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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Business & Politics

How to play the improving U.S. housing market with paper and forest products stocks

Finanacial Post
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With the U.S. housing market looking like it will continue to gain traction, investors have several ways to play the pick-up in activity. One route is the paper and forest products sector. Paul Quinn, a Vancouver-based analyst at RBC Capital Markets, noted that 2013 is shaping up to be the fifth worst year for U.S. housing in the past 50 years. And while activity is up roughly 50% from the bottom, it is only a third of the way from a sustainable long-term level of 1.5 million to 1.6 million starts he expects in 2015-2016.

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LP spends $75M to buy Canadian lumber mill

The Tennessean
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is spending $75 million to become the sole owner of a Canadian lumber mill, the Nashville-based manufacturer announced Wednesday. LP is expected to complete a deal by the end of the year to purchase Canfor Corporation’s 50 percent stake in the mill. The firms have signed a letter of intent that sets the purchase price for Canfor’s share, including working capital and with the possibility of additional considerations based on the mill’s earnings.

Canfor Selling Shares in Peace Valley OSB from 250 News

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Gentlemen, start your sawmills: U.S. housing is back

Globe and Mail
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Don’t get too down about Wednesday’s mildly disappointing U.S. new-home-sales report. The market with the most direct stake in those numbers – namely, lumber – is cheering them. … Indeed, sales in the Northeast – where the hurricane hit hardest – tumbled 33 per cent, yet impressive strength in other regions made up for these losses. Looking past the hurricane effects, the data reflect a continuation of a
strengthening trend in demand for new homes in the United States this
year.

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WorkSafe To Hold Conference Call on Sawmill Explosions

250 News
November 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – In just a few hours from now, WorkSafe BC will be holding a conference call on the investigation into the two fatal sawmill explosions. It is expected WorkSafe will be releasing details of their investigation into the cause of the blasts and fires which claimed two lives in Burns Lake, and two in Prince George.

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WorkSafe BC Forwards Sawmill Files to Crown

250 News
November 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- WorkSafeBC has just announced it is forwarding its findings of the investigation of the two fatal sawmill explosions and fires to Crown for possible action. WorkSafe BC says it is not recommending any criminal charges, rather, they are asking Crown to review the cases to see if there should be charges under the Workers Compensation Act. It will be up to the Crown to decide if charges under the Workers Compensation Act would be laid. It has been stressed these are not criminal charges.

Hampton Affiliates Surprised by WorkSafe Decision from 250 News
Lakeland Owners Disappointed in WorkSafe Decision from 250 News
Mill explosion probes referred to Crown investigators from the Globe and Mail
Crown to probe deadly sawmill blasts from the Canadian Press
Deadly mill explosions may result in jail time from the Vancouver Sun

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Canfor Trades Training Centre Still a Possibility

HQ Prince George
November 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite being put on the backburner, the proposed Canfor Trades Training Centre at the former Rustad sawmill site is still a possibility. Originally Canfor and BID Group joined forces with industry hoping to have such a facility up and running by January. Obviously with that date far from realistic, Nechako-Lakes BC Liberal John Rustad says the coming provincial budget could determine the fate of the proposal.

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Cape Breton mill’s tax bill to be reduced

CBC News
November 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An agreement between Richmond County and a paper mill in Port Hawkesbury to reduce the operation’s municipal taxes is being written into law by the Nova Scotia government. Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell says amendments to the Stora Enso Taxation Act would see taxes paid by the mill remain at $2.6 million for 2012-13, with former owner NewPage and Port Hawkesbury Paper Group Ltd. each paying $1.3 million.

Mill tax deal to become law from the Chronicle Herald

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NewPage pensioners told to pay back thousands

Calculation error affects about 200 former workers
CBC News
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of former NewPage paper plant workers have been told they’ll have to foot the bill for a mistake made by the former administrator of their pension plan. The workers – who are already living with reduced payments because the plan was underfunded – are now being asked to pay back tens of thousands of dollars. Morneau Shepell, the current pension plan administrator, sent letters to the pensioners this week, saying a previous plan administrator made a calculation error when figuring out payments.

Error may cost former mill workers millions from Canadian Press
Pension error worries retired paper mill workers from The Chronicle Herald

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Union members at paper mill authorize strike

Minnesota Public Radio
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn. — About 400 union members at a paper mill in Cloquet have voted to authorize a strike. The vote does not mean that workers at the Sappi Fine Paper Mill will strike. But union leaders now have the authority to call one if they cannot reach a contract agreement with the company. The authorization vote comes while South Africa-based Sappi is spending $170 million to convert the Cloquet pulp mill to produce a specialized cellulose used in clothing, cell phone screens and other consumer products.

