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Vivian Krause: Terry Fox caught in charity politics

In reality, five charities have had their status revoked
National Post
October 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

“Let every fox take care of its own tail,” an old proverb says. The Terry Fox Foundation learned that last week when the cancer-fighting charity got syphoned into the federal election campaign… By my analysis of U.S. tax returns and other evidence, at least a dozen environmental charities have under-reported — or not reported at all — their foreign funding and/or their foreign-funded political activity in their Canadian tax returns. Evidence of this comes from the U.S. tax returns of donor foundations, the original strategy paper for The Tar Sands Campaign, and a large series of covering letters on payments made by Tides during 2013… U.S. tax returns and these covering letters indicate that Tides has funded the participation of at least 15 Canadian environmental charities in the Tar Sands Campaign. They include: Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, Driftwood Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence Canada, The Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research & Education, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Sierra Club of B.C., Sierra Club of Canada, T. Buck Suzuki Foundation, Westcoast Environmental Law Research Foundation, Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC), World Wildlife Fund and Tides Canada. 

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Election 2015: B.C. mining, forestry seek renewed commitment from parties

October 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mining and forestry are key industries in British Columbia, but both sectors have taken a hit in recent times. Given that, they’re hoping whoever forms Canada’s next government will offer some concrete help… Meanwhile, in a forestry sector that saw a slowdown in China’s demand for B.C. lumber earlier this year along with U.S. shipments frozen out by harsh winter conditions, Council of Forest Industries spokesman Cam McAlpine said it’s essential that whoever forms government negotiate a renewed softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. “That’s really the No. 1 issue on the federal level,” said McAlpine, adding that more financial support would be nice, along with a renewed push to open up new markets beyond the U.S. and China. 

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Election 2015: B.C. mining, forestry seek renewed commitment from parties

October 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mining and forestry are key industries in British Columbia, but both sectors have taken a hit in recent times. Given that, they’re hoping whoever forms Canada’s next government will offer some concrete help… Meanwhile, in a forestry sector that saw a slowdown in China’s demand for B.C. lumber earlier this year along with U.S. shipments frozen out by harsh winter conditions, Council of Forest Industries spokesman Cam McAlpine said it’s essential that whoever forms government negotiate a renewed softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. “That’s really the No. 1 issue on the federal level,” said McAlpine, adding that more financial support would be nice, along with a renewed push to open up new markets beyond the U.S. and China. 

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Forestry sustainability and APP take centre stage at Ryerson Graphic Arts Magazine

Ryerson Graphic Arts Magazine
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto held a panel discussion last week exploring the challenges and best practices regarding forest sustainability in Indonesia. Using Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as an example of a company that has turned around its reputation in recent years, the panel explored the importance of certification and of collaboration between companies and NGOs to build effective sustainability policies. Participants included: Ian Lifshitz, North American Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs for Asia Pulp & Paper Group; Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner for Greenpeace; and James Sullivan, certification and accreditation expert and founding chair of the Forest Stewardship Council Canada. 

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U.S.: Lumber is worst-performing major traded commodity in 2015

IHB The Timber Network
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber is the year’s worst performing major traded commodity in the United States. Lumber prices dropped by 34.6% since the beginning of 2015, according to an analysis by MarketWatch. The report identifies the three commodities which have posted the biggest declines so far this year. In addition to lumber, which has seen the biggest drop, coffee has dropped 28.8%, and aluminum has fallen 26.2%. Adam Koos, president of Libertas Wealth Management Group Inc. said China’s currency devaluation and their drop in lumber imports were likely to have contributed to the drop in lumber’s value.

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Where is Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Headed According to Analysts?

Markets Daily
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE:PCL) shares opened the most recent trading session at $39.22, traded in the range of $39.16-$39.56 before closing at $39.43. Analysts are anticipating that shares of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. will reach the range of $38 to $46 within the next 12 months. The consensus one-year price target stands at $42.857. This is the average number based on the 7 brokerage firm reports taken into consideration by Zacks. The same sell-side analysts are expecting quarterly earnings of $0.51 for the current period. According to the latest available information, the firm will issue their earnings release on or around 2015-10-26. Most recently the firm reported earnings per share of $0.12 for the fiscal period which closed on 2015-06-30.

