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Business & Politics

Will Canfor Pulp Products Inc Go Down Anytime Soon?

Business Standard Tribune
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Canfor Pulp Products Inc (TSE:CFX) is a huge mover today! The stock increased 8.71% or $0.96 on February 29, hitting $11.98. About 38,146 shares traded hands. Canfor Pulp Products Inc has declined 17.27% since July 23, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 10.18% the S&P500. The move comes after 5 months positive chart setup for the $832.85M company. It was reported on Mar, 1 by Barchart.com. We have $16.89 PT which if reached, will make TSE:CFX worth $341.47 million more.

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Catalyst Reports Fourth Quarter & Year End Results for 2015

Stockhouse
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) today reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $15.1 million and EBITDA before specific items of $19.8 million. This compares to adjusted EBITDA of $38.8 million and adjusted EBITDA before specific items of $41.2 million in the third quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter results were impacted by the completion of major planned maintenance outages of $17.4 million in addition to the impact of the imposition of countervailing duties on exports to the United States of supercalendered paper including associated legal fees and duties of $4.5 million.

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Resolute Forest Surges as Newsprint Price Increase Takes Effect

Bloomberg
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc., a Canadian pulp and paper producer, is on track for a record surge following a jump in newsprint prices. The Montreal-based company is raising newsprint prices by $40 a ton in the U.S. and C$45 ($33) per ton in Canada, the first price increase in nearly six years, spokesman Seth Kursman said in an e-mailed statement. Prior to the increases, which were implemented in January and February, prices were the lowest since 2009 and had “pushed transaction prices down to levels that exaggerated actual market conditions,” he said. Industry publications Pulp & Paper Week and Reel Time reported over the weekend that the price increases were successful and newsprint buyers are willing to pay more for the product, said Kevin Mason, managing director of Vancouver-based ERA Forest Products Research.

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The Effect of the U.S. Housing Market on REITs

Urban Land Institute
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sales activity and price appreciation for U.S. existing homes are healthy, but builders are reacting cautiously. Limited new construction is keeping supply and demand fundamentals in check, but also affecting sectors of the economy that depend on homebuilding. Job and wage growth combined with low mortgage rates are fueling the housing market. The nation added 3.1 million jobs in 2014 and another 2.65 million jobs in 2015. Average hourly private sector wage growth started to accelerate during 2015, gaining 2.5 percent for the year. Long-term mortgage interest rates have fallen in recent weeks and remain very low, even after the Federal Reserve raised short-term rates in late 2015. The prospect of higher interest rates has provided impetus to homebuyers to act before rates rise.

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Lumber Liquidators 4Q losses much greater than expected

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TOANO, Va. – Lumber Liquidators swung to a fourth-quarter loss that was more than three times larger than expected as fallout over the safety of some of its products continues to rattle the embattled flooring manufacturer. Its shares dropped more than 8 percent in morning trading Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that people exposed to certain types of Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency had previously predicted. The company stopped selling the Chinese-made laminate floors in May, a few months after CBS news show “60 Minutes” reported that those floors contain high levels of formaldehyde. Lumber Liquidators also began providing customers with free air quality tests.

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Latvian forestry exports reach a record high

Latvia.eu
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Latvia’s forestry turnover reached 2.04 billion euros in 2015, which was 3.1 % more than the year before. In 2015, Latvia exported 1.736 billion euros worth of timber and timber products, up 2 percent from 1.699 billion euros exported in 2014. Latvia’s largest forestry export markets were the UK, Germany and Sweden, with the largest bulk going to the UK (18.9 %), Germany (10.5 %) and Sweden (9.5 %) accordingly. Compared to 2014, the industry exports to the UK grew 17.2 % to 386.054 million euros, exports to Germany increased 2 % to 213.32 million euros, and exports to Sweden rose 20.4 % to 193.349 million euros.

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Tasmanian power crisis: Norske Skog paper mill agrees to reduce work load

ABC News, Australia
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Another of Tasmania’s major industrials has agreed to reduce its power usage to help Hydro Tasmania deal with the state’s energy crisis. Tasmania’s fourth biggest power user Norske Skog will voluntarily reduce load at its Boyer Mill for one week, starting from the middle of next week. One of the company’s two paper machines and the associated pulp mill will be closed. Tasmania is unable to import power across the Basslink undersea interconnector cable because of a fault causing a long-term outage. The original repair date of March 19 has blown out and it is not known when the cable will be fixed. The fault has coincided with record low storages in hydro dams.

