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Business & Politics

What B.C.’s Proposed Woodfibre LNG Plant Means

Huffington Post
September 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Imagine: You’ve just come off a surprise election victory after promising voters a $100 billion “Prosperity Fund” courtesy of royalties and taxes from an industry that doesn’t yet exist in B.C. and based on tax rates that still haven’t been set. The next election is in 2017. You suspect that voters might want to see a little something for all the hype before then, so what to do? Well, take one of the proposed projects and slam the pedal to the metal. And by all accounts, that project is the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish.

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First Nations Inc.: Haida development company runs forestry, tourism and fish processing businesses

First Nations on the north coast of B.C. are taking control of businesses and economic development with the help of management companies that they own
Vancouver Sun
September 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

First Nations on the north coast of B.C. are taking control of businesses and economic development with the help of management companies that they own. It’s the No. 1 type of business operation, accounting for 16 of the 158 First Nations businesses in the northwest… “The first point is to make a better life for people on Haida Gwaii — and we think the best way to do that is to build a profitable company and essentially reinvest the profits in Haida Gwaii,” says HDC chief executive offer Kevin Ainsworth, who spent 20 years at Ainsworth Lumber including as a senior vice-president.

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Canfor to build two wood pellet plants in B.C.

September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER—Canfor Corp. plans to construct pellet plants at its Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites in British Columbia. The pellet plants will be built and operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corp., a Vancouver-based pellet producer. The two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets which will be sold via long term agreement with a power utility customer.

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Supreme Court decision ‘encourages strong relationships’ between first nation, government

Tsilhqot’in Nation decision fundamentally alters attitudes, municipal leaders told
Vancouver Sun
September 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WHISTLER — The Tsilhqot’in Nation, flush with success after a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing their aboriginal title, opened a new front in local government relations Tuesday. Speaking to nearly 1,000 municipal politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, aboriginal leaders sought to allay concerns, instead offering hope, neighbourliness and an astute understanding of their new political roles. Yes, the June 26 decision giving the Tsilhqot’in title to more than 1,750 square kilometres of land west of Williams Lake fundamentally alters the relationship of First Nations with all levels of Canadian government, Chief Percy Guichon said.

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Kruger Inc. to halt a paper machine at its Brompton Mill indefinitely

Canada Newswire press release
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

MONTRÉAL – Kruger Inc. today announced that it will stop production on the No. 1 Paper Machine and deinked pulp plant operations at its Brompton Newsprint Mill for an indefinite period, effective November 14, 2014. This decision, which is intended to rebalance the order book and improve the Mill’s competitive position, will affect some 98 employees and reduce its annual newsprint production by 100,000 tonnes. Unfavourable market conditions, in particular the continuing drop in demand for newsprint, were cited as the reason for the decision. Kruger Inc. will make every effort to minimize the closure’s impact on its employees.

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Businesses benefit from Northern Pulp shutdown

Cape Breton Post
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU – As Northern Pulp ramps up production again after a 10-day annual maintenance shutdown, some local businesses will be bidding farewell to some much-appreciated patronage. As in previous years, the influx of workers to the county has generated an economic bump.   Northern Pulp said they have hired a number of skilled workers, including 160 term employees, 125 boilermakers and more than 200 other contractors to work alongside Northern Pulp employees to get the job done.

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Mills start shipping again after fire incident

Pulp and Paper News
September 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cascades announces that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to the fire. Production equipment at the Greenpac mill was not damaged during the fire and the mill is expected to resume normal production within next 48 hours. .

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Future for forestry

TB Newswatch
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – The province is hoping changes to its building code can play a role in revitalizing the beleaguered forestry industry. Effective 2015, the Ontario Building Code will be modified to allow for wood frame buildings to be constructed up to six storeys. Current regulations had only allowed for wood frame buildings to go as high as four storeys. Local MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce office, joined by a large contingent of municipal officials from the city and across the region.

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Ontario makes changes in building code to allow six-storey wood frame buildings

Look out, B.C. wood builders. Ontario is catching up.
Journal of Commerce
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is introducing new design options for the construction of wood frame buildings. Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood frame buildings can now be built up to six storeys high, raising the limit from four storeys. Most European Union and several North American jurisdictions allow wood-frame buildings up to six storeys. In British Columbia, over 50 wood frame buildings have been built since its building code was changed in 2009. “In 2012, I introduced a Private Member’s Bill to allow for six-storey wood frame construction in Ontario,” said Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “It is gratifying to see Ontario listening to the needs of Northern communities with today’s announcement.”

