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Business & Politics

Federal budget 2015 promises funds for Ring of Fire, forestry

Tuesday’s budget also extends mining exploration tax credit
CBC News
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The federal budget holds plenty of funds for northwestern Ontario, according to Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. Rickford, the Conservative MP for the riding of Kenora, said the government will spend $23 million over five years for chromite processing. Chromite is the key mineral in the Ring of Fire mining development area. There were other mining benefits, as well. “We’ve extended the mining exploration tax credit and expanded the definition of mining exploration expenses to include the costs of community consultations and environmental assessment process to be 100 per cent deductible, effective immediately,” he said on Tuesday.

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First board from new Atikokan planing mill

Atikokan Progress
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Another milestone has been reached at the new Resolute Forest Products sawmill at Sapawe, as the first board was dressed, trimmed and graded in the planing mill on April 4. “The new planer is going to do a wonderful job dressing our lumber,” said Richard Blanchette, planer superintendent. “We are still working the bugs out, but it was an exciting moment to have the first boards produced last week.” Head planerman Dan Douglass is thrilled with the new planer. “In all my years in different mills, this is the best planer I’ve seen,” he said.

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Softwood Lumber Subsidy Programs Subject of Comment Request

Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The International Trade Administration is inviting public comments by May 26 on any subsidies provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the U.S. during the period July 1 through Dec. 31, 2014. Comments should include the name of the country that provided the subsidy, the name of the subsidy program, a brief (at least 3-4 sentences) description of the subsidy program, and the government body or authority that provided the subsidy.

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Boise Cascade Company Reports 2015 First Quarter Net Income of $7.6 Million on Sales of $809.9 Million

Nasdaq
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade or Company) (NYSE:BCC) today reported net income of $7.6 million, or $0.19 per share, on sales of $809.9 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. …”First quarter activity was consistent with our seasonal expectations for our manufacturing and distribution businesses, and both segments delivered solid revenue growth during the quarter. Wood Products’ sales and earnings benefited from strong plywood pricing in the quarter, as well as continued volume growth and improved pricing for our engineered wood products.

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Missoula firefighters snuff fire at Roseburg Forest Products mill

The Missoulian
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Missoula Rural firefighters knocked down a fire at the Roseburg Forest Products mill early Wednesday morning. The blaze was ignited by heat from the equipment used to dry raw materials in the manufacture of particleboard. Damage was contained to the roof and upper wall of the pre-dry building, according to Rural Fire Chief Bill Colwell.

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4FRI contractor sets up trucking company

AZ Daily Sun
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

In a newsletter update sent out Monday, 4FRI contractor Good Earth Power AZ announced it has formed its own trucking company after facing difficulties finding available trucks and chip trailers in northern Arizona. The company currently has three trucks and another 19 on order, with the first 10 expected to arrive in late April. The company also said it has “sourced” an 8.8-acre site in Williams to begin wood processing operations after permitting snags and wet winter weather caused major delays in the company’s work on a different 37-acre parcel in Williams.

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Warm Springs mill looking at layoffs

Restructuring would keep mill open but with job and pay cuts
The Bend Bulletin
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Warm Springs Forest Products Industries, the lumber mill owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is close to a restructuring plan that would keep the mill open with probable layoffs and pay cuts. “A plan is more or less in place,” Stanley Speaks, Bureau of Indian Affairs Northwest regional director, confirmed Wednesday. “There will be some reductions, but that’s up to the tribes.” According to the Spilyay Tymoo, the tribes’ bimonthly newspaper, the most recent downsizing plan would reduce the mill from 104 employees to 84, with the remaining workers taking a 10 percent decrease in salary. “We expect to have a (restructure plan) very soon,” Speaks said.

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‘We don’t waste anything’

Vicksburg Post
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

In an effort to be environmentally friendly, a local sawmill is using all of its resources responsibly. “We don’t waste anything,” Chris Barnett, Anderson-Tully Lumber Company’s raw materials manager, said. Just this Tuesday, Anderson-Tully was a bustling swirl of activity as logs were fed single file into one side of the sawmill and finished lumber appeared out of the other. Along the way bark, scrap and sawdust fell to the mill floor, but instead of sweeping it up and sending it to the landfill, Barnett uses that detritus to help save the environment while also making a buck.