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Stats reveal fewer forestry jobs nationwide

ABC Local
November 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New statistics show the number of forestry jobs across Australia has fallen by 16,000 since 2007. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released its latest figure into the nation’s forest and wood products. David Cunningham from ABARES says despite many jobs going in the industry over the past five years, there was a slight increase between 2011 and 2012.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pine beetles kill forests, builders seek to use the wood

While the insect infestation continues, using the timber left behind is becoming easier
Pique Magazine
November 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Yet, the millions of impacted trees needed quick harvesting to avoid them rotting away in the wilderness and emitting CO2 gas. In the last three years, technology has begun to find a way. Alpine Timberframe and Design, a Brackendale company known for its custom residential and commercial work in wood, was brought in in 2011 to work on an innovative construction project at the University of British Columbia which incorporates beetle-kill wood for more than cosmetic reasons

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Hardwood Demand Could Drain Supply, Drive Prices Up

Woodworking Network
November 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

If domestic and export demand for North American hardwood lumber both increase over the next six months, as expected, the hardwood industry may find it difficult to produce enough lumber because far fewer sawmills are operating than in the past. And the industry has limited access to credit. Resulting price increases could be significant, which would be welcome news for sawmills that have been struggling with thin profit margins.

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Timber structure boosts Bullitt’s green cred

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Four years ago, Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation, introduced an incredible opportunity for our team to play a role in delivering the world’s first living office building. …
Our team evaluated various structural systems during the initial stages of pre-construction and reviewed potential systems for their embodied energy. We elected to utilize heavy timber for the structure of the building — a structure well suited for use as a commercial office, but one that can often be designed as concrete, steel or a combination of the two.

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Forestry

Seeing gold in silviculture

Canadian firm aims to tap multibillion-dollar market by growing trees better than anyone else in the world
Globe and Mail
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Gregory and Jonathan Hess have a tall ambition: to grow trees better than anybody else. By “better,” they mean faster, thicker, stronger, taller, higher-yielding and more likely to survive than average trees, even in hostile soils. …Tree Global custom grows trees to the needs of specific industries, from mining companies who need to reforest lands to governments dealing with desertification and farmers who want to improve yields. The company bills itself as the first ever international tree nursery service.

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Resource industry is engine for B.C.’s economic growth, says Premier Christy Clark

Vancouver Sun
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. could lead Canada in economic growth by harnessing its natural resources and expanding its export capacity, Premier Christy Clark told industry leaders at a fundraising dinner Wednesday. …She said her government has also opened up China’s market to B.C.’s wood products, noting trade was up nearly 20 per cent from last year.

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Human shield stalls Cortes logging for third day

Campbell River Mirror
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Cortes Island blockade of Island Timberlands went into its third day Thursday as swelling ranks of environmentalists, residents and their children maintained a human shield against the logging company’s crews and equipment. Zoe Miles, a member of Wildstands, says, “For more than four years, community members have attempted to work with the company to develop an ecosystem-based approach to forestry. As road-building equipment moves in, the community is now left with no choice but to stand in its path to defend these ecologically significant forests.”

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Province has no plans to cut old-growth stand in Walbran, near Port Alberni

By Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
November 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A stand of massive old-growth red cedars in the Upper Walbran Valley has escaped the axe, and the province is now looking for ways to protect unusually big trees. Environmental groups were preparing for another round of the war-in-the-woods after logging tape was found this summer near Castle Grove and the “Castle Giant.” The western red cedar has a five-metre diameter and is listed in the B.C. big tree registry as one of the widest in Canada. But Teal Jones Group of Surrey, which holds the cutting licence, will not be logging that area, a Forests Ministry spokesman said in an emailed response to questions Thursday.

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Selkirk caribou lose habitat

U.S. allocates less than one-tenth of proposed protected zone
Vancouver Sun
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

. …But now, bending to pressure from Idaho’s Republican senators, snowmobile enthusiasts and other groups concerned that the planned conservation zone was too large, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finally approved a critical habitat of just 30,000 acres – less than one-tenth of the original plan – in the U.S. stomping grounds of the cross-border caribou.

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Protesters block logging road access on Cortes Island

The Vancouver Observer
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This morning on Cortes Island, Island Timberlands trucks were stopped at a yellow logging road gate by two masked protesters lying on the ground. Island Timberlands personnel filmed the protesters, presumably in preparation for an application for a civil injunction. According to a local source, they put their cameras close to the faces of the protesters and pushed them for an incriminating statement. The protesters did not respond and remained on the site until the end of the day.

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Bridges project seeks to help small-scale forest operators

Clearwater Times
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new provincial partnership called Bridges II could mean big opportunities for local woodlot licensees and community forests. That was the message that consultant Chris Ortner and Jim Burck, community economic development director with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, brought to Clearwater on Thursday. The pair were on a fact-finding tour of the McBride to Barriere corridor. The provincial government has identified the corridor as one of several sub-regional targets for economic development in B.C.

