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Business & Politics

Interfor acquires Arkansas sawmill for US$29m

Business in Vancouver
June 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s Interfor has completed the acquisition of an Arkansas sawmill from The Price Companies for US$29 million, the forestry company announced June 19. The purchase further increases Interfor’s presence in the United States. In December, the company bought four sawmills from Simpson Lumber Company for US$94.7 million. Forty per cent of Interfor’s total production will now be located in the U.S. South. “This transaction is another illustration of our strategy to grow in regions with strong timber baskets and access to important lumber markets,” Interfor president and CEO Duncan Davies said when the deal was first announced in May.

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Beetle Plague Spurs Canadians on U.S. Lumber-Mill Buying Spree

Bloomberg News
June 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the 60 years since Bob Jordan III joined his family’s North Carolina sawmill business, he hasn’t seen anything quite like the Canadian invasion of the South’s lumber industry.  “You didn’t have people coming in from the outside — we never had this before,” Jordan, 82, president of closely held Jordan Lumber & Supply Inc., said about an estimated C$2 billion ($1.62 billion) wave of Canadian investment. “Over 50 percent of the lumber in a certain part of the South is being produced by the Canadian mills.” Western Canadian lumber producers have good reason to be looking to the southeast corner of the continent. Chased from their home forests by rising costs and a plague of tree-killing beetles, West Fraser Timber Co., Canfor Corp. and Interfor Corp. have been on a buying spree, doubling the number of mills they own in the South since 2009 to about 34.

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Regulation of Europe-Bound US Wood Pellets

Biomass Magazine
June 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Given that the U.S. is exporting a vast majority of wood pellets manufactured in the country, concerns arise as to whether the production and manufacturing process meets the statutory or regulatory requirements of those foreign markets. Across Europe, sustainable energy policies have been driving massive demand for a new energy commodity. Europe has found this new commodity in the manufacture and production of wood pellets.

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Plum Creek revises development plan

The Gainesville Sun
June 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Plum Creek Timber Co. unveiled a scaled-back plan Monday that drops two areas the timber giant had hoped to develop and adds more land to a buffer strip that runs through the remaining areas. The changes were part of a move to make the plan less bulky, more focused and easier to understand, said Tim Jackson, the Seattle-based company’s director of real estate. “This is a completely revised plan. Not just minor tweaks,” Jackson told Plum Creek Envision Alachua task force members, who quickly embraced the new plan Monday evening.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

World’s Tallest Wood Building Would Store 3,700MT CO2e

Environmental Leader
June 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Michael Green Architecture of Vancouver, Canada, along with architecture, design and engineering agency DVVD of Paris and real estate developer REI France have proposed a green building project called Baobab that would feature the world’s tallest wood building at 35-stories. The project’s collection of wood structures would offer greater environmental responsibility and a lower carbon footprint than other alternatives, according to the companies. When harvested responsibly, wood is the only carbon-neutral building material that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in buildings. The wood products used would store an estimated 3,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

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Eco-Friendly Timber and Metal Prefabs

Jetson Green
June 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Ecoshelta is a modular building system designed by architect Stephen Sainsbury of Canberra, Australia. It comprises a system of corrugated aluminum panels over a timber frame, which enables the construction of buildings that can be scaled up or down, added to, and which are easy to assemble and disassemble, so they can be relocated easily, while also being robust and durable. To achieve this, the Ecoshelta system draws on the latest technologies and design guidelines, while also striving to minimize the environmental impact of constructing these houses. They are perfectly suited to ecoturism, can be used as vacation homes and temporary housing. Though they could also easily be used as a permanent residence as well.

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New York’s Guggenheim picks design for Helsinki museum

Associated Press
June 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

HELSINKI — The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation says two Paris-based architects have won a design competition for a proposed museum in Helsinki. Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong says the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes fits into Finland’s “heritage of wood” and “has an intimate relation with the sea which is the other side of the Finnish nature.” The plan for charred timber covering a cluster of curved-roof pavilions with a large, square lighthouse-like tower on Helsinki’s waterfront was presented Tuesday.

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Forestry

Nanaimo-area Boomerang Lake fire mostly contained

Victoria Times Colonist
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire crews continue to fight a fire near Nanaimo’s Boomerang Lake this morning, but have most of the area contained. About 70 per cent of the 6.5-hectare wildfire is contained, said Marg Drysdale, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. The human-caused fire is about seven kilometres west of Nanaimo, on private forestry land. No homes or structures are threatened. Boomerang Lake is between Mount Benson and Okay Mountain. About 41 firefighters are responding and a helicopter is on standby to dump water overhead.

