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Daily Archives: May 21, 2015

Business & Politics

Dust explosions linked to cold weather

Letter by Ron C. Langille
Prince George Citizen
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a former industrial ventilation engineer I note that both explosions happened during winter’s icy grip – to me this is not a coincidence. To control wood dust build-up, large volumes of inside air are extracted, but equal volumes of evenly-distributed tempered air (at 20C AND 30% RH [recommended by WorkSafeBC]) to replace the air extracted is just as important. A relevant final report on Nova Scotia dust explosions concluded risk factors such as humidity levels and water content in materials can elevate the risk of explosion. Moist dust requires a higher ignition temperature than dryer dust.

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Northern Pulp blasts N.S. rules

The Chronicle Herald
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp alleges its most recent industrial approval is an attempt by the provincial government to “impose conditions” that require the company to cease using Boat Harbour as an effluent treatment facility sooner than scheduled and render the mill unviable. The information is contained in the company’s appeal of the industrial approval, released after a freedom of information request. Northern Pulp, the Pictou Landing First Nation and the Clean Pictou Air group all appealed the approval, issued earlier this year. The new five-year approval calls for major reductions in the Abercrombie Point mill’s water consumption and waste-water volume over the life of the permit.

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Domtar’s Windsor mill becomes first facility in the Canadian forestry industry to be approved under the Customs Self Assessment Program of the Canada Border Services Agency

Stockhouse
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WINDSOR —  Domtar is proud to announce that in recent weeks its Windsor mill has become the first facility in the Canadian forestry industry to be approved under the Customs Self Assessment Program of the Canada Border Services Agency for the importation of wood, wood chips and biomass coming from United States. The Customs Self Assessment Program (CSA) is a stringent process that provides assurance to federal agencies, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that products, in our case wood fiber, and risk monitoring are all in compliance.

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Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard

Associated Press
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

TOANO, Va. — Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. Shares tumbled more than 18 percent in premarket trading Thursday. The company earlier this month said that it had suspended the sale of all laminate flooring made in China after disclosing that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against it. The news show “60 Minutes” first reported that the Chinese-made laminate flooring contained high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde.

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Interview with Allyn Ford, President and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products

541 Radio
May 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Allyn Ford, President and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products talks about the State of the Timber Industry

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Interfor Halts Production at Tacoma Sawmill

Woodworking Network
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

VANCOUVER, BC— Interfor Corp. will curtail operations at its Tacoma, WA sawmill on May 22. The company cited high log costs and productivity-related issues. Market conditions and the time it takes to complete operational improvements will factor in any restart date. Interfor recently bought the sawmill from Tacoma-based Simpson Lumber Company, which built it in 2001. …In reporting its First Quarter results on April 30, Interfor noted a $1 million negative contribution from its Tacoma mill (formerly called Commencement Bay). In addition to higher log costs, lower lumber prices have also impacted results, the company said. –

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European sawmilling in the U.S. South – a game changer?

International Forest Industries
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

With one mill now operating in Florida using 100% imported European log merchandising, sawmilling, drying and planing equipment, what does this mean to the U.S. industry and markets? Could a new sawmill processing technology change the industry? The simple answer is: No. However, what has been proven in seven consecutive WOOD MARKETS’ Global Timber/Sawmill Cost Benchmarking Surveys is this: European sawmills have lower processing costs than North American mills due to the differences in log processing technology.

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National Centre for Future Forest Industries director says forestry should be a sunrise, not a sunset industry in the context of climate change

ABC News, Australia
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest industry should be seen as a sunrise, not a sunset industry according to the head of the National Centre for Future Forest Industries. Director of the centre at the University of Tasmania, Professor Mark Hunt, said it was time consumers started thinking of wood as a product of the 21st century. He said while it was appropriate forest sustainability had been examined, he suggested there was now a new debate. “The discussion in the past in Tasmania has been about the management of our forests,” he said.

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International Council of Forest and Paper Associations names new president

Recycling Today
May 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has named Elizabeth de Carvalhaes as its new president. De Carvalhaes, who is president of the Brazilian Tree Industry, will serve as president for the next two years. “The forest products industry has the potential to respond to many of the world’s needs, and I am honored to take charge of this group of leaders,” says De Carvalhaes. De Carvalhaes was elected at the ICFPA’s annual meeting, which was recently held in Washington, D.C. The meeting was attended by representatives from 18 ICFPA members associations, who discussed future activities, cooperation and sustainability-related issues.

