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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Election Reflections: Implications for Forestry and BC’s Coastal Communities

Truck Loggers Association
May 28, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raise your hand if you predicted the Liberals would win the election?  I thought as much.  So why did the pollsters get it so wrong and what does the result mean for forestry and BC’s coastal communities? With respect to the election results, there’s been a lot of ink spilled on the misread by the pollsters. Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer reminded us in a column last week that for 43 years (up to 1982) opinion polling during an election was illegal, so as not to “influence the order of finish among the candidates.” Given how wrong the pollsters were in 2013, perhaps the crime being avoided should be more along the lines of “careless misrepresentation.” Here are some the top explanations for the misread.

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Business & Politics

Analysts praise Domtar’s diaper deal

Financial Post
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp.’s $272-million acquisition of Associated Hyiegenic Products this week is drawing applause from analysts, who say it represents a smart expansion of the Montreal-based company’s non-paper business. Domtar announced the purchase of AHP, a large manufacturer and marketer of store brand infant diapers, on Tuesday morning. Analysts say it complements Domtar’s recent expansion into the adult incontinence market.

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CP Rail sues for mineral, timber rights on B.C. lands

Railway company says seeks damages and title for 800,000 acres
CBC News
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CP Rail has launched an unprecedented lawsuit to reclaim timber and mineral rights on hundreds of thousands of acres of land in B.C. The railway filed the claim in B.C. Supreme Court Thursday against the province and hundreds of unnamed landowners and contractors. CP claims it never gave up resource rights on more than 800,000 acres of land it transferred to private owners and the province. The land — mostly in the Kootenays and Okanagan — was originally granted to the railway companies in the late 1800s.

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Industrial taxes ‘outrageous’

Letter by Joe Sawchuk
Cowichan Valley Citizen
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is very annoying to the readers when they have to read comments from John Anderson that do not list all of the factors pertaining to his statement. He states that the Catalyst Corporation keeps on complaining that property taxes are too high. He fails to mention, that companies that own pulp mills in Port Mellon, B.C., Quesnel, B.C., Chetwynd, B.C., Nanaimo, B.C., Castlegar, B.C., MacKenzie, B.C., Prince George, B.C., Port Alice, B.C., Skookumchuck, B.C., and companies that own a smelter in Kitimat, B.C. and Trail, B.C., seem to have no complaints and pay their assessed property taxes accordingly.

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Chips’ arrival upsets local harvesters at odds with mill

TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — A barge carrying about 300 tractor-trailer loads of wood chips from Quebec sent shivers down the spines of frustrated harvesters when it arrived at the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill earlier this week. The private land harvesters claim that the mill is shipping in the chips while refusing to pay adequate prices for locally harvested wood. The mill, meanwhile, claims the chips were ordered as a protective measure when trucking contractors went on strike two weeks ago.

Barge full of wood chips arrives at Port Hawkesbury Paper from the 101.5 The Hawk

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NC Ports takes step toward wood pellet business

WWAY NewsChannel 3
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WILMINGTON, NC — New business could be burning its way into the Port of Wilmington. After months of negotiations the North Carolina Ports Authority and wood pellet company Enviva are inching closer to a partnership. The NC Ports Board of Directors took an axe to the bargaining table and came away with two agreements that could chop into North Carolina unemployment. “They relate to one another relative to a project that we have been talking about for a while for the development of a wood pellet export facility at the Port of Wilmington,” Acting Ports Executive Director Jeff Miles said.

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Hring surge underway at Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Longview facilities

Longview Daily News
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Fueled by an upswing in the nationwide housing market and rising consumer demand for paper products, Weyerhaeuser Co. is in the midst of hiring 100 new workers in Longview, company officials said Thursday. The company has hired 54 new employees at its Longview sawmill since last year and 16 at the log yard this year. By the end of this year it will hire 20 entry-level workers and four salaried managers at its pulp mill, at least 10 more workers in the log-export yard and an undisclosed additional number at the sawmill and Norpac newsprint mill, company spokesman Anthony Chavez said.

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Global Witness: 75% of Ghana Logging Permits Violate EU Timber Regulation

Hardwood Floors Magazine
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to investigations by London-based watchdog group Global Witness, only 300 of the 800 logging permits in Ghana meet EU Timber Regulation standards, meaning a majority of Ghanaian timber could land European importers in jail. “Ghana’s logging permits are in a mess. Of six types of permit issued by the authorities to logging companies, only two fall within the government’s own definition of what is legal. Until the government gets its house in order, European buyers should consider all Ghanaian timber products as extremely risky, and make sure they are doing thorough checks along their supply chains,” said David Young, Forest Sector Transparency Campaigner at Global Witness.