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IKEA’s Forest Recall

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
March 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The retail giant IKEA is one of the world’s largest furniture makers, using one percent of the global wood supply each year to make about 100 million pieces of inexpensive, smartly designed furniture sold through its international network of stores. Harvard University is the symbol of American intellectual and political power – producing eight US presidents and many of the leaders of American industry. But for the past year, Harvard have been sitting in Romanian courts trying to keep control of national forest they bought. The state says Harvard bought some of its land from a group of figures that are under investigation for cheating the state. Subsequently IKEA bought the same forests from offshores controlled by Harvard’s investment fund.

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Maritime Union of Australia delegates vote in favour of merging with Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union

ABC News Australia
February 29, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The formation of Australia’s most powerful and militant union is a step closer, with delegates at the maritime union’s national conference unanimously voting in favour to merge with the construction union. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) publicly floated the idea of a merger in October last year. On Monday, MUA delegates agreed to the proposal, which strongly condemned “the extreme political nature of the industrial offensive against Australian workers from neo-conservative commercial forces and the Abbott [now Turnbull] Government”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada’s wood & forest products trade delegation visits India

IBC World News
February 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

A delegation of 16 high profile companies meet potential clientele for expansion possibilities in wood trade from Canada to India. With a view to exploring the possibilities of expansion in the Indo-Canada wood trade, a business delegation visited Bengaluru & Mysore. The delegation held meetings with important members of the wood & woodworking industry and discussed ways and means to increase import of wood from British Columbia, Canada to India. The 22 member delegation comprised of senior management from large solid wood lumber producing companies such as Canfor, West Fraser; industry associations such as Coast Forest Products Association, Natural Resources Canada; and provincial & federal government representatives.

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Community Cornerstone Quilakwa Center Wins SFI Award

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
February 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC — Using wood in innovative and beautiful ways to bring new life to a BC community hub has earned KH Designs an award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The award is part of the 2015/16 Wood Design Awards program. It was presented last night at the annual Wood WORKS! British Columbia awards event. The Quilakwa Center, in Enderby in the southern interior of BC, is home to the Splatsin boardroom and development corporation offices, a First Nation’s arts shop, gas bar, convenience store, and a Tim Hortons restaurant and drive-thru. The winning partnership includes KH Designs, Splatsin, Omega & Associates Engineering and Sperlich Log Construction. 

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Excellence in structural and architectural wood design recognized at 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC

Canada News Wire
February 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Inspired and innovative designs of wood structures in smaller urban BC centres and mid-rise construction were in the spotlight tonight at the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC. Included in the awards were many impressive large public buildings including a museum, visitor centre and a diplomatic property located outside of BC and Canada. More than 350 distinguished design and building professionals, including architects, engineers, designers, project teams, industry sponsors and guests, gathered this evening to honour the nominees and winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC presented by Wood WORKS! BC. 

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Wood construction still lagging in Toronto, despite rule change

Metro News Toronto
February 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Few developers are taking advantage of new Ontario rules that allow for taller wood-frame buildings. The reason? They can’t find the right wood. In Toronto, Heartwood the Beach will be one of the first condo projects to be built under the new rules, which allow for six-storey wood buildings instead of the previous four storeys. To realize their design vision for the 37-unit, east-end building, Quadrangle Architects are using cross-laminated timber, a newer product that’s a key component of taller wood structures. “It’s like lumber on steroids,” said Quadrangle’s Marco VanderMaas, a leading Canadian expert on wood-frame design. Unfortunately, cross-laminated timber is not available in Ontario and has to be sourced from Quebec or British Columbia.