Ontario makes changes in building code to allow six-storey wood frame buildings from Journal of Commerce

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EACOM Welcomes Ontario Building Code Changes

Canada Newswire press release
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, – EACOM Timber Corporation today welcome the announcement from the Government of Ontario to implement changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys. “We are very pleased with Ontario’s announcement that it is adopting wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey applications,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM. “Not only will these changes allow Ontario architects and builders to access safe, strong, innovative and green building solutions, the move will help support the Ontario wood products sector, including EACOM, and the communities in which we work.”

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Ontario decision on taller wood buildings is boost for forest industry

September 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the decision by the Government of Ontario to allow up to six-storey wood frame buildings. The Canadian province has announced it will change its building code to increase the allowable height of wood-based buildings from four storeys to six, matching what is already permitted in British Columbia and what is now proposed under changes to the National Building Code.  “Technological advances are allowing us to put up taller mid-rise wood
buildings that are safe strong and sophisticated,” says the President
and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

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Ontario allows six-storey, wood-frame construction

Fire Fighting Canada
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario developers can erect wood-frame buildings of up to six storeys starting Jan. 1, the province announced Tuesday morning.  “Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood frame buildings can now be built up to six storeys high, raising the limit from four storeys,” the government said in a release on its website. …Fire-service leaders, meanwhile, have cautioned lawmakers to ensure that there are mandatory fire-safety measures during the construction of six-storey wood-frame buildings, and to ensure that the structures include additional fire protection in case traditional measures – such as smoke alarms and sprinklers – fail during a fire.

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Bill Mauro Promotes Forestry in Private Member’s Bill

Net News Ledger
September 23, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESSS – Today, MPP Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay-Atikokan will table ‘Ontario’s Wood First Act’ a Private Member’s Bill in the Ontario Legislature. ….Mauro’s bill promotes the use of wood as the primary building material in publicly funded buildings. The legislation would also require that Ontario’s Building Code increase the maximum height of wood-framed buildings from 4-storey to 6-storey.

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Ontario decision on taller wood buildings is boost for forest industry

September 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the decision by the Government of Ontario to allow up to six-storey wood frame buildings. The Canadian province has announced it will change its building code to increase the allowable height of wood-based buildings from four storeys to six, matching what is already permitted in British Columbia and what is now proposed under changes to the National Building Code.  “Technological advances are allowing us to put up taller mid-rise wood
buildings that are safe strong and sophisticated,” says the President
and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

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Forestry

Opinion: Totaling the economic benefits of being green

Trees please us all
Vancouver Sun
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Much has been said about the rapid population growth and densification in the Lower Mainland by a wide range of urban development experts. Metro Vancouver is projected to have a residential population of 3.4 million — with the largest increases expected in Surrey and Langley — by 2041. There is no doubt that as our city grows, this densification — as we see more building sites, condo developments, and regional centres emerge — we need to look at sustainability and preserving the environment. One measure of counter-balance to this rapid growth is the need for simultaneous development of green spaces. 

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Torrance Coste: No right time to create more tree-farm licences

Victoria Times Colonist
September 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Have you ever had a friend who just won’t listen when everyone is telling them to get out of an unhealthy relationship? That’s what comes to mind when I think of the B.C. government’s relationship with tree-farm licences. No matter how many British Columbians speak out to say they’re a bad idea, every year the provincial government renews its push for more TFLs. …There’s no question we need to make some big changes in forest management in B.C. Our top priorities should include banning raw-log exports and prioritizing local jobs, ensuring First Nations have access to forest resources they’ve used since time immemorial and conserving remaining old-growth forests to preserve wildlife, protect drinking water sources and sequester climate-changing carbon.

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Smokey the Bear in town for Forest Week education

National Forest Week is Sept. 22 to 26, open house on Thursday with free breakfast and interpretive walk
Alberni Valley Times
September 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

During National Forest Week from Sept. 22 to 26, the public has the opportunity to learn more about the province’s forests, wildfire protection and recreational trails of the area. The ministry’s South Island Natural Resource District and the Pacific Rim Forest Professional Network are inviting the public to celebrate British Columbia’s forest industry. The office staff are hosting an open house at the ministry’s office on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. A free pancake breakfast prepared by Dave’s Catering will start

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Walk to showcase forestry week

Prince George Citizen
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With countless hours of screen-time, indoor time, and disconnection from the natural world, there is one day set aside to head out into the woods for a simple stroll. That day is Saturday, the weekend anchor of National Forestry Week. The Cariboo Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry is holding a public walk at the Willow River Interpretive Trail on Saturday, including a free lunch. The Willow River site has been one of the area’s primary forestry appreciation locations for decades since the recreational and educational trails are maintained through funds raised by the sustainable logging activity in the adjacent demonstration forest.