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Interfor finds spiked timber before harm can be done

Kamloops Daily News
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor was able to uncover acts that have been labelled eco-terrorism before they could hurt employees or damage equipment. Last June, workers on an Interfor logging operation in the Roche Lake area discovered a few hand written cardboard signs bearing warnings that timber had been spiked It turned out that logs and trees surrounding a popular rock climbing area had been run through with spikes ranging in size from nails to heavy gauge railway pins.

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Three arrested for allegedly interfering with Sunshine Coast logging

Canadian Press
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SECHELT — Three people were arrested Tuesday as a dispute over logging on the Sunshine Coast heats up. The trio were arrested by RCMP after protesters were served with an injunction ordering them not to interfere with logging in an area southeast of Sechelt. The group Elphinstone Logging Focus had set up what it called a “peace camp” near a disputed 14-hectare area managed by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest on behalf of the District of Sechelt.

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Alleged ‘eco-terrorist’ surrenders at B.C. border

Associated Press
November 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of U.S. fires set by environmental radicals surrendered to authorities Thursday after spending years hiding in Canada. The U.S. attorney’s office in Portland, Oregon, said Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, turned herself in to the FBI at the Peace Arch crossing on the border between B.C. and Washington state. …She was sought on charges that she took part in setting fires at a Vail ski resort in Colorado, at a timber company office in Oregon and at federal wild horse corrals in Oregon and California.

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Can two men save thousands of acres of Kitsap Peninsula forest?

Port Gamble and its surrounding forests have been logging territory for more than a century. Owner Pope Resources is willing to strike a deal with local tribes that would conserve thousands of acres of forestland. If the two sides can agree on terms.
Cross Cut
November 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It sounds like a classic historical encounter between a colonial leader and a tribal chieftain. But this is not the 19th century: It’s April 2012, and the man pleading for the land is Jon Rose, president of the property group of Pope Resources, a successor to the timber barons who built an empire here. By the early 1900s, the company controlled much of the forest around the bay and built a corporate fortune, displacing Native Americans from their fishing and hunting grounds. The former hub of the company’s operations is a shuttered mill, built on the site of an ancestral Port Gamble S’Klallam village.

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Bitterroot National Forest looking to fill six committee positions

Ravalli Republic
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bitterroot National Forest is seeking to fill six positions on the Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee. The committee consists of 18 members who represent a wide array of interests. The purpose of the committee is to propose projects that will benefit the national forest lands and ecosystems in Ravalli County, improve collaborative relationships, and provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service.

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Idaho, Washington scale back acreage for rare caribou habitat

Associated Press
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to scale back the acreage it wants to set aside in northern Idaho and eastern Washington as critical habitat for the rare woodland caribou. …Thoughtful inquiry and scientific information was presented to us,” said Brian T. Kelly, the agency’s Idaho supervisor. “Because of this, we have a modified rule that adheres to policy, is responsive to issues raised by others and most importantly addre sses habitat for caribou conservation.”

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Montana Public Radio program to highlight UM research work

The Missoulian
November 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A former University of Montana research professor hopes to help scientists bridge the communication gap with the public by launching a weekly radio program highlighting their work …The program follows this Friday with Diana Six, a forestry professor who will discuss the effects of the mountain pine beetle on the whitebark pine ecosystem. …Faculty members also span the globe to conduct their research. … while the School of Forestry and Conservation contributed to a new study on tree-leaf litter in tropical forests and the role it plays in regulating organic carbons stored in soil.

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Tiny beetle, giant threat in Northern Nevada

Associated Press
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. — Foresters are on the watch for a potential invasion of an insect that has decimated millions of acres of forest across the West and in Canada, with continued evidence showing the mountain pine bark beetle is on the march into Nevada and the Sierra. The danger, Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson said, is significant. “It’s a serious deal and everybody is keeping an eye on it,” Anderson told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It’s definitely here. We’re just doing everything we can to control it at this point.

Pine beetles threatening local Forests from Foxreno.com

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Timber projects should have equal protections

The Missoulian
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On July 2, Advocates for Our Republic met with Sen. Jon Tester’s office staff to discuss ways that Congress might amend the Endangered Species Act which, as it exists today, will kill the jobs portion of the senator’s jobs bill.  . …We don’t want to lose even one more of the 6,700 remaining forest product jobs in Montana. Our position is that until the Endangered Species Act is amended to finally support the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (equality in the courts), there will be no jobs saved.

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Legislation leaves future of world’s largest temperate rainforest up in the air

Mongabay.com
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although unlikely to pass anytime in the near term, recurring legislation that would hand over 80,000 acres of the Tongass Rainforest to a Native-owned logging corporation has put local communities on guard in Southeast Alaska. “The legislation privatizes a public resource. It takes land that belongs to all of us, and that all of us have a say in the use and management of, and it gives that land to a private for-profit corporation,” Andrew Thoms, Executive Director of the Sitka Conservation Society, told mongabay.com in a recent interview.

