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Froggy Foibles

Beaver walks into Md. store, finds only artificial Christmas trees, and proceeds to trash it

By Justin Moyer
Edmonton Journal
December 1, 2016
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

In St. Mary’s County, Md., at least one badly behaved beaver is ready for holiday shopping. The beaver was apprehended at a dollar store in Charlotte Hall, Md., the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, apparently after browsing the selection of artificial Christmas trees and trashing the place. The “suspect attempted to flee the area,” as the sheriff’s office put it in a statement, but it was apprehended by animal control and released to an animal rehabilitator — hopefully not just to be released into the wild, but to be taught basic shopping etiquette. “All joking aside, the beaver was safely rescued by animal control and released to wildlife rehabilitation,” authorities tweeted.

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Business & Politics

China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government News
December 2, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to advance discussion around sustainable forest management practices during the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging in Beijing. Organized jointly by Natural Resources Canada and China’s State Forestry Administration, the roundtable was officially opened by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson as part of the 2016 Asia Trade Mission. During the roundtable, the Canadian delegation made presentations regarding Canadian government policy on combating illegal logging and its trade, Canadian industry practices to ensure sustainability, legality and traceability, and forest governance across Canadian jurisdictions. Thomson’s remarks to start the conference specifically noted British Columbia’s track record for producing legal and sustainable forest products.

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U.S. administration likely to approve Keystone XL pipeline, but softwood lumber dispute looms, former minister says

By Gordon Kent
Edmonton Journal
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The protectionist policies of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump create a huge challenge for Canada as it tries to resolve trade concerns, former Conservative cabinet minister John Baird says. …“We have in the White House someone who will be a very tough negotiator, and not just when he arrives at the negotiating table, but in the run-up to those negotiations,” the one-time foreign affairs minister said. “He will be unpredictable, and he will be incredibly tough … Canada has a trade surplus with the United States that’s not insignificant, and there’s going to be a lot of pressure on that.” …The U.S. lumber industry filed a petition last week asking the American government to impose duties on Canadian imports to offset the harm it claims is caused by subsidies following the expiry of a 10-year agreement on the issue in 2015. “Now that the U.S. Lumber Coalition has come forward, I expect that will be a much tougher challenge to resolve, because (Trump) won’t have either the inclination or, frankly, even the capacity to throw Canada a favour.”

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Catalyst Paper Corporation anticipates export decision

By David Bridle
Powell River Peak
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Preliminary results in the United States Department of Commerce review of Catalyst Paper Corporation’s export of supercalendared paper, if upheld, indicate a positive impact on the Powell River mill, according to Catalyst senior vice-president of human resources Len Posyniak. In December 2015, the department levied countervailing duties against Catalyst and other Canadian producers at the rate of 18.85 per cent. Since then, Catalyst has paid more than $18 million in duties and legal costs, imposing a burden on its financial performance, most notably on the Powell River mill. Posyniak said while the duties have been in place, the company has done as much as it can to offset the effects on the Powell River mill.

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Court upholds West Fraser fine for tree faller’s death

By Mark Nielsen
Prince George Citizen (also in Business in Vancouver)
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld a WorkSafeBC decision to fine West Fraser Mills Ltd. in relation to the death of a tree faller working on a forest licence area held by the company. West Fraser was seeking to overturn the decision, arguing the faller worked for a contractor and not directly for the company. However, in a judgment issued Monday, a panel made up of three Appeal Court Justices found WorkSafeBC has the power to fine the owner of a work site, even if the victim’s pay cheque came from another source. In July 2011, WorkSafeBC issued a $75,000 fine after finding West Fraser failed to ensure the work was properly planned and conducted.

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Interfor Completes Sale of Tacoma Sawmill Property

Interfor Corporation
November 30, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corporation announced today that it has completed the final step in the monetization of its former sawmill in Tacoma, Washington, with the closing of the sale of the Tacoma sawmill property for gross proceeds of US$32.4 million. Net cash proceeds from the sale of the property are estimated to be US$21 million after taking into account transaction costs, potential post-closing adjustments and the US$10 million payment to be made to Simpson Lumber Company. The net proceeds will be used to further reduce net debt.

