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Business & Politics

Canfor Pulp Products’ (CFPUF) CEO Don Kayne on Q4 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Seeking Alpha
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…Canfor Pulp had another strong quarter increasing its production compared to Q3 despite a major maintenance shut at our Northwood mill. In addition, our two energy projects are fully operational, operating at design levels and generating the margins that were projected. Markets for pulp were steady in the quarter as the company realized the benefit of higher shipments and relatively consistent revenue on a Canadian dollar basis as compared to Q3. Approximately 85% of our pulp production being in higher grade premium reinforcing pulp, we continue to see good demand. Looking ahead, we see some positive momentum into the second quarter as a result of the traditional spring maintenance season. Overall, we expect our low cost structure and high value focus will continue to benefit the company. Turning to the lumber side of our business, Canfor grew significantly in 2015.

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US and Canada Start Lumber-Trade Talks — Update

Dow Jones Business News in Nasdaq
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

OTTAWA–Ottawa and Washington have begun talks toward renewing a pact regarding the export of Canadian lumber to U.S. markets, Canada’s trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, told lawmakers here Thursday. Ms. Freeland said Canadian negotiators were in Washington last week to meet with their U.S. counterparts about a new lumber-trade agreement. Canada and the U.S. first signed a deal in 2006, ending a multiyear dispute between the two countries over the sale of Canadian wood products in U.S. markets. Washington is prohibited from levying new tariffs or duties against Canadian softwood lumber producers for 12 months after the agreement expires. …A spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said U.S. officials are “regularly in touch with our Canadian counterparts about a wide range of issues, including softwood lumber.” He didn’t elaborate.

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Canada sought to reassure Japan in TPP letter

Embassy News
February 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The creation of a forestry committee and reassurance for Japanese companies were the reasons behind Canada’s side letter with Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, says Canada’s lead negotiator. Parts of the letter, which is not a legally binding part of the TPP text, caused confusion in the forestry trade among some companies and lobby groups in Japan and Canada, Embassy reported in November 2015.  The bottom half of the letter appears to commit Canada to issuing permits for log exports in exactly the same way it already does at the federal level, but Japanese industry newsletters and Japan’s forestry department seemed to have interpreted it differently.

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Premier Clark: Join ‘Forces of Yes’ on Climate

The Tyee
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark has a message for British Columbians: “To grow and diversify our economy, we must have the courage to say yes.” …However, two of the four flagship spending announcements were in response to the impacts of climate change being felt across the province: $95 million for wildfire prevention and mitigation, and $65 million for flood mitigation and emergency response. We need to see more dollars being invested in reducing B.C.’s contribution to climate change or we will see this kind of spending continue to increase. …Budget 2016 was a prime opportunity to confirm B.C.’s commitment to climate leadership. Instead, the government is now at greater risk of being counted among the “forces of no” when it comes to taking action to protect British Columbians from a changing climate. 

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Log shortage forces layoffs at APD mil

Alberni Valley News
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Close to 100 workers have been laid off at Western Forest Products Alberni Pacific Division mill, said United Steelworkers Local-185 financial secretary Glen Cheetham. “It’s close to 100 people laid off just at the mill,” said Cheetham. “It’s gone down to one line which is basically half of the crew.” However, Western Forest Products director of communications Amy Spencer said that only 40 people have been laid off. “We’ve temporarily laid off about 40 people,” said Spencer. Cheetham said that the layoffs were due to a log shortage. “They’re not logging right now because there’s some disputes going on in the bush,” he said. “It’s not a labour dispute but it’s a rate dispute between the licence holder (Western Forest Products) and the prime contractor (Island Pacific Logging) on what the rates should be for logging. The crew was just caught in the middle.”

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Western Forest Products’ (WFSTF) CEO Don Demens on Q4 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Seeking Alpha
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…On the market side, we did not experience the usual decline in demand particularly in our Specialty business where shipments to Japan increased 19% year-over-year and demand for our cedar products remained strong. Where we continue to see weaknesses in our commodity business, but however as others have commented by the end of the quarter we did begin to experience improved demand and pricing. So despite the weak commodity markets I am pleased to report that we achieved fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA of 29.6 million which is double the adjusted EBITDA we reported in the fourth quarter of 2014. Our unique ability to adjust production and focus on specialty lumber production allowed us to capitalize on demand driven market segments and deliver our improved results.

