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Daily Archives: February 9, 2017

Today’s Takeaway

Recycled wood fashions, nanofibre diapers and a 150 year celebration!

Tree Frog Daily News
February 9, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

150! Canada is celebrating a birthday this year and the forest sector is ready for the party. With the tagline “Canada Grows on Trees”, the Forest Products Association of Canada is sharing 150 daily facts about the forest industry in 150 days. You can join them – tag #CanadaGrowsOnTrees in your favourite social media platform. The Canadian Institute of Forestry is going graphic with 150 Days of Forests, a photo campaign to celebrate pride in Canadian forests. You can join the fun with a #CIFforestSelfie.

Vertical forests—when a forest grows on a forest on a forest—happen when you plant a skyscraper with 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading plants. The premise is that these “green” towers will produce oxygen while drawing in carbon from the city air. A good idea, but will it work? Skeptical to start, Lloyd Alter took a second look at these urban forests and asks if there really is enough growing space to support large trees.
Finally, wood fibres are the centre of two stories today about pulp and fashion! Cellulose nanofiber – “a “post-carbon-fiber” wonder material” is attracting serious attention, and showing up in a wide range of products, including diapers, where odor-absorbing ions help keep baby fresh! The story has a different twist in Austria, where cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has created a textile line called Refiner – blending recovered cotton scraps and wood fibre. Their goal is to “reduce reliance on natural raw materials“. 
–Tree Frog Editors

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Forestry

150 Day of Forests Photo Campaign

Canadian Institute of Forestry
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

As a part of the Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, the Canadian Institute of Forestry is coordinating the 150 Days of Forests Photo Campaign!  Help us build a sense of pride in Canadian forests and celebrate the important role of forests in Canadian history! How to participate: Submit a photo of you in the forest – #CIFforestselfie accepted! (1MB or higher). Tell us why you love forests or what they mean to you (in under 50 words). Photo submissions will be shared on CIF social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) in a countdown to Canada Day.

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Canada Grows on Trees: Celebrating Canada’s 150th

Forest Products Association of Canada
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada grows on trees. And as Canadians gear up to celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 1st Forest Products Association of Canada will be counting down 150 days by sharing 150 daily facts about our industry on Facebook and Twitter. The forest sector has played a vital role in Canada’s history since before Confederation and is leading the way towards a prosperous future. Our industry has provided jobs to sustain our economy and has helped define Canadian culture. For example, did you know that at the first organized indoor hockey game in Montreal not only were the sticks made of wood, but they ditched the traditional ball and used a “flat round piece of wood” – the first iteration of the puck we know today?

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Lumby ready to tackle wildfires

By Richard Rolke
Vernon Morning Star
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumby wants to ensure it doesn’t capture headlines for wildfires and evacuations. Council received a presentation Monday from consultant John Davies about the community wildfire protection plan. “He is pleasantly surprised by how interested people are in the plan,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich. “Our area is very progressive in wanting to do fire prevention.” Parts of the community have already been tackled to reduce the potential wildfire risk, and funds are now being sought for mitigation efforts in the Cedar Ridge area.

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Still Time to Register for the ABCFP 2017 Forestry Conference

Association of BC Forest Professionals
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Join us for an exciting line-up of speakers, February 22 – 24, 2017, in Prince George at the ABCFP annual forestry conference. This year’s conference, Changing Landscapes, New Opportunities, offers a strong line up of speakers, including senior executives and chief foresters from industry and government, First Nations Chief Councillors and representatives, and experts from academia, government, and other professions. To kick things off on Thursday morning, Jay Ingram, celebrated science communicator and broadcaster (Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet and CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks), will deliver the opening keynote presentation, Truth, An Inconvenience, to challenge our understanding of our own biases towards information.

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New Ladysmith Secondary course introduces youth to First Nations culture

By Mike Gregory
Ladysmith Chronicle
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A young teenager rests his hands gently on the bark of a 14-foot long cedar in John Marston’s workshop, his eyes cast intriguingly on the Stz’uminus carver who is explaining the importance of the tree to First Nations culture. It’s nearing the end of the first week of a new semester and the boy is among a class of 30 Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS) students who are enrolled in a new class focused on First Peoples. …TimberWest donated a 44-foot long cedar from which the Stz’uminus carver created House Posts that were installed last year. “As the interest and the healing energy of the cedar came into the building that started to help us understand what we needed to do next,” Taylor said.

