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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Business & Politics

Logs seized at Terrace, B.C. log yard

Terrace Standard
June 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

YaoRun Wood, a Chinese log export company that has been dealing millions of dollars of wood out of Terrace, has had its log piles seized for a third time in under a year because of suspicion it is altering log marks. Previous seizures took place because YaoRun had fallen behind on its stumpage payments to the provincial government. This time “the seizure was conducted on June 20 because of the alleged removal and alteration of marks on logs for export,” said a statement from the provincial forests, lands and natural resources ministry.

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Wood Composite Panel Production Capacity Declines 4.4%

Woodworking Network
June 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

LEESBURG, VA – Total North American production capacity of particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardboard and engineered wood siding decreased 4.4 percent from January 2013 to January 2014, according to the Composite Panel Association (CPA). Total industry capacity is 8,532 MMSF ¾” basis compared to 8,922 MMSF ¾” basis last year, a decrease of 390 MMSF (690 MCM). The biggest decline was in the particleboard sector. CPA said particleboard production capacity totaled 5,219 MMSF as of January 2014, down 371 MMSF or 6.6% from the same month in 2013.

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Researchers: Hardwoods may boost Northwest timber jobs

The Columbian
June 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Mahoney, a retired forestry professor from the University of Idaho, was about halfway through leading a small crew in logging about six dozen hardwoods from the school’s research station in Sandpoint… The Sandpoint station was one of several patches throughout the Northwest and Canada where the two researchers planted more than 30 species of trees. “(Hardwoods) are pretty much ignored as far as our commercial timber industry is concerned,” he said. It’s not the fault of the companies, he added — it’s simple supply and demand: Hardwoods are too scarce to be considered a viable resource.

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Plaintiffs Reach Partial Settlement With Former Officer of Sino-Forest Corporation

DigitalJournal.com
June 29, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WASHINGTON–Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is pleased to announce that there has been a partial settlement reached in several class action lawsuits pending in Canada and the United States brought on behalf of purchasers of securities in Sino-Forest Corporation. The total settlement is in the amount of CAD $4.2 million. Named plaintiffs in the Canadian class actions, along with Lead Plaintiffs in the U.S. class action, reached the settlement with David J. Horsley, a former officer of SFC, in May 2014.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Crews battle massive fire at Fort McMurray condo project

Edmonton Journal
June 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A massive fire broke out at an under-construction Fort McMurray condominium development Friday afternoon, sending thick, black smoke into the Timberlea neighbourhood. All contractors and employees working at the Siltstone Place project escaped without injury, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said in a news release… The Siltstone Place project consists of 156 apartments split between two four-storey buildings, 15 townhouses and one fourplex building, according to the developer’s website. Integrated Management & Realty Ltd.’s website says the buildings were to be constructed “with a mainly timber frame system.”

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Wood building reaches for the sky in Prince George

Journal of Commerce
June 30, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s biggest foray into tall wood structures, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, is nearly complete. At 90 feet tall, it will be the tallest modern all-wood building in North America. “Wood is not only beautiful, it creates healthier places to live and work,” said Michael Green, the building’s architect. One of the final stages, commissioning of the building systems, is expected to finish next month. Construction completion, turnover and occupancy should be done in the fall. Except for the concrete foundation, the slab for the mechanical penthouse and the glazing, only wood materials are used.

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Tree-free bamboo loo paper

Stuff.co
June 29, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

… Cheeky Monkey, owned by product sourcing and development company Asia Pacific Brands, has launched a range of toilet paper, paper towels and tissues made from sugarcane and bamboo bagasse, a by-product of the plants. “Environmentally-friendly”, “green” and “sustainable” have been marketing buzzwords for a while but there are often negative environmental effects when it comes to paper production, despite good intentions… Paper and packaging giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), came under fire in 2011 when environmental advocacy group Greenpeace found some CottonSoft products contained rainforest fibre. Soon after, supermarket chain Countdown cut its contract with CottonSoft to make its Home Brand loo paper.

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Forestry

Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Discuss Emerging Opportunities in Canada’s Forest Sector

Government of Canada
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

CALGARY, AB – Forest ministers from across Canada concluded a one day meeting during which they agreed to work together on key opportunities and challenges for Canada’s forest sector, including innovation and supporting Aboriginal participation. Ministers renewed their commitment to inter-governmental cooperation and engagement on improving the competitiveness of Canada’s forest sector and the sustainability of the communities that rely on a vibrant industry. 