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Forestry ‘must lift profile’

New Zealand Herald
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Rotorua may be the heart of New Zealand’s forestry business, but Scion principal technologist Graham West thinks the industry has a low national profile. And that needs to change, he says, because of the vital role forestry could play in ensuring the country’s economic and environmental health. “Forestry has a very low profile in New Zealand – it’s a very farmer-dominated country,” Mr West told The Land. “[But] we can’t live entirely on the back of sheep and cows.” He predicted the next decade would be crucial for the industry, which is New Zealand’s third largest export market, as trees planted nearly 30 years ago come to maturity in what Mr West described as a “wall of wood”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Sustainable Land Management can Provide Building Materials for Post-Disaster Recovery

United States Department of Agriculture
May 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

After natural disasters such as earthquakes, rebuilding a city needs to be efficient and cost-effective, with an eye towards resilience in the face of future disasters. Engineered wood building systems like glulam and cross laminated timber, also known as CLT, are well suited to meet these needs as they are often prefabricated offsite and can be quickly installed. That helps communities bounce back from disaster in a shorter time frame while minimizing waste. Furthermore, just as trees flex in high winds, timber structures flex in earthquakes, placing wood construction systems at the forefront of seismic design for resilience. 

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Heavy-Timber Proponents Push for 100-Foot-Tall Wood Structures

Engineering News Records
May 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Wood Council, on a roll after it succeeded in getting new provisions into the 2015 International Building Code that allow heavy-timber structure within exterior walls, is proposing even bigger changes for the 2018 IBC, currently under development. The proposal would allow two- or three-hour-rated heavy timber to “safely serve in diverse structures” as tall as 100 ft, said Paul D. Coats, Southeast regional manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), at the 2015 American Institute of Architects Convention, held on May 14-16 in Atlanta.

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Scorched Trees From Black Forest Fire Find New Life As Home Furnishings

CBS Denver
May 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – The 2013 wildfire that broke out in the Black Forest community burned hundreds of homes, killed two people, and scorched thousands of acres. The only thing left for many residents was a cluster of blackened pine trees. One woman affected by the destruction decided to utilize her burnt trees in the rebuilding process. With the help of a reclaimed wood artist, charred logs were turned into home furniture.

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Forestry

SFI Brings Teams from Across North America to Break a World Record for a Cause

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

OTTAWA, ON and WASHINGTON, D.C. — People of all ages and backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada came together Wednesday to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 different communities. “… It was a great feeling to be planting trees knowing that at the very same moment my shovel broke into the earth to help make the world a greener place, other communities in Minnesota, New Brunswick, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Washington, British Columbia, New York, Quebec, and California were all doing the same thing to make a difference in the communities they serve,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI.

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Citizen group coordinates pole line picket

Powell River Peak
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Island Timberlands, the company engaged in timber harvest in Lot 450, is not planning to hold any public forums to discuss its activities on its private managed forest land (PMFL), but citizens concerned about the logging are stepping up their efforts. Sierra Malaspina, the local Sierra Club BC chapter, wrote to the forestry company late April after harvesting began on the urban forest. The group asked Island Timberlands to temporarily pause its harvest to give the wider community an opportunity to provide input and raise its concerns with the company around possible loss of bird and wildlife habitat between McFall and McGuffie creeks and loss of valued trails.

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Consortium to Study Impacts of Resource Development in Northern B.C.

250 News
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – What will proposed increases for resource development mean for northern B.C.? What effects will projects like Site C, new mines, and LNG development have on communities and regions in the North? That will be the focus of a new consortium, the Cumulative and Community Impacts Research Consortium (CCIRC), at UNBC.

