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Business & Politics

Justin Trudeau congratulates president-elect Donald Trump

By Kathleen Harris
CBC News
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the next U.S. president, and promised to work with him to bolster trade and international security. …Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose also congratulated Trump in a statement, and urged the government to pursue a strong free trade agenda to protect the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). …The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued a statement stressing the importance for the federal government to build a “solid relationship” with the new U.S. administration. …”Measures that improve Canada-U.S. trade should be our priority with this new administration, but there is a long list of topics we will need to address, from softwood lumber to NAFTA to pipelines,” he said. “It’s critical for our government to get some issues on the agenda early, to ensure Canada doesn’t get lost in the global chatter.”

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Hardwoods Announces Record Third Quarter 2016 Results

Canada Newswire press release
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

LANGLEY, BC, – Hardwoods Distribution Inc. today announced strong financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016. Hardwoods is North America’s largest wholesale distributor of high-grade hardwood lumber, specialty panels and non-structural architectural building materials, with a comprehensive US and Canadian distribution network. …”We generated significant top and bottom line growth in the third quarter and first nine months of 2016 as contribution from our new Rugby operations positively impacted our results,” said Rob Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hardwoods.

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Catalyst reports significantly improved operating results for the third quarter

MarketWired press release
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada


RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA- – Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) today reported significantly improved operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 despite a non-cash impairment write-down of $186.4 million on fixed assets at our Powell River, Port Alberni and Crofton paper mills resulting in a $185.0 million net loss in the quarter. Excluding the non-cash impairment write-down and other significant items in the quarter, Catalyst reported net earnings before these items of $7.6 million. This compared to a net loss of $26.6 million and a net loss before specific items of $27.3 million in the previous quarter.

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Two ways to settle the latest Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute

By Harry Nelson and Ngaio Hotte
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The standstill agreement on softwood lumber trade expired recently, leaving Canadians holding their breath for the U.S. Lumber Coalition to launch legal proceedings. In the calm before the storm of the next Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute, speculation about how the issue will unfold has crystallized around two options: a tax or a quota. The differences may appear merely technical, but they would mean vastly different things economically. While a quota would impose a cap on exports to the United States, a tax would allow the level of exports to fluctuate with U.S. consumers’ willingness to pay for Canadian lumber. In other words, as U.S. lumber prices increase, Canadian lumber would still be able to enter the U.S. market to meet demand.

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Ritchie Bros. Board Chair named to National Association of Corporate Directors “Directorship 100”

By Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
PRNewswire
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Ritchie Bros., the world’s largest industrial auctioneer and a leading used equipment distributor, is pleased to announce that Beverley Briscoe, Chair of Ritchie Bros. Board of Directors, has been named to the 2016 National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Directorship 100. This award honors the most influential boardroom leaders each year. Commenting on this recognition for Ms. Briscoe, Ravi Saligram, Chief Executive Officer of Ritchie Bros. said: “We are honored that Bev’s leadership and contributions to our corporate governance strategy was noted by the NACD. She has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and driving long-term shareholder value, and has always considered the feedback of all stakeholder groups for Ritchie Bros. We congratulate Bev on this tremendous achievement.”

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TimberWest donates Somenos Lake

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A decades-old dream came true for members of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society on Nov. 7 when TimberWest Forest Company donated the entire lakebed of Somenos Lake to Ducks Unlimited Canada. Paul Fletcher, president of the SMWS, said the society has been advocating for the forest company and its predecessors to donate the Somenos lakebed to a non-profit society like Ducks Unlimited since 1989. Only land, such as the lake bottom, can be owned and not the water in the lake. Fletcher said the lakebed will now become part of a larger wildlife-protection area, and properties surrounding the lake will likely see their values rise as a result.

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Conifex Announces Third Quarter Results

MarketWired press release
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX:CFF) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA* in the third quarter of 2016 was $8.5 million, compared to a record $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2015. Compared to the previous quarter, an improvement in lumber segment adjusted EBITDA of $0.3 million and a reduction in corporate and other costs was offset by bioenergy segment adjusted EBITDA that was lower by $1.3 million.