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Kangaroo Island timber mill operations suspended

ABC News, Australia
May 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Operations at the Parndarna Sawmill on Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Ausdtralia, have been suspended indefinitely. The owner RuralAus has told the Australian Stock Exchange that low timber product prices and lack of cost-effective transport options to mainland markets are to blame. The mill initially stopped operating after a fire damaged part of it in Febraury.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Changing the OBC for six-storey wood frame construction (video)

Daily Commercial News
May 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of the building and development industry are calling for changes to the Ontario Building Code which would allow construction of wood frame buildings up to six-storeys. The current limit is four storeys. Developers and city planners gathered last week in downtown Toronto to announce the proposal.

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Ontario wood frame building gets a push

Daily Commercial News
May 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of the building and development industry are calling for changes in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which would allow the construction of wood frame buildings of up to six storeys, increasing the limit from the current four storeys. An expert in urban planning says the move would drive construction costs down and allow for more affordable options for prospective homebuyers….The report states that wood frame construction could cost up to 10 to 15
per cent less than concrete construction. And based on a
1,000-square-foot unit, cost savings of $20,000 to $25,000 could be
achieved.

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Video Knock on wood this car works (video)

Associated Press
May 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

First it was a bike, then a motorcycle. Now, a Hungarian man has created a car made almost entirely out of wood.

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Forestry

Supreme Court narrows purchasers’ tax liability

Finanacial Post
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that reforestation obligations assumed by a purchaser of timber rights were not taxable to the vendor. “This case [Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. v. The Queen] has been followed closely by the tax community since it concerns an issue of fundamental commercial importance: the tax treatment of liabilities and obligations assumed by a purchaser that relate to the asset being sold,” write Kim Maguire and Steve Suarez in Borden Ladner Gervais’ Tax Law Bulletin.

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Private forest rules for benefit of landowners

Cowichan Valley Citizen
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the claims of Mr. Rod Bealing, director of the Forest Landowners Association, private forest lands are still managed for the express benefit of the landowners themselves, not the communities who are left wondering where their woods – and jobs – went after the final feller-buncher has left the area. Due to the rapacious exploitation of our precious natural resources, both merchantable timber and regular employment have become increasingly rare commodities.

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Deal will save taxpayers $66,000

Nanaimo Daily News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A contractor has been hired to apply treated sewage to forests at the foot of Mount Benson to grow trees for Vancouver Island University. The Regional District of Nanaimo has signed a four-year agreement with Sylvis, a New Westminster-based environmental company, which the RDN says will save taxpayers to dispose of treated sludge, which will be used as fertilizer for trees on the VIU woodlot at the foot of Mount Benson. Biosolids is the scientific name for a nutrient-rich, humus-like product made from pulp waste, or raw sewage digested in a four-week treatment process.

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Bainbridge area logging will not hurt water

Alberni Valley Times
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City council will visit a local cut block TimberWest will soon be logging. TimberWest sustainability vice-president and chief forester Domenico Iannidinardo told council during Monday’s meeting the company would spend the next few weeks logging a cut block near Bainbridge Lake. “The cut block is situated east of the lake,” Iannidinardo said. “Its size is 18 hectares, and we will harvest 7,000 cubic metres. It’s one-fourth of what we normally produce.” The company will be logging 60-year-old second-growth trees.

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Creepy crawly caterpillars not as populous this year: expert

Victoria Times Colonist
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tent caterpillars, which last year wiped out apple crops on Saltspring Island and caused the cancellation of the annual apple festival, are now hatching from their tree-top nests and munching on fresh, green leaves. But these new hatchlings aren’t expected to reach the numbers of last year, nor decimate fruit orchards or deciduous trees to the same extent. “They’re really patchy,” said Judith Myers, a University of B.C. entomologist who studies the western tent caterpillars.

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Growing a healthy environment with native trees

UofT Faculty of Forestry
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

University of Toronto PhD student uses Mitacs-Accelerate to discover the huge benefits of planting native trees in urban areas Less than half of all tree species now growing in urban areas around the world are native to the local environment. While imported tree species are chosen for aesthetic reasons, it has a huge impact on wildlife. Native trees are known to support local ecosystems much more effectively, providing a home and food source for local insects and wildlife. But the exact benefit of using native trees has never been studied in Canada.

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Emerald ash borers targeting the city’s trees

Mississauga News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MISSISSAUGA — An invasive and destructive pest that has the potential to devastate Mississauga’s ash tree canopy is being seen in much greater numbers than initially thought. Gavin Longmuir, the City of Mississauga’s manager of urban forestry, told councillors yesterday during General Committee that, after a thorough inspection of ash trees by City staff, it has been determined that the emerald ash borer infestation is widespread.

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Subdivison cancelled in favour of forestry plan

Cornwall Standard Freeholder
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

LANCASTER – Council has agreed to close the books on a planned subdivision, more than a decade after the homes were first proposed. Only one lot in the Stonehouse Point development was ever built, and the property owner petitioned South Glengarry this week to remove the subdivision designation. The developer had originally planned to erect 14 homes when approval was given in 1998. But now the owner hopes to establish a forestry management plan for the area, according to council documents.

