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Business & Politics

Canada, Japan appear to have different understanding on raw log deal

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
December 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER — The side deal that Canada and Japan cut to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement on Canadian restrictions to raw log exports includes a mechanism aimed at smoothing over future irritants. The mechanism is a bilateral committee on forest products, which is to begin operations five years after the TPP comes into force, assuming it is ratified. And that committee might wind up revisiting the issue of Canadian restrictions, which Canada kept in force in the side deal, though Japan pushed hard through the negotiations to bring them to an end. There are differing views emerging on what the deal means. Japan is B.C.’s third biggest trade partner in both logs and lumber. In 2014, B.C. exporters sold about 1.5 million cubic metres of raw timber — mostly Douglas fir logs — worth $194 million, out of overall provincial shipments of 5.9 million cubic metres.

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Weyerhaeuser: Merger Synergies to Tide Investors Over Until Market Recovery

With Weyerhaeuser’s acquisition of Plum Creek, the combined companies will be a timberland powerhouse. 
Motley Fool
December 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Nov. 8, Weyerhaeuser announced that it would acquire Plum Creek Timber for the cost of 1.6 Weyerhaeuser shares per Plum Creek share. Even before this announcement, Weyerhaeuser was the largest timberland REIT, and Plum Creek the second-largest. Together they create a behemoth, with 12.9 million acres of trees across the U.S., 323,000 in Uruguay, and long-term licenses for 13.9 million acres in Canada (where timberland is almost exclusively owned by the provinces). Timber investment benefits from geographic diversity: Storms, disease, mill shutdowns, and even demand are local phenomena. The combined company will have a presence in most of America’s lumbering areas, but with strong exposure to the South (7.3 million acres) and Pacific Northwest (3.0 million), which are the most attractive regions from both a sylvicultural perspective (species, growth rates) and a commercial one (strong local markets, access to export termini).

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Omak plywood mill to close early next year, affecting 175

Associated Press in Longview Daily News
December 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

OMAK, Wash.  — A plywood and veneer mill in north-central Washington is closing early next year, affecting about 175 workers. The owner, the Colville Tribal Federal Corp., says it is closing Omak Wood Products, citing factors including losing a major customer, the wildfires and falling plywood prices. KPQ-AM reports that Colville tribal spokesman Jim Boyd says the closure will have a big impact on the community. He says the tribe is looking at ways to keep the operation open. Following a previous shutdown, the mill in Omak reopened in 2013 under an agreement between the tribal group and New Wood Resources, a Shelton-based company that is a unit of Connecticut-based Atlas Holdings LLC. The plant manufactures softwood veneer for Northwest markets and Douglas fir plywood for industrial and other applications. [END OF STORY]

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Mill workers gain ally

Anti-Trans Pacific Partnership group says workers at WestRock paper mill in Newberg lost their jobs due to overseas competition
The Newberg Graphic
December 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Laid-off workers from the paper mill in Newberg joined labor organizations to stage a rally last week that drew a connection between WestRock’s recent idling of the facility and federal trade regulations. The cost to operate the Newberg mill has risen considerably over the years, which longtime members of the industry attribute in part to competition with countries that can exceed any price the mill could pay for commodities like recycled products, aluminum cans, glass and more. It’s a process the mill has been familiar with for quite some time, even before its recent move toward producing kraft paper.

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Final US Customs order against unfair Canadian subsidies applauded by Poliquin

Ripon Advance
December 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Department of Commerce (DOC) issued its final countervailing duty order on Thursday on imports of supercalendared paper, an issue first championed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME). The order follows a 5-0 vote by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that found that unfair Canadian subsidies on supercalendared paper unlawfully hurt Maine businesses, including Madison Paper. “As I have said before, this final order from the DOC is a victory for Madison Paper and a victory for Maine workers,” Poliquin said. “This decision will preserve more than 200 jobs at Madison Paper and keep the facility operating and producing their quality product.