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Quebecers politicians, business react to election of Donald Trump as U.S. president

Canadian Press
Montreal Gazette
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters in Quebec City Tuesday he was concerned about the impact Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency could have on Quebec’s economy. The premier said he was encouraged by the tone Trump used in the speech he gave after his election. …Lisée was reassuring in terms of trade relations between Quebec and the United States, the country that sees the largest share of Quebec exports. Lisée believes that neither partner has any interest in erecting tariff barriers. …On the softwood lumber file, negotiations between Canada and the United States were already difficult before Trump’s election, so he sees no change to this. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec issued a statement that read: “The results of the US elections add an additional level of uncertainty to the global economy. As a result, we expect to see increased volatility in the months ahead until the economic policy stance of Mr. Trump’s administration becomes clearer.

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What Trump’s presidential victory could mean for Canada’s economy

Canadian Press in CP24
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO — A Donald Trump administration, combined with a Republican-controlled Senate and House of Representatives, could have reverberations that will be felt by the Canadian economy for years. Here’s a look at what Trump’s victory could mean for various sectors of our economy: …SOFTWOOD LUMBER: One of the first trade irritants that could test U.S.-Canadian relations is softwood lumber. A 10-year-old agreement that removed U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber expired last month. That paved the way for the possibility of steep taxes, which could result in layoffs throughout Canada’s forestry sector. Trump can expect to face pressure from the U.S. lumber lobby to implement such duties. In an era of rising protectionism, he may be emboldened to oblige.

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Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he supports Hillary Clinton

Montreal Gazette
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC — Premier Philippe Couillard is rooting for Hillary Clinton. The premier offered his thoughts on the U.S. election campaign on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting on Tuesday. …He said he worries about protectionism, but said the recent free trade agreement with Europe offers Quebec some additional breathing room. “It gives us another destination for exportation — take forestry for example, as long as we export most of our forestry products to the United States, which is the case today, we’ll be literally prisoners of the political attitudes in that country. If we diversify our export markets, notably in Europe, we give ourselves more margin of manoeuvre, and that’s what we have to continue doing.” Couillard called Republican candidate Donald Trump “outside the norm” and deplored his closemindedness when it comes to issues of immigration and diversity.

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Global Sawmill Market by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021

SBWire Press Release
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Deerfield Beach, FL — Latest industry research report on Global Sawmill Market 2016:Industry Size, Shares, Insights, Demand and Analysis to 2022. Sawmill is a wood where logs are cut into lumber. They are the forest products and mainly used for the needs of the construction, joinery, furniture and packaging industries. They are produced for native forests and plantations. There are two sawmill products: softwood and hardwood. Scope of the Report: This report focuses on the Sawmill in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

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Log exports deserve protests

Letter by William Ward
The Olympian
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Seems there is always a group willing to protest military shipments or fracking sands or possible coal or oil shipments passing through the port of Olympia. Probably the same people making the protests most of the time. However we have been shipping jobs out of our port for years in the form of raw logs and no one seems to notice. Raw logs, or any raw material, being shipped through Olympia to be made into finished materials someplace else by other than American workers, should not be tolerated.

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Forestry SA boss fined in wake of expensive ICAC investigation of ‘small mistake’

by Candice Prosser
ABC News, Australia
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The pursuit of a government bureaucrat who did not seek approval for offsetting a small mistake in a sales contract led to a “good deal of public time and resources” being used as part of an anti-corruption investigation, a South Australian judge has said. Former Forestry SA chief executive Adrian Hatch, 58, has been fined $4,800 for dishonestly performing public duties. He was due to stand trial in the District Court at Mount Gambier for abuse of public office, but pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge. The court heard the offending related to a small grant Forestry SA had agreed to pay a sawmill as a subsidy for an equipment upgrade.

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Weyerhaeuser studying options for activities in Uruguay

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
November 8, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

As part of the ongoing process of focussing on its core activities, Weyerhaeuser is also examining the possibility of selling its activities that have existed in Uruguay since the mid-90s. These include some 300,000 acres or 120,000 ha of forest plantations in the north and northwest of Uruguay, a tree nursery, a veneer and plywood works, and a power station. Pine and eucalyptus plywood are produced at the Los Piques plywood works in Tacuarembó, which, according to earlier information, is geared to an annual capacity of around 280,000 m³. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association releases Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration 2.0

Concrete Products
November 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…The new IW EPD version times with the U.S. Green Building Council’s ramp up of the LEED v4 project rating standard, whose Materials and Resources section includes a credit incentivizing project teams to specify EPD-backed products. Concrete can significantly contribute to the credit due to the various building applications it fits, NRMCA affirms. The new Benchmark (Industry Average) Report presents impacts for average concrete mixtures at the national level and in eight different regions. It allows concrete operators to compare their product-specific environmental impacts to industry averages when seeking to optimize an order’s environmental footprint. In addition to LEED v4, Green Globes and the International Green Construction Code have criteria favoring EPD.

