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Froggy Foibles

Single blade of grass ignites to destroy 16 acres of forest famed as Winnie the Pooh’s home

The Argus
June 8, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

A BLADE of grass caught light on a camping stove causing a huge blaze which destroyed 16 acres of the forest famed as the home of Winnie the Pooh. The fire ripped through the Ashdown Forest on Saturday killing wildlife and around 40 firefighters spent nearly eight hours getting the blaze under control. The equivalent of six hectares of woodland – the setting of the Hundred Acre Wood where AA Milne’s children’s character lived – is now desolate, blackened and burnt in its biggest fire of the year so far… Forest ranger Michael Payne said a “tremendous amount” of wildlife died this weekend.

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Forget Coffins: These Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die!

The Open Mind
June 7, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

It’s the first Italian project created to promote the realization of green cemeteries in Italy, Capsula Mundi is a container with an old perfect shape, just like an egg, made with modern material -starch plastic- in which the dead body is put in a fetal position. Capsula Mundi is planted like a seed in the soil, and a tree is planted on top of it. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs. A cemetery will no longer be full of tombstones and will become a sacred forest.

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Business & Politics

Komatsu Forest’s FY 2014 net sales increased by 11%

Lesprom Network
June 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The forest machine company Komatsu Forest had one of its most successful years during the fiscal year 2014. Net sales reached a record level, with an increase of almost 11% from the year before. Operating profit improved by increased volumes and improved margins, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Sales increased in several markets, such as North America, Australia, Great Britain and France. The Nordic market was also strong, with increased sales in Sweden, Finland and Norway. The Russian market was seriously affected by rising interest rates, a weaker rouble and anxiety due to the Ukrainian crisis, which lead to a decline in sales. 

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Softwood lumber exports from Canada to U.S. to see higher taxes in July

IHB The Timber Network
June 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

In July, Canadian lumber exporters will see a tax increase on shipments to the United States. The export taxes are imposed unde the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the two countries, and are determined by four-week averages of the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price. In the applicable period (May 15 – June 5), the composite averaged US$315 per thousand board ft. (mbf). An average in a range of $316-335/mbf triggers a 10% tax for shippers in Western Canada, but an average of $315/mbf or less results in the highest tax rates of 15% for Western Canadian shippers, Random Lengths said.

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This Canadian company took a wood product once considered junk and turned it into a $2.3-billion business

Financial Post
June 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Much like his company, Peter Wijnbergen doesn’t feel the need to keep a high profile. Wijnbergen, 58, works out of an unassuming cubicle in Norbord Inc.’s head office in Toronto, like the rest of the staff. It could just as easily belong to an intern and a visitor wouldn’t know the difference. The corner space that would typically house executives is a lunch room. Like Wijnbergen himself, …Norbord isn’t a group with a lot of big egos that are vying for attention. It hardly ever gets mentioned in the media, despite being a $2.3 billion company. And yet it has quietly become one of Canada’s global champions, dominating its chosen business like almost no one else in the country.

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Canfor donates $9,000 to hospital ICU campaign

Kootenay News Advertiser
June 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EKFH’s East Kootenay Regional Hospital ICU Redevelopment Campaign has received another major gift thanks to CANFOR. CANFOR’s East Kootenay Operations is dedicating $9,000 from its charitable giving program to support the hospital foundation’s fundraising effort to fully equip the only ICU unit in the region. “We are pleased to be able to dedicate a portion of our profits toward giving back to the communities we are a part of. Access to quality health care is an important part of where we work and live and the new ICU will be an incredible addition to our regional hospital,” explains Kevin Horsnell, General Manager Operations.

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Precipitator installation at Northern Pulp nears completion

Chronicle Herald
June 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – A crane lifts materials 10 storeys up in the air to deliver the goods to workers waiting high atop the new precipitator unit. Telehandlers zip along moving other supplies, sparks fly as welders work on the ducts, and trucks line up, waiting for their turn to dump loads of wood chips. Work has not slowed down at Northern Pulp, even though pulp production has ceased while the mill is shut down for its annual maintenance. The site is busier than ever as installation of a new recovery boiler precipitator is in the final stages.

