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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Business & Politics

Revenue Sinks At Forestry Firm Tembec

Canadian Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Forestry company Tembec Inc. is reporting a net loss of $5 million, or 5¢ per share, for the third quarter, compared with net earnings of $17-million (17¢) in the year-ago period. The Montreal-based company says revenue came in at $415-million, down from $448-million year over year.

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BC pulp mill fined $150k in ‘acutely lethal’ spill

CBC News
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Zellstoff Celgar has been fined $150,000 for spilling millions of litres of effluent into the Columbia River, from their pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C. In 2008, more than 209 million litres of effluent containing “black liquor” — a byproduct from pulp processing used as fuel in the plants — gushed into the Columbia River over two days. In a written release, Environment Canada described the material spilled as “acutely lethal effluent.”

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Domtar Kamloops ‘above water’ in tough market

Pulp and paper producer reports net earnings of $59 million
Kamloops Daily News
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar’s Kamloops pulp mill is likely eking out a small profit at today’s falling prices, an analyst said Friday. The international pulp and paper producer reported net earnings of $59 million in the second quarter of this year. That compares with $54 million for the same period in 2011. Revenues were down slightly to $1.37 billion.

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BC court awards largest punitive damages ever in employment case

Canadian Lawyer Magazine
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A jury in Prince George, B.C., has awarded a plaintiff approximately $809,000 in damages over a wrongful dismissal. Included in that amount is the largest punitive damages award in an employment law case in Canadian history. Larry Higginson worked at a sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C., for 34 years until October 2009, when he was fired without severance pay. Hampton Lumber Mills Inc., based in Portland, Ore., had acquired the sawmill from Babine Forest Products Inc. in November 2006.

Also
Burns Lake sawmill manager wins major wrongful dismissal suit from Gordon Hoekstra at the Vancouver Sun
Wrongful dismissal costs costs Babine Forest Products over $800,000 from Lesprom

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Global Sticks manufacturing plant shuttered

CBC News
July 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s no sign of life at the Global Sticks manufacturing plant outside Thunder Bay. The doors are locked, there is no smoke from the chimney, and no vehicles in the parking lot. A sign on the door says the company’s assets are now in the possession of a receiver, Grant Thornton. Natural Resources minister Michael Gravelle said Friday that the news was disappointing. “The mill has been shuttered. I understand the workers have been told the plant is closing, at least for this period of time, and obviously, it’s not a good day”.

Also
Bankruptcy files from the TB News Watch
Stick plant filing for bankruptcy from Chronicle Journal

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Fibrek to shut Saint-Felicien pulp mill

Montreal Gazette
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fibrek Inc., soon to be officially owned by Resolute Forest Products Inc., is shutting down its big Saint-Felicien softwood pulp mill in the Saguenay area on July 29 for one week to allow time for repairs to the mill’s electrostatic precipitators. The project will avoid excessive particulate emissions and it shows new management is fully committed to improving the mill’s overall environmental performance, said CEO Richard Garneau.
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Also
Fibrek to temporarily halt production at Quebec mill from Reuters

Click here for press release from Fibrek

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Harvard still happy with NZ trees

Sky News Australia
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Harvard University is reaping the rewards of investing in plantation forests in New Zealand when forestry investments were unfashionable. At a CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference where many fund managers talked about shorting the euro and the dire state of European bond markets Jane Mendillo, chief executive of Harvard Management Company, said she really liked natural resources, and in particular timberland. It was a rare appearance from the head of the secretive company that manages the $US32 billion endowment of the ivy league university but the position is consistent.

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Weyerhaeuser 2Q net income jumps, revenue rises

Associated Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash — Weyerhaeuser’s second-quarter net income climbed more than eightfold and the lumber and real estate company said Friday that there are signs the U.S. housing market is rebounding. The housing market took a huge hit during the recession. It has been making a slow recovery recently, with those that can afford to buy taking advantage of low interest rates.

Click here for press release from Weyerhaeuser

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Opinion: Timber Tax Terrible Idea for California

By Dan Oney
PublicCEO.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Californians may see a new tax placed on the purchase of lumber products, with Gov. Brown’s proposed Timber Harvest Plan Reform, which includes a new tax on the sale of lumber products, designed to support state regulatory agencies. Rather than reforming the aggressive regulations placed on the timber industry, the governor’s office is suggesting new taxes to pay for the regulations. This tax may very well force small businesses and consumers to look outside the state to purchase lumber products, further weakening the California economy.

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Deltic Timber Corporation Stock Upgraded

TheStreet.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Deltic Timber Corporation has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share.

