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Daily Archives: June 4, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Celebrit-tree houses: Designer reveals tree houses he has created for the stars including Sting, Donna Karan, Val Kilmer and Julianne Moore

Daily Mail UK
June 3, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

A Manhattan-based designer has cornered a particularly niche market in designing and building luxury treehouses for the super-rich and the super-famous. Roderick Romero, 50, from Manhattan, New York, has created eco-friendly wooden homes for everyone from Sting to actors Val Kilmer and Julianne Moore. His top-of-the-range creations include running water, a shower and sink but in addition also boast all of the amenities those familiar with a life of luxury would expect – including designer furniture, mood lighting and even hot tubs. …’I love connecting people with nature. Most children want to play video games, but you put them in a tree and they will never want to take out the likes of an iPad. Most of the time the adults are just as excited as the kids.’

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Business & Politics

Poilievre aide broke conflict of interest rules: ethics commissioner

Ottawa Citizen
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A senior adviser to Employment and Social Development Canada Minister Pierre Poilievre has been sanctioned by the ethics commissioner for accepting a gift from a lobby group that dealt with his department. George Rae, now director of policy in Poilievre’s office, was found by Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson to have breached the Conflict of Interest Act by taking a ticket to a gala from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in 2013. At the time, Rae worked for then-minister Jason Kenney, who is now minister of Defence.

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Catalyst Paper named one of Canada’s top corporate citizens

PR Newswire Catalyst
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper today announced that it has been named for the ninth consecutive year as one of the Best 50 Canadian Corporate Citizens by Corporate Knights, “the magazine for clean capitalism”, which reports on corporate sustainability and transparency and produces numerous indices, including Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens.  “We are proud to be recognized for our long-term commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship,” said Joe Nemeth, President and CEO.

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First Nations series: Sts’ailes stake their economic claim in land of the Sasquatch

June 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“We want a presence throughout the valley,” says Robert Lagasse, a Manitoba Metis and the chief operating officer of the Sts’ailes Development Corporation. “It keeps us connected to the land.” The list of activities from which the Sts’ailes obtain revenue is large and growing: Private run-of-river projects; BC Hydro’s Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project; logging, road and site clearing, and mobile camp operations; commercial fisheries; a store and gas station; and management of seven recreation campgrounds.

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First Nations series: Sts’ailes stake their economic claim in land of the Sasquatch

June 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“We want a presence throughout the valley,” says Robert Lagasse, a Manitoba Metis and the chief operating officer of the Sts’ailes Development Corporation. “It keeps us connected to the land.” The list of activities from which the Sts’ailes obtain revenue is large and growing: Private run-of-river projects; BC Hydro’s Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project; logging, road and site clearing, and mobile camp operations; commercial fisheries; a store and gas station; and management of seven recreation campgrounds.

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Northern Pulp terminates Aby Karoud after confrontation

‘He did not appreciate I told him I am living in the Mississippi of the north.’
CBC News
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp has fired one its senior managers after he confronted the mayor of New Glasgow at a charity event on the weekend. “I was fired not about incompetence or something I did in the mill. I was fired because I voiced my opinion and expressed myself to the mayor,” says Aby Karoud, who until Tuesday was head of engineering and maintenance at Northern Pulp. Karoud says he told Mayor Barrie MacMillan that Pictou County has a racism problem. “He did not appreciate I told him I am living in the Mississippi of the north.”

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NDP Blasts Wynne Government For Allowing Wood To Go To Quebec And Bypass Ontario Mills

Wawa News
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Today, NDP forestry critic Gilles Bisson blasted the forestry minister for allowing wood cut in Ontario forests to be shipped to Quebec over Ontario mills that need it. “Minister, you will know of Little John Enterprises in Timmins a second-generation sawmill that’s been operating in Timmins for a number of years. They have come to you, in order to get an allocation of 8,000 cubic meters of Poplar needed to supply a niche market they’ve created that is being supplied out of the mill in Timmins. We have gone to you, asking for more wood and you’ve written back to us saying that most of the wood has been allocated,” Bisson said, “If that’s the case then why is it that your allowing 71,000 cubic metres of poplar annually to be shipped to Quebec and not supplying mills here in Ontario?