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Kitselas tree planting project restores habitat

Terrace Standard
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the end, it was the biology of trees that helped propel the Kitselas First Nation into action to reforest land along the Skeena River east of Terrace. The Tsimdimaas Tri-Nation Reclamation Project, a move to reinvigorate areas affected by logging and other activity, is the Kitselas arm of the broader scheme that is the Tri-Nation environmental initiative, a pilot project between the Haisla, Kitselas, and Kitsumkalum. It’s meant to see portions of Tsimshian land in the Tsimdimaas area (also called Chimdemash) reclaimed and restored in an attempt to remediate increasing industrial development and provide employment for members.

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Yukon asks for help as forest fire starts far surpass all of last year

Spokesperson says territory asking for about additional 45 firefighters
CBC News
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yukon’s Wildland Fire Management agency is asking for outside help after almost a dozen new fire starts on Sunday. That brings the total burning to about 80 fires. George Maratos, spokeperson for Yukon Wildland Fire Management, says there have already been 123 forest fires in Yukon this season. That’s compared to 32 forest fires during all of last year. “With that, we’ve put in a request for additional support from outside the territory so we’re hoping to receive more initial attack crews — so that would be about 45 firefighters from a neighbouring province if they’re able to provide that support,” Maratos says.

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1,000-year-old Elaho Giant tree in danger from B.C. wildfire (with video)

Vancouver Sun
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mighty Elaho Giant has stood in place since the days when Vikings were settling on this continent, but now a raging wildfire has tested its resilience. The Douglas fir, estimated to be 1,000 years old, is believed to be the third largest of its species in the world by circumference. It would take five adult men holding hands to surround it. The Giant’s home in the steep, forested terrain of the Elaho Valley west of Pemberton is the site of a 700-hectare wildfire. The blaze swept over the ancient tree this weekend and firefighters are battling to save its life.

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B.C. signs community forest agreement with Ucluelet, Toquaht

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

UCLUELET – Economic and employment opportunities in the Barkley sound region are being enhanced by a new community forest agreement announced today by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. The Barkley community forest agreement will have an allowable annual cut of 27,000 cubic metres and an initial term of 25 years. The agreement area covers more than 6,760 hectares next to the Maggie Lake watershed. Barkley Community Forest Limited Partnership is jointly owned by the District of Ucluelet and the Toquaht Nation.

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Young pine trees face new peril from mountain pine beetle

Phys.org
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New research from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences shows that pine beetle attacks not only lead to the death of adult trees, but can also leave the next generation of pine vulnerable to future insect attack.   “The next pine forest is at risk,” said Justine Karst, an assistant professor in restoration ecology in the Department of Renewable Resources. She’s the co-lead author of a new study with Nadir Erbilgin, Canada Research Chair and associate professor in forest entomology and chemical ecology.

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Three new forest fires reported in Northeastern Ontario

Timmins Today
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

After the report on June 21st, there were three new fires reported. North bay 4 is under control at 0.5 hectares and is located near Pickerel Bay of Lake Temagami. Cochrane 8 is currently not under control at 4.5 hectares and is located near the far north communities of Fort Albany and Kashechewan. Fire crews are working on this fire and no problems are anticipated at this time. Cochrane 9, also located in the far north and West of Attawapiskat, is being observed at 25 hectares.

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Horns locked over caribou data

Timmins Press
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – As mayors across the region are banding together to counter forestry activists, a debate is heating up over whether environmental restrictions placed on the industry to preserve caribou habitat is actually backed by science. Protecting the ranges of Ontario’s woodland caribou herds has been the justification for restrictions on forestry companies operating in the North, particularly in Cochrane District… The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is arguing that a recent study conducted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry raises enough questions about the validity of the two ecotype theory that the government should “hit pause” and reconsider its position before putting in place any new regulations on forestry.

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AG Kim MacPherson releases audits on health, silviculture

Auditor general is outlining her latest report to the legislative assembly
CBC News
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Auditor General Kim MacPherson is releasing a new report that is detailing audits into infection control in hospitals, as well as chapters on silviculture and private wood supply. MacPherson is outlining her latest report to the legislature this morning. …he auditor general also issued several recommendations regarding how the Department of Natural Resources handles silviculture and private wood supply. Green Party Leader David Coon said on Monday he is very interested to see the chief financial watchdog’s report on silviculture

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Seasonal firefighters train for summer blazes

TDN.com
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

PENDLETON, Ore. — A cloud of white smoke rose from the woods in the Blue Mountains between Pendleton and La Grande. In response, seasonal firefighters quickly moved to a nearby hillside along Summit Road. Marching single file, the hand crews paused to assess the flames smoldering in mostly downed branches and tree stumps. After checking for snags and hazards, they worked together to dig a fire line and stop the tiny blaze in its tracks. The incident was only a simulation, but for about 80 young firefighters it was a chance to test themselves in preparation for what forecasters say will be another long, hot wildfire season across the Northwest.