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Gunns sells Green Triangle stake

ABC News, Australia
July 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian timber company Gunns is raising $64 million through the sale of part of its stake in a plantation forest investment trust. The company has told the Stock Exchange it will sell 58 per cent of its stake in the Green Triangle Forest Trust, which owns plantations in Victoria and South Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Industry Worker Shortage?

woodworkingnetwork.com
July 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CINCINNATI, OH – A national shortage of technically qualified employee candidates may be impacting the woodworking industry as well. Ad-Ex International Inc., the 125-employee Cincinnati-based exhibition and retail display manufacturer says it has had six positions open for months, but cannot fill them. Mike Pierdiluca, co-owner of Ad-Ex, tells the Wall St. Journal he gets hundreds of applications for job openings, but most are unqualified. “Based on present economic conditions, we have to be cautious,” Pierdiluca told the Journal. “It’s expensive to train someone.” Younger job seekers don’t have carpentry and painting skills, and one spot has been open for more than a year, he says.

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Jakes Honored as Outstanding Early-Career Scientist by President Obama

USDA Forest Products Lab
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MADISON, Wis. – President Obama has named Dr. Joseph Jakes of the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) one of 96 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United StatesGovernment on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Jakes, a research materials engineer at the FPL and a University of Wisconsin (UW) graduate, is one of three early career scientists from within the Department of Agriculture to garner the 2012 award.

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National policies key to green building achievements

GreenBiz.com
July 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The countries with the best green building markets earned that distinction largely due to strong government policies supporting sustainable construction, according to a new report by Lux Research. Nations in the report’s top tier include Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Australia, and the U.K. The Boston-based firm identified six national policies — including building codes and energy efficiency targets — that play key roles in inspiring higher rates of activity in green building. The report, entitled “Policy’s Dramatic Impact on Green Buildings: The Global Hotspots,” ranked 21 countries how successful they are at fostering an environment that supports green building.

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Weakened Lacey Act would hurt state

The Tennessean
July 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Today, the U.S. forest products industry produces about $175 billion annually in products and employs more than 900,000 hardworking women and men. In Tennessee, the industry is made up of small family-owned sawmills, local production facilities and Fortune 500 companies like International Paper. …It is our view that Congress will be putting Tennessee and thousands of American businesses at a competitive disadvantage to illegal logging operations — often controlled by organized crime — if they move forward with the proposed changes to the Lacey Act. We need to protect and grow jobs here in Tennessee and across the country, rather than give illegal loggers a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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Republicans Cancel Vote on Lacey Amendment

Hardwood Floors Magazine
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

House Republican leadership on Wednesday cancelled a vote on H.R. 3210: the Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act, or RELIEF Act. The Hardwood Federation, a wood products industry lobbying group of which the NWFA is a part, has maintained the act would have hurt the industry by lowering fines and weakening enforcement. The bill was prompted by the federal raids on Gibson Guitars and introduced in October 2011. The cancellation was welcomed by a large segment of the wood products industry, labor and environmental groups.

Also
No RELIEF: Lacey Act Vote Cancelled from the Woodworking Network

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Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture

July 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

‘Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture’ investigates the increasingly important role that wood is playing in Canada’s search for a sustainable architecture for the 21st Century. The value now being placed on wood, and its re-emergence as a primary building material in contemporary architecture, can be interpreted in a variety of ways: as a means to re-engage with traditional building forms and materials; as a means to reaffirm regional and cultural identity in a globalized context; and as a response to a range of environmental imperatives

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Forestry

Hupacasath First Nation compensated for TFL 44 land removal

Alberni Valley News
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni’s Hupacasath First Nation has signed off on an agreement with the provincial government that compensates the tribe for the removal of private land from Tree Farm License 44. TFL 44 lands are part of 232,000 hectares that comprise the traditional territory of the Hupacasath. The lands in question were removed in 2004. The tribe will receive $305,000 over five years for consultation purposes.

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Province sends aid to battle forest fire

Winnipeg Free Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province marshalled bulldozers and helicopters Thursday to fight a forest fire south of St. Theresa Point, an Oji-Cree First Nation where hundreds have been evacuated by air. The measures to fight the fire, the first directed at the flames since evacuations started earlier this week, are to provide reassurance, not because the fire is a threat to the First Nation, said Gary Friesen, fire program manager for Manitoba Conservation. “It’s just to provide extra security to the community as well as peace of mind,” Friesen told media Thursday.

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End moose problem in southern Sask

Star Phoenix
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the past 20 years they’ve come by the thousands, flocking to the plains of southern Saskatchewan – moose of every shape and size. Typically creatures of the boreal forest and the heavily wooded north country, where 50,000 moose are found, in recent years an estimated 5,000 to 7,500 moose have been living in the wide open prairies of southern Saskatchewan. As evidenced by the latest fatality – RCMP Const. Derek Pineo, killed while on a late-night call after his police cruiser collided with a moose on Highway 14 near Wilkie – moose collisions pose a much higher risk of death.