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BCIC Ignite Program Awards Almost One Million Dollars for BC Innovation

By The BC Innovation Council
Canada Newswire
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The BC Innovation Council, a crown agency of the Province of BC focused on fueling BC’s economic engine through BC tech and market-driven innovation, announced today the winners for the second Ignite Awards. A total of $873,475 was awarded amongst three BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences. …The three projects met award criteria and demonstrate the ability to adapt and succeed in diverse fields including transportation, industrial manufacturing, forestry and mining. …The three research projects with their consortium counterparts are: …Nima Nabavi, CEO, ExcelSense Technologies, working with Dr. Jonathan Holzman, UBC (Okanagan), and Canfor, to create self-cleaning camera technology for forestry and mining applications that has the potential to save millions in downtime and maintenance and addresses safety concerns for high-risk camera locations.

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Safety review urged

By Jon Manchester
Castanet
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coroners, the Transportation Safety Board and WorkSafeBC continue to investigate a fatality at Kelowna’s Tolko sawmill. The Jan. 30 boom boat sinking claimed the life of operator Ivor Lundin. The drowning was the first manufacturing fatality of 2017 in the province, according to the B.C. Forest Safety Council. …”Take a look at your worksite with fresh eyes. Think critically about the operation, identify what potential incidents could occur and come up with an action plan to control those hazards,” the safety council advises.

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Near misses prompts forest manager to issue warning

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Williams Lake Tribune
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There have been a few close calls between logging trucks and snowmobiles or ATVs in the area where Douglas-fir bark beetle harvesting is underway west of Williams Lake in the Flat Rock Block, said Williams Lake Community Forest manager Ken Day. “My main concern is the area off Birch Lane Road where we have had most of the run-ins,” Day said. “People could come around the corner and find logging trucks, pickup trucks and skidders working in the forest.” Potentially the work is going on seven days a week from dark to dark, he added. The work got underway just after Christmas and is expected to continue all through the winter until they cannot haul logs anymore.

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New County forestry management plan ready

By Sean Chase
The Pembroke Daily Observer
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Renfrew County council will soon be asked to approve a new forestry management plan that will provide a blue print for harvesting operations over the next 10 years. Presenting the final draft of the plan to the development and property committee Tuesday, County forester Lacey Rose concluded that the upper tier’s managed forests will remain profitable for the next 23 years, however, she insisted stocks will need to be renewed to make the industry a financially viable venture. The Renfrew County Forest includes 6,527 hectares scattered over 53 parcels of land made up of mixed woods, hardwoods, white and red pine. There are smaller tracts of land containing cedar, upland and lowland conifer, red oak, spruce and tolerant hardwood. About 64 per cent of the current inventory is between 60 and 120 years old and will be ready for harvest over the next 15 years.

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Using tablets for tree thinning

By Emery Cowan
Arizona Daily Sun
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although the use of special paint to mark trees has long been standard practice to guide forest thinning operations, the city of Flagstaff, with help from The Nature Conservancy, is trying out a new technology on some portions of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. Instead of physically marking trees loggers should cut, or those they should not cut, the city is using tablets loaded with detailed digital maps to designate where and what kinds of trees should be cut on Observatory Mesa.  …The process of planning and designating which trees should be cut is at least five times faster with the tablets than with paint, said Mark Cagigas, a marking crew foreman with the Forest Service. It’s also cheaper — $16 per acre versus about $40 an acre, according to the Nature Conservancy.

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Forest Service logs Roaring Lion timber

By Kevin Maki
NBC News Montana
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON, Mont. – It’s been more than six months since fire raced through the Roaring Lion drainage south west of Hamilton, burning 8,700 acres of National Forest and private land, as well as several houses. Now, crews have begin salvaging some of the fire killed timber. To reduce threats of falling snags the Bitterroot National Forest is harvesting 45 acres of trees near Roaring Lion, Sawtooth and Ward Mountain trailheads. Those trailheads remain closed to the public.  The logs have been sold to Montana mills. NBC Montana traveled to the area Thursday with Forest Service personnel.

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Forest thinning accelerates around Flagstaff

By Emery Cowan
Arizona Daily Sun
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Now entering its fifth year, the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, or FWPP, is poised for a major ramp-up in forest thinning activities in 2017. And much of the work will be taking place next door to Flagstaff neighborhoods as well as throughout popular recreation areas. Starting this spring, forests in the Dry Lake Hills area near Rocky Ridge and Schultz Creek trails, along the base of Mount Elden near upper Fourth Street and on Observatory Mesa west of the Lockett Park neighborhood will see a combination of mechanical logging and hand cutting with chainsaws . “(Thinned acreage) has been climbing and should climb dramatically this year,” said Mike Elson, district ranger with the Forest Service’s Flagstaff Ranger District. According to plans laid out by the Forest Service and the city of Flagstaff, at least 1,300 acres, and potentially more than 1,800 acres will be treated on city, state and National Forest land this coming year.

