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Catalyst Seeks Expedited Review Of U.S. Trade Action – Quick Facts

RTT News
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Catalyst Paper, a manufacturer of diverse printing papers, said the U.S. Department of Commerce or DOC has issued its preliminary decision to impose countervailing duties on Canadian imports of supercalendered paper. The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports – U.S.-based Madison Paper and Verso Corporation – petitioned the DOC in February and asked it to impose countervailing duties on imports of supercalendered paper from Canadian paper producers Port Hawkesbury Paper, as well as Resolute Forest Products, Irving Paper and Catalyst Paper.

Press release from Catalyst Paper via PR Newswire

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Catalyst reports Q2 results

Canada Newswire press release
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper today reported second quarter financial results, which were negatively impacted by a number of significant, one-time events. Despite these events, operational initiatives are tracking well, positioning the company to deliver significantly improved results. Adjusted earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was negative $19.2 million, and adjusted EBITDA before specific items was positive $9.7 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $14.0 million and adjusted EBITDA before restructuring costs and specific items of $14.6 million in the first quarter of 2015.

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Irving and Port Hawkesbury Paper unfairly subsidized, says U.S. ruling

CBC News
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The U.S. government is one step closer to imposing duties and tariffs on paper imports from J.D. Irving Ltd. of Saint John and Port Hawkesbury Paper of Nova Scotia. The U.S. Department of Commerce released a preliminary ruling Tuesday that says supercalendered paper, a product sold by the companies in the U.S., is unfairly subsidized. The ruling sets the Irving subsidy rate at 11.19 per cent, lower than the Port Hawkesbury rate, which it sets at 20.33 per cent. Those rates could be used to determine the level of duties.

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Will province help city with Resolute tax refund?BUSINESS

TB Newswatch
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With a multi-million tax refund looming for the city to repay the Resolute Pulp and paper mill, Minister Bill Mauro is speaking out on the possibility of Thunder Bay receiving provincial assistance. MPAC had originally assessed the mill value at $72 million, but Resolute appealed that to the Assessment Review Board and the valuation was reduced to $32.6 million. Ontario Liberal party cabinet minister and MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan, Mauro says there is support for smaller towns with large paper mills to receive help when they can’t deal with reassessment.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper to fight interim U.S. duty sparked by rivals

Chronicle Herald
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia paper mill says it will “vigorously defend” itself against an interim duty ordered by a U.S. ruling. In a news release issued late Tuesday night, Marc Dube, development manager for the Cape Breton producer, said the ruling was “without merit and is unfair to other Canadian mills in addition to ours.” He said the company is “intent on proving that the imposition of duties is not supported by the facts, and we are very confident in our ability to reduce these interim duties substantially, or eliminate them entirely, as part of the process.” Dube claims most of this new preliminary duty rate is based on another interim decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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White River Forest Products cashes up to make high-tech improvements

Northern Ontario Business
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Frank Dottori has lofty expectations for White River Forest Products. The sawmill, located halfway between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, is undergoing a $20-million overhaul over the next two years with a high efficiency production line arriving this summer, buttressed by a much-needed financing package. “Our objective is very clear,” declared Dottori, CEO of the 140-employee operation, “we want this mill to be one of the lowest cost mills in Eastern Canada, and that will be by significantly increasing the yield on every tree coming in and in addition to the production level.” 

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results

Marketwired
July 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Acadian Timber Corp. (“Acadian” or the “Company”) (TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results(1) for the three months ended June 27, 2015 (the “second quarter”). For the second quarter, Acadian generated net sales of $15.4 million, up 28% or $3.3 million from the same period last year reflecting increased harvest volumes, improved selling prices and more sales carried over from the first quarter under the log delivery management program with one of Acadian’s larger customers. On a year-to-date basis, net sales were 20% higher than in the same period in 2014 reflecting continued strong demand and pricing for most of our products.

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Plum Creek Timber tops 2Q profit forecasts

Plum Creek Timber beats 2Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts
AP on Yahoo News
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. (PCL) on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $21 million. On a per-share basis, the Seattle-based company said it had net income of 12 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 8 cents per share. The timberland owner posted revenue of $302 million in the period, missing Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $304.1 million. Plum Creek Timber expects full-year earnings to be $1.05 to $1.20 per share.

