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Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Which Tree Did Your Soul Fall From? Your Birthday Will Help You Find Out

Sun Gazing
April 21, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles

The astrology behind this chart is Celtic in origin and said to be very accurate. It is based off the Celtic Year which is split up into 13 Lunar months that reflect the cycles of the moon. The 39 intervals above individually correspond with a specific tree assigned to the birth dates listed.

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Business & Politics

Top execs address the “brain drain” during PaperCon

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Several seasoned executives offered insights during PaperCon about how their companies are dealing the demographic and cultural shifts that have our industry facing a bubble of retirements in coming years, coupled with a shortage of incoming employees. The “brain drain” and loss of institutional knowledge was one of the topics addressed during an executive panel discussion at PaperCon, the annual conference and trade show of TAPPI. Jim Hannan, CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific said there is no single answer to the challenge of replacing the many people retiring from pulp and paper companies in the near future. His company is “trying to creatively problem-solve across the organization.

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Federal 2015 Budget Supports Forestry Innovation & Market Access

Success of Existing Programs Leads Government to Extend Support to 2018
Canada Newswire press release
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – FPInnovations President and CEO Pierre Lapointe today welcomed Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s commitment to build upon past successes by providing $86 million in funding over two years, starting in 2016, to extend the Forest Innovation Program and the Expanding Market Opportunities Program. These programs will help forestry companies adopt emerging technologies and develop new markets for Canadian wood products.

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Forest industry welcomes budget help for collaborative research and innovation

The Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – FPAC is grateful that today’s federal budget continues the federal support for forest sector innovation and transformation, especially its recognition of the important role that universities and colleges play in research and skills development. The government will provide $86 million to extend the Forest Innovation program and the expanding Market Opportunities Program for another two years, including support for FPInnovations, one of the largest private non-profit research centres in the world. …”The forest products sector makes up 12 percent of Canada’s manufacturing sector so we welcome the budget initiative to extend the ACCA as well as the continued emphasis on innovation to help us on our journey of transformation,” said David Lindsay, the President and CEO of FPAC

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Federal government blasted over native land claim inaction

Calgary Herald
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal government’s lack of action to resolve aboriginal land claims creates investment risk and puts industry at a disadvantage when it attempts to develop natural resources on those lands, a panel of experts agreed Monday at a Calgary oil conference. Keith Bergner, a partner with Vancouver law firm Lawson Lundell LLP who has negotiated impact-benefit agreements between industry and First Nations, said the deals are “interim solutions” — and they work — but they are limited in scope and don’t solve long-term land claim reconciliation issues.

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M&A activity in paper and forestry sector jumps more than 300% in Q1

Business in Vancouver
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It only took one megadeal is an otherwise quiet quarter to boost mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the forestry, packaging and paper sector to historic heights, according to a report released Tuesday (April 21) from PwC. Global M&A activity reached US$12.3 billion in the first quarter compared with just US$2.9 billion during the same period a year ago and US$1.7 billion in Q1 2013. That 324% year-over-year jump was primarily attributed to Rock-Tenn Company’s US$11.3-billion acquisition of MeadWestvaco Corporation. If not for that megadeal, M&A activity would have only been worth US$1 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

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Idled Chetywnd pulp mill restarting

Pulp mill shut down in 2012 to restart May 1 under new owner
Business in Vancouver
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s some good news for the town of Chetwynd on the jobs front, with the pending May 1 reopening of a pulp mill that was shut down in 2012. Paper Excellence, owned by the Dutch subsidiary of an Indonesian conglomerate – Sinar Mas Group – has been quietly reactivating the former Tembec pulp mill, which closed down in September 2012. The Chetwynd mill is one of four B.C. pulp and paper mills that Paper Excellence has bought in recent years. Paper Excellence did not return calls to Business in Vancouver, but the union that represents mill workers in Chetwynd confirmed the company is working towards restarting the pulp mill May 1.

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Cottles Island Lumber expects operations to resume this week

‘Amazing spirit’ among employees helping in clean-up: spokesperson Deborah Bourden
CBC News
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cottles Island Lumber, the central Newfoundland lumber company whose premises were partially destroyed by fire earlier this month, says production is expected to start up again this week. The main warehouse for the Notre Dame Bay plan was destroyed in a fire that was determined not to be arson. “It was bad. That building was completely destroyed and pretty much everything in it,” said company spokesperson Deborah Bourden. However, she added that while the fire was devastating, an interim operation is nearly ready to allow the lumber company to resume work.

