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Daily Archives: February 18, 2016

Business & Politics

Some pulp mill buildings coming down

Paper Excellence is doing away with some of its redundant buildings
Prince Albert Daily Herald
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Buildings are coming down at the Prince Albert Pulp Mill property, but they shouldn’t affect the facility’s potential re-opening. The news didn’t come as a surprise to Mayor Greg Dionne, who during last month’s State of the City Address expressed a pessimistic view of the structures’ viability. “There are leaks, the equipment has not been serviced for years, black mould has taken over the place — It does not look pretty,” Dionne described at the time. On Wednesday, Dionne clarified that Paper Excellence’s tax agreement with the City of Prince Albert is up for renewal, which might have spurred demolition as an effort to reduce their tax assessment and burden. Even so, it’s refreshing to know that the buildings and equipment central to producing Kraft pulp product and co-generation will remain intact, Dionne said.

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Sawmills improve on wood dust problems

by Gordon Hoekstra – Three years after deadly explosions, industry still working to keep employees safe
Vancouver Sun
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest companies appear to have controlled wood dust in their sawmills and pellet plants following deadly explosions in 2012, but WorkSafeBC continues to keep the pressure on to ensure safety. The province’s chief workplace safety agency began a series of inspections targeting wood dust beginning in 2012 after two explosions at sawmills in northern B.C. that killed four workers and injured dozens of others. The sixth and latest round of inspections — this one of more than 100 sawmills and more than a dozen pellet plants last year — showed that none were cited for having accumulations of dust considered a risk of fire or explosion, according to more than 1,000 pages of inspection documents obtained by The Vancouver Sun through a freedom of information request.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2015 Results and Quarterly Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (“CPPI”) (TSX: CFX) today reported net income of $29.7 million, or $0.43 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $31.2 million, or $0.45 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and $20.7 million, or $0.29 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company’s net income was $106.6 million, or $1.52 per share, compared to $89.5 million, or $1.26 per share, for 2014.

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Supporting an Industry, Supporting an Economically Healthy Province

Coast Forest Products Association
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the fourth year in a row, Coast Forest Products Association congratulates Finance Minister Mike de Jong, Premier Christy Clark and the Province of British Columbia for their achievement of a balanced budget. This is a significant accomplishment which, once again, puts British Columbia in the very small yet coveted minority of Canadian provinces. Within the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Minister Steve Thomson and his team have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to supporting the 38,000 jobs dependant on coastal B.C.’s forest industry while upholding de Jong’s “3D thinking” approach to the budget, specifically, discipline, diversity and determination.

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Association of BC Forest Professionals Applauds Government

Association of BC Forest Professionals
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) commends the government for allocating new funding to support the forest sector in yesterday’s 2016 budget. The investment will benefit the long-term health of our forests and bring new opportunities for forest professionals and other people who work and live in forest-based communities across BC. An investment of $85 million was announced to establish a Forest Enhancement Society of BC; a new organization that will work towards wildfire prevention and mitigation through forest fuel management, reforestation and habitat restoration. In addition, $10 million was added to the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative which focuses on wildfire risk reduction within municipal boundaries. 

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Canfor Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of 2015

Canada Newswire press release
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, – Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP) today reported net income attributable to shareholders (“shareholder net income”) of $1.6 million, or $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss attributable to shareholders of $17.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and shareholder net income of $29.9 million, or $0.22 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the Company’s shareholder net income was $24.7 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to shareholder net income of $175.2 million, or $1.28 per share, reported for the comparable period of 2014.

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Low loonie a boost for Corner Brook newsprint mill

Producing a high quality product at low cost, is key to company’s survival, says vice-president.
CBC News
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The low Canadian dollar is providing a boost for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, but its parent company says profits are not soaring. Kruger Inc. vice-president Daniel Archambault said newsprint is sold in U.S. dollars, so the weak loonie is positive for exporters like newsprint companies. “The Canadian dollar is right now a positive factor for us. However, it does not really resolve the structural issue of the newsprint market,” Archambault told CBC’s Corner Brook Morning Show. He said that demand for newsprint dropped by more than 12 per cent on world markets last year, which forced prices down, wiping out the exchange rate advantage. “At the end of 2015, our revenue in Canadian dollars were about the same that they were when the dollar was at parity, because the price went down drastically while the exchange went on the right side,” said Archambault.