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N.W.T. firefighters 2 weeks ahead on fire season prep

CBC News
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northwest Territories forest fire crews are hard at work and ahead of schedule, according to the territory’s fire operations manager. Richard Olsen says that with the record 2014 season still fresh in Northerners minds and this year’s hot, dry spring, crews are doing all they can to be prepared. “We’re trying to remain pretty vigilant in terms of monitoring the fire environment, anticipating where new starts may be, and making sure we’ve got the resources in place to deal with it,” says Olsen. “I’d say about two weeks earlier [than normal].” Olsen says fire fighting crews have been busy completing refresher training and testing as well as preparing their equipment.

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B.C.’s proactive wildfire strategy ‘absolutely missing’, says Quesnel mayor

CBC News
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is not doing enough to prevent catastrophic wildfires and proactive fire management is “absolutely missing” in its strategy, says Quesnel Mayor and ex-NDP forestry critic Bob Simpson. Simpson’s comments come as the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire, southwest of Prince George, continues to rage, growing to 250 sq. km., with only 30 per cent contained. Another fire, near Pelican Lake, northwest of Quesnel, is now completely contained. Simpson says the government does a good job of reacting to wildfires — but it’s about 10 years too late in implementing preventative measures.

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Update on Little Bobtail Lake fire sees 30 percent containment

Prince George Citizen
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As of 8:21 Wednesday morning the Little Bobtail Lake fire is 30 per cent contained because of favourable weather conditions and holds steady in size at 25,000 hectares. The crews, including 315 firefighters, 11 helicopters, 38 pieces of heavy equipment, six airtankers and aircraft supporting ground crews, made progress in getting control lines established and reinforcing existing ones. Night crews finished burn off along the north flank of the fire, got rid of patches of fuel between heh fire and the guard and crews may do more burn off Wednesday morning. While it’s still cool ignition operations show there are still dry pockets present that can easily burn.

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B.C.’s controversial wolf cull program to save caribou will continue

Globe and Mail
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s controversial wolf control program will have to go on for at least a decade, and other animals may also have to be killed if the province’s endangered caribou herds are to be saved, government advisory documents say. The program, in which 84 wolves were shot from helicopters in its first phase this winter, had no time frame when it was announced last January, but was described as a “multiyear” project that was scientifically based. However, Ministry of Environment documents describe the wolf kill program as an “experimental” effort that might not work because resource development has affected caribou habitat so severely.

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Coalition asks council to defend forest lands

Logging by Island Timberlands breaks mandate according to group
Powell River Peak
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A newly formed citizens group, Powell River Forest Coalition, is working on several fronts to preserve forest lands within the city. Island Timberlands has already started logging and plans to cut all of Lot 450, wrote the coalition in a press release Friday, May 15. The group will go before City of Powell River Council Thursday, May 21, to ask it to advocate for saving city forest lands. “The city has preserved the trees in Millennium Park and that’s great,” said spokesperson Jenny Garden in the press release, “but we need them to be aggressively leading the fight to stop destructive logging practices in other blocks set to be cut.”

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Fire has little impact on forest sector

Prince George Citizen
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Initial estimates indicate that while the Little Bobtail Lake forest fire is large, only about 25 per cent of the area burned is timber and the remainder either previously harvested or not forest to begin with, Canfor communications director Corinne Stavness said Wednesday. “About 3,000 hectares of the area burned was slated to be planted this year, and we will also be replanting any burnt area that had been planted in previous years but had not yet reached free growing requirements,” Staveness said. Staveness stressed the fire, which was covering about 25,000 square hectares on Wednesday, was still moving, “so all we can provide is a high level estimate.”

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Forest Capital of Canada Recognition Ceremony

Kapuskasing Times
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Forestry Association and the Canadian Institute of Forestry presented the community of Constance Lake First Nation, the Town of Hearst and the Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté with the “Forest Capital of Canada” award for 2015 and 2016 in a well-attended designation ceremony on Thursday, May 7th, coinciding with the Hearst Legion Springfest. “The forestry industry is an important economic driver in Ontario and for Hearst, Constance Lake First Nation and Mattice-Val Côté to be named the forest Capital of Canada for 2015-2017 reflects that,” said Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Counting Caribou

Ontario Forest Industries Association
Canada Newswire press release
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – Despite declarations by special interest environmental groups that there is a caribou crisis in Ontario, a review of Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) research, scientific evidence, and an assessment of all available and up-to-date data demonstrates that caribou populations are persisting in Ontario. Jamie Lim, President and CEO of OFIA, explained, “Considering the information contained in the OFIA Woodlands Committee’s Op-Ed, we are asking Government to hit the pause button and review all new and existing woodland caribou policy in Ontario.”

