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Daily Archives: July 2, 2015

Business & Politics

Canfor Set To Benefit From Strong Exports And Housing

Seeking Alpha
July 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The company is clearly levered to the US and Canadian housing markets which we believe is slowly gaining traction. In Canada, the housing market saw another strong and steady year with starts above the 20-year average. …Other issues that have affected the performance of the business have been the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation on their fiber acreage in British Columbia leading them to shutting their Quesnal Sawmill. …But outside of the US is where a significant portion of the growth has been and will likely continue to occur. China has been one of the main importers of lumber in the last decade but we think the shift in product mix towards high-grade fiber is likely to drive results for Canfor.

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Balancing the economy and the environment

By Peter Hadekel
Montreal Gazette
July 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

How important are natural resources to the Quebec economy? Does developing our mines, forests and hydroelectric power lead to greater prosperity? Or should we turn instead to a knowledge-based economy rather than betting on the hewing of wood and drawing of water? Those are some of the questions raised by the second in a series of studies on Quebec prosperity produced by the Conseil du patronat, representing large employers in the province. Quebec is richly endowed with natural wealth, with 25 per cent of North America’s hydro power, three per cent of the world’s fresh water resources and numerous mineral deposits. Close to half its territory is covered by forest.

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Rayonier completes two timberland acquisitions in the U.S. South and Pacific Northwest for $60 million

Lesprom
June 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rayonier Inc. has acquired approximately 18,000 acres of high-quality timberlands in southwest Louisiana and northwest Oregon in two separate transactions from BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The company also acquired approximately 4,600 acres located in Florida and Georgia in the 2Q 2015 through a series of small transactions with non-industrial private landowners. Year-to-date, Rayonier has acquired 35,000 acres of high quality timberland in the U.S. South and Pacific Northwest for a total of approximately $88 million.

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Making Local Work: Tenakee Logging Company

Father-son operation aims to provide high quality local product, aid community
Juneau Empire
July 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

TENAKEE SPRINGS — For Gordon Chew of Tenakee Logging Company Management, everything is connected. The trees he and his son, Sterling, 24, selectively harvest from Corner Bay, across the inlet from Tenakee Springs, are connected to homes and jobs in town. The jobs in Tenakee are connected to the people that hold them. The people that hold them are connected to their families, their families are connected to Tenakee’s school, and Tenakee’s school is connected to the well-being of the community — which is, in turn, connected to America’s rebound from the recession. Then there’s the fact that TLC’s lumber is sustainably harvested. “Sustainable” is a word Gordon Chew uses a lot.

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UPDATE: OSHA visits Emmett sawmill following accident that severed worker’s arm

Idaho Statesman
July 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The incident happened just after 7 a.m. Wednesday while the 24-year-old was working at the Gem Forest Products sawmill in Emmett, said Donnie Wunder, chief deputy at the Gem County Sheriff’s Office. Tim Denton, operations manager at the sawmill, said the employee was standing on the sawmill’s floor when he for unknown reasons stuck his hand in the head of a moving conveyor. The sheriff’s office had earlier reported the man was injured while cleaning a machine, but that was a misunderstanding, Wunder said Wednesday afternoon.

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Port Townsend Paper officials see payoff in fostering mill’s local image

Peninsula Daily News
June 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — A community outreach effort by the Port Townsend Paper Corp. has already improved public perception of the mill, a chamber of commerce audience was told Monday. “If people don’t know what you are doing, they will make something up. People are very creative,” said Kevin Scott, the company’s sustainability manager, in front of about 50 people at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s meeting. “But if you are upfront and tell them what’s going on, it helps, and our relationship with the community is very good now.” Scott was one of four mill employees who addressed the chamber Monday, joining General Manager Carr Tyndall, Environmental Officer Annika Wallendahl and Executive Assistant Rita Hubbard.

