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Business & Politics

Canadian business reacts to future under Liberal rule

The Globe and Mail
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Some major Canadian business groups say they are ready to work with the new Liberal government of Justin Trudeau to find common ground to benefit the country’s economy. …David Lindsay, president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, said he wants to make sure the proposed infrastructure investments are not limited to urban projects such as public transit but also include improving transportation links in rural and remote areas. “If, by infrastructure, they mean all infrastructure in Canada and a reliable transportation system, then that’s great,” he said.

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Catalyst Paper and Irving Paper Convicted of ‘Being Canadian’

Dead Tree Edition
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

First there were the Black Liquor Boondoggles, now there’s the Supercalendered Scam. The U.S. government’s attempts to prop up the country’s ailing paper industry once again are going to ridiculous lengths, this time with U.S. consumers, printers and publishers footing the bill. Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed duties on imports of supercalendered (SC) paper from four Canadian companies, supposedly because the companies received unfair subsidies from governments in Canada. But DOC didn’t even bother to investigate two of the companies, Catalyst Paper and Irving Paper. In a case of pure guilt by association, Commerce’s case against the two basically amounts to: “They make SC in Canada; therefore, they are guilty.”

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BC loggers congratulate Trudeau and put trade front and centre

Truck Loggers Association
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on their victory in last night’s federal election. As a strong and unifying voice for BC’s coastal forest communities, the TLA wants to ensure the prime minister-designate understands that forestry is the economic backbone of many rural Canadian communities. “We know there is much to become familiar with in the coming weeks,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “However, we believe it’s important to draw the prime minister-designate’s attention to improving business certainty for our capital intensive sector.”  To that end, the TLA encourages the new government to move forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that will benefit the forest industry by reducing tariffs and fostering market diversification—access to international markets sustains local jobs. 

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B.C. business sees the upside of working with new PM

October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s business community is dwelling more on the upside of working with incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, such as lower small business taxes and a boost in infrastructure spending, than on potential downsides such as higher tax rates on wealthier Canadians. …Resource industry groups welcomed the prospect of finalizing the TPP, but also signalled intentions to push the Liberals on other issues. “To echo Premier Christy Clark, we need to make a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. an immediate priority,” said David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association.

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B.C. politicians detail wish list for Trudeau Victoria News

By Tamsyn Burgmann and Laura Kane
Canadian Press in Victoria News
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wish list for Justin Trudeau’s new government has grown as B.C. Premier Christy Clark pushes for action on climate change and softwood lumber, while mayors put their hands out for much-needed infrastructure money. Clark joined politicians Tuesday as they made bids for attention to their issues one day after Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were ousted from a decade-long grip on power. …British Columbia’s premier also said Trudeau must jump-start renegotiation of the softwood lumber agreement with the United States, which hasn’t been responsive to restarting talks. …”It is absolutely urgent,” Clark said. “My approach? What do we all do when you make a phone call and you can’t get through the first time? You keep calling.”

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Support Healthy Markets this National Forest Products Week

By Scott Bissette, Assistant Commissioner of the North Carolina Forest Service and chair of the National Association of State Foresters Forest Markets Committee 
United States Department of Agriculture
October 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Our forests are renewable and vital resources when sustainably managed. From paper products such as food packaging and tissue paper, to lumber used for our homes and furniture, trees in our forests provide items we use every day. Strong markets for these forest products are needed to restore many of our forests and ensure they continue to be managed and are healthy for future generations. That’s why all Americans should support National Forest Products Week from October 18-24, 2015. The forest products industry contributes billions of dollars to the United States economy annually.

