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Froggy Foibles

Children’s Book Transforms Into A Tree When Planted

Gogo News
May 31, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

…most people, especially young kids still prefer printed books that they can pore over for hours on end. Though that is an excellent habit, it also means cutting down precious trees. But what if the book could revert to its roots and transform back into a tree? Now thanks to a Brazilian children’s book publisher, that is possible, at least for one book! The “Tree Book Tree” program is the brainchild of Argentina’s Pequeno Editor and FCB Buenos Aires. …After a kid is done reading the book …, he/she waters the cover and place it in a sunny area inside the house. Once the seeds sprout, the book can be planted in the dirt in any location the owner decides. From then on the book just has to be nurtured like any other plant. 

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Business & Politics

First Nations staking their claims in the B.C. economy (& video)

Court victories have driven monumental shift in economic goals
Vancouver Sun
May 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Tahltan agreed in a 2011 referendum to support the Northwest Transmission Line that now runs north from Terrace, they knew their lives would change forever. The 344-kilometre power line would open up a vast, relatively untouched region of northwestern B.C. to hydroelectric projects and large-scale mines. A century before, in 1910, the Tahltan had declared they were the sovereign owners of a vast area three times the size of Vancouver Island. And although they are vehement about protecting the region they call the “sacred headwaters” — the beginnings of the salmon-rich Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers — they are now also keen to be active participants in the provincial economy.

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‘We have had discussions with RenTech’: Holson rep

Company says not locked into anything, still chasing full pellet production
The Telegram
May 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

While the political storm continued around them this week, Todd May, general manager responsible for the pellet division at Holson Forest Products in Roddickton, said the company is still working toward getting pellet production running full steam. “One of the comments that we’ve seen quite often and read quite often is that Holson has failed. And I don’t think that’s the case. The progress has certainly been slowed and delayed, but certainly we haven’t failed because we haven’t walked away. … We’re certainly working towards accomplishing what we set out to do,” he said. “(The company) still exists and the assets still exist and they’re being maintained.”

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Northern Pulp Mill behind schedule installing anti-emissions technology

CTV News
May 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou County, N.S. is about to shutdown temporarily for changes aimed at bringing it in-line with pollution standards, but opposition groups say the timing still stinks. Starting Saturday, the mill at Abercrombie Point will undergo a “maintenance shutdown” as crews install a precipitator. The company says the ten-storey piece of equipment — which puts an electric charge into particulate matter to prevent it from escaping the smokestack — should bring it in-line with provincial rules.

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Groups seek public comment on Clearwater Paper permit

KXLY
May 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Idaho Conservation league, the Nez Perce Tribe and an Asotin resident are seeking a public comment period for an air quality permit for Clearwater Paper in Lewiston. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley’s largest employer is requesting the permit so it can move forward with a $160 million project which includes a new chip pulp digester. A spokesman for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says Clearwater Paper could receive a draft of the permit as early as Thursday. Company officials will have 10 days to review the draft before a 30-day comment period.

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Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Lignin Partnership Plans with Borregaard ASA

Business Wire press release
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—-Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE:RYAM) announced today that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Borregaard ASA to form a joint venture (JV) at its Fernandina Beach facility for the manufacturing, marketing and sale of natural lignin-based products. The new company will be owned 45 percent by RYAM and 55 percent by Borregaard. …According to Borregaard, the project increases their lignin products
sales capacity by 30 percent. “The Fernandina Beach project represents
an excellent growth opportunity for our lignin business in a global
market which for some time has been supply-constrained,” stated Per A.
Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard.

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Dempsey Wood found good location, great relationships

The Times and Democrat
May 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Charles Parker Dempsey entered the sawmill industry in the early 1950s working for his father-in-law’s company, P.L. Dean and Sons Lumber Co. Dempsey and brother-in-law Robert Dean later took over the business. They expanded over the next 15 years to include three sawmills and five chip mill locations in South Carolina and Georgia. The company, then Dean Dempsey Lumber, was sold to Stone Container in 1984. Ronny Dempsey, son of Charles Parker Dempsey, started Dempsey Wood Products in Orangeburg County in 1988. Today, Dempsey Wood Products is owned and operated by Ronny and his son, Parker. T

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Rains Slow State’s Timber Operations, But No Shortages Predicted

Arkansas Business
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Just as a wet spring can keep farmers out of their fields, standing water and mud can grind timber operations to a halt. Across the southern half of the state this spring, timber-cutting equipment has remained idle as poor weather has resulted in tightening mill stocks. Steve Barham, vice president of Forestry Management and Procurement of Anthony Forest Products Co. in El Dorado, said the company’s mills have one-third of their normal stock of logs. “We just have had an unseasonable amount of rainfall this late winter and spring,” Barham said.

