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Daily Archives: March 9, 2016

Business & Politics

Public debate needed on TPP, Unifor tells trade committee

Canada NewsWire
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – There are serious concerns with the Trans Pacific Partnership that can only be addressed with a full and open debate among Canadians about the deal, Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade this morning. “Meaningful public consultation informed by credible, independent research is a must,” Dias told the committee. “But if meaningful changes cannot be made to the TPP at this point, then it’s not a deal that our union can support.” …Dias spoke to the committee on a day dedicated to the auto industry, but took the opportunity to point out other concerns with the TPP, including foreign ownership rules in telecommunications, raw log exports, drug costs, the ability to regulate online TV, supply management, and more.

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Opinion: Trudeau must look outside US to clear softwood logjam

By Naomi Christensen, policy analyst with the Canada West Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank focused on the concerns of western Canadians.
Vancouver Sun
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mr. Trudeau goes to Washington this week — but he’s not coming back with a new softwood lumber deal. …President Obama has no incentive to sign the same SLA. Even if he wanted to help his new friend, it will be tough to do in an election year — especially while U.S. producers are complaining about the “unfair” impact of a low Canadian dollar and lobbying for a more restrictive agreement. …We need to remain vigilant about diversifying our markets — and this also holds true beyond the forestry sector. Although our softwood lumber exports to the U.S. have increased in recent years, the good news is that Canadian forest companies still have a far more diversified customer base than when the last agreement was negotiated. In its recent budget, the B.C. government showed it gets the importance of diversification, committing funds to help build the brand of B.C. wood in India. We need to swing the axe harder still.

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Mayor, senior city staff visit Ottawa

Prince George Citizen
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George’s mayor missed Monday’s city council meeting for the call of the capital. Lyn Hall met with many Members of Parliament in Ottawa, said the city in a press release. The city said Hall was “pursuing priorities” for Prince George in talks with federal officials, which included the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs as well as representatives from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the Forest Products Association of Canada.

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Upgraded mill in Carrot River opened

Nipawin Journal
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CARROT RIVER – Edgewood Forest Products unveiled the new production line in its Carrot River sawmill on Thursday, March 4. The new line is expected to increase productivity, save money and add more jobs in and around the community. “Once we get the mill up to full operational capacity, in the mill it should add about 25 jobs,” said Kris Hayman, president and CEO of C&C Wood Products Limited, the parent company of Edgewood Forest Products. “Of course to provide enough wood for the mill, the logging industry has to grow and we anticipate another 25 jobs…in that realm as well.” Those secondary jobs are in the logging/hauling part of the business, driving trucks and operating loaders or feller/bunchers.

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Weyerhaeuser donates $25,000 to CT scanner

Drayton Valley Western Review
March 7, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Weyerhaeuser has donated $25,000 to the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation’s CT scanner campaign. “There is clearly a strong need in the community for this essential medial equipment,” said Sean Cheeseman, Unit General Manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Drayton Valley Lumber. “We employ almost 200 people at our Lumber and Timberlands business in Drayton Valley and some of them, or their family members, will benefit from this medical equipment. I am pleased that through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund we are able to support this fundraising campaign.”

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$10M campaigns work to keep Fort Mill-based Domtar rolling in paper

Charlotte Business Journal
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Domtar Corp. CEO John Williams has a vested interest making sure the Fort Mill-based Fortune 500 paper company continues to sell millions of dollars in paper and pulp each year. Sure, paper production is a declining industry. But the Brit, who has been based on the Domtar (NYSE:UFS) campus in Kingsley Park since 2010, says there’ll always be a market for paper. “The consumer has quite a strong emotional relationship with paper,” Williams says. “I don’t see it disappearing.”  Domtar has kicked off a series of multimedia advertising campaigns designed to remind consumers that the printed (and written) word on paper is still vital in this digital age.