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Layoffs announced at Columbia Falls company

KPAX 8
June 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – SmartLam of Columbia Falls has laid off 25% of its workers saying it was impacted by the historic slow down in the oil and gas industry. The company produces cross-laminated timber which can be used to build buildings, construction and flooring. Co-owner Casey Malmquist says the company had to lay off nine workers a week ago. Malmquist says he and his team are working to diversify its products and services so they do not have to depend on a single industry to keep the company healthy. 

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Will labor industry changes cost you your job?

My Northwest.com
June 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The last remaining Snohomish lumber mill is closing after operating for nearly 75 years. And if you know anything about the industry, which I didn’t until I read an article in The Daily Herald, this makes some sense. The Seattle-Snohomish Mill is closing because the market, apparently, is overloaded with lumber with very little demand…. It’s the last mill in Snohomish and one of the few left in the state. The Herald reports “Since 2007, 10 lumber companies in Washington have filed notices with the state of pending employee layoffs or mill closures, according to the Employment Security Department.”

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Lumber mill expansion continues

Meridian Star
June 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Weyerhaeuser’s Philadelphia lumber mill continues its planned, 10-month, $57 million expansion to modernize its facility. The plant is one of Philadelphia and Neshoba County’s largest employers. Monte Simpson, manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Public Affairs, said the mill has about 180 workers. Simpson said the mill’s expansion will include five key additions to its operations over the next year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Laurentian Architecture Laurentienne: A school built out of Cross-Laminated Timber

Forbidden News
June 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Laurentian Architecture Laurentienne is the first new architecture school in Ontario in forty years, and the first in Northern Ontario. Sudbury is rugged, blasted by a meteor two million years ago that made it a mining center. The Architecture school is being built downtown on an old railway yard, becoming a mini-campus of new and old buildings. In the new building, LGA Architecture (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) have had a rare opportunity to build a new architecture facility and to make it part of the pedagogy, using different materials and technologies, letting it all hang out for the students to see, almost an architectural catalogue in 3D form.

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Portland residence harmonizes music and architecture

Washington Times
June 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. – For his client, a music lover, architect Robert Oshatz orchestrated a modern, wood-and-glass house that has a curving, cedar ceiling and other acoustic-enhancing shapes and materials. More than amphitheater-quality sound, however, the Wilkinson residence, in a forested part of Southwest Portland, artfully blends two fields: Architecture and music… Visitors walk down a steep driveway and enter through a small courtyard, a prelude of the house. Here, undulating shingles of western redcedar were cut and laid by inspiration, not by a mandated grid…. A wood ceiling floats on curved laminated beams, like notes on a scale.

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World’s largest wooden tower to bring 121 homes to east London

London Evening Standard
June 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Hackney will soon be home to the world’s largest timber tower as the area embraces a green building revolution. Work is under way on a 10-storey development in Dalston Lane which will provide 121 homes and 3,460sqm of commercial space using 3,000 cubic metres of timber. It is the second timber tower to be built in the area in two years after the nearby £10million nine-storey Murray Grove development was completed in March.

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Turning paper industry waste into chemicals

EurekAlert
June 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have found a more eco-friendly way to derive lignin – a paper industry waste product – from wood and convert it into chemical building blocks. The resulting chemicals can be used in paint, insulation foam, and several other products. The researchers published their findings in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. Lignin is a substance in the cell walls of plants that strengthens their structure. When wood is processed into paper pulp, lignin is produced as a waste product. …With the right temperature and pressure, we can separate the lignin from the pulp and disassemble it into smaller components. The result is a lignin oil that is easier to convert into chemical building blocks. 

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Forestry

Why forest management is lagging behind

Cochrane Times
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At present, management of Alberta’s forests, especially in regulated Forest Management Areas according to “detailed forest management plans”, ignores technological advances, relies on antiquated best practices, and was never intended to promote watershed conservation. This complex system is a continual state of flux, with actions taken today and with effects that may be realized many years in the future and many miles away. Forest management in Alberta is a design problem – a wicked problem, where the solution is unknown or unknowable.

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Evacuation in northern Sask. due to smokey forest fires

Global News
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

LA RONGE, Sask. – A First Nation in northern Saskatchewan has evacuated 101 people due to smoke from forest fires Saturday. According to Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson on social media, those with health concerns were taken to Prince Albert as a precaution. Evacuees are from the communities of Clam Lake Bridge and Sikichew Lake. Staff from the ministries of government relations and social services are coordinating with evacuation efforts. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says approximately 25 forest fires started in the La Ronge area Saturday due to lightning strikes.

