundary of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako south to the end of Naltesby Lake including the areas of Blackwater Road, Bobtail Forest Service Road, Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road, Sob Lake Road, and the Cluculz Lake area.

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David Suzuki to visit Comox

Comox Valley Record
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

David Suzuki will be at the Comox Community Centre June 3 at noon, as part of his Celebrating Coastal Connections tour. The Celebrating Coastal Connections events will draw on the long history of work, activism and friendship that David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation have with B.C.’s coastal communities. “These communities are close to my heart, and I’m looking forward to honouring our shared past and building a future together that is both ecologically sustainable and economically vibrant,” Suzuki said.

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Nest protection best tool in fight

Forestry company agrees to move harvest
Powell River Peak
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is not a stop work order, but it will mean that one part of the forest slated for logging will not fall. Island Timberlands has agreed voluntarily to not harvest trees in an area of Lot 450 where a nest protected by the Wildlife Act was found during the weekend. Jenny Garden, a local organizer of the Save Lot 450 campaign, spoke to the Peak Monday, May 11, about the recent developments in Powell River’s war for the woods. “They’re not stopping,” said Garden. “They’re just moving,”

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A land of hope and trees

Regina Leader Post
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bug bites and bad tan lines don’t stop Ashley Gilbert from planting about 4,000 trees in an eighthour shift. Gilbert, a crew boss for Sand Hill Reforestation in Big River, said one of her workers planted 7,200 trees himself during a shift on the weekend. “Your body is strong; it can handle almost anything. It’s your mind that gets you through the days out there,” said Gilbert, whose crew planted about 50,000 trees on Sunday in the Choiceland area. The trees are a part of the Saskatchewan government’s plan to plant 2.2 million trees in the province’s northern forest this year. Combined with trees sowed by the logging industry, over nine million new trees will be planted in the province.

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UNBC student helps province spot damaged seedlings

Prince George Citizen
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An estimated eight million tree seedlings were damaged this season, affecting both industry and the province’s tree planting plans. That works out to about five per cent of the 264 million seedlings grown in nurseries across the province, said Allan Powelson, who is a reforestation specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “We suspect the industry… the forest companies will have a significant if not greater impact on their seedlings,” he said. Almost two million seedlings were damaged out of the 50 million earmarked for Crown land, a first for the province. “It happens every so often but not to this extent since I’ve been around anyways,” said Pawelson, who has been in forestry since 1990.

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Wildfire southwest of Prince George continues to grow

Vancouver Sun
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large forest fire in northern B.C. is growing as firefighters struggle to contain the out-of-control blaze that has forced dozens of people from their homes. Crews worked through Sunday night to dampen the wildfire, which by Monday afternoon had expanded to consume 27 square kilometres of land near Norman Lake, about 50 kilometres southwest of Prince George. Jill Kelsh of the B.C. government’s Wildfire Management Branch said the fire is expected to remain active for at least the next couple of days.

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Meadow Creek Cedar license to be cancelled

Nelson Star
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the second time in little over a year, the Meadow Creek Cedar forest license is on the brink of being cancelled. The notice, announced by the Ministry of Forests on Monday, is effective Aug. 7, barring any postponements. The Forest Act requires a 90-day notification period and a chance for the license holder to request a review or appeal the notice. In a statement, the ministry said it issued the notice due to its dissatisfaction with steps taken to date by Meadow Creek Cedar to meet remediation order deadlines and its “extensive history” of non-compliance in managing financial and legal obligations under the license.