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Expansion-minded Sacramento biomass company takes over Connecticut plant

Sacramento Business Journal
July 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sacramento-based Greenleaf Power has acquired a 37.5-megawatt biomass plant in Connecticut as part of an aggressive expansion campaign. The deal, originally announced in March, closed at midnight Friday. The company didn’t disclose the price it paid. Greenleaf now operates six biomass plants with a combined total of 180 megawatts. Four of those plants are in California, including operations in Riverside, San Joaquin, Humboldt and Lassen Counties. It also operates a plant in Quebec City, Quebec. The Connecticut plant, which had been operated by a third-party staffing company, is now staffed by 32 Greenleaf employees.

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Eugene sawmill breaking ground on $60 million upgrade

The Register-Guard
July 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Seneca Sawmill Co. announced Friday it has started a $60 million upgrade of its west Eugene lumber mill. Paving crews were flattening a corner lot of Seneca’s Highway 99 mill site Friday to prepare for construction of two dry kilns, part of what Seneca described as a “major investment” in the company’s future. “This upgrade will allow us to continue improving our sawmill capabilities, and get more lumber out of the tree,” Seneca General Manger Todd Payne said. Founded by Aaron Jones in 1954, Seneca has grown from a 25-employee outfit producing 18 million board feet of lumber per year to a 450-employee operation with capacity for 650 million board feet today.

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Culture change the key to forest safety

New Zealand Scoop
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

For Les Bak forest safety is about respect, sharing knowledge, keeping it simple and getting workmates to look out for each other. “You can change beliefs but the way to get long term passion is to improve values.” A decade ago Bak was managing health and safety for international forest company Weyerhauser over an area of Canada the size of the South Island when his bosses asked him to head to New Zealand to sort out safety issues across its 78,000 hectare Nelson/Marlborough estate. From 1985 to 1994 the annual national average for workplace fatalities was five per 100,000 people, but for forestry the figure was 121 deaths per 100,000. One in every 10 forestry workers was seriously injured each year.

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Labor backs specialty timber logging in Tasmania’s wilderness area

ABC News Australia
July 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

There is now bipartisan support in Tasmania for limited logging of trees within parts of the state’s World Heritage-listed wilderness. Last month, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee urged the Australian and Tasmanian governments to ban commercial logging within the zone. Both governments have defended limited access to specialty species trees by craft timber workers, and now the State Opposition has backed that too. Speaking at a craft timber workshop near Hobart, Opposition Leader Bryan Green said he wanted a bipartisan approach to the issue.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario Wood WORKS! 2015 Wood Design Awards open for nominations

Canadian Architect
July 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Wood WORKS! is seeking nominations for the 2015 edition of its awards program, which recognizes excellence in using wood in design. The organization, which leads a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction in North America, annually hands out awards in 12 categories. The Northern Ontario Excellence Award specifically “recognizes the significant contribution Northern Ontario makes to the forest economy and the special link that exists between this industry and Northern communities,” notes the organization. “The award focuses on projects unique to Northern Ontario that honour this relationship through the use of Ontario wood products.”

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Hines Breaks Ground On Eco-Friendly Building In North Loop

Twin Cities Business
July 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Built with “modern mass timber,” Hines anticipates its office building will be the environmental equivalent of taking nearly 1,000 cars off the road. Hines, an international real estate firm with a Minneapolis office, broke ground on Monday on a seven-story, 220,000-square foot office development in the North Loop neighborhood. The eco-friendly building will be named T3 (for timber, transit, and technology) with an anticipated opening of early fall next year. Hines, which is partnering with Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture and the DLR Group of Minneapolis, said the building is inspired by the North Loop’s historic brick and timber buildings.

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Forestry

US pharmacy giant making wrong choice for the Boreal Forest

Greenpeace
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

….The Boreal Forest faces many threats: from climate change-fueled forest fires to oil development. But in Canada, one force is cutting out the heart of the forest: destructive logging. A major player in this forest destruction is Resolute Forest Products – a pulp, paper and lumber company that’s turning the endangered Boreal Forest into products like throwaway flyers. For years, Resolute has been needlessly destroying critical habitat of the endangered woodland caribou and at times logging in Indigenous Peoples’ territories without their consent. Right now, Resolute is even suing Greenpeace Canada and staff for C$7,000,000 to stop them from telling you about what the company is doing in the Boreal Forest.

