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Daily Archives: October 8, 2015

Special Feature

See your floating logging camp on television!

Tree Frog News Update
October 8, 2015
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Windfall Films, a London, UK TV production company is producing a documentary series about building floating homes/houseboats. They contacted Tree Frog editor Sandy because she lives on the water, BUT, we had a better idea. We suggested that they think about making an episode on floating logging camps and the hundreds of folks in our business who live on the water and offered to share the request via the Tree Frog news. If you are currently building or doing a major upgrade to a floating camp maybe you’d be interested in getting featured in an episode of this show. The programmes will be broadcast on a number of channels in the UK, the US, Canada and the Netherlands. They are looking for the final two episodes and need to complete filming by the end of December. If you are interested, please contact: Jess Pitcher, researcher, jesspitcher@windfallfilms.com

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Business & Politics

?FPInnovations receives three prestigious awards

FPInnovations
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pointe-Claire, QC – FPInnovations is celebrating after receiving consecutive accolades from well-respected industry associations in September. On September 15, the Canadian Institute of Forestry-Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) honoured FPInnovations as the 2015 Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement Award recipient. The award recognizes outstanding achievements made by teams or groups of natural resource managers, researchers or non-government-organization groups in the field of forest resource-related activities in Canada. The CIF-IFC also named Anne LeBrun Ruff, FPInnovations’ Provincial Leader for the Atlantic Region, as the recipient of the James M. Kitz Award for her outstanding contributions to innovation, peer-to-peer collaboration, and sustainable forestry.

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Dade: Canada must prepare for new trade reality

Calgary Herald
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The vast majority of the 81 per cent of Canada’s exports in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including autos, are to the United States and Mexico. Since Canada already has a trade agreement with the U.S., there is a natural temptation to think that we will be all right no matter what happens with the TPP. That assumption is as false as it is dangerous. …In the case of softwood lumber, for example, the U.S. has been Canada’s largest market. Despite some success in expanding to Asia, Canada ignored the Mexico market and now ranks sixth in terms of exports of softwood lumber to Mexico – behind the U.S., Chile, and even Brazil, a country with which Mexico does not have a trade agreement, let alone connections by rail.

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Catalyst Paper’s Transformation includes increased production of Higher Grade Paper Products

Coast Forest Products Association
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and employs 2,800 people (1,500 along the coast of BC). Ranked by Corporate Knights magazine as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, the company operates five mills across North America with an annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes. In September, Catalyst launched an expanded Oxford coated one-side (C1S) line-up of paper products for multiple market segments, including Cut and Stack Labels, Commercial C1S & Lamination and Pressure Sensitive applications (such as the ubiquitous “Hello my name is” labels worn at conferences).

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Premier Clark underlines importance of softwood lumber agreement

Office of the Premier
BC Government
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a statement in the Legislature today, Premier Christy Clark underscored the importance of stability in Canada-United States softwood lumber trade to British Columbia. The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U.S. expires on Oct. 12, 2015. The current agreement ended five years of litigation and returned $4 billion of $5 billion in duties collected by the U.S. to Canadian producers, with over half ($2.4 billion) returned to B.C. companies. In addition, the agreement created the Bi-National Softwood Lumber Council that has grown the market for wood products in the U.S.

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Are raw log exports part of the TPP trade deal?

250 News
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Harper Conservatives need to answer a simple question. Are raw log exports part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal? This, along with any other changes to Canada’s forestry policy, is something that British Columbians and Canadians need to know, and they need to know before the October 19 election. Throughout these negotiations the Harper government has been hyper-secretive about the TPP negotiations, but has indicated that, even though a deal has been signed, the full text and fine print will not be revealed until long after the election.

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Rickford lauds merits of trade agreement for Northwestern Ontario

Kenora Daiy Miner & News
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford is lauding the merits of Monday’s landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement for Canada’s forestry and mining sectors. He is also convinced Northwestern Ontario will benefit largely from the tentative deal involving 12 nations, including Canada, on four continents. Although there are implications for hundreds of products and industries, and the Canadian auto-workers’ union called it a disastrous deal almost as soon as it was announced, Rickford said the message he has heard is “if your region or you are in the business of resources, we are the big winners.” Rickford pointed out the agreement is worth more than $30 trillion, which is 14 times the size of the Canadian economy.