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Wood manufacturing sector says more can be done to boost industry

CBC News
February 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick manufacturers need to think creatively about how they use wood in order to boost the sector and keep more money in the province, according to some industry officials. A wood manufacturing conference is being held in Moncton on Tuesday to bring members of government and the industry together to talk about ways to encourage the wood manufacturing sector to expand. Ying Chui, the director of the University of New Brunswick’s Wood Science and Technology Centre in Fredericton, organized the conference hoping to shed light on value-added products in the wood manufacturing industry. “There’s a lot of opportunity for new wood product to be produced in Atlantic Canada,” said Chiu.

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Wood-composite manufacturer has plans for White Swan’s old Jeld-Wen plant

Yakima Herald
February 29, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A Vancouver, Wash.-based wood-composite products startup company has announced plans to launch operations at the former Jeld-Wen plant in White Swan. Neucor plans to start … with a staff of about a dozen workers but hopes to bring 120 new jobs for the Lower Yakima Valley community over the next three years, CEO John Fujii told the Yakima Herald-Republic in a phone interview. …Fujii said the company has invested millions for the new facility, which will manufacture lightweight wood paneling made of sawmill wastes. One source of material is Yakama Forest Products, a mile from the Neucor facility. The company is marketing the product as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional particleboard. The raw material comes from small trees cut to improve forest health, and the lightweight design aims to reduce fuel usage.

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Forestry

Forest Resources Act review underway

NationTalk
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon is moving forward with a review of the Forest Resources Act, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Scott Kent announced today. “The Forest Resources Act has been instrumental in developing modern forest management that supports viable and sustainable forest-based industries for Yukon,” Kent said. “The review mandated in the act presents the opportunity to ensure our forest legislation meets the needs of First Nations, industry and the public while protecting the health of our forests.” The Forest Resources Act is the first natural resources legislation to have been developed in Yukon since devolution. The act includes a provision mandating a review of the legislation five years after its initial passage.

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BLM sells timber in Linn, Polk counties

The Albany Democrat-Herald
February 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM— Approximately 15.8 million board feet of timber was offered for sale at oral auction by the Bureau of Land Management, Salem District, Feb. 24. The two timber sales offered were sold for a total of $4,766,876. The Rowell Creek Timber Sale (13.7 MMBF), located approximately 4 air miles south of the town of Grand Ronde, in Polk County, was purchased by Hampton Tree Farms Inc. for $4,274,576. The appraised price was $3,639,496. There were two other bidders on the parcel.

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Utah offers Idaho lawmakers ways to control federal land

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, IDAHO – Utah lawmakers met with Idaho legislators Monday, offering Idaho legal arguments they say could be used to gain control of about 30 million acres of federal land within the state that is mostly administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. “The current structure is failing,” Republican Rep. Keven Stratton or Orem, Utah, chair of a commission for the stewardship of public lands, told Idaho lawmakers. “We have to ask ourselves: Are we going to be ruled by fear or are we going to trust ourselves?” The Utah contingent, which included an attorney, made its presentation before the House Resources and Conservation Committee and the Senate Resources and Environment Committee.

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Nature Conservancy Ends Logging on Swan Valley ‘Legacy Lands’

The Flathead Beacon
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Nature Conservancy has canceled plans to harvest timber on a large chunk of forestland in the Swan Valley that is part of the Montana Legacy Project. Dave Hanna, Crown of the Continent program director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, confirmed that the organization “has no plans for timber harvest on the Legacy Lands.” “The Nature Conservancy and Plum Creek have mutually terminated the fiber supply agreement on the Montana Legacy Lands,” Hanna said in an email. Hanna declined to provide any other information, stating, “This was a private, confidential agreement between TNC and Plum Creek so we can’t discuss any details.”

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Tree harvest project OK’d

The Pueblo Chieftain
February 27, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CANON CITY — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has given final approval to an environmental assessment for a bark beetle-killed tree salvage project in northwest Fremont County. The Northwest Fremont Bark Beetle Salvage Project will take place on about 2,900 acres near Stoney Face, Waugh and Jack Hall mountains. The project will include commercial timber harvest, non-commercial timber management and prescribed fire.  “The purpose of the project is to reduce beetle-killed trees in travel corridors and other high-risk areas,” said Keith Berger, field manager. “The project also will help reduce the risk of severe wildfires.”