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Revelstoke man dies following logging incident

Revelstoke Times Review
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Revelstoke died following a logging incident north of town Monday morning. RCMP were called to the a workplace incident on the Laforme Forest Service Road, about 30 kilometres north of Revelstoke, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 27. There, they found out a 66-year-old man had been struck and knocked unconscious during logging operation. BC Ambulance attended with a land crew and a helicopter, but the man succumbed to his injuries at the scene. WorkSafeBC and the BC Coroner Service attended the scene to investigate the incident.

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Coroner investigating death of tree faller in Port McNeill

Victoria Times Colonist
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Coroners Service and Work Safe B.C. are investigating after a tree faller died while working in Port McNeill. Jeremy Tanaka, 38, died Friday about 8:15 a.m. after he was struck by a dislodged tree during a logging operation. Port McNeill RCMP responded to the scene but the death was not considered criminal. Tanaka’s family has been notified and asked for privacy.

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Judge refuses to block B.C. logging auction, against First Nations’ wishes

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — A judge has refused to block British Columbia’s government from auctioning off 15 logging licenses within the traditional territory of a First Nation in the province’s northeast. B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed an injunction application by the Blueberry River First Nations connected to almost 1,700 hectares of marketable timber in the upper Peace River Region. The application is part of a much broader lawsuit in which the First Nation alleges its treaty rights have been violated wholesale, in a region that will be home to the province’s controversial Site C hydroelectric dam.

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Climate stress sets Fairbanks’ white spruce up for failure

News Miner
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FAIRBANKS — Higher summer temperatures have brought about a decline in white spruce growth in Interior Alaska and a corresponding increase in growth in Western Alaska, according to researcher Glenn Juday. Juday, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, recently spoke to the News-Miner about the results of a 10-year study he conducted with Claire Alix of the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Tom Grant, a former UAF adjunct professor. Juday and his colleagues studied tree rings from white spruce in 36 stands along the Tanana, Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, starting in Eastern Alaska and ending at the western edge of the boreal forest near the Bering Sea.

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Wildfire-Related Tragedy Leads to Landmark Forest Restoration Partnership

USDA Blog
July 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Schultz Fire of 2010 started with an abandoned campfire. High winds blew the flames into neighboring trees and brush, igniting a wildfire that would grow to 15,000 acres of the Coconino National Forest and threaten residents near Flagstaff, Arizona. In the following days 750 homes would be evacuated. It took 300 firefighters several weeks to contain the fire in the steep slopes North and East of the city. Flagstaff had been spared from fire, but not its aftermath. In July 2010, heavy flooding due to monsoonal rain events on the burned-over slopes of the San Francisco Peaks caused an estimated $133-147 million in damage to neighborhoods just outside the city.

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Guest Opinion: Are environmentalists raising money or protecting the land?

Idaho Statesman
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We all share one common interest. All our needs are dependent on the land. With such a fundamental interest why can we not find common ground with respect to utilizing our natural resources? Every year we are subjected to tons of toxic smoke from catastrophic wildfires that emit more pollution than every car in California running 24 / 7 all year long. Millions of animals perish in these fires, homes are burned and human lives are lost. Managed forests are healthy and resilient to intense fire. Healthy, green forests do not burn as intensely as thick, overgrown, unmanaged, “hands-off” forests. Healthy forests sequester carbon and produce oxygen; they are not explosive tinderboxes like we have today. Fewer wildfires means cleaner water, cleaner air and better habitat for our precious wildlife.

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Entomologists release wasps in Shongaloo and Minden to prey on invasive beetle killing ash trees

Red River Radio
July 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The LSU Ag Center and the U.S. Forest Service plan to release hundreds of tiny, nonnative wasps Tuesday in north Louisiana. It’s the second such release of the parasitoid wasp in an ongoing effort to contain damage from an invasive beetle killing native ash trees across the U.S. …We basically went to the field and located infested trees. Then, we opened the containers and let these parasitoids free next to the trees that were infested. They immediately start looking for trees because that is where their prey is,” Diaz said, who gets the wasps from a rearing colony in Michigan.