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Lumber Liquidators up off the mat after early critic sees its darkest days behind it

The Chronicle Journal
December 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Shares of Lumber Liquidators surged to two-month highs Tuesday after a hedge-fund operator, one of its earliest critics, said he was no longer betting against beleaguered flooring retailer. The company has lost 75 per cent of its market value since reports first arose of flooring sourced in China that possibly contained high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. The company came under especially intense after “60 Minutes” aired a report on the company. CEO Robert Lynch resigned. Yet Whitney Tilson, who manages Kase Capital Management, had been hammering on the company since late 2013 for the same issue.

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Kaingaroa Timberlands profit rescued by foreign exchange gain as log prices fall

New Zealand Scoop
December 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Kaingaroa Timberlands, the nation’s biggest forestry business, posted a 37 percent gain in full-year profit as a foreign exchange gain more than made up for a drop in international log prices. Net profit rose to US$332.8 million in the year ended June 30, from US$243.7 million a year earlier, according to the company’s financial statements. Profit included a US$281 million gain on foreign exchange movements, compared to a year-earlier charge of US$149.7 million. Revenue fell 22 percent to US$355.2 million, of which the bulk came in reduced log sales.

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Exports of U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer to the MENA region reach USD 88.21 million in the first three quarters of 2015

AHEC gearing up for participation at FURNEX and Timber in Construction Expo in Egypt and Turkey in February 2016
Thomson Reuters Zawya
December 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Total exports of U.S. hardwood lumber to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region reached a value of USD 66.25 million and a volume of 81,402 cubic meters during the first three quarters of 2015, according to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry. The statistics, which have been compiled from the latest data released from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), reveal an increase in value of 18 percent over the January to September period of 2014 and an increase in volume of 13 percent for the same time period. In addition, direct exports of U.S. hardwood veneers to the MENA reached a total value of USD 21.96 million during the January to September period of this year, falling by 3 percent in comparison to the same period in 2014.

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Loss of forestry peace deal costs Tasmania $46m in federal funding

ABC News Australia
December 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Federal Government has cut $46 million in funding for Tasmania’s forestry agreement in the budget update. The funding, detailed in the May budget papers, was to support the implementation of the agreement struck under the former Labor government, as well as the ongoing management of additional native forest reserves. The State Government repealed the deal in October 2014, removing protection from 400,000 hectares of forest. The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) papers stated the Federal Government would achieve savings of $46 million over four years from 2014-15 from the termination of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Opinion: Serious about addressing climate change? Build with wood

By Paul Lansbergen – acting president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada
Vancouver Sun
December 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Since international leaders reached a historic climate change agreement at the United Nations meeting in Paris this month, the conversations have shifted toward how to reach the ambitious goals. For the most part, national, sub-national and local governments, private and public organizations and the public are all in agreement that much more needs to be done to address climate change and keep long-term global warming to below two degrees Celsius. The bigger question is how. How can governments set policy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? How can industries around the world play a bigger role? What choices can the average person make to reduce GHGs? In its speech from the throne, the Trudeau government announced it would make “strategic investments in clean technology,” which is encouraging. 

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Saskatoon to permit higher wood frame structures

Global News
December 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

SASKATOON – The city is expected to start permitting six-storey wood frame construction in early 2016. Saskatoon’s current building code limits structures to four storeys. This initiative intends to satisfy customer interest and increase urban density through the use of mid-rise commercial or residential buildings. …“This change provides a new opportunity to create beneficial, cost-effective mid-rise options between the current low-rise and high-rise development,” said Kara Fagnou, director of building standards for the city. “Other jurisdictions have reported cost savings of $30 to $40 per square foot, or up to 20 per cent, when compared to a similar building built with steel and concrete.”