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Ontario has a New Natural Skyscraper

Ontario’s largest tree, discovered along Ottawa River, receives tall order
Forests Ontario
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Niagara Falls ON – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in conjunction with Forests Ontario have announced the discovery of Ontario’s tallest tree.  At Ontario’s Biodiversity Summit today, the groups marked International Day of Biodiversity with the discovery of Ontario’s tallest eastern white pine. It is a magnificient 47 metres, or 154 feet, high and located along the Ottawa River at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Gillies Grove Nature Reserve. The finding has been confirmed by Forests Ontario’s Honour Roll recognition program. To give some perspective, this tree is taller than a 13-story condominium and Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

National Public Radio
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The weed-whacker is a frequent companion to the sounds of chirping birds and rustling pines at Ross Frank’s ranch in Chumstick, Wash. With forested land on all sides, he’s clearing dense brush beneath a stand of by his house. “So we’re turning that around manually and mimicking what fire would have done naturally,” he says. Eighty percent of the county where Frank’s ranch is located is owned by the government. Frank says the government needs to do the same thing he’s doing now — clearing out the understory to make future fires less damaging. Most public land near Frank’s ranch is National Forest. “At the ground level, they’re understaffed, they’re underpaid, they’re underfunded,” he says.

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Complaints by truckers, loggers over 4FRI mount

Arizona Daily Sun
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With a major environmental analysis completed and summer weather on the horizon, the time is ripe for thinning to gear up on the largest forest restoration project in the country. …But a recent letter sent by one of the region’s prominent logging companies, as well as comments from several of the area’s longtime loggers and wood processors indicate that in the eyes of many, 4FRI, as well as the company holding the largest contract on the project, are still falling short.

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Interview with Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service

Federal News Radio
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service researchers expect 2015 to continue the trend of above average fire activity. That’s according to testimony Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently delivered to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. That forecast means the Forest Service’s costs could exceed one billion dollars. Chief Tidwell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how his service is preparing for a long, hot summer.

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Leaf a little time for this

Northwest Forest Plan architect to speak in Lincoln City
Oregon Coast Today
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The man known as the “father of new forestry” will give a presentation in Lincoln City on Wednesday, May 27, looking at what ecologists have learned from half a century of studying forests in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Jerry Franklin is one of the country’s leading authorities on sustainable forest management and maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. He was a major contributor to the Northwest Forest Plan, the first large, ecologically integrated forest plan in the world, which covered 24 million acres of federal lands in the Northwest.

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Whistleblower videos reveal helicopter spraying workers with weed killers

The Oregonian
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Exposed atop the barren clearcut in Oregon’s coastal mountains, he hid in the only place he could. A helicopter circled overhead, spraying a fine mist of toxic weed killers. Darryl Ivy took refuge inside his pickup: Windows up, doors shut. The scene was captured on camera, one of more than 200 videos Ivy recorded on his smartphone. Again and again, herbicides rained down. The milky chemical mix stained Ivy’s windshield white and turned his phlegm red. Ivy, a truck driver, spent 17 days this spring on a spray crew in Douglas County, the heart of Oregon’s timber country. He got sprayed so often it became routine. Don’t worry about it, Ivy said the pilot told him. It won’t hurt you.

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Forest Restoration Initiative Promises Hundreds of Jobs

Arizona Public Media
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service soon will hire hundreds of workers to rehabilitate more than 500,000 acres of Northern Arizona forests as a way of reducing wildfire danger. … “Right now, the Ecological Restoration Institute has been coordinating meetings with the industry as well as community colleges and others to create the training that’s necessary for local residents to get those jobs, because they are skilled jobs,” said Diane Vosick,co-chair of 4FRI and director of policy and partnerships for the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University.

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USFS approves Jasper project

Bonner County Daily Bee
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANDPOINT — Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor Mary Farnsworth singed a decision memo Monday approving a forest health and hazardous fuels reduction project north of Priest River. The Jasper Mountain project involves 2,037 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands that are located entirely within a wildland urban interface and was designed by the Secretary of Agriculture in 2014 as part of an insect and disease treatment program at the request of the state of Idaho.

