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Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

Business & Politics

Letters: Increased budget distressing

Letter from Peter Philpotts
Williams Lake Tribune
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is disappointing to see that, once again, our local governments have made financial decisions based on inaccurate information. Another that immediately comes to mind is our tourist centre that was also significantly short of funds to complete after the project was started. …What is more distressing is the quote in the article attributed to the CRD and the city that: “… the increase will not cost the taxpayers any more …” Where on earth do they think all this money comes from? The only non-government funding is the $500,000 generously donated by West Fraser.

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Viridis Energy Ceases Operations at its Okanagan Pellet Company Plant

Stockwatch
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – Viridis Energy Inc. (“Viridis” or the “Company “) ( VRD.V ) (TSXV:VRD) today announced that due to recent structural concerns at its Okanagan Pellet Company (“OPC”) plant and a combination of factors, including the increased capital investment necessary to restart wood pellet production at that location, it has decided to cease operations at its West Kelowna, British Columbia plant. Despite substantial upgrades over the past ten months, additional requirements from local authorities regarding dust management together with the recently discovered structural challenges of the building, operating the plant safely would require significant additional capital outlays.

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Bank of Canada: Opportunities for BC in China slowdown

Vancouver Sun
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada, and B.C. in particular, may be impacted by China’s economic slowdown in the coming years, but the actual fallout will be much less than the psychological effect on investors, a senior Bank of Canada official told a Vancouver gathering on Tuesday. …But Wilkins noted that B.C., because of its growing economic ties with China, could see more of a hit. Trade figures show the Chinese market makes up about one-third of B.C.’s forestry products business, up dramatically from just four per cent in 2001. Any Chinese slowdown would impact demand for such commodities, although Wilkins noted that China’s GDP could still grow at a sustainable rate of six per cent annually over the next 15 years, meaning trade volumes will continue to be high.

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Profits before community interest: The Western Forest Products Story

Truck Loggers Association
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association will hold its regular Board of Directors meeting in Port Alberni on Thursday (April 7) in support of its 22 members operating in the Alberni Valley and the community those companies support. This show of support recognizes TLA members and the Alberni Valley community who have been negatively impacted by the rate dispute between Island Pacific Logging and Western Forest Products (WFP). Last month, WFP sent home mill workers due to a log shortage which was caused by the company’s disregard for coastal logging contractors and the ongoing rate dispute. …“Despite quarterly earnings double what they were a year ago, WFP continues to squeeze independent, local companies,” says TLA Executive Director, David Elstone

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Potentially explosive wood dust being ignored in some B.C. lumber mills: WorkSafeBC

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The latest statistics from WorkSafeBC show some lumber mills appear to be ignoring risks caused by dangerous buildups of potentially explosive wood dust. The agency has posted administrative penalties levied for various infractions, including several involving sawmills where unsafe levels of sawdust have been found. A $75,000 fine was imposed at the Conifex pellet mill in Fort St. James in October after a WorkSafe investigation found up to 30 workers were put at a severe risk of injury or death because of dust buildups in three areas. NW Wood Preservers in Vanderhoof was fined more than $48,000 late last year when checks found the mill’s dust inspection program was informal and unwritten, and dust lay nearly eight centimetres deep in parts of its chipper room.

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Lumber Prices Are Gearing Up for a Pullback (CUT, WY)

MSN.com
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Commodity traders have turned their attention to the lumber market because several key indicators have triggered sell signals on the charts. As many of you know, seasonal shifts in supply and demand have led to significant increases in lumber prices over the past several months. Despite the moves higher and current market sentiment, the charts shown in the article below suggest that the conditions could be gearing up for a pullback. …Taking a look at the spot price of lumber over the past twelve months, you can see that the price has experienced a significant move higher, but the bulls seem to have lost their conviction over the past couple of sessions.

