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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Business & Politics

Aboriginal title case reverberates

Former Snuneymuxw chief Doug White calls for new national strategy after Tsilhqot’in court decision
Nanaimo Daily News
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

First Nations in Canada now need to work on a comprehensive strategy concerning the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic declaration of aboriginal title regarding the Tsilhqot’in, says Doug White in a presentation and discussion on Monday at Vancouver Island University. The June 26 ruling, which recognized aboriginal title to approximately 2,000 square kilometres of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, was the result of generations of advocacy around the issue of “the Indian land question,” said White, who is the director of the university’s new Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation.

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Investigators Still Looking for Answers in Chipper Incident

250 News
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The investigation continues into the incident at Brink Forest Products this week which left one worker seriously injured. WorkSafe BC says two investigators and one engineer have been on the site conducting interviews and examining the wood waste chipper. A worker fell into the chipper early Tuesday. The building (building ‘C’) which houses the chipper remains off limits for workers. Meantime , WorkSafe was called to the Parallel 55 mill ( East Fraser Fiber) in Mackenzie last night where a maintenance worker was caught in the tail spool of a conveyor belt and broke his arm.

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Trips to China saved jobs

Letter by Bruce Strachan
Prince George Citizen
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kudos to your editorial “All over the world,” and the absolute necessity to trade with China. Indeed, thanks to the foresight and hard work of Colin Kinsley, Pat Bell and the B.C. Forest industry, with follow up trips by Shari Green, thousands of forest industry jobs have been saved and our local industry has prospered during the economic downturn of the last six years. Not only has increased trade with China kept our forest industry alive and well, but it’s maintained a higher price for B.C. softwood.

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City won’t hold WFP liable for Canal Beach

Alberni Valley Times
November 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After asking to ban swimming at Canal Beach, Western Forest Products is set to be free of any liability related to injuries that could occur at the public site. An indemnity agreement has been drafted by the City of Port Alberni and the forestry company in consultation with its lawyers that relieves Western Forest Products from being responsible for accidents at Canal Beach. WFP alerted the city to concerns over public safety this fall, as the company currently operates the Ship Creek Dryland Sort next to Canal Beach and leases water lots in front of the public waterfront for log booms.

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Pictou County residents split on Northern Pulp mill

Province required the company to seek community feedback
CBC News
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A public consultation carried out by Northern Pulp in Pictou County concludes residents are split on their feelings towards the mill. The province required the company to seek community feedback and file that report with the Department of Environment. The department is considering under what conditions, if any, the mill should receive a new approval to operate after its five-year licence expires this January. Last month Northern Pulp held two open houses and received 172 written submissions.

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Tembec stops production at Quebec mill as 650 workers go on strike

Montreal Gazette
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. has ceased production at its lumber mill in Temiscaming, Que., after workers went on strike late Wednesday. The Quebec-based pulp, paper and lumber producer says 650 unionized employees have walked off the job at the facility. An additional 200 workers employed at the mill are not unionized. The union and the company have been in negotiations since August 2014. Their four-year collective agreement expired on Sept. 30. The company also said the closure will delay the installation of a boiler and turbine at the mill, which was expected to be completed by mid-December.

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Quebec’s Strong Economic Forecast Built on Rising US Demand and Weak CAD

Marketwired
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QC- Key sectors like forestry, metals, and aerospace will drive Quebec’s strong export growth of 8 per cent this year, and add another 9 per cent gain in 2015, according Export Development Canada’s (EDC) recent economic forecast. Forestry is the biggest mover this year, as strong housing demand in the US and a weak Canadian dollar are driving a sky-high 15 per cent increase in exports. Lumber is the strong performer within the sector, while pulp and paper continues its decline as newsprint and other paper products are phased out in favor of digital alternatives.

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Emissions improve at Nova Scotia pulp mill

Canadian Press
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Environment Department says emission levels from one of two boilers at the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County are now within legal limits. However, it says emission levels from the mill’s recovery boiler remain slightly above the legal limit. Tests were completed Oct. 24 by consulting firm Stantec and reviewed by the government, as per a legally binding order issued in August. Under the order, the paper mill in Abercrombie Point has until May 30 to get its air quality emissions in line.

