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Daily Archives: May 22, 2015

Business & Politics

Announcement: Moody’s: North American paper, packaging and forest products bond covenants deteriorating faster than other industries’

Moody’s
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Toronto — The average bond covenant quality (CQ) score for the North American paper, packaging and forest products industry is weakening at a significantly faster rate than the average for all other North American industries, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report. Strength in the industry’s end markets has boosted demand for its bonds, giving issuers the advantage when it comes to negotiating covenants. The average CQ score for a sample of 56 North American paper, packaging and forest product bonds weakened 39% from 2011 to 2014, to 4.33, compared to the North American industry average, which weakened 18% to 4.21 during the same period.

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Catalyst announces major investment in Rumford mill

Canada Newswire press release
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC,- Catalyst Paper today announced an investment of nearly $16 million in the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine, U.S. This is a planned second quarter investment that includes the company’s single largest maintenance expenditure in 2015. Approximately $11.4 million will be invested in various maintenance projects including upgrading the Rumford mill’s Recovery Boiler C, which involves completely replacing the 35-year-old generating bank. An additional $4.5 million in capital investments will be made in Q2 (with $1.8 million invested in Q1).

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Economy in mid-Island region expected to continue to improve

Nanaimo Daily News
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The economy in Nanaimo and the mid-Island region will likely improve in a number of sectors in the next two years, but forestry may never recover to its previous levels, according to Helmut Pastrick. …He said forest companies have been closing mills and curtailing operations on the Island since the industry was severely impacted by the downturn in the global economy in 2008. “It’s hard to imagine the forest industry returning to same output it was generating 30 to 40 years ago,” Pastrick said. “But the worst is over for that industry and those companies that invested in more efficient operations during the downturn will probably survive and will do much better in the coming years.”

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Column: Impact of sawlog supply crunch reduced through co-operation

Williams Lake Tribune
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent article (May issue of the Logging and Sawmilling Journal) on highlights of a panel discussion organized by the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) in Prince George proposes a co-operative approach between government, industry and consultants on how to best use the fibre remaining at roadside after logging. COFI started by canvassing 19 interior forest companies to estimate what was happening in the bush. Estimates of residuals left after logging varied from 12 per cent of the harvest to 30 per cent. The panel members emphasized that “we need that fibre” and to extract it requires a re-definition of forest management including integrated planning and harvest regimes.

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Columbia Forest Products plant to re-open?

Bay Today
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There may be a glimmer of hope that the Columbia Forest Products facility in Rutherglen may reopen. In a news release today,Jay Aspin, MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming says he is engaged in the goal of reopening the facility. The veneer mill has been closed since 2010 when markets and economic conditions forced the company to cease operations. At its peak, the mill employed more than 300 and was a very significant economic contributor to the Mattawa region.

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Northern Pulp says conditions imposed by province ‘impossible to meet’

Mill owner says the province is breaking its own established contracts with the company
CBC News
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owner of the Northern Pulp mill says the province’s environmental conditions are “impossible to meet.” Paper Excellence Canada, the mill’s owner, also says the conditions break the province’s own established contracts with the company. …”The cumulative cost and uncertainty associated with the approval and construction of a new effluent treatment system jeopardize the long term economic viability of the mill and is inconsistent with the agreements,” states the appeal from Northern Pulp.

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Lumber Liquidators Stock Tanks After CEO Resigns

Wall Street Journal
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. fell as much as 17% Thursday morning after the company unexpectedly announced the resignation of its chief executive, Robert M. Lynch. Mr. Lynch’s abrupt departure comes as the hardwood flooring company continues to face pressure over the safety of its products. Thomas Sullivan, the company’s founder, will assume the role of CEO in the interim, and the company said it will conduct a national search for a replacement. John M. Presley, Lumber Liquidators’ lead independent director, has been appointed nonexecutive chairman. The appointments are effective immediately.

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Lumber Set to Build on Its Rally

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

Lumber prices are on the upswing–and a possible rebound in U.S. home building may keep them high. A government report on Tuesday showed U.S. new-home construction jumped 20.2% in April, to the highest level since November 2007. The report is the first good news for housing, which accounts for about 40% of U.S. lumber demand, following several months of lukewarm data. The housing surge, the biggest monthly gain in percentage terms since February 1991, is likely to extend a recent rise in lumber prices, analysts and traders said.