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Research shows managed fire benefits forest carbon sequestration

Penn State Live
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the current focus on carbon emissions affecting climate change and the critical role forests play in storing the element, a better understanding of the impact that fire has on the global carbon cycle is needed by policymakers, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences….That matters because forest fires release carbon into the atmosphere.
However Hurteau’s research indicates that more fires — but managed and
less severe — combined with thinning stands of trees, actually benefit
carbon markets because the amount of carbon locked up by forests that
are managed with prescribed fire is greater.

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Groups plant American chestnut trees in blight-resistance effort

Worcester Telegram
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Several groups at the national and local level have been trying to find ways to restore this once ubiquitous tree to its native forests. On Nov. 17, members of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation and the Westborough Conservation Commission planted 150 American chestnuts in the woods near Sandra Pond as part of a process to develop blight-resistant American chestnut trees and reintroduce them to Westboro’s forests.

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Tasmania’s forest conflict not over

Green Left Weekly
November 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Some environmentalists have justified their support for the forest peace deal — passed by Tasmania’s Legislative Assembly on November 23 — on the grounds of not letting “perfect” become the “enemy of good”. But a closer look at the details of the deal, which will allow the logging of native forests for another generation, makes clear it cannot even be called “good”. As a signatory to the deal, the Wilderness Society told supporters: “The agreement was reached via genuine negotiation. By definition, that means we didn’t get everything we wanted — nor did the timber industry or the unions.

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BSI and WWF tackle forestry supply chain risks

H&V News
November 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Business standards company, BSI and WWF-UK Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) have launched a new good practice guidance to support industry efforts in the responsible sourcing of forest goods and sustainable forest management. The new guidance, known as PAS 2021 – Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of timber and timber products – Guide to Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 – has been sponsored by GFTN and developed to help the timber industry meet the impending EU timber regulation (EUTR) which comes into effect on 3 March 2013.

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Tasmanian forestry peace deal only the beginning

The Conversation
November 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…In the eight years since 2004 – when then Economic Development Minister Lara Giddings declared there were “clear benefits to Tasmania in developing a pulp mill” – a risky gamble has unravelled. Forest policy was once dominated by the expectation that a very large pulp mill would underwrite plantation forestry, and support large scale clearfelling of public forests by providing an outlet for low-grade timber.

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Logging safety claims ‘not always accurate’

Wanganui Chronicle
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Wanganui logging manager says while the industry may say it is well regulated and monitored, it sometimes falls short of the mark. Jason Ashworth, who has been involved in the industry for 25 years, works for Forest Management in its Wanganui office and he manages a crew of six men cutting out forests in the Wanganui region. The company has similar managers working in Timaru, Christchurch, Blenheim, Nelson, Wellington and Napier. “The rules are simple: no one should fell [trees] by themselves. That’s the accepted rule,” Mr Ashworth told the Chronicle.

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Strong demand for forestry land in the UK

Property Wire
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Strong demand has resulted in an increase in price for forestry land in the UK, with the market delivering excellent returns, according to a new report from Savills and UPM Tilhill, the UK’s largest timber harvesting and forest management company. Over the past 12 months a combination of strong demand, and the high quality and maturity of woodland on the market, resulted in an increase in the average sale price of 49% per stocked hectare.

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How illegal logging in Brazil’s Amazon turns ‘legal’

BBC News
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation in Brazil’s huge Amazon region has slowed in recent years, and this week the government said it was at its lowest level since monitoring began 24 years ago. But despite tougher regulations, unscrupulous loggers are still finding ways to get timber out of the jungle and selling it as legally felled wood, locals say. …In cases of “heating”, loggers bribe and bully landowners, big and small, to draw up the documentation, which they then buy, often under duress and for a negligible sum.

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Choppers battle Takaka forest fire

Stuff.co.nz
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three helicopters were used to fight a fire in East Takaka yesterday which burnt about two hectares of forestry and scrubland. The fire which started about 2.30pm was contained by 7pm. The fire was not considered suspicious. Waimea Rural Fire Authority principal fire officer Ian Reade said investigators were at the site today trying to find the origin and cause of the blaze.

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Activists: China at center of illegal timber trade

Associated Press
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING — Voracious demand for wood to feed factories for exports and satisfy wealthier consumers at home has turned China into a magnet for the illegal timber trade, causing other countries to strip their forests as Beijing does little to discourage the practices, an environmental group said in a report released Thursday. …”These investigations reveal how Chinese traders thrive on crime,
corruption, the purchase of political patronage and poor forest
governance in the producer countries from which they source,” said the
report.

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