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Daily Archives: May 14, 2015

Business & Politics

Early morning fire damages Downie Timber

Revelstoke Mountaineer
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire that was reported just after 6 a.m. on May 13 caused heavy damage in the millwright area of Downie Timber Ltd. Revelstoke fire chief Rob Girard said there was heavy damage by the time crews arrived, and that smoke had permeated to other parts of the building. Girard said the built-in sprinklers deserve credit for suppressing the fire. Two trucks and 22 fire staff responded. It took them just under an hour to overhaul the fire.

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Victims’ families raising money for lawyer at Babine inquest

Prince George Citizen
May 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The families of the two men killed in the Babine Forest Products mill explosion are raising money for legal representation when the coroner’s inquest moves to Burns Lake this summer. A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign launched on Monday is aiming for a $50,000 goal to pay for an independent lawyer to represent the families of Carl Charlie, 42, and Robert Luggi, 45, who died following the Jan. 20, 2012 blast. “The Charlie and Luggi families would like their legal interests protected at the coroner’s inquest and have their voices heard and they want to ensure the right questions are asked,” said the campaign page.

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WorkSafeBC, private investigators disagreed on Lakeland findings

Prince George Citizen
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC’s lead investigator told a coroner’s inquest Wednesday there is “absolutely no evidence” to support a possibility that static electricity from an air wand was the ignition source for the blast that leveled Lakeland Mills two years ago, a coroner’s inquest heard Wednesday. Paul Orr conceded WorkSafeBC could not rule out the chance that an air wand, which one of the two men who died from injuries suffered in the April 23, 2012 explosion had been using to clean off machinery, was producing static electricity but maintained the ignition source laid elsewhere.

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Don Cayo: First Nations aiding development

Think-tank report: Players in partnerships between bands and businesses note establishing relationships is key to success
Vancouver Sun
May 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Resource development in B.C. isn’t stalled, as many appear to fear, but rather is proceeding at a historic pace, according to a new report from Resource Works, a business funded, Vancouver-based think-tank that focuses on economic and environmental issues. And, far from impeding development, First Nations are playing increasingly important roles in moving it forward, the report argues. If the optimistic tone of the report is unusual, so is its structure. It is long on anecdotes and short on data, with its 21 pages brightened by nearly three dozen mostly upbeat quotes in large, coloured type, and nary a table or graph.

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Catalyst Paper Q1 Results Up Over 2014 Q4

Nanaimo Business News
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper, the operator of the Crofton pulp mill, release its first quarter of 2015 operating results on May 12. In a media release the company stated that with a continued sharp focus on operational excellence priorities, Catalyst Paper showed improved operating performance for the first quarter of the year… Improved operating results were driven by Catalyst’s Canadian operations, which delivered performance improvements, including significantly better paper productivity and strong cost control related to maintenance and labor spending. Results were buoyed by the declining Canadian dollar but challenged by lower paper transaction prices. For the US operations, investments were targeted at accelerating the integration process, and establishing the structures and systems to support the company’s expanded North American business.

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WorkSafeBC created unit to predict risks following mill blast

Prince George Citizen
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC has established a “risk analysis unit” to better predict new trends in workplace hazards since the two fatal northern B.C. sawmill explosions, a coroner’s inquest in Prince George heard Tuesday. Historically, WorkSafeBC has relied on data it has collected from past incidents to decide where its focus should be, Al Johnson, the agency’s vice president of prevention services, said under questioning from coroners counsel John Orr. …But in previous testimony, the inquest heard that WorkSafeBC was unaware the danger of sawdust, particularly from beetle-killed pine, posed as a fuel for an explosion even in a relatively expansive area such as a sawmill.

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Lumber investors recalibrate expectations as supercycle stalls

Business in Vancouver
May 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Investors in lumber stocks are feeling dismayed at the sector’s recent price performance. Confounding bullish expectations, prices are well off their recent highs. Investors must feel like the parents of a super-star high school student who inexplicably is at risk of not graduating. Analysts are saying that the much-promised prospect of a “lumber supercycle” now looks more distant. Pulp looks vulnerable in the short term. Costs are rising. Mills are starting to take downtime.