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Deal to ship lumber to China from Port of Richmond means revenue for city

The Richmond Standard
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Port of Richmond has entered into a new agreement to ship California lumber to China that is expected to generate up to $1.5 million annually in revenue for the city over 10 years, among other benefits, the Contra Costa Times reported Wednesday. The 10-year lease with Fullerton-based RJ Resource Management will fill about 12.5 acres of an underused site at Terminal 3, Port Director Jim Matzorkis told the Times.

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Sawmill’s ‘willful’ safety violation costs temp’s arm

Staffing Industry
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A sawmill operated by Griffin Lumber & Hardware in Georgia has been cited by the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a temporary worker’s left arm was amputated when his jacket was caught in the drive shaft of a conveyor belt in January. Griffin Lumber received a willful violation for failing to ensure workers were protected from an unguarded sprocket and chain. The company faces a proposed penalty of $56,000. “Griffin management admitted to inspectors that the unguarded parts had been that way for a long time,” said Robert Vazzi, OSHA’s area director in Savannah. “This terrible incident proves the company can no longer ignore worker safety and must address all safety hazards immediately.”

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Man who died at Old Town mill was delivering wood chips, fell into hopper

Sun Journal
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — Officials have released more details about the death of a contractor Tuesday afternoon at the Expera mill in Old Town. Mark Guay, 54, of Norridgewock was found dead at the mill when emergency responders arrived, Old Town police Capt. Lee Miller said in a Wednesday email. Guay was delivering wood chips to the mill and somehow fell into a hopper, Expera spokeswoman Addie Teeters said Wednesday morning. …“We believe that [Guay] was attempting to prepare his chip trailer to be unloaded and had climbed up onto his trailer,” Lee said. “He lost his balance and fell into the hopper of the machine approximately 25 feet to the bottom.”

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Lumber exports from Russia increased by 8.3% in January-April 2015

Lesprom
June 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

For the four months of 2015 total volume of lumber exports from Russia increased by 8.3%, to 4.57 million tons year-over-year, as Federal Customs Service of Russia said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The volume of Russian exports of roundwood for the reporting period amounted to 6.17 million cubic metres, (9.3% less than in the same period last year), worth $467.6 million (-24.8%).

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Overview of the global forest industry in Q1/2015

IHB The Timber Network
June 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sawlog prices inched up in the local currencies but fell in US dollar terms throughout the world in the 1Q/15. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell by 8.2%, to its lowest level since the 3Q/09. Global trade of sawlogs slowed in early 2015, with the biggest declines in importation occurring in China and Japan. Japan has for many decades been a major importer of logs, but over the past few years the country has also started to export logs thanks to the weak yen.

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Wilkie wants Forestry Tasmania inquiry

AAP
June 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie wants a state-level Royal Commission to investigate where hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have gone following the financial collapse of government business enterprise, Forestry Tasmania. Mr Wilkie has raised the issue in the federal Lower House, saying that since 1997 there has been $780 million of public funds sunk into an agency established to manage the island state’s forestry sector but now in $221 million debt.

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Tas blocks Wilkie probe on Forestry Tasmania

The Australian
June 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The state government has rejected calls for a royal commission into the financial collapse of Forestry Tasmania. Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie on Thursday told parliament in Canberra there must be an investigation, at state or federal level, into management of the government business enterprise, into which hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been poured. “It’s been run down progressively to the point where, by some estimates, since the late 1980s over $359 million in taxpayer money has had to be injected,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Partisans’ lakeside Grotto takes the edge off traditional sauna design

Globe and Mail
June 3, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

To complement a prefab midcentury cabin on this private island, … Alexander Josephson and Jonathan Friedman were enlisted to design this 75 sq m sauna at the water’s edge. Called Grotto, the sauna’s sleek, angular burnt-cedar envelope echoes the silhouette of the main house. But inside, Partisan exercises its skill with complex, amorphous shapes. …The team sought out a special rot-resistant local cedar, then sculpted it into panels with parallel grains, each panel like the piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The wood panels, mounted with insulation behind them and gaps between them to allow the material to expand and contract evenly, give it a surreal, organic look, as if it were alive. It’s not, yet seams in the cedar panels and ventilation ‘pores’ carved into the seats allow the space to breathe.

