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Daily Archives: July 4, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Trails close in Olympic National Forest as aggressive mountain goats pose threat

MyNorthwest.com
July 3, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

It’s not the first time mountain goats have posed a threat to hikers in Washington. As the weather heats up and more people head outdoors, the forest service is closing some trails in the Olympic National Forest because some mountain goats are getting aggressive. …While the white, furry beasts might look docile in the zoo, the animals can be deadly when approached on a trail or in a campground.

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Business & Politics

Retired employees play huge role in allowing Catalyst mills to remain open

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
July 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Retired employees at Catalyst Paper mills on Vancouver Island were the driving force behind a restructuring deal that will keep the beleaguered forest company afloat. Pensioners from Catalyst mills in Port Alberni, Crofton and Powell River were integral in the discussions that convinced the province to approve reduced costs to the company’s pension plan. It was part of an 11th-hour deal between the company and its creditors that became the accepted strategy to reduce its debt from $650 million to $250 million and allowed Catalyst, and its approximately 7,000 Island employees, to continue operations.

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Financial picture gets a little brighter for Western Forest Products

Nanaimo Daily News
July 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The financial position of Western Forest Products, which operates two sawmills in Nanaimo, continues to improve despite ongoing troubles in B.C.’s forestry sector. The forest company has announced that it has finalized an agreement to refinance its loans on improved terms.

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NewPage Announces Restructuring Update

Marketwire Press Release
July 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, — NewPage Corporation today announced that it has been engaged in a series of discussions with its various constituents, including first lien note holders, second lien note holders and the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee, in an effort to finalize a consensual Chapter 11 plan. Information relating to these discussions has been posted on the NewPage restructuring website www.NewPageRestructuring.com.

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EOS forecasting minor reduction in softwood lumber production volume in 2012

EUWID
July 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A limited availability of logs, high log purchase prices, and negative effects on sales of softwood lumber by the general economic and financial crisis have been hampering the business activity of softwood lumber producers in the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) for a number of months now. Participants at this year’s EOS general meeting in Riga believe softwood lumber-producing businesses currently find themselves facing very high pressure on their earnings, which, according to participants, is far greater than that experienced in the crisis year of 2008.

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Forestry

Tree Canada Announces Recipient of Craig Huff Urban Forest Memorial Bursary

Marketwire
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Tree Canada is proud to announce Stephen Cushing as the recipient of the 2012 Craig Huff Urban Forest Memorial Bursary, a grant which enables a post secondary school Canadian student to attend the Canadian Urban Forest Conference. This year marks the 10th such conference, running from October 2-4 in London, Ontario. From 10 applicants, Cushing stood out as an inspiring example of dedication to urban forestry. 

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Scientists looking for at-risk species in old growth forest (& audio)

July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first ever species count will happen at the Wolf Lake Forest Preserve in Greater Sudbury Wednesday. Five scientists from three Ontario universities — including Laurentian University in Sudbury — want to take a so-called head count to figure out what species rely on the old-growth red pine stand of trees. The stand is considered the largest of its kind in the world.

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A centuries-old cedar killed for an illicit bounty amid ‘a dying business’

Globe and Mail
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The tree didn’t have a name, like the Three Sisters – three Sitka spruce nearby – or belong to a famous old-growth stand, like Vancouver Island’s Avatar or Cathedral groves. But while it stood, the Western red cedar was a marvel, surviving rain and wind to last for 800 years and flourishing as forests gave way to subdivisions and highways. …Now, however, it’s mostly gone – the victim of unknown poachers who put profit over sentiment. As illicit bounties go, a giant cedar is among the toughest to hide, which explains why some of it remains close to where it fell, its trunk skewed across a parking lot and piles of sawdust marking spots where sections have been cut and hauled away.

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Forestry companies build play houses for charity

Alberni Valley Times
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products has found a unique way of celebrating the use of wood in residential construction. With the guidance of Brad McTavish at Clive Grout Architecture, and help from Scott Construction, staff members have built a one-of-a-kind play house as part of a fundraiser spearheaded by Canfor, also a wood company, called Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge.

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Value of trees considered

North Shore News
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

AS we approach summer, caring for and protecting trees has come to the forefront of our attention. …Modern society is now realizing the many benefits that trees provide for humans beyond the traditional uses of wood products. Storm water management, increased property value and a place for children to play are just a few of the benefits trees offer.  Trees provide so much and ask for so little in return.

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Scientists looking for at-risk species in old growth forest (& audio)

July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first ever species count will happen at the Wolf Lake Forest Preserve in Greater Sudbury Wednesday. Five scientists from three Ontario universities — including Laurentian University in Sudbury — want to take a so-called head count to figure out what species rely on the old-growth red pine stand of trees. The stand is considered the largest of its kind in the world.

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What’s the best use for Bowater’s lands?