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A boost in Sudbury for Aboriginal students

Sudbury Star
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A native training in Sudbury will receive $539,826 over two years to provide 48 learners with the opportunity to complete the Line Crew Ground Support Program. The Gezhtoojig Employment and Training Centre students may then continue their studies at Cambrian College, officials announced Thursday. In addition, Cambrian will receive $138,156 over two years to enroll six aboriginal students from northwestern Ontario in the Industrial Mechanical Millwright Technical Program at Cambrian’s Sudbury campus. When their studies are complete, Resolute Forest Products will hire those students.

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Boise Cascade Q4 EPS Misses as Revenues Top Views; Forecasts Modest Product Demand in FY16

WallStreet.org
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Boise Cascade (NYSE:BCC), a supplier of engineered wood products, reported pre-market Thursday mixed Q4 results, with weaker-than-expected earnings on higher revenues that beat analysts’ expectations. Q4 net income was $2.3 million or $0.06 per share, down sharply from $15.7 million or $0.40 per share a year earlier and falling short of the $0.23 per share consensus compiled by Capital IQ. Revenues rose to $876.5 million from $862.0 million, topping expectations for $843.0 million. Looking ahead, the company said it continues to expect modest demand growth for its products in 2016.

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WV timber industry businesses on track to receive EDA loans

Charleston Gazette-Mail
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Two companies working in West Virginia’s lumber and wood manufacturing industries received preliminary approval for more than $1.19 million in loans. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority voted Thursday to preliminarily approve a $395,000 low-interest loan to Charger Lumber Company in Roane County and a $800,000 government-subsidized loan for Allegheny Dimension, a hardwood manufacturer in Hardy County. The two loans, which will last for 10 years, are expected to increase employment at both companies. At Charger Lumber’s sawmill, the company is expected to hire two extra employees over the next three years, and at Allegheny Dimension’s facility in Moorefield, the company is expected to add 51 employees over the same time period.

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Southern Pine lumber exports increased by 7% in 2015

Lesprom
February 18, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Southern Pine exports finished 2015 at a record volume of just over 589 million board feet (MMbf), a jump of 7% above the 2014 export total, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. In the past five years, exports of Southern Pine lumber have more than doubled. During 2015, the top three destinations for Southern Pine exports remained unchanged: China (129.6 MMbf), up 20%; the Dominican Republic (86.9 MMbf), up 12%; and Mexico (73.8 MMbf), up 30%. For the month of December, Southern Pine exports totaled 45.7 MMbf, a jump of 17% above the volume exported during December 2014. December shipments offshore break down as follows: 25.2 MMbf dressed, 7.3 MMbf rough and 13.2 MMbf treated lumber, according to Southern Forest Products Association.

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Fall in log exports mars result but step-up seen ahead

Otago Daily Times
February 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Port of Tauranga (POT) has booked a more than 10% increase in container volumes for its first six months’ trading, but that was offset by a 16% decline in log exports across its wharves. Revenue, earnings before interest and tax (ebit) and after-tax profit were all flat for the period. Revenue was down 11% to $98.7 million, ebit was the same as last year at $52.7 million and underlying after-tax profit was similar to last year at $38.5 million. …”While at the back end of first-half 2016 log prices showed some recovery, it is expected to come off and remain subdued for some time. This is likely a two-year trend in weak logs,” he said.

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Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein exploring ways to offload Forestry Tasmania tasks to private sector

ABC News, Australia
February 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein has confirmed he is exploring ways for the ailing Forestry Tasmania to offload functions to the private sector. Visiting McKay Timber’s Bridgewater sawmill, the newly-appointed minister provided an indication of his ideas for the sector, but no firm plans. Mr Gutwein ruled out Forestry Tasmania being absorbed by a department but is open to moving some of its community service obligations such as firefighting and maintaining public recreation areas to a government department. “It has a wide range of roles and responsibilities,” he said. “There are obviously, at the moment, community service obligations that Forestry Tasmania take on board.”

