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Daily Archives: November 4, 2016

Business & Politics

Western Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results

MarketWired press release
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA— Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western” or the “Company”) reported adjusted EBITDA of $35.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $28.7 million reported in the same quarter last year, and $43.0 million reported in the second quarter of 2016. A significant increase in lumber and export log sales volumes, combined with improved pricing and a strengthening commodity lumber market delivered a 24% increase in adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to the same quarter last year. A normal seasonal decline in log and lumber sales mix contributed to reduced adjusted EBITDA as compared to the second quarter of 2016.

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Battling the shipping bottleneck

Northern Ontario Business
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest industries group cheers Ottawa’s commitment to improve transportation network. The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauded federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s Transportation 2030 plans to bring in measures aimed at improving Canada’s transportation system. Unveiled Nov. 3 in Montreal, FPAC latched on to the minister’s promise to introduce legislation next spring to address concerns about adequate service, with improved access and timelines to deal with complaints, and enhanced data to benefit shippers.

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Rentech Appoints Paul Summers as Chief Financial Officer

Rentech Inc
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON– Rentech, Inc. today announced that Paul Summers has been appointed as chief financial officer of Rentech effective November 11, 2016. Mr. Summers will be responsible for overseeing the finance, treasury and accounting functions of the company. Mr. Summers will replace Jeffrey Spain, who is leaving the company in order to accept a new position effective November 11, 2016. Keith Forman, president and chief executive officer of Rentech, stated, “We are pleased to announce Paul’s promotion to chief financial officer. Paul’s deep understanding of Rentech along with his strong financial background makes him ideally suited to lead Rentech’s finance and accounting organization.” “I would like to thank Jeff for his many valuable contributions to Rentech over the last several years and wish him continued success,” added Mr. Forman.

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National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association Advocacy Update: United States & Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement

National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between the United States (U.S.) and Canada expired on October 12, 2015. There was a one-year cooling off period where neither country was allowed to engage in litigation on the issue. That cooling-off period expired on October 12, 2016. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, an alliance of softwood lumber producers in the United States, has expressed support for a new agreement but in a recent statement suggested it may have “no choice but to move to initiate trade cases against unfairly traded imports from Canada.” …Officials from the U.S. and Canada continue to publicly express support for a new SLA. However, both countries privately concede that litigation is likely in the trade dispute. The last time a trade case was brought by the U.S. lumber industry against the Canadian Government, it took several years to resolve the dispute and there were increased duties placed on Canadian imports until a new agreement was reached. 

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Washington race puts a spotlight on state’s future: coal or timber?

by Eilis O’Neill
MarketPlace.org
November 3, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In Southwest Washington, a race is on between two candidates for the state legislature who have radically different ideas about how to bring jobs to the region. However voters come down could reverberate from Montana to China. The debate centers around the Millennium Bulk Terminal, a 416-acre port facility on the windy banks of the Columbia River. ..But Democrat Teresa Purcell, Walsh’s opponent, said she’d like to see “another type of industry that will create hundreds of more jobs than the coal terminal is.” Her idea is to clean up the Millennium Terminal in order to attract a company that would manufacture cross-laminated timber, which is made by gluing wooden planks together at right angles.

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Our View: Don’t lose hope for Maine’s wood products industry

November 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Researchers in Maine are working on innovative ways to use wood fibers. Entrepreneurs are developing products and seeking out new, evolving markets. Those actions don’t have the immediate impact of layoffs at a mill, nor do they hold the same grasp over our attention. But it is important that we recognize them as part of the transitioning forest products industry, and it’s vital that we elect officials who see the promise in this new wave of wood-based technologies. No doubt, the transition has been painful. The latest bad news came Tuesday, when Verso announced that it was shutting down a papermaking machine at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, laying off 190 workers, one-third of a workforce that just last year lost another 300 employees. That brings the tally to more than 2,300 jobs lost in the paper industry since 2011, including the closure of five mills in the last two years.

