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Froggy Foibles

Video: Hundreds of cockroach nymphs invade tree in southern Africa

The gregarious spotted cockroaches are able to organise themselves by secreting pheromones from their bodies
The Indpenedent
February 19, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The insects, scientific name Cartoblatta pulchra, are recognisable by their distinctive white and orange dots across their backs and are often found in large swarms in southern Africa as far up as Malawi. The cockroaches are able to organise themselves in such large aggregations through the secretion of pheromones from the insect’s bodies.

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Business & Politics

Canfor announces Canal Flats layoffs

The Free Press
February 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor’s Canal Flats sawmill will be permanently laying off 81 employees as it downsizes from two shifts to one. The layoff is credited to a lack of economically available fiber, and will go into effect May 4. “This is devastating news for our members, their families, Canal Flats, surrounding communities and the local union,” said Doug Singer, President of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook through a release… Corinne Stavness, Director of Public Affairs for Canfor, said that, “We will be offering all the employees transfers to other divisions and we will be putting a priority on the local mills as it’s the least disruptive to people to move within the region as opposed to our other mills, which are located across the province … so we do hopefully expect those positions to be filled. 

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West Fraser Timber Q4 profit falls to $43M

Comox Valley Record
February 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber saw its year-over-year earnings more than cut in half in the fourth quarter even as sales revenue increased by over $100 million. The Vancouver-based integrated wood products company reported Thursday after markets closed that net earnings fell to $43 million or 51 cents per share from $118 million or $1.37 in the comparable 2013 period. Revenue rose to $964 million from $833 million. “We are guardedly optimistic about 2015 as we see continued recovery of the U.S. housing market and we are seeing the results of some of our capital investment program,” president and CEO Ted Seraphim said in the company’s earnings release.

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Strong revenues for Western Forest Products

IHB The Timber Network
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products reported annual revenue in 2014 grew six per cent to a record CAD$1,036.9 million compared to CAD$977.5 million earned in 2013. Increased lumber sales volumes and positive lumber sales mix, the benefit of a weaker CAD relative to the USD, and a strong domestic log market all contributed to this result. WFP’s timberlands harvest decreased five per cent in 2014 from the previous year due primarily to dry-weather conditions in the third quarter of 2014. The success in purchasing logs and standing timber in the open market largely offset the reduced harvest volume. 

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West Fraser Announces Fourth Quarter Results

Market Watch
February 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — West Fraser Timber today reported earnings of $43 million or $0.51 per share on sales of $964 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and earnings of $259 million or $3.06 per share, on sales of $3,856 million for 2014. Earnings per share figures for prior periods have been adjusted to reflect a stock dividend paid January 13, 2014. The stock dividend had the same effect as a two-for-one share subdivision.

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Walker promoted

The Dispatch
February 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Company has named Kent Walker vice president, pulp manufacturing, for all Weyerhaeuser’s Cellulose Fibers primary mills and modified fiber mills in southern U.S., Canada and Poland. The company also named David Phillips as the new vice president of Weyerhaeuser’s Cellulose Fibers mill in Columbus, succeeding Walker.

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US: Higher plywood imports from China

IHB The Timber Network
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

US imports of hardwood plywood increased by 11% from the previous month to 203,817 cu.m. in November 2014. Year-to-date imports were 2% lower than at the same time last year. The strongest decline in 2014 imports to date was from Ecuador, Malaysia and Indonesia. Imports from Canada also fell compared to last year. Russia and China are the only countries that grew hardwood plywood shipments to the US in 2014. The US anti-dumping investigation ended in November 2013.

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Boise Cascade Co Reported loss in the fourth quarter

Inside Trade
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On a per-share basis, the Boise, Idaho-based company said it had profit of 40 cents. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. The engineered wood products and plywood company posted revenue of $862 million in the period. For the year, the company reported profit of $80 million, or $2.03 per share. Revenue was reported as $3.57 billion.