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Forestry Tasmania restructure could cost ‘many millions’, peak body warns

ABC News, Australia
February 19, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A radical restructure proposed for Forestry Tasmania (FT) could cost taxpayers many millions of dollars if sawmills are left disadvantaged, the industry’s peak body is warning. A new model being finalised by Treasury would shift responsibility to arrange and pay for harvesting and transport from FT to sawmills. However, under existing 15-year contracts with Forestry Tasmania, sawmills pay a fixed price for wood delivered to their mill door. Forest Industries Association of Tasmania chief executive Terry Edwards said it was a legal minefield. “If the Government made decisions that precluded Forestry Tasmania from delivering the wood to the mills in accordance with the contracts then the sovereign risk provisions under the Forestry Rebuilding the Forest Industry Act come into play,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Design revealed: 18-storey UBC residence to be world’s tallest wooden building

Vancity Buzz
February 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new student residence building at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus will become a living experiment as part of an effort to demonstrate the economic and structural feasibility of wood-based construction. Last fall, construction began on the university’s so-called Tall Wood Building, a 53-metre-tall (174-foot), 18-storey high-rise building made primarily out of wood. When complete in summer 2017, just in time for the new school year, the building will be the tallest mass wood building in the world. The project is designed by Vancouver-based Acton Ostry Architects, with Austria’s Architekten Hermann Kaufmann as tall wood advisors, is expected to cost $51.5 million.

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Pioneer Millworks Sources Reclaimed Wood from Every Continent to Outfit Pennsylvania College

PRWeb
February 19, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Reclaimed wood from six continents around the world was sourced by Pioneer Millworks for the new Oechsle Center for Global Education at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. The Center acts as a community center and gathering space for students and faculty while housing the college’s International Affairs, Area Studies, and Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Homage to the local and international focus of the Center was paid through building materials including reclaimed wood wall paneling from around the world. …The reclaimed wood wall was made using one species native to continents of the world, with their percentages of inclusion based on the population of each continent.

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Treated hardwoods take on overseas imports

Construction Manager Magazine
February 18, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The first ever range of thermally modified British hardwoods, suitable for hardwearing external applications such as cladding, decking and joinery, will launch at Ecobuild next month. The super-heated poplar, sycamore and ash varieties are sourced exclusively from English and Welsh woodlands, providing a more sustainable alternative to importing equivalent products from abroad. The treated timber will be marketed under the Brimstone brand. Tom Barnes, managing director at Vastern Timber, told CM: “Thermally modified softwoods and hardwoods are well established in the market, notably Thermowood from Scandinavia, but there has never been a product that has utilised our own material. 

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Forestry

No change for Fraser Timber Supply Area cut level

Government of British Columbia
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The current effective allowable annual cut for the Fraser Timber Supply Area (TSA) remains unchanged at 1,235,700 cubic metres, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today. In making her decision, the chief forester took into account the current forest inventory, the growth and yield of existing and future tree stands, accessibility and best management practices. Located in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser TSA covers about 1.4 million hectares, stretching from Metro Vancouver to Boston Bar. About 250,400 hectares are available for timber harvesting. The Fraser TSA is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the province, with five biogeoclimatic zones providing habitat for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, 45 species of mammals, 11 species of amphibians and five species of reptiles. The diverse landscapes also support 13 commercial tree species.

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Plan calls for 40 per cent urban tree cover

Campbell River Mirror
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City council has endorsed a plan to increase the amount of tree cover over the city’s urban area by seven per cent within the next 20 years. At last week’s Tuesday meeting, council gave support in principle to an Urban Forest Management Plan that includes an “ambitious target” of 40 per cent tree cover by the year 2035. Currently, the percentage of tree cover within Campbell River city limits sits at 33 per cent, plus or minus two per cent. Chris Osborne, city planner, said the target is non-binding and there are no penalties or consequences of failing to meet the 40 per cent mark, which is the benchmark for the Pacific Northwest ecoregion.

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Is shipping raw logs hurting us?

Alberni Valley News
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products has laid off more than 40 workers at Alberni Pacific Division (APD) sawmill, citing a rate dispute in the forest, as well as a log shortage. Hearing ‘log shortage’ is like waving a red flag to people in Port Alberni, who regularly see raw logs loaded onto ships bound overseas. The Private Forest Landowners Association claims there is no such thing as a log shortage—there are logs aplenty available to sawmills, and that domestic sawmills ‘need to take responsibility for their own supply problems’ by offering competitive log prices and a host of other reasons. That’s a hard pill to swallow when a community like Port Alberni has so many forestry employees forced to collect Employment Insurance as two sides dicker about log prices.