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Plum Creek sells 6,500 acres to conservation group

MPBN
June 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Nature Conservancy in Maine has purchased more than 6,500 acres of diverse forestland, including old growth and sub-Alpine fir forest, southwest of Jackman. The purchase from Plum Creek Timber Co. will allow the Nature Conservancy to expand its Leuthold Forest Preserve to more than 16,000 acres. The property includes remote ponds and nearly 15 miles of streams that provide habitat for Eastern brook trout as well as waterfowl and wading birds. Tom Rumpf of the Nature Conservancy says it’s an important parcel for biological diversity as well as for recreation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Engineers create wood-based electronics circuits

A group of engineers have created a new kind of chip for electronic devices that’s made out of flexible wood pulp and can biodegrade in a matter of weeks.
CNBC
June 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

It’s hoped that the development could someday help reduce the environmental impact from America’s growing volume of discarded electronics. The flexible and transparent circuit also can be used in wearables and “smart” textiles. Consumers in the United States threw away 2.37 million tons of electronics in 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, and the country only recycled about 25 percent of that total, according to EPA estimates. About 152 million mobile phones were thrown away in that year alone. And that was in 2009.

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Sandalwood – world can’t get enough of WA’s fragrant timber

WA Today
July 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Western Australia dominates the world supply of fragrant Sandalwood, but now it faces its biggest challenger yet … itself. Plantation sandalwood will soon be mature enough to harvest and begin to compete against wild sandalwood. And the state government is now calling for submissions from all stakeholders in the sandalwood industry to have their say in the future of the industry. Forestry Minister Mia Davies said the existing industry structure had been in place since 1988 and it was time to take stock.

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Franklin man turns tough Tasmanian timber into handmade snow skis

ABC News, Australia
July 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Franklin man Ian Haley started making handmade alpine skis four years ago after realising there was an untapped niche market. A keen skier himself, Mr Haley one day found himself with extra time on his hands to devote to the research and the feasibility of putting together a ski made out of Tasmanian hardwoods. Mr Haley started out with the ambitious plan to create something different to generically manufactured skis with the appeal being they could be customised for each person.

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Forestry

Central B.C. runs risk of more forest fires with thunderstorm watch

Vancouver Sun
July 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Central British Columbia is running the risk of more forest fires overnight Tuesday with a thunderstorm watch in the area.  “We have a thunderstorm watch across most of the central interior, including the Caribou, the Peace region and the Columbia region further east through the next several hours and through the evening,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Philippe-Alain Bergeron Tuesday afternoon. “It’s progressing fairly slow toward the northeast, so it would affect the Columbia by this evening and we expect that it will persist through the evening, possibly into the overnight hours as well. Then it will reach the Rockies and into Alberta and progressively dissipate.”

Lightning strikes lighting up BC forests earlier than usual: fire official from The Canadian Press

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Saskatchewan out of firefighting funds as more than 3,000 evacuated from north

Canadian Press
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province’s firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes. Evacuations started late last week in about a dozen communities around La Loche and La Ronge, which Wall tried to fly into Tuesday. A heavy haze blanketing the sky kept him in Prince Albert. The premier visited some evacuees at a college campus there and spoke with First Nations leaders. He said people from several reserves in the area could also be forced out, possibly pushing the total number of evacuees up to 5,000.

Smoke so think it’s making Saskatchewan fires less volatile, official says from The Canadian Press

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Satellite shows giant smoke plumes from Sask., Alberta forest fires

NASA image shows extent of western Canadian wildfires
CBC News
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Satellite images of the forest fires in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan have shown the extent of the wildfires that have displaced thousands of people this week. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Aqua satellite showed plumes of smoke stretching from multiple points hundreds of kilometres to the southeast. Actively burning areas are outlined in red, while forests appear dark green. Smoke has been raising health concerns in Regina and other communities that are hundreds of kilometres south of the fires. People with asthma or heart conditions have been advised to stay indoors.