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Inland temperatures expected to cool as wildfire near Big Bear grows to 17,000 acres

LA Times
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The high-pressure system of warm, dry air that pushed temperatures into the triple digits in Southern California will begin to drift away beginning Monday, bringing a dip in heat to the area. The Los Angeles area will see temperatures in the high 70s, and desert temperatures will fall into the 90s by midweek, said weather specialist Stuart Seto. The cooler temperatures should help the nearly 2,000 firefighters battling the Lake fire in the San Bernardino Mountains south of Big Bear Lake. The blaze, which began Wednesday, has scorched more than 17,050 acres. Several hundred people evacuated campsites and vacation homes. 

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Lane County seeks more time to review BLM forest management options

The Register-Guard
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to change the logging and forest conservation policies that have guided it for two decades, hoping to increase protections for threatened species while also trying to boost timber harvests. It’s up in the air whether any of the choices the agency has spelled out will survive criticism from environmental and logging interests. Already, some Lane County leaders and logging advocates say they need more time than the BLM has given them to digest its 1,500-page Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

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Editorial: Overdue fix for fire funding gains ground

Albany Democrat-Herald
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We are gratified — although, we must confess, a little surprised — that Congress finally might be lumbering toward action on a bill to change the way federal agencies pay for fighting wildfires. Provisions to pay for the most extreme wildfires through federal disaster funds were approved on Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Now, it’s true that the provisions still have a long ways to go to win final approval. But considering that we have frequently ripped into Congress for doing nothing on this badly needed but common-sense tweak, it seems only fair to give a bit of credit where it’s due.

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Dead trees dot California forests

Experts are afraid that dead and dying trees will fuel big forest fires
The Porterville Reporter
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With approximately 5 million dead and dying trees in the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and more dying every day, local officials are seeking a way to reduce the growing fire hazard. The four-year drought has taken a toll on many things and the forest is no exception. Drought-stressed trees are being attacked by bark beetles in record numbers. Estimates are the 400,000 dead trees a year ago has grown to 5 million trees in the Central Sierra and 12 million trees statewide. Those numbers could double this summer, experts say. Kevin Elliott, supervisor for Sequoia National Forest, said the most recent aerial survey of the local forest found 2.97 million dead trees covering a total of 173,000 acres of the 1.2 million acre forest.

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Dude Fire: Learning From Tragedy’S Lessons

Payson Roundup
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Editor’s note: We offer here a reprint of an account of the death of six firefighters fighting the Dude Fire on June 25, 1990. The searing relevance of the lessons learned from those deaths was tragically underscored on June 30, 2013 when 19 firefighters died battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. The following account of the Dude Fire deaths comes from several Forest Service investigations. Their fate was sealed five miles overhead as the top of the roiling mushroom cloud of hot air began to disintegrate. But they didn’t know it — not yet, not down on the ground, with their chain saws, their sooty camaraderie and their transformed lives.

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Gifford Pinchot forest plan a mixed bag

Review finds some successes, but many challenges remain
The Columbian
June 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is managed much differently than it was two decades ago. The 1.3-million-acre forest isn’t alone in that regard — far from it. In 1994, the Northwest Forest Plan dramatically changed the rules on forestland in the region. The landmark, bitterly contested plan put many areas off-limits to logging in an effort to protect wildlife habitat and other sensitive areas. Timber harvests plummeted. The region turned the page on an acrimonious period in its history. “The Northwest Forest Plan was a very delicate balance of diverse interests,” said Matt Little, executive director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, a Vancouver-based advocacy group.

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OPINION: Our national public lands must be protected from the states

Daily Inter Lake
June 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

During the 2015 Montana legislative session, and among some citizens, there was an effort to convert management of our national forests to state or private control. They failed — this time. If this ever succeeds, it will change our public lands, our waters, our way-of-life, and our economic well-being. We need to think about what that means to us. Managing fire and these resources are a money drain and there is not enough economic income possible from timber and grazing on these lands to balance the costs, even if every commercial size tree is cut and cattle are allowed to over-graze every stream bank in Montana.