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Commission investigates UK state aid for biomass plant

Euractiv.com
February 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A European Commission investigation into whether British plans to use public money to convert a coal power plant into a wood-burning facility broke EU competition law, was opened Thursday. UK calculations and estimates on the plant’s total production “may be too conservative”, said the Commission, meaning that the British government is giving the project more money than necessary. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Column: Innovation and adding value to forest products key

Williams Lake Tribune
February 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A 2006 paper “Technology and the Competitiveness of the Wood Products Sector in B.C.” by Thomas Maness describes the results of a workshop involving representatives from industry and universities. The participants used a detailed analysis to look at key financial and operating data (from logs, commodity lumber, veneer, chips, pulp, paper, structural panels and other value added products) to compare B.C. and Canada’s forest industries with global wood industries. Canada’s competitiveness in the wood products sector has been based historically on abundance and quality and low cost of its raw materials.

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Just How Green is Green Building Anyway?

Mother Earth News
February 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

These days, sometimes businesses toss around the word “green” to be hip or fit in, hoping that by relaying the color to you, you’ll somehow be swooned into believing their company and products are the most environmentally conscious ever assembled… In the building world, if you really want to understand how green a project is, you’ll need to become familiarized with LEED certification… Well, there’s no such thing as “the greenest building material” because all materials have a negative impact on the environment in one way or another. As such, all projects lend themselves to different “green” materials, depending on the circumstances... If you’re building next to a forest that’s regularly mined for timber in a sustainable way, maybe wood is the material that works best.

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Forestry

Saw filers were the unsung heroes of sawmilling

Cowichan Valley Citizen
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Everyone has seen them, particularly if they’ve visited Kaatza Station Museum’s Wilmer Gold gallery. I’m referring to photos of old logging shows: loggers and steam engines and first-growth firs that reached so high as to block out the sun and the sky. Seldom, however, do you see photos of sawmill activity without which, of course, there would have been no logging. Nor do you often read about the millwrights and sawyers who kept the mills humming, the saws sharpened and cutting true.

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Concern over Apex logging

Penticton News
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Property owners at Apex are concerned ongoing clearcut logging in the area is a threat to recreational use. To get their message out, the Apex Property Owners Association forestry advisory committee is holding a public information forum later this month, focused on logging in the Nickel Plate/Apex area. “What we are trying to communicate … is that the cummulative effect of what is happening here is not just impacting our immediate recreational opportunities, but it’s going to inhibit us from growing the recreational value of this area,” said Jeff Brown, chair of the committee.

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LETTERS: Join the fight to save Apex ecosystem

Penticton Western News
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Adventure tourism is defined as travel that involves two of three elements: connection with nature, interaction with culture and physical activity. The global adventure travel sector is estimated to be worth $263 billion U.S. and $82 billion for gear, apparel and accessories (Adventure Tourism Market Survey, George Washington University). Adventure Tourism takes environmentally and culturally aware travelers, guided or unguided, into more remote places on the planet where they can experience being physically active in nature and interacting with unique cultures. The Okanagan-Similkameen is on the adventure tourism radar, offering cultural interaction — Mascot Mine and winery tours, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and special aboriginal events, to name a few.

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Log or develop?

Letter from Rod Bealing, Executive Director, Private Forest Landowners Assoc.
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As private landowners committed to responsible forest stewardship, we find Lynne Brookes’ letter to the editor (‘Log responsibly,’ The NEWS, Feb. 12) criticizing private land forest management practices curious. While we wholeheartedly agree that the protection of wetlands and riparian area function are important issues in our region, we take offense with her characterization of land “development and logging” as contributing to the loss of “important wetlands.” Compared to alternate land uses, sustainable forest management over long crop rotations is an extremely low impact use of land — possibly the lowest impact of any use mankind makes of land.

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Comox Lake watershed logging under the microscope following boil water advisory

Comox Valley Echo
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging company officials maintain harvesting increases in the Comox Lake watershed in recent decades had nothing to do with the extended boil water advisory in the Courtenay area. But as more severe storms wreck havoc on the ecosystem, which provides the drinking water for tens of thousands in the Comox Valley, a local conservation group says it’s time to rethink forestry practices.  “What’s the right level of logging in the watershed? That’s what we have to figure out,” said David Stapley, project manager with the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Community Partnership (CVCSCP). ” …Domenico Iannidinardo, chief forester and VP sustainability for TimberWest said the company has full-time staff dedicated to monitoring the watershed and has water quality as a top priority.