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Inquest into forestry death adjourned

NewsTalkZB
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A coroner has requested police interview further witnesses, before proceeding with an investigation into the death of a 28 year old forestry worker. Michael Langford died at the end of 2013, when he was trapped between two trees at a private forestry site near Nelson. Some witnesses blame his employer, Total Harvest Solutions, for putting him under too much pressure to get the job done fast, with log export prices falling. Land owner David Leary said Michael Langford appeared to be under pressure from the company, which had set him up to do the impossible.

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Forestry worker put under pressure for ‘impossible’ job before death, court hears

Stuff.co.nz
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The owner of a forestry block where a man was crushed to death alleges the consultants he hired to clear his trees put pressure on the man to complete the work in an “impossible” time frame. Michael Steven Langford, 28, died on November 29, 2013 on a forestry site at Foxhill, near Nelson, that his company was contracted to harvest. Coroner Christopher Devonport said at an inquest in the Nelson District Court that there were questions over whether Langford was affected by fatigue and if that was as a result of pressure arising from contractual work for Total Harvest Solutions (THS), which managed the site.

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Swift parrot flies into government roadblock

The Sydney Morning Herald
July 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian government has been accused of refusing to join a recovery effort for the migratory swift parrot, as the population of the bird collapses under pressure from predatory sugar gliders and logging. Australia’s fastest nectar eater adds a flash of colour to the woodlands of Southern Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in winter. But the parrot is under severe pressure in its Tasmanian summer breeding grounds. There, Australian National University scientists have found its nests are being raided by predatory gliders as native forest logging reduces its potential habitat.

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Forest Fires

Nova Scotia crews extinguish hot spots in Alberta wildfires

CBC News
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Kara McCurdy has 23 years of firefighting under her belt. And her lengthy experience is perhaps why she’s still smiling after some scary experiences during two weeks in Alberta’s wildfire region. The Department of Natural Resources fire prevention officer led a crew of 20 firefighters from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Their task: putting out hot spots around the only highway and power grid between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, considered a high-priority area.  The team traveled daily in tree-skimming helicopters that dropped them off in areas of scorched earth. In the remote wilderness, McCurdy says the severe thunder and lightning storms are what she found most nerve-wracking.

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Environmentalists should fight fires

Mike Weismiller, Parksville
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

This occurred to me as I passed a couple of people hitch hiking to Tofino with “save the trees” written on their backpack. …Millions and millions of trees destroyed by fire. And more importantly, by the stupidity of people causing said fires. …Where are all the environmental groups and their followers? They seem to be absent on the front lines? I have watched also for the last 40 years or so how the “save the trees” people have run amuck in this province. I have seen reports of people pounding spikes into trees that kill and maim loggers, live in trees to save them, and use lies, propaganda and borderline terrorist tactics. All under the guise of “save the environment.” Where are these people now? They seem to be absent from the fight.

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Petition for province to put Mars back in action

Alberni Valley Times
July 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rob Frolic believes the provincial government is burning up resources. He wants to send officials a message about the Martin Mars bombers by way of petition. Frolic has lived on Sproat Lake with a view of Dog Mountain for about 33 years. From the first puff of smoke that hit the air from the mountain’s recent wildfire, Frolic followed its progress intently. He was in his boat daily photographing the growing fire, as well as the firefighting efforts. He captured ground crews protecting the cabins and helicopters dumping buckets of water. One thing he did not see was the Martin Mars water bomber in action. Like most Alberni Valley residents, that was what his attention was on.

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Logging and Fires [2 opinion pieces]

New York Times
July 29, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Re “More Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires,” by Chad T. Hanson and Dominick A. Dellasala (Op-Ed, July 23): Much of the rising cost of firefighting in the West is due to efforts to protect structures that are built in fire-prone landscapes. …A far wiser policy would be to zone homes out of the “fire plain,” just as we zone homes out of river flood plains. For those homes already in these fire plains, local building codes should require construction with fire-resistant materials like metal roofs, and the reduction of flammable materials around the home site.

