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Business & Politics

Hardwoods Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

Canada News Wire
May 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

LANGLEY, BC – Hardwoods Distribution Inc. today announced record quarterly sales. Hardwoods is one of North America’s largest wholesale distributors of hardwood lumber and related sheet good products, operating a network in North America of 32 distribution centres and 1 sawmill and kiln drying operation. …”We established a new quarterly record for sales and achieved a 23.4% year-over-year improvement in EBITDA in the first quarter of 2016,” said Rob Brown, President and CEO. “Our robust results reflect continued strong underlying performance as we leveraged improving market conditions and executed our ‘strengthen commercial’ and ‘leverage imports’ strategies. We also benefited from the positive impact of a US dollar that was significantly stronger year-over-year relative to the Canadian dollar.”

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Northern Pulp ordered to pay $225000 split between Pictou Landing First Nation, two conservation groups

By Amanda Panacci
The Chronicle Herald
May 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pictou Landing First Nation and two other conservation groups will be splitting a $225,000 fine served to Northern Pulp on Wednesday for a 2014 effluent spill in Boat Harbour. In January, Northern Pulp pleaded guilty to a charge under the Federal Fisheries Act of illegally dumping a harmful substance (mainly pulp and paper effluent) into water frequented by fish. Northern Pulp, a pulp-and-paper mill located in Abercrombie, will now be splitting their payment between Pictou Landing First Nation, The Mi’kmaq Conservation Group in Pictou County and Pictou County Rivers Association. Each group will receive $75,000.

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J.D. Irving Ltd. directed to clean up illegal dump site in Parkindale

Removal of stockpile of Styrofoam seedling containers to be completed this week, spokeswoman says
CBC News
May 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


J.D. Irving Ltd. has started to remove a mountain of garbage it dumped on its own property, after being directed by the New Brunswick Department of Environment to clean up the site in Parkindale, near Elgin. “The stockpile of Styrofoam seedling containers on JDI land in Parkindale would be considered an illegal dump under the Clean Environment Act,” department spokeswoman Jennifer Graham said in an email to CBC News. …The forest dump, located near the company’s seed orchard, off Berry Road, was discovered by area resident Kelly Layton on May 4 while driving along the dirt roads.

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Tri-Pro buys Lost Long Johns Timber Sale

Clearwater Tribune
May 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Idaho Department of Lands, St. Joe Supervisory Area, sold the following timber sales at the St. Maries office. On April 5, Tripro Forest Products, Inc. was the successful bidder of the Lost Long Johns timber sale with a bid of $1,286,230.00. The appraised value was $1,018,616.50. Bennett Lumber Products was a competitive bidder.   On May 3 Tricon Timber LLC was the successful bidder of the Daveggio Fajita Fire timber sale with a bid of $1,844,800.00. The appraised value was $1,162,801.50. IFG Timber LLC was a competitive bidder.

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Biomass lawsuit winds down, decision to come

The Gainesville Sun
May 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The legal battle between the operator of Gainesville’s biomass plant and a local fuel supplier, which started last year, played out in a courtroom over the past two weeks during an eight-day trial that ended Thursday. With millions in potential damages on the line, both sides presented closing arguments Thursday afternoon and now must wait for Judge Monica Brasington to rule on the case. The dispute began in April 2015 when Wood Resource Recovery, which is helmed by longtime local businessman Bill Gaston, sued the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center. Both parties previously had established a contract in which Wood Resource Recovery would supply GREC, which runs the biomass plant, with wood waste it could use as fuel.

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Britton Lumber to Buy Sawmill in Grafton County

Valley News
May 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Fairlee — Britton Lumber Co. today said it has reached an agreement to buy a sawmill in Bath, N.H., to replace the sawmill in Fairlee it lost in a four-alarm fire in March 2015. Britton Lumber plans to buy H.G. Wood, which manufactures Eastern white pine lumber and has run a planer mill, kilns and sawmill at its 38-acre site in the Grafton County town of Bath since 1972. Britton Lumber president Robert Moses said rebuilding in a Connecticut River flood zone in Fairlee proved unfeasible economically.

