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Daily Archives: December 15, 2014

Business & Politics

Canadian Christmas tree exports to rise: minister

AFP
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Ottawa – Canada’s trade minister on Friday predicted a rise in Christmas tree exports this season, amid reported shortages in the United States. America’s northern neighbour is known for producing bushy, winter-resilient firs, pines and spruces, ideal for decoration during the holiday season. “Christmas trees represent a key export for Canada,” Trade Minister Ed Fast said in a statement. “Following a decrease in demand for Canadian Christmas trees during the recession in the United States in 2008 and 2009, Canadian tree exports are on the rise, especially due to a Christmas tree shortage in the
United States.”

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Man killed at Crofton mill

Cowichan Valley Citizen
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An investigation at the Catalyst Paper mill in Crofton continues after the body of a truck driver who went missing at the site on Tuesday was recovered on Wednesday. WorkSafe BC has been at the mill since late Tuesday afternoon, when the man, who was making a delivery of wood chips to the site, was first reported missing. “Our job is to determine the cause, what happened, why it happened, how it happened, and how to prevent it from happening in the future,” said WorkSafe BC spokesperson Scott McCloy.

Catalyst Pulp Mill fatality in Crofton identified as Qualicum Beach man from The Parskville Qualicum Beach News

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‘Unethical’ tactic costs Greenpeace support

2 letters to the editor
Chronicle Journal
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Re Municipal Group At Odds With Greenpeace Campaign — CJ, Dec. 10:
Greenpeace has now lost my support. Telling people to write false reviews is entirely the wrong thing to do. Because they are telling people to make false claims means to me that the information they publish is possibly false in order to support their views. This is totally unethical. We need correct information no matter what it supports to make the right choices.

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Letter – Just Another Red Herring

Letter by Ben Lefebvre
Wawa News
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As Northern Ontario reels from the news of yet another primary resource manufacturing facility shutdown it might be worthwhile to look at things from a slightly different perspective. I am referring specifically to the Resolute Forest Products (formerly Abitibi) paper mill closure in Iroquois Falls and some of the events leading to the early Christmas gift delivered to our community. The Ontario Forest Industry Association (OFIA) and Resolute had previously indicated their opposition to proposed legislation being considered by the provincial government to address the indiscriminate use of what has been called Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation, or SLAPP lawsuits.

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Forestry company lauded for strong record

TB Newswatch
December 14, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — It’s been more than four years since Shuniah Forest Products lost time to a workplace injury. That’s the type of record that gets you noticed in the forest industry. It earned the Highway 527 sawmill four safety awards, including the Lakehead Regional Safety Council’s safety award and a trio of trophies from Workplace Safety North. The company took home a workplace excellence award, the small business award and the president’s award, the triple play a Northwestern Ontario first.

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Disaster avoided at Sexton Lumber

Fire confined mainly to bark storage area
The Packet
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The fire at Sexton Lumber last night destroyed a bark storage area causing an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 damage but it could have been worse, says Musgravetown Fire Chief Gerald Thomas. Thomas says if the fire had reached the main buildings it could have spread quickly and become unmanageable. The Musgravetown Fire Department got the call at 4:15 p.m. saying there was assistance needed at the lumberyard.  The Lethbridge Fire Department responded with Musgravetown and fought the blaze until it was safely extinguished at 9:30 p.m.

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Worker dies at Tacoma sawmill; state inquiry begins

The News Tribune
December 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A Tacoma sawmill worker died on the job Friday, and state investigators are looking into the circumstances and possible causes. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Jeffrey Busha, 45, of Puyallup. A state spokesman and Tacoma Police said the incident took place at Manke Lumber Co. on Marine View Drive in the Tacoma Tideflats. The state Department of Labor and Industries is leading the inquiry into the incident — a standard procedure for workplace deaths.

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Hoping for a forest industry revival

AZ Daily Sun
December 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Wood grinders hummed and blades whirred under the weak winter sun Thursday afternoon as 12 men hustled to transform dozens of ponderosa pine logs into boards, wood chips and sawdust at Newpac Fibre. The Williams-based sawmill is heading into its third month of production and is in the midst of major expansion and reconstruction work. If there are dreams of a renewed forest products industry in northern Arizona, this is one of the places where they become reality. As he showed visitors around the mill, company CEO Chris Stephan’s eyes gleamed with the promise of the new venture.