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Why Lumber Liquidators (LL) Stock Is Plunging Today

The Street
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK  – Lumber Liquidators stock is plummeting by 11.20% to $12.29 on heavy volume in afternoon trading on Tuesday, after short-seller Whitney Tilson said he has shorted the stock again. The hardwood flooring retailer has a 50-50 chance of going bankrupt, Tilson said at the Harbor Investment Conference, MarketWatch reports. Tilson anticipates “very bad outcomes” for Lumber Liquidators after the CDC noted last month that cancer risk from the wood flooring was higher than expected.

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Quit the act, Adenan: take action against the ‘real thieves’ of Sarawak’s timber if you’re sincere

Malaysia Chronicle
March 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING – Since he took over as chief minister on Feb 28, 2014, Adenan Satem has declared war on illegal logging, describing it as public enemy No. 1. The state has lost millions of ringgit to illegal logging. In 2014, Adenan ordered raids against illegal logging where 82,327 cubic metres of timber worth RM41 million were seized. This was a huge jump from the previous year when only 11, 216 cubic metres of timber worth RM5.6 million were seized. Following the chief minister’s complaint, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) launched a crackdown against illegal loggers.

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Softwood pulp prices stabilising, hardwood pulp grades still under pressure

Major producer of NBSK pulp sounds the bell for next round of price talks
EUWID
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest round of price talks on the northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp market launched by two manufacturers ended in failure after no more suppliers joined their attempt to charge more from 1 February. Nevertheless, the industry is not entirely unlucky, especially as an attempt to raise prices had helped to stabilise them compared with the previous month. “It was not only a tactic to stop NBSK pulp prices from falling any further,” one manufacturer said, justifying its efforts to invoice more. The softwood pulp market was balanced, with many stoppages for maintenance on the horizon, he explained. This source felt that at least a small price increase would have been feasible if all producers had come on board.

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Saudi softwood lumber imports up 24pc

Trade Arabia
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Saudi Arabia has recorded a 24 per cent increase in imports of softwood lumber during the period between January and July 2015 compared to the year before, said a report ahead of an industry event. The 11th edition of Dubai WoodShow 2016, the largest trade fair for wood products in the Middle East will take place from April 4 to 6 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Organised by Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, the event is expected to attract a wide range of trade visitors.

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Forestry equipment supplier, Komatsu Forest reports best sales in history

ABC News Australia
March 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Australia’s largest forestry equipment supplier, Komatsu Forest is reporting its best sales record in its 25-year history. Globally, Komatsu Limited turns over US $26 billion each year and its forestry arm, Komatsu Forest is the single biggest player in forestry machinery in the south-east of South Australia. The company said whilst the down turn in mining and economic slow down in China was causing problems for its global operations, its forestry arm was booming. The companies National Sales Manager, Brenton Yon said the company would beat last year’s record breaking sales by a significant margin. …”All the indications are that the industry will continue to boom for another three years,” he said. “We had a long down cycle with the GFC.” Mr Yon indicated that industry was looking at manufacturing pellets for heating through constructing two pellet plants in Australia, worth about $100 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood – a natural choice for today when considering our tomorrow

by Peter Moonen National Sustainability Manager, Canadian Wood Council
Green Building and Sustainable Strategies
March 7, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…Canada has distinguished itself as a world leader in high performance design, with more certified green building space per capita than any other country in the world (CaGBC, 2015). As well, Canada’s strong environmental ethic is not driven solely by energy costs, as is the case in other countries. …Wood, a natural material, plays a significant role in a number of these burgeoning areas of concern. It is renewable, organic, non-toxic, sequesters carbon, uses little energy to process and, with the advent of innovative engineered wood products, can replace other materials that have a greater environmental impact.  In addition, new design practices and construction techniques are raising the performance expectations and capabilities of buildings.

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BC Wood Design Awards winners announced

Canadian Architect
March 7, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A Special Recognition Award was presented to University of British Columbia by Wood WORKS! BC by Hon. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the university’s leadership in wood design and building. UBC is the site of many iconic buildings featuring technologically advanced wood products and systems made in BC, which also supports its sustainability goals. …The Wood Champion Award was presented to Vancouver-based and nationally recognized specialist in fire engineering, Andrew Harmsworth of GHL Consultants Ltd. Mr. Harmsworth is a long-time advocate of using wood as a safe and fire-resistant construction material. He was chosen for his contributions to the establishment of wood-friendly building code changes and for his leadership on tall wood construction in BC and Canada.