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First Nations Issues and Federal Minister to Highlight Natural Resource Forum

250 News
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The Natural Resources Forum in Prince George is only four months away. There is a new element for the 2015 edition as a special speaker’s dinner will be held on the eve of the actual forum. Geoff Plant, former Attorney General for B.C. will be the keynote speaker at that dinner, and his topic will be the recent Tsilqhot’in decision and what that could mean for industry and development throughout B.C.. The issue, says MLA Mike Morris who is hosting the forum, is critical for B.C. “ If we could resolve the First Nations land issue I think BC would be way ahead of the game.

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Atikamekw say they won’t allow forestry work on their land without prior approval

Quebec Atikamekw crack down on forestry
Canadian Press
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The Atikamekw First Nation says it will not allow any forestry work on its territory in Quebec unless it has given prior approval. The group says today’s announcement is a logical move after it declared its sovereignty over 80,000 square kilometres of territory two weeks ago. An Atikamekw chief, Christian Awashish, says his people have never given its approval to forestry resources being appropriated on its ancestral land. 

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Forest Fire Situation Update NE Region – September 22

Wawa News
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forest fire activity remains slow with no fires currently active. The Northeast Region has not had a new fire start since September 2. To date this season, 171 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4,166 ha of land. The fire danger rating for the region is low today. Expect the danger rating to remain low to moderate throughout the week.

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USFS is out of touch; solution may be turning lands over to the state

The Missoulian
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a U.S. Forest Service retiree, I know the benefits of a well-managed forest. Over the last 20-plus years, I have seen the federal government’s “on the ground” forest management deteriorate. Lack of timber sales and excessive access closures have not served the public or the resource well. Many years ago I helped found Montanans for Multiple Use as a way to involve the public in the decision-making process of forest planning. We opposed the Forest Service spending public funds to rip out dozens upon dozens of perfectly good access routes. 

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Innovative lumberman Aaron Jones dies

He was noted for his generosity to the UO and other organizations, as well as development of mill technology
The Register-Guard
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aaron Jones, lumberman and philanthropist, died Monday at the age of 92. A memorial service will be held at Matthew Knight Arena on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. Jones, a “self-made man,” went from earning his keep as a young boy on his uncle’s Oregon dairy farm to founding Seneca Sawmill Co., which has grown into a 400-employee operation with four mills, timberlands and a wood-fired electricity plant. Jones was an innovator and leader in the wood products industry — with more than 25 patents in sawmill technologies to his name. His mills are regarded as among the most technologically advanced in the world.

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Tongass logging project moves forward to keep small towns alive

KTVA.com
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thousands of acres of old-growth forest will be put up for sale this week by the U.S. Forest Service — the largest logging project announced in two decades. The project area is located on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. Its size, 6,186 acres of old-growth forest and 46 miles of new roads, is controversial and conservation groups have sued the Forest Service to halt the project. Communities on Prince of Wales Island rely heavily on fishing and tourism, but the timber industry still supports hundreds of jobs.

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7,000 firefighters force progress on huge Northern California blaze; winds could stoke flames

Associated Press
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – More than 7,000 firefighters in better-than-expected conditions managed to extend their lines around a huge and unwieldy wildfire that has threatened thousands of homes for well over a week and fouled the air in two states. The King Fire east of Sacramento was 35 per cent contained Tuesday after burning about 140 square miles and destroying a dozen homes, said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Expected high winds up to 35 mph that could stoke the flames and send embers flying ahead of the blaze failed to materialize Tuesday but could still come Wednesday.

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California’s fire season has been going nonstop for 18 months, and there’s no end in sight

The Washington Post
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An unprecedented drought that has parched Northern California has led to one of the most active fire seasons on record, and there is little hope of a wet and cool end in sight, the state’s top fire fighting official said Monday. In an interview, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said his agency has fought almost 5,000 fires this year, a thousand more than the five-year average. Over the last five years, CalFire has battled an average of 3,951 fires between Jan. 1 and Sept. 20. This year, the agency has fought 4,974 fires throughout the state. In truth, the dry conditions mean fire season never stops.

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Officials: Scoggins Creek Fire Now Fully Contained

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Scoggins Creek Fire burning in Washington County is 100 percent contained, according to fire officials. The nearby Scoggins Valley Park will re-open Wednesday. Todd Winter, superintendent at the park, said the Oregon Department of Forestry used the park as base camp during the fire. “Due to its location, accessibility to water so that airplanes, fire responding helicopters could dip water really quickly and do that so with a lot of that air activity going on and the fire-base camp we thought it best for visitors safety to just keep the park, have it remain closed while the fire operation is going on,” he said.

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In Tongass, moving away from old-growth logging poses challenges (& video)

KTVA.com
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Keith Landers planned to purchase a small sawmill on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska in the mid ’90s. “The night before we got here, it burnt to the ground,” Keith Landers said. “And so we weren’t able to purchase.” So he tore his mill down in Oregon and moved it to the island in 1995 with his wife, Desiree. Today, K&D Lumber, near the town of Thorne Bay, produces wood shingles and lumber out of old-growth red cedar that is sold to companies in Canada, along with a few local clients. “It’s just a real nice, safe, close-knit community,” said Desiree Landers. “And we feel very blessed to live here and make a living here.”