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Fire damages old Georgia-Pacific building in Bellingham

The Bellingham Herald
December 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BELLINGHAM — A fire at the old Georgia-Pacific site on Bellingham’s waterfront damaged the third floor of an abandoned alcohol plant Saturday evening, Dec. 13. Passers-by in downtown Bellingham saw smoke and flames shooting out the windows of the six-story brick building at 5:58 p.m. City firefighters brought two ladder trucks, two fire engines and an ambulance. Seventeen firefighters battled the flames defensively, from the outside, because of the building’s deteriorating interior.

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Fire shuts down Gypsum biomass plant

Vail Daily News
December 13, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GYPSUM – Kelly Bretta says she’s not a fan of the biomass plant next to her home, but that didn’t stop her from strapping on an orange safety vest during a pre-dawn fire and directing firefighters toward a gravel driveway to fight the three-alarm fire. Conveyor belt to blame A conveyor carrying wood chips into the biomass power plant sparked the pre-dawn fire Saturday, rallying fire fighter crews from as far away as Rifle. At about 4:05 a.m. during a routine inspection, a plant employee discovered the fire started at the top of an outdoor conveyor belt system, said Dean Rostrom, chairman of Eagle Valley Clean Energy, the plant’s developer. Those conveyors move wood chips into fuel silos.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Massive downtown L.A. fire prompts call for probe of wood frame

Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In the aftermath of Monday’s harrowing fire that reduced a half-built apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles to ashes, a city councilman introduced a motion Friday questioning whether wood-frame construction contributed to the devastating blaze. Investigators are still sorting through the debris left behind by the conflagration that razed the seven-story, 526-unit project and caused significant damage to the adjacent 110 Freeway and surrounding buildings. Authorities have said it may be weeks, if not months, before they can pinpoint a cause….The councilman said he hoped Monday’s blaze, which caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, would be a “catalyst” for discussion about the safety of wood-frame buildings.

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PCA: Los Angeles blaze calls building codes into question

World Cement
December 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

…“Common sense shows that buildings built of non-combustible materials are not at the same risk of fire damage,” says Szoke. “According to a recent National Fire Protection Association report, during a five-year span, departments responded to nearly 830 construction fires. Aftermath pictures routinely show that it is only the wood portion that burned away. Concrete staircases and elevator shafts are still intact. The Los Angeles fire only caused structural damage. If codes are not changed, the next one could cause loss of life.”

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University of Idaho student wins ‘Best Use of Idaho Wood’ contest

Idaho Statesman
December 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

University of Idaho student Kayla Stoker earned top honors for her design proposal for a new presidential residence for the university as part of the “Best Use of Idaho Wood” competition sponsored by the Idaho Forest Products Commission and the Idaho Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture. The projects were judged on how their designs demonstrated a creative solution and knowledgeable application of integrated design and an innovative use of wood. Fourteen projects from U of I architecture students competed for the prize. Stoker’s design used five native Idaho woods in the house’s interior and exterior spaces.

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Forestry

Letter: Richmond tree bylaw is a joke

Richmond News
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

If the City of Richmond has a strict tree bylaw then why are they allowing two, mature pine and fir trees to come down at 4160 Garry St. in Steveston? Penta Homes Ltd has applied for the removal of these beautiful trees, as well as six more on this site. Penta Homes has to pay the city only $3,000 for the removal of six trees, a drop in the bucket compared to what these townhomes will sell for. These two trees are situated on the corner of the lot where there are five townhouses to be built. These two trees are out of the building envelope. They can be saved considering their location.

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Don’t leap to conclusions

The Highland County Press
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…We have been brainwashed and bushwhacked by organizations that front for wanting to control our entire lives. What makes them the experts and controllers of all things in nature? …Greenpeace just carried on a successful campaign against Best Buy to stop them from buying “100 million pounds” of paper from Resolute Forest Products. Allegedly, Resolute has been messing up the boreal forests in Canada. The acolytes that followed the Greenpeace piper down this path probably don’t even know what a boreal forest is, but they know it is bad to mess with it because Greenpeace says so.