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Mild winter gives termites something to chew on in Waterloo Region

CBC News
March 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A milder winter has meant that termites have been feasting on wet wood in some Waterloo Region homes all winter long, one expert says. The warmer temperatures and moisture in the environment are ideal winter conditions for termites, Eric James, a termite specialist with Orkin Canada, told CBC News in an interview. Normally, cold winter weather drives them underground and they are dormant until spring. While the Laurentian Hills neighbourhood in Kitchener has been battling the pests for a few years now, there are also other spots in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph where termites are being found. “You get older areas up there (in Guelph) or even around Kitchener … termites get introduced in the first place and then they’ll just start to spread,” James said.

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Forestry

Money does grow on trees for 13 Canadian communities with innovative urban forestry ideas

Canada Newswire press release
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Tree Canada is pleased to announce that 13 communities across Canada have been awarded almost $300,000 in grants for their innovative urban forestry projects as part of the 2016 TD Green Streets program. …”TD FEF congratulates all of our grant recipients for driving innovation to build a greener future for their communities,” said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “We’re proud to support the protection and preservation of our urban forests by promoting community involvement and enhancing resources for advancement in environmental practices.”

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Harvesting Impacts on Natural Range Barriers near Sharpe Lake

BC Forest Practices Board
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A rancher in the south Cariboo was concerned that West Fraser Mills Ltd. did not mitigate impacts to a natural range barrier when it harvested mountain pine beetle-killed stands on the ranchers’ Crown range tenure. The Forest and Range Practices Act requires forest licensees to propose and carry-out measures to mitigate loss or impacts to natural range barriers on Crown range tenures. …The investigation examined whether West Fraser complied with the measures in its forest stewardship plan and whether any licensees or government considered the cumulative effect of salvage harvesting of mountain pine beetle-killed stands by multiple licensees on natural range barriers across this range tenure.

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EDITORIAL: Ministry of Forests bungles FOI request

Vernon Morning Star
March 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One has to continue questioning what is happening within the Ministry of Forests. After all, the ministry’s B.C. Timber Sales has been less than forthcoming when it comes to communicating with Cherryville residents about Cherry Ridge logging, and now, the ministry has denied a freedom of information request to access a report into a slide on Sugar Lake Road. …Residents have a right to know what may have triggered the slide and if the slope is safe, particularly given B.C. Timber Sales’ plans for further logging there. This isn’t about finger-pointing but about public safety and providing residents with confidence that their interests are a priority. The ministry denied access to the slide report based on legislation, including legal advice, disclosure harmful to law enforcement, disclosure harmful to financial or economic interests of a public body and disclosure harmful to person privacy.

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Tall Trees is taking classrooms outdoors

Parksville Qualicum Beach News
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Children are natural learners and nature is a natural place to learn, so teacher Lisa Walls is combining her love of nature and education to offer the area’s first nature immersion school. “Children, especially young children, are really good at guiding their own learning and following their own curiosity, and they learn better when they’re engaged in something that they’re genuinely interested in,” she said of her new Tall Trees Nature Programs, which will take place completely outdoors. Each of the camps (starting for spring break and regular pre-school classes starting after Easter) will take place in one outdoor location per school year so kids will get to know the area very well and watch it change through the seasons.

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Quebec First Nation hopes to learn tactics of Great Bear Rainforest deal

Canadian Press in Comox Valley Record
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

VANCOUVER — Members of a remote Cree First Nation in Quebec have travelled to British Columbia to discuss the successful negotiations to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi wants to protect forests around its lands, about 600 kilometres northwest of Quebec City. The six-person Quebec delegation, including Chief Marcel Happyjack, hopes to learn from all sides involved in the decades-long negotiation to protect 85 per cent of the unique temperate rainforest on B.C.’s central coast. Happyjack says the group wants to understand the process that led to protection of the region and is also intrigued by arrangements to manage climate change.