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Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’in First Nation ruling a game-changer for all

A case of ‘national importance’ empowers First Nations, but may complicate big resource projects
CBC News
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Supreme Court decision on Thursday granting the land claim of a B.C. First Nation is not only a game-changer for many aboriginal communities across the country, but also for the government and the resource industries. …The ruling is also likely to have implications in other parts of the country, particularly in Quebec, through the East Coast and in areas where land treaties don’t exist. Veteran aboriginal rights lawyer James O’Reilly believes the high court’s ruling could be applied to 40 per cent of Quebec’s territory.

Ewart: Aboriginal rights debate has no end in sight from The Calgary Herald

Supreme Court had “no other choice”in landmark ruling: lawyer from The Globe and Mail

Wayne K Spear: Land title ruling demands a balanced, accountable approach to aboriginal rights from The National Post

Aboriginal title does not overrule private property, but BC limited on what it can do with Crown land: expert from The Vancouver Sun

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Aboriginal title upsets B.C. forest policy

By Tom Fletcher
Albernie Valley News
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision upholding aboriginal title in the Nemiah Valley in B.C.’s Southern Interior has major implications for provincial government policy, and the most immediate may be to forest licences. The ruling comes as the B.C. government considers the results of a province-wide consultation on converting volume-based timber cutting permits to area-based permits, to encourage longer-term forest stewardship by licence holders on Crown land. About 40 per cent of B.C.’s timber is harvested under 180 volume-based forests licences on Crown land. Private land is not subject to these licences, and was also excluded from the Tsilhqot’in Nation aboriginal title case that struck down a forest harvest licence issued in 1983.

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Lakes land use plan confirmed

BC Government
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A review of land use planning around Burns Lake has determined that altering land use objectives in the area would provide little benefit to the region’s timber supply and increase the risk to important environmental values, Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said today. A science-based review was a commitment in the ministry’s mid-term timber supply action plan, Beyond the Beetle, to ensure to ensure that the plans are still meeting their original intent (in light of the changes the beetle infestation has made).

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Supreme Court of Canada ruling reactivates B.C. logging case

Globe and Mail
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A court battle over logging rights in B.C.’s Okanagan region could become one of the first to reflect the impact of a landmark ruling on aboriginal title from the Supreme Court of Canada. … The Okanagan case began in 1999 when members of four Indian bands – frustrated by what they saw as a lack of progress by the province in responding to early court decisions that acknowledged government title – issued tribal permits and began logging on Crown land without authorization from the province.

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Bands re-examine rights following case

The Morning Star
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal title could reignite local First Nations’ defence of their rights. The Okanagan and Splatsin bands may reopen the Jules/Wilson logging case after the Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Tsilhqot’in Nation in the Chilcotin has title to its traditional lands. “We’re sitting down with legal counsel to look at the decision and see how we proceed,” said Wayne Christian, Splatsin First Nation chief. In 1999, the Okanagan and Shuswap nations issued permits to their bands to harvest timber to provide housing for their members. The provincial government challenged the permits and legal action ensued for several years.

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The claims are just. But the Supreme Court ruling means chaos

Globe and Mail
June 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’in Nation decision marks a very dark day for the economy of British Columbia. A new era of chaotic jockeying will open among First Nations, governments and resource proponents, casting a pall over a basic economic driver of the province. Here’s why. Imagine that you have been involved in a very long, very important negotiation extending over years, a power struggle in a game with uncertain rules, with each side holding its cards very close to the vest. Imagine some progress is finally being made, and then into the room walks an outsider who hands one side four aces and a joker.

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Board to audit forestry operations at ski resort near Rossland

BC Forest Practices Board
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forest practices of the Red Mountain Ski Resort, licence L49318, the week of July 7, 2014. Red Mountain, which began as a community-operated ski facility, is currently owned by RMR Acquisition Corporation. The resort is expanding its ski capacity by clearing new runs and installing new lifts. Auditors will examine all land-clearing and road-building activities associated with the licence, looking in particular at operational planning, harvesting, roads and protection practices under the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

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Tsilhqot’in Nation Welcomes Recognition Of Full Aboriginal Title For The First Time In Canadian History

Inter Continental Cry Magazine
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC –  The Tsilhqot’in Nation welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision overruling the BC Court of Appeal’s judgment on Aboriginal title. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the 2007 ruling of the BC Supreme Court and declared Aboriginal title to approximately 2000 km2 in the heart of the Tsilhqot’in homeland, in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia. The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling ends a long history of denial and sets the stage of recognition of Aboriginal title in its full form. Rejecting the BC Court of Appeal’s impoverished view of title as specific, intensely used sites is a step towards true and lasting reconciliation for all First Nations. The Tsilhqot’in Nation has worked tirelessly with many organizations to make this a reality.