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Herald News: Wayne must learn from Avalon fire

Herald News
June 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

THE MASSIVE fire at Avalon at Edgewater in January is still fresh in the minds of Wayne officials and residents reviewing a proposal by AvalonBay to construct 422 residences in that township. And well it should be. The blaze that ripped through high-end rentals in Edgewater may have been caused by a perfect storm of poor judgment and too-lax building codes – unlicensed maintenance workers using a blow torch started the fire, they delayed calling 911 for about 15 minutes, and the complex was built with lightweight wood and truss roof frames.

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Forestry

How Canada Is Endangering Its Natural Wealth

Impaired ecosystems leave Canada at an economic disadvantage. A Tyee Solutions excerpt.
The Tyee
June 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

It’s an old economic truism that scarcity creates value. In an era when natural capital is disappearing around the globe, it’s also increasingly highly valued. Beyond degrading biological, intrinsic and cultural values, Canada’s ineffective stewardship of our ecosystems puts at risk billions, potentially trillions of dollars worth of wealth. As long ago as 1996, Simon Fraser University economist Nancy Olewiler estimated that British Columbia received $2.75 billion a year (adjusted for inflation to 2014) in non-lumber value from its pre-pine-beetled forests, mainly from outdoor recreation, but also from wildlife viewing and recreational fishing and hunting.

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Canada’s GreenestWorkforce: Life’s better when it’s an adventure

Canada Newswire press release
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s summer 2015 Green Dream Internship program. Fifteen students are receiving a scholarship and an iPad mini to help them blog about their adventures as interns in Canada’s forest products industry. The blogs will be posted on TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, an online resource tool highlighting the future direction of the forest products industry and job opportunities available across the country. The Green Dream blogs give students the opportunity to share their adventures over the course of a four-month work placement in Canada’s forest products industry. 

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Delta to plant 1,150 trees

Surrey Now
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

DELTA — Delta municipal council is replacing its Tree Cutting Regulation Bylaw with a new one that will see more trees preserved within the municipality’s boundaries. The news Delta Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw received third-reading approval from council last week. Council also approved an urban reforestation project that aims to see 1,150 trees planted in Delta within the next year, with some of them planted along Nordel Way. Under Delta’s new tree bylaw, council can reject development applications for two years concerning property where a tree has been illegally cut.

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Forest fire to stay smoky for summer

Prince George Citizen
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Little Bobtail Lake forest fire has been completely contained and its is now perimeter completely extinguished, but smoke from the fire will remain visible for the rest of the summer, the province’s wildfire management branch said Wednesday. “Starting next week crews will no longer remain on scene daily but will return to the fire if the fire flares up close to the perimeter,” the branch said. “The wildfire management branch will continue to actively monitor the fire each day.” The public is being asked to avoid travelling in and around the fire’s area and to exercise extreme caution when outdoors to prevent a similar incident.

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Next generation of pine beetles threatening North America

Edmonton Sun
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The most destructive pest to North America’s mature pine forests, the mountain pine beetle, is threatening the next generation. A study conducted by a University of Alberta researcher shows that the pine beetle not only kills adult trees, but can also leave the next generation of pine vulnerable. “The next pine forest is at risk,” said Justine Karst, an assistant professor in restoration ecology at the U of A, and co-lead author of the study with Nadir Erbilgin, Canada research chair and associate professor in forest entomology and chemical ecology. …The research team found that seedling survival in the forests studied in western Alberta was dramatically reduced. In beetle-killed stands the survival rate was one per cent, compared to 25 per cent for those in healthy stands.

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Input sought on Quesnel old growth management areas

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to comment on proposed amendments to the boundaries of about 400 existing old growth management areas (OGMAs) in the Quesnel Natural Resource District. Old growth management areas help protect the biological diversity of old-growth forests by ensuring that stands from different ecosystem types are protected. These areas are excluded from commercial timber harvesting, which helps preserve plant ecosystems, wildlife habitat and cultural values.

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The threat of eco-terrorism has no border

Cochrane Times Post
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Along with the Ontario Forest Industry Association and its counterpart in Quebec the Quebec Forest Industry Council, the group held a press conference at Parliament Hill and then a series of meetings with federal ministries on the issues at hand (namely eco-terrorism). The mayors are pushing back against campaigns by groups like Greenpeace (which they refer to as “radical” because they “misinform, mislead and threaten customers of their local forest industries, which in turn is threatening the viability of their communities.”