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The Building Blocks of Forest Restoration Partnerships

USDA Blog
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Is it possible to simultaneously promote natural resources conservation and the growth of businesses that impact the environment? Yes. One way to do so is through “compensatory mitigation.” Compensatory mitigation is the preservation, restoration and/or establishment of a resource to offset unavoidable adverse impacts to the resource elsewhere. For example, a compensatory mitigation agreement created in 2013 helped advance conservation in Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests in South Carolina and business growth in the surrounding area. Here’s how: Under the agreement, three local businesses supported restoration projects that improved aquatic resources located inside the Forests in order to mitigate projects that had unavoidable impacts on wetlands located outside the Forests, typically within the same ecosystem.

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Radical change projected for northern forests is rooted in past, current management

Innovations Report
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forests in the Nation’s most densely forested and most densely populated region will change radically in the next 50 years, primarily because of the way they are managed — or not managed — today, according to a new report by a team of USDA Forest Service scientists and partners. “This research is vital to everyone concerned about sustaining diverse, healthy, productive forests and the associated ecosystem services, commodities, and jobs our forests provide,” said Tony Ferguson, Acting Director of the Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory. “It provides a scientific foundation for exploring and discussing the future of forests, and it underscores the role of management in making forests healthier and more resilient.”

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Letter: Clearcutting forests threatens wildlife

By Sara Johnson, Three Forks
Helena Independent Record
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Helena National Forest shows why lynx are a threatened species, and why elk move to private lands in the hunting season. They continue planning a massive clearcutting program in two adjacent areas — Tenmile and Telegraph, supposedly to save us from fire. Clearcuts hundreds of acres in size are planned. Added up, denuded forests (and wildlife habitat) could total up to 14 square miles, including in roadless areas. Massive amounts of new roads (maybe 50 miles) will also be required. Once again, the agency will “cancel” their rules for elk habitat. They hope to replace them with more logging-friendly ones, i.e., hiding cover would not be required, and open roads are not limited during logging. 

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Forest Service will likely consider some private management due to shrinking budget

Aspen Public Radio
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If you spend enough time in the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ll hear this sentence: the White River National Forest is the busiest, most visited National Forest in the country. But as the agency’s budget keeps dropping, officials say there will be significant changes down the road. …That popularity is in stark contrast with a budget that keeps going down. “Financially it looks bad,” said Scott Fitzwilliams, supervisor for the White River. He’s been managing a shrinking budget for several years and that will continue in 2016. “We took more reductions, pretty significant reductions,” he said about the most current budget.

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Meeting to examine timber lawsuit

The North Coast State Forest Coalition is visiting Fort George to galvanize opposition to a proposed lawsuit seeking to increase timber harvests.
The Daily Astorian
March 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The North Coast State Forest Coalition, an environmental group focused on local state forests, will hold a meeting at Fort George Brewery Friday to discuss opposition to a lawsuit threatened by Linn County against the state. Seeking an increase in logging, Linn County has threatened a $1.4 billion class-action lawsuit over what it claims is mismanagement of state forests by not pursuing maximum sustainable timber harvests, costing counties millions of dollars in revenue. The proposed litigation includes Clatsop, Linn and 13 other counties with state forests and targets Gov. Kate Brown and Doug Decker, the state’s forester.

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Agencies Preparing For Wildfires By Hiring And Training Firefighters

KJZZ
March 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The majority of wildfires in Arizona are caused by humans. And when you have above-average temperatures plus dry conditions, a spark from a car or an unattended campfire can quickly turn into a devastating blaze. Several agencies including the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service are gearing up for fire season, which has already started in some parts of the state. The Guadalupe Pass fire burning in the Coronado National Forest on the Arizona-New Mexico border has already consumed around 5,000 acres. That’s because the fuels in the area– the shrubs and grasses that grew quickly after last year’s heavy rains– are in abundance and drying out.