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Leading indicators in April soar past expectations

CNBC News
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An indicator of U.S. economic activity jumped in April, widely surpassing analyst expectations and suggesting that the weaker growth in the first quarter may be over. The Conference Board said Thursday its Leading Economic Index rose 0.7 percent to 122.3 in April following a 0.4 percent increase in March, and a 0.2 percent decline in February. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had forecast the leading economic index to increase by 0.3 percent in April. “April’s sharp increase in the LEI seems to have helped stabilize its slowing trend, suggesting the paltry economic growth in the first quarter may be temporary,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board, in the press release.

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Frost Hardwood Lumber Company – 104 years old and still going strong

San Diego Daily Transcript
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

When Albert Abel Frost bought a railcar load of maple wood flooring and sold it to his first customers in San Diego back in 1911, he may not have known he was laying the foundation for a family business that has lasted more than 100 years. His lumberyard … has shifted location several times over the past century, but his sons, grandsons and great-grandson have steadfastly stuck with the flooring and cabinetry business he began. Frost Hardwood Lumber Company is now managed by two grandsons — James Frost, who is president, and GT Frost Jr., who is CEO — and great-grandson Byram Frost, who is a vice president and James’ nephew.

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American Pole and Timber Awards Two Scholarships For The Spring 2015 Semester

Digital Journal
May 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

This year marked the launch of the American Pole and Timber Scholarship, and the first winners have been selected. APT asked the question, “In what ways can the increased use of wood and wood-derived building materials in construction make the most positive impacts on the environment in next 35 years (by 2050)?” Responses came from all over the country, in many different and creative formats, with various ideas and concepts. After careful consideration two winners were chosen to receive the APT scholarship in the amount of $500 each.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New bridge and boardwalk open

Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new Community Forest bridge and boardwalk was celebrated at Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden and opened jointly by Sunshine Coast Community Forest president Glen Bonderud and Botanical Garden president Gerry Latham on Wednesday, May 13. Shíshálh Nation musician Andy Johnson began the celebration with a welcome song from the bridge. Made from local wood products and built by local firm MPA Project Management, this amenity gives the public access to a newly dug pond and wetland. …The project was made possible by a Community Forest legacy grant, with the approval of District of Sechelt Council. 

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13 story timber tower to be built in Quebec City, will be tallest in North America

TreeHugger
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province of Quebec has a lot of trees and forests, and a nascent Cross-Laminated Timber industry. Now Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district is getting a 13 storey tower constructed of mostly CLT… Designed by Yvan Blouin, the building is a condominium being marketed as the Origine… The interior renderings don’t show any exposed CLT, which is a shame; it is lovely to look at. Perhaps the fire authorities are not yet convinced that it doesn’t have to be protected by drywall. It is being built by Nordic Structures … and will help pave the way for the development of a North American market for solid wood building products made in Quebec.

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VTT converts lingocellulosic biomass to industrial chemicals

Biomass Magazine
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals: benzene, toluene and xylene. The aim of this research is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil in, for example, plastics, fuels, medicine and paints. Demand has grown rapidly for chemicals generated from renewable sources, creating a need for alternative, environmentally friendly production routes. Particularly sought-after chemicals include pure aromatics, such as the BTX chemicals benzene, toluene and xylene.

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Supercomputer unlocks secrets of plant cells to pave the way for more resilient crops

Nanotech-now.com
May 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Melbourne — The insights could pave the way for more disease resistant varieties of crops and increase the sustainability of the pulp, paper and fibre industry — one of the main uses of cellulose. Tapping into IBM’s supercomputing power, researchers have been able to model the structure and dynamics of cellulose at the molecular level. The work, which was described in a paper published in Plant Physiology, represents a significant step towards our understanding of cellulose biosynthesis and how plant cell walls assemble and function. The research is part of a longer-term program at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative to develop a 3D computer-simulated model of the entire plant wall.

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Forestry

Biodiversity is complex

Letter by Tony Greenfield, Halfmoon Bay
Sunshine Coast Reporter
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rick O’Neill and Gayle Neilson have both disparaged in your recent editions comments I made about biodiversity and logging on the Sunshine Coast. Biodiversity is a complex topic but both my critics offer the simplistic critique of armchair naturalists that continuous, closed canopy coniferous forest is good and any logging of same is bad. Anyone who has ever walked in a three-year-old regenerating clearcut on the Sunshine Coast must be stunned by the burgeoning biodiversity therein …It is likely that 100 per cent of common nighthawk nesting on the Sunshine Coast is in logged areas as the species has no interest in closed forest. As the marbled murrelet is dependent on old growth forest, so are other species dependent upon forest openings. 