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Growing An Ethical And Sustainable Guitar Forest

By Ken Christensen
Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

…For decades, McMinn has supplied the guitar industry with wood grown from the Columbia River to Alaska. He runs Pacific Rim Tonewoods, a small sawmill in Washington’s North Cascades. It has become one of the biggest wood suppliers in the country for musical instruments. Each year, McMinn ships to America’s biggest guitar makers hundreds of thousands of soundboards (the top of the guitar body) made from Sitka spruce.  Now, those customers are looking to McMinn to help find a better source of wood — wood that’s more environmentally friendly. Many guitars are made from rare trees like rosewood, mahogany and ebony. They’re popular for their good looks and good vibrations, but their high value also makes them attractive to poachers in parts of the world often devastated by deforestation.

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Global Cellulose Acetate Market Expected To Reach USD 7.01 Billion by 2021

By Allan Leonetti
Times of Kabul
November 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Zion Research has published a new report titled “Cellulose Acetate Market (Cellulose Acetate Tow and Cellulose Acetate Filament) for Cigarette Filters, Textile & Apparel, Photographic Films, Tapes & Labels, Extrusion & Molding and Other Applications – Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2021”. According to the report, global cellulose acetate market was valued at around USD 4.82 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 7.01 billion in 2021, growing at a CAGR of around 3.6% between 2016 and 2021. In terms of volume, the global cellulose acetate market stood at above 3,000 tons in 2015.

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Forestry

Public input invited on Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comments are being accepted until Jan. 16, 2017, on a discussion paper released today as part of a comprehensive timber supply review for the Arrowsmith 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 Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area. While the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area covers 1,560,851 hectares, the productive forest land managed by government is 114,940 hectares.

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Connecting Students from the Greater Toronto Region with our Forests

Forests Ontario Hosts Inaugural Forestry Connects program in southern Ontario
Canada Newswire in Edmonton Journal
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

STOUFFVILLE, ON – Today, in partnership with the Municipality of York Region, Forests Ontario hosted local schools for its first Forestry Connects program in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre provided the ideal location to unite 35 urban students with nature. Students participated in several hands on workshops including orienteering, forest inventory and tree seed collection. Since 2010, Forests Ontario’s Forestry Connects program has provided more than 300 high school students with the opportunity to receive a behind-the-scenes look at the role that forestry plays in communities across the province.

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Citizen Forester program empowers residents to protect Toronto’s trees

By Justin Skinner
Inside Toronto
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Toronto’s future as a liveable city depends at least in part on maintaining a healthy tree canopy to help keep the air clean, provide shade, reduce the urban heat island effect and keep neighbourhoods beautiful. Now, a partnership between Cabbagetown resident David Grant – founder of the tree advocacy group Cabbagetown Releaf – and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry is looking to get everyday Torontonians involved in ensuring the city’s trees remain healthy and plentiful. They have started up the Citizen Forester program to provide workshops, hold tree giveaways and to improve the city’s greenery.

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Nova Scotia to use new forestry tool and update soil data

By Michael Gorman
CBC News
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia will begin using a new tool aimed at making sure soil in a specific area is healthy enough to support future logging and can rejuvenate the forest once wood is harvested. The Department of Natural Resources’s code of forest practices already calls for harvests and biomass removals to remain below rates that would impact long-term productivity. However, a paper published in September in the Open Journal of Forestry points out that much of the existing Nova Scotia soil data and nutrient information on record is no longer accurate. New soil samples were collected as part of the research, and the paper looks at using a “nutrient budget model” to determine if woodlands can sustain prospective cuts, based on intensity and volume.