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Our View: Don’t lose hope for Maine’s wood products industry

November 4, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Researchers in Maine are working on innovative ways to use wood fibers. Entrepreneurs are developing products and seeking out new, evolving markets. Those actions don’t have the immediate impact of layoffs at a mill, nor do they hold the same grasp over our attention. But it is important that we recognize them as part of the transitioning forest products industry, and it’s vital that we elect officials who see the promise in this new wave of wood-based technologies. No doubt, the transition has been painful. The latest bad news came Tuesday, when Verso announced that it was shutting down a papermaking machine at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, laying off 190 workers, one-third of a workforce that just last year lost another 300 employees. That brings the tally to more than 2,300 jobs lost in the paper industry since 2011, including the closure of five mills in the last two years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Quebec’s Mistissini bridge a world first

by Don Wall
Daily Commerical News
November 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Stantec’s Denis Lefebvre vividly remembers the moment he first gazed upon Uupaachikus Pass in Mistissini, Que., located 600 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. The Cree Nation of Mistissini had commissioned a bridge to access the other side of the pass to permit residential expansion, source gravel from a quarry and, more broadly, expand economic opportunities for the First Nations community of 3,500 residents. “The first time I saw the site, I saw the bridge,” said Lefebvre. “When I saw the spot, the field, and I looked at the area, I looked at the drawing of the bridge in my head. I saw how can I treat this bridge with arches, and I knew it would be a continuous bridge, a wooden bridge.”

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Cross Laminated Timber Growing Taller In The US (audio)

USDA Radio
November 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A technology creating new wood building materials is generating a larger interest across the country. This is a audio broadcast with Rod Bain and Steve Marshall of the US Forest Service.

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What is preventing the Russian wooden house construction market from developing?

Construction.RU
November 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The head of the Wooden House Construction Association spoke to Construction.ru on how the presidential charge on the development of this market segment is being fulfilled. The Director General of the Wooden House Construction Association, Oleg PANITKOV, answers questions from our journal.   Mr Panitkov, before we start talking about the problems of wooden housing construction in Russia, give us some general figures that might help us understand the share of this segment on the Russian construction market.  In 2015, wooden housing construction made up 9.8% of total housing construction volume, and 25% of low-rise construction.

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Zaha Hadid Architects to build world’s first wooden football stadium

by Jessica Mairs
Dezeen
November 3, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a 5,000-seat stadium built entirely from wood, for the British football club Forest Green Rovers. The London-based firm set up by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid won an international competition to design the stadium for the National League team, seeing off competition from over 50 other entrants from Europe and America. Designed to be the world’s greenest football stadium, it will be constructed completely from wood and powered by sustainable energy sources. “The really standout thing about this stadium is that it’s going to be entirely made of wood – the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world,” said Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince.

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Forestry

Wildfire protection laws to be strengthened

By Jenn Swan
Sylvan Lake News
November 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment Act, was tabled in the Legislature on Monday, introducing measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations. “Far too many wildfires are triggered by human activity and we need to take proactive steps that will help reduce the risk of this happening,” said Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in a press release from the Alberta Government. “This important legislation will improve our ability to decrease the number of preventable fires, while also strengthening provisions that support the efforts of our wildfire fighters to keep Albertans and their communities safe.”

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Input sought on Fort St. John Timber Supply Area

from Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comments are being accepted until Jan. 11, 2017, on a discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Fort St. John Timber Supply Area. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. The discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It also describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices in the Fort St. John Timber Supply Area.

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UBC Forestry Students tour the Englishman

TimberWest
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On October 7th the managed forest area near the Englishman River became a living classroom for a group of over 30 students from UBC’s Forestry 547. This graduate level course is available to any visiting student or program graduate that is interested in developing a better understanding of the issues and challenges facing the forest industry in BC today. This tour was comprised of professors and students with diverse forest management perspectives that spanned over 11 different countries including China, USA, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, India, France, Tibet, Nepal and Canada. TimberWest was pleased to contribute to student learning of the BC context and demonstrate its commitment to the health and safety of Vancouver Island Watersheds.