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Mill tear-down continues

Chronicle Journal
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Marathon’s mayor said his town is in a better position to promote alternative uses for its waterfront following Wednesday’s update about the ongoing demolition of the local pulp mill. “The meeting went well,” said Rick Dumas. Dumas and other town officials met with Tembec, the former mill co-owner overseeing the tear-down project overlooking Lake Superior. The demolition was supposed to have been done by the end of this year, but Dumas said Tembec now believes the job will be finished no later than the early fall of 2016. “Based on what we have been told, we now feel that we can really start to market the property,” said Dumas.

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Lumber Liquidators paying $10M in wood importation probe

Associated Press in The Washington Post
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Lumber Liquidators says it will pay $10 million and plead guilty to five violations of environmental law, including one felony charge, to end a federal investigation into its importation of illegally sourced wood products. The Justice Department says the wood came from Russia and Myanmar, and that illegal logging in Eastern Russia threatens the habitat of wild Siberian tigers. The DOJ said Lumber Liquidators should have known that the wood was illegally sourced. The Toano, Virginia, company says the settlement is unrelated to the controversy over some of its laminate flooring from China, which CBS’ ”60 Minutes” has reported contains high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. The $10 million payment will include a fine, a forfeiture of profits, and contributions to two conservation charities.

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Plum Creek’s Rick Holley Wins SFI President’s Award for Leadership

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Press Release
October 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Olympic Valley, CA — Rick Holley, Chief Executive Officer of Plum Creek Timber Company, has won the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) President’s Award, for consistently showing leadership on behalf of working forests that support habitat and rural communities. Holley is known for his leadership on market transformation, sustainable communities and responsible forestry. The President’s Award specifically recognizes how Holley is helping to move the conversation about working forests in ways that will ultimately benefit people around the world. Tall wood buildings, for example, with their carbon sequestration and related climate change benefits, are a focus for Plum Creek. 

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement may open doors for processed wood products

By The Wood Council of NZ
Scoop Independent News
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forest and wood processing industries have welcomed the removal of tariffs on wood products across the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “We have yet to see the detail, but we understand that all tariffs on logs and wood products will be reduced to zero. That represents a $9 million saving,” says Wood Council chair Bill McCallum. “While this is not a huge sum in the context of a trade worth $1.5 billion, we anticipate there will be bigger prizes arising from the TPP Agreement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The White House Brings Wooden Buildings to Life

Sourceable
October 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States


With $3 million up for grabs and a backing by the White House, it’s no wonder the US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition has drawn a global audience. The first batch of winners have been chosen in the climate-driven initiative, which was announced by the White House Rural Council and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) last year. “The US wood products industry is vitally important as it employs more than 547,000 people in manufacturing and forestry, with another 2.4 million jobs supported by US private forest owners,” said US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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South Waterfront prepares to welcome 199 sustainably built apartments (Photos)

Portland Business Journal
October 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

One of the South Waterfront’s newest apartment buildings has reached its full height, is on track for an early 2016 completion — and has left little waste in its wake. Portland-based R&H Construction is building The Ella, a five-story, 199-unit building, for Alamo Manhattan, a Texas multifamily developer. The building, which expects to achieve LEED Gold certification, utilizes prefabricated wood framing from Pacific Wall Systems, a Central Point, Oregon-based company that specializes in the technology. Using the framing, which is prefabricated off-site, not only makes for a much tidier construction site, but it also helps significantly cut down on waste. According to Ted Rhodes, a project manager with R&H, the project has had a waste diversion rate of about 92 percent so far, in part because of the prefabricated systems from Pacific Wall Systems.