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Logging planned in Benton County forests to promote native species (& video)

KMTR.com
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Loggers will remove hundreds of Douglas-fir trees from several forests owned by Benton County to promote a more ecologically diverse forest. Crews will begin thinning at the Beazell Memorial Forest and the Fort Hoskins Historic Park at the end of this month. Work is scheduled to continue through July. “Selectively take out these trees to increase the health and productivity of the forest,” explained Adam Stebbins, Benton County Natural Resources Coordinator. “They’ll grow much larger and much better canopy for wildlife and future generations to enjoy.” The logging is the first step.

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Over 19,000 Public Comments Submitted for Forest Plan Revision

Flathead forest officials sorting through reams of public input on proposed management strategy
Flathead Beacon
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Flathead National Forest received over 19,000 public comment submissions for its proposed revision of the forest plan, according to the agency. Forest officials are still sorting through reams of emails and letters following the May 15 deadline for public comment. Joe Krueger, project leader and forest planner for the Flathead National Forest, said his team continues to count the number of submissions that were filed and some that were postmarked by last Friday may still be arriving.

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Experimental treatment being used to help save bats in Missouri

Fox2Now.com
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HANNIBAL, MO – The state of Missouri is on the frontlines of the battle against a deadly fungus that is killing off bats at an alarming rate. White Nose Syndrome (WSN) is spreading like wildfire across eastern North America since it was first discovered near Albany, New York about 8 years ago. “White nose syndrome is cause by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans which was first introduced in the United States in 2006-2007,” according to Chris Cornelison, a researcher at Georgia State University. Since then it has spread into four provinces in Canada and 28 states in U.S.

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Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide makes trees use water more efficiently

Environmental Researchweb
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration has allowed trees across Europe to use their available water resources more efficiently, new research has shown. Over the course of the 20th century, the so-called water use efficiency has risen nearly 20% from the increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations. These results, produced by an international research team, including experts from the University of Exeter, are reported in leading scientific journal Nature Climate Change.

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Goongerah Environment Centre threatened with trespassing prosecution after revealing Errinundra Plateau rainforest clearing

ABC News, Australia
May 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Members of an environment group who revealed evidence of rainforest clearing in East Gippsland, in south-east Victoria, have been threatened with prosecution. After being tipped off by the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), the Department of Environment found VicForests had needlessly destroyed rainforest canopy on the Errinundra Plateau. The state forestry compliance officer has now threatened to prosecute members of GECO for trespassing in the disputed logging coupes.

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Romania acts to save forests from logging spree

BBC News
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A fierce debate has erupted over a new forestry code in Romania aimed at protecting unique wildlife habitats and controlling the logging industry. This month thousands of Romanians took to the streets to demand action against dubious sales of forested areas. Green campaigners back the new code, hoping it will curb illegal logging. The anti-corruption agency DNA is investigating some officials in the state forest administration Romsilva, as well as some politicians.

Forestry Code passes Romanian Parliament from the Romania-Insider

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Independent body to review fourth allegation of East Gippsland illegal rainforest clearing

ABC News, Australia
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Government has asked an independent body to investigate a fourth allegation of illegal rainforest clearing in East Gippsland, in the state’s south-east. A departmental report into three similar claims found VicForests had needlessly destroyed rainforest on the Errinundra Plateau. However, there was not enough evidence to prove the state-owned timber company had breached any guidelines or laws.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Maine’s trees envisioned as key to future prosperity

Marcellus.com
May 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Maine’s trees can be used to make much more than paper, a fact that offers a potentially bright future for Maine’s forest products industry if the right pieces fall into place… The event also served as an introduction to Biobased Maine, a reimagined organization supporting efforts to encourage research and development in new technologies that enable manufacturers to turn Maine’s most abundant natural resource — trees — into biobased fuels, chemicals and advanced materials. The organization was formerly known as the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine, but the name was changed in January to reflect much wider potential beyond just bioplastics, according to Charlotte Mace, who was hired last September to reboot the organization.

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