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Queens Bay celebrates FireSmart designation

Government of British Columbia
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUEENS BAY – The small community of Queens Bay, located on the western shore of Kootenay Lake north of Balfour, has been recognized for its ongoing efforts to protect residents from harm by reducing wildfire threats. FireSmart Canada acknowledged all that hard work on Feb. 10, 2016, by presenting residents with a Community Protection Achievement Award and a FireSmart Community sign. …To earn the FireSmart Community recognition, the residents of Queens Bay were required to raise public awareness of FireSmart principles and teach private landowners how to help safeguard their homes from wildfire. 

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Marshall speaks at FAR meeting

Boundary Creek Times
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The West Boundary Food and Resources Society welcomed local forest expert Fred Marshall to its Jan. 30 meeting at the Rock Creek Health Centre to provide members with an overview of the Boundary timber supply area and its importance as not only an economic driver, but also a vital player in the area’s ecosystem. “I am a forester, so lumber is good,” Marshall said, “but it’s important to recognize that our forests are not only a source of timber but are also home to many creatures, significant recreational areas and many other things.” Marshall went on to outline the distribution of timber harvesting rights, noting that Weyerhauser and Interfor own the rights to 56 per cent of the allowable annual cut (ACC) in the Boundary.

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Wolf slaughter in South Selkirk over for the year, Wildlife Defence says

The Vancouver Observer
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sources close to the B.C. based conservation organization, Wildlife Defence League, have received information that the B.C. wolf cull in the South Selkirk region is now completed for this year. The cull, say sources connected to the slaughter, was carried out by helicopters that tracked a “Judas” wolf, who had been collared in the spring with a radio-transmitter. The collared wolf led helicopters back to the pack where hunters gunned down all the wolves except the collared wolf one. “We were shocked to learn the Judas wolf is kept alive year after year,” said Tommy Knowles, Campaign Director for Wildlife Defence League.

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ELF blocks logging in watershed

Sunshine Coast Reporter
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Demonstrators from Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) have, once again, taken to the barricades. ELF members and supporters turned back contractors for AJB Investments, preventing them from getting to work in the Chapman Creek watershed early on the morning of Feb. 12. They’ve returned to the site every day since. The protest was triggered by a revelation in a Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) staff report for the Feb. 11 infrastructure services committee meeting. The report said AJB notified the SCRD by email on Jan. 25 that it planned to start logging on the company’s private managed forest land. 

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Local Wood Initiative aims to boost economy, reduce carbon

Inside Belleville
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ivanhoe – When trees decay they release carbon dioxide, but if harvested for lumber the carbon is locked in. As healthy trees, they are “the lungs of the planet” reducing carbon. The Local Wood Initiative (LWI) is working to ensure forests stay healthy. It is partnership of Hastings Stewardship Council (HSC), Bancroft Forest Industry Association, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and Harvest Hastings, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Tim Gray, management specialist with Forest Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program, says there are subsidies for planting on private land and tax incentives for using a managed woodlot plan. They are also willing to train and pay people to collect tree seed.

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More gypsy moth spraying planned

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUCYRUS – Late this spring into the early summer, a handful of areas in southern Crawford and Marion counties will be doused by aircraft spraying various chemical insecticides. The sight shouldn’t be anything new for these small pockets, which for the past few years have been targeted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in its continuing fight against the gypsy moth, an invasive and destructive insect. …The state is combating the gypsy moth with three strategies: suppression, where the pest is already established; slowing the spread, which involves treatment in areas in advance of the insect; and eradication, which addresses small, isolated populations. Crawford and Marion counties are in the state’s “slow the spread” program.

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Firefighting puts Aspen-area forest management in a pinch

The Aspen Times
February 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The budget to manage the national forest surrounding Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Vail has been gutted by national firefighting efforts and will likely continue forcing the U.S. Forest Service to tighten its belt for the foreseeable future, according to White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. The federal agency is spending 57 percent of its overall budget on firefighting, up from 14 percent 20 years ago. … The agency anticipates spending 67 percent of its budget on firefighting by 2025. Fitzwilliams doesn’t believe the Forest Service will be pressured into selling valuable assets to private interests.