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Sheine talks about cross-laminated timber in The Guardian

University of Oregon’s Around the O
December 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A structural wood product that figures in a joint project involving the UO could help remake city skylines, architecture professor Judith Sheine recently told the British newsite The Guardian. Sheine was interviewed about the benefits of cross-laminate timber, a product being explored at the National Center for Advanced Wood Products. The center is a joint project between the UO and Oregon State University. Known as mass timber systems, the products will be used in two current building projects, in Portland and New York City, making wood an alternative to concrete and steel in some mid- to high-rise buildings. Sheine, who is head of the architecture department in the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is closely involved in the national center and the work creating next-generation building products that can be made in Oregon. [END OF STORY]

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Eco focus for Sydney zoo development by Misho + Associates

Attractions Management Magazine
December 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Plans for a second zoo in Sydney, slated for 2017, will be led by best-practice sustainability objectives, according to the project’s lead architects. …With energy conservation in mind, the architects have proposed buildings related to their neighbouring landscape in colour, material and scale. M+A’s plans also consider embodied energy and sustainability of all building materials and resources used. Main materials for buildings will be prefabricated concrete, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and recycled timber – all chosen on the basis of sustainability. The zoo will also offer an Australian first, with green roof habitats. 

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Forestry

Forestry managers have no power to stop damaging logging: watchdog

Business in Vancouver
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On a routine basis, district forest managers raise red flags over forestry practices that pose potential public safety hazards, threaten wildlife and community watersheds, and could trigger landslides, but have no authority to stop it. That’s the conclusion of a special report just released by the Forest Practices Board. The report, which has been submitted to Forests Minister Steve Thomson, cites numerous examples where district managers were forced to issue permits to timber licence holders, despite knowing that doing so could pose risks and potential violations. …“In recent years, the Forest Practices Board has seen situations arise where forestry development was putting local environmental and community values at risk, yet district managers could do little to affect the development and protect the public interest,” the report states.

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District Managers’ Authority Over Forest Operations

BC Forest Practices Board
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

District managers for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are the government decision-makers who are “closest to the ground.” These are the government officials who review and approve resource development on public land. In recent years, the Forest Practices Board has seen situations arise where forestry development was putting local environmental and community values at risk, yet district managers could do little to affect the development and protect the public interest. 

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Cape Breton Mi’kmaq moose hunt hits target: agency

December 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAPE NORTH — Officials with Parks Canada say a controversial cull to reduce a thriving moose population in Cape Breton Highlands National Park has hit its target. Parks Canada released figures showing the impact of the Mi’kmaq-only hunt, which ended Monday. The federal agency said it reduced the moose population by 90 per cent within a 20-square-kilometre area of North Mountain. Over the course of the 13-day hunt, there were 37 moose harvested in a geographical area that covers less than two per cent of the entire park. Clifford Paul, moose management co-ordinator with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, said the recent hunt was a historic moment for the Mi’kmaq people.

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Moose harvest on North Mountain ends

Cape Breton Post
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAPE NORTH — Parks Canada and Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources moose harvest program in Cape Breton Highlands National Park ended Tuesday. A total of 37 moose were harvested in a 2 km area of North Mountain over 13 days. The harvest, which according to Parks Canada achieved its goal of a 90 per cent reduction of moose within two per cent of the park, was delayed for a time following a confrontation between protesters and Mi’kmaq harvesters. This program is part of the larger Hyperabundant Moose Management Plan, which will see Parks Canada initiate several approaches to reverse the trend of forest loss and begin to restore balance to the boreal forest.

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Cape Breton Mi’kmaq moose hunt hits target: agency

December 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CAPE NORTH — Officials with Parks Canada say a controversial cull to reduce a thriving moose population in Cape Breton Highlands National Park has hit its target. Parks Canada released figures showing the impact of the Mi’kmaq-only hunt, which ended Monday. The federal agency said it reduced the moose population by 90 per cent within a 20-square-kilometre area of North Mountain. Over the course of the 13-day hunt, there were 37 moose harvested in a geographical area that covers less than two per cent of the entire park. Clifford Paul, moose management co-ordinator with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, said the recent hunt was a historic moment for the Mi’kmaq people.