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Fire in Olympics grows to 600 acres, moving through treetops

June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With flames traveling from treetop to treetop, the Paradise Fire in the Olympic National Park grew Sunday to about 600 acres, becoming more intense and difficult to contain. Smoke could be seen from Port Angeles, more than 30 miles away, said Diane Abendroth, an information officer for the Paradise Fire management team. Authorities are finding it difficult to determine the exact size of the fire because the forest is loaded with heavy fuels. The team will take aerial infrared photos Monday evening to determine a more accurate size.

Wildfire burning in steep terrain in Olympic National Park from The Associated Press

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S.C. State forester to receive prestigious Gifford Pinchot Medal

The Times and Democrat
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

South Carolina State Forester http://thetandd.com/business/s-c-state-forester-to-receive-prestigious-gifford-pinchot-medal/article_4624dbb0-9729-5a13-8051-a0b438ed3608.html has been selected to receive the Society of American Foresters’ Gifford Pinchot Medal. One of the most esteemed forestry awards in the nation, the medal is presented every two years to a forestry professional in recognition of exceptional contributions to the administration, practice and development of forestry in North America. Nominees for the Gifford Pinchot Medal must have demonstrated exemplary actions that further the field of forestry by making an indelible mark on the profession and being a person of action. 

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State, federal officials euthanize relocated Alaska bears

Washington Post
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four of five black bears spared euthanasia after tearing up garbage in Anchorage have come to an unhappy end at their relocated home. State and federal gave officials on Sunday and Monday shot and killed a sow and three of her four yearling cubs after they continued their destructive ways across the Turnagain Arm waterway in the tiny community of Hope, Anchorage television station KTUU reported. The last straw came Sunday night when one yearling climbed into a van at a campground in Hope while the driver was still in it, said Ken Marsh, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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Hundreds of firefighters join battle against fire near Tahoe

Associated Press
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LOS ANGELES — Air tankers and helicopters were helping hundreds of firefighters battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe where no structures have been damaged but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations. About 500 personnel were expected to be on the fire lines about 20 miles west of the Nevada border, Sierra Front fire spokeswoman Jenny Ramella said Monday. The fire, sparked by lightning Friday, has burned nearly 15 square miles of timber and grass. It was about 10 percent contained after forcing the evacuation of some campgrounds, officials said.

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BLM plan slights counties

Alternatives for O&C forest lands too narrow
The Register-Guard
June 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

 ….Yet the BLM’s draft plan does not even leave room for the possibility that the 1937 act might still be relevant. Its preferred alternative would allow logging on only 30 percent of the O&C lands, reducing payment to counties to 27 percent of their 1960-2011 average. A reduction of that magnitude would aggravate the counties’ already desperate financial problems — to say nothing of the effect on mills that rely on a federal timber supply. The preferred alternative is a prescription for O&C counties’ continued dependence on periodic last-minute renewals by Congress of dwindling payments as compensation for the loss of timber revenues.

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Fire Reforms Heat Up Congress

Wyoming Public Radio
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Pine beetles and drought is leaving Wyoming and other states more susceptible to wildfires than at any point in recent memory, yet the federal fire policy doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the new climate. Wyoming lawmakers are trying to solve the problem. Senator Mike Enzi is a wonk. As an accountant and numbers junkie when he arrived in Washington in the nineties, he was always surprised when Congress would rush to pass about five billion dollars a year for emergencies like wildfires. But now Enzi holds a gavel. As he walked along the train at the Capitol, he explained it’s time to plan for fires. “I’m the chairman of the Budget Committee, I said you know if you got something you know is going to happen every year you, you ought to budget for it.

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Letter: Thinning and fuel reduction do work to reduce wildfire danger

Letter to the editor
The Bend Bulletin
June 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

George Wuerthner is a good writer. Maybe that is why The Bulletin continues to print his submitted opinion pieces, including his June 6 editorial on forest fire policy. While I have not written 38 books like Mr. Wuerthner, I do have 33 years of experience as a professional forester in Oregon, including work on large wildfires such as the 1990 Awbrey Hall Fire. In my career, I didn’t encounter a public or private forestland owner in the state who would hire someone to manage their forests based on philosophy like Mr. Wuerthner’s of letting those forests burn.

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Our defense against the drought needs some defense

Our Turn: Why Phoenix spending $200,000 a year to restore forests makes sense.
AZ Central
June 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Phoenix City Council recently approved a three-year partnership with the National Forest Foundation that Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton referred to as “one of the coolest things we’ve done.” This partnership is an innovative method for helping protect Phoenix’s water supply, an investment from the city that will help the foundation conduct watershed improvement projects on national forest lands in northern Arizona. …The Northern Arizona Forest Fund works with local governments, businesses and Arizona residents who want to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on.