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Forest Products Week: Opportunity for Progress | Commentary

By Sens. Michael D. Crapo and Ron Wyden
RollCall.com
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

This week is National Forest Products Week, a good time to recognize the employees and industries who manufacture and distribute forest products. As forest fires raged across the West this summer, devastating communities and destroying homes, national attention was brought to the importance of fire preparedness, as well as fire prevention forest management. The forest products industry plays a role in this area. In our home states of Idaho and Oregon, forestry, logging, wood products, and pulp and paper manufacturing support nearly 48,000 jobs, contribute almost $2.6 billion to our local economies through wages and produce nearly $10 billion in shipments from our states. And that’s just for traditional products.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative Losing Support

North Coast Journal
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Today in dead tree branding … Xerox, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Delta Dental and Bigelow Tea have joined 27 other major companies in distancing themselves from controversial eco-label Sustainable Forestry Initiative. SFI has garnered criticism from environmental groups for what they deem to be a “greenwashing” campaign, saying that forest products that carry the label are often harvested using unsustainable practices such as clearcutting and herbicide use.

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Clark Fork stakeholders press EPA for action at former Smurfit mill site

Helena Independent Record
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FRENCHTOWN — On a bluff overlooking the Clark Fork River and a gallery of cottonwoods, a team of stakeholders considered the river’s sweeping bend, its seasonal ebb and flow and the steady erosion of a narrow dike built in the 1950s. Beyond the dike sits more than 1,000 acres of barren soil, contaminated by unknown levels of toxins left from years of bleaching paper at the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp and paper mill. The dike is all that separates the pollutants from the river and what local officials fear is a waiting environmental disaster. …Last month, the EPA said it was working with M2 Green, International Paper and WestRock toward a plan to begin a remedial investigation of the site’s contaminants.

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Bonner pulp wood chipping operation awarded by Gov. Bullock

KPAX
October 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER – Willis Enterprises bought part of the Bonner mill site about five years ago. Since then, they have been using dead trees in Montana forests and turning them into wood chips and sawdust. Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) paid a visit to the mill on Tuesday to present them with the “Governor’s Award for Excellence in Use of Montana Wood”. Willis Enterprises is the first to receive this award, which was created by the governor last year to recognize excellence in locally sourced Montana wood. “This is about over 6,500 families that depend on the opportunities from timber supply,” Bullock said. “So keeping our mills open, putting logs on trucks, and providing those opportunities for families.”

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Trucking firms to take hit with reopening of Siskiyou Line

Reopening of the Siskiyou Line means trucking companies will see less demand
Associated Press in The East Oregonian
October 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD, Ore.  — Twice a day, Larry Smothers heads his Peterbilt truck down Interstate 5, over the Siskiyou Summit to the Roseburg Forest Products mill in Weed, California, returning to White City, Oregon, with a load of veneer destined for the Umpqua Valley. …But those regular tours over the summit may soon come to an end for Smothers and fellow transport workers. The Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad is poised to begin operating the entire 296-mile short line between Eugene and Weed next month as the $13 million Siskiyou Summit Railroad Revitalization project nears completion. The resumption of train traffic on the Siskiyou Line south of Ashland means veneer and other wood products destined for points north will be shipped by rail.

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International Forest Trends board outlines vision for Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
October 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The head of Australia’s largest forestry investment company is upbeat about his sector. Ten years after founding New Forests, chief executive David Brand hosted a visit of the international board of Forest Trends to Tasmania, to show the reasons for his confident outlook. Mr Brand said Forest Trends directors shared his positive view of the industry’s future. “I think the thing we have here in Australia is a very stable economy,” Mr Brand said. “In fact, the return requirements from our investors here are lower than most of our competitors, because of the lower political risk, sound economy, infrastructure in place. “All the techniques and technology and labour skills are here, so that’s number one. “Number two is that we’ve got productivity that can grow trees on a commercial basis,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pearl District could host nation’s tallest wood building

Portland Tribune
October 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $1.5 million to a team hoping to build the first tall wood building in the United States at the site of the Albina Community Bank branch in the Pearl District. The 12-story tower is proposed by Framework LLC at 430 N.W. 10th Ave. D. R. Johnson hopes to supply cross-laminated timber for the building, manufactured at its new plant in Riddle, in Southern Oregon. If built, the Framework building would combine ground-floor retail, office space and affordable housing, as well as a public Tall Wood Exhibit. The project team includes Beneficial State Bancorp, the property owner affordable housing investor Home Forward Lever Architecture and Anyeley Hallova.

