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Daily Archives: August 27, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Man hauls tankers full of water to keep 350-year-old tree alive amid drought

Fox News
August 24, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

The historic drought parching much of the country’s heartland has claimed crops, but a Missouri man is working to make sure it doesn’t kill a 350-year-old tree. John Sam Williamson has been hau ling 1,600 gallons of water from the Missouri River to the champion bur oak, which sits on the 1,000-acre farm his family has run for six generations. The legendary oak is estimated to be 350 years old and is believed to be the largest of its kind.

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Business & Politics

Brookfield Investments Corporation Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

Marketwire
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO — — Brookfield Investments Corporation reported net income of $9 million or $0.18 per common share for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared with net income of $2 million or $0.04 per common share for the same period in 2011.

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Sawlog, pulpwood prices continue to slide

by Hakan Ekstrom
Troy Media
August 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE, WA, – Softwood sawlog prices continued their slide throughout the world in the 2Q/12, and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was down for the fourth consecutive quarter to $82.90/m3. The Index was down 3.4 per cent from the 1Q/12, and 11.5 per cent from 2Q/11. Log prices were down in practically all major regions worldwide both in the local currencies and in U.S. dollar terms, Western U.S. and British Columbia being the only exceptions thanks to strong exports of lumber to Asia and higher demand for lumber in the U.S.

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Possible subsidized paper mill in Nova Scotia worries Maine industry

Morning Sentinel
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Plans by the government of Nova Scotia to spend $125 million to help reopen a failed paper mill in Cape Breton could threaten production and jobs in Maine’s struggling paper industry, officials say. The Canadian mill is a former NewPage Corp. facility in Port Hawkesbury. It makes grades of magazine and catalog paper similar to those of some of Maine’s largest paper makers… Maine’s industry worries that provincial subsidies that include loans and discount electric rates.

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Elk Falls mill sale catches ministry by surprise

Capbell River Island Courier
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West
If you’d like to know more about Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals’ plans for the Elk Falls mill site, you’re not the only one. Pat Bell would too. Like most of the rest of us, the Jobs, Tourism and Innovation minister didn’t see it coming when Catalyst Paper announced last week it was selling the 400-acre mill site to Pacifica for $8.6 million.

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New forest company shows off its operations

Queen Charlotte Islands Observer
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise: almost 100 people are now working for Taan Forest Products or its contractors, and more than 90 percent of them are from Haida Gwaii.  Pride and excitement in this new business venture were evident during a tour of the operation last week hosted by General Manager Mike Richardson and Bill Dumont, a director of Haida Enterprise Corp, or HaiCo. About 20 islanders and visitors caught a glimpse of modern logging methods during a trip that encompassed the cool forest of the Golden Spruce Trail to the busy industry of Ferguson Bay’s log sort.

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Fire destroys Lower Mainland mill

CBC News
August 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire destroyed a mill in Ruskin, east of Maple Ridge, early Sunday morning. Crews were called to the Waldun Forest Products Mill in the 9000 block of 287th Street just after midnight. Fire crews arrived to find the mill engulfed in flames. Assistant fire Chief Mark Smitton says there were some difficulties in fighting the blaze. …No one was injured in the fire, but about 100 people are expected to be out of work.

Maple Ridge Mill Burns to the Ground from 250 News
Fire destroys Waldun Forest Product Mill in Maple Ridge (with video)r from The Vancouver Sun
Huge Fire at Ruskin Mill from CKNW News

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Biggest Lumber Profit Since ’06 Led by by US: Corporate Canada

Businessweek
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser Timber and Western Forest Products are leading Canadian lumber producers to the biggest combined profit since 2006 as mills run at five-year highs to feed a U.S. housing rebound and near-record Chinese demand. Lumber mills in British Columbia, Canada’s leading forestry region, ran at 86 percent of production capacity in the five months through May, compared with 82 percent for all of 2011, according to the Western Wood Products Association. Lumber futures rose to a 15-month high on Aug. 15 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Terrace Bay celebrates re-opening of mill

TB Newswatch
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Terrace Bay residents are celebrating the re-opening of their pulp mill. The India-based Adita Birla Group announced an investment of more than $250 million to the Terrace Bay Pulp mill in June. The investment breathed new life into the mill and created 275 jobs. Mayor Michael King says the people in Terrace By are ecstatic over the news. The mill is scheduled to re-open in October. END

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Air quality operating approval renewed for pulp mill

The AV Nackawic Inc. mill produces an average of 500 to 540 air dry tonnes per day.
Daily Business Buzz
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON, NB — The provincial government has renewed the Class 1 air quality approval for the AV Nackawic Inc. pulp mill. The new approval will take effect Oct. 1, the day after the current approval expires. The renewal follows public consultation that took place between March 8 and July 9. Documentation supporting the review included a facility profile, draft and intended approvals, and summaries of issues raised and responded to as applicable.