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WorkSafeBC wanted to bring mill explosions to trial: ex-CEO

Prince George Citizen
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A former WorkSafeBC CEO gave his account of events surrounding the agency’s decision to take its findings for two northern B.C. sawmill explosions to Crown counsel when he took the stand Wednesday at the coroner’s inquest into the Lakeland Mills blast. …”I felt that this case was so tragic and so potentially still dangerous to other workers and (there was) such a high level of anxiety in the province amongst the worker community and the employer community, (that) I felt that the public airing of the facts in a court case, in a jury trial, would be preferential to the rather quiet administrative sanctions which tends to take place between the company and Workers Compensation Board,” Anderson said.

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Take to Heart looks to expand beyond mill business

Revelstoke Times Review
May 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Take to Heart describes itself as a specialty sawmill, “that provides the highest quality wood products, using an environmentally-conscious approach.” Now it’s looking to branch away from its area of expertise. The local mill has applied for a tenure over the former wildfire base at the north end of Westside Road in order to develop the land for use as a youth camp in the summer and rentals in the winter. They plan on using salvaged wood from the mill to build cabins using their award-winning brick wall systems. Last Friday, I visited Take to Heart to talk to owner Keith Starling about his plans, and why he wants to expand the business and start a youth camp.

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Life after Lakeland

Part one of a three-part series
Prince George Citizen
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three years after Bruce Germyn watched a fireball rip through Lakeland Mills, he’s still feeling the reverberations on his health. “A huge part of me died. I’m nowhere near the man that walked out of there,” says Germyn, who was working an edger on April 23, 2012, and was one of 22 men injured in the explosion that killed Glenn Roche and Alan Little. “My face was blown off,” he says of his skin. “I was a wreck.” Germyn suffered burns to roughly 40 per cent of his body and wore burn garments on his legs for six months. One eye is damaged from the burn. He used to wear dark glasses to protect from the light, but he grew tired of the stares.

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MIlan Lumber gets 2015 Outstanding Forest Industry Award

Berlin Daily Sun
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MILAN – Milan Lumber Company has been given the 2015 Outstanding Forest Industry Award by the N.H. Timberland Owners Association. The award, established in 1991, recognizes superior business management, efficiency, productivity, and the quality of marketing of forest industry products. Described as one of the state’s most important sawmills for spruce and fir, the company has been owned by the Carrier family since 2008. “Milan Lumber is a lifeblood in New Hampshire’s forest economy,” said Jasen Stock, executive director of the NHTOA. 

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Union claims Forestry Tasmanian redundancy process lacks consultation

ABC News, Australia
May 13, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Public Sector Union (PSU) is threatening to take Forestry Tasmania to the Fair Work Commission for what it describes as a lack of consultation over staff redundancies. Forestry Tasmania is aiming to make about 50 staff, including fire fighters, redundant in what it describes as “action to reduce expenditure”. But Tom Lynch from the PSU has taken issue with the speed of the process. “We believe that Forestry Tasmania has breached the registered agreement in a number of ways,” he said.

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Sappi sees profit for second quarter soar 75%

BDlive.co.za
May 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SAPPI, the international pulp, paper and chemical cellulose maker, saw profit for the second quarter soar 75% to $56m from $32m in the same period last year, as the group brought net debt down by more than $300m to $1.9bn in the 12 months. The result came as total product sales declined 15% to $1.34bn from $1.57bn in the same quarter previously, but special items provided gains of $68m, up from $4m in the previous comparable period. Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said on Thursday that Sappi had repaid its 2018 and 2019 bonds in the quarter through the issue of a new €450m seven-year bond, with a coupon of 3.375%, and through drawing down from its European revolving credit facility.