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Northern Pulp mill drops appeal after province alters regulations

The Pictou Advocate
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE – Reaction has been mixed after the province eased several compliance items within Northern Pulp’s appeal of its industrial approval.  The company followed the provinces’ decision on Feb. 8 by announcing on Feb. 9 that it notified the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia that it was withdrawing the appeal of its industrial approval. …With this industrial approval now in place, we can turn our focus to the important issue of a new effluent treatment facility and the closure of Boat Harbour,” Dave Kerr, VP of Operations with Paper Excellence Canada states. “We look forward to working with Nova Scotia Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal, Nova Scotia Natural Resources, other federal and provincial agencies and Pictou Landing First Nation to ensure that the remediation of Boat Harbour starts as soon as possible.

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc’s Company Shares Increased 13.74% After High Volatility

FDA News Alert
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) increased by 13.74% in the last 20 days and rose 11.90% in the past 5 trading sessions. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc shares opened at $12.69 in the last session and had intraday high of $13.95 and low of $12.58 for a higher than normal intra-day volatility. Investors must be careful when trading such stocks. About 889,720 shares traded hands. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (LL) has declined 33.37% since July 13, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 23.65% the S&P500.

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Supporters, skeptics speak out at Plum Creek meeting

GTN News
February 17, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Gainesville, Fla. — County Commissioners will soon have to make a decision on what the future growth of the east side of Alachua County should be. For hours on Tuesday night, a packed room listened to commissioners considering whether to submit the Envision Alachua Sector Plan to the state for review. Both supporters and skeptics had tables outside of the auditorium at Eastside High School, piled high with t-shirts, stickers, and signs. “I’m a grandparent and if Plum Creek wins they make money for their shareholders, and if we win, nobody gets any money we just preserve a better future for our children and grandchildren,” said Scott Camil.

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Södra to further increase pulp capacity at Mörrum mill

EUWID
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Capacity expansion at Mörrum pulp mill continues. Södra’s BOD decides to invest another SEK1bn. Swedish pulp manufacturer Södra Cell has announced a follow-up investment at the Mörrum softwood (NBSK) and dissolving pulp mill. The SEK1bn (€105m) investment includes the installation of a new evaporator, and modernisation of the brown stock washing system in the dissolving pulp line “A new evaporator will make it possible to increase the production rate, as well as deliveries of energy products, such as electricity, district heating and biofuels. The new investment will increase production capacity by 45,000 tonnes, bringing the total production of paper and dissolving pulp to 470,000 tonnes,” Södra explained.

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Port of Tauranga profits dip on log export fall

New Zealand Herald
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s biggest port company, reported a 9 per cent drop in first-half profit as export log volumes fell and after the year-earlier result was inflated by a one-time gain. The company guidance is for flat full-year earnings. Profit fell to $38.6 million, or 28.3 cents a share, in the six months ended December 31, from $42.6 million, or 31.3 cents, a year earlier, which included a $4.1 million gain from an asset sale, the Tauranga-based company said in a statement. Profit about matched brokerage Forsyth Barr’s forecast. Operating income fell 9.8 percent to $121.9 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why People Are Freaking Out About ‘Wood Pulp’ In Parmesan Cheese

Huffington Post
February 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

You may have seen a lot of hype about there being wood pulp in Parmesan. This isn’t a new thing that the Internet is freaking out about, but, if you’re like us and can’t live without cheese, you might be panicking. We’re here to tell you: IT’S ALL GOING TO BE OKAY. Confused? We’ll break it down for you: The offender here is cellulose. Not actual pieces of wood. You probably haven’t heard this word since eighth grade science, but cellulose is a natural component of all plants’ cell walls and is in every fruit or vegetable you eat. …It’s most commonly referred to as a dietary fiber and it usually passes through your GI tract without even being absorbed. …The FDA lets companies add cellulose to foods like shredded cheese because it prevents clumping and is harmless, organic matter. 