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Action demanded over Cooke Creek slide

By Richard Rolke
Vernon Morning Star
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Assurances are being sought from the Ministry of Forests that another major slide won’t occur in the Kingfisher area. A Forest Practices Board report challenges the ministry’s road maintenance and culvert design after the Cooke Creek slide in 2014. “We can’t have this happen again,” said Herman Halvorson, rural Enderby director However, the FPC says the ministry’s Okanagan district and B.C. Timber Sales did not comply with legislation or risk management policies, procedures and systems.

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Will justice prevail on Nov. 14-15

Parksville Qualicum Beach News
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shame on the The Land Conservancy (TLC) British Columbia board of directors for what I believe is a betrayal of trust to Merv Wilkinson’s vision for Wildwood forest’s future and betrayal to members of TLC and the Ecoforesty Institute Society and other supporters of Wildwood, who donated almost $1 million to protect and keep Wildwood as a public forest not a private one as TLC has been fighting members of both organizations to do for the past few years. …My hope for everyone’s sake is that justice prevails on Nov. 14-15 when Justice Fitzpatrick will decide the fate of Wildwood that the community has rallied so hard to protect.

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Report Looks at Rangelands in East Kootenays

BC Forest Practices Board
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – This special report examines the actions implemented by government and others to improve rangeland in the East Kootenays and finds progress is being made. While there is progress, the Forest Practices Board investigation identified a number of issues that threaten this progress and the sustainability of rangelands over the longer term. …“This report highlights challenges that are complex and difficult — challenges that will require time, financial commitments and long-term co-operation by government, forestry and ranching industries, hunters and recreational users of these lands,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “In some cases, the solutions may require compromises in land use.”

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Six months on, Red Cross spends $178 million to assist people affected by wildfires

Canadian Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — Six months after a devastating wildfire swept through the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Canadian Red Cross is proud to announce that $178 million has already been spent to assist those affected by the fires. More than 58,000 households have received direct financial assistance through an electronic transfer of funds. The fundraising total for the Alberta Fires Appeal has reached $319 million, thanks to generous Canadians, community groups and corporate partners. This total reflects the contributions of more than one million Canadians, who rallied to donate $185 million, plus $104 million in matching funds from the Government of Canada and $30 million in matching funds from the Government of Alberta.

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Rossland Golden City Lions Club works with partners on educational forest project

By Chelsea Novak
Rossland News
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Rossland Golden City Lions Club has been working to turn protected old growth forest into a community attraction and learning space. ATCO Wood Products had designated a stretch of old growth forest in a transition zone north of town as an Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) and three years ago asked the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to designate it as a permanent OGMA. Since 2014, the Lions Club has been working to turn that OGMA into an educational forest with the help of ATCO, the ministry and Selkirk College. The plans include developing a trail through the forest and putting up interpretive signs. …Over the winter, the Lions Club will be looking for corporate sponsors to help pay for the costs of the trail and signage, so that in the spring the club can finish the trail and put up the signs in time for summer.

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Carelessness burns through provincial cash

BY CARL CLUTCHEY
Chronicle Journal
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province burned through more than $42 million putting out forest fires this year, with a sizable majority of those blazes having been caused by human carelessness. “Although fires caused by people can be small, they often pose more risk because they are burning close to other people and their properties,” a provincial news release said Tuesday. “Without the hard work by fire rangers and (airborne attacks), this year’s fires had potential to become larger and more threatening.” Lightning, particularly in the province’s remote north, is also a major cause, accounting for 170 forest fires this season, according to a Natural Resources and Forestry final report. Of the 636 forest fires that were fought by provincial crews across the province, 466 of those were caused by untended camp fires, careless brush burning and other human activity, the report said.