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When Trees Die, Water Slows

University of Utah Newswise
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mountain pine beetle populations have exploded over the past decade due to warmer temperatures and drier summers, and these insects have infected and killed thousands of acres of western pine forests. Researchers have predicted that as trees died, streamflow would increase because fewer trees would take up water through their roots.  A recent study by University of Utah geology and geophysics professor Paul Brooks and his colleagues in Arizona, Colorado and Idaho, found that if too many trees die, compensatory processes kick in and may actually reduce water availability. When large areas of trees die, the forest floor becomes sunnier, warmer and windier, which causes winter snow and summer rain to evaporate rather than slowly recharging groundwater.

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Prince of Wales wolf harvest shut down over population concerns

Alaska Dispatch News
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU — Wildlife regulators have imposed an emergency wolf harvest closure on Prince of Wales Island, but groups fearing the wolf population there is already at risk say no harvest should have been allowed in the first place. Prince of Wales in Southeast is the state’s second-largest island, behind Kodiak Island, and its productive timberlands make it the heart of the state’s logging industry. The island is in the Forest Service’s Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts, and it and some neighboring islands make up most of the state’s Game Management Unit 2. The Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game jointly manage the wolf population there, an increasingly contentious task in recent years. Environmental groups blame logging for some of the decline in wolf numbers, along with legal and illegal harvest.

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Lawsuit Challenges ‘Stacked Deck’ in Committee Creating Sierra Nevada Owl Plan

Center for Biological Diversity
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit to include more owl experts and conservationists on a U.S. Forest Service committee that’s creating a long-term conservation strategy for California spotted owls in the Sierra Nevada region. The lawsuit, filed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, also seeks more transparency in the committee’s work, such as open meetings. Despite overwhelming published science showing that spotted owls are in a steep decline on public lands managed by the Forest Service, the agency wants to increase logging of spotted owl habitat. To that end the U.S. Forest Service has been conducting closed-door meetings and has refused to include some of the foremost spotted owl experts in creating the agency’s so-called “conservation strategy” for the owls. 

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Open house seeks input on North Savery Project

The Saratoga Sun
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) held an open house to seek public input on the North Savery Project. The project is located in the northwest corner of the Sierra Madre mountain range and was identified by Gov. Matt Mead as priority for treatment because of impacts from insects and disease under the 2014 Farm Bill and the amended Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Part of the project includes vegetation treatments using timber sales. Many of the trees in the area were affected by the mountain pine beetle. This project will also thin overstocked timber stands to promote growth and clear trees that are deemed hazardous to roadsides, fences and ditches. The clearing of the mountain pine beetle-killed trees will also create fuelbreaks in the forest.

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Grant County voices heard at forest meeting

Blue Mountain Eagle
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY — The Malheur National Forest Service held a public meeting last Friday to discuss pace and scale of restoration regarding the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The meeting, originally scheduled last summer for Aug. 16, was rescheduled due to the catastrophic Canyon Creek Complex fire that hit Grant County Aug. 14, destroying 43 homes. The three-hour meeting, held at the Grant County Regional Airport conference room, had 33 people in attendance, with Jack Southworth facilitating. The Forest Plan Revision is a document that is revised every 10 years, which sets standards for the three national forests in the Blue Mountains: the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman.