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Still No Justice for BC Workers Killed in Twin Mill Blasts

By Tom Sandborn
The Tyee
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Demands persist for new inquiry into bungled prevention, probe of Babine, Lakeland explosions. Latest in a series… At 8:15 p.m., Jan. 20, 2012, the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C. exploded. Robert Luggi, a lead hand and Carl Charlie, the #1 cutoff saw operator, were killed and 20 other workers were injured, many very seriously burned, as the fireball engulfed their workplace. Only three months later, Lakeland Mills outside Prince George went up in flames fed, as at Babine, by an unsafe level of dry sawdust in the air and on surfaces throughout the mill. Glenn Roche and Alan Little were killed and 22 of their fellow workers were injured.

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Irving Pulp and Paper charged with dumping into St. John River

By Connell Smith
CBC News
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Irving Pulp and Paper Limited has been charged with 15 counts of illegal dumping into the St. John River. The alleged federal Fisheries Act violations date from June 2014 through August 2016 and are said to have taken place at the company’s mill at Reversing Falls in west Saint John. In each case it is claimed the company released a “deleterious” substance into the river. The harmful substance has not been named. Mary Keith, vice-president of J.D. Irving, Limited, said in a statement that the pulp mill is “currently in compliance with all environmental laws.” “Irving Pulp and Paper is reviewing the charges which relate to issues that were self-reported,” Keith said.

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Log & Lumber Exports to China Demonstrate Strong Demand for US Wood Products

By Hannah Jefferies
Forest 2 Market
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A few weeks ago, I read a summary of the American Hardwood Export Council’s (AHEC) European conference, which, among other things, said that “one in every five boards of American lumber will now end up in China.” The United States’ trading policies are on the minds of many in the wake of the US presidential election, so I wanted to dig a little further into some of the US export data on logs and lumber. Most American log exports are conifer species. From 2005-2008, only 4% on average of total conifer log exports were destined for China. Since 2007, the share of conifer logs exported to China vs. other countries has increased. By 2011, 60% of US conifer logs were exported to China, more than all other countries combined, and this trend has persisted over the past six years.

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Montana’s largest landowner, timber company Weyerhaeuser, uses Real Estate Investment Trusts to avoid corporate taxes

By Tommy Martino
Independent Record
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Tom Ray does not speculate in public about Weyerhaeuser Corp.’s future. The former Plum Creek Timber Co. vice president, now Weyerhaeuser’s Montana resources team leader, remains an approachable and forthcoming representative of the timber industry — within limits… “But when you talk about policy or the future and speculation, we leave that to the Montana Wood Products Association,” Ray said in a recent interview. “We have an adequate supply for the mills that we’re currently running. I don’t have anything else to offer now.”… Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, have become the dominant format for the big timber companies in the United States… REITs by law must pass at least 90 percent of their annual profits directly to shareholders. The corporation doesn’t pay corporate income tax on that money – up to 35 percent savings. 

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New Start for Louisiana Hardwood Mill

Building-Products
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Adobe Machinery Group has formed LeMoyen Mill & Timber LLC to purchase Bayou State Lumber Co.’s sawmill in LeMoyen, La. The company will also invest another $2 million in upgrades, allowing the facility to saw boards and timbers for assembly into timber and laminated mats. It will employ 32. “We are very excited about the LeMoyen mill and facilities along with their core team of dedicated and talented personnel,” said Adobe CEO Robert W. Latimer. “The mill, with its production capacity and immense hardwood lumber storage, brings tremendous integration opportunities to our mat distribution company, American Mat & Timber. St. Landry Parish, with its abundance of hardwood resources and its proximity to our branch locations, our customers, and rail and major waterways, is the perfect spot for us.” END OF STORY

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Timber industries woo policy makers at CTI conference