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Gibsons man wins forestry scholarship

The Local Weekly
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A young Gibsons resident is one of six employees of Interfor who have been awarded a $2,000 Dal Shemko Memorial Scholarship. Andrew Blattler, 19, will attend the Forest Resource Management Program at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island University in the fall to pursue his goal of being an engineer and becoming a Registered Professional Forester. Andrew has been working for Interfor’s Coastal Woodlands Sechelt Division on a part-time basis since 2012. The Dal Shemko Memorial Scholarship honors the life of long-time Interfor employee, Dal Shemko.

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Aerial ignition helps forest firefighters in northwestern Ontario (radio)

CBC News
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest fire season is well underway across Ontario’s northern regions, and firefighters typically take advantage of the patchwork of lakes and rivers to draw water to battle the blazes. Sometimes, however, they literally fight fire with fire. Equipment like pumps, hoses and water bombers are common tools of the trade, but so is aerial ignition, said Garry Harland, the fire management supervisor at the fire management headquarters in Thunder Bay. “[It’s] just another tool in the toolbox,” he said. That tool is used chiefly to deal with large fires that would be too unsafe, or costly to fight another way, Harland said.

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American Tree Farm System Announces Four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

Benzinga.com
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Today, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced the four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year from among more than 82,000 certified Tree Farmers: John and Ann Boutwell and Peggy Boutwell Autrey of Plattville, Alabama; Duke and Naomi Hoiland of Poleridge, Montana; Raul Chiesa and Janet Sredy of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania; and Merlin and Georgie Becker of Manawa, Wisconsin. Of these exceptional woodland owners, one will be chosen for the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award. ATFS, which celebrates its 75th anniversary next year, has honored more than 150 exceptional Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers since the award’s inception in 1976.

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Daines lauds Ten Mile efforts, calls for forest management reforms

Helena Independent Record
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines toured timber projects in the Ten Mile drainage Tuesday, saying he wanted to see firsthand the combined efforts of state and federal agencies to provide jobs while managing the forest and reducing the risk of wildfire to the watershed. Daines toured the active Red Mountain Flume-Chessman Reservoir project and the proposed Tenmile-South Helena project with officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the city of Helena. The trip was a chance to see the Forest Service and DNRC working together under a joint stewardship agreement to actively manage the forest, and to talk about possible reforms aimed at increasing management, he said.

Daines tours Frenchtown Face on hunt for forestry reform ideas from The Missoulian

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Oregon State University scientist helps identify super hero fly

The Register-Guard
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon State University researchers found a super fly that might come to the rescue of millions of hemlock trees in 17 eastern U.S. states. The rice-sized “silver fly” that researchers found in trees from Corvallis to Seattle could be the predator to stop an aphid-like insect that’s sucking the life out of most East Coast hemlock trees. “Right now, hemlocks are being killed at a very high rate,” OSU entomologist Darrell Ross said. “For all practical purposes, it seems to be threatening the species existence.” An aphid-like creature, called the woolly adelgid, has chewed its way up the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from the Carolinas to Canada.

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Yosemite forest fire example of possible things to come

Phys.org
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western U.S., according to Penn State physical geographers who also see that the long history of fire exclusion on federal lands leads to uncharacteristically severe burns and potentially changes the dynamics of forests and their recovery. …”We would never be able to do an experiment on this, never be able to burn the forest in this way, so this natural experiment is a perfect opportunity to see what happens,” said Alan H. Taylor, professor of geography. Taylor and Lucas Harris, graduate student in geography, studied the forest’s recovery in the aftermath of the Rim fire. They report their results in the current issue of Ecosystems.

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Oregon Drops $20,000 Fine Against Pilot In Herbicide Drift Case

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has agreed to drop $20,000 in fines against a pilot and commercial pesticide application company that misled the agency during an investigation into herbicide drift in Curry County. The parties reached a settlement Wednesday. In exchange, pilot Steven Owen agreed not to dispute the state’s main conclusions in the case and allowed the Oregon Department of Agriculture to revoke his commercial pesticide applicator license for a year. Owen’s company, Pacific Air Research, will also lose its operator license for a year under the settlement.