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Pine beetles prepare to launch more attacks

Kelowna Daily Courier
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pine beetles that killed large swaths of Okanagan forest five years ago may be down, but they’re not out. The pest has infested hundreds of trees made vulnerable by the Trepanier Creek fire near Peachland in 2012. Crews felled about 400 pines along the four-kilometre greenway this spring. “The fire essentially brought the beetle in, and trees that didn’t die from the fire have since died from the beetle,” said Cathy MacKenzie, parks natural-resource technician for the regional district.

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N.W.T. fires still burning despite wet, cool weather

‘It’s pretty much like that rain never happened,’ says fire management officer
CBC News
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cool, wet weather in the Northwest Territories this week did little to help the fire situation, say N.W.T. officials. The territory saw less than 5 millimetres of rain in the last week. “Really all that shower did is help us catch up with the fires that we’re working on,” said Mike Gravel, a territorial duty officer in forest fire management with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “But one or two days of this warm, windy weather, and it’s pretty much like that rain never even happened in our business.”

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Illegally cutting down 6 Dunbar trees ‘a despicable act’, says City of Vancouver

Three cherry trees, two cypress and one dogwood tree were illegally felled
CBC News
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Vancouver is considering how to increase penalties for those who cut down trees on their property illegally, as wealthy homeowners are not deterred by fines. Neighbours are crying foul over the illegal cutting of six trees — five of which were old growth — on a Dunbar property at the corner of West 37th Avenue and Collingwood Street, sometime between May 20 and 22. “It was a chainsaw massacre,” said Cynthia Stout, one of the upset neighbours. Three cherry trees, two cypress and one dogwood tree were illegally cut down and the city says the felled trees appeared to be healthy with the exception of the large dogwood that had extensive decay in the stump.

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Fire crews battling brush fire near Lark Harbour

CBC News
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters in western Newfoundland’s Bay of Islands are still fighting a brush fire in the Lark Harbour area, after nearby residents reported smoke and flames overnight on Thursday. The first call came in around 9 p.m. and the province’s fire duty officer Eric Young said crews quickly located the blaze and went to work getting it under control. “The fire was up on a bit of a ridge behind the school in the town,” he told CBC’s Corner Brook Morning Show. “It was a bit of a concern at the time because we didn’t really know what was going to happen.”

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Woodlot owners deserve bigger piece of industry pie, association head says

Chronicle Herald
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO – It’s time for woodlot owners, the industry and governments to start thinking outside the woodbox. That’s the message guest speaker Peter deMarsh delivered to the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners at the association’s annual meeting at the Holiday Inn in Truro on Saturday. “The industry is going to have to start paying more,” said deMarsh, the Canadian federation president who lives just outside Fredericton and owns two woodlots of 80 and 60 hectares. “Silviculture programs need to be improved and strengthened,” deMarsh said. 

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Northern Mayors Push Back against Greenpeace

EcoDaily
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mayor Peter Politis of Cochrane along with Mayor Roger Sigouin of Hearst joined The United Steelworkers Union, Local 1-2010 out of Kapuskasing in Augusta Georgia, to deliver a clear message to Greenpeace, a group they said is creating false alarmism in Northern Ontario regarding environmental issues. The trio attended Resolute Forest Products annual shareholders meeting after learning that Greenpeace would be attending and delivering what they said was a radical message about the need to shut down Northern Ontario forests, thus placing the viability of hundreds of Canadian communities in jeopardy.

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Forest fires flare up near northern Ontario First Nations

CBC News
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three new forest fires are burning out of control near remote First Nations, north of Thunder Bay, Ont. according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. A 1.5 hectare fire is burning near Kasabonika Lake First Nation, a 0.1 hectare fire is burning near Eabametoong First Nation, (also known as Fort Hope), and a 0.2 hectare fire is burning near Sandy Lake First Nation, according to the Ministry. All of the fires were confirmed and deemed ‘not under control’ by the Ministry as of Saturday evening. All of them are believed to be caused by humans. The fire hazard is high to extreme in the northern part of the region, the ministry said. [END]

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Editorial: Evidence suggests problems with fire policy

The Bend Bulletin
June 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The timber industry, politicians and others bemoan the growing cost of firefighting in the West. The proposed solution is more logging of forests in the belief that thinning will reduce the occurrence of large fires and protect communities. However, there are a host of reasons why more logging will not achieve such goals.  Climate/weather drives large fires, not fuels. When you have drought combined with high temperatures, low humidity and most importantly high winds, you get large fires. Under these conditions, winds can drive burning embers miles ahead of a fire front, making containment efforts impossible. A wind-blown fire easily skips over, drives through or slides around a fire line, and any fuel reduction thinning projects. Wind-driven blazes are impossible to stop under most circumstances. You just have to wait for the weather to change.