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German lumber and planed product output down in Q4

EUWID
April 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The output of planed softwood lumber in Germany in the fourth quarter was 7.1% lower than in the same quarter of the year before at 657,701 m³. Provisional data from Destatis, the federal statistics office, in Wiesbaden show that the output of rough-sawn softwood lumber fell by 5% to 3.997m m³. The reduction in softwood lumber output in the fourth quarter was compensated for by growth of 4.4% in the first nine months of the year.

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New pulp mill to be built in Vietnam

Pulp and Paper News
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Vietnamese company Vietracimex plans to build a new facility and add 400.000 t of market pulp capacity to the market, according to Euwid Pulp and Paper. The company has been active in the mining and road construction sectors, and is now entering the pulp market. The bleached hardwood pulp is to be made from acacia hybrid plantation wood. Market experts expect that production at the new mill will start in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Stora Enso Interim Review January–March 2015

Global Newswire
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…“Stora Enso reports solid results for the first quarter, supported by foreign exchange tailwinds. Excluding the structurally declining paper business and divested business, sales increased 3.0% compared to the first quarter of 2014. Operational EBIT increased 20.9% due to cost cutting and favourable exchange rates. Return on capital employed increased from 8.6% to 10.1%.

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Receivers in second bid to sell stalled Tamar Valley pulp mill project after Gunns collapse

ABC News, Australia
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The land and permits for the proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill in Tasmania’s north are again being offered for sale. The receivers for collapsed timber company Gunns have launched another expression of interest process for the proposed pulp mill. Korda Mentha’s Michael Smith said he was hopeful a buyer for the controversial licence could be found after a similar process last year failed. He said the land and the licence could be sold separately. “We are now contacting people who expressed interest in the last round last year, as well as advertising for potential new buyers of the pulp mill licence, the land, or both,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New West company building demand for alternative-fibre papers in B.C

Business in Vancouver
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A New Westminster, B.C., company is looking to bring to the western market an environmentally friendly paper designed to minimize wood fibre use and already commonplace in Asian countries with limited wood supplies. Social Print Paper is an affiliate of Royal Printers, a family-owned commercial printing business founded in 1932. Social Print’s line of copy paper made from agricultural waste marks the first time the printer has entered the paper-production market. According to Social Print’s senior partner, Minto Roy, paper made from the waste produced from wheat farming is already in use in countries such as India, but the paper is of a low quality. 

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‘Uber plywood’ being used at new Qualicum Beach fire hall

Parksville Qualicum Beach
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UBER PLYWOOD: Town of Qualicum Beach engineer and project lead for the new fire hall Bob Weir, left, spoke at a recent Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting at Giovanni’s Restaurant. One the the details Weir shared was about contraction materials for the new hall, including the piece of wood he and chamber vice-president Jim Lynch are holding above. Weir likes to call the product “uber plywood.” It’s laminated veneer lumber and is used for the main structural elements of the hall such as beams, ceiling panels and floor panels. 

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Winners of the first annual Atlantic WoodWORKS! Wood Design Awards announced

Canadian Architect
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The first annual Atlantic WoodWORKS! Wood Design Awards were celebrated on March 25, 2015 at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax by more than 100 distinguished guests, including architects, engineers, developers, contractors, federal, provincial and municipal government officials, industry, and partnering associations. Atlantic WoodWORKS! is a regional program of the Maritime Lumber Bureau, as part of the national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products. 

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Edison board approves hotel

Edison Sentinel
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A hotel is a step closer to fruition after receiving approval from the Edison Zoning Board of Adjustment last week. …Ester Nemetz … said she liked the proposal, but added that she was concerned about the fire risk of lightweight construction, citing the massive residential fire at AvalonBay in Edgewater. Edison Enterprises experts said they were unfamiliar with the term “lightweight construction,” but the hotel would be a wood-constructed building that is up to code and has a full sprinkler system. …board officials added that the fire requirements for hotels were stricter than multiunit dwellings, such as the AvalonBay residences. Nemetz said she still had concerns.