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Environmentalists explain importance of old growth

Alberni Valley News
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With logging in the Alberni Valley not showing any signs of slowing down, Jane Morden and Sarah Thomas of the Watershed Forest Alliance and local biologist Mike Stini spent several hours on Sunday, Feb. 15 showing Coun. Chris Alemany and his wife, Theresa, and kids, Jade and Josh, around the Cameron Firebreak. While the area is not a part of the city’s watershed, the old growth and steep terrain make it similar to McLaughlin Ridge, a steep slope above China Creek. China Creek is Port Alberni and Beaver Creek’s main drinking water source, with current turbidity levels low enough that that the city is applying for a filtration waiver.

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Opinion: Ecologists oppose B.C. wolf kill

Vancouver Sun
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As two of Canada’s senior wolf biologists, we are disturbed the B.C. government is implementing massive wolf control plan with the low probability of recovering a few small, isolated, range-edge herds of mountain caribou. …Why has past wolf killing not worked? …Over much of B.C., what is known as an ecological phase shift has happened. Ecologists know of such shifts: witness the fish and wildlife tragedy of the Bering Sea, and the non-recovered cod fishery of the Atlantic. Phase shifts are based on one-way environmental alterations in trophic and other complex ecosystem interrelationships. New species crowd out the potential for recovery of old ones. Recovery is generally beyond the scope of management intervention.

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Boreal forest stakeholders meet in OCN

Thompson Citizen
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Representatives of First Nations, government, northern communities and conservation groups gathered at the Kikiwak Inn on Opaskwayak Cree Nation Feb. 17 to discuss future plans and aspirations for the boreal forest that covers 80 per cent of Manitoba. Items up for discussion included methods of obtaining scientific data and other local knowledge and information; co-ordinating existing and future plans, policies and initiatives; collaborating to balance economic prosperity and northern jobs with environmental health; addressing issues related to endangered species, ecological goods and services and changing water management; and adapting to the impacts of and risks posed by climate change.

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Connecting to Our Forests video now available

New video highlights the profound value of our forests
Algonquin Forestry Authority
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new video showcasing the deep connection between humans and our forests is setting the forestry world abuzz. The video, entitled “Connecting to our Forests”, will make its official debut at Forests Ontario’s annual conference on February 20th …The video showcases students of Forests Ontario’s Forestry Connects program making meaningful connections with the forest, learning about the many forest products used in our daily lives and the careers available in the forestry sector. It also gleams insight into the opinions of those in the forestry sector, particularly those working in Algonquin Provincial Park, on the value of the forest industry.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service Partnership Continues Conservation Work Nationwide

Under Secretary Announces 15 Restoration Projects and a $37 Million Investment
USDA
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOISE, Idaho – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today nearly $37 million in investments to mitigate wildfire threats to landowners and communities. This is the second year of a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. Joined by partners at an event in Idaho, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie unveiled the 15 Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership projects for 2015.

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Planners hope forest restoration will serve as example

KTVB TV
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — The man who oversees the U.S. Forest Service was in Boise Thursday to announce a new project aimed at reducing the damage caused by wildfire in one of Idaho’s national forests. But, organizers hope it will inspire people around the state to work together to come up with solutions to make our forests healthier, more productive, and safer from fire. U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie, who oversees the Forest Service, was in town to speak at the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership Forum. He was also here to announce a major forest restoration project in the Salmon-Challis National Forest that will start this summer.

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Rebuttal: Small trees survive insects, drought

AZ Daily Sun
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The recent February 5 story, “Setting the record of Arizona’s forest straight,” missed the boat in summarizing the complex state of the science and objections to Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. However, the story focused on only the Fulé et al. response to our study, while it omitted our published 2014 rebuttal and new 2014 studies that support our findings and that identify a key role for small trees in providing resilience as climate changes in these forests. The scientific basis for 4FRI is very important, as these forests were seriously degraded by unsustainable industrial logging and livestock grazing and are in need of science-based ecological restoration.