Ministry of Forests Places Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence under Notice for pending Cancellation from The Nelson Daily

Press release from the BC Government

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B.C. caribou herds face extinction despite government protection

Globe and Mail
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Woodland caribou in northeast British Columbia are headed for extinction and could become the first subpopulation of a species to vanish in Canada while under government protection. Researchers from the University of Northern B.C. and the province say five herds are collapsing even though the government is pursuing a recovery strategy that includes captive breeding, habitat protection and predator control. … “In the South Peace, we now have scientific evidence that caribou are disappearing because of industrial development in their habitat,” he said. “What needs to be done is we have to halt the destruction of their habitat”

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Forestry strategy will deplete wildlife habitat

New Brunswick Media Co-op
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The 2014 Forestry Strategy will cause the supply of old-forest habitat to fall below the thresholds identified by your staff as necessary to maintain viability of populations of several species requiring old forests. There have been clear public statements to this effect by your staff in the past six months. Simply put, if old forest is converted to plantations on the scale envisaged by this Strategy, New Brunswick is very likely to lose species of wildlife that are native to this province. The Forestry Strategy considers forests simply as sources of lumber and fibre. Yet your department also has responsibility for maintaining viable populations of native wildlife, as described in both the NB Wildlife Policy and the NB Biodiversity Strategy.

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Logging Foes Tell 9th Circ. to Think of the Owl

Courthouse News Service
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO – A government-approved plan to log the burned site of a devastating California wildfire went before the 9th Circuit on Monday. The Rim Fire – which burned for more than two months over 257,000 acres in the fall of 2013 – erupted from a hunter’s illegal fire in the Stanislaus National Forest. It was the third largest wildfire in California’s history, and it was the largest on record in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. …But the Center for Biological Diversity contends that the project ignores potential harm to the area’s California spotted owl population, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Healthier forests through partnerships, Forest Service says

USDA Forest Service
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is heralding its partnerships with individuals and communities to promote healthier forests. It announced in April that 1.45 million acres of America’s forests and watersheds, an area larger than Delaware, are healthier as a result of partnerships formed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Stanislaus and Eldorado national forests have been doing their part to meet five-year goals by working with local groups and agencies in a program known as the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLR). The Cornerstone CFLR Project was awarded to the two forests in partnership with the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group in 2012. Forest health has improved as a result of this effort, the Forest Service said.

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Drought creating perfect conditions for dangerous bark beetle (& video)

ABC News
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Communities continue to struggle with dwindling water supplies. Now, the drought is creating perfect conditions for an insect that’s threatening trees and people in local mountains. Bark beetles are smaller than a grain of rice. They’re part of a normal ecosystem meant to keep pine tree populations in check. Because of the drought, there are more weaker trees than ever. The bark beetle is thriving in the Sierra Nevadas. Trees are dying by the millions. “When you have this many dead trees, it becomes a public safety hazard,” said U.S. Forest Service entomologist Beverly Bulaon.

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Family Foresters Nervously Eye Possible New Logging Rules

Jefferson Public Radio
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The federal government has been telling Oregon for over a decade that its rules to protect threatened coastal salmon are not up to snuff. Now, the state is faced with a loss of federal dollars unless it gets with the program. In response, the Oregon Board of Forestry is weighing whether to require timberland owners to leave more trees standing along streams to better protect fish habitat. And that’s got owners of small timber lands especially worried. In Oregon, timber holdings under 5,000 acres are often described as “family forests,” as opposed to the large commercial forest lands owned by timber giants such as Plum Creek and Weyerhauser. And while the big guys are concerned about the possibility of new rules mandating larger forested buffers along streams, it’s the family foresters who are doing the most sweating.

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Forest Service issues decision on historic effort to restore .5M acres

White Mountain Independent
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF — On April 17 the Forest Service reached the next milestone in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) when Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart and Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams signed the final decision. …To date, approximately 300,000 acres have received some sort of restoration treatment as part of the initiative. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell lauded the decision. “This is exceptional work of Forest Service employees and stakeholders who joined together to support this historic endeavor,” he said.

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Tongass Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations for Forest Management on the Tongass

Sit News
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Ketchikan, Alaska – After 10 months of detailed deliberation and in reflection of diverse public comment, the Tongass Advisory Committee reached consensus on what they call a robust set of recommendations for transitioning the Tongass National Forest’s timber program to one focused on harvesting young-growth trees. During the final meeting held May 6-8 in Ketchikan, the Tongass Advisory Committee finalized its recommendations to advise the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, on developing an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable forest management strategy for the Tongass National Forest.