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Forestry

McBride Community Forest “a ship on stormy seas:” consultant

Goat News
October 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The board of the McBride Community Forest Corporation is working on the overcutting situation, but can’t yet give the green light to start logging again. The board of the McBride Community Forest (MCFC) hired consultants to review the organization after letting the manager go in August. Jeff McWilliams of B.A. Blackwell and Associates says the first thing they walked into when they arrived was the board realizing the MCFC was substantially overcut. In the first three years of the current cut control period, starting in 2012, the MCFC had cut 243,000 cubic meters – about 90,000 over the allowance for those years. “I don’t want to be too judgemental, but it is a serious situation,” said McWilliams at a public meeting on Sept. 30th. “There is a certain biological capability of a forest to sustain a yield in perpetuity. That is a central concept of forest management.”

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Off-road vehicle registration mandatory

Kootenay News Advertiser
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Off-road vehicle registration and safety provisions are mandatory on Crown land effective Nov. 1, 2015, following passage of regulations in support of the Off-Road Vehicle Act. “Off-road vehicle registration will help combat vehicle theft and promote responsible use of ORVs. The new safety standards will help keep ORV users safe in B.C.’s backcountry,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. …These changes, made possible by the passage of the Off-Road Vehicle Act on March 24, 2014, support the Province’s Off Road Vehicle Management Framework. For more detailed information on the new ORV regulations there is a detailed FAQ at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/orv/

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Alaska Editorial: Roadless Rule in Supreme Court’s hands

Juneau Empire
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It was in January of 2001 that President Bill Clinton, in the final moments of his presidency, signed the Roadless Area Conservation Policy that would block roadbuilding in 58 million acres of national forest land across the country — eventually including large swaths of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. A parting gift to the environmental movement, Clinton’s “Roadless Rule” was about much more than just roads. In the words of Earthjustice, the directive ended “virtually all logging … and coal, gas, oil, and other mineral leasing” in those 58 million acres. …All of which brings us to Oct. 13, when the Alaska Attorney General’s office announced that the state has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the most recent appeals court decision.

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Brown: Oregon must combat higher threat of fire

by Governor Kate Brown
East Oregonian
October 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As we near the end of a third consecutive costly fire season, the aftermath is staggering. Some 2,218 wildfires burned more than 600,000 acres across the state and threatened more than 1,400 homes and structures. More than 10,000 firefighters across the Pacific Northwest risked their lives fighting these fires, and ensuring that they could respond swiftly, with all available resources, I invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act five times. Because of the great work of many, we were prepared to minimize loss during these challenging months.

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X-ray technology reveals California’s forests are in for a radical transformation

Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…A scientist with the Carnegie Institution for Science, Asner has a practiced eye for forest health, and with instruments aboard his plane that give him X-ray eyes into the foliage, he is able to assess not just dead trees but trees so stressed by the drought that their death is likely. For three weeks this summer, he and his team flew out of Sacramento and Bakersfield, recording the devastation. Even if the drought were to end in a historic El Niño this winter, Asner worries that the most stressed trees will continue to fail. There is no saying which trees will die, but by his estimation the count statewide could be close to 120 million — as much as 20% of the state’s forests.

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OUR VIEW: Wildfire dangers still high

La Grande Observer
October 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… Right now, there appears to be some focus on finding a method to salvage as much burned timber from the areas destroyed by wildfires this summer as possible. That is a good first step, but no one can be sure if the kind of salvage operations necessary will even occur without sparking some kind of legal action. It is impossible to gauge the future, but often the past is used as a guidepost and a passage to yesteryear tells us that not much will be done by federal or state agencies to clean up badly overgrown forests that are, in fact, tinderboxes. Instead, every summer larger and hotter fires will continue to scorch large swaths of public land — such as the case locally and in Baker County this past summer — and gobble up taxpayer dollars.

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Record breaking fire season near containment

KBOI2.com
October 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — It’s been a summer with smoky skies and blazing record heat. The National Interagency Fire Center tells KBOI 2News more than nine million acres have burned across the U.S. so far this year, only one of four times to happen since the 1960s. The department also employed a record breaking 32,000 workers to fight these flames, including the help from other agencies. The Bureau of Land Management said it too saw some record breaking numbers in the Boise District. “We had a very up and down year in the number of fires, but (we were) off the charts with the Soda Fire,” fire management officer, Andy Delmas said. “(It) took us off the charts with unprecedented acreage gain that we hadn’t seen around here in our history with the BLM.”