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Forestry exit payout probe uncovers serious fraud allegation

ABC News, Australia
May 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Allegations of rorting by Tasmanian forestry contractors of an industry exit scheme are being probed by the Federal Government. The Agriculture Department is investigating one case of alleged fraud and two instances of non-compliance in the $44 million Tasmanian Forestry Exit Grants program. The investigation centres on contractors who claimed exit grants in 2011 and 2012, but continued to work in the industry. The department released its findings on Monday, but Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said there is not enough detail about who committed offences.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canfor mills install first online measurement of fibre wall thickness

Pulp and Paper Canada
May 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A successful collaboration between FPInnovations, Canfor Pulp and PulpEye has resulted in the world’s first technology for measurement of fibre wall thickness. Canfor is the first pulp producer in the world to instal the fibre wall thickness module, FWT, in four PulpEye units in their pulp mills. FPInnovations has patented a technology for determining fibre wall thickness and fibril angle of individual fibres. The rapid and robust technology is based on an innovative light system for colorimetric-based quantification of the desired properties. PulpEye has the worldwide rights and is now commercializing the technology as an add-on technology for its PulpEye online pulp and fibre analyzer system.

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Parrish and Heimbecker building to come down in three seconds

The Star Phoenix
May 13, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The toppling of the Parrish and Heimbecker workhouse on Avenue N South will be a “public event,” says the demolisher. Tristan Rakowski, a partner with Winnipeg-based Rakowski Cartage and Wrecking, the company that’s levelling the building, said he submitted a plan to the City of Saskatoon this month detailing how explosives will be used to take down the tallest building that made up the century old grain mill and elevator. For example, he said the company plans to reclaim more than half of the 1,000 tonnes of lumber, which he said come from trees that could be hundreds of years old. “There are no trees like that in the forest any longer and, if there are, they’re protected. Trying to get your hands on this kind of wood is a rare event, so that’s why we’re trying to maximize as much salvage as possible,” he said.

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Wood frame apartments coming to Estero

News-press.com
May 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

When it comes to building in Estero, design standards have always been high. Even before incorporation, the city had voluntary design review committees for incoming development. That’s why many residents were concerned when the Springs at Estero apartment complex, located near Germain Arena, began using wood frame construction instead of concrete block. “We normally don’t (see wood frame construction) but we’re beginning to see more and more and it’s probably being driven by cost,” said Phillip Green, fire marshal at Estero Fire Rescue.

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Developer supporting Rotorua’s ‘Wood First’ initiative

May 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Work has begun on Rotorua’s first inner city building to support Lakes Council’s new Wood First policy, by use of innovative new wood products. The council policy is aimed at encouraging use of wood products and supporting the district’s vital wood industry. Local developer Ray Cook of R & B Consultants, is taking the lead with the Wood First concept through a new design build and lease back of premises for tenants ACC, on a site R & B owns in Pukaki Street. The move follows an initiative by council controlled organisation, Grow Rotorua, to approach local developers, architects and engineers about utilising more timber in their buildings – specifically engineered wood products (EWP).

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Speech to the Timber Design Conference dinner, Christchurch

By The New Zealand Government
Scoop Independent News
May 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

E aku rangatira, t?n? koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou. It is a pleasure to speak at the conference dinner this evening. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to talk with you all as a group since the election and since again taking responsibility for the forestry portfolio. For almost two and a half years now I have visited our regions and spoken to a wide range of people in the forestry industry to help me gain a better understanding of how the forestry and wood sector works, and where the potential opportunities lie. I will take the opportunity tonight to outline my vision for forestry and explain the Government’s priorities for the timber sector.

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Forestry

Powell River residents shocked as logging company moves to cut treasured trees

Vancouver Observer
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timberlands (I.T.) issued a press release and the Powell River Peak relayed the news to the public that the forestry company was going to start harvesting their timber assets within Powell River. …Many in the Powell River community were dismayed, to say the least, at the news that the forest that stands in the center of their community would be gone in four months. Before they even had time to process what was about to happen, the sounds of chainsaws fired up in the distance and trees could be heard falling. …The company “voluntarily” stopped cutting in that area and have moved elsewhere on their land. The community … hope [to] buy them some time to start a conversation over how and where forestry is done in Powell River.