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No decision until summer on Canada paper hurting Madison mill

Central Maine
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The commerce department won’t decide until July whether to slap a punitive duty on a Nova Scotia competitor that charges lower prices because of government subsidies. …A preliminary decision on alleged violations of international trade law by a Canadian papermaker that directly competes with mills in Madison and Minnesota will be delayed until July at the request of the U.S. paper companies that filed the complaint. The U.S. Department of Commerce has been investigating the subsidies paid to Port Hawkesbury Paper, a Canadian producer of supercalendered paper, by the government of Nova Scotia.

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Carter Holt Harvey invests $13.5m in Jubilee Highway green mill timber machinery

ABC News, Australia
April 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A wood manufacturing and distribution company in south-east South Australia is spending more than $13.5 million on a major upgrade of its equipment. Carter Holt Harvey said it was investing in new machinery at its Jubilee Highway green mill which would allow it to better compete with overseas markets. A new log feeder and curve saw will allow the company to maximise the use of its timber logs.  A spokesman from the Greater Green Triangle branch of the Construction,
Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Brad Coates, said the investment
showed a renewed belief in the timber industry’s future.

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EPF believes that output increased again in 2014

EUWID
April 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Preliminary figures from the European Panel Federation (EPF), based in Brussels, indicate that European particleboard production rose by 3 % last year. A similar growth rate is thought to have been recorded for OSB. MDF/HDF production was unchanged at 2013’s level. The federation also thinks that hardboard manufacturing was also largely unchanged. Preliminary EPF figures show that wood-fibre insulating board output jumped 6 % compared with 2013.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Associations weigh in on wood building

Journal of Commerce
April 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

What’s said to be the world’s tallest wood tower, at 24 storeys, is scheduled to start construction this coming fall in Vienna, Austria. The 84-metre tall, 19,500-square-metre HoHo is expected to cost roughly €65 million (about $90 million Canadian), and when completed, will contain apartments, offices, restaurants and a spa. Currently, the world’s tallest wood structure is a 10-storey, 32-metre apartment building in Melbourne, Australia. Aiming to outdo Melbourne, but still be below the HoHo, are three proposed Canadian wood towers that haven’t yet broke ground: a 13-storey condo in Quebec City, a 14-storey commercial building in Ottawa and an 18-storey residence at the University of B.C.

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Holistic truss testing

Global Timber Forum
April 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is putting trusses made from entire tree trunks or stems through structural evaluation.  Specialist WholeTrees produces the products, and the tests are preceding use of the red pine trusses, which can be up to 17m long, in a retail development.  According to founder Roald Gundersen, WholeTrees uses full diameter tree trunks and branches removed in routine forest thinning (including fallen or diseased material) to create “structural building solutions”. The resulting round-timber uses less than one-fifth of the energy required to make conventional lumber and is claimed to be 50% stronger in bending strength than comparably sized squared timbers.

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Use of Cross-Laminated Timber on the Rise

ProSales Magazine
April 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Mention panelized building and most dealers will imagine either structural insulated panels or wall sections pre-framed with conventional lumber and sheathing. But another option just appeared on the horizon: Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). The product has earned U.S. code approval, and supporters believe that it holds great promise for certain types of commercial and residential structures.  John “Buddy” Showalter, vice president of technology transfer at the American Wood Council, describes CLT as “plywood on steroids.” …One reason for the slow pace of adoption has been a lack of code recognition. …But permitting should get easier. The International Code Council has since approved CLT for inclusion in the 2015 International Building Code’s heavy timber construction classification. 

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Small Maine company making baseball bats for major leagues

Bangor Daily News
April 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

SHIRLEY, Maine — What do Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Chicago White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana have in common? They are a few of the 25 Major League Baseball players who are using wooden bats manufactured in Shirley, 8 miles south of Greenville. …Thanks to the growing number of players using his product, Lancisi is busier than ever and hopes to expand the bat-making operation, including adding at least three positions at the mill. “We shipped 3,000 bats out of here all of last year, and we’ve already shipped that many this year,” he said recently.

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High Rise Timber Can Withstand Fire Hazards (Australia)

Sourceable
April 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

While the use of timber materials in multi-storey buildings has been a perennial source of safety concerns due to their combustible nature and associated fire risks, new construction solutions may have made such fears redundant, paving the way for the increased usage of wood in high-rise structures. Robert Gerard, fire engineer with Arup, noted that engineers have already developed techniques for the usage of wood as a safe and reliable construction material in multi-storey buildings. “The solutions already exist to create safe, multi-storey timber structures,” he said. Gerard will be sharing his expertise on timber building solutions at the Frame Australia Conference and Exhibition… in June…“From an engineering perspective, taking advantage of the charring behavior of wood is another means of enhancing the fire safety of timber building materials,” said Gerard.