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America’s Forests Are Facing a Wildfire Crisis

National Journal
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Deadly wildfires swept across America last summer, inflicting loss of life along with massive property damage and costing the federal government over a billion dollars to stamp out the flames. This summer’s wildfire season could be even worse—and it very likely will break the bank. Bone-dry conditions in the West put vast stretches of California, Oregon, and Washington at risk for devastating wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service predicts that it could spend as much as $1.6 billion fighting fires this year. Over the past decade, wildfires have grown larger and more severe.

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Bull trout conservation plan’s goal is to remove fish from endangered list

Associated Press
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — Federal officials are releasing a plan Thursday to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes lifting protections individually in six recovery units spread over Idaho, western Montana, Washington, Oregon and a tiny portion of northern Nevada when specific requirements are met. …The agency doesn’t believe logging is still occurring in a way that harms bull trout habitat, Duke said. But the plan identifies some areas harmed long ago by logging when it was done with little regard for stream health.

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Your View: BLM timber management plan is on point

The World
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It was with a significant amount of trepidation that I opened the 10-pound package that arrived on my doorstep the other day. The package contained the Bureau of Land Management’s draft environmental impact statement covering its on-going process of developing a new Resource Management Plan for the O&C timber lands in western Oregon. ….The BLM Management Plan DEIS currently out for public review is the very epitome of what a valid and viable EIS is meant to be under the NEPA regulations. In addition to a no action alternative, it fully and equally analyzes six reasonable alternative ways to meet the stated need.

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FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST KEN IVORY AND THE AMERICAN LANDS COUNCIL

logo-circleGroups Opposing a Transfer of Public Lands Sink To New Low.
The Montana Record
June 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This week a slanderous attack was levied against American Lands Council (ALC) President Ken Ivory by a mysterious new group seeking to derail our mission of transferring federal public lands to willing states. In an orchestrated publicity stunt, the group filed consumer complaints alleging that ALC’s efforts to discuss with and educate the public about state control of public land is somehow, “fraudulent.” Ironically they allege this while simultaneously issuing a press release touting unfounded and inaccurate claims about Ken Ivory, ALC and our supporters. “There are those who would like to silence our organization and deny the public the opportunity to discuss critical issues regarding ownership and management of public lands.” said Kane County, UT Commissioner Doug Heaton who is a founding member of the American Lands Council

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California’s tallest redwood lied about its age

Thought to be 1,500 years old, famous Muir Woods redwood is only about half that.
Mother Nature Network
June 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The famous Muir Woods is one of the last old-growth coastal forests on the planet, and certainly the only one in the Bay Area, which is why every year around 1 million people visit northern California to gape in wonder at the gigantic redwoods. One redwood in particular, Tree 76, a behemoth that stands 249 feet tall (that’s only 51 feet shy of the length of a football field), was thought to be roughly 1,500 years old. Now, thanks to tree-ring analysis, a researcher at Humboldt State University has discovered the tree is nearly half that age, clocking in at just 777.

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Zinke forestry bill would require lawsuit bonds, reduce timber-sale analysis

The Missoulian
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke introduced legislation late Wednesday requiring those who challenge Forest Service timber sales to post bonds with their lawsuits, simplifying collaborative forest projects to yes-or-no analyses and allowing state governments to fund national forest wildfire-prevention work. “The National Forest Collaborative Incentive Act of 2015 will help address the two leading threats against our forests, predatory litigation and wildfires, without adding new regulations to communities and loggers or adding costs to taxpayers,” Zinke, R-Mont., said in a written statement.

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Salvage logging set for burnt Ochoco woods

Replanting, streamside restoration also part of Bailey Butte project
The Bend Bulletin
June 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Burned by wildfire last summer, some woods in the Ochoco National Forest are set to be logged soon. Such a quick turnaround allows loggers to cut trees before the burned wood deteriorates and loses value, said Chuck Burley, public affairs manager for U.S. operations for Interfor. The international company Interfor, with a mill in Gilchrist, is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Interfor was the high bidder at a sealed-bid auction Monday, winning the purchase of 2.9 million board- feet of ponderosa pines, Douglas fir and white fir, said Slater Turner, Lookout Mountain District ranger for the national forest.