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Fort Nelson First Nation uses fire to save bison, limit wildfires

CBC News
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Using a helicopter and a machine that pumps out 100 flaming ping-pong balls every minute, a team from the Fort Nelson First Nation recently took to the air to set fire to almost 3,000 hectares of forest in the Liard River area in northeastern British Columbia. It’s part of the First Nation’s ongoing efforts to help a threatened herd of wood bison. “Prescribed fire is very important to keep range land open, as far as the ability to access forage and vegetation for bison,” said Sonja Leverkus, an ecologist working with the First Nation. The wood bison were reintroduced to Nordquist Lake two decades ago, after being extirpated from the area in 1906.

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Forest fire near Mayo now top priority for Yukon crews

Fire 19 km from community was started by lightning on Wednesday
CBC News
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire near Mayo, Yukon, that started Wednesday is now the top priority for firefighters in the territory, according to Yukon Wildland Fire Management. The 12-hectare fire near Francis Lake is about 19 kilometres southeast of Mayo, which has a population of about 400. The fire has been deemed a priority because of its proximity to the community and the area’s dry conditions. “Obviously, the priority is to limit the growth of that fire and eventually extinguish it,” said Fire Information Officer George Maratos.

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Groups say TimberWest went on logging-spree ahead of new rules

Globe and Mail
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups have accused TimberWest of speeding up logging in the Great Bear Rainforest before tougher regulations take effect – an allegation the company denies. The province notes TimberWest is meeting legal requirements. Sierra Club B.C., Greenpeace and ForestEthics Solutions alleged Thursday that TimberWest has significantly increased its logging of the Great Bear Rainforest in recent years. They said satellite imagery suggests TimberWest logged more than 4,400 hectares of rain forest between 2009 and early 2015. The environmental groups also accused TimberWest of going over its annual allowable cut and called on the company to freeze operations in the region.

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Busy summer ahead for tankers

Alberni Valley Times
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wayne Coulson has big plans for the Martin Mars water bombers this summer. The CEO of the Coulson Group of Companies, which owns the mighty twin tankers, said one of the planes should be in a U.S. museum later this summer, and the other will be training Chinese government workers to fight forest fires there. Chinese workers will be in the Alberni Valley this summer, Coulson said. They’ll be learning how to operate the Hawaii Mars – the world’s largest flying tanker. But Coulson’s plans to ship the Philippine Mars to the U.S.

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Progress made on Bobtail forest fire

Prince George Citizen
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crews have made significant progress on containing a major forest fire southwest of Prince George but not enough to completely calm the fears of property owners in the area. The Little Bobtail Lake fire remained at 25,000 hectares and was 45 per cent contained as of Thursday morning – up from 30 per cent the day before – while the weather appeared to be cooperating. But Nechako-Lakes MLA John Rustad, who lives at Cluculz Lake, noted many homes remain subject either to evacuation orders or evacuation alerts.

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Protestors occupy cut block

Blockade results in temporary halt to logging in Lot 450
Powell River Peak
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Opponents to Island Timberlands’ harvest in Lot 450 are chalking up a victory after a blockade of forestry equipment has resulted in a temporary halt to logging. Nine women decided to take direct action and block a feller buncher parked in a cut block of the company’s private managed forest land in Lot 450 early Tuesday morning, May 19. Their action pushed the forestry company to withdraw the machinery and move it out of the area. The women issued a media statement later in the day. “After Powell River residents discovered trees marked for cutting with active bird nests in them, a group of women decided to protect trees containing nests,” the statement read.

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LOCALS TAKE PART IN ATTEMPT TO WIN TREE-PLANTING WORLD RECORD

Castlegar Source
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sixty-seven volunteers and forest professionals planted 8,227 seedlings Wednesday at two Interfor harvesting locations in British Columbia’s Southern Interior as part of a North America-wide effort to set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously in an hour. Employees from Interfor and Greenpeaks Resource Management Ltd. planted Spruce, Douglas-Fir, Western Red Cedar, Larch and White Pine seedlings at Windfall Creek near Greenwood and Oatscott Road, east of Whatshan Lake. At Windfall Creek, they were joined by students, teachers and parents from Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary School.