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Govt. considering log export restrictions

Kaieteur News
May 12, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Speaking on the weekly televised programme, ‘The Public Interest’, President David Granger yesterday argued that his administration has been pushing for more value-added processing. The president was at the time responding to questions about the need for cheaper energy, a major complaint over years by manufacturers who said that it is too high. …Over the years, the timber industry has been heavily reliant on exports of raw logs for profits with little attention to local processing. The previous administration had been talking about more value-added but save for a few sawmills, kiln ovens and a plywood manufacturing factory at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, there has been little progress in this direction.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

City hall gets facelift

By Karly Blats
Alberni Valley News
May 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni’s city hall has a new, more modern look courtesy of $100,000 worth of cedar panelling donated by the Coulson Group. “It provides an opportunity to show what we can produce locally in the Alberni Valley with local wood, local effort, local ingenuity. It’s very much a cooperative effort in terms of how much it came together,” said Mayor Mike Ruttan on Monday. The new cedar panelling cost the city $35,000 for 400 hours of installation and was helped along by the donation of cedar panelling by the Coulson Group. Cedar cladding for the entrance way support poles was donated by Western Forest Products.

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Wood Takes Centre Stage at Fieldgate and Hullmark’s Heartwood

By Stefan Novakovic
Urban Toronto
May 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

At Queen and Woodbine, Fieldgate and Hullmark’s Heartwood The Beach will add a mid-rise presence to the northeast corner of this popular Toronto neighbourhood. … the 6-storey building is contributing fine-grained urban density to the growing city. However, while the Quadrangle-designed building is modest in its exterior scale, the project is ambitious—and innovative—from the inside. Taking advantage of updated provincial regulations, the project will be Toronto’s first new 6-storey wood frame condominium. Embracing the natural material from both environmental and aesthetic standpoints, the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure celebrates wood as a durable, sustainable—and beautiful—design element.

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Wilro announces Mideast launch of glulam

Gulf Digital News
May 12, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wilro International, a company specialised in engineered wood, showcased its Glulam (glued laminated timber) at the Dubai Airport Show which concluded yesterday (May 11). The company, residing on the Bond Group stand, displayed the sustainable construction material for the first time in the Middle East region. A specialist in engineered wood, such as Glulam and CLT (cross laminated timber), Wilro is betting on the UAE’s sustainable initiatives in adopting green construction methods, by converting to renewable building materials especially in projects that require large span structures, such as new airport builds, amongst others. “Glulam is used in building structures and is here to replace steel,” remarked William Mobayed, the country manager of Wilro International.

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How can the wood industry communicate its sustainability?

May 13, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The efficiency of environmental communication should be built throughout business practices. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (www.luke.fi) has studied this issue by interviewing companies in the Nordic woodworking industry and by analysing recent developments in environmental performance measures. Wood is a renewable raw material, and thus the environmental performance of wood product companies has the potential to give them a competitive edge. The efficient communication of their environmental performance in marketing campaigns could help them create new business. In our recent study of the Nordic woodworking industry, we investigated whether the companies had made the most of the possibilities to communicate their environmental performance. The in-depth interviews gave us many insights into environmental communication.

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Forestry

Reality TV series to capture Kaslo Logger Sports

Nelson Star
May 13, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Video cameras and logs will both roll during the annual Kaslo May Days Logger Sports this month. TV personality Andrew Younghusband — known for hosting reality shows including Canada’s Worst Driver and Canada’s Worst Handyman — will participate in several events as part of a new Discovery channel series, Tougher Than it Looks. “I think it will be exciting and put Kaslo on the map again,” said Kathy Freeman, an event organizer. She received an email over the winter from she show’s producers inquiring about the event, and the possibility of Younghusband competing as a “pseudo lumberjack.” Kaslo Logger Sports has been held annually since 2008 and usually draws about 60 competitors from BC, Alberta, Washington and as far away as Ontario for events including axe throwing, log rolling, and tree climbing.