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Donor supports forest project

Callanan Industries gives $100,000 to alliance for purchase
Times Union
September 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A donation from a Capital Region construction services firm is supporting a new 350-acre “community” forest in Poestenkill being created by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Callanan Industries, based in Schenectady, donated $100,000 to help support the alliance’s purchase of forest off Legenbauer Road, which will be developed for outdoor recreation, as well as a training site where loggers will be taught sustainable forestry techniques.

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Tasmania to overhaul ‘draconian’ anti-protest laws aimed at forestry

Amendments mean the planned legislation will not apply in shops, markets, professional offices and public places
The Guardian
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Controversial anti-protest laws proposed by the Tasmanian government to help forestry workers but labelled “draconian” by civil libertarians are to be overhauled. In a move the Liberal government hopes will see the laws pass parliament, the resources minister, Paul Harriss, announced on Wednesday that after public consultation he would remove “perceived ambiguities and unintended consequences”. In its initial guise, the planned law hit protesters who disrupt businesses with a $2,000 on-the-spot fine and, for a second offence, a minimum mandatory three-month jail sentence.

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Quarrels arise over rain forest funding

News In English
September 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As Norway committed more billions to help save the world’s rain forests this week, Norwegian politicians quarreled over who should get the credit for initiating the program. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who oversaw the latest funding commitment at the UN in New York on Tuesday, thinks her Conservative Party should get as much credit as the former Labour-led government. …The project to donate billions of Norwegian kroner to preserve rain forests in, for example, Brazil and Indonesia, was closely linked to former Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who recently stepped down as a UN Special Envoy on climate issues.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EPA must focus on forest fact versus fiction

The Hill
September 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The use of forest products for energy has been termed “dirtier than coal” by some environmental activists. One environmental group has even launched an “our forests aren’t fuel” campaign, asserting that “big energy companies are burning forests to fuel power plants” and that “burning trees to produce electricity … creates more carbon pollution than coal, gas, and oil.” However, recent scientific findings in the upcoming Journal of Forestry conclude that “the increased use of forest-derived materials most likely to be used for bioenergy in the United States results in low net greenhouse gas emissions, especially compared with fossil fuels.”

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Biofuels plant to be built in Lakeview, produce fuel for military

Associated Press
September 21, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

LAKEVIEW — The federal government has announced that a biomass plant to be built in Oregon will produce fuel for the U.S. Navy and Marines. The Capital Press reports Red Rock Biofuels will use debris from logging or thinning operations to produce fuel at the facility in Lakeview. It was one of three firms selected for the project, which is intended to produce a combined total of 100 million gallons annually at an average cost of less than $3.50 a gallon. It is also expect to generate 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuel.

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Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Press Release: IUCN
September 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New York – World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge—a global goal to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020. 

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On forests’ role in climate, New York Times op-ed gets it wrong

CIFOR
September 22, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Last week, Nadine Unger, an assistant professor at Yale University, published an opinion piece in The New York Times stating that the way to save the planet was to not plant trees. This opinion was wrong at so many levels that it is hard to cover them all here. There are many reasons why we need to protect forests and to plant trees—protecting water supplies, reversing the loss of biodiversity, ensuring that we have pollinators for crops, and sequestering carbon to reduce human-induced climate change. …There are all sorts of good reasons to keep forests around; reducing climate change is just one of them.

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UN climate summit pledges to halt the loss of natural forests by 2030

September 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Governments, multinational companies and campaigners are pledging to halt the loss of the world’s natural forests by 2030. A declaration announced as part of a UN summit on climate change being held in New York also pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by the end of this decade and to restore hundreds of millions of acres of degraded land. Backers of the New York declaration on forests claim their efforts could save between 4.5bn and 8.8bn tonnes of carbon emissions per year by 2030 – the equivalent of taking all the world’s cars off the road.

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General

Canfor to build two wood pellet plants in B.C.

September 24, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

VANCOUVER—Canfor Corp. plans to construct pellet plants at its Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites in British Columbia. The pellet plants will be built and operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corp., a Vancouver-based pellet producer. The two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets which will be sold via long term agreement with a power utility customer.

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UN climate summit pledges to halt the loss of natural forests by 2030

September 24, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Governments, multinational companies and campaigners are pledging to halt the loss of the world’s natural forests by 2030. A declaration announced as part of a UN summit on climate change being held in New York also pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by the end of this decade and to restore hundreds of millions of acres of degraded land. Backers of the New York declaration on forests claim their efforts could save between 4.5bn and 8.8bn tonnes of carbon emissions per year by 2030 – the equivalent of taking all the world’s cars off the road.

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