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Portland Company Building Highrise From Wood

Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A 12-story highrise building is set for construction at the corner of Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street. But this building stands out from the scores of new highrise construction in one significant way: it will be made of wood. It uses a technology called cross-laminated timber. Giant panels of wood are made out of many layers of timber sheets that are very tightly pressed together. The wood comes from timber in rural Oregon, and the panels themselves will be made long before they arrive at the building site. … Instead of pouring large amounts of concrete and fashioning the right parts on the building grounds, cross-laminated timber panels can be engineered near the forests from which they came and then shipped straight to the construction site. Robinson told OPB’s Think Out Loud this makes construction much less obtrusive.

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Kebony Transforms Traditional Norwegian Home

Green Building Elements
October 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Kontur Architects have modernized and refurbished a traditional Scandinavian “Funkis” style house in Gjovik, Norway to bring it up to Passive House standards. The four bedroom house was completely renovated. Only the foundation, timber frame, staircase and chimney remain from the original “functionalist style” house, which was built in the 1930’s. The refurbished home, which overlooks Lake Mjosa, is now clad in Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. Kebony is both refined and long lasting. It delivers spectacular Scandinavian style along with a high level of energy efficiency. Kebony’s superior environmental credentials set it apart from more conventional woods, which deteriorate over time or require the use of environmentally harmful perservatives. 

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Forestry

Pine beetle bad for industry, good for biodiversity

Letter by Kevin Van Tighem
The Fitzhugh
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When someone tells you to be worried, it pays to check what business they are in. Fear of insects and fear of fire are two time-tested public relations strategies employed by people who profit from logging, in order to weaken controls on logging and improve their profits.  The truth is, mountain pine beetle poses no threat at all to Jasper National Park. It’s an economic threat to the forest industry outside the park because their business model is built around monocultural forests of old pine trees. But in a national park managed for ecological integrity, it is simply a natural disturbance process that creates change and increases diversity.

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Two prescribed burn projects scheduled in the Kootenay Lake Fire Zone

The Castlegar Source
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Wildfire Service, in conjunction with BC Timber Sales and the Kaslo and District Community Forest Society, is planning to conduct two prescribed burns in the Kootenay Lake Fire Zone. Burning will take place between Thursday through Saturday (October 8-10, 2015) weather conditions permitting. The BC Wildfire Service, in a prepared media statement, said the burn, occurring near Keen Creek, eight kilometres west of Kaslo, will cover 16.5 hectares and smoke will be visible to the communities of Kaslo and South Fork and from Highway 31A. Smoke may be present for several days. BC Wildfire Service fire crews will monitor the area at all times. The second burn, located near Hope Creek along Highway 31, 30 kilometres north of Meadow Creek, will also cover 16.5 hectares.

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Insects bug Armstrong, devastate trees

Vernon Morning Star
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Creepy crawlers are causing conundrums in Armstrong. Since 2014, the city has seen an increase in western tent caterpillar and fall webworm infestations. Staff has been receiving numerous inquiries on the eradication and prevention of their nests. Both insects typically hatch once a year. “These insects have similar properties to one another and can be dealt with in the same fashion without needing to identify which is which,” wrote deputy corporate officer Natalie Garbay in a report to council. Tent caterpillars and webworms are native to Canada and the U.S. and, typically, their infestations last between two-to-three years and happen again every seven-to-10 years, though the range has fluctuated with changing weather patterns, geographic location and the availability of host trees.

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BC seeks feedback on Ancient Forest/Chun Toh Whud U Jud plan

BC Gov News
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Province is holding a series of regional meetings over the next two weeks to get feedback on a plan to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Ancient Forest, Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs,Tourism and Skills Training announced on behalf of Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. …In July, B.C. signed an agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, a community-based conservation organization. The partners are working together to ensure the Ancient Forest – called Chun Toh Whud U Jud in the Lheidli dialect – is preserved and, in the long-term, designated as an official protected area.