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Boston Cedar and US LUMBER Merge Forces

LBM Journal
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A merger announced today sets up the largest private two step distributor on the East Coast. U.S. LUMBER Group, a multi?regional two step building materials distributor operating across the southeast and mid?Atlantic states and Mansfield, Mass.-US Lumberbased Boston Cedar, the premier specialty building materials distributor in New England have agreed to merge their interests. Rob Ankner, founder and principal of Boston Cedar has agreed to become a partner at U.S. LUMBER and will take a seat on the Board of Directors.

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Hardwood Manufacturers Association Elects Richard Wilkerson President

Hardwood Floors Magazine
April 5, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Hardwood Manufacturers Association board of directors elected Richard Wilkerson of Anderson-Tully Company as its president. Other HMS officers for 2016 are Vice President Bob Miller of Frank Miller Lumber and Executive Vice President Linda Jovanovich of HMA. The directors also nominated members to the association’s executive committee, including Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Company Inc.; T. J. Rosengarth, Northwest Hardwoods Inc.; Trisha Thompson, T & S Hardwoods Inc.; Nordeck Thompson, Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Inc.; and former president Skipper Beal, Beal Lumber Co. Inc.

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Trimble Partners with Tieto Corporation to Bring Intelligent Wood and Fibre Solutions to Nordic Forestry Regions

PR Newswire
April 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SUNNYVALE, Calif., — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that Tieto Corporation, the largest IT services company in the Nordics, will distribute Trimble’s LogForce™ forestry transportation planning software and WoodForce™ planning control system software for harvesting operations in the Nordic forestry regions. Tieto is investing in forest and paper industry-specific solutions and is now offering its technology, solutions, partner-developed industry applications and cloud services to the wood and fiber supply ecosystem. In November 2015, Tieto acquired Imano AB, the leading consulting company in wood and fibre sourcing in Sweden.

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Labour to ask for investigation into overseas forestry purchase

Radio New Zealand News
April 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Labour Party will ask the Auditor-General to investigate a Malaysian company’s historical purchase of a Gisborne forestry block. Hikurangi Forest Farms purchased more than 33,000 hectares of land in 1996, and also bought two adjoining blocks in 2006 and 2007. The Overseas Investment Office approved the purchases on promises the company would build a state-of-the-art timber processing facility. Labour’s forestry spokesperson, Stuart Nash, says not a sod of earth has been turned to build a processing plant. He says the company should be held to account.

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Lignin Market Size forecast to reach USD 6.19 Billion by 2022

by Global Market Insights, Inc.
Yahoo Finance
April 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Delaware, — Lignin Market Size is expected to reach USD 6.19 Billion by 2022, as per a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Growth in infrastructure spending and increasing demand for automobiles and equipment manufacturing is expected to fuel lignin market over the forecast period. Rise in demand from applications such as animal feed, dust control, concrete admixtures, and binders & adhesives are anticipated to be among key factors to drive growth.  Low-purity lignin market size was valued at USD 3.6 Billion in 2014 and
it is projected to exceed USD 5.2 Billion by 2022. Increasing demand for
low cost burning fuel and regulations pertaining to promote green
environment is likely to foster demand.

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Man hospitalised in sawmill accident

Brisbane Times
April 6, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A 53-year-old man is in hospital after a serious sawmill accident in south-west Queensland. The CareFlight helicopter rescue crew reported he suffered suspected pelvic injuries after being crushed between plates in a sawmill. But a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said it looked more like his leg had “made contact with the saw”, slicing him from hip to knee. The man was airlifted from a property on Tyrconnel Road, Mungallala, west of Roma, about 12.30pm Tuesday. He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a serious condition. END OF STORY

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

USGBC Announces New LEED Pilot ACP Designed to Help Eliminate Irresponsibly Sourced Materials—Like Illegal Wood—From the Building Material Supply Chain

U.S. Green Building Council
April 5, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC—Today, USGBC announced the quarterly addenda to the LEED green building rating system, which includes a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help rid our buildings of illegal wood by promoting the use of wood that is verified to be legal. The pilot ACP builds on the robust infrastructure that has been built around responsible wood sourcing and chain of custody to test an approach to prerequisite requirements, which could serve as a model for other building materials. …“This focus of the green building industry on the various wood certification standards has produced measurable progress,” added Fedrizzi.