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Company Expansion Means 105 New Jobs in Calhoun, TN

NewsChannel9.com
June 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products U.S., Inc. says it plans to invest $270 million to expand its pulp and paper mill in Calhoun, Tennessee. Resolute Forest Products, a top global paper products manufacturer, is one of McMinn County’s largest employers and it says through this expansion, will create 105 new jobs. ‘We want to thank Resolute for expanding in Tennessee and for the new jobs they’re creating in Calhoun and McMinn County,’ Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

High-capacity batteries made from wood pulp

DaijiWorld
May 31, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

New York: Ever heard of a battery made of wood pulp? Here is one, developed by researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Stanford University, US. Using nanocellulose broken down from tree fibres, the researchers produced an elastic, foam-like battery material that can withstand shock and stress. “It is possible to make incredible materials from trees and cellulose,” said researcher Max Hamedi from KTH.One benefit of the new wood-based aerogel material is that it can be used for three-dimensional structures. “We are no longer restricted to two dimensions. We can build in three dimensions, enabling us to fit more electronics in a smaller space,” Hamedi said.

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World’s tallest wooden building under construction in western Norway

Xinhua News Agency
May 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

OSLO — Construction of what is soon to become the world’s tallest wooden building is well underway in Norway’s western coastal city of Bergen. In the autumn of this year, 62 apartments will become home to new owners in the 14-story structure, known as “The Tree.” The wooden apartment block stands near Puddefjord Bridge in central Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. When completed, the building will be 51 meters high and eclipse the current record holder – the 32-meter and ten-story Forte in Melbourne, Australia.

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Building in wood is more environmentally friendly – and cheaper

Global Timber Forum
May 31, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new study funded by the German federal agency for renewable raw materials… and conducted by architect and software developer Holger König compares the construction costs and carbon footprint of five public and privately owned timber buildings with the costs and carbon footprint they would have created if realised in other building materials. Mr König remodeled the existing timber buildings with the same square footage and cubage as well as with the same energy standards but replaced all wooden structural components with other materials such as bricks, limestone, porous and reinforced concrete, mineral wool, plastics and aluminium. When it comes to carbon footprint, all timber buildings produced much better results than their counterparts built with stone, concrete and steel. 

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Tree bark extract holds promise for bladder, kidney cancer patients

New Kerala
May 31, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Two new studies have shown that botanical extract honokiol, a biologically active molecule isolated from the bark of Magnolia spp., holds promise as an adjunct treatment for aggressive bladder and kidney cancers. The principle investigator Jun Yan stated that the preclinical in vivo study ‘Honokiol inhibits bladder tumor growth by suppressing EZH2/miRNA-143 axis’ demonstrated that honokiol significantly inhibited bladder cancer aggressiveness and tumor progression, adding to the large body of anti-cancer data on this botanical extract.

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Forestry

Saving Canada’s Boreal Forest

New York Times
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

STRETCHING from interior Alaska across Canada to Newfoundland, and sandwiched between the prairies and the Arctic, North America’s boreal forest is a mind-boggling 1.5 billion acres in size — bigger even than the vast rain forests of the Brazilian Amazon or the Congo. And despite the relentless pace of development and industrialization worldwide, 80 percent of it remains wild and intact. But that doesn’t mean that this region of cold-hardy trees, lakes, wetlands and tundra is safe. Corporations have their eyes on the land’s plentiful resources of minerals, timber, oil and gas, and on the hydropower potential of its many powerful, untamed rivers.

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Prescribed fire goes ahead as planned in Jasper

Hinton Parklander
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The prescribed burn in Jasper National Park went ahead as planned and the burn so far accomplished all objectives. Jasper National Park Fire Communication Office Kim Weir said that the fire happenedon May 23. It was located 20 km north of the Town of Jasper and 44 km south west of Hinton. The total area of the burn was 500 hectares. In the past, 225 hectare in this particular area was burned “We now have a total area of 725 hectare of burned area out there… where we have restored the important natural process of fire,” Weir explained.

