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Daily Archives: May 26, 2015

Business & Politics

Cenovus evacuates oilsands project due to nearby forest fire

Access road cut off, about 1,800 workers involved
Reuters
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

FOSTER CREEK, ALB. (Reuters) — Cenovus Energyhas evacuated about 1,800 workers and shut down productionat its Foster Creek oilsands site in Alberta asa precaution because of a nearby forest fire, the company said. “Most of thesewere construction contractors. We won’t be able to return to the site untilfire officials deem it safe,” Reg Curren,a spokesman for Cenovus Energy, said in an email early on Sunday. The company hadsaid on Saturday that the fire was about 30 kilometers south ofthe facilities and had shut the only access road to the operations.

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Forestry after Tsilhqotin

BC Forest Professional,
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Did anyone notice that the Province didn’t officially respond to Tsilhqot’in until September 11, 2015? Why? Things have changed in a way that is hard for people to comprehend let alone respond to. As a result, for those in forestry, now more than ever we need to get our work with First Nations right. We have to be clear in our focus and in our consultation. Our engagement has to be meaningful, without mistakes. Being clear means understanding the difference between affairs vs. relationships, consultation vs. engagement, and stakeholders vs. Aboriginal Peoples.  

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Catalyst Investing $16 Million Into An American Pulp Mill

Nanaimo Business News
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper, the owner / operator of the Crofton Pulp Mill, has announced a major financial commitment to a similar facility located south of the border. The company made the announcement May 21, saying it would inject nearly $16 million into the Rumford Pulp and Paper Mill located in Rumford, Maine. This is a planned second quarter investment that includes the company’s single largest maintenance expenditure in 2015. “Today’s announcement reflects the strategic investments we’re making in our recently acquired US assets to accelerate operational excellence improvements that will ultimately deliver enhanced performance and results,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Forest fire forces 10% cut in Canada oil sands output

AFP
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ottawa – Two oil companies announced Monday the temporary shuttering of their Canadian oil sands mines and the evacuation of hundreds of staff as a massive forest fire creeped close. The combined Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources Limited facilities account for 233,000 barrels of oil produced per day or 10 percent of the region’s total upstream oil production… The oil plant itself is not threatened by the fire, it added. It usually produces an average of 135,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Man on a Mission

250 News
May 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Adam Connell is a man on a mission. He is determined to collect at least ten thousand signatures on a petition to demand a public inquiry into the fatal mill explosions in Burns Lake in Prince George. …“So far, we have collected about 5,000 signatures” says Connell, who has been visiting communities throughout the province hoping to gather enough names to get Premier Christy Clark to call a public inquiry. “The families need answers, they want justice and so far, no one has been held accountable for these tragedies” says Connell. He says the ultimate goal would be to have regulations in place that have real teeth.

Petition calls for public inquiry into mill blasts from The Prince George Citizen

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Northern Pulp must survive, foresters say

The Chronicle Herald
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There was free fried chicken deep in the woods on McLellans Mountain on Monday. The chicken came free with the brand new $450,000 forwarder delivered to Next Generation Forest Management Ltd. The eight-wheel-drive machine, which picks up logs cut by a harvester and delivers them to tractor-trailer trucks waiting at roadside, is the third new purchase by the Pictou County forest management company. “If I’d known when we ordered what was going on now, I might not have bought it,” said company founder Calvin Archibald. Archibald was referring to the impasse between the provincial government and Northern Pulp over the kraft pulp mill’s industrial approval.

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With sawmills closing, what’s next for Shelton?

Community braces for worker exodus, economic impacts
Business Examiner
May 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

When workers first heard that Simpson Lumber’s Shelton mill was closing down, there were a lot of emotions. But three words summed it up succinctly. “They were pissed,” said Aaron Arnold, president of Woodworkers union Local 38 and a safety inspector at the Simpson mill in Shelton. Arnold wasn’t shy about elaborating. “They’re pissed about losing their job,” he said. “It’s not directed at anybody. (For) the bulk of them, it’s just a vast pot of different emotions. The roller coaster is going to be a rough ride for the next six weeks or so. You go into shock. They’re going to get pissed. They’re going to get scared.”

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Crews put out fire at Canfor Lumber near Darlington

WMBF News
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC – Firefighters responded to a fire at a lumber mill in on Highway 52 Monday morning, according to officials. The call for a fire at Canfor Lumber, located just south of the City of Darlington, came in at about 6:35 a.m. Monday, according to Chief Thomas Spivey with Palmetto Rural Fire Department. The call came in after a few plant workers came in Monday morning and found it. The fire was extinguished, and the firefighters were cleared from the scene by 10:15 a.m., Chief Spivey said. The fire itself was in a raised office area in the saw building. There were no injuries, and all the firefighters are okay.