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Statement from U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on U.S. Green Building Council’s New Rating Approach for Wood Products in Green Buildings

USDA Forest Service
April 5, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today issued the following statement on news that the U.S. Green Building Council will create new opportunities to advance environmentally responsible forest management and help reduce the use of illegally-sourced wood through their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. “The U.S. Green Building Council’s announcement today creates new pathways for responsibly managed wood products to receive recognition for their contributions to sustainability in the built environment, the restoration of the nation’s forests, and the creation of new employment opportunities in rural America.

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Green Building Initiative Cites Improvements in Rating Systems as Benefit of an Open and Competitive

The Green Building Initiative
April 6, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Portland, OR – Spokespersons for the Green Building Initiative (GBI) issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has debuted an opportunity for users of the LEED® rating system to earn credit for use of wood products certified under multiple recognized forest certification standards.  “Recognizing all major forest certification standards promotes responsible forestry,” stated GBI board member Dr. Charles Kibert, professor at University of Florida and director of its Powell Center for Construction and the Environment. “This decision is consistent with the results of multiple ANSI-approved consensus standards. Opening the door to multiple forest certification standards is a positive move by the USGBC.”

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US and European hardwood lumber producers eyes Middle East and North Africa expansion

Zawya
April 5, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

European and US woodwood companies are looking into the Middle East to maximise sales of their products across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Dubai WoodShow 2016 being held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The US and European companies are catering for the demand for hardwood in the Middle East that is being a major timber consuming market. The legal use of Timber was also a major highlight on the second day as well as participants stressed that increasing green initiatives taken in the Gulf has led to the higher use of wood.

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Forestry

Tla’amin Treaty Takes Effect (with audio)

My Powell River Now
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A historic day for the Tla’amin First Nation. At 12:01 a-m, the Final Agreement came into effect. The first sitting of the Tla’amin Legislative Assembly took place just after midnight and the assembly passed a comprehensive suite of laws to provide the basis for self-government authority. Chief Negotiator Roy Francis says it’s an emotional and exciting time. Elder Elsie Paul says it’s part of building a new relationship between Tla’amin and its neighbours.

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Tla’amin treaty takes effect today

Government of British Columbia
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Today at 12:01 a.m., the Tla’amin Final Agreement came into effect, ushering in a new era for the Tla’amin people as a self-governing First Nation, equipped with the tools and authority to take control of its future. Tla’amin’s legislature passed a comprehensive suite of laws this morning that provides an immediate basis for the exercise of self-government authority. Lands and funding provided for under the treaty were also transferred to Tla’amin Nation. As the fourth modern treaty to come into effect in British Columbia, the Tla’amin treaty creates the foundation for renewed relationships and a positive and stable climate that supports social development and economic growth for Tla’amin Nation and surrounding communities.

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Logging agreement spurs Snuneymuxw First Nation growth

By Tamara Cunningham
Nanaimo News Bulletin
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Snuneymuxw First Nation’s arms-length economic group kicks off its second cut of Mount Benson forest this month with a half-million dollars in its pocket. The Snuneymuxw Economic Development Group of Companies contracted out the sale of 40,000 cubic metres of its Mount Benson forest to Coastland Wood Industries, a Nanaimo-based veneer mill. It’s also chosen A & K Timber company to handle logging operations. It’s the first time two contracts were offered by the First Nation for forestry operations on its 877 hectares of Mount Benson land, acquired in a reconciliation agreement with the province in 2013. The multimillion-dollar deal with Coastland involves a $500,000 deposit, as well as the offer of a scholarship for forestry-related education.