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Idaho offering 15 salvage logging sales following wildfires

Associated Press in The East Oregonian
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials are offering 15 salvage logging sales following a summer of wildfires and are looking at recovering $13.7 million in firefighting costs for two blazes possibly started by negligence. The salvage sales total about 88 million board feet, officials with the Idaho Department of Lands told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday. The 15 salvage logging sales are the most state officials could recall. Such sales produce about 50 to 60 percent of the revenue of what would have been expected had the trees not burned. Money from state timber sales mostly goes to public schools. The Idaho Land Board also went into a closed session to discuss potential litigation to recover firefighting costs from two northern Idaho fires.

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The LumberJack Climate Crisis Club Says HSU Forestry Department Uses Unsustainable Practices

The LumberJack
October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Climate Crisis Club is sending out a petition against Humboldt State’s forestry department and their clear-cutting teachings. They want the department to end teaching clear-cutting, which is the cutting of all trees in a certain area, in their courses. The Climate Crisis Club is a club at HSU that any student can join. They want to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the problems that come with it. Damon Owen, president of Climate Crisis Club, wants less trees to be cut down in the redwoods in order to allow it to grow old. …Daniel Greene, HSU professor and chair of the forestry department, thinks that clear-cutting is needed in certain areas. “Our view is that forestry in North America is a sustainable action, and we wouldn’t be doing it otherwise,” Greene said. “Some of our species have no tolerance of shade, they have to have loads of light.”

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Selective logging provides good work ?for crews and renewed habitat for wildlife

Yakima Herald Republic
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s no elk to be seen and no singing birds to be heard above the rumble of logging equipment stripping branches and sawing up logs. But unlikely as it may seem, the animals of the state’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area stand to benefit greatly from the logging, said area manager Ross Huffman. “It’s a short-term impact, but long-term benefits,” Huffman said of the logging taking place on about 450 acres in the wildlife area west of Naches. It’s not a clearcut. Many large pines with red marks on their trunks remain standing. And when it’s finished, there will be open forest that spurs new grass growth and is more fire tolerant, Huffman said.

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Tuolumne seeks $117 million for Rim fire aftermath

Federal money would go to recovery, wood products, centers
The Modesto Bee
October 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SONORA Several partners are seeking $117 million from the federal government to help with recovery from the Rim fire and reduce the chances of another disaster. The money would go to restoration of the massive burn area, a proposed plant that makes wood products and energy from forest thinnings, and two planned centers that would provide emergency shelter and other services. The grant would come from the National Disaster Resiliency Competition, a nearly $1 billion program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tuolumne County is among 40 finalists and the only one from California.

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National forest talk at UW-Stevens Point

Stevens Point Journal
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

STEVENS POINT – Join a discussion about conservation efforts in national forests as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point hosts a former chief and a former deputy chief of the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday, Oct. 22. …The talk will follow a showing of “Seeing the Forest,” a 30-minute documentary about Siuslow National Forest in Oregon and its transition to different forest management practices. Furnish was a supervisor there for seven years. Furnish is also the author of the memoir “Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition,” in which he offers personal insights and experiences from his 34 years in the forest service, including several under Dombeck. He was instrumental in creation of the Roadless Area Conservation and Forest Planning regulations and serves as a consulting forester in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Tree-killing emerald ash borer spreads to 5 New Jersey counties

East Brunswick Sentinel
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials are reporting that the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, is active in 14 towns in six counties. … “Just as emerald ash borer has swiftly spread through other states in the nation, it has now moved to New Jersey and we must prepare for the impact of this highly destructive invasive pest, which could lead to the death of ash trees,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. “We ask that towns and counties act now to put plans in place to respond to the beetle.”  Municipal officials and residents of those towns and counties are encouraged to visit www.emeraldashborer.nj.gov where they can find resources on how to protect their ash trees or what to do with dead or dying trees.