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Crown forest agreements need review, conservationist says

CBC News
December 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A conservationist says the more she examines the Crown forestry agreements signed by the former Alward government, the more she worries about the future of public forests. Roberta Clowater, the executive director of the New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said the agreements with the province’s largest forestry companies leave the public with no say over what activities take place or their impact on wildlife. “If we keep tinkering with our forest beyond its limit, reducing the habitat we conserve for wildlife and to protect rivers, we shouldn’t be surprised if forests start failing to produce wood or water or trees to clean the air,” said Clowater.

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Defense bill includes ill-advised Alaska and Arizona land measures

Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

So what does funding for the Department of Defense have in common with Alaska’s Tongass National Forest or the Tonto National Forest in Arizona? Absolutely nothing. Which is why an upcoming Senate vote on the National Defense Authorization Actis so aggravating. Even when members of Congress manage to find a compromise to move legislation, they still screw it up by mixing their apples in with their oranges. …”After accounting for the ‘conservation land additions,’ S 340 would still result in a net loss of productive old growth, large-tree old-growth, and biological hotspots (i.e., core areas of ecological value).

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Logging industry tax credit, so far unused, faces repeal

AZ Daily Sun
December 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

wo Arizona tax credits meant to bolster hiring and workforce training in the logging industry have gone essentially unused since they began in 2005 and 2012, and now a bi-partisan group of state legislators is recommending they be repealed. This week, the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Legislative Income Tax Credit Review Committee unanimously recommended repealing the two tax credits that make up part of the state’s Healthy Forest Enterprise Incentives Program. The legislators reasoned that it didn’t make sense to continue a tax credit that wasn’t being used, but some in the forest products industry say that recommendation couldn’t have come at a worse time.

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Congress expands Alpine Lakes Wilderness northeast of Seattle

Peninsula Daily News
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — It took seven years and four tries and wasn’t pretty at the end. But Congress on Friday added 22,000 acres of pristine ruggedness in Seattle’s backyard, most of it the Pratt River Valley, to the 393.000-acre Alpine Lakes Wilderness. That came after several days of frenzied lawmaking in the lame-duck 113th Congress. Alpine Lakes was one of nearly 100 public-lands measures stuck into an unrelated defense-policy bill governing weapons purchases, pay raises for troops and other Pentagon matters. ….The law will permanently prohibit logging, roads, development and mountain bikes.

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Guest Opinion: Forest thinning means water for the future

by David Schott, executive director of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association
The Mail Tribune
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire, much of it catastrophic in nature, dominated our lives this past summer. This wasn’t unexpected, and everyone should be prepared to witness larger and more damaging fires in the future. Along with the fires we’ll increasingly experience smoke filled valleys, we’ll have destruction of homes and property, we’ll see loss of life and we’ll spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on fire suppression. Unfortunately, the lack of forest management in our federal forests has contributed to this inevitable scenario.

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‘Elite trees’ new weapon in blister rust battle

Great Falls Tribune
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is growing “elite” whitebark pine trees to improve the chances of survival of the key high-elevation species, which blister rust is wiping out in the Northern Rockies. “It’s just using the natural selection process and giving it a little bit of a boost,” said Tanya Murphy, a silviculturist with Great Falls-based Lewis and Clark National Forest. Some whitebark pine trees have genetic traits that make them more resistant to disease. And through the Intermountain Whitebark Pine Restoration Program, genetics from those disease-resistant trees are being collected and grafted into regular whitebark pines.

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Gazette opinion: Secret public meetings are an impossibility

Billings Gazette
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montanans should feel pretty good. Your governor, Steve Bullock, believes you have amazing powers. In fact, his administration thinks so much of you that folks in his administration actually believe you have the power to magically know about secret public meetings. That’s right, secret public meetings. Sure, you may have been under the silly impression that public meetings weren’t secret; that public meetings were the opposite of secret. But in a disturbing trend that seems particularly pronounced in Lewis and Clark County, which happens to house the state’s capital, lawmakers and officials believe that public meetings can happen in secret. Some have even gone so far as to assert the public wants its business done behind closed doors. (GOP House caucus, we’re looking your direction.)