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Environmentalists Ruined Timber Industry

Letter by Art Reynolds
Centralia Chronicle
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ever stop to think what motivated so many folks to migrate to the Northwest and decide to make a go of it here? Logging! It was logging during the bygone era that attracted a host of job seekers from all parts of our nation as there were “Help Wanted’ signs everywhere and unlimited job opportunities. It began before what the 19th century referred to as the westward movement. ….Because of newer devastating government-imposed environmental sanctions and stricter restrictions on logging, Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. the largest timber company in the world, had its operations seriously curtailed, causing a widespread economic chaos throughout the Northwest from which we have never recovered.

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Colville National Forest logging project can move forward, appeals court says

By Becky Kramer
The Spokesman Review
November 7, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An environmental group trying to stop a logging project on the Colville National Forest was dealt another setback last week, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request for an emergency injunction. Friday’s ruling against the Alliance for the Wild Rockies upholds a ruling last month by a U.S. District Court judge, who also declined to halt the project. The A to Z sale is among the first of its kind nationally. The Forest Service contracted with a sawmill owner, Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co., to thin trees and do restoration work on 54,000 acres of the Colville forest. The 10-year contract includes harvesting 30 million to 50 million board feet of timber, controlled burns, stream restoration and road maintenance work to reduce erosion.

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Logging myths fuel legislation

by GEORGE WUERTHNER
The Missoulian
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The timber industry and its advocates continue to promote a number of myths designed to garner public support for increased logging. New legislation is proposed that would weaken environmental protections, reduce public review of U.S. Forest Service timber sales (called variously vegetation management, forest health restoration, fuels reduction, hazard tree reduction, salvage timber sale) and significantly increase money-losing logging on public lands. Myth: Restoration of our forests is needed to recreate historic conditions. Truth: There is growing debate about whether most forest ecosystems need any restoration. Nearly all higher-elevation mixed conifer and subalpine forests grew in dense stands that tended to burn at medium to long intervals (often at intervals of hundreds of years), with large patches of mixed to high mortality, so they are well within historic conditions.

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Port Ludlow residents air logging mediation concerns with Jefferson commissioners

By Cydney McFarland
Peninsula Daily News
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — More than a dozen Port Ludlow residents at the Jefferson County commissioners’ meeting Monday shared concerns on a perceived lack of progress in mediation between the county and Port Ludlow Associates over timber harvests around the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort. Four residents voiced their concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting. Port Ludlow resident Jim Posey had the group stand during his comments to show the commissioners how many people came out. According to Bill Dean, residents of Port Ludlow have been trying to keep the issue on the commissioners’ radar by attending meetings in Port Townsend and picketing a new Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) housing development on the weekends.

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Study Uses 1988 Yellowstone Fires To Measure Future Bark Beetle Vulnerability In Western Forests

By Sean Reichard
Yellowstone Insider
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new forest study is using the 1988 Yellowstone fires to map out whether burned forests are more susceptible to bark beetle outbreaks in the future. According to Phys.org, a new study published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that large fires curb future bark beetle attacks and “broad-scale outbreaks.” Another landmark forest study published earlier by the University of Idaho this year definitively linked beetle outbreaks to climate change, saying higher temperatures and less precipitation foster beetle growth—and “synchronize” hatchings in the fall—while milder winters ensure more beetles survive.

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Wildfires raging in southern Appalachians, Southeast

By John Hopewell
The Washington Post
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Dozens of wildfires are burning out of control in the Southeast and southern Appalachians, charring thousands of acres and spreading smoke across several states. The smoke was badly compromising air quality in eastern Tennessee. The state’s Department of Environment and Conservation has hoisted Code Red air-quality alerts for Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. “The [smoke] particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis,” the agency said.As of Monday, 97 fires were active in Tennessee, and smoke from the blazes could be seen as far away as southern Ohio.

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Tree planters on a mission across Scotland

The Scotsman
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AN army of volunteer tree planters is on the march across Scotland as 46,000 free saplings are distributed by Woodland Trust Scotland In Milton of Campsie the charity Silver Birch is adding to a maze it has created over five years with trees received through the scheme. The group provides horticultural therapy working with adults with learning disabilities. The charity’s Mark Williams said: “We spread the work out over a couple of weeks so most of our 21-strong Garden Maintenance Team get to do some planting. The Tree Packs are a great idea and everyone is really proud of our maze. “Every tree except the birch in the middle has come from Woodland Trust Scotland.”