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Richmond in court to argue against mill’s tax request

Chronicle Herald
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


Richmond County officials will go to court today to fight an attempt by the potential buyer of the idled NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill to reduce its property taxes by 85 per cent. “Like everyone in the Strait area, Richmond County wants to do its part to reopen the mill,” deputy warden Victor David told reporters Sunday at a Halifax hotel. “But what (the company) is demanding is simply out of this world.” .

Mayor will not support Pacific West Tax cut from CBC News
Richmond Co. in court to try to stop PWCC tax request<

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Homebuilding Revival Sparks Rush for Best California Land

Bloomberg
August 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

“In Texas, land is like lumber — something to build a house for somebody to live in,” Asaro said in a telephone interview. “In California, the land is what’s valuable. The house is just how you monetize it.” The nascent recovery in new-home sales has U.S. builders rushing to buy up a diminishing supply of well-located, ready- for-construction land. They added more than 18,000 lots during their most recent quarter, the biggest gain since their inventory hit a nadir in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Industries.

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July 2012 US Recovered Fiber Monthly Report from AF&PA

What They Think
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report today.  According to the report, total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in July was 2.43 million tons, less than 1 percent lower than June 2012. Year-to-date consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year. 

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Water fight over mills’ discharges

Legal battle brewing over waste plume in Willamette River
Corvallis Gazette Times
August 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

An environmental watchdog group is threatening to sue the operators of a Linn County pulp and paper mill for creating a smelly, unsightly — and possibly toxic — waste plume in the Willamette River. The coffee-colored waste plume, which enters the green waters of the Willamette through a slough about 15 miles upstream of Corvallis, contains the combined discharge of the Cascade Pacific Pulp and Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products mills near the Linn County town of Halsey.

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Sawmill workers strike at SierraPine

Sacramento Bee
August 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Workers at the SierraPine sawmill near Jackson in Amador County, unwilling to accept a contract with pay cuts and reduced benefits, have gone on strike. They walked off the job Thursday at 3 p.m. and have been picketing around the clock at the entrances to the mill, which is in the small community of Martell. SierraPine, headquartered in Roseville, employs about 65 workers at the particle board plant. Lumber and Sawmill Workers Local 2927, the union that represents the workers, has not been able to reach a new agreement with SierraPine since a previous contract expired at the end of May.

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Port of Longview posts one of its best second quarters ever, EGT grain terminal offsets log export losses

The Daily News
August 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Port of Longview had one of its strongest second quarters ever, and booming business at the new EGT grain terminal helped offset a plunge in log exports, port officials said Friday. The port ended up earning $3 million in net income in the first six months of the year after losing $165,000 in the January-to-March period.

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All funds from timber sales not accounted for at Foothills Regional Airport

Morganton News Herald
August 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MORGANTON N.C. — Timber culling contract at Foothills Regional Airport are raising further questions about financial inconsistencies in the airport authority’s budget and accounting. Timber culling has been done this year on acreage owned by the airport. The airport entered into two contracts with Parton Lumber Company in Rutherfordton to cut timber from 70 acres of airport property. One contract was dated March 9 for $10,000 and the other was for March 27 for $50,900, said Louis Vinay, acting attorney for the airport.

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Timber sector misfortunes reflect economic trends

YLE News
August 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

FINLAND — The competitiveness of Finnish sawmills has weakened continuously since the beginning of this year and their market share has decreased. Further production losses are also feared. In the view of CEO Kai Merivuori of the Finnish Sawmills Association, a body representing independent mills, the situation is causing concern. “Our cost pressures have not decreased. Problems persist in wood procurement and now it seems the construction industry is slowing down,” says Merivuori. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building a market for cross-laminated timber

Architects introducing the ‘new concrete’ through school design
NorthernLife.ca
August 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A $350,000 investment by Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) will help steer Northern Ontario toward the production of a new building product gaining popularity in Europe, said a representative of the architectural firm working on the School of Architecture. The provincial funds will allow Laurentian University to showcase the first significant use of cross-laminated timber in a public building in Ontario through the construction of the School of Architecture’s West Wing. It will house a classroom, lecture hall and library, and much of the 12,000-square-foot structure would be exposed to view, with clear curtain glazing.