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Water quality requires a balance

by Scott Hanson, President, Oregon Small Woodlands Association &Jim James, Executive director, Oregon Small Woodlands Association
The Register-Guard
February 26, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Everyone knows the best water quality comes from forestland. So how do we find the balance between those who believe they have the right to make demands on landowners and those who have the responsibility to care for our forests, with all the associated costs? There are two groups of people in our society focusing on water quality from forestland: the “believers” who conclude it’s their right to have access to high water quality at any cost, and the “caretakers” who own the land and provide the protections that keep a forest a forest. Harvesting timber, followed by reforestation, is the most logical way for caretakers to pay the bills and keep a forest a forest while continuing to provide all the amenities believers expect.

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McCain calls forest restoration funding an important step

Arizona Business Daily
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the recent announcement that Arizona’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) will be receiving an additional $10 million per year over 10 years in Forest Service funding is an important step forward in advancing forest thinning projects in the state. Arizona has four national forests, all of which will benefit from the extra funding.  McCain emphasized the importance of the funds for the state’s national forests. Without the recently approved funding, McCain feels that the danger of forest fires may be a much more immediate threat.

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TopoFire turns fire managers into prognosticators

The Missoulian
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Smokey the Bear is iconic and ubiquitous, created in the 1940s to educate the public on the dangers of wildfire. The mascot points to the level of fire danger across a landscape – low to extreme. Matt Jolly, a fire sciences ecologist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, is helping to create what he calls “an automated Smokey-the-Bear map so we can categorize fire danger across the country.” Imagine, he says, a much more sophisticated indicator of fire danger, informed by satellite imagery, so what Smokey the Bear’s hypothetical hand points to “is actually based on computer models that integrate weather, fuels and sometimes ignition sources to rate what the fire danger is for that day.”

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Warm winter presents challenges to adelgid control

Knoxville News Sentinel
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Unseasonably warm temperatures in December resulted in the early hatching of eggs laid by an invasive insect pest that has destroyed hemlock forests across the eastern U.S. Researchers at the University of Tennessee say the unusual hatching cycle of the hemlock woolly adelgid may be linked to climate change and might help explain why management efforts thus far have failed. “We are caught by surprise when pests break the rules,” said Christy Leppanen, a UT postdoctoral research associate. “Reproduction outside of recognized cycles can counteract management because control strategies rely on accurate predictions of pest reproductions and knowing what life stages are present so they can be targeted at the most effective times.”

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U.S. Forest Service Launches Wildland Firefighting Program at Wexford-Missaukee ISD

9&10 News
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A pilot program is helping high school students learn to fight wildfires — right here in Northern Michigan. The U.S. Forest Service says it’s the first program of its kind in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service is providing the wildland fire-training to the public safety students at Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District. “Once they explained they could walk into a federal job out of high school, with no college degree, it was a great opportunity and I thought we needed to jump on it,” said DJ Newman, the public safety instructor at Wexford-Missaukee ISD. The U.S. Forest Service approached Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District about a pilot program last fall. Now, public safety students are learning how to fight wild fires.

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Supporting U.S. Forestry

Letter by NICK SMITH. Executive Director, Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
The New York Times
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Re “For Logging’s Crimes, Tougher Punishment,” by Richard Conniff (Sunday Review, Feb. 21): For years, a complex web of well-intentioned yet counterproductive federal forest policies have significantly reduced sustainable forestry and wood products manufacturing in the United States. Because there will always be demand for wood products, it should come as no surprise to Mr. Conniff and others that our supply has been outsourced to other countries that don’t share our concerns for consumer safety and conservation. …Increasing the domestic supply would require restoring balanced management to the over 30 percent of our nation’s forests owned by the federal government.

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Prescribed burn at Stockton

Philly.com
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Stockton University environmental science students observed the start of a prescribed burn by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Fire Service firefighters on campus property Sunday. Years of fire suppression have resulted in dense turf on the forest floor, preventing pine seedlings from sprouting. Their instructor, professor of environmental studies George Zimmermann, says: “Stockton’s forest gives character to our campus and defines who we are. It’s a living laboratory that provides research opportunities that very few students are offered. It’s also a forest that needs our assistance now.”