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Northern Rockies to meet with Ministry of Forests in Victoria

Energetic City
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT NELSON, B.C. — A delegation of Northern Rockies Regional Municipality members will meet with the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Steve Thomson in Victoria next week. The delegation, led by Mayor Bill Streeper and Councillor Danny Soles, will be discussing efforts to re-establish a sustainable forest industry in the municipal district. This follows eight years after the closure of the Canfor OSB and plywood mills in Fort Nelson. The municipality initiated the Forestry Rejuvenation Project in 2013. It focused on enlisting the interest of the province and potential forest sector investors, and also hoping to forge a new forestry governance model for the region.

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Plan to boost woodland caribou population Montreal Gazette

Canadian Press in Montreal Gazette
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec announced on Tuesday a series of measures aimed at protecting woodland caribou, a species that has been designated as vulnerable in the province since 2005. Under the action plan, the government will maintain 90 per cent of intact forests, create protected areas in the Broadback Valley and in the Montagnes Blanches and preserve the habitat of the caribou through appropriate forest planning. The plan was unveiled by Forestry Minister Laurent Lessard, Environment Minister David Heurtel and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley.

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Protection of a greater area of Quebec’s last boreal forest is critical to the survival of the caribou

CNW in Montreal Gazette
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WASWANIPI, QC – While the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi welcomes the government’s measures to protect the woodland caribou, it must also be said that the stated objectives cannot be attained without greater protection of the territory that includes the Broadback River Valley forest. “The latest measures announced are nothing new to Waswanipi, and so are inadequate,” said Chief Marcel Happyjack of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi. “The Broadback River Valley forest remains fragile and its exploitation, even if limited, would not ensure the protection critical to the survival of the woodland caribou.” The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi has always been in favour of economic development based on winning conditions that would respect the traditional Cree way of life as well as environmental criteria and social acceptance of our people.

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Montreal announces $18M to fight emerald ash borer

City plans to plant more trees to replace infected ash
CBC News
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The City of Montreal is devoting $18 million to fight the spread of the emerald ash borer and to plant new trees. “We’re winning the war,” said Réal Ménard, the city’s executive committee member in charge of sustainable development. It’s not the first time that Montreal has taken measures to the fight the beetle that infests ash trees and eats them from the inside. The city has provided over $15 million over a three-year period to combat the infestation and plant new trees to replace the infested trees it had to cut down. Opposition Projet Montréal says the city is downplaying the size of the problem.

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Cutting junipers to save water, grasslands, minimize fire danger … and make money

The Daily Courier
April 6, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Massive scissor blades and a quick twist decimated hundreds of junipers on a section of ranch property 20 miles northwest of Prescott. The machinery’s harvesting arm was specially created for the Arizona grassland restoration project, and potential biomass industry, by Ponsse, a company out of Finland that builds heavy-duty forest machinery. A demonstration of the Ponsse equipment took place March 11 at the Cross U Ranch west of Williamson Valley Road. Other demo events in Yavapai County took place on the K4 Ranch and Double O Ranch.

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Spring Burning Begins in Washington Forest Lands

560KPQ News Radio
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Spring burning is beginning in Washington’s national forests. Prescribed burns are taking place as early as this week as conditions are optimal to conduct them while limiting fire intensity. Robin DeMario with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest notes the practice is being administered across the state. She said “It’s an activity that occurs on most if the ranger districts of the national forest in the spring months, and also during the fall months.” Most of the burns are conducted early in the morning to minimize smoke impacts. They’re being done to enhance conditions for wildlife and to help eliminate ground fuels which can trigger wildfires.