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Engineered softwood could transform pulp, paper and biofuel industries

University of Wisconsin-Madison
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries and reduce those industries’ environmental impact. “What we’ve shown is that it’s possible to pair some of the most economically desirable traits of each wood type,” says John Ralph, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s (GLBRC) plants leader and a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of biochemistry.

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NCC Changes Could Spur Adoption of Multi-Storey Timber

Sourceable
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s peak wood and forestry industry group is confident that the latest timber building materials are more than safe enough to be used for mid-rise construction in Australia. Efforts to promote the usage of timber in mid-rise buildings are fast gathering momentum in Australia, with the submission of a proposal for changes to the National Construction Code by timber industry group Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). FWPA, which first indicated that it would seek increases to the height restrictions on timber buildings toward the end of last year, submitted its proposal-for-change (PFC) to the Australian Building Codes Board at the beginning of February. 

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DeSH believes the long-term outlook is bright for wood as a building material

Global Timber Forum
April 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A market analysis carried out by the German sawmill industry association DeSH on occasion of its International Congress in March found that wood has an “enormous future potential” as a building material. Both industry representatives and financial experts said that it would only be a matter of time until the wood industry would profit more from the trend of sustainable building. However, this effect has yet to materialise. According to DeSH, the German sawmill industry has been going through a crisis since 2008. In 2014, the industry set off to a strong start, which, however, was followed by a renewed slow-down as early as the second quarter. 

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Can paper survive the digital age?

BBC News
April 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The phrase ‘paperless office’ was coined way back in the 1970s…predicted that all record handling would be purely electronic by the 1990s. …Partly that is down to cost – it is a whole lot cheaper to give employees a piece of paper than an electronic device – and the cloud storage that many companies are adopting can also have high costs. …Smart notebooks offer to bridge the physical and digital worlds as part of an increasing move to eliminate the waste and confusion that piles of paper creates. …So it seems paper will be with us for a while longer – which, if nothing else, will probably please a generation of bored schoolchildren for whom the humble paper aeroplane can still provide some much-needed distraction.

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Forestry

Province needs better count on 600,000 kilometres of resource roads: report

BY DERRICK PENNER
Vancouver Sun
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s independent forest-industry watchdog said Tuesday that the province still doesn’t have a good handle on the management of the thousands of kilometres of resource access roads carved into the back country, a decade after it first warned the province about the looming liabilities they pose. In its 2015 report, the B.C. Forest Practices Board estimates the province has 600,000 kilometres of resource roads on Crown land, with 10,000 kilometres added per year, but the government’s “information about and management of these roads remains inadequate,” the report said.

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Key Revelstoke forestry/recreation access roads to stay open

Many logging roads slated for possible decommission will remain open following an April 21 announcement that new arrangements have been made
Revelstoke Moutaineer
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many Revelstoke logging roads that double as access routes to key biking, sledding, ATVing, skiing and backcountry recreation areas will remain open, with some changes. The announcement came in an April 21 media release from logging company Stella-Jones. The company operates many of the roads, but was considering closing some of the roads for several reasons including economics and regulatory requirements to decommission them. In September of 2014, Stella-Jones hosted an open house in Revelstoke to get feedback on their deactivation plans. In an April 21 statement, Stella-Jones said their revised plans resulted from community feedback and consultation with the provincial forests ministry on the status of the roads.

Revelstoke logging roads to remain open from The Revelstoke Review

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Federal budget recognizes B.C. resource needs, says finance minister

Canadian Press
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the federal government has recognized British Columbia’s resource-development needs in Tuesday’s budget, targeting, forestry, oil-and-gas, aerospace and marine industries. De Jong says he’s pleased the budget is balanced and includes incentives to support’s B.C.’s bid to locate an International Maritime Centre for the shipping industry on the West Coast. De Jong says B.C. will lobby for its fair share of federal infrastructure dollars, especially when it comes to promoting the province as the Asia-Pacific gateway.