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Northern Pulp still not meeting regulations

Latest Northern Pulp stack test results released
CBC News
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government says the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County has one boiler that still does not meet regulations, but it’s getting closer. Tests conducted last month show emissions from one boiler meet guidelines. Another is now four per cent over limits. A month earlier it was 45 per cent over. The company is promising to install new equipment. The provincial government says it will cancel the mill’s operating licence if it does not meet all guidelines by the end of May.

New test results released for Northern Pulp from The NG News
Emissions from one of two boilers at Pictou County Mill within legal limit from The Cape Breton Post

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Firewood shortage sparks concerns in greater Moncton

Suppliers say customers waiting too late to place orders partly to blame for growing trend
CBC News
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some Moncton-area residents are scrambling to find firewood for the winter. It’s an annual trend some woodlot owners say is the buyer’s fault, for waiting too late.Some smaller suppliers, like Jonathan Read, say they are having difficulty tracking down wood themselves. Jonathan’s Firewood Service in Sackville is out of dry firewood for the season, but people are still calling. It’s something Read says wouldn’t happen a decade ago, when customers ordered their supply as far ahead as the spring.

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Tembec on strike

The Nugget
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec workers are on strike. After three days of negotiations the union and company couldn’t reach an agreement. The assistance of the Quebec Ministry of Labour and a conciliator didn’t help. “At 5:45 p.m. (Wednesday) Tembec employees went on strike. There was however a physical altercation between security staff hired by the company and some of our employees that were held inside the plant and couldn’t get out,” said Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233 representing 650 workers at the Temiscaming plant. “Some people were being held in the steam plant. We were there to come and get them out.”

Tembec workers on strike from The BayToday.ca

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Quebec exports to jump 9% in 2015: EDC economist

Montreal Gazette
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Smile wide, Quebec exporters. Peter Hall, chief economist of Export Development Canada, says that two key ingredients will brighten your lives for the next year or three: the U.S. economy and the weak Canadian dollar. …“These two things are coming together to make this year and next very positive for Quebec exports,” Hall said in an interview. …Traditional resource sectors like mining and forestry as well as aerospace will be key drivers of the export resurgence. And that resurgence will in turn be driven principally by the U.S. housing market, which has mounted a remarkable comeback from the ominous recession of 2008.

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Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

Associated Press
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

DES MOINES, Iowa — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it’s about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. “I’m awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business,” said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine fields south of Olympia, Washington. “We lost a lot of farmers who didn’t make it through.”

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Christmas tree checkoff delayed again

The Capital Press
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


USDA has delayed a checkoff program that would raise $2 million a year to promote Christmas trees. A checkoff fee intended to raise money for promoting Christmas trees won’t be collected this harvest season because the USDA has delayed implementing the program. Supporters of the national 15 cent per tree checkoff fee — which would generate roughly $2 million a year — say the Obama administration has postponed appointing a governing board for the program due to fears of a political backlash.

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About 200 Prineviille mill workers losing jobs

Woodgrain Millwork won’t repair plant after roof collapse
KTVZ.com
November 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE, Ore. -Woodgrain Millwork is the 27th-largest private employer in Central Oregon, with 237 employees.At least, it was. On Tuesday, mill officials announced to a room packed with employees that they do not plan to fix damages caused by a recent roof collapse. “The way the management said that there’s no plans of ever starting back up,” former employee Janet Smith said after the meeting at the Crook County Fairgrounds. They also were told their health insurance would be ending at midnight — something no one wants to hear. Couples and entire families are employed at the mill.

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Decline of Maine’s paper mills hurts middle class

Associated Press
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUCKSPORT, Maine — The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer. The accelerating decline of Maine’s once-strong pulp and paper industry is a heavy blow for the state’s workforce, which has relied on its mills for steady, well-paying jobs for generations. The latest shot to the industry is the expected closure of the Verso Paper Corp. mill in Bucksport, which begins shutting down Monday. Great Northern Paper’s idle mill in East Millinocket this year filed for bankruptcy, six years after its Millinocket mill shuttered.