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Chinese logs&lumber imports drop sharply in Q1/2015

IHB
May 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China imported 10.7 million cubic meters of logs in the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of 15 percent compared to the same period of 2014. Chinese softwood lumber imports are also on a declining trend. According to data from China Customs, compiled by International Wood Markets (IWM), China imported 3.6 million m³ of softwood lumber valued at 772 million USD – a decline of 6.5% by volume and 7.5% by value as compared with the same period of 2014. In the first quarter, says IWM, Russian lumber remained the largest softwood lumber supplier to China, and its volume reached 1.6 million m3, an increase of 9% compared with the same period of last year.

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ForestrySA executive faces court over abuse of public office allegations

ABC News, Australia
May 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A man who was ForestrySA’s chief executive has faced a South Australian court charged with abuse of public office. Adrian Hatch, 56, of Point Lonsdale in Victoria appeared briefly in the Magistrates Court at Mount Gambier. The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption alleged Hatch improperly exercised influence to benefit a company between 2013 and mid-January last year. Hatch was granted bail and its conditions varied to allow planned overseas trips next month and in September. The case will return to court in July.

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Fire breaks out at Stornoway sawmill

BBC News
May 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A fire has destroyed a store and machinery at a sawmill near Lews Castle College in Stornoway on Lewis. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was alerted to the blaze at 05:00. More than 20 firefighters from Stornoway and Shawbost brought the incident at the Stornoway Trust-owned mill under control by 08:30. No-one was injured and the fire service has started an investigation into the cause. Steve Oliver, of SFRS, said: “The fire was very close to administrative offices and other workshops and crews worked very hard to preserve as much of the building as they could. “The roof is in an unsafe state and will require to be made safe before investigations can commence.”

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Setra investing in extension of Kastet sawmill

EUWID
May 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Swedish Setra Group is investing in the construction of a new log feeder and an enlargement of the drying capacity at the Kastet small-diameter pine sawmill. According to information from the head of Setra’s lumber division, Jonas Björnståhl, the measures are scheduled for 2016. The planned progressive kiln is to be connected to the work’s track system in order to perform the internal working processes more efficiently in future.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Don’t Write Off Paper Just Yet

National Public Radio
May 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…In the real world, paper doesn’t appear to be faring much better. Not only are U.S. companies facing precipitous drops in demand, they’re also confronting tough competition from the country that invented paper 2,000 years ago. “China dwarfs what we’re doing,” says Thad McIlroy, a paper industry analyst, in a statement that is more literal than you might imagine. Chinese scientists have developed genetically modified trees that grow as much as 10 times faster than natural trees. And the Chinese government pumps billions of dollars of subsidies into the country’s paper mills. Meanwhile, global demand for many kinds of paper, such as newsprint, is in free fall.

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Forestry

How Companies Are Striving for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

Huffington Post
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Consumer demand for eco-conscious products and services is on the rise, and more and more large companies are making high-profile commitments to end deforestation in their supply chains as a result. Given the size and scope of these corporations, it will take not only the corporate will to make the necessary changes, but also the creation of innovative technologies and solutions to revise supply chain practices. Despite increased demand for recycled materials and more environmentally-friendly sourcing there is no consensus about how pulp and paper and palm oil suppliers can best implement changes and make the transition in a way that continues to meet the demands of their customers.

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FPAC and PwC release new Buyers’ Guide to Canada’s Sustainable Forest Products

GraphicArtsmag.com
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Two Sides North America has revealed that The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and PwC Canada have released an updated 32-page Buyers’ Guide to Canada’s Sustainable Forest Products so that customers can be well informed and confident that their purchasing decisions are environmentally and socially responsible. The guide provides practical advice to help ensure buying decisions go beyond the traditional concerns of price, quality, and availability to also consider environmental and social impacts – such as climate change, legality and certification. 

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Forest fire near Prophet River grows to 1,800 hectares

Energetic City
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest fire near Prophet River in the Klua Lakes protected area has grown in size to 1,800 hectares. An evacuation alert remains in effect for the area including Prophet River. The fire is 14 kilometres east of the Alaska Highway and Prophet River. At this time, it is not affecting highway traffic. A crew of workers is heading up to the site to join those already on hand battling the fire.