Timber Trade Journal
December 1, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Politicians attending the Confederation of Timber Industries’ (CTI) inaugural Westminster Conference yesterday have admitted that the timber industry now has an “opportunity of a lifetime”… The leaders of the Timber Trade Federation, British Woodworking Federation and Structural Timber Association all spoke passionately about the advantages of wood and timber construction, as well as the work being done to improve skills and training in the industries. David Hopkins, TTF managing director, unveiled the CTI manifesto, urging government to:
• Ensure the principles and practice of the EUTR are protected and enforced
• Maintain strict carbon targets at the heart of its Industrial Strategy
• Recognise and reward the timber trade’s crucial role in maintaining and expanding forest cover at home and abroad

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian Wood Council launches updated Carbon Calculator tool

Canadian Architect
December 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Wood Council reinforced its ongoing commitment to sustainable development with the updated launch of the Carbon Calculator tool. With growing pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the built environment, designers are increasingly being called upon to balance function and cost objectives with reduced environmental impacts. As the only major building material that is renewable and stores carbon over its lifetime, wood building products and construction systems play a vital role in contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.

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Sequim laboratory combating oil spills with wood shavings

By Matthew Nash
Peninsula Daily News
December 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SEQUIM — Stopping an oil spill could be as simple as the shake of a bottle and lighting a match thanks to some local scientists. A team with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory near Sequim, sponsored by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, continues to fine-tune a product that pulls and holds an oil spill together so it can burn, specifically in low temperature areas such as the Arctic. Two scientists in the Richland facility are working with them. …The aggregator is a wood flour — fine dust from wood processing — modified by chemists who attach oil-attracting chemicals to the surface, Bonheyo said. It’s all-natural, renewable and non-toxic, he said, adding that it repels water, prevents ice formation and works in high winds.

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Buildings on campus recycle wood from Dell Medical School construction site

By Julianne Hodges
The Daily Texan
December 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Trees removed from the Dell Medical School construction site are getting a second life, being reporposed into furniture for places around campus. The construction site for the medical school is located in an area that previously had over 100 trees. While building new buildings on campus, facilities services and construction crews try to preserve and relocate as many trees as possible. …Unfortunately, not all of the trees at the medical school site were good candidates for moving. “In a perfect world, we’d be able to save more trees on these sites, but it’s difficult,” Carse said. “You don’t want to build and have a liability with a tree because it’s been mistreated.” Instead of throwing all of the trees away or turning them into mulch, UT contractors are using them to build furniture and construction materials for the new medical school and other buildings around campus.

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Global Wood Vinegar Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2023

Business Wire
December 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

DUBLIN–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Wood Vinegar Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2023” report to their offering. The global wood vinegar market is valued at $3.2 million in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% during 2016-2023. The improved crop yield due to the usage of wood vinegar, increased government initiatives to promote the usage of bio-based products, and its waste management potential are driving the growth of the global wood vinegar market. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share in the global wood vinegar market in 2015, in terms of value and volume. Wood Vinegar, also called pyroligneous acid or liquid smoke, is a byproduct of charcoal or biochar production. It is a dark liquid obtained through carbonization, which occurs upon heating of biomass in an airless container. 

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Bates Smart propose tapered tower with CLT podium for growing North Sydney

By Nathan Johnson
Architect and Design
December 1, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Section 75W Modification development application for a commercial tower in North Sydney could finally bring the long-awaited project to life. …The two obvious differences between the original and new towers are its size and form. …Other modifications reflect the evolution design thinking, building materials and technology have undergone in the past decade. The podium will be constructed of timber, using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for column, beams and floor slabs, and feature exposed curving timber spandrels with vegetated edges.

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Timber industry could get policy boost

By Scott Kovacevic
Gympie Times Australia
December 2, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AUSTRALIA — Timber could be set to become the future boom industry for the Gympie region, with the council considering a wood encouragement policy to emphasise timber construction in the region. Gympie Regional Council was approached by Timber Queensland and Planet Ark about developing the policy. Under the policy, greater consideration would be given to using timber as the primary construction material in new developments. However, the policy would not make the use of timber an ironclad requirement.