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Restrictions in effect for two forest service roads

Government of BC
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – The Wildfire Management Branch has issued a road restriction order for forest service roads near the Raft River wildfire, which is burning about 20 kilometres northeast of Clearwater. The restrictions will take effect at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

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Cariboo Fire Centre seeks heavy equipment contractors

Williams Lake Tribune
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With wildfire season underway, the Cariboo Fire Centre said it will need heavy equipment contractors to help with fighting fires in 2015. “We need bulldozers, excavators, low-bed trailers, water tenders, feller bunchers, skidders, forwarders, etc. for the 2015 fire season,” said Emily Epp, communications specialist with the BC Wildfire Management Branch. “We would love to hear from anyone who is willing to be hired.” So far the CFC hasn’t received as many applications from interested equipment owners as it normally does, Epp said, noting heavy equipment operators supplement the efforts of the regular fire crews by felling trees on to fires or digging guards to help prevent a fire from spreading.

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Island forestry fire crews ready for busy summer

Environment Canada predicting hotter, drier summer for BC
CHEK News
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As an 8000 hectare fire continues to burn out of control in central BC Environment Canada is forecasting a hotter and drier summer ahead for British Columbians. It is due to warmer water in the Pacific Ocean off our coast. The hot and dry weather could lead to increased forest fire activity. Forestry fire fighting crews across Vancouver Island are preparing for the fire season and several teams were in Qualicum Beach Wednesday practicing hover-exits from helicopters. This is important when there are no roads to access a fire or when a helicopter can not land. It will be something they get used to pretty quick if the hot, dry forest fire season in BC happens as predicted by Environment Canada. 

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Little Bobtail Lake fire burning over 8,000 hectares

Wildfire management branch says fire that forced 80 people from homes growing significantly
CBC News
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wildfire — roughly 70 kilometres southwest of Prince George, B.C. — has already forced the evacuation of 80 people earlier this week, and close to 700 homes are in danger of being consumed if the fire spreads. There are 120 firefighters, five helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment responding to the incident today. B.C. Wildfire Management Branch says the fire is showing unpredictable behaviour and is showing no signs of letting up. Melissa Klassen, a spokeswoman for the Prince George Fire Centre, said the amount of wood in the region left dry and damaged by beetle kill is also fuelling the fire. She does not expect the conditions to improve over the next few days. 

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Ontario Continues Investing in Species at Risk Stewardship Program

Province Helping to Promote Conservation Efforts
Government of Ontario
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is working with community members and organizations to protect our province’s most vulnerable species by continuing to invest in the Species at Risk Stewardship Program. Through the Program, $5 million is being invested this year in support of 100 innovative projects to promote conservation, stewardship and preservation of biodiversity. Promoting conservation and protecting biodiversity is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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Group Sues to Halt Massive Logging Project in Kootenai National Forest

Alliance for the Wild Rockies calls East Reservoir Project ‘one of the worst logging projects in decades’
Flathead Beacon
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit this week to halt a sprawling logging project in the Kootenai National Forest along the east side of Lake Koocanusa Reservoir. In its lawsuit, the Helena-based conservation group alleged the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of logging on a 92,407-acre area in the Kootenai National Forest violates environmental laws and threatens lynx and grizzly bear habitat… Calling it “one of the worst logging projects in decades,” Mike Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, announced the group went to federal court because the “massive clearcut and logging project” would affect tens of thousands of acres of national forest and five major tributaries to the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa.

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Let’s Talk Timber, Madame Governor!!!