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This bike is biodegradable

Atlanta Journal Constitution
August 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Other bicyclists worry about rust. Collin Graver worries about termites. On the other hand, this Avondale teenager’s bicycle is completely recyclable. And unlike most models you see online, Graver’s bike is wooden right down to the gears and the wheels. The idea came to him in a moment of whimsy. “I was doing some repairs on my mountain bike,” said Graver, 15, “and I ended up using a tiny wooden piece on it. And I thought, ‘Hmm, maybe I could built an entire wood bike.’ “

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Certification schemes acting as ‘gate-keepers’ to market access

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

An Australian academic has warned of the dangers of certification schemes being used as ‘gate-keepers’ to market access… Jeff Bennett, Professor of Environmental Management at the Australian National University, recently warned of the dangers associated with the misuse of certification schemes… As a result, Barrett argues that schemes often become the subject of intense lobbying; the result being certification processes which specify outcomes determined by relative political influence rather than socially desirable goals.

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Forestry

Parks Canada to study wildfire behaviour in BC

CBC News
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A small forest fire in Kootenay National Park is being studied by officials to learn how wildfires move. The wildfire spans five-square kilometres and two national parks and its smoke, at times, can be smelled from Calgary. Rick Kubian, resource conservation manager with Parks Canada, said crews have buried sensors, called thermocouples, in the ground to study to the wildfire’s behaviour.

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Forests not just for tree huggers

Globe and Mail
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On a drab stretch of Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, there’s not a tree to be seen amid streets and sidewalks that give a decidedly grey cast to a city that bills itself as the greenest city in the world.  Over the next few years, this and other tree-starved blocks could gain some colour, as the city develops an urban forest management plan and begins planting a planned 150,000 trees by 2020.

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Northern BC fires good for endangered wood bison

CBC News
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest fires in northeastern B.C. aren’t all bad news, according to ecologists who hope the flames will open up new grazing land for endangered wood bison. Landscape ecologist Sonja Leverkus is studying the relationship between forest fires and wood bison near Fort Nelson. She says right now, the bison spend the majority of their time within 100 metres of the Alaska Highway.

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Cortes Island ForestFest: Forest activism for all generations

The Vancouver Observer (blog)
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As September draws near, Cortes Islanders and other opponents of industrial logging are gearing up to protect Cortes forests from Island Timberlands.This weekend, a multipurpose “ForestFest” brought blockaders and friends together for strategy and inspiration. Preparations for ForestFest spurred completion of the “forest camp,” a long term camp area on private land for off-island activists for use in the event that Island Timberlands goes forward with its plans.

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NDP definition far from clearcut

by Jamie Simpson
Chronicle Herald
August 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In August 2011, my opinion piece on the government’s new Natural Resources Strategy expressed massive disappointment. The two biggest problems with the strategy (among many) were the lack of a clearcutting definition, and a failure to put an end to whole-tree harvesting. One year later, it’s still status quo for whole-tree harvesting (anything goes). As for clearcutting, the new definition is so weak and full of loopholes, I ask myself: Why did they even bother? They bothered, of course, because they had to come out with something. Something’s better than nothing; it might fool some people.

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‘Torture Lab’ Kills Trees To Learn How To Save Them

National Public Radio
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Just how do trees die? It seems like a simple question, but the answer still eludes scientists. …Park Williams studies trees at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, but not the way most scientists do. “We’re interested in trees that die,” he says — spefiically, death by heat and drought. Sure, lack of water kills trees, but which ones die first, how long does it take, how long can they go without water? “That’s a part we don’t understand very well as ecologists,” says Craig Allen, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “We don’t know what it takes to kill trees.”

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Local View: New plan needed to manage forests

The Columbian
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…My opinion is, “Where have you been, Forest Service, for the past 15-plus years of backing away from fires?” It is well past time that the Forest Service step up and aggressively fight fires. Yes, fires can be allowed to crawl around in higher elevations when spring conditions allow such prescriptions, but when summer drying occurs, it is time to put them out, period.

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Forest Guidelines For Goshawks May Not Help

Surprising study of rare raptor raises questions about forest thinning
Payson Roundup
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

No doubt about it: The federal government wants the Northern Goshawk to survive.  So every national forest in the West wrote into its forest plan detailed rules to protect critical habitat the bird- and rodent-hunting raptors need to survive. …Turns out, the guidelines the U.S. Forest Service has applied to millions of acres in the West to protect the goshawk don’t help the beleaguered bird at all, according to a study by researchers from Northern Arizona University and published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Modern loggers look out for forests’ health

Arizona Republic
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

VERNON – In the dark, while the sun is still hours to the east, trucks carrying WB Contracting crews rumble up a forest road to a rutted clearing. The headlights catch glints of metal, then reveal a row of machines in the shadows. The men run their checks: Top off diesel tanks. Lubricate moving parts. Clear errant branches and chunks of bark from the previous day. Calibrate measuring equipment. All systems go. …Here, the modern-day logger does not tote a chain saw. There are no spiked boots for climbing trees. If there is an ax or a hatchet in a toolbox, it collects sawdust. And these loggers use computers to measure trees.