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Tentree to announce forest revitalization project

Seeds of change to be planted Thursday at Saskatchewan Fashion week
CBC News
May 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local clothing company has partnered with the provincial government for a major project that will help revitalize Saskatchewan’s northern boreal forests. The endeavour comes on the heels of last year’s wildfires that caused more than 13,000 evacuations and decimated entire parts of the Saskatchewan forest. That’s why tentree wants to help bring life back to the forest. Full details of the project will not be released until Thursday night during Saskatchewan Fashion week. …The company plants ten trees for every item sold. They’ve collaborated with non-profits and other brands before, but this is the company’s first partnership with the government.

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Climate Smart Restoration of Appalachian Forests

USDA Blog
May 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As the climate changes, and our forests are affected, the need to reclaim impacted areas and restore native species becomes more important than ever. The U.S. Forest Service’s Monongahela National Forest is at the forefront of not only forest restoration, but also helping those landscapes adapt to climate change. The red spruce forests of the Appalachian highlands are an integral part of the regional biodiversity, providing habitat and food for the northern flying squirrel and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, and the ecosystem supports 240 rare species in West Virginia alone.

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State, environmental groups seek dismissal of Linn County timber lawsuit

Albany Democrat Herald
May 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The State of Oregon on Monday filed a Motion to Dismiss in Linn County Circuit Court, hoping to derail a $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit filed in March by the Linn County Board of Commissioners. The state’s motion was enjoined by the Wild Salmon Center, Pacific Rivers, Association of Northwest Steelheaders and Northwest Guides and the Northwest Guides and Anglers Association. In early March, commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker filed a lawsuit naming the State of Oregon, specifically the Oregon Department of Forestry, with failing to maintain adequate timber harvests on nearly 700,000 acres of State Forest lands. Therefore the state failed to provide counties with adequate annual payments for timber sales within their boundaries.

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Is there any point in planting new trees?

BBC News
May 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does it ever achieve anything useful? Woodlands have a vital role to play in our landscape. As well as being a valuable source of homegrown timber, trees store carbon, provide an essential home for wildlife, absorb air pollution, and are important spaces for pleasure and leisure. …Attempts have also been made to quantify their economic benefits: last year the Office for National Statistics valued woodland’s carbon sequestration services alone at £2.4 billion in 2012 – and its recreational value at double that. Despite this, only 13% of the UK – three million hectares – is currently covered by woodland. The figure is slightly higher in Scotland and Wales, and lower in Northern Ireland.

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Indonesia to Achieve World’s First International Forestry Agreement with EU

Jakarta Globe
May 12, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta. Indonesia and the European Union are preparing to implement the world’s first Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement, or FLEGT-VPA, almost 10 years after initial negotiations began in 2007. The Joint Implementing Committee between Indonesia and the EU Commission will meet in Brussels May 18 to determine an implementation date, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Foreign Ministry first initiated a mandatory verification system of legal logging (SVLK) with the EU to ensure the credibility of exported timber products. Since being implemented in January 2013, the SVLK has had a number of amendments to comply with improvements to Indonesia’s laws and the interests of stakeholders.

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Forest Fires

A clear cut response to forest fires is suggested

By Donald Dunbar, West Vancouver
Vancouver Sun
May 12, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the aftermath of the tragic fire in Fort McMurray, and with previous destructive fires having occurred in Kelowna and elsewhere, it is time to take action to prevent future fires from threatening other vulnerable communities.  The solution is straightforward, if not universally popular — log the surrounding forest to create a firebreak of sufficient width that the likelihood of a fire crossing the break is effectively zero. The photo of a Fort McMurray neighbourhood in Wednesday’s paper clearly illustrates the problem. The edge of the forest is separated from the edge of town by mere metres. As noted in the caption, it is a matter of when, and not if, a fire will destroy the homes shown in the photo. Ideally, natural fires should be allowed to burn unhindered. 