NW Timber Blog
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… Northwest Oregon isn’t the only place the Governor could increase revenue from improved forest management. The State Land Board, Chaired by Governor Brown has over 80,000 acres of very productive forestland on the Elliott State Forest. These Common School Fund trust lands have seen a sharp decline in timber production following the settlement of an Endangered Species Act lawsuit filed by environemntalists upset with the new forest management plan to manage the ESF. Madame Governor, it is not just the US Forest Service’s National Forests and the USDI Bureau of Land Management’s Oregon & California trust lands that need the President’s attention.

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Logger seeks $2.5 million in damages

Daily Inter Lake
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Rexford-based logger is seeking $2.5 million in damages from the U.S. Forest Service for what a federal court in February deemed the wrongful termination of his logging contract in the Kootenai National Forest. On April 29, a federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Forest Service to pay Enos Miller $56,000 in attorney fees after Miller won his appeal on Feb. 20.   The logging contract was awarded to Miller in August 2010. The forest terminated his contract in 2011, a decision that initially was upheld before being overturned by the federal appeals court. Miller is now attempting to recoup money he would have gotten had the sale proceeded as planned.

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Congressman Wants Tough Measures

Payson Roundup
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Representative Paul Gosar spoke Wednesday to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, gathering up a heaping helping of praise from Payson Mayor Kenny Evans for helping the town cope with the federal government. Evans and Gosar bantered back and forth about who would get to make the announcement that the US Forest Service has finally approved a purchase agreement for a 253-acre site on which the Rim Country Educational Alliance wants to build a 6,000 student university.

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Oregon’s policies on federal forestlands distressing

Letter to the editor
Statesman Journal
May 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

President Obama’s visit to the state prompted some (including the Statesman Journal) to call for executive leadership on Oregon timber issues. But how has Oregon demonstrated leadership in this area? Oregon has the most industry-friendly logging regulations of any of our neighboring states. As a result of lax policies that allow heavy sediment and chemical runoff from state and private forest lands into watersheds, federal officials rejected Oregon’s coastal pollution plan. State forestry officials have shielded the timber industry from scrutiny and bungled investigations into violations and are lobbying LEED sustainability officials to lower their standards so Oregon logs can be labeled as responsibly grown.

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Assembly votes down intervention in timber sale appeal

KSTK News
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday against further intervention in a lawsuit to support the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. Last year, Wrangell paid $5,000 to join Craig, Ketchikan and a few private businesses in opposing conservation groups that were trying to stop the timber sale. The court ruled in favor of the timber sale and the municipalities. Now, conservation groups are taking the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Some businesses and municipalities are paying an extra $3,000 to intervene in the appeal process. They want to make sure the U.S. Forest Service sale of 95 million board feet between Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove goes through.

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Timber-sale appeals a costly mess

Daily Inter Lake
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The conclusion of a recent academic study should come as no surprise to anyone: Timber-sale appeals cost money both for the community and agencies dealing with the appeals. The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research looked at impacts of litigation involving federal timber projects, particularly in Forest Service Region 1, which encompasses Northwest Montana. That validates the concerns raised by many in the business community and timber industry over lawsuits affecting projects needed to keep raw materials flowing to local sawmills.

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Tulare County supervisors talking water on D.C. trip

Visalia Times-Delta
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Another drought-related topic on minds of the supervisors is to get the federal government to fund forest-management projects to reduce the growing threat of wildfires in U.S. National Forest lands here. In April, the agency conducted aerial surveys of its lands in in the Sierra mountains, Southern California and the coastal areas to assess their health after ground observers reported increasing mortality rates among trees. “In total, approximately 12.5 million trees were mapped as recently killed by drought and bark beetles during this survey,” according to a Forest Service summary.

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State’s forests must be managed properly

Watertown Daily Times
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For those of you who don’t realize it, New York state has 18 million acres of the forest land and 75 percent or 13 million acres is privately owned. We are losing 5 to 7 percent every year to development, fires, invasive species, etc. Do you know that the forest industry is a $12 billion industry, provides clean water and clean air, wood products, paper (for bathrooms also), furniture, housing, recreation, wildlife, oxygen, carbon sequestering, biomass for heating and electricity and more? Forestry is one of the top 10 industries in the state, providing jobs to more than 49,000 people and then the ripple effect jobs of local grown.