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Embracing Forest Collaboration: Part 8: Chad Hudson

Evergreen Magazine
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Chad Hudson is the District Ranger on the historic Coeur d’Alene Ranger District, one of five ranger districts on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The District, created by President Theodore Roosevelt in November of 1906, was heavily burned during the Great 1910 Fire, which consumed more than three million acres of timberland in two terrifying days and nights. Some 80 firefighters died in the conflagration. Although most of the District’s old growth timber was wiped out, some cedar and western larch remains in deep north-south facing canyons that the 1910 fire jumped.

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Western Montana fire crews hold new starts

The Missoulian
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Glacier Rim fire near Glacier National Park held steady at 85 acres Wednesday, while a larger fire located in eastern Idaho grew to 300 acres, threatening 50 homes. Several fires sparked by Monday night’s lightning storms have come to life across the region, including three on the Lolo National Forest and nine on the Bitterroot National Forest. Two of the starts on the Bitterroot Forest were reported Wednesday, but crews contained both incidents. “Firefighters have responded to and extinguished 11 wildfires this summer on the Bitterroot,” said spokeswoman Joni Lubke. “All of the fires were kept under two acres in size.”

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Dead trees pose threat to Glacier Rim Fire crews

NBC Montana
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews are in their fourth day of battling the Glacier Rim Fire. The fire is primarily located west of North Fork Road, about 11 1/2 miles north of Columbia Falls. Jeff Walters has been fighting the Glacier Rim Fire since Sunday. His job is to operate the feller buncher, a motorized vehicle often used in logging, to remove dead trees and debris from the scene. “What I’ve been doing today is just going out there and knocking snags down,” said Walters, “and trying to keep it safe for people.”

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Project to protect Flagstaff watersheds moves forward

AZ Daily Sun
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There will be cable-logging in the Dry Lake Hills — but none that is visible from the heart of Flagstaff. And in exchange for thinning and prescribed burning within Mexican spotted owl habitat, researchers will monitor 12 owl sites for at least five years. Those are some of the final changes to a plan for treating two key watersheds near Flagstaff to reduce the risk of wildfire and post-fire flooding. On Thursday, the Forest Service released its draft Final Environmental Impact Statement of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, which outlines how the agency plans to implement the 10,500-acre project in the Rio de Flag and Lake Mary watersheds.

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DNR tracking tree-killing insect

WNMU-FM Public Radio
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MARQUETTE, MI — Crews have begun measuring how much damage a ravaging insect has done to evergreen trees in northern Michigan. Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest health staffers are mapping the latest outbreak of spruce budworm, which attacks balsam fir and white spruce. They also feed on black spruce, tamarack, pine and hemlock. Large-scale epidemics happen every 30 to 50 years. Experts say they’re part of the natural cycle as trees mature. Budworm caterpillars feed on new shoots, which eventually can kill older and stressed trees.

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Sen. Daines Stumps For Salvage Logging Outside Helena

Montana Public Radio
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana Senator Steve Daines toured a beetle-infested area of the Helena National Forest Tuesday, and praised a joint federal-state effort to reduce fire danger. At Chessman Reservoir above Helena, Daines surveyed acres of dead trees and said Congress should encourage more salvage logging. “We need to continue to ensure that we are actively managing our forests to reduce the wildfire risk. … But the executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies says salvage logging actually has no effect on fire danger. Mike Garrity cites research from the Intermountain Fire Science Lab in Missoula which found that logging often leaves behind the most flammable parts of the trees.

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Wildfire ‘Reburns’ Offer Signals Of Forest Recovery

KUOW.org
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire season in the Northwest has started early this year. Crews are battling the Buckskin Fire right now. Scientists refer to the Buckskin as a “reburn” because it’s on land that was scorched by wildfire in the recent past. These reburns are a positive indication that the forests are recovering from decades of fire suppression. The old footprint, or scar, of the Biscuit Fire is still visible from several points, including high about the Illinois River. The landscape here is a mix of healthy-looking stands of trees, clumps of standing dead trees called snags, and low brushy places where the forest is beginning to come back.