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State land board OKs Teanaway Forest plan

The Daily Record
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Members of the state Board of Natural Resources on Tuesday formally approved the long-term management plan for the Teanaway Community Forest lands north of Cle Elum, according to a news release. The unanimous board decision focused on the plan developed by a 20-member advisory committee in the past 18 months. The Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan guides the collaborative management of the 50,242-acre forest by the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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DNR defends new red pine policy, which has rankled conservationists

Timber Jay
June 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

REGIONAL— A decision by the Department of Natural Resources to harvest red pine plantations at a younger age on state school trust lands has prompted concern among conservationists who worry it’s the first step towards a greater focus on generating dollars from timber cutting over the ecological benefits that forests also provide. The policy change was approved in late 2012, but the effects of the change are only now being seen on the ground, which is why conservationists and others have begun paying attention to the issue once again.

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A first in tree research: European trees planted in China to identify potentially invasive species in our forests

Alpha Galileo
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

INRA scientists worked with colleagues from the Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University to study the ability of Chinese insect and fungal pathogens to colonize European trees. Most of the exotic species which attack plants in Europe now come from Asia. INRA scientists, together with teams from the Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Forestry University in Zhejiang have devised a new method for detecting potential invaders in their region of origin before they are introduced on another continent. European sentinel trees were planted in China for four years, and during this period, the ability of Chinese insect and fungal pathogens to colonize these trees was studied. 

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Tropical forests harbour as many as 53,000 tree species, but most are rare

Peru this Week
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists now estimate that forests in the Americas contain almost half of the world’s tropical tree species, but all but a handful are rare and at risk of extinction. A new study estimates the number of tree species in the global tropics range at between 40,000 to 53,000, with almost a half of those in the Americas. By contrast, there are only 124 in temperate Europe. “People are fascinated by the amazing diversity of tropical forests and will be surprised to learn that robust estimates of the number of tropical tree species are lacking,” the researchers say, admitting that there is still much to learn.

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Tool for forestry exporters to combat illegal logging

New Zealand Scoop
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Government supports New Zealand forestry exporters to combat illegal logging. The Government has today launched a new tool for exporters of New Zealand-grown forestry products to help combat illegal logging of tropical forests, Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says. “From 15 June this year information statements will be available for our exporters to use when they send products to countries who have imposed requirements to combat illegal logging,” says Mrs Goodhew. New Zealand’s legislation, and specifically the Resource Management Act 1991, mean that New Zealand’s planted forests are produced sustainably.

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Forestry: Shape up for quality timber

The old saying goes that ‘a good start is half the work’ and this is certainly true if you want to grow quality broadleaf trees.
Irish Independent
June 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If you want to sell quality hardwood timber, you need to grow long, straight lengths of timber. Shaping is key if you don’t want to feel the pinch in your pocket. Top quality planks are sawn from the straight trunk of the tree. The place on the trunk where the first fork appears is the start of the tree crown. If the fork occurs one metre above the ground when the tree is two years old then the same fork will still be about one metre above the ground forty years later. If shaping is not carried out in time, this will make for a very short saleable length of trunk.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell recipient of 2015 Corporate Knights Award of Distinction for pioneering carbon tax

Canada Newswire press release
June 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

British Columbia, under the leadership of then-Premier Gordon Campbell, introduced in 2008 the first revenue-neutral carbon tax in North America. Seven years on, that bold move demonstrated that pricing carbon, reducing emissions and sustaining economic growth are not mutually exclusive objectives – they can be achieved at the same time. Today, B.C.’s carbon tax is a case study to the world for how to unlock the power of markets to deliver outcomes that are better for the environment and the economy. For his courage and clarity on this file, Corporate Knights is delighted to announce Gordon Campbell as recipient of its 2015 Award of Distinction, which recognizes leaders in Canadian society who have had a catalytic impact on advancing a more positive relationship between business, government and sustainable development.

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Alaska Airlines will test jet fuel made from wood waste

The Spokesman Review
June 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Alaska Airlines says it will fly a demonstration flight next year using 1,000 gallons of a biofuel made from wood waste in Northwest forests. The jet biofuel is being developed by the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance using tree branches left after a timber harvests. The five-year project is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Using the wood waste to make jet fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing job opportunities in rural timber communities, members of the alliance said.

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