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Celebrating Skilled Trades and Technology Week

JD Iving
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Skilled trades are an integral part of our business. In the next three years, we’re forecasting hiring over 460 skilled trades workers across operations.  Student tours, scholarships, equipment donations, co-ops, and apprenticeships as well as our sponsorship of the National Skills Canada Competition held in Moncton are just some of our initiatives to help enrich the learning of skilled trades students. To celebrate Skilled Trades and Technology Week we’re sharing the stories some of our own skilled trades talent within the company. 

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Boardman tree farm to be cut, cleared for farmland: ‘Sad to see them go’

by Chris Liedle
KATU
October 31, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOARDMAN, Ore. — A distinct Eastern Oregon landmark will no longer exist within a year. Rows and rows of seemingly endless, symmetrical poplar trees that line Interstate 84 for six miles near Boardman will soon be gone. One-third of the Boardman Tree Farm sold last fall to a commercial dairy farm. A Washington agriculture company bought the rest of the land in early 2016 for irrigation crops, such as corn and potatoes. The trees were planted in the 1990s for timber, paper and biofuel production. Portland-based GreenWood Resources purchased the 25,000 acre tree farm in 2007 from Potlatch Corporation….The tree farm itself has 20 employees, along with another 50 to 60
contractors. Rice said they were not actively marketing the property,
but were approached about selling the land.

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‘Too Damn Much Land’: Debate Over Public Land Ownership Comes To The Northwest

by Emily Schwing
Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than a quarter of the lands in Washington state and than more than half of Oregon’s acreage are owned by the U.S. government. It’s land that makes up national parks, forests, monuments, and wildlife refuges. So what would it mean if the federal government did what many have been asking for, and transferred those lands to states? Shortly after a jury acquitted seven defendants o conspiracy in the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, defendant Shawna Cox told Oregon Public Broadcasting the group’s legal fight over federal lands isn’t over. “We have a lawsuit against the federal government to prove that that land does not belong to the federal government,” Cox said. “It actually belongs to the citizens of Harney County. That’s a state issue. That is not anything to do with the federal.”

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Alliance For Wild Rockies demonstrates arrogant attitude

by Sandy Compton , program coordinator, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wildernes
Helena Independent Record
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Just before Christmas 2015, years of work and thousands of hours of individual effort by people from all walks of life in northwest Montana came to fruition when the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders made a landmark agreement about land use on the Kootenai National Forest. …No one got everything they wanted, but everyone got a lot of what they wanted. …The Helena-based Alliance for the Wild Rockies didn’t show up. …Instead, they sat back, waited for the work to be done, and then sued to stop one of the critical components of the agreement, the East Reservoir Project.

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Federal Forest Management is Broken

by Nick Smith, executive director of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.
Flathead Beacon
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the poster child for serial litigation, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies has offered yet another example of how our system of federal forest management is severely broken and needs reform. Having already lost in the courtroom once, the group was successful in convincing two Ninth Circuit appeals court judges to block the collaborative East Reservoir Project on the Kootenai National Forest just two days before work was scheduled to begin. The East Reservoir Project represents a multi-year effort to restore forested watersheds while protecting and enhancing recreation, wildlife and wilderness benefits on our federal lands. The project also recognizes the importance of protecting jobs and vital forest infrastructure in our communities. It is a product of tireless work among the timber industry, conservation and wilderness advocates, sportsmen, hunters, local government officials and motorized recreation users. It honors the principles of democracy, conservation and compromise among diverse interests.

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LETTER: We’re lucky to live in a country that supports the right of property owners

By Joseph Murray, chair of Clallam Conservation District board
Peninsula Daily News
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The writer of an Oct. 30 letter to Peninsula Voices from a self-described local organic farmer, “Working together,” would ask both Clallam County commissioner candidates, Randy Johnson and Ron Richards, “What would you do if you had $300,000 worth of standing timber on your property?” I’m not running for county commissioner, but I do know about forestry, so here are some options: …Which option is best depends on the objectives of the private landowner. We are lucky to live in a country that supports the right of owners to decide how best to manage their property within the framework of the law.