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Rep. Zinke swings and misses with latest forest bill

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

How do baseball teams win championships? Base hits, teamwork, and fundamentals. Going it alone and swinging for the bleachers at every pitch may be tempting, but it’s also a recipe for going home empty-handed. The same could be said to be true in politics, especially with contentious, complex issues like improving management of our national forests. …Recently, Montana’s Congressman Ryan Zinke introduced legislation he says would improve national forest management. That is a laudable goal, if you can hit it. Trouble is, this legislation strikes out in its first at-bat.

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Towering pine looks like a state champion

The Oconee Enterprise
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The towering pine tree on Hale Road deserved a name: Cathedral Pine. Now it has earned its place as a championship tree in Georgia. Jeff Kastle of the Georgia Forestry Commission made measurements Monday morning that should put the tree on the commission’s Champion Tree list. Incredibly, while it is one of the four largest loblolly pines in the state, it may not be even the biggest in Oconee County. Another loblolly pine owned by Bernard Garrett in Statham was already on the list as a co-champion. …Kastle said it seemed obvious that loggers had passed over the tree several times. There are few pines in the immediate vicinity.

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Maine forest products group asks potato board to oppose national park

Bangor Daily News
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A spokesman for the Maine Forest Products Council met with the Maine Potato Board last week to seek its support in opposing the proposed establishment of a national park near Baxter State Park.Patrick Strauch, speaking for the council that represents businesses from loggers to paper mills and saw mills, outlined the issues that concern those living and working in the areas immediately affected by the proposed park during the June 25 potato board meeting. Strauch said 75,000 acres are labeled for the national park and another 75,000 acres would be used as a recreational area.

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SHOSHONE COUNTY, IDAHO: Charter forest idea pitched to county

Shoshone News-Press
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Shoshone County Commissioners listened Monday to ideas by a public policy professor about utilizing parts of the county to implement a charter forest management approach. Robert H. Nelson, a 22-year professor at the University of Maryland, delivered to commissioners — and two school superintendents from the Silver Valley in attendance — copies of his book, entitled “Charter Forests: A New Management Approach for National Forests.” In it, Nelson compares the approach of charter schools to his concept of charter forests, which would fall under a federal designation but with more local control.

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Tasmanian government to come under fire at United Nations meeting for World Heritage forest plans

ABC News, Australia
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International


The United Nations’ key environment committee is expected to criticise the Tasmanian Government’s latest plans for its World Heritage forests at a meeting tonight in Germany. The 21 countries on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee are anticipated to endorse a negative assessment of the Tasmanian Government’s proposed management plan. The agency has warned the Tasmanian Government’s latest draft management plan could open up the historic forests to logging and mining in some areas.

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The world’s most beautiful greenhouses are underwater, and growing strawberries

Washington Post
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The air of the greenhouse stands at 79 degrees with humidity hovering around 83 percent. That’s a pretty good environment for a typical plant. But this is no ordinary greenhouse: It’s 20 feet under water, anchored to the floor of the sea just off the coast of Noli, Italy. …The balloon-like biospheres take advantage of the sea’s natural properties to grow plants. The underwater temperatures are constant, and the shape of the greenhouses allows for water to constantly evaporate and replenish the plants. What’s more, the high amounts of carbon dioxide act like steroids for the plants, making them grow at very rapid rates.

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Odisha to go for Massive Pulp Wood Plantation on 60,000 hectres

Odisha News Insight
July 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a move to increase livelihood options in tribal-dominated areas against the backdrop of the changing climatic conditions, Odisha has decided to go in for massive pulp wood plantation covering 60,000 hectares over the next five years. The plantation will be carried out in the public private partnership (PPP) mode, according to a note prepared by the state government. It said the stress on pulpwood plantations would lead to a win-win situation for farmers and paper manufactures, as the project would cater to the needs of both.