Chronicle Herald
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest industry in Nova Scotia is going through a difficult transition. With the closure of the Bowater mill and the struggle to restart the mill at Port Hawkesbury, many Nova Scotians find themselves in a very hard position, particularly mill workers, private woodlot owners, and local contractors. It’s clear that the current model of forestry in Nova Scotia is not working and, if there is to be any long-term future for the industry here, it must shift to a model that’s more sustainable, more focused on value-added forest products, and relies more upon the skills of local communities and small businesses. Using Acadian forests to make newsprint and tissue paper, or worse, burning the forest biomass for electricity, is not the best use of this resource

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Forest fire season heats up across the Northwest

Kenora Daily Miner
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The hot dry weekend weather, accompanied by scattered lightning strikes across the district, sparked several forest fires and is keeping MNR firecrews on high alert. The forest fire hazard remains high for most of the region.

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Ontario to attack $100M invasive species problem

CBC News
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is launching a new attack on invasive species. Insects and fish not native to the province take over habitat, threatening both the environment and the economy. Whether it’s zebra mussels clogging municipal water pipes or the emerald ash borer destroying city-owned trees, invasive species cost Ontario taxpayers upwards of a $100 million each year. That doesn’t count the impact species have on farming, forestry and fisheries.

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New deal cut for bush

Industry and environment reps strike agreement over caribou habitat protection in Abitibi River Forest
Timmins Daily Press
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A compromise has been reached in the Abitibi River Forest that will preserve both forestry jobs and caribou habitat. For industry, the benefit is there will be less harvestable forest lost to their operations. For environmentalists, the key gain is the preservation of targeted areas where caribou are known to exist. At a press conference held at Timmins city hall Tuesday, industry representatives, municipal leaders and environmentalists sat side by side in presenting what they described as a “breakthrough under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.”

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NASA, Forest Service Team On Fire Safety

Agencies sign a Space Act Agreement to formalize intention to continue to use images, research projects to promote wildfire prevention and fire safety.
Information Week
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As wildfires rage in Colorado and other western states, the U.S. Forest Service has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to combine their efforts in fire prevention and fire safety.  The partnership focuses on other areas of common interest between the two agencies as well, including materials science and forest and plant growth research. NASA and the Forest Service have collaborated for years in various areas of research and development, with NASA having a big impact on the Forest Service’s ability to prevent and fight fires.

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CA wildfire liability bill language emerges from the ashes

Sacramento Bee
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California timber companies and other major landowners would pay significantly less money when found liable for wildfire damage under draft legislation that resurfaced Monday in the Capitol. The proposed bill, written at Gov. Jerry Brown’s request, would only apply to cases filed after the new law is enacted, according to a copy obtained by The Bee. That seems intended to address one concern of Sacramento-based U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, who said in May that Brown’s original proposal was “a fairly cynical attempt” by Sierra Pacific Industries to reduce damages in a pending wildfire case that goes to trial next week.

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Deschutes County hires new forester

KTVZ
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. – Ed Keith has been hired as the new Deschutes County forester and will start on Monday, July 16. Keith will replace County Forester and Project Wildfire Director Joe Stutler, who retired last week from the county. “Living in Deschutes County means living with the threat of wildfire,” said county Commissioner Tammy Baney. “The job of the forester is an important link in the continuum of public safety services that help to protect our communities.

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Guns blamed for starting wildfires in parched West

Associated Press
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. — Campfires, fireworks and even lit cigarettes can spark wildfires. In the tinder-dry West, there is growing concern about the threat from guns. This year, officials believe target shooting or other firearms use sparked at least 21 wildfires in Utah and nearly a dozen in Idaho. Shooting is also believed to have caused fires in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

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Commissioners: Oregon should sue Feds over timber

Albany Democrat Herald
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although they support the basics of a grassroots efforts for country control of federal lands, the Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker stopped short of endorsing the Give Us Our Land Back coalition at their Wednesday meeting. Organizer Mike Dubrasich gave the board an overview of the coalition’s project last week. The coalition’s believes the government has not managed federal lands in western states. More than 53 percent of Linn County is controlled by the Federal government. Dubrasich believes counties should form their own department of forestry and determine how to sustainably manage the land within each of their own boundaries.

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Air Force planes again ready for fire missions

Associated Press
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Air Force tanker planes returned to the flight line for firefighting missions on Tuesday after a deadly weekend crash, bringing much-needed reinforcements to a strained fleet battling some of the worst wildfires in decades. The return of five C-130s means wildfire managers now have 19 heavy tankers to battle the huge fires that have burned hundreds of square miles and displaced thousands of people across the West.

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Public forests must not be sold, say advisers

BBC News
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Independent advisers appointed by the government say England’s publicly owned forest estate is a national asset and should not be sold off. In its final report to ministers, the panel added that woodlands could help “drive a sustainable economic revival”. The panel was set up in March 2011 after a ministerial U-turn on plans to sell off a chunk of its woodlands. The government says it accepts the recommendation and will halt plans to sell-off state-owned forests.