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Planning effort considers broad effects of catastrophic wildfire

The Taos News
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

On June 8, 2012 strong winds carried embers from a small fire caused by lightning in the White Mountain Wilderness near Ruidoso. Fanned by 40-mph-hour winds, the Little Bear Fire erupted and charred 15,000 acres and destroyed more than 200 houses by the end of the next day. For fire planners around Taos, the Little Bear Fire is a cautionary tale: an example of what a catastrophic fire can do, and how broad-reaching the effects can be. And as Taos County seeks public comments and support while updating a community wildfire plan, it’s trying to emphasize the point that planning and public participation is vital.

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Northern California wildfire contained after jumping line

AP in The Missoulian
July 29, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO, Calif. — Fire crews stopped the progress of a fire that jumped a containment line east of California’s Napa Valley, prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 200 people from their homes. The flare-up in the rugged, steep terrain of Solano County quickly consumed 400 acres but firefighters enclosed it within secondary containment lines, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday. The blaze, which sent a smoke plume visible for miles and gave the horizon an amber hue, is one of several blazes burning across the state.

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Paradise Fire in West Jefferson County merely slowed by rainfall

Peninsula Daily News
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — More than an inch of rain fell in the Queets River valley between Thursday and Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to douse the Paradise Fire, according to fire managers “For as much moisture that occurred on the fire over the weekend, there was still a considerable amount of smoke produced,” said Mike Klimeck, incident commander trainee. The fire in West Jefferson County, which was sparked by a lightning strike in mid-May, is expected to burn through the summer months and remain active until heavy winter rains extinguish the deepest embers in deep duff and massive old-growth logs. The fire is currently slowed with 1,781 acres burned and showed little growth during the four days of rain and showers.

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Glacier Park fire managers ‘fortunate’ to have resources

Billings Gazette
July 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

ST. MARY — Descending into this small town at the East Entrance to Glacier National Park on Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 89, you wouldn’t have known a wildfire was burning within 3½ miles. After a day of cooling rain, the only evidence of fire — from a perfect vantage point to see any — was a wisp or two of smoke rising far in the distance in the St. Mary Valley that, if you didn’t know better, you might think came from the chimney of a cabin. But five miles north of this town, another town says otherwise. A fire camp at Chewing Blackbones Campground is home to the almost 700 people now assigned to the Reynolds Creek fire in Glacier. That so many are here — including Greg Poncin’s Type 1 incident management team – for a 3,170-acre fire, tells you two things.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Policy: Define biomass sustainability

July 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States


The bioeconomy is rising up the political agenda. More than 30 countries have announced that they will boost production of renewable resources from biological materials and convert them into products such as food, animal feed and bioenergy. Non-food crops, such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), are the main focus, as well as agricultural and forestry residues and waste materials and gases. It is one thing to write a report; it is another to put a plan into action sustainably. The biggest conundrum is reconciling the conflicting needs of agriculture and industry.

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Policy: Define biomass sustainability

July 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States


The bioeconomy is rising up the political agenda. More than 30 countries have announced that they will boost production of renewable resources from biological materials and convert them into products such as food, animal feed and bioenergy. Non-food crops, such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), are the main focus, as well as agricultural and forestry residues and waste materials and gases. It is one thing to write a report; it is another to put a plan into action sustainably. The biggest conundrum is reconciling the conflicting needs of agriculture and industry.

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General

Port Hawkesbury Paper refutes U.S. Department of Commerce ruling

Irving, Port Hawkesbury Paper unfairly subsidized, says U.S. ruling
CBC News
July 29, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Port Hawkesbury Paper is contesting a U.S. Department of Commerce preliminary ruling that says the Nova Scotia company, along with J.D. Irving Ltd. in New Brunswick, are unfairly subsidized. The investigation sets the way to levy duties on supercalendered paper, glossy paper used for magazines and catalogues. The ruling says the Port Hawkesbury plant’s exports to the U.S. are being subsidized at 20.3 per cent. That rate could be used to determine the level of duties. Port Hawkesbury Paper says the commerce department miscalculated its electricity costs, and included subsidies given to the previous mill owner.

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