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GAO studies benefits of ‘landscape-scale’ forest restoration

Report urges better information-sharing
KTVZ
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON –  Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the first-in-depth report from the Government Accountability Office on landscape-scale restoration of forests. …The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park System have all undertaken landscape-scale projects as a way to make forests healthier, more fire-resistant and to retain the remaining timber and mill infrastructure in Oregon, Alaska and other timber communities. The GAO looked at 34 landscape-scale forest restoration projects of 50,000 acres or more from 2004 to 2014, and found that the landscape-scale forest restoration projects are growing in number and can make restoration efforts more efficient and cost-effective.

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How to log and protect owl habitat

Everett Herald
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The city of Everett, which owns 3,729 acres at its reservoir at Chaplain Lake, north of Sultan, has proposed a novel approach to land management that would set aside about a third of the property for wildlife habitat for several decades while allowing the city to continue a modest program of timber harvest elsewhere on its property.Spada Lake provides about three-quarters of Everett’s water, but Chaplain Lake is an important link in the city’s water system. Like the lands that surround Spada, which are managed by the state Department of Natural Resources, the Snohomish County PUD and the U.S. Forest Service, the property around Chaplain Lake is managed chiefly to protect that watershed.

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What Does the Future Hold for Oregon’s Family-Owned Forests?

INVW.org
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


…For 13 years Renzema has studied this forest’s quirks and charms, explored its groves of cedar trees and patches of vine maple and wild rose about 25 miles west of Portland. Today, though, those sights are bittersweet. As part of a divorce settlement, he may have to log this second-growth forest, leaving thousands of stumps where trees have stood for three generations. “It just hurts my heart thinking about what’s going to happen,” he says. “I’ve invested so much time and energy into this, and now I’m basically watching it all get destroyed.”

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Editorial: Build a market for juniper wood

The Bend Bulletin
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Juniper is as much a part of the Intermountain landscape as sagebrush, and that’s not always a good thing. Now, work being done at Oregon State University could make finding commercial uses for the wood easier, a change that could encourage cutting the gnarly trees. While juniper is native to the region, it’s invasive at the same time, and that’s a problem. It first appeared in Eastern Oregon between 4,000 and 7,000 years ago, scientists say, and its range expanded in cool, wet periods and retracted in warmer, drier ones.

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Turning the American Chestnut into a GMO Might be the Only Way to Save it

Adding wheat genes could help the tree fight off blight
The Smithsonian
May 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Blight has made the American chestnut, once “the dominant tree in the canopy,” a rare sight in the forests of the East. Now some researchers hope to save the tree by giving it a last-ditch genetic modification, reports David Biello for Scientific American’s 60-Second Science podcast. Scientists first noticed the fungal blight in 1904. It slides into the trees through wounds in the bark, grows, and eventually kills the tissue responsible for new growth. Researchers now suspect it came from Asian chestnut trees, which can resist the disease, explains Tamar Haspel for The Washington Post.

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Research aims to restore riparian corridors and an iconic tree

USDA FOREST SERVICE – NORTHERN RESEARCH STATION
EurekAlert!
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HECTOR, N.Y.  Research by the U.S. Forest Service at the Finger Lakes National Forest is exploring whether native trees can restore a degraded stream corridor and whether degraded stream corridors can help one of those native trees — the American elm — stage a comeback. “Forest Service research is a vital part of keeping our rural and urban forests healthy, sustainable and more resilient to disturbances now and for future generations,” said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory. Creek and stream corridors on the 16,259-acre Forest within Grasslands for Grazing Management Areas were recently fenced and treated for non-native invasive plants such as multiflora rose and buckthorn. 

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Why Apple bought 1 million acres of Chinese forest

Apple is sending three messages: to customers, to investors, to China.
Fortune
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Apple is not the greenest company in the world. In fact, although it made Fortune’s 2014 list of 50 Best Global Green Brands — at No. 22 — it ended up with a negative performance/perception gap: consumers believe that the company is greener than it actually is. “In a world of social media,” says Interbrand CEO Jez Frampton, “this can be extremely dangerous.” In the past 12 months, Apple has stepped up both its environmental initiatives and its public relations effort. So far this year it has announced plans to develop 80 megawatts of solar power in China, bought a small hydro-electric dam in Oregon and purchased a 32,400 acre forest in Maine.