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Harvey Norman enveloped in logging scandal

ABC News, Australia
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A lobby group has accused Forests New South Wales of logging one of the state’s most important koala habitats to provide timber products that end up for sale at retail giant Harvey Norman. In a report to be released today by Markets for Change, the group says it has tracked logs from the Boambee State Forest, near Coffs Harbour on the state’s mid-north coast, to supplies heading to Harvey Norman. Koala ecologist Steve Phillips gave ABC’s AM a tour of a forest that was logged last December.

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England is lagging behind with its woodland creation strategy

New tree-planting statistics have been published ahead of the release of an independent report into England’s woods
The Guardian
July 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

England’s woodlands have had a rough time recently. At the beginning of last year, government plans to sell off the public forest estate were only abandoned after a public outcry. Around the same time, large numbers of trees were felled to prevent the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, more commonly known as sudden oak death. And in March this year, the Woodland Trust reported that a loophole in planning laws had already lead to the loss of 100 ancient forests over the past decade.

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Forest harvest sustainable: Tas government

Australian Associated Press
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Embattled Forestry Tasmania has been cleared of claims it has been over-harvesting native forests, the state government says.  Deputy Premier Bryan Green says a process that has recertified the controversial government business for three more years under the Australian Forestry Standard proves it is harvesting sustainably. An independent report produced by Professor Jonathan West as part of the state’s forests peace negotiations had suggested native forests were being harvested at double the sustainable yield.

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Publication of the Independent Panel on Forestry report

UK Forestry Commission
July 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Independent Panel on Forestry have published their final report which is available to view online here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel/reports/ Responding to the report, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: “I’d like to thank Bishop Jones and all the members of the panel for their hard work to produce this report on the future direction of forestry policy. “Our forests will stay in public hands. We will not sell the public forest estate. “We’ll be talking to all those who are passionate about our forests to decide how we will manage our forests for the future.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Aberdeen biomass hums along without controversy

Sales of lumber is down; sale of electricity is up
PT Leader
July 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ABERDEEN – Sierra Pacific Industries has six biomass cogeneration operations in California and two in Washington, including an 18-megawatt plant that hums one and a half miles east of Aberdeen. It makes power, but not headlines. …Like Port Townsend Paper Corp. employees, Sierra Pacific Industries workers are proud of their operation. And they don’t mind showing it off, because they want people to get behind biomass and cogeneration, and take note of the air quality in Aberdeen. Mostly, they want people to see what they are doing as producing clean green energy.

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MSU offers new graduate certificate in forest carbon science

MSU News
July 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new graduate certificate program at Michigan State University will take on climate change with forest management. Beginning fall semester 2012, the MSU Department of Forestry will offer a graduate certificate in forest carbon science, policy and management. The focus will be the complex and emerging issues surrounding the use of forest management to mitigate global climate change. This first-of-its-kind program is expected to attract students from Michigan, other states and other nations, especially from developing tropical countries that have abundant forests but lack forestry expertise. 

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ATMOSPHERIC CARBON STORAGE IN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS – PART 2.

Residential bioplastic building materials when managed and recycled could sequester carbon dioxide for centuries.
Green Energy News
July 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Plastics: A technological marvel and an environmental nightmare all in one. …But there’s a whole subset of plastics that are numerous and deserve to be set aside from consumer plastics for their long term usefulness and durability: Plastics used as construction materials. …A typical wood frame house of 2400 square feet has roughly 28.5 tons of sequestered atmospheric carbon dioxide. How much more would there be if all the plastic materials in the home were carbon storing bioplastics?

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Hogweed may spread with climate change, says council

Climate change could help to spread a potentially harmful invasive plant, according to Highland Council.
BBC News
July 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Highland weather was believed to have restricted giant hogweed to only a few places in the region. Areas where it grows include along the River Nairn. Brushing against the weed can cause skin problems.

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Push for forests to be used for carbon credits

Conservationists say forests in the South West could provide a new source of revenue if the State Government takes advantage of the Commonwealth’s carbon pricing scheme.
ABC Online
July 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Under the new tax, governments could eventually sell carbon credits from forests to companies wishing to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. The Conservation Council is urging the State Government to consider a carbon scheme as part of its recently commissioned forest management plan. The council’s Piers Verstegen says South West forests provide the best way to taking carbon out of the atmosphere.

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ETS changes kill appetite for forestry ‘carbon farming’

National Business Review
July 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Changes to the emissions trading scheme will stop investment in one of New Zealand’s most important sources of future carbon emissions reduction – forestry “carbon farming”, Carbon Farm chief executive Murray McClintock says. As a provider of forest management services to the fledgling industry, he says “the net result of these changes will be there is very little incentive to supply New Zealand Units into the New Zealand carbon market”.

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Push for forests to be used for carbon credits

ABC News, Australia
July 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Conservationists say forests in the South West could provide a new source of revenue if the State Government takes advantage of the Commonwealth’s carbon pricing scheme. Under the new tax, governments could eventually sell carbon credits from forests to companies wishing to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. The Conservation Council is urging the State Government to consider a carbon scheme as part of its recently commissioned forest management plan.

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