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Truro forestry summer students hard at work

Truro Daily News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO – Three young women are getting down and dirty in the Town of Truro in an effort to help beautify the area. Leah Haltom, Megan Kenny and Samantha Guthro are studying forestry in post-secondary schools and have been hired by the town as summer students in the urban forestry sector. One of the first projects the women had was to replant trees along McClures Mills Road after they were again vandalized last week. They are also spreading awareness that more women are getting into the forestry sector.

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Evacuations called off as fire north of LA calms

The Missoulian
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that broke out north of Los Angeles burned out of control and threatened homes and power lines, but improved firefighting conditions after nightfall slowed its growth and residents who had evacuated were allowed to return, officials said. The fire in the Angeles National Forest surged to 1,000 acres Thursday and sent out big clouds of black smoke amid afternoon temperatures in the high 80s and winds gusting at more than 20 mph.

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Congressman Jared Polis pitches land sale for affordable-housing development

Summit Daily News
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congressman Jared Polis spoke in Frisco Thursday to announce two new bills related to affordable housing in Summit County; one providing land for future development and a second simplifying finance regulations for attainable housing in high-tourism areas. …Officials said the plot, surrounded by development and recently stripped of most of its timber following the pine-beetle epidemic, has lost its national forest character.

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New tool helps in battle against Mountain Pine Beetles

Custercountynews
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While the solution for the Mountain Pine Beetle destruction is still being sought, a consulting firm from Colorado is using a new method to destroy pine beetle trees and eliminate fuel on forest floors. NRG Consulting Services, based out of Bayfield, Colo., bid on the 100-acre Little Teton Hazardous Fuel Reduction project located west of Custer. The project is all on private land and part of a grant for the fight against the beetles.

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Scientists Peek Into The Hidden World Of Tree Roots

KUOW News and Information
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When you think of a tree, you probably think of the trunk and all those parts you see above ground. But there’s a whole lot more going on under the soil than meets the eye. Scientists are now digging into the hidden world of tree roots in an effort to illuminate some unexplained mysteries. “This is something really weird. This is something like a mystery for forest ecologists,” says tree scientist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni. She’s standing in front of a strange looking tree stump in Olympia near the Capitol Building.

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Missoula to expand plots of trees watered with effluent

The Missoulian
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The school paper forester Mark Vander Meer wrote years ago about watering poplar trees with effluent from the sewer plant got a B grade. On the ground at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, though, the pilot project was successful enough for the city of Missoula to launch an expansion of 130 acres. Vander Meer, with Watershed Consulting, is part of the poplar implementation team, and on Thursday he and other city officials and scientists shared the benefits of the $1.375 million hybrid tree project underway near the Clark Fork River.

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Missoula nonprofit aims to catalog 30000 to 50000 urban trees

The Missoulian
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This summer, teams of arborists and volunteers will flit from tree to tree throughout Missoula like squirrels on an arboreal marathon. Their mission: to catalog every stump, tree and broken branch in the city’s public byways…. “The people who planned this city planted lots of trees – they had great foresight,” said Karen Sippy, who helped organize the nonprofit Trees for Missoula organization. “But they’re starting to fail at the same time. They need a lot of care.”

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Triangle Lake residents press for moratorium on aerial spraying in private forests near schools, homes

The Oregonian
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After years of complaints, a new Oregon Health Authority assessment reports that two common forestry herbicides have been found in the urine of residents near Triangle Lake west of Eugene. Although it stopped short of pinning the herbicide exposures on forestry spraying, the report has triggered renewed calls for a statewide moratorium on aerial spraying in private forests near schools and homes. The assessment focused on residents in a 236 square-mile corridor along Oregon 36 in the Coast Range of western Lane County, about 95 percent in timberlands.

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Dangers in the forest: falling trees pose threat to outdoor recreation

Rapid City Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You have to be heads up, literally, in the Black Hills National Forest these days. There could be something heavy headed your way. Falling trees are an increasing threat to hikers, bikers, campers and others in the forest, as pines killed by mountain pine beetles on hundreds of thousands of acres of forest decay and become likely to tumble. That doesn’t mean people who love the hills should stop enjoying them, U.S. Forest Service officials says. But it does mean that heads-up awareness is more important than ever.

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Forest Service monitors conditions, prepares for wildfire season

NBC Montana
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Last year, dry conditions made for a bad fire season. “The moisture’s definitely a good thing,” said Marianne Baumberger, fire information and education specialist with the Gallatin National Forest. This year’s been dry so far, but recently southwest Montana’s seen a lot of moisture. Baumberger said it certainly offers a helping hand for wildfire season- but it’s a tricky situation.”If we get more moisture, it’s less likely to burn,” Baumberger said, adding “but it has to keep coming throughout the summer and throughout the fall.”