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More speed required to hit Holyrood’s tree-planting target

The Scotsman
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

If the Scottish Government wants to hit its target of creating 10,000 hectares of new tree planting every year up until 2022, then it will need to speed up the approval of new woodland applications. Stuart Goodall, chief executive of the forest industry body Confor supported the Scottish Government’s planting ambitions but said if their targets were to be met, “We need to get everything working better, whether it’s new computer systems now or the process of approving new planting schemes in future.” The Government target of an additional 100,000 hectares of woodland was announced in 2012 with a target of meeting that by planting 10,000 hectares annually.

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Forestry in the new development era

Eco-Business
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CIFOR is pleased to release its new strategy, to guide us through to 2025. The document is the result of 18 months of consultation and deliberation, as CIFOR staff worked with partners and networks to redesign our pathway to impact. In the process, we have also given much consideration to what we mean by “forestry”. Throughout its 22-year history, CIFOR has consistently adopted a broad approach to forestry research, with our work organized according to such domains as livelihoods, governance, forest management and climate change. In crafting our new strategy, we have built on this tradition and reinforced it by aligning our structure with the global development and climate frameworks that were established in 2015.

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New flora reserves formed to save remaining south-east New South Wales koalas

ABC News Australia
March 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmentalists are celebrating the announcement of four flora reserves in south-east New South Wales forests that will protect the few remaining koalas in the region. Three entire state forests — Murrah, Mumbulla and Tanja — together with the southern half of Bermagui State Forest have been reclassified as the Murrah Flora Reserves. Announcing the reserves, NSW Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman said the best information he had was that there were only 30 to 60 koalas left on the entire far south coast. The four reserves will be managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on behalf of Forestry Corporation.

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Forestry Tasmania fails to gain crucial certification to aid overseas marketing

ABC News Australia
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Auditors have found Forestry Tasmania (FT) has failed on 10 key criteria in its attempt to gain crucial Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. FSC auditors visited Tasmania in December 2014 to assess the state-owned company, and handed down their draft report in April last year. The final report found FT complied with 193 indicators, but needed further action on 10 more before its products could be marketed overseas as coming from responsibly managed forests. The criteria FT has failed to meet largely centre on swift parrot protection, identifying high conservation values and clear felling of old growth forests.

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Illegal activity in Queensland’s forests reaching crisis point as rubbish is dumped, drugs grown

ABC News Australia
February 29, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Queensland timber industry says illegal activity in plantations is reaching crisis point, with people dumping medical waste, asbestos and deliberately lighting more than 200 fires a year. HQ Plantations coastal region forest manager Michael Robinson said illegal activity in the state’s coastal forestry areas had drastically increased over the past few years. “It’s a huge issue. We have everything from arson, which can be very damaging to our plantations, to rubbish dumping to the illegal growing of drugs,” he said. “We also have those who are enjoying the plantations but maybe doing it illegally, like riding motorcycles and driving cars unlicensed or unregistered.” HQ Plantations is the largest plantation company in the state, with southern pine, araucaria and hardwood plantations in north, central and South-East Queensland.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada in 2050: land of climate-change extremes at current emissions levels

Vancouver Sun
February 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

EDMONTON – Canada is a land of extremes, from car-freezing cold to crop-searing heat and drenching rains to drought. But you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. By 2050 — within the life expectancy of most Canadians — scientists say that if current emissions levels remain unchanged, climate change will be well established. It will be warmer: a cross-country summertime average of about two degrees. It will be wetter, mostly, by about five per cent. Those modest figures may sound good to a country that describes summer as four months of poor sledding. And global warming will bring perks, such as the chance to grow different or more abundant crops. But gentle averages, however, are not what Canadians will experience. Climate change will feed into Canada’s already considerable natural variability — and not to smooth it out.

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Opinion: First ministers need to get Canada on road to strong climate action

By Tim Gray, Ed Whittingham and Sidney Ribaux
Vancouver Sun
February 28, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week in Vancouver, the prime minister and premiers will finalize a pan-Canadian climate change framework and establish a process to fill in the details. As we see it, this gathering is an early test of the seriousness of Canada’s leaders when it comes to climate promises made in Paris. It’s time to turn warm words and strong commitments in the Paris Agreement into real action in Canada. Over the last few years, Canada’s provincial governments have taken important steps on the climate file. Now, the onus is on the federal government to harness that momentum and to build new pathways that will help Canada achieve its domestic and international climate goals.