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Forest for the trees -CRISIS in Oregon’s privately-owned timberlands

Willamette Media
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Economists, foresters and environmentalists concerned about toxic drinking water, habitat degradation and economic equity say Oregon’s system allows large private corporations to use industrial agriculture methods that deforest thousands of acres of Oregon forests, contaminate water and accelerate climate change. They say these calamaties are the result of a law, the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) and the vigorous lobbying of international timber corporations in the Oregon legislature that keeps the law toothless and the Oregon Department of Forestry complicit. The Oregon Department of Forestry disagrees. “To be blunt, the Oregon Forest Practices Act is an embarrassment,” says John Talberth, founder and senior economist for the Center for Sustainable Economy, an environmental economics think tank based in Lake Oswego.

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New forest ranger for Elko area

Elko Daily Free Press
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPARKS — The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest welcomes John Baldwin as the district ranger for the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District. In his new position, Baldwin will provide oversight of the people and resources needed to manage about 1.14 million acres of National Forest lands with diverse natural resource programs in northeast Nevada. He will split his time between offices in Elko and Wells. “John comes to the Forest with 25 years of diverse experience with the U.S Forest Service,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “He is a seasoned land manager and his knowledge will be a valuable asset to our organization.”

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Haskill Basin Conservation Easement Finalized

Deal to preserve open land near Whitefish completed after years of work
Flathead Beacon
February 17, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For years, conservation groups and city officials have recognized the development pressure that could bear down on Haskill Basin, a block of land east of Whitefish owned by F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. And for years, those concerns were quelled by a good-faith agreement with the Stoltze family, who for more than a century has maintained its commitment to managing the Haskill parcel as a working forest, rather than leveraging it into a revenue-rich development deal. On Wednesday, that handshake deal was inked into the history books as Whitefish city officials, along with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Stoltze, and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, finalized an agreement to furnish permanent protections on 3,020 acres of land in the Haskill Creek watershed.

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Montana’s timber industry struggles with old contracts

ABC Fox Montana
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL – The timber industry is the third biggest industry in the Montana. After prices peaked in 2013, timber businesses saw a sharp decline in the past year. F.H. Stoltze land and lumber is one of the oldest timber companies in the state. Lumber General Manager Chuck Roady said they are struggling to deal with the large amount of timber that’s currently tied up on state and federally owned forests. While the price of timber has dropped, he said the Montana timber industry is stuck with old contracts that don’t reflect the current value and it’s hurting businesses.

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How we nearly lost the South’s largest old-growth floodplain forest

Congaree National Park represents one of the most important conservation victories in the eastern U.S.
Mother Nature Network
February 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

If you’re not familiar with the beauty of Congaree National Park, don’t feel too bad. As one of the newest additions to our country’s national park systems, it’s truly an under-the-radar gem of the National Park Service. Nestled within a floodplain between the Congaree and Wateree rivers of central South Carolina, this 27,000-acre national park boasts the largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the Southeast. Congaree’s rare ecological value as an old-growth hardwood stronghold only underscores its aesthetic appeal. However, were it not for the grassroots action and stewardship of a group of passionate individuals, this swampy slice of paradise might not be around today.

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Logger trapped under equipment in West Paris flown to hospital

Bangor Daily News
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WEST PARIS, Maine — LifeFlight was called to the scene of a serious logging incident Thursday morning in West Paris. Officials say the 42-year-old man was cutting wood about 100 feet in the woods off of High Street when somehow his logging truck rolled over him. Fire officials say they got the call around 8:30 a.m. The man was working by himself, but another man working nearby heard something and called 911. It’s not clear exactly how the man became pinned or what caused the truck to roll over him.

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Stop armed militia to save rare ‘forest giraffe’, conservationists warn

The UK Guardian
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservationists have called for urgent action to stop armed militia and illegal mining in protected central African forests from driving the elusive okapi to extinction. A 10-year plan to save the “forest giraffe” drawn up by a coalition of conservation groups and NGOs calls for government and international commitments to support key protected areas from armed militia involved in ivory poaching and illegal gold-mining activities. Chocolate-brown with distinctive black and white markings on its hindquarters similar to a zebra, the okapi’s (Okapia johnstoni) closest living relative is actually the giraffe.

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Give the EU’s illegal timber policy a chance

By Mike Jeffree, Consultant editor, Timber Trades Journal
The UK Guardian
February 18, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Your article “‘No evidence’ that EU’s illegal timber policy is working” (theguardian.com, 10 February) does not mention the huge challenge the EU timber regulation (EUTR) represents, nor the timber industry’s achievements in implementing it to date and wider commitment to eradicating illegal wood. The regulation entails every member state company that “first places” timber and other forest products on the EU market putting all suppliers through due diligence illegality risk assessment. Given that many suppliers are in countries with underdeveloped governance and infrastructure, this can be highly complex. 