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Teachers Can Spend Their Vacations Learning about Forests

Tampa Bay Reporter
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TAMPA BAY -Teachers who are looking for something a bit different this coming summer could take part in the Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour. The tour, sponsored by the Florida Forest Service, will bring 45 teachers from across the state to Fernandina Beach to learn how forestry works in Florida while earning 30 continuing education units. Applications are due March 10. The event will be held June 20-23. “This four-day event immerses teachers in the collaborative forestry effort to keep Florida’s forests healthy, renewable and sustainable for future generations,” state Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said. Participating teachers will experience all aspects of forestry practices, from the planting and growing processes to the mills and final products. 

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Vineyard land and forestry plantations attract foreign buyers in Marlborough

Stuff.co.nz
February 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Foreign buyers are spending millions snapping up large tracts of land in Marlborough, resulting in a heavy concentration of foreign ownership in key industries… Forestry was the biggest investment area for foreign buyers in the region, with Marlborough Forestry Industry Association executive officer Vern Harris estimating half the Marlborough estate was owned by overseas companies. Harris said the involvement of overseas companies was a positive, as it allowed local owners to divest from their holdings while continuing with similar supply and employment arrangements. The only future downside would be if raw materials were exported offshore instead of companies investing in processing facilities in the region to add value to forestry products, he said.

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Battle lines drawn in new round of the ‘forest wars’

By Radio National’s Fran Kelly
ABC News Australia
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The battle lines in the long-running ‘forest wars’ between environment groups and the timber industry are being drawn again, with Victoria and Tasmania once again set to become the main battlegrounds The renewed tensions are surfacing as contentious Regional Forest Agreements—known as RFAs—start expiring across Australia. The RFAs are 20-year agreements between the state and federal governments which are designed to guarantee resource security to industry for sustainable logging, while also delivering environmental outcomes and a comprehensive reserve system.

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U.N. to plant 1 million trees to fight deforestation near Ethiopia refugee camps

By Umberto Bacchi
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
February 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ROME – A million trees are to be planted in Ethiopia to fight deforestation around camps hosting hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who rely almost entirely on wood for fuel, a United Nations agency said on Wednesday. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the trees would be planted on 150 hectares of land in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region to meet the growing refugee population’s demand for energy. Almost 300,000 people, mostly women and children, have found shelter in Ethiopia since conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013. Fires used by the refugees for cooking are fuelled almost entirely by chopped wood, putting considerable pressure on local forests, FAO energy and forestry expert Arturo Gianvenuti said.

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Company & Business News

NDP rips into Premier Christy Clark for making “blatantly untrue” statements on radio

By Rattan Mall
The Indo-Canadian Voice
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

PREMIER Christy Clark was interviewed on CFAX 1070 in Victoria on Wednesday morning and the NDP says she made three statements about B.C. New Democrats that were blatantly untrue. …Raw log exports: Clark “The NDP are saying they want to ban all raw log exports right now… just a blanket ban all of a sudden, which is their very heartfelt position at the moment, would be so bad for so many families.” The NDP says: Horgan has never called for a blanket ban on raw logs. He has said we need to end the raw log export free-for-all that has worsened since Clark became premier, with 30,000 forestry jobs lost in B.C. on her government’s watch. Horgan said “The only logs that leave B.C. should be the logs we can’t use in B.C. communities, in B.C. mills and B.C. wood-product manufacturing.”

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Tolko death first manufacturing fatality of 2017

Kelowna Capital News
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the investigation into the fatal boom-boat sinking continues, the BC Forest Safety Counsel is urging that all manufacturing companies review their safety procedures. “This is the first manufacturing fatality of 2017,” reads a notice sent out this week. “Please review the information below with the objective of preventing similar incidents at your operations.” Although the details of this incident are still unknown, they ask companies to review the following safety information: Emergency Response – Consider all the types of emergencies that may occur in your operations. Conduct realistic drills to prepare all supervisors and workers to respond to those emergencies. For example: a boat taking on water, evacuation of a worker from an equipment rollover, and access roads blocked by landslides or avalanches.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announces fourth quarter 2016 results and quarterly dividend

By Canfor Pulp Products Inc.
Canada Newswire
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc.  today reported net income of $10.1 million, or $0.15 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $22.4 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter of 2016 and $29.7 million, or $0.43 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company’s net income was $57.8 million, or $0.86 per share, compared to $106.6 million, or $1.52 per share, for 2015.

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Conifex invests $80 million to re-start Arkansas sawmill

By Bill Esler
Woodworking Network
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber Inc., a forestry and sawmilling company, today announced it is modernizing and will re-start a state-of-the art sawmill complex in El Dorado, Arkansas. The site was formerly owned by Georgia Pacific. Conifex will create approximately 120 jobs and invest $80 million in the mill. This will be Conifex’s first facility in Arkansas and the Southern U.S. “This project provides Conifex with access to lumber and timber markets in the U.S. South,” said Conifex CEO Ken Shields. “Our commitment of $80 million to this facility will ensure the long term sustainability of this site and contribute to our overall company growth”. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Conifex Timber Inc. was established in 2008 when it acquired its first idled sawmill in British Columbia. …”Timber plays a vital role in our state’s economic vitality,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson, noting the industry directly employs more than 37,200 workers in Arkansas. 