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Another View: Fires create vibrant forests

Sacramento Bee
June 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Jane Braxton Little’s column, “A substitute plan to revive forest after fire” (Forum, Northern Exposure, June 7) about a 2014 forest fire left readers with a skewed impression of the effects of fire in California’s forests, and it overlooked the vibrant forest habitat created by intense fires. Her only description of the post-fire forest was a quote from a Forest Service official – “black trees and black ground.” Actually, recent large fires in California have burned just as forest fires naturally have done for millions of years, with a mosaic of different fire intensities. There are patches of high-intensity fire in which trees have been transformed into blackened snags, but the majority of the fire area experiences low- and moderate-intensity fire that retains plenty of living green trees.

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Indigenous communities celebrate first commercial woodchip harvest on the Tiwi Islands

ABC News, Australia
June 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More than 100 people from the Indigenous communities of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory have gathered to watch the first commercial harvest of the islands’ Acacia mangium trees. The historic day included speeches from community elders, a blessing of the machinery by the local priest, and a demonstration of how the timber is cut down and turned into woodchips. Many of the trees being cut today were hand planted by some of the Tiwi elders. “Tiwi people will finally see the benefits flowing from this project, including lots of jobs for Tiwi people on their own land and money we can invest for the future,” said chairman of the Tiwi Plantations Corporation, Cyril Kalippa.

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Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests

Mongabay.com
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country’s rainforests. According to a joint statement issued last week, the two countries hope to establish a climate and forest partnership by the end of 2015. If other Norwegian agreements are representative, the pact would likely include performance-based payments to Colombia for reducing deforestation. Colombia has already established a net zero deforestation target for the Amazon in 2020, including expanded protection of natural forests. 

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Forest innovators attract international audience

Scoop.co.nz
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This week in Rotorua the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is hosting the largest ever gathering of international forest contractors, forest managers as well as machinery and service suppliers to the industry. The HarvestTECH 2105 international conference is focused on logging machinery designed for steep slope forest harvesting and has attracted over 400 delegates to Rotorua, the heart of forestry. FIEA director Brent Apthorp says, “We’ve targeted forest contractors and managers from around the world… Large groups of senior forestry leaders and contractor company owners are now arriving from Chile, Australia, USA and Canada.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

U.K. company puts moratorium on controversial carbon offset plan

Vancouver Sun
June 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The U.K. company that stirred controversy by planting millions of trees on thousands of hectares of British Columbia farmland in its plans to go green is reviewing that strategy following widespread publicity of the backlash. Farmers and local governments protested that the company was starting to outbid farmers on land purchases and was locking up productive forage and pasture land to grow trees for as long as 100 years. Now, home-and-hygiene-products maker Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC has told regional districts and B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick that it has put a moratorium on land purchases and promised to review how it operates its Trees for Change program in B.C.

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E.P.A. Warns of High Cost of Climate Change

New York Times
June 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — In the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United States by the end of the century may face up to $180 billion in economic losses because of drought and water shortages, according to a report released Monday by the White House and Environmental Protection Agency. White House officials said the report, which analyzes the economic costs of a changing climate across 20 sectors of the American economy, is the most comprehensive effort to date to quantify the impacts of global warming… Unchecked climate change could lead to the destruction by wildfire of six million to 7.9 million acres of forest, the report found, at a cost of $940 million to $1.4 billion. 

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Forest fallacies and wood pellets

Letter to the Editor
News Observer
June 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Regarding the June 18 Point of View “The wood-pellet industry and the harm it’s causing”: In 2002, the Southern Forest Resource Assessment, a comprehensive study that examined the factors affecting Southern forests, was published by the U.S. Forest Service. The study was commissioned to address fears that our forests were being clear cut to supply chip mills, which make wood chips for the production of paper products. Over 1,000 pages, the study determined that population growth and urbanization were the most significant threats to sustaining forests. Today, these fallacies are resurfacing with the 2015 villains being wood pellet facilities.

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Greenfield approves first local anti-biomass ordinance in Massachusetts

The Republican
June 23, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GREENFIELD — Greenfield is the first community in the state to strictly regulate biomass plants. An ordinance passed by the Town Council last week prohibits industrial-scale wood-burning plants as well as trash-to-energy plants. It still allows anaerobic digesters and residential wood stoves, according to The Recorder of Greenfield. Smaller commercial wood-burning facilities would be allowed, as long as they only burn clean wood, wood pellets and chips. No facility will be permitted to burn garbage, tires, construction materials, plastics, or other materials.

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