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MGX Minerals to acquire Tembec mill site

Kootenay News Advertiser
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MGX Minerals Inc. is pleased to announce the Company has entered into definitive agreement with Tembec to acquire the Cranbrook mill site in Cranbrook, British Columbia for $3.7 million. The Cranbrook mill complex spans 38-hectares (98 acres) located within the Cranbrook industrial park. Major infrastructure including buildings and a wood processing plant remain on site. The site is a large fully serviced industrial location with natural gas, water, power and rail access. The Company plans to use the location for the processing of industrial minerals including ore from the Company’s Driftwood Creek magnesium deposit.

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New woodlands manager at mill

International Falls Journal
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Tim O’Hara has been named Boise Paper woodlands manager. O’Hara follows former woodlands manager Dan Toivonen, who has left the Packaging Corporation of America company position to accept a position as regional wood procurement manager at Louisiana Pacific Corporation, according to a report in the Minnesota Timber Producers Association’s Timber Bulletin magazine. O’Hara has worked 20 years as vice president of forest policy for the Minnesota Forest Industries, where he also staffed the Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, said the report. Toivonen served five years as woodlands manager for Boise in International Falls. He held similar positions prior to that with Potlatch and Sappi, according to the Timber Bulletin.

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Old Town pulp mill to shut down, delivering ‘huge economic blow’ to region

Portland News Post
October 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Expera Specialty Solutions announced Tuesday that it would shut down its pulp mill in Old Town by the end of the year. The Wisconsin-based company, which purchased the mill less than a year ago and then restarted it, cited falling market prices for pulp, combined with wood costs, as factors in the decision. The mill in Penobscot County employs 151 hourly workers and 44 salaried workers. …Expera will investigate the possibility of selling the mill, which was founded more than a century ago, but “those details are just in the beginning stages and so we have no details about a sale process at this time,” Addie Teeters, a company spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

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Lincoln mill to continue operating through bankruptcy auction

Bangor Daily News
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill will continue operating under a $2.3 million extension of its credit line and has lined up an initial bidder for a sale it hopes to close by the end of November, according to the mill’s CEO and court documents. A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the extended credit line, which mill CEO Keith Van Scotter said means it’s business as usual for employees, customers and vendors as the specialty tissue mill moves toward an auction. “Business will be conducted as usual, under supervision of the [bankruptcy] court,” Van Scotter said in a phone interview Wednesday morning. The mill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday.

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LePage on legislators and energy: ‘You can’t fix stupid’

Bangor Daily News
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

After a mill bankruptcy in Lincoln and a closure in Old Town this week, Gov. Paul LePage, offered up another terse criticism of legislators he says haven’t addressed high energy costs.  When asked on Tuesday why he couldn’t get the Legislature to do what he wants, LePage said, “Because you can’t fix stupid.” He went on to largely echo a statement from his office a day earlier, saying that lawmakers are “looking for this golden parachute somewhere, this rainbow that’s going to make everything OK, but it doesn’t work that way,” according to WGME. “Unless we find a way to lower our energy costs, these companies that we have manufacturing will leave,” the Republican said.

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Gov. LePage Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Bucksport

WABI
September 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Governor LePage says the state must cut energy costs to maintain Maine’s manufacturing industry and avoid additional mill closures. Tuesday night, the Governor outlined his vision for Maine during a town hall meeting in Bucksport. “You need to know the truth. 4 topics, very, very critical to this state,” said Governor LePage. In order to move Maine forward, Governor LePage says the state must address Maine’s tax structure and welfare system, make college more affordable, and reduce energy costs. “Unless we fix our energy costs, we are not going to get great jobs and we are going to lose our manufacturing base,” said Governor LePage. About 100 people came out to see Governor LePage speak inside Bucksport Middle School.

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Forest products join NFF

The Land Newspaper
October 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE Australian Forest Products Association has joined the National Farmers’ Federation as a commodity member. AFPA is the national peak industry body representing the timber growing, sawmilling, other wood processing, and pulp and paper industries, including both plantations and naturally regrowing forests. “AFPA works to ensure that we have the right policy settings and a durable strategy to enable this sustainable, environmentally-friendly industry to grow to its maximum potential,” AFPA CEO Ross Hampton said in a statement. “The industry currently contributes about $20 billion to the economy and provides employment for more than 120,000 Australians (when we include downstream users of timber such as truss and frame manufacturers).