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Canfor Reports results for fourth quarter of 2016

By Canfor
Canada Newswire
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation today reported net income attributable to shareholders of $38.0 million, or $0.29 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a net income attributable to shareholders of $50.9 million, or $0.38 per share, for the third quarter of 2016, and shareholder net income of $1.6 million, or $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, the Company’s shareholder net income was $150.9 million, or $1.14 per share, compared to shareholder net income of $24.7 million, or $0.18 per share, reported for the 2015 year.

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Louisiana-Pacific beats 4Q profit forecasts

Associated Press in Yahoo Finance
February 8, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $42.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Nashville, Tennessee-based company said it had profit of 29 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 23 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. The home construction supplier posted revenue of $550 million in the period.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Planned California biomass plant aims to use dead trees

By Anna Simet
Biomass Magazine
February 7, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A proposed 2-MW biomass power project in California’s Mariposa County is one step closer to reality. The Mariposa Biomass Project, a non-profit community group in Mariposa, California, recently closed escrow on two parcels for its future location, the group announced. It will be located in the Mariposa Industrial Park, near the Mariposa County Solid Waste Facility and PG&E substation. The project received a USDA U.S. Forest Service 2016 Wood Innovations grant of $244,000, and is in the running to score a $5 million California Energy Commission EPIC grant.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New wood research lab planned for Prince George

Journal of Commerce
February 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced a $4.5-million joint federal-provincial investment in a new facility that will accelerate innovation in timber engineering and the development of wood products at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George. “New and updated buildings such as the wood research lab at UNBC will soon be seen throughout British Columbia, because they’re long-lasting, more energy efficient and are tangible examples of the world-leading innovation taking place here in Prince George,” said Clark during the Natural Resources Forum in Prince George recently. Of the $4.5-million investment, $1.88 million will come from the Government of Canada and $2.62 million will be provided by the province.

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Move over carbon fiber, here comes cellulose nanofiber

By Masahisa Yuzawa
Nikkei Asian Review
February 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

TOKYO — Competition is heating up among researchers working to develop products using cellulose nanofiber, or CNF, a strong, lightweight material derived from plants. …Because the material is often made from wood pulp, paper companies, which have handled pulp for many years, are taking the lead in cultivating the market. Nippon Paper in 2015 released disposable diapers made with CNF, making use of one of its attributes: odor-absorbing ions. Oji has developed technology that can make CNF into transparent sheets.

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The Vertical Forest comes to China

By Lloyd Alter
TreeHugger
February 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

For a long time this TreeHugger was skeptical of hugging Stefano Boeri’s Vertical Forest concept, but others thought it the most beautiful and important high-rise in the world. Now Boeri is building his third complex, the Nanjing Vertical Forest. It will have 1100 trees from 23 local species, covering 60,000 square feet of plantable area. The architect says it will provide a 25 tonnes of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kg of oxygen per day. My initial skepticism focused on whether the planters were actually big enough to support the growth of such big trees, and whether making the extra concrete needed to build them produced more CO2 than the trees would ever absorb. But Boeri made a convincing case that his buildings were an “anti-sprawl device”.

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Lenzing develops fibre from cotton and wood scraps

By Michelle Russell
just-style
February 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has developed a new fibre based on cotton scraps and wood as part of its efforts to drive circular economy in the textile industry. Refiner – which stands for ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ – is the first cellulose fibre featuring recycled materials on a commercial scale. It is produced in the Tencel production process and comprises scraps of cotton and wood. Lenzing hopes the new fibre will push new solutions in the textile industry awards circular economy by recycling production waster. Its development, the company says, promises a reduced reliance on natural raw materials.

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‘Vertical forest’ to help clear air

By Cang Wei in Nanjing
The Washington Post
February 8, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Asia’s first “vertical forest”, which helps reduce air pollution and savevertical forest, will be built in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, next year. The project, the world’s third, will consist of two tower blocks in Jiangbei New District whose facades will be covered with 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs. Those plants will produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen a day and absorb 25 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to Nanjing Yangzi State-Owned Investment Group, an investor in the project. A 200-meter-tall tower will mainly hold offices, and a 100-meter tower will include a hotel with 247 rooms. Cai Long, president of Yangzi Group, said the towers’ design has been adjusted to allow the balconies to support the weight of trees that can grow to 9 meters high.

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