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State public lands commissioner calls for more study on Navy electronic warfare range plan

Peninsula Daily News
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — The Navy should rethink its proposed expansion of activities in its electronic warfare range in light of potential impacts on the threatened marbled murrelet and a deluge of comments against the plan, said Peter Goldmark, state commissioner of public lands. Goldmark, who manages the state Department of Natural Resources, said last week that the Navy’s 2010 environmental impact statement on the effects of jet noise on the seabird listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act did not go far enough.

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Cragin Watershed Work Starts

Payson Roundup
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to start a 64,000-acre thinning project on the watershed feeding into the C.C. Cragin Reservoir by the summer of 2017. The Coconino National Forest has already started the environmental analysis for a thinning project on the thickly overgrown watershed that provides Rim Country with its guarantee of a long-term water supply. The project will likely reduce tree densities on one of the most productive watersheds in the state from 1,000 trees per acre to fewer than 100 trees per acre. The project would therefore dramatically reduce the odds of a crown fire.

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Groups sue to stop western Idaho logging project

Idaho Statesman
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a forest project in western Idaho that the groups say will harm habitat needed by federally protected bull trout. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Idaho Sporting Congress and Native Ecosystems Council filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boise against the U.S. Forest Service. The groups in the 10-page lawsuit say the agency violated environmental laws by approving the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project in September without proper environmental analysis.

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Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

Idaho Statesman
June 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California’s national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease. As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans are resurrecting efforts to thin more quickly millions of acres and take down dead trees.

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Public lands need innovation in management not necessarily new owners

Idaho Statesman
June 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Supporters of transferring public lands from the federal government to the states use the Property and Environment Research Center report as evidence the states could manage the lands more efficiently. On a quick pass it appears to support the idea since it shows in a comparison of the revenues and expenses for federal and state trust lands in Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona that the states do better on their endowment lands. The federal government generates just 73 cents in revenue per $1 spent, while states generate $14.51 for every $1 spent, the PERC report written by Shawn Regan and Holly Fretwell shows. But Regan points out that the two types of land are managed very differently. States maximize returns while the federal government has multiple users it must please.

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Don’t chop timber revenue for public schools

State trust lands generate high-quality forest products and help fund our public schools.
Seattle Times
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHEN Washington was admitted to the Union in 1889, the federal government granted land to support public schools. Our state had the good fortune to be founded during a progressive era when there was a strong belief that government could be a positive force in building a better society. Our state’s founders felt so strongly about education that they established the Common School Trust to help pay for schools forever. Could you imagine our current dysfunctional U.S. Congress setting up an endowment to help educate children 100 years from now? The actions of our founders weren’t “frontier era,” as a few opponents of the Common School Trust have claimed. They were so far before their time that they are still before our time, 125 years later.

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New Jersey Trees threatened by Emerald Ash Borer

Maine News Online
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

New Jersey trees are being attacked by brightly colored bugs known as the Emerald Ash Borer. The State Department of Agriculture was prompted to issue a warning to prevent trees from any further damage caused to the tress by the exotic bugs. The bugs are brightly colored and attacked ash trees near a Bridgewater strip mall. “The adults lay eggs on a trees, the eggs hatch, the larvae bore into the tree and just underneath the bark of the tree and they create galleries as they feed and get larger and large”, said Joseph Zoltowski, NJ Department of Agriculture.

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Teachers Learn From Project Learning Tree

North Escambia
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for formal and non-formal educators working with students in pre-kindergarten through high school. PLT uses trees and forests as the context to help young people gain an awareness and knowledge of natural and built environments. PLT stimulates students’ critical and creative thinking, develops students’ ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues and instills a commitment of responsible action on behalf of the environment. PLT can be used in both rural and urban environments, whether there is a forest or a single tree and teaches students how to think, not what to think about our complex environment.