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Forestry

Water precious, needs to be protected

By Andrew Adams
Prince George Citizen
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The importance of the boreal forest cannot be understated. For one, you, me and all of Prince George lives in one. The boreal forest or Taiga is the lungs of the north, an old somewhat simple ecosystem of primitive gymnosperms, ferns and salicaceae species that covers nearly thirty per cent of the world’s forested areas spanning three continents. As glacial maximum happened and receded, the boreal forest marched (albeit very slowly) north to take the frozen landscape and colonize the barren land. In this slow colonization, soil building processes began. Topsoil, the biologically most active layer of soil can take from 500 to 1,000 years to form one inch depending on parent material, climate and topography.

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Zeal Optics Continues American Forests Partnership

SGB Media
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Zeal Optics, an outdoor eyewear brand based in Boulder, CO, partnered with American Forests as part of its “Buy A Goggle, Plant A Tree” program. For every pair of goggles sold online this December, Zeal will plant a tree in the Rocky Mountain backcountry. Last year, the company helped plant more than 1,000 pine trees. This winter, it hopes to double the impact on Western forests. “American Forests is thrilled to be partnering with Zeal Optics,” said Lea Sloan, VP of communications, American Forests. “Zeal Optics’ investment in working with us to protect and restore forests shows their genuine commitment to sustaining a healthy planet for all who love exploring and adventuring. Forests are essential sources of clean air and pure water, and to cooling the planet and slowing the effects of climate change.”

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A War, The Chainsaw And The 2nd Great Cutting Of The Northwest

By Jes Burns
OPB | Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…“We milked those cows all month and [made] about the same as we’d make in a week logging.” he says. That was the end of the dairy but the beginning of a 50-year career in the woods. There couldn’t have been a better time for the Skirvins to get started in the industry. World War II had set the country on a new prosperous course – not only economically but technologically as well. Tree cutting became far quicker and easier because the war helped push the most iconic symbol of modern logging — the chainsaw — into the hands of the Northwest logger. It changed the industry forever.

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After 45 years of harassment of female wildfire fighters, Congress says enough

By Darryl Fears
The Washington Post
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In a scathing rebuke of the U.S. Agriculture Department, House members called the department’s response to harassment claims filed by female wildfire fighters “incompetent” in an oversight hearing on Thursday. They also said a reprimand that allowed a fire chief to quit with full benefits after groping a woman 20 times was “unacceptable.” “The guy should not only have been fired, he should have been arrested!” Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) shouted at Lenise Lago, deputy chief of the business office at the U.S. Forest Service, a division of the Agriculture Department, and Joe Leonard, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, both of whom testified in an attempt to explain their actions.

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Oregon Board of Forestry Reverses Course, Will Develop Murrelet Protections

Center for Biological Diversity
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore.— The Oregon Board of Forestry has reversed its prior decision to deny a petition from conservation groups that called for the identification and protection of marbled murrelet sites on state and private forest lands. The board is now coordinating with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other state land owning agencies to identify and protect important old-growth forest areas for the seabird threatened with extinction. “It is reassuring to see the board reverse course on this issue, especially given Oregon’s current efforts to sell off the Elliott State Forest,” said Nick Cady, legal director of Cascadia Wildlands. 

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Timber wars inspired Missoula’s environmental movement

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Missoula, the timber industry and the University of Montana have a fractured family relationship. Much of the city grew from the state’s need for lumber. Sawmills located here because the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers, and even Rattlesnake Creek, could float the huge trees that grew around them to the log yards. The university got into the forestry world in 1908, training rangers for the nation’s first national forests. The Great Burn of 1910 blackened 3.1 million acres of Forest Service Region 1, headquartered in Missoula. The fires focused public attention both on the nation’s need for lumber and the challenge of managing its public forests. Early research on fire science, smokejumpers, and sustainable-yield harvesting all have deep roots in Missoula.