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Rain helping crews fight Manitoba-Ontario border forest fires

Canadian Press in Global News
May 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

BERESFORD LAKE, Man. – Rain and cool conditions are helping crews make progress on two wildfires burning on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary. The Caddy Lake fire, where Ontario crews are leading the fight, is holding at 58 square kilometres while the Beresford Lake fire, which is primarily in Ontario but being handled by Manitoba firefighters, is holding at 730 square kilometres. Twenty firefighters from Nova Scotia were expected to arrive Friday to help with the Beresford blaze. Officials said Thursday that an unoccupied trapper’s cabin was destroyed at North Cross Lake and the Whiteshell Cottagers Association reported on social media that a historic train station at Winnitoba was lost.

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Prime Minister Trudeau sweeps into wildfire scarred Fort McMurray

Edmonton Journal
May 6, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As flames mover further south away from Fort McMurray, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will head west to survey the devastation left behind from the wildfire nicknamed “The Beast.” Trudeau is expected to take a tour of the northern Alberta city and meet with first responders Friday morning. Afterwards, at around 3:15 p.m., he will meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at the Provincial Operation Centre, 14515-122 Ave NW, where the two leaders are expected to hold a media availability.  Trudeau’s visit comes 12 days after a wildfire began in Fort McMurray — forcing the evacuation of almost 90,000 residents two days later.

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Fort McMurray’s fire chief gets a rest as city moves toward recovery

Canadian Press in The Chronicle Journal
May 12, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The man who has been the face of the fire fight in Fort McMurray is taking some time off. Wood Buffalo fire Chief Darby Allen told reporters Thursday — 10 days after fire first spread into the northern Alberta city — that he is handing control to others tasked with returning people to the community and rebuilding. “I’m OK at putting out fires and getting people out. But the next phase is not mine,” Allen said, at one point choking back tears while thanking his wife and two grown sons for their support. “I’ll be honest, I need a break,” Allen said. “I’m going to spend time with my family and we’re going to hug a lot and I’m going to have a couple of beers. …Allen has been one of the people leading the battle against the wildfire that swept into the city last week and his heartfelt updates on social media have made him a celebrity of sorts.

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Rainy weather shrinks Saskatchewan’s high risk fire zone

But area north of Lloydminster still a big danger zone
CBC News
May 12, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The rain has put a damper on some of Saskatchewan’s wildfire fears, although by no means is the province out of the woods yet. The Canadian Wildland Fire Information system puts out a daily map showing the fire danger forecast. The map for May 12 shows diminished risk in large sections of the province. Much of southern and eastern Saskatchewan is now considered at low risk for grass fires and forest fires. That’s after several days of rain that dumped 30-40 millimetres over a wide area. On May 4, in contrast, most of the province was at high or extreme risk for wildfires.

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Fort McMurray Construction Association calls on government for inclusion in Fort McMurray rebuild

Daily Commercial News
May 12, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the Fort McMurray Construction Association (FMCA) are calling on the Alberta government to allow local contractors to be included in the procurement process and provided with an opportunity to bid on wildfire fighting and cleanup work. “The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has a plan for the fire cleanup, but they told local contractors that you did not register so we are not including you,” said FMCA president Charles Iggulden. “Obviously, we were busy at the time the fire started, but now there are resources available that were not available when the ministry went out.” Members of the FMCA are disappointed and upset that Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) is not allowing them to register and be listed as pre-qualified contractors to bid on Fort McMurray cleanup work, said Iggulden.