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Sen. Ron Wyden visits campus to talk wood products

University of Oregon – Around The O
February 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

University of Oregon President Michael Schill moderated a Tuesday discussion at the UO on the future of wood products manufacturing and design, highlighting the role education and research can have in creating jobs and boosting the economy. The roundtable included U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, city of Springfield leaders and UO and Oregon State University faculty members, research associates and students. Wyden opened the meeting by asking what the future of wood products should look like and how to get there. …The UO and OSU are partners in the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, which focuses on the development of innovative wood products and building components capable of being produced in Oregon.

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Construction Proceeds On Innovative Cross-Laminated Timber Building

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Construction is underway on a project using a new building material called cross-laminated timber. Albina Yard is a new office building going up in northeast Portland. The four-story, 16,000-square foot building has a glue-laminated wood frame instead of traditional metal framing. Wood for the structure was milled at D.R. Johnson lumber in the Douglas County town of Riddle. Speaking on the job site Wednesday, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, said the structure reminded him of his father’s career as a millwright in Riddle after World War II. “That area down there is the heart of Douglas Fir timber country,” Merkley said. “We know that if this strategy spreads, we’re going to make terrific buildings and build a terrific new timber economy to add to the one we already have.”

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Essential timber frame training from Exova BM TRADA

Specification Online
February 17, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Expert training provider, Exova BM TRADA, will be running its successful timber frame training programme during 2016. Focused on providing specialist and technical training in a range of timber frame and structural timber techniques, it is an essential tool for constructors, specifiers and engineers. As the use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) increases within modern building systems, the first one-day course will focus on its benefits, usage and applications. CLT’s advantages in terms of built in fire resistance, exemplary green credentials and visually appealing structures is well known, and this course provides examples and understanding about how it can work within projects, plus the pitfalls to avoid.

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Forestry

Tremendous response for international steep land logging conference

Steep Slope Logging
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conference organizers are reporting a great response to a technical logging conference and field demo set to run on March 2-3 in Richmond, BC. Foresters and loggers, keen to learn how traction-assist harvesters can safely handle forest slopes, have signed up in droves for the event. Places for delegates on the field demos sold out earlier this week. Steep Slope Logging conference delegates have been steadily registering for the conference – so much so that the field demos associated with the conference have now sold out. A big draw card for delegates is the presence of a number of key logging innovators making the trip to share their experiences with locally-developed traction-assist harvesters. 

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Key facts on Glacier Creek logging

By Della Peterson, Woodlands Supervisor, BCTS, Kootenay Lake Field Team
Nelson Star
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Concerns raised over proposed Glacier Creek logging”
This letter is to clarify recent media coverage in regards to the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) proposed harvest development in Glacier Creek. Here are some key facts related to the BC Timber Sales development: 1. The Glacier Creek drainage has been an operating area for BCTS (formerly Small Business Enterprise Program) since the mid-1980s. BCTS has maintained an active harvesting presence in the drainage through to 2001. There is more than $5 million in infrastructure investments in the drainage. The cost of annual maintenance, repair or bridge replacements can range from $20,000 to $200,000.

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Sask. won’t follow Alberta’s early start to forest fire season

News Talk 650
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Alberta, they’re moving up the official start of forest fire season to March 1. Oneil Carlier, the province’s forestry minister, has cited worries about what a mild winter could mean when it comes to wildfires. Dennis Renaud, director of aviation operations with Saskatchewan Wildfire Management, said those same worries are shared in this province. “I guess everybody can look outside and certainly see that we’ve had an exceptionally mild winter. We have less than expected snowfalls. In certain areas, drought codes are fairly high, so yes, we’re concerned,” he said. Renaud noted that while a mild winter can mean a difficult fire season ahead, they’ve also seen years where spring rains turn the situation around.

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BCTS Kamloops passes audit

Forest Practices Board
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and timber sale licence holders (TSL holders) in the Kamloops business area found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “BCTS and 18 out of 19 TSL holders fully complied with requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair.  “Auditors did find one TSL holder had built one section of road that caused soil erosion near a small fish-bearing stream, a practice considered an area for improvement. We are pleased to see that since the audit, the TSL holder has fixed this issue.”