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China demand for wood products set to climb

The New Zealand Herald
November 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s demand for wood products is forecast to continue growing faster than its own domestic production, New Zealand market data provider AgriHQ said. The DNS Forest Products-AgriHQ China Forestry Report said the People’s Republic’s demand for construction would continue to be underpinned by migration from rural to urban areas. The report also said small forest owners are expected to make up a growing proportion of New Zealand’s harvest in the next five years. 

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Consumption figures still rising slower than production

EUWID
November 27, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest figures from the countries participating in the 72nd UNECE Timber Committee meeting taking place this week in Kazan, Russia, reveal further growth in apparent softwood lumber consumption and in the softwood lumber output within the UNECE regions both this year and in the coming year. According to the figures, the production volume in 2014 will be another 2.2% higher than last year at approximately 231.55m m³ after an increase of 4% in 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architects’ passion for wood makes gallery debut

Globe and Mail
November 27, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

In 2012, the small Toronto research and design office of Williamson Chong (WC) won the Canada Council’s prestigious $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture with an engaging and very Canadian proposal. Their project: to study the new things that European and Asian architects, engineers, building technologists and craftsfolk are doing with forest products. WC principals Shane Williamson, Betsy Williamson and Donald Chong wanted to see first-hand, for example, how builders elsewhere are using cheap, renewable wood to handle the job of heavy structural lifting that’s been done, so far, almost exclusively by stone, steel and concrete.

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An Irish alternative to inferior timber imports

Irish Independent
November 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Coillte Panel Products (CPP) was established in 2006 and incorporates the Medite plant in Clonmel, and the Smartply plant in Belview Port outside Waterford city. Both Medite and Smartply have grown to become leading brands in their respective markets – medium density fibreboard (MDF) in the case of Medite, and oriented strand board (OSB) in the case of Smartply. Between the two plants, CPP produces panel boards suitable for most construction requirements – they should certainly displace inferior, imported products of very dubious origin.

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Forestry

What does genomics mean for the environment? Everything

Globe and Mail
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

All aspects of our health and well-being depend on a healthy environment. In Canada, we have a responsibility to protect our fresh water reserves, abundant forests and expansive agricultural lands. And we need to learn to extract our significant mineral and fossil fuels resources in an environmentally sustainable manner. …Canada is recognized as a world leader in genomics thanks to sustained
federal investments through Genome Canada – more than $1-billion since
2000, matched by co-investments in genomics programs and projects by
provincial governments, the private sector, non-profits and
international partners.

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WATCH: Disappointment in Cherryville as logging road goes ahead

Global News
November 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHERRYVILLE -It seems a September blockade by Cherryville residents only delayed construction of a controversial logging road. Locals say crews began work on the forest service road this morning. The construction is a big disappointment for Cherryville residents who believe the projects proponent, BC Timber Sales (BCTS), hasn’t adequately looked at what impacts the road and planned logging might have on their community downstream. Residents are asking for more time to have their own assessments done.

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City’s community forest plans to log at Esler

Williams Lake Tribune
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Public input is wanted on plans to harvest the Williams Lake Community Forest’s (WLCF) Flat Rock Block. Community Forest Manager Ken Day said everyone is invited to give input on the draft plan at a community meeting slated for Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Williams Lake. The Flat Rock Block measures 5,927 hectares, and is one of two areas allotted to the WLCF. It spans from the west side of Highway 20 to the Williams Lake River Valley and from Esler to the Fraser River. …Day is hoping the public will provide input to help the forest proceed with planning.

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Coldstream boy takes top honours in art contest

Vernon Morning Star
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hundreds of children got out their crayons and pencils to show what the forest means to them. The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) were thrilled with the creative pictures entered in their art contest. Nine children (three in each of three age groups) emerged as winners of the National Forest Week contest held by these two organizations. Seven-year-old Leif Richter of Coldstream was one of two honourable mentions in the six to eight-year-old category with a four-part picture that shows everything from mountain biking and harvesting trees to a waterfall and animals living in the forest.