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New approach to urban ecology emerges from Forest Service research in Baltimore

PHYS ORG
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

USDA Forest Service research is shaping a vast and still growing landscape: cities. In a book published this month by Yale University Press, a Forest Service scientist and co-authors propose a new school of urban ecology based on two decades of Forest Service research in Baltimore that encompasses cities’ social, political, and ecological complexity. The book, “The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology,” is the first new school of ecology to emerge in more than 90 years, and the vision proposed by Morgan Grove, a Forest Service scientist in Baltimore, and co-authors includes environmental justice, human migration, public health, economic restructuring, water supply, climate and sea-level change, and more. While the research focused on Baltimore, the results have application internationally.

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China’s panda sanctuaries at risk from illegal logging, says Greenpeace

October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Illegal loggers are ransacking sanctuaries in southwest China that are home to more than 30% of the world’s pandas, according to a Greenpeace investigation. The two-year study found that more than 1,800 football pitches of natural forest in a Unesco world natural heritage site had been illegally razed. According to the environmental group, nearly 1,280 hectares (3,200 acres) of natural forest in the Sichuan giant panda sanctuaries have been illegally felled, putting endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, at risk. Local businesses and authorities have been exploiting a legal loophole in forest regulations to log with impunity in the wildlife-rich area between the Chengdu plateau and the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, Greenpeace claimed in its report.

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Adopt multi-sectoral approach to forest plantations – Stakeholders

GhanaWeb
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Stakeholders at the consultative workshop on the draft Ghana Forest Plantation Strategy for 2015-2040 in the Southern Sector of the country, have called for the adaptation of multi-sectoral approach in the strategy for the development of forest plantations in the country. The approach is expected to help the strategy to see beyond the creation of the plantations for the protection of the environment and provision of raw materials for the wood industry and also take into consideration the interest of all sectors, which have interest in the use of land, link the strategy to the national development, development and protection of herbal and medicinal plants and also for the promotion of ecotourism.

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Major Austrian timber firm accused of illegal logging in Romania

October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A major Austrian timber company that supplies DIY stores across Europe has been accused of destroying Europe’s last remaining virgin forests in Romania by sourcing illegally logged timber. A two-year investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency US (EIA), an NGO, says it recorded officials from Holzindustrie Schweighofer offering to buy illegal timber from investigators posing as buyers and filmed unmarked logs dumped at the company’s depots in apparent violation of Romanian law. Schweighofer is Romania’s biggest producer of softwood, processing around 40% of the country’s annual production. Romania’s vast and largely intact forests, which are home to bison, lynx and bears, have lost 280,000 hectares of forest during the last decade, according to satellite analyses, much of it to illegal logging.

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Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), key to sustainable community-based forest management

The Center for People and Forests
October 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If done using indigenous knowledge, NTFP-based enterprises can contribute not only to the income of local and indigenous communities but also to the sustainable management of natural resources. To achieve this objective, RECOFTC- The Center for People and Forests through the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) project in coordination with the Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) is currently conducting a training on Participatory Non-Timber Forest Product Resource Management in Palawan, Philippines.

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Major Austrian timber firm accused of illegal logging in Romania

October 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A major Austrian timber company that supplies DIY stores across Europe has been accused of destroying Europe’s last remaining virgin forests in Romania by sourcing illegally logged timber. A two-year investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency US (EIA), an NGO, says it recorded officials from Holzindustrie Schweighofer offering to buy illegal timber from investigators posing as buyers and filmed unmarked logs dumped at the company’s depots in apparent violation of Romanian law. Schweighofer is Romania’s biggest producer of softwood, processing around 40% of the country’s annual production. Romania’s vast and largely intact forests, which are home to bison, lynx and bears, have lost 280,000 hectares of forest during the last decade, according to satellite analyses, much of it to illegal logging.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change could bring about return of giant redwoods to B.C.