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Scientist questions JNP’s use of fire to fight pine beetle

Jasper Fitzhugh
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Using prescribed burns to slow the spread of the mountain pine beetle is an expensive method that likely won’t work, according to at least one scientist who’s studied the beetle for the past 20 years. Diana Six, a professor of forest entomology and pathology at the University of Montana, cast doubt on the effectiveness of Parks Canada’s plan to use fire to slow the spread of the beetle through Jasper National Park. “It sounds like an expensive and potentially damaging method that probably won’t work,” said Six, who is the chair of the department of ecosystems and conservation sciences at the university. She questioned how burning mature forests ahead of the beetle will slow the beetle’s spread, arguing history has shown the beetles have been able to jump entire mountain ranges.

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Jake Stewart’s support of PC forestry plan wavering

Tory MLA says he will ‘regret’ voting for 2014 forestry deal if new Doaktown mill project doesn’t go ahead
CBC News
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Progressive Conservative MLA says he may rethink his support for the PC forestry plan he voted for in 2014 if there isn’t progress on a new mill in his riding. Jake Stewart says he’s concerned that construction on a new J.D. Irving Ltd. mill in Doaktown has been pushed back to this fall and hinges on what he calls “market conditions.” “If the Doaktown mill doesn’t go ahead, I will certainly regret voting for it,” he said of the forestry plan unveiled by the PC government of David Alward in 2014. “You vote with your party,” Stewart told CBC News in an interview. “That’s the system we have. But for me, a free vote would have been better on that, if this mill doesn’t go forward.”

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USDA Initiative Restores Forests, Reduces Wildfire Threats Through Local Partnerships

Public, Private Partnerships to Invest Over $51 Million in 2016
USDA Forest Service
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States


USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie today announced a federal investment of over $40 million for restoration of forests near growing communities to reduce wildfire threats, protect water supplies, improve wildlife habitat and support rural economies. This is the third year of the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. “The health of our forests and our rural communities very often go hand in hand,” Bonnie said. “USDA works with other public and thousands of private landowners through a range of programs and partnerships to decrease the threat of wildfire, restore forest habitat and increase economic and other opportunities for the families and businesses that make their homes near woodlands.”

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To Grow Trees, Kill Them: A Primer On Thinning

Bangor Daily News
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forestry has the unique problem of growing products that actively try to outcompete and ultimately kill each other. The dense patches you see in the woods are, for the trees, a stagnant environment devoid of light necessary for expedient growth. Left unhindered, such thickets ultimately give way to dark stands full of dead stems, the losers in the battle for survival. Ultimately, stronger trees will survive and the resulting stand will be vigorous and ready to supply Maine with the forest products that enrich us all; but it takes a while for nature to take its course. It takes a long while. Luckily, foresters have a tool to hasten growth and bypass the natural selection process, and we call it thinning. Thinning takes two forms: pre-commercial and commercial.

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Museum offers program, seeks help with lumbering photos

Herald and News
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Klamath County Museum is seeking help in identifying a number of logging and lumbering photos in its collection. According to a news release, a program featuring many of the photos will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday in the museum. “Anyone who has knowledge of the old logging operations and lumber mills is encouraged to come help us out,” said Todd Kepple, museum manager. “Our hope is that, if we can gather several knowledgeable people together, we might piece together some clues. At any rate, we think these photos will be fun to study even if we can’t solve all of the mysteries.”

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Governor’s Tree Mortality Proclamation the topic at the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum

Amador Ledger Dispatch
February 14, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Steve Brink, Vice President of Public Resources for the California Forestry Association, will make a presentation at the next Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum. The meeting is Wednesday, February 17, at El Torero Restaurant, in the Amador Plaza Shopping Center, 10898 State Highway 88, in Jackson. The Governor’s October 30, 2015 Mortality Proclamation of a State of Emergency is established to 1) Protect public health and safety by removing dead and dying trees that threaten power lines, roads, communities and other existing structures, 2) Identify potential storage locations for removed trees, and 3) Identify state facilities and state highways where wood chips produced from dead trees can be used as mulch. Brink will interpret and bring attendees up to date on actions resulting from the proclamation.