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Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation

BY PETER O’NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN
Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has title 1,750 square kilometres of land in south central B.C. …The unanimous ruling from all eight judges was written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. “Aboriginal title confers the right to use and control the land and to reap the benefits flowing from it,” she found. However, the ruling also made clear that economic development on title land can continue – either with consent, or if there is no consent when the Crown has proven that the project has a “compelling and substantial” public interest.

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Ontario Government Cabinet for Forestry

Ontario Forest Industries Association
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

We are on a mission to ensure that Ontario can maximize the full potential of its renewable forest products sector, which is finally emerging from years of hardships. Harvest levels are increasing in recent years, facilities are being restarted or newly built and new bio-products enterprises are being established in Ontario. …The OFIA welcomes Minister Mauro and the new Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The highlight on Forestry is a sure signal that this Liberal government recognizes the importance of this sector to the province and that it will be an important part of Ministry’s mandate.

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N.B. forestry agreement ‘not finalized yet’

Global News
June 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – The Department of Natural Resources says the signing of the province’s new forestry agreement has been postponed. The 25-year agreement between J.D. Irving Ltd. and the provincial government for the company’s forest operations on Crown land was supposed to be signed July 1. A Department spokesperson confirmed Monday that the agreement’s “not finalized yet.” “Which is not unusual with agreements since they can take longer than anticipated to be finalized sometimes,” said Sheila Lagacé.

New Crown forestry agreements delayed, DNR says from CBC News

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From forest to quarry to forest again

A former quarry area, a typically desolate landscape, was set on the fast-track Saturday to becoming a new provincial forest.
The Telegram
June 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With topsoil already set down over six to seven hectares and hydroseeded, 10,000 tree seedlings were planted. It has re-covered the otherwise barren land. The company responsible for the reclamation work, Newcrete, exhausted the area for sand and gravel, mining there since 2011. …“This is part of our progressive reclamation program. So we mine a section, reclaim, grass, plant trees, move on to the next section and do the same thing,” said Rod Mercer, Newcrete’s aggregate resources manager.

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Forest Fire Hazard High in the Far North

Net News Ledger
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – FireRanger crews from the Kenora District are providing flood protection support to the First Nation community of Wabaseemoong, sandbagging to protect critical structures. FireRanger crews in the Fort Frances District continue to provide protection support through sandbagging in communities in that district. This support is provided through coordination with District Emergency Response Teams of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Serious commitment

tbnewswatch.com
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Bill Mauro is taking his new post seriously. The Liberal MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan was named to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet Tuesday as the Minister of Natural Resources, a portfolio that includes forestry. Mauro said forestry is a key component of the ministry and much of its role in the industry is to foster economic development. “Here in the North, our economy in Thunder Bay and region has been very, very good for three, four, five years. 

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They Just Don’T Care

Payson Roundup
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Here’s the tragic truth: They don’t actually care. #Imagine that some idiot Valley camper starts a wildfire that comes roaring out of the mismanaged, overgrown forest and burns Payson to the ground. The voters down in Phoenix who effectively control the state Legislature and the state’s Congressional delegation would devour the news. They would shake their heads and make pitying noises. They might adopt orphaned dogs. …Deep down, they don’t care that we have to play Russian Roulette with disaster this time every year. That’s why the state’s Congressional delegation has done diddly to compel the U.S. Forest Service to implement the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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U.S. Forest Service Announces Support for Community Forests

US Forest Service
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service announced today nearly $2.3 million in grants to help communities in eight states secure community forests. “These forests are established through placed based support with benefits reaching far beyond the local community,” said Chief Tom Tidwell. “This program conserves key parts of the nation’s forest for future generations, while providing thousands of Americans enhanced access to the great outdoors.”