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Alberta wildfire near Water Valley out of control

Smokey haze lingers northwest of Calgary as province announces full fire ban in forest protection area
CBC News
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial officials have issued a warning about a fire northwest of Calgary in the Municipal District of Bighorn. The 63-hectare fire is burning north of Highway 579 just west of Water Valley, and heavy smoke is reducing visibility in the area. “Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 579 at this time (until further notice), as crews continue to work on a forest fire in the area,” said an Alberta Emergency Alert on Monday afternoon. “The section of Highway 579 that is closed is from Highway 40 to a point approximately 26 kilometres west of Water Valley.” The fire is contained but is still considered out of control. Officials say no homes are threatened.

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Provincewide fire ban in effect for all Alberta forests

Edmonton Journal
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The province has banned fires in all forests provincewide. That includes campfires and charcoal briquettes in campgrounds or backcountry and other areas, as well as all provincial forest protection areas. Others areas, such as municipalities and provincial parks, may issue their own fire restrictions. As of 10 a.m. Monday 29 wildfires were burning across Alberta, including a 200-hectare one near Wabasca. Approximately 2,000 residents of Wabasca were evacuated Sunday night.

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Native band protects the caribou

Calgary Herald
May 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the past 18 years, Rachelle McDonald has heard the stories from the elders of Aseniwuche Winewak Nation. The once-great woodland caribou herds have been dwindling throughout North America for decades as they lose their territory to industrial development, logging and mining. In northern Alberta, the herds that once numbered in the hundreds — if not thousands — have drastically decreased. A few years ago, the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation near Grande Cache in northwest Alberta decided to adopt that role and applied to the federal Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk program.

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Smoke still visible from Cherry Creek prescribed burn

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource OperationsPress Release
BC Government
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CRANBROOK – Smoke from the Cherry Creek prescribed burn will remain visible in the surrounding area as residual fuels behind the well-established containment lines continue to burn. The site is being monitored by Wildfire Management Branch personnel. Depending on local weather patterns, the small and contained fires may exhibit intermittent activity, but they pose no threat to any communities or structures. Since this was an ecosystem restoration project, the fires are being allowed to burn themselves out to replicate the effect of naturally occurring wildfire on the landscape.

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B.C. fire under control, but danger remains from undermined trees

Prince George Citizen
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A wildfire that has been raging for two weeks south of Prince George, B.C., has now been fully contained, but a secondary danger remains. Officials say the fire that scorched 250 square kilometres has burned deep into the forest floor, weakening the root systems of trees and endangering anyone who travels in the area. Fire information officer Erin Catherall said officials are asking users to stay out of the area while dangerous trees are assessed. Bobtail Mountain Provincial Park and Dahl Lake Provincial Park have been closed because of the nearby fire.

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Man dies after being struck by tree during work-related incident

Prince George Citizen
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A man died in hospital in a work-related incident over the weekend after succumbing to injuries sustained when he was attempting to remove two beetlekill trees which had fallen across Fort George Canyon Road off West Lake Road. The man was hauling heavy equipment out to a logging site when he and the owner of the logging company came upon the trees lying across the road. “When they were on their way out to deliver the equipment there were two fallen trees…, the fellow that was hauling the equipment and the man who needed the equipment out there were both on scene and while they were attempting to move these logs off the road something happened and one of the trees struck the fellow,” said Donita Kuzma, northern region coroner.

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Fire crews continue to battle blaze near Kenora, Ont.

Ontario fire crews en route to help in western Canada
CBC News
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An aggressive attack on a large forest fire near Kenora, Ont. was effective, but crews will still be working on it for a while. The fire grew under high winds on Saturday, but according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, it is not a threat to any community. Ten fire ranger crews are committed to the fire, the ministry said, which burned a large area, at one point, burning down power lines and closing a road near Shoal Lake. Fire information officer Deb MacLean said the fire, named Kenora Fire Number 28, is still smouldering.

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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – May 25

Wawa News
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Agency Representatives in the Yukon are stationed in White Horse and Dawson and Ontario Fire Ranger crews have finished all briefings and have been deployed throughout the Territory on assignments. Ontario firefighters and overhead staff in Alberta are positioned in the wildfire management areas across the northern sectors of the province including Slave Lake, White Court, Peace River and High Level. Some are on active duty on fires and some are stationed at bases for initial attack on new fires. A three person aerial ignition team will be departing Ontario on May 26th for Alberta. There are currently 74 personnel in the Yukon and 126 personnel in Alberta.