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Scientists Discover Seven Bright Miniature Frogs in Brazil Rain Forest

Pierce Pioneer News
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers in Brazil have announced the discovery of seven new species of brightly colorful miniature frogs deep in the rain forest. These amphibians belong to the Brachycephalus genus and they are all small than one centimeter in length. “You can hear them singing, and there’s probably hundreds of them, but you simply can’t catch them!” comments study leader Marcio Pie, who is a professor at the Federal University of Parana. He goes on to say, “Because once you get closer, just from the vibration in the ground, they keep silent for, say, 20 minutes or half an hour. 

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Conservationists press Jakarta to follow industry lead on forests

The West Australian
June 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta (AFP) – Conservationists are urging the Indonesian government to listen to business and start taking deforestation seriously after a major paper giant joined the growing ranks of companies pledging to stop clearing forests. Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd (APRIL), the second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, announced this week it had stopped harvesting natural forest in a move hailed by its former critic Greenpeace as a “major breakthrough”. Indonesia has some of the world’s most extensive and biodiverse rainforests, but huge swathes have been chopped down by palm oil, mining and timber companies.

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Can we increase harvest of woody biomass from European forests?

Phys.Org
June 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and other services that forests provide to humans. Countries in the European Union (EU) promote the use of renewable energy and have agreed on targets for 2020 and 2030. As a result, there has been a focus on the availability and mobilization of wood in Europe. According to a new doctoral dissertation from the University of Eastern Finland, forests in the EU could potentially supply 620 to 891 million cubic meters per year in 2030.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Debating a demand for U.S. wood pellets

Letters to the editor
Washington Post
June 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The article on European demand for U.S. wood pellets left the impression both that our private forests are in danger from the European hunger for biomass energy and that loss of wildlife and trees across the southeastern United States is a possibility. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our private forests are and have been managed for sustainability and long-term growth. As a fourth-generation private forest owner, I know that the more markets for my timber, the better I can manage my land. The consequences of improperly managed forests are an increase in forest fires and massive outbreaks of pests and pathogens.

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CPS Energy gives retired utility poles new life

Fierce Energy
June 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CPS Energy is finding ways to re-use the utility poles that have helped bring electricity to San Antonio for more than 100 years — by turning the aging poles into biomass fuel. …The process of recycling the retiring utility poles starts when new wooden poles are sent to CPS Energy storerooms. The old poles, ranging any where from 25-50 feet long and 10-24 inches in diameter, are loaded into a truck to return to Lufkin Creosoting, their contractor, located in East Texas. …In 2014, CPS Energy recycled 7,000 poles, and they said through February 2015, around 1.8 million pounds of poles were removed from their distribution system and were ground into wood fiber for fuel.

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Vermont releases book on climate threats to forests

Idaho Statesman
June 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MONTPELIER, VT. — Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is out with a new book on how to respond to threats to the state’s forests from climate change. Commissioner Michael Snyder says the book — developed by department staff — provides land managers with a menu of strategies to address climate change. Topics covered include invasive plants, non-native insect invaders, and protection of connected forest tracts. The book also covers specific evaluations of tree species vulnerability and adaptability, and offers forestry recommendations to buffer against climate disruptions. [END]

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Double counting forest emissions threatens UN climate pact

To have a chance of limiting warming to below 2 degrees, emissions balance sheets submitted to the UN must add up
RTCC.org
June 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As officials from more than 190 nations work in Bonn on a draft version of a new global climate on climate change, they should heed the risks of including a mechanism that could sabotage efforts to cut global emissions. … A new briefing by NGOs Fern and Third World Network, highlights how double-counting could occur if the trading of carbon credits is used to fund the REDD+ mechanism due to be formalised in Paris in December.

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General

Interfor adding 50 new jobs

Thomaston Times
June 7, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

While the current economic outlook for Thomaston and Upson County doesn’t include any new industries moving to town, the economy is still looking up as already established businesses are taking up the slack by expanding and adding jobs. Intefor Corporation recently became the second local industry to create new jobs. In April, Standard Textile announced it is undergoing an expansion project which includes the addition of 53 new positions and an investment of $3.5 million.

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