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Slovenia’s roundwood exports increased by 54% in 2014

Lesprom
September 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In 2014, 2.4 million cubic meters of roundwood were exported from Slovenia. It is 54% more than in 2013. The structure of exports was dominated by sawlogs and veneer logs, with a 47% share; the share of pulpwood and other industrial roundwood exports was 35% and the share of wood fuel exports was 18%. Compared to the previous year, in 2014 the exports of sawlogs and veneer logs increased the most (by about 60%), followed by the exports of pulpwood and other industrial roundwood (by more than 70%). Higher were also the exports of wood fuel (by almost 20%).  In 2014 about 455,000 cubic meters of roundwood were imported, or about 21% less than in 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Daphne Bramham: Vancouver Art Gallery is knocking on wood

October 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Architect Christine Binswanger was dismissive and as diplomatic as you’d expect a Swiss national to be when she described Vancouver. “The buildings are very homogeneous,” she began. “They would not maybe make it into architectural books. Cities that have radical growth in a short time create a similar kind of architectural stock. Here, it is glass residential towers and we find it … interesting.” What Binswanger and her team from the renowned firm Herzog & de Meuron came up with for the Vancouver Art Gallery is the antithesis of that: a squat, wooden building that bulges in the middle.

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Tall Wood building residence gets final Board go-ahead

The Ubyssey
October 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the final approval of the Board of Governors, the construction of a new residence to accommodate 404 students is set to begin in October. Unlike other residences on campus, this building will be made almost entirely out of wood. Although the main goal is to respond to the demand for more on-campus housing, “This project was an opportunity to apply engineered mass timber in an innovative way in a tall building application,” said John Metras, managing director of Campus Infrastructure and Development at UBC. Metras said that the idea for this residence arose from the provincial government’s “wood-first” policy which asks that government agencies and associated entities make using wood a priority in new projects.

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New Vancouver Art Gallery design unveiled

Journal of Commerce
September 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled an ambitious proposal for a new 20-storey, 310,000-square-foot wood facility in downtown Vancouver.  The striking design consisting of stacked box structures has turned heads. Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood Works! BC said she has already been in contact with local architects asking for advice on some wood features. “We are very excited about their plans to use wood,” she said, adding it was fitting for the city’s heritage. Embury-Williams responded to wood critics, saying that while certain design and care is required, a wood structure can be maintained. “I would say the technology is quite good but there is a lot to be done to make sure it’s designed with durability,” she said.

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Portland will get nation’s first wood high-rise

KGW News
September 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — While the thought of a wooden high-rise may give some people pause, a Portland developer and architect are out to prove timber towers are the next big thing. Anyeleh Hallova and architect Thomas Robinson have teamed up to build the first wooden high-rise in the nation. The U.S Department of Agriculture recently awarded the team $1.5 million to start building the 12-story structure at the corner of Northwest 10th Avenue and Glisan Street, where the Albina Community bank now stands. “It’s the new wave of construction in the United States,” Hallova said. For those who may have their doubts, the builders say have no fear.

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Forestry

Focus on Vancouver Island forests

Nanaimo Daily News
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill once got all its wood fibre — sawdust and other waste material — from nearby sawmills on Vancouver Island. Today, it scrounges around the province for these scraps, trucking and barging them in from great distances. Sawmills that used to supply Harmac have closed as their log sources dried up. That’s the reality for Vancouver Island in this era of log exports. On the coast, roughly one-third of all harvested logs are exported — unprocessed — overseas. The government says this keeps the forest industry active, people employed and taxes flowing. Small wood manufacturers, politicians and unions say Island logs need to be processed here to create local jobs and stimulate the economy.

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Yellowhead candidates clash over pine beetle

The Fitzhugh
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Yellowhead candidates in the upcoming federal election agree on the severity of the mountain pine beetle infestation in Jasper National Park, but representatives from two of the major parties have varying opinions on why more hasn’t been done to this point. Liberal Party candidate Ryan Maguhn took aim at the Conservative Party during a Sept. 28 all-candidates debate in Hinton, saying that a systemic attack on the freedom of researchers and continued funding cuts to Parks Canada have left JNP less able to deal with the pine beetle.