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Federal prosecutors deny cover-up in Moonlight fire case

Sacramento Bee
February 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal prosecutors in Sacramento have launched a blistering new attack on Sierra Pacific Industries and its lawyers, accusing the timber giant of “deception” and “scandal mongering” in its efforts to reverse a $100 million settlement it agreed to pay over the 2007 Moonlight fire, which burned huge swaths of the Plumas and Lassen national forests. In more than 3,500 pages of court filings made late Tuesday, prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento rejected claims by Sierra Pacific that it was the victim of fraud and corruption by government officials who eventually gained a massive cash and property settlement in 2012 from the company, which was blamed for starting the fire.

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Debate on public lands bills rages on in Montana legislature

KPAX Western Missoula News
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – Senator Jennifer Fielder of Thompson Falls has advocated for the transfer of some federal lands to state control. There’s been some pushback, including a rally Monday. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Fielder’s bill on Thursday to ban the sale of federal lands in Montana. “What’s been missed is Congress is 18 trillion dollars in debt, and Congress has full power to dispose of public lands,” Fielder said. …The wood products industry, which generally has plenty of complaints about the way the feds manage the forests, is also speaking out against the measure. “So until we figure that out on a national level and we fix some things on a national level, this is just not the right answer,” Julia Altemus of the Montana Wood Products Association said.

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The H&N View: Find new way to pay cost of giant fires

February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dry forests. A tiny snowpack. Dense underbrush. Big pockets of diseased trees.
That’s the nasty set of circumstances faced by Oregon, California and a lot of the West in the millions of acres of forest lands they have. That includes Klamath and Lake counties, which share the “red zone,” a several-hundred thousand acre area of fire-vulnerable trees killed and damaged by pinebeetles… A bipartisan group in Congress, including Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, introduced a bill last month aimed at paying the costs of the worst fires from federal disaster funds, rather than normal wildfire-fighting funds.

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Simpson: Support builds for Central Idaho wilderness bill

Idaho Statesman
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson said he’ll introduce the bill in the House next week. The measure also will be introduced in the Senate by Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who sits on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which would hold hearings on the bill. Simpson said revisions to the proposed Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act have won it broader support, including from snowmobilers and other motorized recreation groups who would not lose access to favorite trails. …Simpson said wilderness is “the highest level of protection.” Uses permitted under a national monument designation would be “up to the people who write the management plan,” he said.

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Forest managers talk cooperation, healthy trees

Herald and News
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A host of agencies, organizations and individuals dedicated an entire day to making a roadmap for improving forest health and reducing wildfire. The Tuesday forestry workshop, organized by the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research Extension Center (KBREC), was titled “How we can partner to increase the pace and scale of forest health and restoration across ownerships.” According to Daniel Leavell, a professor of forestry and coordinator at KBREC, the workshop’s goal was to brainstorm methods for successfully increasing the scope and scale of forest restoration, thereby reducing fire susceptibility, within Klamath and Lake counties.

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The H&N View: Find new way to pay cost of giant fires

February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dry forests. A tiny snowpack. Dense underbrush. Big pockets of diseased trees.
That’s the nasty set of circumstances faced by Oregon, California and a lot of the West in the millions of acres of forest lands they have. That includes Klamath and Lake counties, which share the “red zone,” a several-hundred thousand acre area of fire-vulnerable trees killed and damaged by pinebeetles… A bipartisan group in Congress, including Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, introduced a bill last month aimed at paying the costs of the worst fires from federal disaster funds, rather than normal wildfire-fighting funds.

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Maine’s Top Forestry Expert Debunks the Claim That It’s Good Forestry to Overcut for 20 Years

Free Press Online
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Last year, the Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) ramped up the cut, as directed by Doug Denico, head of the Maine Forest Service, who is a former industry executive for Plum Creek. Their goal is to cut more wood than the forest can grow for the next 20 years, which BPL claims can be done sustainably… “If we do nothing, our forest resources will be destroyed by invasive insects, as happened in the 1970s and ’80s,” said LePage in his State of the State address… The arguments provided by the governor, the Maine Forest Service, and BPL do not stand up to scrutiny, according to University of Maine Forestry Professor Robert Seymour, a forest scientist who is widely recognized by private and public foresters alike as an expert in his field

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Selective Logging Changes to Forest Structure Over Time

The Epoch Times
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal Ecological Research. The paper, led by Roberto Cazzolla Gatti of the University of Tuscia and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, is based on field data from more than 500 plots in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon. The researchers compared several traits across primary, selectively-logged, and secondary forests to evaluate the impacts of selective timber harvesting on forest structure.