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Logging company takes heat for cutting old growth trees in the Great Bear Rainforest

National Observer
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmentalists condemned TimberWest’s cutting of old growth trees in the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest remaining temperate rainforests in the world. “We already have a serious deficit of old growth forests in B.C., and it’s very concerning that TimberWest has increased logging in the last five years,” said Sierra Club BC forest and climate campaigner Jens Wieting. The company logged 248,188 cubic metres of timber within the Great Bear Rainforest in 2009, and 778,580 in 2011. Although TimberWest states that it is logging well within the agreed limits, forest conservationists argue the company has been targeting a vulnerable part of the rainforest at a time when sensitive negotiations to protect old growth forest are underway.

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Development pits jobs against the environment in B.C.’s Howe Sound

A series of major projects in B.C.’s pristine Howe Sound is pitting the promise of jobs and economic growth against environmental fears.
Globe and Mail
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Seven major projects worth an estimated $9 billion – including an LNG facility, a gravel mine, an industrial waste energy plant, a ski resort, and housing developments for an estimated 10,000 new residents – are proposed on the shores of Howe Sound. For development proponents the area is ideal, with improved highway access and deep water passage for tankers. And unlike in pristine areas of B.C. it bears the scars of past industrial developments. While the projects offer the prospect of renewed economic growth there has been a dramatic demographic shift over the years and now the promise of jobs is increasingly being weighed against questions of environmental risk.

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Auditor general says B.C. doing better job at monitoring major natural-resource projects

Kamloops This Week
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s environmental assessment office is doing a better job at monitoring major natural-resource projects such as mines and power generation, B.C.’s auditor general has reported in a follow-up to a damning 2011 audit that found major gaps. A progress audit was released this past week by B.C.’s auditor general Carol Bellringer. While it gave high marks for progress, the report said two of its recommendations remain outstanding. It will also release results of an audit of compliance and enforcement of projects later this year. She told reporters in a press conference from Victoria the environmental assessment office (EAO) has made substantial progress…

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Eight new forest fires in the Fort Nelson area

Energetic City
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Prince George Fire Centre is dealing with a number of forest fires in the Fort Nelson area. The Fire Centre has responded to eight new fire starts in the past 48 hours, two of which have reached over 200 hectares in size. All but one of the fires were started by lightning, and the fires are currently being assessed and prioritized as needed. …The fire danger rating is currently “high” to “extreme” through the entire Fort Nelson Fire Zone.

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Crews battle forest fire in northwestern B.C.

Terrace Standard
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PROVINCIAL firefighting crews are at another fire in northwestern B.C., this time near Kakiddi Creek about 25 kilometres west of Iskut. Twenty-three firefighters and one helicopter are aggressively working on this fire, reports the provincial Northwest Fire Centre in Smithers. Cooler and wetter conditions in the forecast are expected to assist fire suppression efforts.

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Aspen helped slow forest fire, anti-herbicide activist says

Prince George Citizen
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Prince George-area campaigner against the use of herbicides in the region’s forests is pointing to the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire to support his position. With the 25,000-hectare fire contained, James Steidle of Stop the Spray B.C. conducted a survey of the area and says he found that spots where there was a high percentage of deciduous trees like aspen did a better job of standing up to the blaze. “It has long been known that aspen don’t burn as readily as conifer trees like pine,” Steidle said in a press release this week. “This fire is a good demonstration of how aspen can be used to benefit fire suppression and make our forests more resistant to fires and catastrophic failure.”

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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – May 29

Wawa News
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As of May 29, there are currently no active forest fires in the region. Most of the region is experiencing a low to moderate hazard with the exception of the southeastern portion of the province which is showing a high hazard. Ontario Agency Representatives in the Yukon are stationed in Beaver Lake, Watson Lake and Whitehorse and Ontario FireRanger crews have finished all briefings and have been deployed throughout the Territory on assignments.

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Portland panelists back collaborative approach to forest policy

Collaboration that kept a John Day, Ore., mill open may be a model as industry, agencies and environmental groups strive for a forest policy that everyone can live with.
Capital Press
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND — The unexpected collaboration of industry, environmentalists and government agencies that saved mill jobs in Oregon’s Grant County could be a model for restoration forest policy elsewhere, panelists said at a May 27 timber symposium. Working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Blue Mountains Forest Partners forged a 10-year agreement to restore 272,000 acres of the Malheur National Forest through thinning projects and other work. The work, funded by a $2.5 million allocation from USDA, provides logging and mill jobs, reduces fire danger and improves the ecosystem, panelists at the Forests and the Economy Symposium said.