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Forestry Issues Hinge on November Election

By Nick Smith, Executive Director of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
Timber West Magazine
November 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.” -Unknown Do you ever feel like the lamb? Decisions affecting the forest products sector are often made by people with little knowledge of our issues. The wolves can’t take away our right to vote. But if we want to avoid becoming their lunch, we must not only vote, but also educate ourselves, our friends, family, and especially the candidates who want our support. We should support candidates who are committed to protecting jobs in the woods, mills, and other businesses across the forest sector. When it comes to the management of federal forest lands, it’s essential that candidates at all levels of government support solutions that address the litigation and the resulting agency “analysis paralysis” that stymie forest projects, as well as the significant cost and time it takes the Forest Service to meet regulatory requirements.

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Forest service agencies warn of fire dangers due to WNC drought

By the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Asheville Mountain Xpress
November 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ASHEVILLE – The N.C. Forest Service is joining forces with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to warn people in Western North Carolina that the lack of rainfall in the area has increased the probability of wildfires. The little rainfall last week did almost nothing to relieve moderate to extreme drought conditions in Western North Carolina. Western North Carolina attracts a lot of tourists coming to see the changing leaves in autumn or for extended stays to hunt. Some of these visitors will camp or rent cabins, where they may have a fire that could escape into areas where fuels are readily available due to the drought.

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Cohutta Wilderness fire grows past 2,700 acres

by Doug Parker
Rome News-Tribune
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


The Rough Ridge fire in the Cohutta Wilderness Area has burned more than 2,700 acres but Conasauga Ranger District Chief Ranger Jeff Gardner said it’s not entirely accurate to say that U.S. Forest Service policy is “letting” the fire burn. “It’s remote, very rugged, and we are extremely dry,” Gardner said. Federal foresters said that because the wildfire is located in a wilderness area and started from lightning, it is being managed differently than some other wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service has not taken any action to prohibit camping in the area but is limiting campfires to designated metal fire rings in defined campgrounds.

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Virginia forestry crews battling 20-plus acre fire in Wise County

WCYB
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Crews with the Virginia Division of Forestry spent Thursday battling a wildfire in Wise County that has spread from neighboring Letcher County, Kentucky. Senior Area Forester Bill Miller told News 5 the blaze has consumed 25 acres in the Pound Gap area as the fire moved into Virginia by way of Pine Mountain located in Jenkins. Reports of heavy smoke have been lodged with the forestry service in nearby towns such as Haysi and Clintwood, Miller said. Small forest fires are also being contained in Buchanan and Lee counties, according to the VDF official, who noted the extreme dry conditions, wind and leaves on the forest floor are aiding in the fire’s expansion.

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Citizen science volunteers are being recruited to help protect Michigan’s tree resources

Michigan State University Extension
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


Michigan State University Extension is working to enlist and educate a statewide volunteer workforce of citizens to keep a watchful eye on designated trees and monitor their health. There is hope that through the continued efforts of these citizen science helpers, new populations of pest issues can be identified early enough to implement effective management strategies. With more than 20 million acres of the land in Michigan being classified as “forested” it is a resource that is vital to the sustainability of the state’s economy. ….. With potentially devastating invasive forest pest species active near our state borders, Michigan State University Extension has been conducting the Eyes on the Forest program.

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Rutherford gets $150k grant for trees

By Meghan Grant
The Record – North Jersey
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Things are looking greener for the Borough of Trees and its Shade Tree Commission, as Rutherford was recently awarded a $150,000 grant through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to fund street reforestation. The allocation to the borough was part of a $1.56 million grant package awarded to 32 municipalities statewide issued by the New Jersey Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program through Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP). Intended to promote stewardship of community forests and trees by implementing Community Forestry Management Plans, the grants ranged from $10,000 to $300,000, funded in part by “Treasure Our Trees” vanity license plate sales and state programs.