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Find out who’s financing public lands transfer

The Missoulian
May 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

During the 2015 Montana legislative session, and among some citizens, there was an effort to convert management of our national forests to state or private control. They failed – this time. If this ever succeeds, it will change our public lands, our waters, our way of life and our economic well-being. We need to think about what that means to us. The American West is a semi-arid land. There is not enough rainfall in our valleys to grow crops and support cities without irrigation. That irrigation water comes from winter snows that pile up in our mountain forests. An infrastructure of canals, reservoirs and ditches delivers water throughout the summer to support our crops and cities. The forests, serving as places where snow is collected and stored, can be changed by management with disastrous effects.

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Forest Service Moves Forward On Ochoco Restoration Project

My Central Oregon.com
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Prineville, Ore.— The Lookout Mountain Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest finalized plans this week to move forward with a post-fire salvage and restoration project within the 2014 Bailey Butte fire area. District Ranger Slater Turner signed a Decision Notice that authorizes the removal of hazard trees along 19 miles of roads and logging of burned timber on up to 300 acres of harvest units, in addition to replanting some areas that burned with a high severity. The decision also authorizes riparian restoration activities on six miles of severely burned streams within the fire perimeter. Hazard tree removal and logging are anticipated to take place this year.

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California redwood trees stressed to breaking point by drought, dying in Southern California

San Gabrial Valley Tribune
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Koko Panossian is on death watch. The Glendale senior park services manager gingerly steps around fresh tree stumps, ghosts of 30-year-old coast redwood trees. His eyes meet the brown, scratchy limbs of two towering gentle giants. “You see these ones here,” he said, pointing skyward. “They are stressed. They are struggling to stay green. They are struggling to survive.” Bright yellow caution tape tied in a bow around the trunk of another redwood flaps in the breeze, catching his eye.

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West Yellowstone ponders $1.4M forest land purchase

Associated Press
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEST YELLOWSTONE — How does a town expand when it’s surrounded by federal land? West Yellowstone city officials are facing that very question as they contemplate spending more than $1.4 million to acquire 80 acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest land adjacent to the community, which is located about 90 miles south of Bozeman. “We’re landlocked here,” said Brad Schmier, West Yellowstone mayor. “There’s not any private land around the town that could become part of the town.” “West Yellowstone is entirely surrounded by Yellowstone Park and National Forest System land,” said Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, forest information officer.

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The Wyoming way to tackle wildfire

NACDNET.org
May 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The best defense against catastrophic wildfire is a good offense – sound forest management to improve forest health and reduce fuel loads. But state and federal land managers often do not have the luxury to invest; same as catastrophic wildfires consume forests, fire suppression dollars consume budgets. The State of Wyoming is doing its part to reverse this trend. Recent fire seasons in Wyoming have been mild, leaving unused money from the state’s suppression fund. The governor’s office, with approval from the state legislature, made the money available for the removal of mountain pine beetle-infested trees throughout the state. Two $1 million grants were created for the work, under the direction of the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

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State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark’s unfinished agenda

The Seattle Times
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…I want to stand tall for Washington’s forests. And I want others to do the same — including our commissioner of public lands, Peter Goldmark. Goldmark earned high marks when he issued “The Goldmark Agenda,” a strategic plan that directed the state Department of Natural Resources’ work from 2010-14, as well as a recently published update to guide the department into 2017. He could make our state stronger and greener still by fully implementing his own agenda. Specifically, the department should support better standards for timber harvests, improve landslide protections and do a better job protecting habitat for threatened wildlife.

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Southwest Colorado Logger Recognized as Logger of the Year

Pagosa Daily Post
May 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Del Norte CO, logger Michael Rue has received the 2015 Colorado Outstanding Logger of the Year Award for outstanding timber harvesting efforts in southwest Colorado. The award is offered through the Colorado State Tree Farm Committee, which is an affiliate of the American Tree Farm System, and the Colorado Timber Industry Association (CTIA). Rue operates Del Norte-based Michael Rue Logging, which for 34 years has harvested timber and provided logging services on federal, state, tribal and private forestlands in southwest Colorado. He was presented the award at a joint meeting of the Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters, CTIA and Colorado Tree Farmers held in Glenwood Springs on May 8.

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Barron: Who pays for the wildfires?