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B.C. snowpack reaches record low for May

Average snow levels around the province are 53% of normal, the lowest for May in 36 years
CBC News
May 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Snow in B.C. has melted early and quickly this spring, leaving a record-low amount of snowpack on B.C. mountains for May. Many regions have snow levels less than half of normal for this time of year, according to the latest bulletin from the River Forecast Centre, released this week. The provincial average is 53 per cent of normal — the lowest level since 1980 when record-keeping began. “Basically the north just didn’t get a lot of snow this year,” said hydrologist Tobi Gardner of the River Forecast Centre. “Province-wide, it’s been a warm winter and a very warm spring … that really chewed away at the snowpack through April.”

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Forest fire season in northeastern Ontario has a busy start

If we want to keep forest fires to a minimum, what kind of weather do we need?
CBC News
May 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

We’re just one month into the forest fire season and the fire hazard is high across northeastern Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has reported 45 fires have burned 85 hectares of land across our region so far. The region covers from Haliburton in the south, to Cochrane in the north. Many forest fires are tied closely to weather said Shane McCool, an MNRF fire information officer for northeastern Ontario. He said forest fires can start either by lightning strikes or by human activity, like a tossed cigarette butt. If investigators determine a fire started by human activity, then the person responsible could be forced to pay the suppression costs.

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Forest Service rolls out online wildfire notification tool

Arizona Daily Sun
May 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States


Wondering if that smoke in the air is cause for concern? Or just want to make sure you’re the first to know if flames do break out near your home? Last week the Forest Service debuted a new website where residents can input their location and automatically receive real-time notifications about wildfires that break out in their area. Then, the tool allows the user to follow any fire that has started within their area of interest, providing the option of text and email updates. “The overall idea was to give people a source of data when a fire is in your back yard,” said Ben Butler, a GIS specialist with the Forest Service who created the tool.

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Smokey Bear still helping to prevent wildfires across North America

This loveable mascot is still getting his message across
CBC News
May 13, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Smokey Bear isn’t quite the round, fuzzy bear you probably remember from the T.V. ads and posters of your childhood. He’s now a bit slimmer, a bit more hipster and very active on Twitter. In light of the fifth anniversary of the Slave Lake fire and the Fort McMurray fire continuing to burn, how has the mascot of preventing fires, Smokey Bear, changed over the years? Smokey Bear has been telling us that only we can prevent forest fires — now, wildfires — since 1944. Gwen Beavans with the USDA Forest Service says Smokey has been very effective with his message. …He’s stern, but he’s still friendly, reminding everyone “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement

USDA Press Release
May 12, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In addition to providing specific goals and results of the many actionsThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. that USDA is taking to help farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners respond to and help mitigate climate change, Vilsack announced a new $72.3 million investment to boost carbon storage in healthy soils during a speech on climate at the Center for America Progress in Washington, DC. “American farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners are global leaders in conserving rural America’s natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vilsack.

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The ethanol in your gas tank should come from a tree in a Maine forest

By Kevin L. Raye – former president of the Main Senate and owner of Down East Strategies
Bangor Daily News
May 12, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A strong and sustainable forestry sector is a hallmark of Maine’s economy. In 2015, Maine produced enough paper, wood and forest products to account for 27 percent of the state’s exports and drive hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity. Yet our forestry sector is in serious trouble, as mill closures and job losses reverberate through Maine’s economy. The urgency of finding innovative new uses and new markets to maximize the economic productivity of our forests is indisputable. Fortunately, this challenge comes at a time when new renewable energy technologies are poised to drive demand for biomass both in the U.S. and abroad. 

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General

How can the wood industry communicate its sustainability?

May 13, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

The efficiency of environmental communication should be built throughout business practices. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (www.luke.fi) has studied this issue by interviewing companies in the Nordic woodworking industry and by analysing recent developments in environmental performance measures. Wood is a renewable raw material, and thus the environmental performance of wood product companies has the potential to give them a competitive edge. The efficient communication of their environmental performance in marketing campaigns could help them create new business. In our recent study of the Nordic woodworking industry, we investigated whether the companies had made the most of the possibilities to communicate their environmental performance. The in-depth interviews gave us many insights into environmental communication.

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