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My Turn: The economic reality of Alaska’s timber industry

by Larry West, chief naturalist and conservation specialist, The Boat Company
Juneau Empire
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As an eco-tour business, The Boat Company is troubled by an column written by Southeast Conference that appeared March 30, 2016, in SitNews. The column insists that government needs to increase efforts to supply public timber resources to the region’s largest timber operators, Viking Lumber and Alcan. Southeast Conference argues that government timber sale programs sustain community economies and contribute to the State of Alaska’s general fund. That argument ignores economic and market realities. The state and federal timber sale programs require massive, unjustifiable public subsidies. …The governments should instead manage public lands to support fisheries and tourism growth

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Local collaborative awarded $4 million in federal forest restoration funding

Collaborative almost doubles coverage area, triples timber target and increases annual funding by $1.5 million.
Blue Mountain Eagle
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Efforts by diverse stakeholders to reach consensus on contentious forest management issues has paid off — again. Instead of the $2.5 million in annual funding it has received for several years, the collaborative coalition working to implement restoration projects on the Malheur National Forest recently learned it will be awarded $4 million this year, the maximum allowed in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program. As long as Congress continues to fund the CFLR program, the collaborative could continue to receive the full $4 million each year for the remainder of its 10-year project, which began in 2012. The funding, intended to encourage ecological and economic sustainability and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, will provide up to half the funding for a variety of restoration projects.

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Proposal to save civilization would destroy it

by Bill Wynkoop, forester
The Register-Guard
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

First it was Roy Keene’s guest viewpoint of March 19, then Shawn Donnille’s of March 22, and finally Shannon Wilson’s of March 24 — all of these columns are part of an effort to build public support for proposals to severely limit active forest management in Oregon. However, they won’t stop there. Let’s look at Wilson’s proposals and what they would mean for you and me. He wants to restore the hydrologic function of all watersheds across the region to their pre-industrial state — and we all live in those watersheds! …Wilson proposes that all public lands be set aside for carbon and hydrological reserves, and that logging and grazing be banned from those lands — which, incidentally, make up more than 50 percent of the state. Then he proposes that clear-cutting on private lands be banned.

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Native American Students Mentored by Forest Service Scientists

US Department of Agriculture
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is working with The Wildlife Society to give Native American students a chance to work as research assistants for Forest Service scientists. Forest Service Research and Development funding provides stipends for living expenses for college juniors, seniors and graduate students during their mentorship, while the society provides administrative support and coordination. The Research Assistantship Program selects Native American students who are interested in becoming wildlife biologists. They gain beneficial hands-on experience while working with a wildlife professional on an approved project. Five students have been selected for research assistantships in this second year of the program, which will last for approximately 12-14 weeks, beginning in late spring and running through late summer.

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How Do Droughts Impact NH Forests? UNH is Finding Out

Scientists have launched a multi-year study in an effort to protect 84 percent of New Hampshire’s land.
Patch.com
April 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DURHAM, NH – Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a multi-year research project to investigate how droughts may impact Northern forests, which play a critical role in protecting and regulating water resources. According to the NH Division of Forests and Lands, New Hampshire is nearly 84 percent forested, and the forest’s direct impact on the economy of the state is $2.26 billion annually. This research will enhance understanding of how forests will respond to anticipated climate change-induced alterations in rainfall and the influence it may have on the ecosystem services, quality of life, and economic security. The research is particularly important to foresters, land managers, and landowners. Researchers are focusing on two tree species, the eastern white pine and northern red oak.

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Legislators reject LePage attempt to trim tree growth tax break

Bangor Daily News
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislation designed to dramatically overhaul Maine’s tree growth property tax credit program fell largely on deaf ears Monday as lawmakers on the Taxation Committee unanimously rejected the proposal offered by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The governor introduced the bill to address what he perceives to be flaws in a program designed to encourage timber harvesting but has become a tax break abused by affluent southern Maine property owners. To address that concern, LePage’s bill, LD 1632, proposes to exclude from the program any property within 10 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Another component of the bill would require landowners who seek to enter the program to have at least 25 acres of timberland. The current minimum is 10 acres. In all, about 3.8 million acres of forest are in the program.