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Drought Could Kill Off Many of the World’s Trees

Live Science
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — Drought could kill vast swaths of forests around the world if global warming isn’t contained, new research suggests. That’s in part because a fundamental structure found in trees may limit how much they can adapt to parched conditions. What’s more, climate predictions seem to suggest that droughts will be much more common in the United States, said William Anderegg, a biologist at Princeton University who studies forests and climate change. “The droughts of the future look to be more frequent and more severe,” Anderegg said here yesterday (Dec. 14) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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Kaibab National Forest signs final decision on Bill Williams Mountain Restoration plan, thinning and burning operations to begin in 2016

Williams News
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -After four years of planning and public comment, the Final Record of Decision for the Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project was signed in a celebratory event Dec. 10 at the Williams Ranger District. The approved plan allows forest workers to begin restorative treatments including thinning and burning in the overgrown forest on Bill Williams Mountain in Kaibab National Forest. Forest supervisors have been waiting for the Bill Williams project to be approved since 2012. “The community of Williams recognizes the importance of treating the mountain and has worked with the Forest Service over the years to help us reach this milestone,” said Williams District Ranger Danelle Harrison.

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Forest Teams Near Completion of Post-Fire Assessments

Idaho Fire Information
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests post-fire Interdisciplinary Teams are finalizing assessments and will soon provide proposed actions and opportunities for public comment on proposed actions. Approximately 300 fires burned over 190,000 acres on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. A large percentage of those burned acres are located in the Forests low-elevation front country where much of the Forests suitable timber ground is located. Forest leaders recognized the tremendous workload created by this summer’s severe wild fires and redirected planned work on the Forest. Actions were taken to retain as many of our seasonal employees as possible to quickly conduct post-fire assessments to determine vegetation burn severity, tree mortality, species composition, merchantability, and access feasibility. 

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Changes In Managed Forest Law To Be Debated

WXPR
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law is a landowner incentive program that encourages sustainable forestry on private woodlands in Wisconsin. Two legislative committees are taking input on proposed changes to the law that one sponsor says makes it friendlier for the landowner to participate. Last week State Senator Tom Tiffany held a hearing in Antigo on the changes. In the Assembly, Represenative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz says the proposed changes alleviate concerns from local timber production facilities that more wood is available… “….trying to make it more attractive and keep our private landowners cutting their trees and bringing them to the mills because it’s a very important part of that business….”

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County calls emergency meeting to handle annexation issue

Gainesville Sun
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Alachua County commissioners will have an emergency meeting Wednesday night as the Thursday deadline to take action over lands annexed into the city of Hawthorne looms. The commission voted 3-2 on Nov. 23 against challenging the annexation of 1,200 acres that belong to Plum Creek Timber Company into the city limits, a move which was met with little response during a weekday public meeting. But during the public comment portion of a joint special meeting of the county and League of Cities Tuesday night to discuss a sales tax for conservation, water and recreation projects, Hawthorne residents showed up in force.

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Concern over forest management after budget cut

The Mercury
December 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Federal Government has been accused of sneakily removing $46 million in funding earmarked for managing Tasmanian forest reserves. The funding that was listed in this year’s Federal Budget as part of implementing the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement is now gone, according to the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), released yesterday. Greens Senator Nick McKim said the Liberals had tried to sneak the removal of funding under the radar by burying it in the MYEFO.

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Forestry investment blossoming in face of data dearth

Irish Times
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If you’re thinking that commercial forestry may be the intelligent, low-risk, long-term, green investment alternative to the cyclical cheers-and-tears of the amnesiac property market,the good news is you’re probably right. The bad news is so are thousands of others. Private sector investment is driving the expected doubling of Irish timber production to 6.4 million cubic metres by 2028 while delivering enviable returns off some of Ireland’s poorest land – and the lion’s share of investors are classified as “farmers”. Approximately 750,000 hectares, or about 11 per cent of the State, is under forestry. 