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New rules require loggers to protect water quality

by Mike Polhamus
VT Digger
November 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Loggers in Vermont must take certain steps to reduce erosion and related water pollution now that the Agency of Natural Resource has adopted new forestry standards. By reducing runoff, the revisions are meant to help the state meet limits it agreed to for how much phosphorus can flow into Lake Champlain. The general counsel for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation said the rules aren’t expected to be costly for loggers and foresters. “There may be a slight economic impact … but overall it’s not going to be a significant impact,” said the lawyer, Meghan Purvee. She said an Agency of Natural Resources economic analysis projected the regulations will incur “minimal additional economic impact to small business.”

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Three Capes Track: Tasmanian Government rules out logging near tourist spots

ABC News Australia
November 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has been forced to rule out logging near one of the state’s most popular tourism walks, the Three Capes Track. The Government is planning to open up 350,000 hectares of forest to logging, and maps reveal two coupes are next to the track. The state and federal governments spent more than $25 million developing the four-day bushwalk on the Tasman Peninsula near Port Arthur. The Government has described it as the new jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s wilderness walks, attracting thousands to trek along some of the highest sea cliffs in the world.

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Brexit favours forestry

The Scottish Farmer
November 3, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BREXIT will break down ‘silo thinking’ on land use in Britain – and that could mean more of the post-CAP rural budget going to encourage tree planting. Speaking to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, Berwick-upon-Tweed MP and vice chair Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “There are key areas we are looking to drive forward in terms of the opportunity to break down some of the silos which EU regulations have allowed Defra to follow without question. Mike Seville of the Country Landowners Association reckoned that UK landowners could only “tinker around the edges” of new planting for the next couple of years, but saw a major opportunity when Brexit decisions kicked in.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New tool eases habitat-friendly renewable energy development

WWF Canada
November 3, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

HALIFAX — WWF-Canada today launched Renewables for Nature, a new interactive decision-making tool to help identify regions with high renewable-energy potential and comparatively low conflict with nature. The tool aims to speed the transition to a low-carbon future while ensuring key habitats and ecosystems thrive for wildlife and communities. This tool, applied in New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy region to start, overlays renewable energy and conservation data on the same map for the first time in Canada. The energy layer reveals renewable energy reserves: the resource potential for each energy type across the region. The conservation layer captures data on 728 species at risk, as well as detailed information on biodiversity, habitat and other conservation and community environmental uses for the entire area.

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Burning trees for power is no solution to climate change (Opinion)

John Talberth, Ph.D., president and senior economist for the Center for Sustainable Economy
The Oregonian
November 3, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Oregon has made significant strides in the fight against dangerous climate change by aggressively pursuing clean energy initiatives such as energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy resources like solar and wind power. That progress is now threatened by a push in Washington, D.C., to defy climate science by putting forest bioenergy — the burning of forest material to produce electricity — into the same category as wind and solar. Our representatives are defying climate science and, in doing so, potentially incentivizing an energy resource that would actually be bad for the climate. This provision needs to be stripped from the bill. …Government data predicts that a “carbon neutrality” designation would almost double the size of the biomass industry in just a few years.

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General

Maine working forest changes hands

The land is sold by Canopy Timberlands LLC to Tall Timbers Trust.
Associated Press in the Portland Press Herald
November 3, 2016
Category: Uncategorised

More than 290,000 acres of working forest in Aroostook, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties has changed hands, and will remain working forest. Forestry consultant Gary Bahlkow said the land was sold by Canopy Timberlands LLC to Tall Timbers Trust. The deal closed on Sept. 30. The sale price was not disclosed. Such land transfers are fairly routine. Timber companies own vast tracts of northern Maine wilderness that’s managed for logs for paper mills or other wood products.

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