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Cherryville road work begins

Vernon Morning Star
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Frustration is high in Cherryville now that work has started on a contentious logging road. A contractor for B.C. Timber Sales began moving equipment on to Cherry Ridge Monday despite concerns from residents that the road and logging could trigger slides. “It’s very disappointing. We’re not being heard,” said Eugene Foisy, outgoing regional district director for Cherryville. “It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the provincial government won’t listen to its constituents. It’s bullying.” Foisy says the community is not opposed to logging but it wants assurances harvesting will be done safely. “We’re not asking for the moon. We’re just asking for time,” he said of the community’s willingness to fund a watershed assessment.

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Cherryville residents feeling ‘bullied’ by B.C. Timber Sales over controversial logging operation

Infonews.ca
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHERRYVILLE – A North Okanagan Regional District director says his community feels its interests in further studying impacts of a contentious logging operation is being ignored by the provincial government. Equipment crews rolled into Cherryville Monday to start building a road in the Cherry Ridge area, where B.C. Timber Sales intends to log 190 hectares of forest. Local residents blockaded road construction last month. Eugene Foisy, the electoral area director for Cherryville, says the community wants to fund its own assessment of the project, but to do that, it needs more time.

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Controversial logging project near Crowsnest goes ahead

Calgary Herald
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A controversial plan to log near Star Creek in southwestern Alberta is taking a major step forward, prompting residents to raise concerns about both the stream — home to the threatened westslope cutthroat — and the landscape around it. In mid-October, a harvest plan was developed to log 168 hectares of forest as part of a research project led by the University of Alberta. “The objective of the project is really to examine the impacts of harvesting from a comprehensive perspective,” said Uldis Silins, a U of A forest hydrologist who is leading the project.

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B.C. protects old-growth forests in Sea to Sky region

BC Government
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has taken another step to promote biodiversity and protect old-growth forests by creating an additional 329 old growth management areas, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. British Columbia’s newest old growth management areas are in the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District and cover about 12,117 hectares, representing over 13% of the 90,587 hectares of Crown forest land base in six landscape units. Establishing old growth management areas help protect the biological diversity of old-growth forests by ensuring that forest stands from all ecosystem types are protected and land use objectives are met. 

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Beating around the bush

Cochrane Eagle
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Let’s talk about beating around the bush, or more specifically, Canada’s forests. …A recent study done by the group Global Forest Watch indicates that the world’s virgin forests (defined as one that is 120-140 years old) are being lost at an increased rate, and Canada is the main ‘villain’ behind that decline. …The whole story, however, is quite different, which more often than not is the case. This is not to advocate for the destruction of Canada’s old-growth forests, just the relaying of information in a clear manner, free of misleading information that is intended simply to push one’s agenda.

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Forest Service seeking employees in Idaho

Idaho Statesman
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service will hold job fairs Dec. 8 at Idaho Department of Labor offices across the state. The service is looking primarily for seasonal workers in fire management, recreation such as trail building or campground maintenance, biological science in wildlife and fisheries and engineering. The fairs run from noon to 4 p.m. local time. Click here for locations of the 25 offices where job fairs will take place. The Forest Service also will have a program at each office from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. focused on recruiting military veterans.

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Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress before the end of the year. The effort failed. But this December has a much larger slate of Montana-related lands bills looking for a vote, and a Democratic Senate caucus about to lose its majority status in January. That’s got a lot of congressional watchers wondering what last-minute legislation might wind up under President Barack Obama’s Christmas tree. But they’re not sharing much information.

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Hard work harvesting Fraser firs for holidays

Asheville Citizen-Times
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BAKERSVILLE – The Thanksgiving turkey’s not even been purchased before a host of evergreen trees start heading down from the hills, to be trucked across the Southeast and up the East Coast. Rodney Buchanan’s crew has been cutting and baling fragrant Fraser firs since mid-November, no matter what the weather. Coming into the holiday season, farmers across the mountains finally see the payoff from years of raising trees on the high slopes. North Carolina ranks second in the nation, supplying more than 4 million trees to what’s a $1 billion annual market in the U.S. alone.