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How Nazi POWs Almost Become Loggers In Oregon And Washington

By Jes Burns
Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The timber industry labor shortage during WWII was very real. Many able-bodied men left the woods to fight in the war and still others felt the pull of wartime manufacturing jobs in cities like Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. Loggers were exempted from the draft because the United States needs lumber for the war effort. But that didn’t solve the labor shortage. Like in other war-time industries across the country, women joined the workforce. “Women do start working the timber industry in the 1940s, particularly in plywood mills,” said UO historian Steven Beda. In their desperation for timber, the War Labor Board also considered more extreme solutions: German prisoners of war held at several Northwest military installations.

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Sole bid for Elliott State Forest found to be responsive

By Emily Hoard
The News Review
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Representatives of timber and tribes teamed together and on Nov. 15 submitted the only bid to purchase the Elliott State Forest from the state. Since then, the Oregon Department of State Lands deemed this proposal, from the local Lone Rock Timber Management Company, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, to be responsive to its requirements for the sale. The State Land Board plans to make a decision on the sale on Dec. 13.

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Tennessee Wildfire Death Toll Hits 10

By Haley Miller
Huffington Post
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ten people have died in the devastating wildfire that engulfed the Eastern Tennessee resort towns of Sevier County earlier this week, authorities confirmed Thursday. At least 80 people were transported to the hospital for fire-related injuries, though many have been released, according to Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “All of the fires are extinguished at this time,” Waters said at a press conference Thursday. “The search is winding down … Hopefully, we will not find any more [fatalities].” Authorities have not released the identities of the 10 people killed. 

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Department of Forestry: Fall 2016 Wildfire Season Ends

Press release from Virginia Department of Forestry
NBC 29
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The 47-day fall wildfire season in Virginia ended at midnight Wednesday with some much-needed rain across most of the Commonwealth. Virginia Department of Forestry crews responded to 172 wildfires that burned a total of 5,501 acres on privately-owned land from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30. The firefighters protected 412 homes and other structures, but four homes and 22 other structures were damaged. “With drought conditions, warm temps, low humidity and high winds, we dealt with a number of difficult fires this fall,” said John Miller, VDOF’s director of fire and emergency response. “Southwest Virginia was the area with the most wildfire activity; was forced to deal with a tremendous amount of smoke from wildfires in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, and experienced a rash of arson fires in several counties.”

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Out-of-state workers could be headed home as rain slows wildfires

By Lauren Foreman
Atlanta Constitution Journal
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

After the threat of severe weather Wednesday forced firefighters to briefly halt their efforts battling wildfires in North Georgia, they were back at work Thursday. And it’s expected that some out-of-state workers could get relief after those storms brought an added 1.5 inches of rain to Fannin County. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service had expected the state’s largest wildfire in Rough Ridge to be fully contained by Wednesday, but storms that brought at least 13 tornadoes to the Southeast briefly halted those efforts.

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Centre for International Forestry Research Day at United States Agency for International Development: Integrating biodiversity and forests into key development objectives

Center for International Forestry Research
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) teamed up this past October to host series of seminars focused on integrating biodiversity and forests into diverse development objectives including food security, the fight against zoonotic disease, improved governance, secure land rights, gender equality, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. In their opening remarks, Carrie Thompson, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Economic Growth, Education and Environment Bureau, and Saharah Moon Chapotin, DAA for the Bureau for Food Security, emphasized the value USAID places on science, research and evidence.

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Indonesia’s Forest-Fire Problem Is Nowhere Close to Being Solved. Here’s Why

Time Magazine
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Choking haze caused by Indonesia’s annual slash-and-burn forest fires affects millions of people. Wetter weather provided some relief in 2016, but tackling the fires properly will require monumental change… More trees are being felled in Indonesia than in any other country — most of them to create room for palm plantations. Palm oil is used for the world’s processed food, cosmetics and, increasingly, in biodiesel industries. But producing it involves clearing vast tracts of forest by burning. In 2015, flames consumed a combined area roughly the size of Massachusetts.