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Indonesian forestry giant calls for stronger forest moratorium

Mongabay.com
May 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), an Indonesian forestry giant that was once one of the biggest targets for environmentalists for its logging practices, has joined a growing chorus of voices calling for a stronger moratorium on deforestation and policies that enable companies to support conservation efforts. In a letter released Monday, Aida Greenbury, APP’s Managing Director of Sustainability, asked Indonesian President Joko (“Jokowi”) Widodo to extend the country’s moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions in some 14 million hectares of otherwise unprotected forests and peatlands. “I support in principle the continuation and strengthening of Indonesia’s forest moratorium. 

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The world record for tree-planting will be broken this week in mass reforestation effort

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

35,000 Ecuadoreans will volunteer to plant over 350,000 tree seeds on 16 May, breaking a Guinness World Record in the process. Seeds will be planted across the country, in a massive reforestation effort confirmed as unprecedented by Carlos Martinez, director of the Latin-American branch of World Guinness Records. The government is hoping to show its commitment to the environment.

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Sri Lanka first nation to protect all mangrove forests

BBC News
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests. A scheme backed by the government will include alternative job training, replanting projects and microloans. Mangroves are considered to be one of the world’s most at-risk habitats, with more than half being lost or destroyed in the past century. Conservationists hope other mangrove-rich nations will follow suit and adopt a similar protection model. Commenting on the agreement, Sri Lanka President Maithreepala Sirisena said:

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Europe quietly shelves forestry debate ahead of Paris climate talks

EurActiv.com
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A delicate negotiation about how to account for forestry and land use emissions looms large over this year’s UN climate conference in Paris. The issue is potentially divisive within the EU, and threatens to unravel the bloc’s proclaimed leadership on climate change. On 25 March, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the integration of agriculture, forestry and land use into the EU’s climate and energy policy for 2030. The consultation, which largely went unnoticed, is more important than one would think, with implications stretching far beyond the anxieties of tree-huggers. E

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Harvard University sees the good oil in NT sandalwood plantation

ABC News, Australia
May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of the world’s most prestigious universities has taken a stake in a Top End station growing Indian sandalwood. Harvard University has invested an estimated $A40 million in a 399-hectare plantation set up and run by Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) in the Douglas-Daly region about 150 kilometres south of Darwin. The investment was confirmed after TFS transferred part of its water license to an Australian company, owned by Harvard. TFS manages the largest area of Indian sandalwood plantations in the world, with projects in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.

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Forest planting scheme hints at potential in trees

May 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest owners welcome the reboot of the popular Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) announced yesterday by associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew.12 May 2015 Forest planting scheme hints at potential in tree. Forest owners welcome the reboot of the popular Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) announced yesterday by associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew. “This is squarely aimed at pastoral farmers on steep erosion-prone land where the economics of production forestry might be marginal.

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Apple will work with World Wildlife Fund to manage forests in China

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

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund will work together to manage as many as 1 million acres of forests across China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook arrives in Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives. Apple is funding the five-year project, to be managed by the global charity, to plant trees and implement environmental standards that use less land and water — and produce less pollution — to make paper, they said in separate statements. Solar farms in California, hydro-electric turbines in Oregon and data centers in Europe are among environmental projects announced by the world’s most valuable company.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

RET proposal re-ignites possibility of biomass power generation

ABC News, Australia
May 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

South East Fibre Exports (SEFE) have long ago dropped plans to build a biomass generator using woodchip logging waste but it’s feasible that another business might do it if biomass is included in the government’s new Renewable Energy Target. Peter Mitchell, SEFE General Manager, told the ABC that there was no business case for them to spend the $25m required to establish a biomass generator in Eden, whether biomass is eligible under new RET guidelines or not.  He said that another reason is the ‘very fragile policy framework that we’re working in’.

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