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Collaboration, not lawsuits needed for Ten Mile project

Independent Record
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir timber project calls for work on 490 acres adjacent to the 4.8-mile flume and reservoir 10 miles southwest of Helena. The work includes logging more than 300 acres and building fuel breaks on another 158 acres… The Montana Ecosystems Defense Council and the Native Ecosystems Council filed a lawsuit to stop the project in a Missoula Federal District Court on Thursday. Their lawsuit claims, among other things, the Forest Service didn’t provide enough public input into the project, the work would threaten endangered species within the project area and that the chance of catastrophic wildfire in the area is slim.

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Crews making progress against Arizona wildfire

Associated Press
June 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

VERNON, Ariz. — Crews battling a wildfire in Arizona’s eastern mountains are making headway with successful burnout operations, even as the blaze blackens more territory. Southwest Area Incident Management Team spokesman Bill Morse said Sunday evening that the San Juan Fire had charred nearly 9 square miles, up from nearly 8 square miles. But he said that all the growth is inside perimeter lines that firefighters have built. The burnout operations have consumed fuels between the perimeter and the main fire on the western edge and may produce more smoke than had been seen.

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A year after 19 Arizona Hotshots die, unanswered questions mean fire crews see no big changes

Associated Press
June 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX – It was the worst loss of life for U.S. wildland firefighters in eight decades, a tragedy that killed 19 members of a Hotshot crew during an out-of-control inferno in a brush-choked canyon. …But one year later, few changes have been implemented among the state’s fire crews as a result of the deaths, despite an investigation that uncovered a series of communications breakdowns that doomed the 19 men and a second that blamed fire managers. Firefighters in other parts of the country have also been unable to incorporate specific changes prompted by the deadly incident into their training, largely because Arizona investigators have been unable to reach any consensus about fault in the deaths.

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Statement from Secretary Vilsack on anniversary of Yarnell Hill and South Canyon Fires

USDA Forest Service
June 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington  –  This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy in Arizona and the 20 year anniversary of the South Canyon fire tragedy in Colorado. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today offered the following statement in tribute to the fallen: “This week, a grateful nation mourns the loss of the brave firefighters whose commitment to duty was so deep that they gave their own lives to protect others. We also extend our profound sympathies to the families of the fallen, whose sacrifices are equally worthy of honor.”

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Ohio Loses 35,000 Trees to Invasive Beetle

Columbus CEO
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), together with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), recently announced its 2014 plans for the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Bethel, Ohio. The infestation was first discovered in 2012 and currently, there are 61 square miles under regulation in Clermont County Affected trees in the county will continue to be removed throughout the year as the infestations are detected.

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Don’t stand by, stand firm against Republican onslaught

Guest column by Bill Baum
The Missoulian
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Why are the Democrats so weak?… Republicans want to eliminate untrammeled forest wilderness protection designations and do away with the “Roadless Rule,“ and in fact subsidize clear-cutting the trees in the forest for lumber, and introduce even more “non-conforming” motorized and mechanized recreational vehicle access into the forest that negates recommended wilderness designations, discontinue supporting clean air and water ecology standards, deny existence of human-caused global warming, and eliminate the Endangered Species Act that protects forest plants and wildlife (flora and fauna) from extinction.

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Logging expansion won’t help rural communities: Guest opinion

By Ernie Niemi and John Kober
Oregon Live
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rural Oregon’s economic woes are significant. And unfortunately, many social services, including public safety, are suffering as a result. But we disagree with reporter Les Zaitz when he writes, “The virtual end of federal logging is the main culprit.” Many, more powerful factors besides the decline in logging on federal lands in the 1990s underlie these problems. One is the timber industry’s assault on workers… The industry hurts rural communities even further by exporting logs. While exports from federal lands are banned, timber industry exports over all have increased from one out of every 10 logs at the beginning of the 21st century to one of every five logs more recently – exporting sawmill jobs along with them.

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Plan to expand logging on grizzly, bull trout habitat near Whitefish in court

The Missoulian
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A state plan to expand logging on school trust lands would ruin crucial habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout near Whitefish, attorneys argued in federal court Thursday. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation wants to increase its revenue from about 550,000 acres of state land scattered across the western half of the state. That includes 39,000 acres in the Stillwater State Forest considered security habitat for grizzlies and bull trout, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Pandora’s Box: Waging war on invasive plants in Maine is a full-time job

Bangor Daily News
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FARMINGTON, Maine — Living next to a cemetery isn’t a great place to be unless you happen to be an invasive plants and trees educator like Patty Cormier. Her yard beside Riverside Cemetery on Route 2 in Farmington is a veritable Pandora’s box of invasive plants and trees. Birds and the prior owner of their property, along with people who unwittingly planted invasives at their loved ones’ graves or left wreaths made with the seed-carrying berries of invasive plants, have doomed their yard’s native plants and trees. “There’s about 2,100 plant species in Maine, and about a third of those are nonnative, and then a small portion of those are invasive,” said Cormier, one of eight district foresters with the Maine Forest Service. Her district is Franklin and Somerset counties.