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Genetically Engineering an Icon: Can Biotech Bring the Chestnut Back to America’s Forests?

In the 20th century, a blight killed of four billion of these towering trees. Now, new research shows that a gene, taken from wheat, provides resistance.
The Atlantic
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

“The forests of America,” John Muir wrote in The Atlantic in 1897, “… must have been a great delight to God; for they were the best he ever planted.” Muir didn’t know it yet, but by the time he wrote those words, the king of the eastern forests, the American chestnut tree, was already doomed. An interloping fungus had arrived at America’s shores two decades earlier, and it would soon make short work of this then-common species. In less than a century’s time, it killed off an estimated four billion of these towering trees.

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Ontonagon students learn about logging history

Your Daily Globe.com
May 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ONTONAGON — Tom Pestka gave Ontonagon Area Elementary School children a glimpse of the lumberjacks and camps of the past at the school recently. Pestka, 70, said he was born in a lumber camp near Ontonagon and worked in the woods for better than 50 years. …Through the years, he has acquired a unique collection of lumberjack tools of the past, including a cross-saw that is more than 150 years old.

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Woodland Trust warns thousands of historic trees at risk

BBC News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Pests, disease and development are threatening more than 4,200 of Wales’ most historic trees, a charity has warned. The Woodland Trust said some of the most treasured trees it found at risk are more than 1,000 years old. It said trees face regular problems from diseases such as ash dieback and pests like the Asian longhorn beetle. Last month the Pontfadog Oak, a 1,200-year-old tree at Chirk, Wrexham, was blown down in high winds.

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Brazil rainforest deforestation leads to seed shrinkage

BBC News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The destruction of tropical rainforests is having an even greater impact on the environment than was previously thought, a study suggests. Scientists have found that deforestation in Brazil is causing trees to produce smaller, weaker seeds that are less likely to regenerate. They believe this has been triggered by the loss of large birds from the forests, which have beaks big enough to feed on and disperse the seeds. The study is published in Science.

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WA’s timber plantations shrinking

ABC News, Australia
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has found the total size of WA’s timber plantations in WA diminished by nearly two per cent in just one year. ABARES plantation statistics publication found WA was the only state where the total area of plantations declined between 2011 and 2012, falling 1.8 per cent to 405,000 hectares.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Dogwood Alliance launches campaign against logging for energy

Dogwood Alliance press release
May 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

May 28, 2013 – Southern forests are being burned for electricity, and a new campaign announced today aims to put an end to it. Dogwood Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have launched “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” to raise awareness of an alarming and rapidly-growing practice of logging forests and burning the trees as fuel to generate electricity

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Protecting and planting forest carbon is important but does not offset fossil fuel emissions

University of Bristol
May 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Policy-makers and the off-setting industry worldwide need to re-think the idea that planting trees can offset carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, says an international study published today in Nature Climate Change. Professor Brendan Mackey of Griffith University, lead author of the study involving researchers from Australia and the UK, said: “There is a danger in believing that land carbon sinks can solve the problem of atmospheric carbon emissions because this legitimises the ongoing use of fossil fuels.”

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Market for REDD+ carbon credits declines 8% in 2012

Mongabay.com
May 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The market for carbon credits generated from projects that reduce deforestation and forest degradation — a climate change mitigation approach known as REDD+ — dipped eight percent in 2012 according to an annual assessment of the global voluntary carbon market. The report, published by Ecosystem Marketplace and Bloomberg New Energy Finance and slated to be released next month, found that overall demand for voluntary carbon credits rose four percent in 2012, with buyers offsetting 101 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Indigenous carbon conservation project to start selling credits

Mongabay.com
May 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An effort by an Amazonian tribe to protect their rainforest home against encroachment and illegal logging has finally been validated and verified under a leading carbon accounting standard, enabling it to begin selling carbon credits, reports Forest Trends, an NGO that helped support the project. The Surui Forest Carbon Project, named after the indigenous Paiter Suruí tribe, has been in development for more than four years with the support of a number of heavyweight partners, including the Amazon Conservation Team, tech giant Google, Forest Trends, the law firm Baker & McKenzie, Brazil-based Idesam, and indigenous NGO Kanindé.

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Energy Journal: Cut Down a Tree to Save the World?

Wall Street Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Cutting down trees is the new green way. European Union countries are shifting to biomass—the burning of wood pellets—instead of coal in order to meet stringent environmental goals. So logging—long a bugbear of the green movement—is now in vogue. Just, not in Europe. As The Wall Street Journal’s Justin Scheck and Ianthe Jeanne Dugan report, the U.S. is shouldering the responsibility of supplying the EU with pellets as, conversely, the type of logging practice that this requires would breach EU rules.

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