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Lightning sparks new fires

Chronicle Journal
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lightning-caused forest fires continue to concern Ministry of Natural Resources fire managers. Over the past three days almost two dozen new fires — seven on Wednesday alone — have been started by lightning strikes in Northwestern Ontario.  Fire information officer Heather Pridham said “lightning associated with some pretty heavy rainfall” moved through southern areas of the region on Thursday and dropped the fire hazard to low and moderate south of the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Restructure and renew Natural Resources Department

Letter to the Editor: From Dale Smith – a conservation planner with a long record of experience in parks
TheChronicleHerald.ca
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Thursday, July 19th edition of your newspaper published two letters to the editor, respectively from representatives of the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association and the Friends of Redtail Society. These letters offered positive suggestions to government about long term environmental and economic forest sustainability and engagement of local communities in forest resource management. An underlying theme common to each is the contention that provincial policies regarding Nova Scotia’s forests have been far too heavily weighted toward industrial approaches to forest resource development, for pulp and paper manufacture and export. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOCRISY: MASSIVE FOREST FIRES ARE UNNECESSARY

By Investigative Journalist, Barry R. Clausen
NewsWithViews.com
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

U.S. Forest Service employees throughout the west say an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Review can take from one to ten years to complete. Upon completion, there is an additional process for logging contracts or to thin trees on our National and State forest lands. Upon conclusion of that process, environmental groups file lawsuits to stop any logging while homes burn along with our forests and in some cases causing deaths… As environmentalists fight to stop all logging in the forest, one has to wonder if they are just stupid or do they realize what dangers they are permitting to families, their homes and the forests.

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More views on forest certification programs

Asheville Citizen-Times
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In a July 23 commentary, David Young argued that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program is flawed because it only gives credit to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, excluding other admirable programs such as Tree Farm. All forest certification programs deserve immense recognition for improving forest management, and there’s little value in pitting them against one another. FSC does deserve special recognition because it’s the world’s most rigorous standard for addressing the broad array of complex ecological, economic and social sustainability issues that pervade forest management.

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U.S. Forests Continue to Create Jobs and Boost Economy Through Tourism; Restoration Efforts and Wood-to-Energy Initiatives; and Nano-Cellulosic Breakthroughs

USDA press release
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted how our nation’s forests are contributing billions of dollars to the economy and creating jobs through tourism, restoration, and renewable energy initiatives. The U.S. Forest Service released its annual visitor survey which showed Forest Service lands attracted 166 million visitors in 2011, and that visitor spending in nearby communities sustained more than 200,000 full- and part-time jobs. The Forest Service also announced that restoration efforts contributed $21 million to local economies and reduced fire threats on 123,000 acres of land nationwide.

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Forest Service spending more on fire prevention

Associated Press
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service is spending more on fire prevention, an approach that should help reduce the number and severity of future forest fires. Vilsack said Thursday the agency is making up for past years when money that was meant for forest maintenance was instead used for more immediate needs, like fighting active fires.  His comments come as firefighters continue to battle destructive blazes across the West, fueled by an epic drought and a massive beetle infestation that has ravaged millions of trees.

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Board Of Forestry Approves ‘Conservation Areas’

OPB News
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The maps of Oregon’s state forests will look different in the not-too-distant future. Whether that means they’ll be managed differently, is another question. The Board of Forestry approved clearly labeling parts of five state forests as what are called “high value conservation areas.” Rob Manning reports that environmentalists and timber advocates are already wondering whether new labels on maps will mean bigger changes on the ground.

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Moose, fire and forest ecology

Kenai Peninsula Online
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Hidden in forgotten pockets of forest and old burn areas across the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach National Forest are a series of mainly rectangular high-walled fenced-in plot structures, offending hungry moose eyeing the birch growth inside. Why were these grand and durable structures, intended to keep moose out, constructed in the first place? The interactions of fire, climate, moose browse, and tree regeneration make a dynamic ecological story across the Kenai Peninsula.

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Meteorologists go on-site to help crews fight forest fires

Modesto Bee
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Smith sits at a desk most of the year. In wildfire season, however, he takes on a new persona: He wears a fire suit and camps out for days at a time at ground zero of major forest fires. Smith spent a week and a half this month as the resident meteorologist at the Mill fire in the Mendocino National Forest – the 55th fire where he was the meteorologist on scene. “I got here the day after it burned 10,000 acres,” he said while he was finishing up his work there.

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Forest advocate apologizes

Letter by Thomas Paul Kirkpatrick
Coos Bay World
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It was suggested that I write a letter to the editor regarding the events in the Elliott State Forest on July 8, 2009. For a while I naturally thought about writing about how this is Oregon, that we have the best forest people on the planet, and that surely we’ll figure something out. However I’m not an activist, or any other kind of ‘ist,” nor do I recollect ever having identified as one.