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Pine planting: Crews place whitebark pine seedlings on site of Mustang Complex Fire

Ravalli Republic
May 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WEST FORK – On a ridge burned black in 2013, a crew of fast-moving men were hard at work last week creating what some hope will become a new Bitterroot National Forest refuge for a species of endangered pine. In a matter of a morning, the crew planted about 9,000 whitebark pine seedlings over 22 acres in amongst the blackened forest burned during the sprawling Mustang Complex Fire. The day marked the last of this year’s tree planting work on the Bitterroot Forest. “This year, we planted about 242,000 trees over 1,000 acres,” said forester Corrine Anderson. “That’s about normal for us.” But what wasn’t normal was Thursday’s planting of whitebark pine.

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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area: Logging doesn’t reduce wildfire risk

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Missoula County Fire Protection Association’s Chris Johnson’s attempts at fear mongering to help the U.S. Forest Service “get the cut out” is just another smokescreen disguised as a “healthy forest” (letter, May 24). The public is wise enough to see right through this phony issue. Logging our public lands has not resulted in less wildfires. We have examples all around us. In the past 15 years there have been five separate wildfires in the greater Missoula area. These were the East Fork of the Bitterroot, the O’Brien Creek, the Mill Creek, the Mill Town and the Lolo Creek wildfires. Every one of these drainages had been repeatedly logged and roaded.

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Douglas-fir trees damaged by heat, drought, diseases

The Oregonian
May 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Many Oregonians have noticed widespread damage in landscape and forest trees this spring – and weather may be the culprit. “Browning or dieback is often caused by weather-related stress, sometimes in combination with pests and diseases,” said Glenn Ahrens, a forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. Douglas-fir trees are the most common victims, he said, but stress due to weather is affecting many tree species and a variety of problems are showing up. On some Douglas-firs, branches and tops are turning red or brown. Sometimes the entire tree dies. Older trees typically have milder symptoms.

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777-year-old tree is a babe in Muir Woods

San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods — a giant that was assumed to have sprouted up to 1,500 years ago in the Middle Ages — is a measly 777 years old, a puerile sprig in the hallowed halls of old growth, an analysis of tree-ring data has revealed. The study, by a Humboldt State University scientist, is the first definitive determination of the age of trees in Muir Woods. The findings by Allyson Carroll, a tree-ring specialist, mean that a 249-foot-tall coast redwood known by the lackluster name of Tree 76 sprouted seven centuries later than originally believed, at the beginning of the Medieval Inquisition in the early 13th century.

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Forestry experts say commercially thinned areas fared better in 5,524-acre 36 Pit Fire

The Oregonian
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ESTACADA — The bracken ferns already have come back strong, along with the wild irises and ground-hugging thimbleberries. But all around them are charred stumps and trees so badly scorched by last fall’s 36 Pit Fire that they are dying. …On Friday, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Northwest Fire Science Consortium and Oregon Forest Resources Institute led a tour of the burned area, discussing the unique set of circumstances that let the fire grow so rapidly, as well as lessons learned in the fire.

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Bitterroot landowners thin their forests ahead of fire season

Ravalli Republic
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CONNER – When Marty Stomberg first started managing her 160-acre tract that locals call Jack Pine Flats, she could turn a little profit from the trees that went to the nearby mill. Back in the 1980s, she did most of her logging with help from her big team of horses. By the mid-1990s, the prices for lumber had dipped far enough that she lost money every time she went to thin her forest just west of Conner. “My goal was always to have a nice looking forest here,” she said. “I kept waiting for the log market to come back up, but it never has.”

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Conservancy group seeks to buy 700 acres of hardwood forest

The Alpena News
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A conservation group wants to buy 700 acres of privately owned hardwood forest in northern Michigan. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1FTFmHC ) Saturday that the Leelanau Conservancy would use the purchase to protect wildlife habitat and the water quality of a nearby lake. Executive director Tom Nelson says protecting the forest “from future development is really protecting the pristine water quality of Glen Lake.”

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Georgia Forestry Commission – Wildfires Documentary

Georgia Forestry Commission
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

 

When a sequence of the largest wildfires in Georgia history consumed nearly 500,000 acres of forest, farmland and swamp, firefighters from forty-four states responded and finally extinguished the inferno. I became the Georgia Forestry Commission’s spokesperson for this documentary video of the exceptionally-well coordinated firefighting expertise which was produced by Pope-Johnson Video Productions.