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The Forest and the Trees

Idaho would lose out if it took over federal lands; plus, county budgets and committee assignments
Inlander
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A divisive study from the UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO finds the state could lose up to $111 million a year by taking over management of federally owned lands, shouldering increased costs for wildfire protection, recreation facilities and other expenses. But the report from the UI Policy Analysis Group noted that under ideal conditions the state could potentially gain $24 million a year. Federal lands, managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, make up close to 64 percent of Idaho. Lawmakers have proposed transferring 16.4 million acres of that land to the state to take local control of timber management and access. In eight of nine scenarios, analysts predicted the state would lose money.

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Oregon’s economically pressed timber counties once again contemplate loss of federal aid

The Oregonian
December 15, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s hard-hit rural counties are facing yet another big financial challenge after Congress last week refused to provide continued aid to timber-dependent counties. In Josephine County, which has already cut most sheriff’s patrols, officials say the loss of federal money will complicate their struggles to keep the jail open. In Lane County, commissioners are moving toward asking voters to approve a $35-a-year vehicle registration fee, in part to fill a gap left by the lack of federal funding. And in Douglas County, officials have to ponder some combination of depleting their reserves or cutting into their public safety and road programs.

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State: Talks about logging weren’t public meetings

Associated Press
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — Discussions about which Montana forests should be designated for expedited logging weren’t covered by open-meetings law, a state attorney argued. Attorney Mike Black asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups that claim the meetings were illegal because they weren’t publicized in advance, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported. District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena did not immediately rule on the request. State officials, some conservation groups and timber industry representatives participated in the meetings to advise Gov. Steve Bullock on what federal land should be considered for logging and other measures to improve forest health.

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Seeking the key to forest management by padlock

Statesman Journal
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

And so, another year passes, another U.S. congressional session parades into history and there is still no forest plan to address the management of our national forests. Rep. Greg Walden blames the senators for the forest debacle. Both he and Rep. Peter DeFazio had authored bills to settle the quagmire of federal harvest levels. Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Sen. Ron Wyden authored a bill to settle the federal timber issues and he blames those guys over in the House for not following through.

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Battling the beetle a Hills-wide war

Black Hills Pioneer
December 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DEADWOOD — “Approximately 34,000 acres of new infestation was detected in 2013 across the Black Hills,” said Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group coordinator Dave Thom. “2014 analysis is pending. Anticipated to be about the same as 2013. The epidemic is not over.” Sharing a leadership briefing paper with the Lawrence County Commission Tuesday, Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group coordinator Dave Thom shared the organization’s “all lands strategy” looking to fiscal year 2016, detailing the status of the mountain pine beetle epidemic Hills-wide, accomplishments of the agencies working to battle the beetle, and current action planned for 2015.

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Guest Opinion: Have we come far from the days of King George?

Letter by Scott Perrin
Idaho Statesman
December 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Endowment sections in Western states are not producing adequate funding for local education. Hence, frequent levies. A proposed answer is to “take back federal land” located within the state and “manage it via the state,” removing NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act), which has national regulations that currently bind the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Truth is, the correct wording is not “take back.”

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Coconino Voices: Not so fast on 4FRI

by Stephen Dewhurst, professor of forestry at NAU.
AZ Daily Sun
December 13, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An intensive media campaign has been underway to build public support for approval of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. …The hope has been expressed by many, including our senators and congressmen, that nobody will object to the Forest Service decision. Well, I will be objecting. …For the record, I believe strongly that a project like 4FRI is required, that the threat of catastrophic fire is real, and that the need for action is clear. I want this project to work. But precedents are being set here, dangerous precedents, and I must object. Let me try to explain why.

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LTE: Forest Service and logging comments

Letter by Floyd Wood
Ravalli Republic
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is a follow-up on the comments sent to the Forest Service regarding the 2,700-acre logging proposal in the Como to Lost Horse area. In case you didn’t see it in the paper, the Forest Service has put a stop to the appeal process. They have been working on this phase for some time, but all is not lost. When the comment period comes up on future sales they still have to honor the comment period. When you send in your comments on a given sale, add every problem you find with the sale so it is just like an appeal, only the name has been changed to Forest Health Project.