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Loopholes leave logging laws ‘toothless’: Greens

The Sydney Morning Herald
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australian companies can continue to import illegally logged timber from Indonesia more than a year after tough laws against deforestation were introduced. In 2012 Australia joined the United States and the European Union in passing laws aimed at tackling illegal logging. The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act will be expanded at the end of November, when companies will have to prove ‘‘due diligence’’ was undertaken in ensuring imported wood products came from legitimate sources. But a Department of Agriculture position paper, released earlier this month, states: ‘‘The department will not seek to ‘catch out’ those who are trying to do the right thing.” A government spokesman confirmed the emphasis will instead be on education, training and awareness.

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World’s worst illegal logging in Indonesia

The Sydney Morning Herald
June 29, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia is destroying its tropical rainforests faster than Brazil, and the rate is soaring despite a five-year moratorium on new clearing. Exhaustive new figures show Indonesia is probably the single largest deforester in the world, and that most destruction is happening in lowland and peat forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the only habitat in the world where tigers, orangutan, elephants and rhinoceroses live together. The University of Maryland study, derived from satellite data and published in Nature, gives the lie to official Indonesian figures that claim the rate of deforestation has slowed under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s national forest moratorium, imposed in 2009.

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Australia’s Bid to Delist UN Protected Forest Rejected

June 30, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Untied Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Committee has rejected a bid by the Australian government to delist 74,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest in the state of Tasmania. The area was a portion of 170,000 hectares of forest added to the World Heritage Area (WHA) last year by the former Labor government on a state and federal level. The listing was a part of a peace deal between logging companies, unions, the government, and environmental activists who have long been active in blockading logging sites. After being elected last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his conservative government announced plans to open up some of Tasmania’s forests to logging companies.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

C.B. group asks province for probe of NSP biomass supply

Chronicle Herald
June 27, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Cape Breton environmental group is calling for an emergency review of harvesting practices at Nova Scotia Power’s biomass plant in Point Tupper. On Friday, the Margaree Environmental Association issued a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil requesting a delay in harvesting to allow the province to examine the plant’s wood supply. Association co-chair Neal Livingston said the plant has shown itself to be a “voracious” consumer of wood fibre. Not only is quality material being directed to the plant, there is also too much forest resource being cut, he added.

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NASA’s OCO-2 Will Track Our Impact on Airborne Carbon

Space Daily
June 30, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

… “Although we know the concentration of carbon dioxide, much about the processes that govern the gas’s atmospheric concentration remains a mystery. We still do not know precisely where all of the carbon dioxide comes from and where it is being stored when it leaves the air. That information is crucial for understanding the impact of human activities on climate and for evaluating options for mitigating or adapting to climate change. Scientists expect to get some answers soon to these and other compelling carbon questions, thanks to the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, a new Earth-orbiting NASA satellite scheduled to launch on July 1. OCO-2 will allow scientists to record detailed daily measurements of carbon dioxide — around 100,000 measurements of the gas around the world every day.

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General

Judge asked to block logging project near Helena

Associated Press
June 26, 2014
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — Two conservation groups are asking a federal judge to block a planned timber project on 490 acres around the watershed that supplies most of Helena’s drinking water. Montana Ecosystems Defense Council and Native Ecosystems Council allege the U.S. Forest Service violated environmental and endangered-species protection laws in approving the project.

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Australia’s Bid to Delist UN Protected Forest Rejected

June 30, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

The Untied Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Committee has rejected a bid by the Australian government to delist 74,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest in the state of Tasmania. The area was a portion of 170,000 hectares of forest added to the World Heritage Area (WHA) last year by the former Labor government on a state and federal level. The listing was a part of a peace deal between logging companies, unions, the government, and environmental activists who have long been active in blockading logging sites. After being elected last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his conservative government announced plans to open up some of Tasmania’s forests to logging companies.

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