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Minnesota Power To Plant 3M Trees in New ‘Rajala Woods’

WDAZ
May 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WDIO TV – Minnesota power has found a new use for some of the land it owns around reservoirs in northeastern Minnesota: a new forest management initiative on five plots of land. The company has named the project after an Itasca County man, Jack Rajala. He has been a 25 year member of Minnesota Power’s parent company Allete’s board, a long-time advocate for white pine conservation and forest product businessman. Minnesota power has pledged $1.5 million to the project over the next decade.

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Coalition says new evidence proves USFS logging intent

Murray Ledger & Times
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GOLDEN POND, Ky. – The Coalition for the Preservation of Land Between the Lakes released a series of documents over the weekend, calling out the U.S. Forest Service for ongoing management practices there. Forest Service officials operate more than 170,000 acres of national recreation land between the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, and have recently come under a storm of controversy in recent months for commercial logging and prescribed burning. The coalition, led by user groups at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, says what USFS officials are calling “management” efforts to restore the woodland to what the USFS says are more desirable conditions go too far.

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Forest Service warns of increase in browntail moth caterpillar infestation

Boothbay Register
May 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is warning Maine residents that the infestation of a noxious invasive caterpillar is worse this year than last year and local residents should begin thinking now about how they want to deal with the pest. Browntail moth caterpillar hairs can cause a blistery, oozy rash or respiratory distress for people who come into contact with them. Winter web surveys conducted by the DACF’s Maine Forest Service  dentified extremely high levels over-wintering web in the tops of oak trees for the browntail moth caterpillar. 

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UNESCO calls for changes to Tasmania’s draft World Heritage management plan amid mining and logging fears

ABC News, Australia
May 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) is concerned about mining and logging under a draft management plan for Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. It wants the plan changed, and has stated that mineral exploration and exploitation is incompatible with world heritage status. The Tasmanian Government is trying to change the way the state’s 1.5 million hectare World Heritage Area is managed. The existing management plan divides the area into four zones, while the new draft plan replaces the wilderness zone with a remote recreation zone.

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Tasmanian wilderness is more than a name

Sydney Morning Herald
May 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The World Heritage Committee is set to slap down an attempt by the Tasmanian government to ditch wilderness zoning from most of the island’s remote south-west. The state government’s plan to make the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area “wilderness” in official name only, and replace it with the tag “remote recreation” for 90 per cent of the 1.58 million hectare area, has been rejected in a draft decision of the committee. Instead, the committee urged the federal government to ensure the area’s new management plan provides “recognition of wilderness character of the property as one of its key values”.

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Drone footage shows what rainforest destruction really looks like

TreeHugger
May 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In some ways, it feels like we’re starting to move in the right direction on deforestation. Last year, the number of companies that committed to ensuring there will be no deforestation in at least some part of their supply chain reached 300, and more companies have added their names to the list in 2015. But in the time between making pledges and keeping these promises, a lot of damage can still happen. And there are still some big companies that haven’t even committed to not cutting down primary forests, as this footage from Forest Heros reminds us:

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Foresters want more consistency from goverment

Stuff.co.nz
June 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FARM foresters and forest owners have welcomed the government’s decision to revive the Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) but both industry groups would like to see more consistency and a greater commitment to forestry in future. Newly elected president of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association Dean Satchell, from Northland, said the Government’s forestry policy had been “shambolic in terms of consistency and at times a disincentive to new plantings”. He said government policy had a huge effect on new plantings and farm foresters needed consistency to give them the confidence to plant more trees.

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Forestry slash management practices have not changed

Letter to the editor
Gisborne Herald
May 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Another massive spill of forestry slash and logs, this time into the Maraetaha River and beach along with hundreds of tonnes spewed into the Kopuawhara stream at Mahia. Again, the same unconvincing excuses from the local logging chiefs who represent the overseas-owned forestry companies. It is obvious that GDC and other regional authorities treat forestry companies with kid gloves when they step outside their boundaries. Awards for forestry excellence were presented at the Eastland Wood Council annual event recently. There was not an award for the company that had no slash leaving their log sites. Perhaps Meng Foon could add a mayoral certificate for this next year!

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

10 reasons not to include burning native forests in the RET

Green Left Weekly
May 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The federal government wants to allow burning native forest waste to qualify for renewable energy subsidies under the Renewable Energy Target (RET). They reached a compromise with Labor early this month for a renewable energy target of 33 gigawatt hours (GWh). However, negotiations have since broken down due to the federal government’s fine print inclusion of burning native forest biomass in furnaces and the retention of two-yearly reviews of the RET. …Environmentalists also fear that burning forests could become a
low-value replacement for wood chipping, which has suffered a collapse
in world markets.

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