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Input sought on Whistler old growth management areas

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to comment on a draft land use order that, if approved, would establish 27 old growth management areas within the Whistler Landscape Unit, encompassing 7,061 hectares. The proposed order containing the land use objectives, the Whistler Landscape Unit Plan and a map of the affected areas can be viewed in person at the Sea to Sky Natural Resource District office in Squamish (42000 Loggers Lane, Suite 101). The documents are also available online at: www.for.gov.bc.ca/tasb/SLRP/legal-direction/

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BC Government Told Multi-billion Dollar Resource Road Network an Asset and a Liability

BC Forest Practices Board
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a new report on the state of access management, the Forest Practices Board estimates that B.C. now has over 600,000 kilometres of resource roads and concludes that the provincial government’s information about and management of these roads remains inadequate. “It is extremely difficult for the public and other users of resource roads to have any reliable idea of where roads are and whether they are accessible or safe for travel,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “Resource roads are a multi-billion dollar public asset and a liability. Government is not managing them to ensure we maximize the positive benefits of public investment in road development and minimize the negative impacts roads can have.”

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Editorial: Why Earth Day is important

Montreal Gazette
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

For 20 years, Quebec has been celebrating Earth Day on April 22. In that time, more than 476,800 trees have been planted, 108,316 old electronic devices have been recycled, 49,415 rainwater cisterns have been distributed and over 700 green-themed events have been held as part of the festivities. But has the once-a-year celebration of Earth Day really made a difference in resolving the environmental problems that plague Quebec, Canada or the planet? …There is plenty of evidence today’s young people are environmentally conscious — and highly concerned about policy issues like climate change and carbon emissions. A new, more ecologically responsible generation is the true legacy of Earth Day.

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Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest

Scientific American
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Following years of debate surrounding the project, top Forest Service officials yesterday hailed a key step forward for the nation’s largest forest restoration initiative. The agency yesterday announced that Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart and Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams have signed the final decision document for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative’s first environmental impact statement (EIS). It is the largest restoration project ever analyzed in the agency’s history, the Forest Service said. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, is a public-private collaborative project initiated in 2010 that ultimately aims to thin 2.4 million acres of dangerously overgrown ponderosa pine forest in northern Arizona.

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Bitterroot National Forest: Plan has something for everyone

The Missoulian
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The new travel plan for the Bitterroot National Forest has received both praise and criticism. No user group got all that they wanted, but all recreationists still have abundant opportunities to do their thing. …Many roads and trails will have a seasonal closure starting Sept. 1 to ensure quality hunting for bow and rifle hunters alike. Fishing and fish habitat are expected to improve in the Threemile, upper Sleeping Child and Burnt Fork drainages, and healthy tributary streams flowing from the national forest will help support the Bitterroot River trout fishery.

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Forest Service awards locals for environmental work

The Durango Herald
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The San Juan National Forest has won a U.S. Forest Service award for launching a program to offer college students experience in resource management. The Four Corners Federal Land Internship Program puts students to work alongside Forest Service and National Park Service staff. It’s a great program for students looking at a career in land management, said Tana Verzuh, the career services coordinator at Fort Lewis College. In related recognition, the San Juan National Forest, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the 5 Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Mountain Studies Institute will receive the Rise to the Future award from the Forest Service for an aquatic project.

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Sonoma County seeks assurances from Pomo regarding timber harvesting

The Press Democrat
April 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians wants to expand its remote rancheria, and although Sonoma County officials are supportive, they want greater assurance to be able to weigh in on any timber harvest plans for the tribe’s newly acquired property. …The only intent, he said, is to “sustainably harvest timber.” Because the 860-member tribe has applied to have its new property placed into federal trust — which would remove it from county jurisdiction and local land use and zoning guidelines — county officials want to see more analysis of foreseeable environmental impacts, in particular logging.

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Positive start for federal wildfire-reduction program

Yakima Herald Republic
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Six years ago, Congress selected Central Washington as one of 10 places nationwide to test a three-pronged program to restore ecological balance to forests, protect rural economies and reduce wildfires. Now a newly released federal report praises the national Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act as successful so far. It’s credited with reducing fires on nearly 1.5 million acres, harvesting millions of dollars in timber and supporting more than 4,000 jobs annually. While the program got off to a somewhat slow start locally, supporters say its collaborative strategy is paying off and interest is growing nationally.

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Commentary Collaboration, Forestry and Roads

Blue Mountain Eagle
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Collaboration could well be the most effective tool to come along in my 30 years of work in the national forests of the Northwest. The Blue Mountains Forest Partners formed in John Day almost 10 years ago in an effort to end the timber wars that were strangling the local community and to deal with the unhealthy condition of our forest. It has been a huge success – albeit a success that has been acknowledged regionally and nationally far more than locally. I was disheartened to hear us referred to as an “environmental group” during a recent meeting at the Courthouse. I see a need for people to know a little more about what we do and who we are.