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Minnesota’s pine forests potential targets for mountain pine beetle

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is hosting a public meeting on a state quarantine proposal for mountain pine beetle. The proposed quarantine would stop people from knowingly or unknowingly bringing the insect into the state on pine wood covered in bark. The bug, which is native to the western United States and Canada, spends most of its life in the area of the tree where the bark meets the wood. The adult beetles can release a pheromone to attract other beetles and coordinate an attack on a tree. If enough of the insects burrow into the tree, the tree can die. 

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Finding a way to right a wrong

Former model forests general manager visits Asian counterparts
The Telegram
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sean Dolter had a perception that control of model forests in Indonesia and the Philippines fell under dictatorship-type governments. But after spending 2 1/2 weeks in the South Asian countries, he found that’s not the case. “There is a desire from government to have this work,” he said, adding the governments simply lack the capacity and the funding to direct to community-based organizations. Dolter, former general manager of the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador, was contracted by the federal government to visit the two countries.

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England’s woodland owners thanked after slowdown in Ramorum disease

UK Forestry Commission
November 28, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Woodland owners who have co-operated with the Forestry Commission’s Phytophthora ramorum control programme have been thanked for helping to achieve a slowdown in the spread of the disease in England. The Forestry Commission has published an update on its 2014 programme of aerial surveys for Ramorum disease in larch woodland. At the completion of the flying programme, a significantly smaller total area of concern was identified than that recorded in the previous two years. A total of 135 hectares of larch woodland were marked for follow-up ground inspection, compared with 254ha in 2013.

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Mexico as a Shining Example of Gender and Forest Policy

Huffington Post
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On November 19, I was the keynote speaker at a gender conference for staff of Mexico’s National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), presenting the importance of mainstreaming a gender perspective in the forest sector. Part of the reason I was so excited to be doing this in Mexico is because Mexico has become a leading force in mainstreaming gender. They recently published a National Development Plan (2013-2018), which established the inclusion of a gender perspective as a cross-cutting principle that must permeate Mexico’s legal framework, policies, and programs, in all areas and at every level. This is great news!

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Council endorses petition to save Margaret River forest from logging

ABC News, Australia
November 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A local council has launched an eleventh-hour bid to save a swathe of forest in WA’s South West that is slated for logging next week. More than 1,500 have signed a petition to stop logging of 1,600 hectares of Mowen Forest near Margaret River. The state-owned Forest Products Commission has confirmed harvesting in Mowen Forest is due to commence on Monday. Mowen is an 8,000 hectare state native forest containing jarrah and marri trees. On Wednesday night, the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council endorsed the Save Mowen Forest community petition to cancel all logging operations in the forest.

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Tas Parliament passes amended anti-workplace protest bill

ABC News, Australia
November 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is promoting its anti-workplace protests laws as the toughest in Australia after an amended bill passed the Lower House. It will mean people who protest at mining or forestry sites could face time in jail. The bill was amended in the independent-dominated Upper House earlier this month, with mandatory fines and jail terms removed. At the same time maximum penalties were increased in what some MPs said would send a message to the judiciary.

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Deforestation drops 18 percent in Brazil’s Amazon

Associated Press
November 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO PAULO — Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest dropped 18 percent over the past 12 months, falling to the second-lowest level in a quarter century, Brazil’s environment minister said Wednesday. Izabella Teixeira told participants at a news conference that 4,848 square kilometers (1,870 square miles) of rain forest were destroyed between August 2013 and July 2014. That’s a bit larger than the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The figures were down from 5,891 square kilometers (2,275 square miles) razed during the same period a year earlier, in the wake of the adoption of a controversial bill revising the Forest Code.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New Wood Waste to Biofuel & Plastics Process Developed at Dutch University

Waste Management World
November 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A process that converts waste wood into the building blocks of gasoline has been developed by researchers at the Netherland’s KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis.  According to the university, by using a new chemical process its researchers were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics.  KU added that cellulose is the main substance in plant matter and is present in all non-edible plant parts of wood, straw, grass, cotton and old paper.

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