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Forest Service Score: 300,000 Acres Treated

Restoring forests now dominates management goals
Payson Roundup
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service restoration projects in Northern Arizona have treated 300,000 acres since the launch of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in 2010, according to the latest annual tally of the program’s accomplishments. The impressive 300,000-acre figure comes from adding up a host of existing Forest Service thinning projects and controlled burns. The private contractor that landed to 4FRI contract has thinned about 1,800 acres. The figures underscore the major shift in the Forest Service’s approach to forest management and at the same time they underscore the slow start for the twice-changed private contractor.

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ADOT Hopes Pilot Project Could Help Speed Up Forest Restoration Efforts

KJZZ.org
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Arizona Department of Transportation is testing a new pilot project that allows timber trucks to haul more weight on some state roads. The idea has people in the timber industry excited, but critics say programs promoting commercial logging efforts don’t focus enough on habitat protection. On a damp winter morning, logger Steve Reidhead navigated his large white pickup truck down a narrow forest road on his way to the Mogollon Rim to join the rest of his team. Once on site, he gave me a quick tour of his operation. “So that’s your hot saw,” said Reidhead as he pointed to a large diesel-powered machine. “That cuts it and puts it into piles like this.”

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Author lauds imminent passage of Front bill

Great Falls Tribune
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Last week, we witnessed something we haven’t seen in a very long time: Montana’s congressional delegation working together, finding common ground and standing shoulder-to-shoulder in support of a public land package. Up until this actually happened, I honestly didn’t think this kind of collaboration would occur anytime soon. But members of our delegation proved me wrong, and I’m so very glad they did. That’s because the package includes something that Montanans can celebrate: The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act.

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UGA seeks dean for forestry school

Associated Press
December 14, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia is seeking a new dean for its Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Michael Clutter has served as Warnell dean since 2007. He recently announced he is leaving effective Jan. 2 to pursue a private sector opportunity. Warnell professor and associate dean for academic affairs Dale Greene will serve as interim dean. The university says senior vice president for academic affairs and provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a committee to begin a national search to fill the position. The committee includes faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives and will be chaired by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean J. Scott Angle.

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Boosting the conservation value of 4M sq km of rainforest logging concessions

Short of buying back logging concessions, switching from conventional logging approaches to reduced impact logging techniques across existing forestry concessions may be the best way boost biodiversity in areas earmarked for timber extraction, argues paper.
Mongabay.com
December 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Logging is one of the most important drivers of deforestation. However unlike other drivers, timber harvesting in the tropics rarely leads to outright forest clearing. Instead, logging drives deforestation more subtly. Successive harvests, especially when conducted in shorter-than-prescribed cycles, diminishes the value of the forest as a timber-producing commodity, increasing the likelihood of its conversion for agriculture or plantations. At the same time, logging roads open up once remote areas of forest to speculators, colonists, farmers, ranchers, miners, and hunters, often accelerating pressure on areas both inside and around concessions.

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari’s Trees Live On

NPR.org
December 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive. But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari’s trees are doing better than ever. These spruce trees have been growing for hundreds of years in the Fiemme Valley, the same corner of the Italian Alps where Renaissance luthiers such as Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati hand-picked the trees that would be turned into some of the world’s finest instruments.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Stanford professor discusses benefits and costs of forest carbon projects

Phys.org
December 15, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Recent international climate talks have focused on the potential of reforestation and afforestation – planting trees in an area where there was no forest previously – to slow global warming. Increasingly, though, science is showing that planting more trees and increasing forest conservation can provide benefits beyond carbon storage, and that carbon-centric accounting is, in many cases, insufficient for climate mitigation policies. Robert Jackson, the Kevin and Michelle Douglas Professor of Environment and Energy at the Stanford School of Earth Sciences, will discuss recent research assessing the energy exchanges and climatic impact of vegetation replacement across North America.

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Investors gamble forest preservation will pay off in carbon markets

Reuters
December 13, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LIMA – Some private investment companies are looking to profit from preserving forests in developing countries, betting that the emissions reductions can be sold in future carbon markets. London-based Permian Global said on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Peru this week that it will invest $100 million in projects to avoid deforestation in Latin American countries. Permian and other investment companies, such as Hong Kong-based InfiniteEARTH and Brazil’s Biofilica, are hoping that a new U.N. climate change deal, due to be agreed in a year’s time, will let forest-based offsets be used in compliance markets and traded internationally.

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