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Planners say best way to preserve open space is by thinning forests

Commission to vote Thursday on new goal, policies, measures
Calaveras Enterprise
March 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Calaveras County Planning Commission has decided the best way to conserve open space in the county is to thin the forests rather than attempt to reach state mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate for the loss of native vegetation. At the March 3 meeting on the conservation element of the general plan, Commissioner Kelly Wooster suggested a new goal, along with three policies and four implementation measures, to better address forest and watershed management on a local level. Wooster said that the general plan’s background report should include an “accurate recitation of what the conditions of our lands actually are instead of just pretending that they’re fine.”

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U.S. Forest Service chief says no to delaying Tongass timber transition

KTOO
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is working on a plan to shift the timber industry in the Tongass away from old-growth trees. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday that the plan can sustain Southeast Alaska’s timber industry. “Without any question, I believe this approach that over time to transition to the young growth is the solution for us to be able to continue to provide (for) the integrated wood products industry in Southeast Alaska,” he said. He faced skeptical questions from Sen. Lisa Murkowsk, who chairs the committee. Murkowski pointed out that the Forest Service hasn’t done an inventory of the newer stands, to prove commercial viability.

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Elliott State Forest must remain open to the public (OPINION)

By Joseph Metzler, of Coos Bay, retired U.S. Coast Guard 
The Oregonian
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation is over, but the threats to important lands and waters in Oregon continue. Right now, the state of Oregon is in the process of privatizing the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest, our first state forest, which provides valuable fish and wildlife habitat and irreplaceable opportunities for hunters, anglers, hikers and other outdoor recreationists. Established in 1930, the Elliott provided a sustainable source of timber revenue to Oregon schools. Over time, the state was increasingly challenged by new public demands to manage the forest for values besides timber revenue. A portion of the forest was sold in 2014, and at least one of those parcels already is closed to the public. Now, the remainder of the Elliott State Forest is on the auction block.

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Air law, expense clouds Washington’s path to controlled burns

The Washington Legislature is poised to take a small step toward more controlled burning to curb wildfires, but bigger strides may depend on reworking state’s Clean Air Act.
Capital Press
March 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers appear willing to light more controlled burns, though budget and environmental considerations stand in the way of significantly increasing the number of acres seared of flame-feeding undergrowth. “We’ve got a long ways to go,” said Okanogan County Rep. Joel Kretz, whose Eastern Washington district has been ravaged by wildfires for two straight summers. “I think one of the biggest things here is educating the public that ‘no fire’ is not an option. No smoke is not an option. It’s better to have a little in the spring and fall, instead of continual summer-long smoke,” he said. Washington’s million-acre wildfire season last summer nearly tripled the acres burned in 2014, which had been a record. Wildfires were the second-largest source of air pollution in the state in 2015, after transportation.

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9,000 Dying Trees To Be Removed In Tuolumne County

Capital Public Radio
March 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tuolumne County will start on the job of removing 9,000 dead and dying trees that threaten roads, water supplies, and infrastructure this month. The state will pick up most of the cost but there’s no help for private homeowners. Tree removal contractors in Tuolumne County are getting ready to cut and haul away timber that didn’t survive the drought. Under an executive order from Governor Jerry Brown, the state will pay 75 percent of the $9 million cost of removal from public land. Forty-four percent of the county’s roads qualify for federal funds which will reduce the county’s share from the remaining 25 percent to just over 6 percent.