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Reevely: With pledges like ‘more trees,’ commitment takes root in Ottawa Centre

Ottawa Citizen
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada needs an urban-tree strategy and the New Democrats are the party to give us one, Ottawa Centre candidate Paul Dewar said Wednesday morning. It’s both just about the dippiest of Dipper promises you can imagine and exactly the sort of thing Dewar should be doing as his party’s major candidate in Ottawa. Ottawa Centre voters have been lucky to have Dewar and his Liberal challenger Catherine McKenna making intensely local commitments like this one. Other ridings haven’t. “Trees are, to use the jargon, a value-added proposition. Other G7 countries have recognized this and prioritized the expansion of urban tree coverage,” Dewar said outside Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street, where Dutch elm disease has recently taken out several dozen previously nice old trees. 

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Will the future Colorado have forests?

Summit Daily
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Our forests are dying. The situation seems epidemic — with impacts to our economy and our landscape. What caused it, and can we fix it? Infestation by bark beetles is the primary mechanism of tree death. These native insects have been burrowing under tree bark for millions of years, usually targeting trees that are already stressed. Attacking beetles bore through the bark, girdling the tree, then make tunnels and chambers in which the eggs are laid. Both the adults and, later, legions of newly-hatched beetle larvae chow down on the soft, living inner tissue of the tree. To add to the mix, beetles also carry fungi, whose spores sap the tree of nutrients and water and taint its wood blue-green.

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Sierra Pacific and Partners Come Together to Save the Fisher

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Press Release
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Olympic Valley, CA — A crew of dedicated scientists in northern California is working hard to restore declining populations of fishers. Staff from Sierra Pacific Industries, and partners from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and researchers from North Carolina State University are tracking these medium-sized members of the weasel family with radio collars. One of the key goals of the partnership is the reintroduction of fishers to areas where the species had previously been lost. Forty fishers were released over a three-year period and researchers have been following their progress. Some fishers born on the project area have matured to the point where they are
now reproducing. 

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Tuolumne County requests state, fed aid for trees

The Union Democrat
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The scope of the tree mortality issue sweeping across the region is larger than Tuolumne County can handle on its own, the Board of Supervisors said Tuesday. Several letters to state and federal lawmakers requesting aid to tackle the problem were unanimously approved by the board at Tuesday’s meeting. The board also renewed a local state of emergency declaring that the increasing number of dead or dying trees poses a serious risk to public safety. “It’s important for the public to understand that the magnitude of this problem is such that the county in and of itself is never going to solve it,” said District 5 Supervisor Karl Rodefer, adding that other public and private agencies need to take responsibility for removing the dead trees on their land.

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Bitterroot National Forest: Taxpayers pick up tab for fires

Letter by Joseph Gervais
The Missoulian
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although we live in the Bitterroot Valley, I think because fires in the West and in Montana and Idaho were so horrific, we need to pay attention to what the U.S. Forest Service is doing to the forests here. While we are still being affected by the smoldering fires left in Idaho and Montana, the Bitterroot National Forest wants to burn logging debris and undergrowth, filling our lungs with toxic smoke, drying out the already arid soil and logging the only healthy fire-resistant trees we have left. They are doing this because they turned our forest over to Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company.

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Rainforest Alliance and Mendocino Redwood Company

The Willits News
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Locals questioned The Rain Forest Alliance at an August Caspar public meeting about whether the non-profit was part of “self certifying greenwashing.” The RFA was in town as part of its process of a green recertification to Mendocino Redwood Company. Audits happen every year. MRC has passed the last 14 audits. Every five years, including 2015, a full onsite inspection and recertification is done. If the RFA and its cohorts are greenwashers, it’s a global tragedy, as RFA is active on forests and farms all over the world. The extent of its global reach revealed in its tax returns is stunning. Locals demanded to know who provides the money to the RFA and who is behind the non-profit? A review of available information found that RFA was the pioneer in the business of rating forests.