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Christmas tree-killing insect breaks Melbourne containment lines

Sydney Morning Herald
December 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Melburnians have been urged to check their Christmas trees for a white “marshmallow-like” residue on the trunk and branches after a contagious insect capable of killing pine trees jumped containment lines. The insect, a foreign invader from Greece and Turkey, has infected hundreds of pine trees on the Mornington Peninsula after first being spotted in the south-eastern suburbs. “If people are purchasing Christmas trees or businesses are selling pine trees, we’d urge them to keep an eye out for giant pine scale and report it,” Victoria’s chief plant health officer Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Lifting carbon tax freeze could burn BC industries, critics warn

Business in Vancouver
December 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the recent climate talks in Paris, Premier Christy Clark struck a pose as one of the belles of the ball – showcasing B.C. as a climate-change leader that had proven greenhouse gases can be reduced by taxing them without ruining the economy. But B.C.’s industrial and extractive sectors are warning that raising the province’s carbon tax could put them at a competitive disadvantage because they compete with jurisdictions that don’t have carbon pricing and are pushing back against calls to raise the tax above $30 per tonne. Heavy industries like pulp and paper mills, cement plants, mines and natural gas producers – all heavy energy users – have been lobbying the government to keep the tax frozen at $30 per tonne or exempt them from it in favour of other regulatory and fiscal tools, such as cap-and-trade.

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Timber and the bioeconomy century

Top1000funds.com
December 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

AP2, the SEK300 billion Swedish buffer fund, is attracted to the diversification benefits and long-term nature of timber investments. In a bid to expand its relationship with the asset class it is looking at ways for its capital to be permanently invested rather than act as seed capital. Anders Strombland, head of external managers at AP2, says the fund was attracted to timber investments, motivated by the growth characteristics and diversification effects it has on the total portfolio. “We wanted diverse alpha,” he says. “The risk return profile of timber is attractive with low correlation with other assets. It has the long-term return expectations of equity but with more diversification and less leverage.”

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A forest the size of Sligo and Leitrim is needed to tackle Ireland’s global warming targets

Agriland
December 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Growing a forest the size of the entire of Sligo and Leitrim would allow Ireland meet its 2030 global warming targets, according to Institute of International and European Affairs senior research fellow Joseph Curtin. “Planting 20,000ha of trees is the target that we should be aiming for,” he said. “And this is feasible, as back some years ago land areas of this magnitude were being planted out in trees.” If Curtin’s targets are achieved, this means that a forest equivalent to the combined size of counties Sligo and Leitrim will be established between now and 2030.

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Are forest climate mitigation strategies one-size-fits-all?

Phys.Org
December 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment lists sustainable harvesting as having the most significant climate mitigation benefit for the world’s forests. This view has been widely embraced, from the media to forest managers. However, researchers from Australian National University and Griffith University show this may not be a one-size-fits-all strategy. In their October, 2015 article [they] examine different scenarios of forest management and their effects on climate mitigation and find that a strategy that maintains and conserves native forests while moving timber and wood products to existing plantations offers the most significant climate mitigation benefit in the case of two Australian forest types.

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Stora Enso to invest in pellet production, boiler renewal in Sweden

Renewable Energy from Waste
December 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Stora Enso, based in Helsinki, Finland, reports it will invest €16 million to start pellet production and to renew the boiler at Ala Sawmill in Sweden. The investment allows the group to turn the sawdust—a byproduct at the sawmill—into pellets, a source of renewable energy. This is in line with the group’s strategy to expend its production of high value-added wood products and to focus on integrated production, the company reports. 

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The Paris Agreement has a few ideas about how to curb deforestation

Grist
December 15, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Trees ended up with a pretty good deal from the Paris Agreement, especially considering they don’t speak any of the six official U.N. languages. Forests were at the center of several official and unofficial events over the course of the climate talks, and this focus ended up reflected in the text itself — surprising many veteran observers of the negotiations. While the Kyoto Protocol allowed countries to count changes in land use and forestry practices as contributions toward their greenhouse gas–cutting commitments, it did not create or endorse any specific method for doing so, and it didn’t go out of its way to incentivize reductions in deforestation. The new agreement, on the other hand, explicitly endorses … REDD+ — the “+” is for “conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks” — the program is effectively a carbon market for trees.

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