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Letter to the Editor: USFWS’ role on the Westside Recovery project

By Ren Lohoefener, Regional director,, Pacific Southwest Region,, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Siskiyou Daily News
March 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In a guest commentary published online Feb. 25, (Federal stalling is hurting our forests and fire recovery efforts), Siskiyou County Supervisor Ray Haupt criticized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a lack of responsiveness to the Klamath National Forest’s Westside Fire Recovery Project. While Mr. Haupt is correct in asserting that federal officials should show they’re responsive to the public’s needs, he is mistaken in his claims regarding the USFWS’s comprehensive engagement on this project. The USFWS worked with the Klamath National Forest throughout the process of analyzing the effects of the Westside Fire Recovery Project on northern spotted owls and their critical habitat

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Forest Service Commits to Effort on AZ Wildfire Mitigation

Prescott eNews
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, DC – During today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake secured a commitment from U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to work with local entities in Arizona on advancing the implementation of the current Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) efforts to expedite wildfire mitigation plans. A concern that Flake brought up during the hearing was how the $10 million increase for 4FRI in the southwest region, including Arizona, will be spent and if the proposals brought forward by the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization (ECO) would be considered. Tidwell expressed that part of the funds will be used on the local suggestions to improve 4FRI efforts in the White Mountains along with other long-term stewardship contracts. 

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The Bills That Could Shape Forestry’s Future

Vermont Public Radio
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Vermont’s forest economy provides over 20,000 jobs in the state and generates over $3 billion in annual revenues. There are currently six forestry-related bills being considered by the State Legislature. They take on issues like timber theft and trespass, forest fragmentation, protection against nuisance lawsuits and tracking of logged timber. We speak with Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and Robbo Holleran of the Vermont Forest Products Association to discuss the bills.

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Morehouse fights forest fire at state line

Monroe News Star
March 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Multiple agencies were involved in fighting a forest fire near the border of Morehouse Parish and Ashley County, Arkansas on Tuesday. Brian Shoemaker, chief criminal deputy with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the fire was located south of Farrar Road in the parish. According to Bastrop Fire Department Chief Eric Montgomery, authorities aren’t certain what started the blaze, but a controlled burn in the area may have spread with Tuesday morning’s high winds. Montgomery estimated the fire could affect as many as 700 acres.

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Tree clearing: Indigenous leader Noel Pearson hits out at changes to Queensland’s Native Vegetation Act

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Prominent Cape York Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has hit out against the tightening of Queensland’s tree clearing laws, arguing the changes could hurt Indigenous people trying to break out of poverty. The Palaszczuk Government wants to make it harder for landholders, such as farmers, to clear native vegetation to make way for new agriculture projects. Mr Pearson said landholders, whether Indigenous or non-Indigenous, were better placed than politicians in Brisbane to say what was best for their land. He urged crossbenchers to reject any State Government moves to tighten clearing laws. “My prejudice is on the side of landowners,” Mr Pearson told the ABC.

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PNG receiving little finance for forest conservation

Papua New Guinea has been receiving far less finance for forest conservation than most other countries with large tropical forests.
Radio New Zealand News
March 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The group tracked the flow of conservation finance under the UN conservation programme known as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) between 2009 and 2014. It identified US$45.3 million in total finance directed to REDD+ programmes in PNG, over half of which came from individual donor countries, with Japan the largest donor by far. A senior associate in the REDD+ forest conservation finance tracking initiative, Brian Schaap, said not a lot of resources are being deployed to conserve PNG’s huge forests. “So this is definitely a concern. And the country is working on finding new donors to support continued efforts to support their forest conservation ambitions. There’s a lot of work to be done in building their capacity. But we found that the money’s mostly going towards helping the government become better at managing its forests.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Canada’s biofuels industry facing increasing headwinds despite climate change push

Canadian Press in Ladysmith Chronicle
March 8, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY — Canada’s biofuels industry is facing significant headwinds even as interest grows in ways to reduce carbon emissions.  A combination of low oil prices, the end of a biofuels incentive program, continued competition from U.S. imports, lack of infrastructure, and stricter fuel efficiency regulations are all expected to be barriers to growth in the industry. Production could even go down, with the International Energy Agency predicting in its latest five-year outlook that Canada’s ethanol production will plunge 38 per cent, from about 1.68 billion litres a year in 2015 to around 1.04 billion litres by 2020 because of those headwinds. Andrea Kent, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, said in an email that she disagrees with that outlook.

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