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Rainforest Alliance Reviews Paper Giant’s Forest Conservation Efforts

Triplepundit.com
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Feb. 5 marked the two-year anniversary of paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper’s commitment to halt further felling of the natural rainforest in all of its 38 supplier concessions in Indonesia. This commitment was a key part of the company’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) announced back in February 2013. While FCP was cautiously welcomed by various environmental groups, many remained skeptical as to whether Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) would hold the line on the promises made… Since work on FCP began, the pulp and paper giant committed to an unprecedented level of transparency as well — perhaps most significantly demonstrated by its invitation to have Rainforest Alliance undertake an independent evaluation of their progress.

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Drones to scan Brazil’s Amazon forest

Deutsche Welle
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The mysteries of the Amazon and its history still lie far below the cover of the forest’s leaves. But now scientists are using drones to try to uncover the secrets of the ancient civilizations that once called it home. The Amazon River Basin is the largest rainforest in the world, covering 40 percent of the South American continent. For at least 13,000 years ancient civilizations inhabited parts of the Amazon forests but just how they used the land remains largely unknown. Now a team of international scientists plan to send a drone into the region to scan for answers. 

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Slovakian and German Systems and Malaysian Forest Plantation Standard Open for Global Public Consultation

PEFC
February 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The global public consultations for the Slovakian and German national forest certification systems and the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Plantations standard are now open, following their submission to PEFC for re-endorsement. Stakeholders globally are invited to comment on their compliance with PEFC International’s Sustainability Benchmarks by 20 April 2015. Germany was one of the first countries to achieve the PEFC endorsement of its national system back in 2000, and joins Finland as the only other country to submit its system for re-endorsement for a record third time. 

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Logging in koala habitats must stop, conservationists say

The Northern Star
February 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CONSERVATIONISTS are calling for a moratorium on the logging of any potential koala habitat areas following years of “indiscriminate” logging by the Forestry Corporation of NSW. The push has been prompted by a parliamentary inquiry into logging in Royal Camp State Forest south of Casino which revealed “serious deficiencies” in industry regulation. The NSW Nature Conservation Council yesterday joined calls by the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW National Parks Association to impose the blanket moratorium. “The government’s own reports have finally caught up with what we’ve been saying for years,” said Ashley Love, president of the Coffs Harbour branch of the National Parks Association.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Love it or leave it: city finally debates district energy plan

Albernie Valley News
February 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

City councillors will decide next week whether or not to go ahead with a district energy plan that’s been on the table since 2010. Pat Deakin, the city’s economic development manager, held an open meeting at city hall on Monday (Feb. 16) where Stephen Salter, an engineer with Farallon Consultants Limited, presented the plan to council. The district energy system would divert community wood waste away from open burning into a biomass boiler and be used to heat “key Port Alberni buildings,” including West Coast General Hospital, city facilities in the Roger and Wallace streets corridor and private seniors’ facilities on 10th Avenue.

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EMISSIONS: On burning wood pellets for electricity, it’s U.S. environmentalists vs. European generators

E&E Publishing
February 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

An increasing number of ships are crossing the Atlantic Ocean bearing millions of tons of fuel, all bound for some of Europe’s largest coal-fired power stations. They’re not carrying coal, though, but wood pellets, sourced from forests in the U.S. Southeast. A large volume of pellets are burned in North Yorkshire, in two recently converted units at the Drax Power Station, which supplies 7 to 8 percent of the United Kingdom’s electricity… In light of this trend, there have also been an increasing number of flights across the Atlantic carrying U.S. environmentalists and Drax employees, all headed to meetings with environmental regulators in both nations.

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General

Tribes upset with timber land purchase

Singapore-based company buys land, including Mazama Forest
Herald and News
February 20, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

A Singapore-based company purchased 197,000 acres of land in Klamath and Deschutes counties this week, including the 90,000-acre Mazama Forest, which was promised to the Klamath Tribes in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The announcement Wednesday spurred a strong response from the Klamath Tribes Thursday. “It was very surprising,” Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes said. “This is obviously a disappointment.” In a released statement, he spoke about how important it is for the Tribes to reacquire land included in the Klamath Reservation boundaries from the Treaty of 1864.

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