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Vancouver trees might not survive climate change

24 Hours Vancouver
February 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

With a changing, hotter climate, three-quarters of the Lower Mainland’s current native and introduced trees might not be able to survive in the future, according an assessment commissioned by Metro Vancouver. The Urban Forest Climate Adaptation Framework, released recently by Metro Vancouver, identified 42 species commonly planted or naturally occurring in the region — classified into three categories of risk. Among the trees are hardier versions such as the scarlet oak or shore pine, to somewhat at-risk species like the Japanese cherry or field maple, and to the most restricted trees requiring the most water, such as the kousa dogwood or western red cedar.

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Foresters target biomass burner with growing petition

The Chronicle Herald
February 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A petition against biomass electricity generation is gathering steam, just in time for the annual general meeting of the Forest Professionals of Nova Scotia, set for March 10 and 11 in Truro. Helga Guderley of Boutiliers Point launched the effort asking the Nova Scotia government to stop cutting down Nova Scotia trees for so-called “green” biomass power generation. She said 50-60 truckloads of wood are hauled daily to the Point Tupper biomass boiler to produce electricity at an efficiency of 21.5 per cent. “Yet, at a recent meeting to plan the Canadian Carbon Cutting strategy, Environment Minister (Margaret) Miller announced that Nova Scotia is “greener than the rest”, leading Canadian provinces in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Guderley’s petition reads.

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Wood Fiber – What’s New?

Pallet Enterprise
February 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Low oil prices soften the wood fiber market. Back in 2009, an article in the Engineered Wood Journal predicted that the competition for certain types of wood fiber would reshape the wood fiber markets due to the increasing demand of wood fiber to produce electricity. At that time, around 10 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were being generated in industrial settings across the United States. Then and since that time, there have been many announcements about biomass plants being planned or built, including several massive plants in Europe. The trend is largely driven by global initiatives to reduce carbon emissions by replacing fossil fuels like coal with a sustainable and more environmentally friendly fuel source like wood pellets that can be burned to produce power.

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Digital forest simulator predicts effects of climate on real forests

The Daily Evergreen
March 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Two WSU mathematicians are growing realistic forests down to the branches, leaves and roots of individual trees – cyber forests, that is. Nikolay Strigul, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at WSU Vancouver, and his collaborator Jean Lienard, a mathematics postdoctoral researcher, created the simulation. The pair call the computer model LES from the Russian word for forest, as Strigul grew up in Russia and came to the United States in 2001. Lienard’s personal background is in computational neuroscience. “Forested ecosystems are another type of biological systems with complex dynamics,” Lienard said. 

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Study: Loveable pika likely will survive warming in Craters of the Moon

Idaho Statesman
February 29, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A recent study by the National Park Service offers good news for one of the species that has become a measure of the threat to biodiversity posed by global warming. The study shows that the American pika, that loveable little rock-dwelling lagomorph with a high-pitched alarm whistle, is likely to survive, even thrive, in several national parks and monuments, including Craters of the Moon. A relative of rabbits and hares, the pika usually lives in alpine environments with rock fields, like Idaho’s Sawtooths and Yellowstone National Park. But pikas have been thriving in Craters of the Moon, the high-desert Snake River Plain near Arco dominated by 2,000- to 15,000-year-old lava flows, caves and fissures. Pika numbers are projected to drop, but not wink out.

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General

Salvage timber sale appealed

Omak Okanogan County Chronicle
March 26, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

CONCONULLY — Conservation Northwest has filed an appeal of a salvage timber sale planned northwest of Okanogan in an area that burned last summer in the Okanogan Complex fire. The state Department of Natural Resources had planned to sell 7,210 thousand board-feet, or MBF, of timber from 1,245 acres in the Loup Loup Creek watershed in the Ritchie Ridge-Neville Ridge-Rock Creek area in the mountains north of Highway 20 and south of Conconully. We’ve filed an appeal of this large timber sale, citing concerns that the sale offers minimal financial gains in return for substantial risks to the environment and public infrastructure,” said Conservation Northwest spokesman Chase Gunnell.

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