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Forest protection plan urged amid fires in 4 protected areas

Manila Sun Star
April 5, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Ramon Paje urged Tuesday all protected area management boards (PAMBs) across the country to give priority to forest fire prevention in their management planning strategy to ensure the protection of the nation’s biodiversity and their habitats. Paje made the statement in light of the series of grassfire outbreaks in the four of the country’s most important protected areas: Mt. Apo in Davao; Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato; Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon; and Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Island. The fire in Mt. Apo remains unabated, he said. “Aside from tourism development, PAMBs should also come up with their respective forest protection plan and allocate funds for the establishment of fire lines and other forest fire prevention activities like training for technical staff and volunteers,” Paje said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Full Scientific Advisory Board Rejects Flawed Biomass Proposal

National Resources Defense Council
April 5, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Carbon emissions from burning forest biomass will have real consequences for climate in the near term—and not just some distant future 100 years from now. Today, members of a Scientific Advisory Board to the US Environmental Protection Agency (the Board) affirmed this fact. The Board rejected a report that recommends flawed accounting for carbon emissions from biomass fuels. The report, prepared by an EPA Panel on Biogenic Carbon Emissions (the Panel), spelled out recommendations to the agency on how it should evaluate the carbon emissions from power plants that burn biomass to produce electricity. It asserts that biomass emissions have no effect on climate change in the short term; only emissions that stay in the atmosphere for more than one hundred years matter.

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We can’t unquestionably champion biomass as clean, healthy energy

Bangor Daily News
April 5, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

With this in mind, Maine’s biomass energy policy should be carefully considered. Producing energy from biomass is a classic example of Yankee ingenuity and thrift. In the process of harvesting timber for paper and wood products, the unusable parts of the tree are chipped up and burned to produce heat or electricity. …The question of how biomass is burned is critically important, yet it has not been articulated in either piece of legislation. Renewable energy is not necessarily clean energy; it only takes one night by a smoky campfire to know that to be true. And carbon-neutral fuel is not necessarily healthy if it doesn’t burn clean in real time.

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LePage asks Massachusetts to consider rule change to aid biomass industry

Bangor Daily News
April 5, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

With Maine’s legislative session heading to a close, lawmakers are struggling to find a way to assist the state’s at-risk biomass energy industry and the forestry jobs that depend on it. But some are looking to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker as a potential savior. A recent change in Massachusetts energy regulations is creating big problems for some of Maine’s commercial biomass energy generators. …“Massachusetts ratepayers should not have to pay extra on their electric bills to support highly polluting, inefficient biomass energy,” Booth said. “And the Maine plants may be complaining about that, but they’ve had years to come into compliance with the regulation.”

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Virginians Critical of Wood-Burning Energy

WVTF
April 5, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

This week, a delegation from England is touring Virginia and North Carolina, learning more about wood from area forests being used to fuel power plants in the UK. The European Union considers wood to be a sustainable energy source and gives countries credit for using it instead of coal, but critics here in Virginia say that’s a big mistake. Sixty-two percent of Virginia is forest – land covered by trees and inhabited by birds and wildlife. It’s a delight to bird watcher Derb Carter, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, so he’s doing battle with people who think it’s okay to burn wood pellets from America in Europe. He says, “You’ve got a high energy facility to make pellets that require diesel fuel to get them here, diesel fuel to get them to Europe, and then we’re going to burn them over there and put more carbon in the atmosphere.”

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General

Premier Christy Clark’s spring trade mission to South Korea, the Philippines and Japan in May

The Indo-Canadian Voice
April 5, 2016
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

PREMIER Christy Clark will be advancing export and investment opportunities in key sectors such as technology and innovation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and international education on her upcoming spring trade mission to South Korea, the Philippines and Japan. …This will be the first time a Canadian premier has travelled to South Korea since the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) was enacted in January 2015, giving Clark the opportunity to promote B.C. products and services in the South Korean market. … B.C. exported $3.6 billion in goods to Japan in 2015, with minerals,
energy products and wood products being the top commodities.

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