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Spring tree planting in Truckee helps North American effort to set world record

Sierra Sun
October 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A tree-planting effort that took place this spring at Tahoe Donner and other locations across North America is going down in the books. On May 20, residents and volunteers with the Sugar Pine Foundation and Tahoe Donner Forestry Department not only partnered in forest rehab project, but helped set a Guinness World Record in the process. “… I’m really happy about it,” said Maria Mircheva, executive director of Sugar Pine Foundation. “We made a positive change, and being in Guinness World Record, that’s pretty cool. (We) made history.” Confirmed in late September, the record is for planting the most trees in an hour in multiple locations, simultaneously, by groups of up to 100 people.

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Six New Projects Announced to Protect Arizona Forests from Wildfire

Public News Service
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX – Massive wildfires raged across the western United States this summer, killing people and devastating entire towns. Six new projects announced today are designed to help Arizona avoid that same fate. It’s part of the two-day Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy Conference in Scottsdale, attended by 300 leaders in forestry, business and government. The conference is sponsored by the Salt River Project, the largest provider of water and power in the state. Project spokesman Jeff Lane said protecting the forest is crucial to ensuring a clean, ample water supply. These six projects will thin out overgrown forests, work to decrease erosion and sedimentation, improve wildlife habitat and fix trails near Stoneman Lake, McCracken, Oak Creek, Red Flat, Black River and the West Pinto Trail.

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Going from fire to flood

Major storms could result in flooding in fire-impacted areas this winter.
Blue Mountain Eagle
October 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CANYON CITY — A specialized U.S. Forest Service team studying the impacts of the Canyon Creek Complex fire has projected that a major storm event could result in catastrophic flooding along Canyon Creek. The projections show a possible scenario that is difficult to imagine but could have disastrous effects on Canyon City and John Day, said county engineer Doug Ferguson. The flooding danger will go down as vegetation returns to areas heavily damaged by the fire, “but we’re facing a real dangerous situation right now,” he said.

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What others say: Forest management

Ketchikan Daily News
October 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, made an interesting point about the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday during a congressional hearing on federal timber policy. It came while Young was highlighting the differences between the timber programs managed on State of Alaska lands versus those on federal land controlled by the Forest Service, saying that the Forest Service takes five years on average to put up a timber sale while the state only takes two years — and the state puts up a much higher percentage of its available timber than does the Forest Service. “I look at this and the Forest Service is no longer the Forest Service, it’s the Park Service,” Young said. “They’re not trying to manage the timber.”

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Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee Takes Logger Training for Youth and Harvesting Professionals to New Heights

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Press Release
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Olympic Valley, CA — Gone are the days when children followed their fathers to work in the woods. These informal apprenticeships are a thing of the past because of today’s safety considerations. So the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee decided if they can’t bring youth to the forest, they would bring the forest to youth. “What are the risks to the supply chain, to our economy, to forests in general, if we don’t secure a future generation to care for our forests and to harvest them responsibly?” said Kathy Abusow, SFI Inc. President and CEO. “The Pennsylvania Committee members are thought leaders when it comes to youth training.”

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Indonesian president asks four nations for help to fight forest fires

Reuters in CNBC
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia’s president said on Thursday that he had asked Singapore, Russia, Malaysia and Japan for help to put out the forest fires that have caused choking smoke to drift across the region. “We hope this will speed up the process because fires on peat land is different from regular forest fires,” President Joko Widodo said in a statement released on the Cabinet Secretary’s website. ndonesia has come under growing pressure in the past few weeks to contain the annual haze crisis, which is caused by slash-and-burn agriculture on Sumatra island and its part of Borneo island.

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Nepal’s forests under threat over fuel crisis

BBC News
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nepal’s world-renowned community forests are under threat from a sudden rise in demand for firewood because of a fuel crisis, officials say. A blockade on the Himalayan nation’s border with India has halted imports. Ethnic communities in the southern plain bordering India are protesting against the new constitution, saying it does not adequately represent them. At least 40 people have died and hundreds of trucks have been stuck across the border in India. Nepal is a landlocked country and totally reliant on India for all its fuel, food and medicine imports. Supplies have been disrupted for over two weeks. Conservationists say people have been left with no choice but to cut down trees for firewood despite having a tradition of protecting their forests.

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