Casper Star Tribune
May 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE — Can the state afford the costs of fighting wildfires if it takes over management of certain federal lands in Wyoming? That is only one of the questions legislative committees need to answer as part of a $75,000 study of the issues surrounding a potential transfer of public lands management from the federal government. The study is the fifth ranked priority study for the Joint Interim Committee on Agriculture, Public Lands and Water Resources. Although the report on the study results isn’t due until November 2016, chairman Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, said the committee already has discussed possible transfer of some lands in Thunder Basin National Grasslands.

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GOP lawmakers want more timber cutting in state forests

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinal
May 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Thousands of acres in Wisconsin state forests will be subject to more timber cutting, under a plan Republicans inserted this month into the proposed state budget. The measure would provide fresh supplies of wood for the state’s large pulp and timber products industries, which have traditionally relied on private land and a mix of state, county and federal forests for sources of raw material. The forest products industry employs more than 52,000 workers in the state and is the No. 1 employer in 23 counties, according to Forward Wisconsin, an economic development organization. But Democrats complain the logging proposal was devised with little public input.

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Bowing to financial pressure, DNR accelerates cutting of pines

The agency says harvesting younger trees will help increase revenue for schools.
Star Tribune
May 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


With their methodical spacing, uniform height and cookie-cutter shapes, the Norway pine stands planted across 85,000 acres in Minnesota are sometimes disparaged as the forest equivalents of cornfields. Even so, state foresters have spent years thinning the oldest of these groves so they might evolve gracefully into habitat for recreation and wildlife. But now the Department of Natural Resources has rescinded a plan that would have allowed these pine stands to grow old, and instead will auction them to timber companies for clear-cutting.

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Timber 2015 expo an enjoyable business trip for forest-products professionals

Penn State News
May 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With live machinery demonstrations, as many as 85 commercial vendors and numerous business networking opportunities, the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition promises to provide professionals with a valuable trade show experience. But organizers of the event, known as Timber 2015, also have planned activities designed to entertain and educate the loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors, forest landowners and members of the public who attend.

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Why the biggest threat to Leadbeater’s possum remains

ABC News Australia
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The biggest threat to Leadbeater’s possum is the continuing logging of its mountain home. Unless this stops, any other attempt the save the species will be futile. This critically endangered animal lives hollows in the tall mountain ash forests to the north-east of Melbourne and is Victoria’s faunal emblem. A new national park has been proposed to save the last remaining parts of its habitat. However Rod Keenan, a professor of forestry at University of Melbourne recently argued a new national park is not needed. This opinion ignores both the scientific evidence and the economic and social opportunities associated with the proposed Great Forest National Park.

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Koalas in Australia’s Victoria region could be culled

BBC News
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The state government of Victoria may soon cull a colony of koalas living in a popular Australian tourist destination. The Victorian government euthanised about 700 koalas at Cape Otway in the state’s south, in 2013 and 2014. It said they were starving because of a population boom that could not be sustained by local woodland. But critics angry with the latest move say the problem is too few trees, not too many koalas. Despite some bush regrowth, the koala density at the cape remained high and sick koalas might be euthanised, the state government said on Monday.

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Morocco’s majestic cedars threatened by climate change

AFP
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The cedar tree, considered by many to be Morocco’s national treasure, is coming under attack from climate change, greedy humans who indulge in illegal logging, and monkeys. The noble conifer Cedrus Atlantica covers about 134,000 hectares (330,000 acres) of the North African country. Although less well-known than its Lebanese cousin Cedrus Libani, the Moroccan cedar is still a potent symbol of national pride. The cedars cover vast stretches of Morocco’s mountainous Middle Atlas, near the town of Azrou.

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Government proses weakening the Health and Safety law

Scoop.co.nz
May 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand — “The Government’s suggestion that the new workplace health and safety laws will be weakened is very disappointing”, says Hazel Armstrong health and safety lawyer and member of the Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel. “There should be no exemptions for small or medium sized businesses. Most forestry contracting crews I met while undertaking the Independent Forestry Safety Review would fit into this exemption, but they are the most dangerous and are most in need of better health and safety systems”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NYPSC Rejects Renegotiation on Biomass Contract

RTOInsider.com
May 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

New York regulators on Wednesday declined for the third time to renegotiate a contract with a financially troubled biomass generation plant, saying that doing so would threaten the integrity of the state’s renewable energy procurement program. In 2007, the 51-MW co-firing Niagara Generating Facility (NiGen) in Niagara Falls won a $21.6 million contract to provide up to 180,500 MWh of energy per year from renewable-eligible biomass for 10 years. The contract was awarded under the main tier of New York’s renewable portfolio standard following a competitive bidding process.

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