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Long-awaited plan to save Leadbeater’s Possum pushes for 20 to 50 year turnaround

Sydney Morning Herald
February 19, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A plan to save the Leadbeater’s possum, Victoria’s animal emblem, will aim to halt the declining population in the next 20 to 50 years by better protecting its habitat and introducing tighter controls on logging. The plan, released by the federal government on Friday, proposes a range of new measures to help save the iconic species, including expanding protected areas, reconsidering fire regimes and even moving some possum colonies to new areas. The draft document notes that there will still be a fall in possum numbers over the next decade even if these measures are put in place, as more of the preferred possum habitat type in Victoria’s central highland forests is lost as a result of past bushfires.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

B.C. forestry waste as a cash cow?

24 Hrs Vancouver
February 18, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. First Nation wants to use wood waste from clear-cut logging to support aboriginal financial growth. The initiative attempts to solve several issues — the reliance of northern communities on fossil fuels; providing job opportunities for aboriginal residents; and disposing of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of residual wood left behind by forestry companies. The idea, according to Bernard Patrick, housing and infrastructure director for the Lake Babine Nation, was to figure out whether collecting residual wood, turning the material into energy, and selling it, would work on a large scale. …Partnering with FPInnovations, a forestry technology non-profit, the community purchased and trained its members in late 2014 on a commercial scale firewood cutter, all supplied by forestry waste wood collected from post-logging areas. The idea was a hit.

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Tuolumne County Concerned About Losing Biomass Plant

My Mother Lode
February 17, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Sonora, CA — The Supervisors in Tuolumne County are asking for help from Governor Jerry Brown to prevent the closure of a biomass plant in Chinese Camp. At yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting it was noted that the future of the Chinese Camp based biomass cogeneration run by Pacific Ultra Power is dire due to the current trend of non-renewal of power contracts by PG&E. Pacific Ultra Power’s 30-year agreement with PG&E expires in January of next year, and the county fears the plant could close even sooner because of declining subsidies. Pacific Ultra Power is one of an estimated seven biomass plants that could close over the next several months because of expiring power contracts.

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Sensible biomass bill draws opposition

February 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

…My biomass energy bill, proposing to make use of the renewable energy standard multiplier already enjoyed by solar energy, also passed, with very strong testimony from the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and biomass energy experts along with the testimony from JR Ford, who has been working for years on this type of project in the Pagosa Springs area. The ability to make full use of the woody biomass in generating electricity in relatively small projects located in high wildfire risk areas of the state makes a lot of sense, including helping to improve public safety and forest health.

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Montana should protect carbon-rich forests, not burn them for energy

By Mary S. Booth, PhD, director of Partnership for Policy Integrity and George Wuerthner, senior scientist for the Foundation for Deep Ecology
The Missoulian
February 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Reversing the increasing trend in carbon dioxide levels that is driving climate change will require not only reducing emissions, but also finding ways to take carbon out of the air. As the recent Paris agreement on climate change recognizes, rebuilding the global forest carbon sink to maximize carbon uptake should thus be an international priority. In contrast, amendment 3140 to the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) now in the U.S. Senate, could reduce forest carbon storage and increase emissions. Introduced by Sen. Susan Collins and co-sponsored by Montana’s Sen. Steve Daines, the amendment dictates that the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies recognize bioenergy as “carbon neutral” – disregarding the fact that wood-burning power plants emit about 50 percent more carbon dioxide per unit energy than coal plants.

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Talking Point: Burning forests for electricity makes no sense whatsoever

The Mercury
February 19, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

THEY call it “dead koala power” in NSW, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation say it is highly unlikely to meet their sustainability criteria for investment citing terrible impacts overseas affecting biodiversity, and even the president of the Institute of Foresters admits burning wood for electricity emits carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Welcome to the forest furnace that the Hodgman Government and the native forest logging industry want to foist on Tasmania. It’s the complete opposite of a clean, green, clever development and is now clutching at the straw offered by Tasmania’s short-term energy woes. The idea this is appropriate or workable in Tasmania’s immediate energy crisis is laughable. No such facility could be built and operating by April, which is when the crunch could come, but then loggers never do seem to let the facts get in the way.

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