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Papua New Guinea villager takes six-year logging fight to the world stage

By Eric Tlozek
ABC News Australia
December 2, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Papua New Guinean villager’s six-year battle to stop logging around his home has won him an international human rights award and given him the chance to lobby the United States Government for help. Paul Pavol travelled to New York and Washington DC to see politicians and foreign policy staff. He was flown to the US to receive the Alexander Soros Foundation Award, which recognises human rights and environmental advocates. The foundation’s patron, philanthropist Alexander Soros, said Mr Pavol had won for his efforts to stop logging around his home village of Mu in East New Britain province.

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Conservationists campaign against logging near wedge-tailed eagle nests on Frankland River

By Margot Kelly
ABC New Australia
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania — Environmental groups are campaigning against the harvesting of timber from two coupes in north-west Tasmania because of the presence of wedge-tailed eagle nests. The two coupes are on the Frankland River, about an hour south of Smithton near the Arthur-Piemen Conservation Area. Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said campaigners wanted Forestry Tasmania to take the areas off their logging schedules. “We are calling on the Tasmanian Government to provide secure protection for these forests,” Ms Weber said.

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World’s largest redwood forest outside of California is coming — to Ireland

By Matt Hickman
Mother Nature Network
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ireland, enchanted land of mist-shrouded bogs and dewy patches of trefoil spanning as far as the eye can see, isn’t exactly famous for being home to the mighty Sequoiadendron giganteum — the giant redwood. As far as natural distribution goes, these awe-inspiring ancient beauties are strictly limited to Northern California, specifically the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Yet giant redwoods are indeed (kind of) native to Ireland, growing in great numbers across the Emerald Isle some three million years ago prior to the Ice Age… That being said, giant redwoods can and do grow with some success in Ireland although there are no full-on forests — or significant groves for that matter —populated by these impossibly tall trees like in California. This, however, will soon change.

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Clash in German forest as red line is crossed

Deutsche Welle
December 1, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging has begun in Hambach Forest, where activists have sought for years to protect ancient trees – which grow over coal coveted by German power company RWE. Under heavy police presence, the fight is about to get real.The old and mighty Hambach Forest, an ancient woodlands in Germany that lies between the cities of Cologne and Aachen, has been an environmental battlefield for years. On one side, young activists living in trailers and tree houses are fighting to save the forest. On the other, Germany’s second-largest electricity producer RWE is trying to clear it… But the highly coveted coal deposits lie beneath the 12,000-year-old forest, whose trees have been chopped down for decades to make space for coal diggers. Only a fourth of the original forest, which used to cover 5,500 hectares, is left.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BC Views: Polluting the climate change debate

By Tom Fletcher – reporting from China!
BC Local News
December 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

By the time you read this I will be arriving in China, traveling from Japan with a forest industry trade mission led by B.C. Forests Minister Steve Thomson. A fellow journalist stationed in Beijing posted a local story on Twitter the other day, a forecast that fall and winter air quality is expected to be worse than usual this year. And “usual” in that part of China is worse than anything we have ever seen in North America. …Claiming carbon dioxide is pollution, rather than an essential trace gas that adds to heat trapping in the atmosphere, is just one problem with the climate change narrative pushed by the United Nations. Using jet-setting, megayacht-sailing actor Leonardo DiCaprio as a spokesman is another. It’s hard to imagine a worse choice, measured by his Hollywood lifestyle or his technical knowledge. This is the guy who felt a Chinook wind blow in while filming in Alberta in winter, and thought the world was ending.

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European Commission proposes to assess sustainability of forest biomass

IHB – The Timber Network
December 1, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Yesterday, the European Commission presented a proposal for new sustainability criteria for forest biomass, as a part of the Clean Energy package. European forest owners and managers are reiterating their concerns over the introduction of a new system for forest biomass sustainability… “The proposed new sustainability provisions for forest biomass follow a risk-based approach that should be assessed by looking at legislation on national or sub-national level. This provides the possibility to look at the already-existing national regulations for forest management. It is the most appropriate level for assessment, as going down to the forest holding level causes unacceptable burdens for the forest owner. This proposal now needs to be carefully analysed, especially in terms of the on?the?ground impacts on forest owners”, says Emma Berglund, Secretary General of the Confederation of European Forest Owners.

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