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Candidates take their stand on supporting forestry

Timmins Press
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TIMMINS – Forestry is the second largest industry in Timmins-James Bay, but the industry still recovering from a decade of decreased demand for timber brought on the crash of the U.S. housing market during the mid 2000s. Mills closed and very likely many will never be coming back. Economic fortunes in the U.S. are improving, but it appears the once insatiable demand for raw materials in China could begin to dry up as that country’s economy begins to slow from the exponential growth it has enjoyed for many years. With all this in mind, The Daily Press asked local candidates what policies, trade agreements or other initiatives they would have the federal government pursue to ensure the forest industry in this region continues to grow and create jobs here.

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BLM prepares to plant seeds for Soda Fire rehab

KTVB
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE – The Bureau of Land Management is putting together a rehabilitation plan for land burned by the Soda Fire. The wildfire scorched more than 280,000 acres in August. Fast-moving flames ripped through a lot of rangeland in Owyhee County. Now, crews at the BLM’s regional seed warehouse in Boise are loading up trucks with hundreds of thousands of pounds of seed to rehab the area. The planting process will take several months and is expected to start in the next week or so. “We immediately need to get into those areas and stabilize them, make sure we don’t lose some of that valuable soil from erosion and then start planting seed as soon as possible so that we can combat any invasive weeds that may come in,” BLM spokesperson Jessica Gardetto said.

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Feds to spend $2.5 million on bat illness

Rapid City Journal
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service plans to spend $2.5 million on research to fight white-nose syndrome in bats, an illness that has killed millions of bats across the country. White-nose syndrome recently led to the declaration of the Northern long-eared bat as endangered. Some South Dakota officials worried the declaration could limit logging on forest service lands, though the Black Hills was spared any major restrictions. The $2.5 million will be used by researchers at a number of institutions to find ways to combat white-nose syndrome, which kills bats that are a critical part of the larger ecosystem.

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Op-ed: BLM, USFS need allies, not enemies

by Les Smith, Nevada regional director of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Has it really come to this? Are we willing to sell our national birthright, our precious public lands, simply because the federal agencies managing them are dysfunctional? On Sept. 29, 2015, Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison hosted the 2015 Summit on Public Lands in Nevada, billed as a “discussion on strengthening Nevada’s role in the health, sustainability, and management of our public lands.” Hopefully, the conference will prove to be less of a political and media football, like Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR-1), the bill to transfer federally managed lands to state control. The real solution is to fix the system that’s strangling the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

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After wildfires rage in the West, Congress moves to provide $700 million in emergency aid

The Oregonian
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

UPDATE: As expected, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday morning to fund the government until Dec. 11, and it includes the $700 million in wildfire aid. The legislation now goes to the House. This year’s horrific wildfire season in the West is spurring Congress to move toward providing $700 million in emergency disaster aid to the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies facing rapidly rising firefighting costs. The emergency aid – contained in legislation needed to prevent the threatened government shutdown – would for the first time in recent years allow the Forest Service and other public land agencies to avoid gutting their budgets to pay for wildfire costs.

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Forest Service adds 7 air tankers to firefighting fleet

Associated Press in KTVB Channel 7
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — The National Interagency Fire Center says the U.S. Forest Service has awarded three companies exclusive contracts to provide seven Next Generation Airtankers for fighting forest fires. The center in a statement Wednesday says that doubles the number of the Next Generation Airtankers in the Forest Service fleet that can fly faster and carry more retardant than older firefighting aircraft still in use. The agency says Neptune Aviation Services Inc. in Missoula, Montana, will supply four of the tankers. Aero-Flite Inc. in Spokane, Washington, will supply two of the aircraft and 10 Tanker Air Carrier in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will supply one.

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County blames White House, Congress for forest woes

Wallowa County will no longer blame environmentalists for poor condition of the forests
Wallowa County Chieftain
September 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wallowa County Commissioners have unanimously approved a resolution laying the blame for “the deplorable conditions for restoration or sustainability of the forest” on the President and Congress. Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC) president Bruce Dunn presented the resolution for approval at the commissioners’ Sept. 21 regular meeting. The document states that although the Wallowa County Commissioners and NRAC had “engaged in collaboration, cooperation and coordination with Federal Agencies concerning forest health,” those processes had “not brought resolution to the deplorable conditions.” It identified “administrative rules and policies as the root cause of the agencies’ inability to create practical and cost effective management” and blamed current law for “allowing small incidents to become catastrophic events.”