The Province
October 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change in B.C. means species such as the California redwood, not seen here in thousands of years, may return in a big way. Redwoods, which have been planted along Cambie and West 16th Avenue in Vancouver, are living proof that trees can thrive in new locations, said veteran silviculturist Dirk Brinkman. “They are the fastest-growing tree in Vancouver,” said Brinkman, whose companies have planted a billion seedlings since 1970. “If you want a giant tree, I’m quite confident those redwoods will be here 500 years from now,” he said. Brinkman believes climate change — warm winters, drought and heat — has fundamentally altered growing conditions here.

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Concrete steps needed for forestry and climate change

By Wyatt Golding, Seattle
The Olympian
October 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Letter to the Editor: It is heartening to read state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark’s guest editorial, in which he emphasizes the connection between Washington’s forests and climate change. Indeed, intact Washington forests provide some of the best carbon sinks in the world. Washingtonians should know, however, that the Department of Natural Resources does not manage forests in a manner intended to mitigate the impacts of climate change. In fact, DNR currently logs under a regime designed to maximize revenue without regard to climate. To make a real difference, Commissioner Goldmark could do the following:

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Alaskan boreal forest fires release more carbon than the trees can absorb

Space Daily
October 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A new analysis of fire activity in Alaska’s Yukon Flats finds that so many forest fires are occurring there that the area has become a net exporter of carbon to the atmosphere. This is worrisome, the researchers say, because arctic and subarctic boreal forests like those of the Yukon Flats contain roughly one-third of the Earth’s terrestrial carbon stores. The research is reported in the journal Nature Climate Change. …”Our model confirms our hypothesis that the recent increase in fire frequency in our study region has caused massive carbon losses to the atmosphere. About 12 percent of the total stored carbon has been lost in the last half century,” said Kelly, who now is a data scientist and modeler for Neptune and Company, Inc.

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Southern Forests at Risk: New Report Identifies Three Southern Forest Regions in Immediate Crosshairs of Wood Pellet Industry

from Natural Resources Defense Council
enews Park Forest
October 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

EW YORK– – A new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals the imminent threat from the burgeoning wood pellet industry on three fragile forest ecosystems in the U.S. Southeast. Innovative GIS mapping techniques detail three hot spots – the Virginia-North Carolina border, Southeastern Georgia, the Alabama-Mississippi border – where both potential heavy wood harvesting from unprotected bottomland hardwood forests and established and proposed wood pellet facilities exist. The report also identifies a fourth emerging hot spot in Louisiana.

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State fails to properly curb carbon impact of NC wood pellet facilities

Southern Environmental Law Center
October 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A proposed facility that would use wood biomass to manufacture wood pellets for export to Europe violates air quality regulations by failing to minimize harmful carbon pollution. The proposed Enviva mill would be located in Richmond County near Hamlet, N.C., along the North Carolina-South Carolina state line and is expected to source wood for manufacturing pellets from forests in both states. Currently the air quality permit for the facility, proposed by Enviva, is under review with the the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Today SELC submitted an objection to the permit on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Dogwood Alliance, Partnership for Public Integrity, and Clean Air Carolinas.

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General

China’s panda sanctuaries at risk from illegal logging, says Greenpeace

October 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Illegal loggers are ransacking sanctuaries in southwest China that are home to more than 30% of the world’s pandas, according to a Greenpeace investigation. The two-year study found that more than 1,800 football pitches of natural forest in a Unesco world natural heritage site had been illegally razed. According to the environmental group, nearly 1,280 hectares (3,200 acres) of natural forest in the Sichuan giant panda sanctuaries have been illegally felled, putting endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, at risk. Local businesses and authorities have been exploiting a legal loophole in forest regulations to log with impunity in the wildlife-rich area between the Chengdu plateau and the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, Greenpeace claimed in its report.

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B.C. business sees the upside of working with new PM

October 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

British Columbia’s business community is dwelling more on the upside of working with incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, such as lower small business taxes and a boost in infrastructure spending, than on potential downsides such as higher tax rates on wealthier Canadians. …Resource industry groups welcomed the prospect of finalizing the TPP, but also signalled intentions to push the Liberals on other issues. “To echo Premier Christy Clark, we need to make a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. an immediate priority,” said David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association.

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