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Call for action on forestry waste

Gisborne Herald
July 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

POVERTY Bay and East Coast beaches are known for their beauty, and for the amount of waste wood that washes up on them. Slash was recently highlighted in The Gisborne Herald by a complaint from the manager of Nick’s Head Station. However, slash is by definition the waste product of timber processing, and is only part of the problem. In this erosion-prone region much of the wood that ends up in waterways, in the sea and on beaches has never been anywhere near a logging skid, and a proportion has nothing to do with plantation forestry. A lot comes from slipped woodlots or lone trees which have fallen, and also when plantation forests have been planted too close to waterways.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Area E talks climate change and Official Community Plan

Cowichan Valley Citizen
July 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 80 people came out June 22 for the Area E Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change hosted by area director Alison Nicholson… Guest speaker Dr. Andrew Weaver provided an overview of the science and the challenges, followed by a productive discussion with four additional panelists and many engaged members of our community… As forestry land is logged, subdivided and sold the current practice leads to the loss of countryside, as we have seen in Sooke, Malahat and Parksville. Shawnigan Lake’s Bruce Fraser stressed the need for a Shawnigan watershed management plan and discussions with the large forest companies. When the next industrial rotation becomes available in 30 to 40 years they won’t have the social licence to continue current practices so they should start now, he said, thinking of it as a community forest.

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Bulkley Valley air quality concern raised as NewPro plans conversion

The Interior News
July 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Concern about the quality of the Bulkley Valley’s airshed was raised at last Tuesday’s Smithers council meeting. A delegation wanted to put a halt to any approval of industrial operations in town until an assessment of the area’s particulate matter was done. Smithers and Telkwa do not meet the provincial standard said presenters Dr. Biz Bastian and Gina LaHaye. They came forward to speak on the application by NewPro to switch from panel board to wood pellet manufacturing, which the company said would actually reduce emissions by 94 per cent.

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Scientific and political consensus emerging: not all biomass is “carbon neutral”

Natural Resource Defense Council
July 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

When dealing with a thorny public policy issue, it’s always noteworthy when scientific and political consensus begins to emerge. Last week, a number of statements out of different parts of our government showed that our understanding of the role biomass–essentially plant material burned to produce energy–can play in climate policy is beginning to converge on the same message: not all biomass is “carbon neutral”. …But on the biomass front, the Administration’s comments certainly jumped out at those of us who are long-time followers of the issue: Classification of Forest Biomass Fuels as Carbon-Neutral. The Administration objects to the bill’s representation of forest biomass as categorically “carbon-neutral.” 

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The secret weapon in fight against climate change

MSNBC
July 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

What if we could slow climate change with a few good inventions? That’s the promise of “geoengineering,” often described as plan B if all the politics and protests fail to spur a response to global warming. Some experts have suggested we repel the sun with cannon-fired reflective dust or clouds of reflective bubbles. Others have mused about free-floating filters to suck carbon from the air. Still others have never given up the old military dream of controlling the weather. But besides being dangerous beyond belief – akin to levering the earth without knowing exactly where it will roll – these proposals might also be pointless. We already have the perfect geoengineering technology, as President Obama made clear in a joint press conference Tuesday with the president of Brazil. They’re called trees. 

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Into the great unknown: The ability of global forests to store carbon is at risk

Mongabay.com
July 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The world’s tropical and subtropical forests absorb 1.1 trillion kg. (120 billion tons) of carbon from the atmosphere every year, storing it in soil and living and dead biomass, according to USDA Forest Service researcher John Parrotta. Amazonian forests alone store more carbon than any other ecosystem on earth, estimated at 1.1 trillion kg. (120 billion tons). That’s important because any carbon that is stored in biomass is carbon not being released to the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Unfortunately, researchers still face huge unknowns when it comes to understanding the intricacies of carbon storage in the world’s forests. In some regions, for example, the amount of carbon sequestered in forests is offset, or even outweighed, by emissions from land-use changes such as deforestation and clearing.

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