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Collaboration is controversial in Seeley area forest restoration

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WOODWORTH – Looking at some cutthroat trout from a brand-new bridge over Trail Creek, Seeley Lake Ranger District fisheries biologist Shane Hendricks saw a new way of doing business. “Replacing this culvert with a bridge opened up 11 miles of trout habitat,” Hendricks said. “It cost $140,000. If we didn’t have CFLR money, it would have been the only thing we did this year.” Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects like the Trail Creek bridge underwrite most of the activity in a big swath of western Montana known as the Southwest Crown of the Continent.

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Myanmar to stop exporting wood logs?

IHB
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Myanmar’s forest coverage has now reduced to remain only one fifth of the country’s total area, calling for total stop of exporting woods to foreign countries, local media quoted the Lower House’s Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee as reporting Wednesday. Total forest coverage area was down to 24 percent in 2008 from 51 percent in 2005, 57 percent in 1962 and 70 percent in Konbaung dynasty, the committee’s secretary U Thein Lwin told a recent national seminar workshop on energy, environment and climate change held in Nay Pyi Taw.

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Whose Timber is it Anyway?

Inter Press Service
August 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KARACHI – With Pakistan’s last major stands of deodar (cedar) threatened by a ‘timber mafia’, the local people in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are resorting to direct action to stop the denudation of their picturesque alpine homeland. Since April, the community in Ayun town has been running a determined campaign to intercept trucks carrying cedar logs out of the famed Kalash valleys. “We have unloaded about 3,500 cubic feet of timber and nobody will touch it until a case we filed in court against the illegal felling is decided,” Fazalur Rehman said.

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CTU rips into forestry safety

Otago Daily Times
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand – Forest safety standards are under renewed attack by the Council of Trade Unions which says the nation’s forestry death rate as shameful. CTU president Helen Kelly says the local forestry death rate is 34 times higher than the UK’s. But her comparison has been labelled “naive and uninformed” by Forest Owners Association health and safety committee chairman Sheldon Drummond of Gisborne.

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Oslo urges Brazil, Indonesia to keep forest protection

Reuters
August 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Norway’s environment minister on Friday urged Brazil and Indonesia to avoid backtracking on policies to protect tropical forests, saying up to $2 billion in aid promised by Oslo hinged on proof of slower rates of forest clearance. …Environment Minister Baard Vegar Solhjell, whose country is failing to meet goals for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, said he was closely following debate in Brazil that might brake what he called a “huge success story” in slowing deforestation.

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Green activists force out forest panel member

Daily Pioneer
August 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Giving in to the strong protest from environmentalists, an independent member on the statutory Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) KP Nyati has resigned from the regulatory authority. The FAC is the statutory body that decides on key issues related to diversion of forest land for road, mining and other development projects in the country. And environmentalists pointed out his conflict of interest by citing how since 1992 Nyati has been part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), representing the interests of the industry in one way or the other.

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Forest fire near Athens under partial control

AFP
August 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ATHENS — Firefighters on Saturday managed to partially control a large forest fire that broke out on the northeastern outskirts of Athens, officials said. “I believe we are going well,” Pavlos Papageorgiou, a senior fire department officer, told state television NET. “The only front is in a ravine near the town of Afidnes, we are moving forces from other areas where the fire is under control,” he said.

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Forest fires affect reservoirs, cause landslides

Nation on Sunday
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Increasing forest fires are likely to have a negative impact on the catchments areas where reservoirs are located and also on the supply of drinking water, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) warns.  Deputy Director of the DMC Sarath Lal Kumara, said forest fires could reduce the forest cover which may cause soil erosion and landslides. Soon it would be a threat in many ways. He said that over 100 forest fires had been reported to the DMC during the past five months and they destroyed over 12,000 acres of reservation lands and grass lands.

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Russia to Assist Europe to Suffocate Forest Fires

Prensa Latina
August 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Moscow – Russia will assist several European countries, especially Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece, to suffocate forest fires by sending its specialized aviation, the Ministry of Emergency Situations announced on Sunday… In Serbia alone, some 200 hotbeds of forest fires have been identified, so the group will be reinforced with Ka-32 helicopters based in Nis, the official said.

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Australia and New Zealand arrangement to combat illegal logging

Teatro Naturale
August 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australia and New Zealand have strengthened their long standing cooperation on forestry issues by signing the Arrangement on Combating Illegal Logging and Promoting Sustainable Forest Management. The signed Arrangement illustrates a shared commitment to working together to address illegal logging and promote sustainable forest management.

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