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Indonesia Comes Up Short in $1 Billion Bid to Save Forests

A moratorium is renewed, but progress in saving trees and slowing carbon emissions has been slow
Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JAKARTA—Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to renew a ban on new licenses to log primary forest and peat land, in response to pressure to do more to help combat deforestation and reduce carbon emissions. The moratorium, never intended as a comprehensive solution to the problem, hasn’t rolled back deforestation since it was implemented in 2011 under a deal with Norway, which promised to pay $1 billion if Indonesia took action to protect its dwindling forests. The results have been less than hoped for, and Indonesia has received only about $50 million from Norway. Norway’s prime minister recently urged Mr. Widodo to pick up the pace.

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Indonesia extends moratorium on partial forest clearing

May 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo extended the country’s partial forest-clearing moratorium on Wednesday, the day of its expiration, leaving largely intact a policy civil society groups had demanded be strengthened. Environment and forestry minister Siti Nurbaya said the government greatly appreciated the calls from organisations such as Greenpeace, Walhi, Kemitraan, Sawit Watch, World Resources Institute and others, and that now that the extension was official, a detailed, cross-ministerial dialogue to address the proposed changes could begin.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Honor of Being Mugged by Climate Censors

I believe in global warming but also in responsible policies to address it. That can get you in trouble.
Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Opponents of free debate are celebrating. Last week, under pressure from some climate-change activists, the University of Western Australia canceled its contract to host a planned research center, Australia Consensus, intended to apply economic cost-benefit analysis to development projects—giving policy makers a tool to ensure their aid budgets are spent wisely. The new center in Perth was to be a collaboration with a think tank I run, Copenhagen Consensus, which for a decade has conducted similar research. Working with more than 100 economists, including seven Nobel laureates, we have produced research that measures the social and economic benefits of a wide range of policies, such as fighting malaria, reducing malnutrition, cutting air pollution, improving education and tackling climate change. Therein lay the problem. This kind of comparison can upset those who are committed to advocating less effective investments, particularly poor responses to climate change.

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Climate change is partially to blame for wildfires in California

Hydrogen Fuel News
May 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Higher temperatures in the state increase California’s chances of devastating forest fires. According to a forest ecology professor at Northern Arizona University, Wally Covington, although not entirely to blame for the wildfires in California, in recent decades, climate change has contributed to the increased frequency and severity of wildfires, as higher temperatures have left forests across California dry and easy to catch fire, reported Time. Tree death also boosts the potential of wildfires. Another factor that increases the risk of wildfires throughout the Golden State is tree death, which has resulted from California’s four-year long drought. According to a Forest Service report, over 12 million trees in the state’s forests have died and more are anticipated to die soon.

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Vote on Greenfield biomass ordinance expected in June

WWLP.com
May 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GREENFIELD, Mass. – Greenfield could become first town in the state to effectively ban an industrial wood burning biomass plant. The debate started in 2009 when it looked like a biomass plant was coming to Greenfield. It never happened, but those opposed to that original project say it got too close for comfort. “My concern is that the plant would likely be of a much larger scale and I’d like to know more about what the plant would use up and what it would produce it terms of pollution,” said Greenfield resident Dianne Flowers… That’s why Greenfield is considering an ordinance that would strengthen regulations to make it difficult for a new biomass plant to operate.

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Climate change adaptation seminar for forestry professionals upcoming

Petoskey News-Review
May 13, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GAYLORD — The National Institute of Applied Climate Science and the Otsego Conservation District are partnering to bring a climate change adaptation seminar to Gaylord. The workshop is for professional foresters, private consultants, industrial land managers, FAP foresters, DNR foresters and similar professionals and will take place June 8-9 at Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Road. The workshop has been developed as part of the Climate Response Framework, a collaborative cross-boundary approach to incorporate climate change into natural resources management.

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