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Environmentalists call on TimberWest to suspend logging in Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver Sun
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups Thursday accused TimberWest of ramping up its logging in the Great Bear Rainforest in advance of an agreement on ecosystem-based management. The groups are asking the company to freeze its logging operations in the region until planning is complete and are urging the B.C. government to ensure no new cutting permits are approved until new stricter logging regulations — under negotiation between the province and First Nations — are in place. Greenpeace, ForestEthics Solutions and Sierra Club BC argue that TimberWest has significantly increased the rate of logging in the area since 2009, cutting more than 4,400 hectares of rainforest — equivalent to 11 times the area of Stanley Park. About one-third of the Great Bear is protected in parks and conservancies.

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Woodland caribou facing extinction

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

A new study warns a type of woodland caribou is nearing extinction despite conservation efforts, and links that decline to significant habitat loss. “It’s a rather depressing story to have to tell and it’s one we wanted to let people know about,” said Chris Johnson, an ecology professor and one of the authors of the study, published in Biological Conservation in March. The researchers studied five sub-populations found in northeast B.C. to look at the connection between population levels and habitat loss for the central mountain caribou, which is considered “evolutionarily distinct.”

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Video: Firefighters get a handle on wildfire near Prince George

Vancouver Sun
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Little Bobtail Lake fire that has gobbled up 25,000 hectares of forest in central BC is 45 per cent under control. More than 300 fire-fighting personal have been battling the biggest blaze in the province.

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Optimal forest rotation age under efficient climate change mitigation.

Cornell University
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

This paper considers the optimal rotation of forests when the carbon flows of orest growth and harvest are priced with an increasing price. Such an evolution of carbon price is generally associated with economically efficient climate change mitigation, and would provide incentives for the land-owner forenhanced carbon sequestration. With an infinitely long sequence of even-aged forest rotations, the optimal harvest age changes with subsequent rotations due to the changing carbon price. The first-order optimality conditions therefore also involve an infinite chain of lengths for consecutive forest rotations, and allow the approximation of the infinite-time problem with a truncated series of forest rotations.

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Aerial spraying bill now includes buffers

Statesman Journal
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Buffers are back in a bill meant to better protect communities from aerial timber spraying. The House Rules Committee on Thursday adopted an amendment strengthening House Bill 3549, industry-supported legislation negotiated in response to highly publicized reports of people and pets being sickened by pesticide drift or accidental exposure. Victims had asked for advance notice of timber sprays, for access to records of what was sprayed where and when, and for buffer zones around homes, schools and nonfish-bearing streams.

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Restore forests to slow climate change

The Sacramento Bee
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week, leaders from the United States and around the world gathered in Sacramento to sign an agreement to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. While it may seem far removed from the rainforests of California’s Klamath River basin, where I live, global warming hits very close to home. The new partnership includes tropical rainforest states such as Jalisco in Mexico and Acre in Brazil. Much like Northern California’s redwood region was prior to the post-World War II logging boom, the Amazon rainforest is rich in resources coveted by industries seeking to exploit them.

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An unprecedented, collaborative effort

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

Yesterday morning, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to review efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse – a ground-dwelling bird whose habitat has shrunk by half over the past decades. We’d like to share our perspective about what’s really at stake when we talk about the bird. There are challenges in the iconic and unbroken sagebrush landscapes of the American West. Increasingly intense fires, invasive species and development are fragmenting rangeland that ranchers and farmers have relied upon for generations.

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Forest Service aims to begin discussion on beneficial forest fires

Elko Daily Free Press
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELKO – With the fire season rapidly approaching, local U.S. Forest Service representatives have opened the dialogue on when to allow fires to burn for the benefit of the resources. The agency developed a map that designates land in the National Forest as either red or green zones. Troy Phelps, Forest Service district fire management officer who was been introducing county leaders to the maps, said if a fire ignites in any of the green areas, fire officials will determine whether it could help the health of the forest. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, we’re going to suppress them,” he said.

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Narrow weed killer no-spray zones endorsed by House committee

The Oregonian
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Oregon House of Representatives committee on Thursday endorsed an industry-backed bill that would slightly restrict the aerial spraying of herbicides in Oregon’s forests. With little debate, the House Rules committee unanimously adopted an amendment to House Bill 3549 that would reestablish 60-foot no-spray buffers around homes and schools. Oregon currently does not require a safety gap between helicopters spraying dangerous chemicals and homes or schools — even those in session. The 60-foot buffer, in place in Oregon until the mid-1990s, revives a key part of reform proposals that had been dead.