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Ireland creating world’s largest redwood forest outside of California

IrishCentral
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International


A major development called Giants Grove has been planned on the grounds of Birr Castle Gardens, County Offaly, to create the largest forest grove of giant redwood trees outside of the US state of California. This legacy project is being created by Lord Rosse, the seventh Earl of Rosse, in conjunction with Crann ‘Trees for Ireland’, an environmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of trees, hedgerows and woodlands in Ireland. Birr Castle Estate has allocated land for the project and planting is expected to begin in Spring 2017. Birr Castle Gardens is one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions renowned for their collection of trees from around the world.

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Consultation on control of Forestry Commission to end

BBC News
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A consultation that could spell the end of Forestry Commission Scotland will end later. Some forestry management is still overseen on a UK level, but the Scottish government is pushing for complete devolution of the sector. Proposals include the creation of a new body to manage the country’s forests, a dedicated Holyrood Forestry Division, and a new legislative framework. Scotland’s forestry sector is worth £1bn annually, supporting 25,000 jobs. The consultation on the future of forestry management in Scotland was opened on 1 September. It will end at midnight on 9 November. While Holyrood currently determines overall strategy and policy for forestry in Scotland, management remains the preserve of the Forestry Commission, a cross-border public authority.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Applying Hollywood’s magical thinking to oil

By Garry Lamphier
Hinton Parklander
November 8, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Leonardo DiCaprio is worried, very worried, about the state of the planet. So the jet-hopping, yacht-loving, multiple-home-owning Hollywood megastar recently took a break from the money-grubbing world of Tinseltown to educate us plebes (you know, those of us who ride the LRT to work, recycle our cans and bottles, and turn down the thermostat) on the threat of climate change. …”Look, we all want work, we all need jobs — God knows,” he reportedly told a Toronto newspaper. “And it would be great if it was like: ‘Now, we take all of these people (from the oilsands) and we replant all of that forest.’ Wouldn’t that be amazing?” Gosh, it sure would. And it would be wonderful if we didn’t need fossil fuels, petrochemical plants, airports, freeways, the trucking industry, railways, ships, pipelines, synthetic clothing, cosmetics, food preservatives or the hundreds of other petroleum-based products we use every day. But we do.

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North Fork biomass plant an economic and symbolic step forward, officials say

By Mark Evan Smith
Sierra Star
November 7, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

After several years spent obtaining grants and working through red tape, ground was broken last week on an innovative biomass plant in North Fork that officials say will create jobs and serve as a pioneer facility for the state. Funded primarily through a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the plant will be one of the first to use forest-based fuels – including trees killed by drought and the bark beetle – to generate electricity, heat, and biochar, a valuable substance that helps reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere under the state’s recently enacted SB 1122 bioenergy law. “This is an important piece of the puzzle to addressing tree mortality in this area,” said Justine Reynolds, project manager.

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Forests absorb more carbon, buffer climate change

by John Ross
The Australian
November 9, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A slowdown in the rate of warming has triggered a “pause” in the atmosphere’s uptake of carbon dioxide, shifting climate change into a lower gear. American and Australian ­climate researchers say the world’s forests have reacted to ballooning CO2 levels, and a stalling in temperature growth over land, by sponging up more of the greenhouse gas. This triggered a pause in the growth rate of atmospheric CO2 that lasted from 2002 until 2014. “Global ecosystems are slowing the rate at which CO2 is ­accumulating in the atmosphere, and thus slowing the rate of ­climate change,” said Trevor ­Keenan, the lead author of the ­report published in the journal Nature Communications.

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Climate Change Conference celebrates Forest Action Day

Xinhua
November 8, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

MARRAKECH — The Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Morocco celebrated Forest Action Day on Tuesday. COP22’s Forest Action Day celebrations are a part of the Global Climate Action Agenda to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests. …Speaking at a special event entitled “Global Climate Action Launch Event,” Abdeladim Lhafi, Morocco’s High Commissioner for Water, Forests and the Fight against Desertification, said that conserving, restoring and managing forests is essential to meeting global sustainable development goals, including combating desertification and water insecurity.

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