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Guest Column: Open dialogue is key to good management

NR Today
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I recently attended a “town hall” discussion on pesticides co-sponsored by Beyond Toxics, a group from Eugene opposed to pesticides, and local environmental organization Umpqua Watersheds. …I was disappointed by the way that the sponsors intentionally limited questions from the professionals at the town hall. A public meeting should include open discourse from all sides. Unfortunately, those opposed to the use of pesticides had many of their questions and statements recognized by the moderator while the professionals were largely ignored.

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State officials upset with U.S. Forest Service cuts want Wisconsin to manage the forests

wsau.com
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) — Some state elected officials are not pleased with a federal government agency’s national forest management decisions. The Wisconsin officials are State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, and State Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz. They issued a joint statement yesterday criticizing the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to reduce recreational services on forest service land. The feds claim the increasing operational costs and decreasing number of visitors doesn’t justify existing services. The three Wisconsin legislators say it’s time the state manages the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s 1.5 million acres.

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Family fun abounds in Black Forest that inspired Grimms’ fairytales

CTV News
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Germany — The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight. Mushrooms sprout across the damp forest floor. Red squirrels scamper up the towering trees; streams tumble over rocks. No wonder this magical place inspired so many Grimms’ fairytales. But the bleak name Black Forest — Schwarzwald in German — does not capture its beauty.

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Timber doubt for new mill

The Mercury
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TASMANIA does not have enough plantation wood to supply the pulp mill formerly proposed by Gunns Limited, opponent Markets for Change says. Chief executive Peg Putt’s comments come in the wake of national advertisements for expressions of interest in the sale of the Bell Bay site and the pulp mill permits. Ms Putt said it was alarming that Gunns receiver Korda Mentha was saying that wood supply issues had been resolved. “We know that the former Gunns plantation estate is not available – surely this can’t mean we are looking at massive volumes of wood logged from Tasmania’s native forests,” she said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

Biomass Magazine
April 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Biomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo, currently underway at the Minneapolis Convention Center, have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session… Ontario Power Generation was named Groundbreaker of the Year. Its Atikokan Generating Station, the largest 100 percent biomass-fired power plant in North America, was designed to run on lignite coal. A $170 million conversion to wood pellets was completed last summer, and the facility now generates up to 200 MW of renewable power.

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Oregon Senate OK’s Carbon Neutral Biomass Bill

Energy Justice.net
April 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

State Sen. Tim Knopp (R- Bend) carried Senate Bill 752 on the Senate floor Monday and the effort to declare biomass “carbon-neutral” sailed through unanimously. SB 752 declares biomass to be carbon neutral, taking a rule previously created by the Department of Environmental Quality and making it law. It is chief sponsored by Knopp and Sen. Chris Edwards (D-Eugene), chair of the Senate Environment and National Resources Committee. The bill passed out of committee last week on a bipartisan, unanimous vote and did the same on the Senate floor Monday.

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Managing Michigan’s natural resources helps the planet

Macomb Daily
April 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

We need to be much more mindful of our natural environment and how it can help address a man made problem — climate change. It is important that we shed both heat and light on this important topic. With U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in East Lansing this week to talk about natural resources and climate change, maybe its time for a fresh take on how to deal with this issue. Too often we get caught in this debate about whether we need more regulation to save our planet or whether we need less regulation to unleash our economy. Secretary Vilsack spoke about a third way as well — a way to combat climate change and strengthen our rural and national economy at the same time. 

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General

Critically endangered cypress trees to be replanted in ACT national park

ABC News, Australia
April 21, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: International

Critically endangered South African cypress trees have begun being replanted within the ACT’s only national park. A total of 100 clan william cypress trees were first planted in the Bendora Arboretum within Namadgi National Park to the west of Canberra in the 1940s. But since then, all but one have died out and internationally the species is declining. Now, seedlings raised from seed salvaged from the last tree will be replanted in the national park after being nurtured for months at Yarralumla Nursery. Ranger Brandon Galpin said the Bendora Arboretum was the only high country exotic tree grove in the ACT to have survived the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

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