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Blm Looks To Public For Input On Plan

Management options include sustainable timber products on 2.5 million acres
Polko Itemizer-Observer
May 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

POLK COUNTY — Oregon Bureau of Land Management is holding a series of open houses and workshops on its draft resource management plan (RMP) and environmental impact statement for Western Oregon. Five of those meetings will be in Salem, including an open house on Thursday at the Willamette Heritage Center. #The draft RMP outlines how the BLM will manage its lands for the recovery of threatened and endangered species, providing for clean water, and producing a “sustained yield” of timber products, among other objectives. There are 2.5 million acres in Oregon, which includes a portion in Polk County. #There are five alternative management plans, which include a “no action” option, plus two sub-alternatives under consideration in the document.

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State investigates spray crew exposure to herbicide

Associated Press
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two state agencies are investigating aerial spraying operations on private timberlands in the southern Coast Range, where a member of the spraying crew says he had to regularly take shelter from herbicides sprayed from a helicopter. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division said Thursday they were alerted through the Oregon Emergency Response System after truck driver Darryl Ivy quit his job on the spraying crew and went to a hospital last month complaining of blisters in his mouth and a swollen airway.

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Trees don’t just grow

North Country Now
May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

n response to “Tree Cutting” which ran in the May 9 issue of North Country This Week, the removal of trees and replanting is a complicated thing. While I don’t know the practices of the logger who buys timber; I assume they are running a home sawmill or selling firewood. Forest management by properly trained loggers and foresters will result in more valuable forests and healthy ecosystems. Trees don’t just grow. Forests left on their own don’t automatically result in a healthy environment. Weed trees like tartarian honeysuckle and European buckthorn tend to fill in and choke out everything else in forests, while providing no habitat value for any wildlife.

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Supporter squares off with anti-national park panel in East Millinocket

Bangor Daily News
May 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Opponents and proponents of a proposed 150,000-acre national park accused each other of spouting misinformation during an informational meeting on the plan Wednesday night at Schenck High School. Park supporter Matthew Polstein, who was not among the scheduled speakers, sparked the contentious debate with members of a panel during the event hosted by the Maine Woods Coalition, which opposes the park. The anti-national park event was organized in response to a pro-park informational meeting held last month at Schenck in advance of a nonbinding town referendum on the issue next month.

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‘Forestry and timber’: a sector with potential for growth and job creation

May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Economically, our forests produce wood, a natural resource that has its own economic structure. In ecological terms, they are a great source of plant and animal biodiversity and they help us fight against increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and have sources of drinking water… Socially, our forests fulfil the expectations of the French population: a place in which to walk, a landscape, culture, heritage, etc. So the forestry and timber sector is a growth sector because it’s sustainable.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

This Land is My Land

Private forest owners welcome the opportunities presented by growing pellet markets, but feel their story of sustainability speaks for itself.
Biomass Magazine
May 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

What environmental groups opposing the commercial wood industry must know is that invasive species such as the bark beetle are more destructive to U.S. forests than logging operations. In Colorado and Wyoming alone, an estimated 100,000 beetle-killed trees fall per day, according to the USDA’s Forest Service. The worst part? Bark beetles kill indiscriminately, offer no profit opportunity, provide zero value-added products to society, never replenish their lands and have no best-management practices to speak of whatsoever. They just destroy and move on. Their actions fly in the face of countless federal, state and local laws and regulations implemented to protect and conserve.

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Words from the Wise

Biomass Magazine
May 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

At this year’s International Biomass Conference & Expo, Biomass Magazine invited four executives from the pellet sector to a roundtable conversation about their businesses, teams and outlooks for the near future. Joining the discussion were James Roecker, CEO at Georgia Biomass; Bruce Lisle, CEO at Energex Pellet Fuel Inc.; T.J. Morice, vice president of marketing and operations at Marth Companies, and Ben Rose, CEO of Michigan Wood Fuels. The following are excerpts from their conversation.

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Save rainforests or they will worsen climate change, warns ex-WWF chief

The Guardian UK
May 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A top conservationist has called on world leaders and environmentalists to urgently renew their focus on the state of tropical rainforests, arguing that the issue has dropped off the political agenda even though the world is “not far away from a dangerous tipping point”. Claude Martin, the author of a report on the precarious health of tropical forests and a former head of the WWF, said the world ignored the plight of forests at its peril, calling them “vital to the future of humanity” and stressing that governments needed “a wake-up call”. “Tropical rainforests have disappeared from the political radar…,” Martin said at the launch in Berlin of On the Edge, which was commissioned by the global thinktank Club of Rome.

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