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LePage’s plan to use timber resources to lower heating costs based on sound science

Bangor Daily News
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Gov. Paul LePage continues to propose better utilization of Maine’s renewable timber resources to effectively lower the energy bills of low-income households. The LePage administration, led by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is able to achieve this goal by harvesting timber at a rate that is well under its annual growth rate, in a manner that is Forest Stewardship Council- and Sustainable Forestry Initiative-certified and based on sound science and proper forest management practices. This paper’s recent editorial, “Reason, science and the law: Where LePage’s public forest plans fall short,” on Sept. 25 fails to share the facts of the governor’s comprehensive plan, which provides significant opportunity to lower energy costs through modern heating systems and increased efficiency. The Maine people own this land, and they should benefit from increased timber revenue.

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Logger certification program launched in Maine

Associated Press in KSL
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, three community colleges and a heavy equipment dealer are creating a program to train mechanized logging operators. Peter Collins from Milton CAT said the heavy equipment dealer is donating $1.2 million worth of equipment. Additional support is being sought from the “Put ME to Work Program,” which was enacted by the Maine Legislature and provides $1 million for the next two years to support creation of new job training programs. Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Washington County Community College in Calais, and Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle are backing the program, establishing instruction in three of the most heavily forested regions of Maine.

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The Surprising Second Life of a Michigan Tree

Upper Peninsula Second Wave
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In the Upper Peninsula, not too far from Tahquamenon Falls State Park, in the midst of the vast, 23,800-acre Two-Hearted River Forest Reserve, a sugar maple tree grows. Also known as a northern hard maple, this particular tree has been growing, along with many of its peers, for decades. It seeded naturally, as is common in Michigan’s prolific forests, and now it’s nearing the end of its life in the ground. But as far as the many families and businesses supported by the wood products industry in Michigan are concerned, the life of that tree is just getting started. “Those types of trees are kind of the bread and butter of Michigan,” says Scott Robbins, director of SFI and public affairs for the Michigan Forest Products Council.

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Duranillan farmer unlocks secret to germinating snottygobble tree, giving new hope to mine site rehabilitation

ABC News Australia
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A PhD research project into native plant species is set to be a major boost to mine site rehabilitation in Western Australia. Duranillin farmer Kerryn Chia has been studying the native snottygobble trees, or Persoonia longifolia for almost six years in an attempt to work out how they germinate. …Despite the fact the tree is endemic to the region, they almost never successfully germinate. The snottygobble tree has long been a burden for mining companies because the companies can rarely reintroduce the species into rehabilitation areas after clearing.

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Forest planting goal will be ‘uphill task’

Bangkok Post
October 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Restoring 26 million rai of forest nationwide within the next decade will be an uphill task, says Supoj Towichakchaikul, deputy permanent secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. “It’s obviously going to be a tough task and [restoring the lost forest] won’t happen within 10 years,” he said. Mr Supoj made the comments yesterday while announcing progress made in reclaiming land that had been encroached upon in national parks and protected forests. The ministry has been given the forest restoration target in the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan, which takes effect in 2017. If the ministry fails, the government will cut its annual spending by 30-40 billion baht and the task of forest protection will be passed to another state agency.

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Best practice in forestry recognised in awards

Northern Advocate
September 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new event has been launched in Northland to celebrate and promote best practice in the forestry industry – which contributes $218 million to the region’s GDP each year. With more than 2200 people working in Northland’s forestry industry, in forestry, roading, harvesting, distribution and wood processing – the inaugural Northland Forestry Awards have been launched with plenty of support. More than 50 people from across the industry turned up to the launch at A’Fare conference lounge in Whangarei on Thursday. The awards are being managed by the Northland Forestry Health and Safety Group.

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General

Daphne Bramham: Vancouver Art Gallery is knocking on wood

October 1, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Architect Christine Binswanger was dismissive and as diplomatic as you’d expect a Swiss national to be when she described Vancouver. “The buildings are very homogeneous,” she began. “They would not maybe make it into architectural books. Cities that have radical growth in a short time create a similar kind of architectural stock. Here, it is glass residential towers and we find it … interesting.” What Binswanger and her team from the renowned firm Herzog & de Meuron came up with for the Vancouver Art Gallery is the antithesis of that: a squat, wooden building that bulges in the middle.

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