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Leominster benefiting from resevoir tree clearing

Sentinel and Enterprise
July 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LEOMINSTER — The city is making tens of thousands of dollars by hiring a contractor to thin the forests near its reservoirs and at the same time is making them healthier, Purchasing Agent Greg Chapdelaine said… Loggers are required to tread carefully so they do not destroy trails and ecosystems, he said.

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Minn. forest managers deal with tree blowdown

Associated Press
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CASS LAKE, Minn. – Forest managers are trying to determine how best to clean up fallen trees scattered across miles of public lands after straight-line winds roared through northern Minnesota in early July. The July 2 storm knocked down hundreds of thousands of trees from Bemidji to Grand Rapids. Norway Beach on the south shore of Cass Lake was hit hard. Giant, old-growth red pines — many between 100 and 200 years old — are strewn across the landscape, Minnesota Public Radio News reported Friday.

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Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that infests, kills ash trees now in Kansas City area

The Republic
July 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An insect that destroys ash trees has arrived in the Kansas City area, and officials in neighboring Kansas said they’ve been working to halt the pest’s westward movement. The Missouri Department of Agriculture said the emerald ash borer, which eats and kills ash trees, has been found recently in Platte County. The insect, which was first found in the U.S. in 2002 in Michigan, is thought to have been brought to the country from Asia in cargo ships. The ash borer has since spread to more than 15 states, primarily through firewood. It was first detected in Missouri’s southeastern section in 2008.

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Ark. Forestry Commission seeks budget increase

Associated Press
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Forestry Commission wants legislators to approve a $1.9 million budget hike next year so it can restore 20 positions that were cut after the agency ran into financial trouble. State Forester Joe Fox told a legislative committee Thursday that 13 of the 20 positions would be for firefighters. The Southwest Times Record reports (http://is.gd/zpMxtR ) that Fox wants to be able to send out firefighters in relief of those who need a rest.

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Siberia ablaze: Raging forest fires engulf five Russian regions

RT.com
July 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Siberian cities are cloaked in smoke from raging wildfires whipped up by winds. The blazes are raging in five regions, covering an area over 22,200 acres (90 square kilometers). ­The situation is hampered by extreme temperatures. And though all flights in the regional city of Omsk have been grounded by the blaze, firefighters say it poses no threat to populated areas or industry. Thick smoke is holding back containment work and is preventing the emergency planes and helicopters from reaching the worst-hit areas.

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Government Confirm Deadly Palm Tree Virus

Caribarena Antigua
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Antigua, Caribbean Islands – After more than a month of investigations, the Government on Thursday confirmed that palm trees in Antigua are indeed infected with a lethal yellowing infection that has already killed many palm trees, and created widespread panic in certain sections of the community… In June, the Agriculture department had cautioned hotel and resort owners not to take advantage of an “illegal” treatment being marketed at the time for the plants… Government had even suggested that the treatment could be harmful to humans.

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John Stulen: Forestry safety

The Daily Post
July 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY work is not for the faint-hearted. This is easily understood when you look at a mature tree in the forest or a logging truck headed to a sawmill, or port, near you. For most of us, myself included, the thought of grabbing a chainsaw and felling a two tonne, 40-metre high radiata pine tree, let alone felling dozens of them every day would be daunting. Then factor in changes in the weather, wind and temperature. Safety is something that is not taken lightly in the forest.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest Service funds wood-to-energy initiatives

Biomass Magazine
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a total of $4 million to 12 different wood-to-energy projects throughout the country. During a conference call to announce the funding, both Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the USDA’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack voiced their excitement for the wood-to-energy initiatives, calling the funding “significant,” based on the future economic and wildfire prevention benefits the woody biomass utilization efforts will bring. According to Tidwell, the majority of the projects will focus on using woody biomass for either power or thermal applications.

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Woodland Carbon Code celebrates first year of achievement

UK Forestry Commission
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Woodland Carbon Code, a voluntary UK standard which ensures that ‘carbon forestry’ projects really do deliver the carbon benefits they claim, passed its first anniversary today (27 July), having chalked up an impressive number of achievements. Opportunities to undertake carbon-storing tree-planting projects are being sought by increasing numbers of people and organisations to help tackle climate change. Certification under the Code ensures that projects meet stringent national requirements for sustainable woodland management and carbon accounting.

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Biomass for Biofuel – A Black Hole for British Biodiversity

Save Our Woods
July 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

On the 25th July the UK government announced continued subsidies for electricity production from biomass, which according to the UK government will help meet its renewable energy targets. The same day, Drax confirmed it would be converting a North Yorkshire power plant for using ‘mainly biomass’. The axiom that sustainable forest management provides a sustainable crop of timber does not equate with the quantity of fuel required to power the UK. There is simply no where near enough home grown material to burn and much processed material is imported.

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