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Wildfire continues to burn in Mississippi, Alabama despite rain

The Mississippi Press
February 16, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MOSS POINT, Mississippi — Despite rain which fell in southeast Jackson County Monday afternoon, a massive wildfire which stretches across the Alabama state line continued to burn as of midday Tuesday. The Grand Bature wildfire, which started late Thursday, had expanded by another 200 acres in Alabama, bringing the total acreage involved to 4,427 by midday Tuesday, according to Brittany Petersen of the U.S. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Air operations were halted during the showers and thunderstorms Monday, Petersen said. The fire did help with containment, which is currently at 50 percent and has allowed about half of the fire fighting resources to return home.

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Australia’s south west: a hotspot for wildlife and plants that deserves World Heritage status

The Conversation AU
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Southwest Australia is one of 25 original global hotspots for wildlife and plants, and the first one identified in Australia. Since the first analysis identifying biodiversity hotspots in 2000, the list has expanded, and now 35 hotspots are recognised, two in Australia: the Southwest and the forests of east Australia. Biodiversity hotspots are defined as regions “where exceptional concentrations of endemic species are undergoing exceptional loss of habitat”. As many as 44% of all species of native plants and 35% of all species in four animal groups are confined to the original 25 hotspots, which comprise only 1.4% of Earth’s land surface.

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A Break In The Trees

Inside Science News Service
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…a new study by physicists could explain why that tree fell in the first place. Combining experiments and mathematical modeling with data from a severe storm that brought down large numbers of trees, a team of physicists found that wind speed is the most important factor in determining when trees break, far outweighing species, size or age. Commercial forest managers have long needed to know how and why trees break, to decide what species to plant and when to harvest them. And with climate change likely causing stronger storms in coming decades, understanding under what conditions trees fall has become even more critical. To look for answers, physicist Alexandre Ponomarenko and colleagues at École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France studied data collected during Cyclone Klaus, a powerful 2009 storm that devastated forests throughout southern France.

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East Gippsland logging faces fresh court challenge over endangered species

The Age, Australia
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Victoria’s logging regime is facing a new legal challenge, this time over alleged failures to properly detect and protect endangered species in East Gippsland forest slated for harvesting. Environmental activists have launched Supreme Court action seeking logging to be ruled unlawful in parts of the Kuark Forest, outside Orbost, until the state-owned timber agency VicForests carries out targeted surveys for endangered species and puts in place protection measures. The green campaigners say their surveys have found evidence that two areas slated for logging are home to threatened animal and plant species, along with protected stands of rainforest. The creatures central to the legal tussle include the Yellow-bellied Glider, Long-footed Potoroo, East Gippsland Galaxias and a previously undescribed species of crayfish.

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More voices join concerns over NT sandalwood plantation expansion plans

ABC News, Australia
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Northern Territory fishing body and independent politician have added their voices to those concerned about a huge expansion of a NT sandalwood plantation. Leaked government documents, obtained by the ABC, show the Department of Chief Minister supported a potential tripling of sandalwood production in the Northern Territory. This was despite government department warnings there is not enough water for the ambitious expansion plan and that similar schemes have failed. The documents outline that the Tropical Forestry Services [TFS] intends to expand sandalwood production, a water intensive plant used for pharmaceutical products and perfume, to 15,000 hectares over 10 years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The quest for cleaner fire: Why it’s time to rethink our favourite way to get warm

The Globe and Mail
February 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

…smoke from wood-burning fireplaces and stoves is a major source of wintertime smog. It is a health threat and some municipalities are taking action. Across North America, policy makers are tackling winter smog with restrictions on residential wood-burning fireplaces and stoves – ranging from bans in new homes, as Golden, B.C., and the city of New York have done, to less stringent requirements that all wood-burning fireplaces and stoves meet Canadian Safety Association or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards. From Prince George, B.C., to San Jose, Calif., to towns and cities in Atlantic Canada and on the eastern seaboard, a patchwork of regulations governing our much-loved (or at least romanticized) fireplaces and wood stoves is emerging.

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Ontario promises to reveal cap-and-trade plan details within weeks

Canadian Press in CBC News
February 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s Liberal government is promising all the details of its cap-and-trade plan to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions will soon be public. …Murray says there will legislation and a regulation that will spell out details of the plan, which will impose pollution limits on companies but allow them to buy credits if they exceed their limit or sell their credits to other polluters if they’re under. Ontario plans to join existing cap-and-trade markets in Quebec and California, which allow companies in each jurisdiction to buy and sell emission credits, or allowances, from each other.

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