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Forestry

Top 10 ways well-managed forests and SFI make a world of difference

TreeHugger
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The clean air we breathe and water we drink are only part of the story of sustainable forestry. And if you have hiked in a forest or enjoyed the shade of a tree on a city sidewalk you have experienced the benefits of trees and forests first hand. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an independent, non-profit organization that aims to make the world a better place by promoting sustainable forest management through standards, research, community building and conservation partnerships. Take a look at some of the projects SFI has supported that help keep our forests and communities healthy and beautiful.

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Canada’s Best Jobs 2015: Mining & Forestry Manager

Canadian Business
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

This class of managers in natural resources—also known as primary production managers—make Canada’s resource economy run. They lead production facilities like oil wells, mines and fisheries, and are responsible for a wide variety of duties, from ensuring production targets are met to quality control to health and safety. Tasked with operating extremely complicated equipment and leading dozens, if not hundreds, of front-line resource workers, this job requires deep technical knowledge along with the soft skills necessary to manage people in what can be unforgiving or even dangerous locales.

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Report Calls BC Resource Roads “an Asset and a Liability”

250 News
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – A new report by the Forest Practices Board has a stern message for Victoria – the provincial government’s information and management of our more than 600,000 km of resource 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 and safe for travel,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “Resource roads are a multi-billion 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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Exhibit showcases super-scooper water bombers, ‘a great Canadian success story’

Vancouver Sun
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WINNIPEG – A new exhibition at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada explores the history of Canadian-made water bombers — known as “super-scoopers” by those in the business of fighting forest fires. Built originally by Canadair in the 1960s and now in Montreal by Bombardier, the strikingly painted yellow and red aircraft are sold around the world. “It’s a great Canadian success story,” said Paul Balcaen, the museum’s exhibits co-ordinator. “Canada makes the world’s best water bombers, and pilots love them. They’re very agile.”

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Stop gypsy moth spraying in Surrey and Delta, on-line petition asks

An online petition claims insecticide Foray 48B is making Lower Mainland residents sick
CBC News
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Surrey man has launched an online petition to try and stop the spraying of an insecticide to control gypsy moths, which he claims is making himself and his neighbours sick. “The health risk to residents outweighs any of the reward of killing this pest,” said Ryan Bennett who launched the on-line petition called Stop gypsy Moth Spraying in Surrey/Delta. “Here we are after precedent being set … here we are still being sprayed.”

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Island Timberlands discloses its logging plans

Work has started to create roads and clear timber
Powell River Peak
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Island Timberlands has detailed its current and near future activity on land within the City of Powell River through a press release issued Wednesday, April 22. Morgan Kennah, manager of sustainable timberlands and community affairs for the company, provided the Peak with a map and the following details. The company owns timber rights in areas marked 2, 3 and 4 on the map, and owns property marked as 1 as private managed forest land. Areas 2 and 3 are owned by PRCS while Catalyst owns the area marked 4. 

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Forestry Safety Association to host 4th annual Symposium

The Packet
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forestry Safety Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (FSANL) will host their 4th Annual Health and Safety Symposium in Gander on April 23, 2015. Building on the success of its previous three Symposiums, which provided an exceptional opportunity for industry leaders to network, learn and demonstrate their commitment to health and safety in the forestry industry, FSANL is pleased to deliver another engaging agenda. The event is FREE and anyone wishing to attend can register at the Albatross Hotel in Gander at 8:30 a.m. on April 23.

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Council considers support for Quebec’s stance on anti-forestry campaigns

Kenora Daily Miner and News
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

City council deferred voting on a resolution to support the province of Quebec in its stance on sustainable forestry following discussion at the regular monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 21. The strongly worded document essentially puts non-governmental organizations such as Green Peace and the Rain Forest Action Network on notice that their campaigns to undermine the provincial forest industries in Ontario and Quebec will no longer be tolerated. The resolution contends that all forest products companies in Ontario are governed by the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, bound by stringent environmental standards and their products are sustainable.

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Bill to end Elliott State Forest logging dies while privatization bill advances

The Oregonian
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation that would have laid a framework to end most logging in the Elliott State Forest has died in committee. House bill 3474, sponsored by Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, failed to leave the House Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use, and Water by Wednesday, the deadline for bills to make it out of their first committee. Another Elliott-related bill introduced less than two weeks ago is still alive. House bill 3533, sponsored by Rep. Caddy McKeown, D-Coos Bay, would give the State Land Board the authority to sell any state forest land that was a national forest in 1913. 

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Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Methow Valley News
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters were expected to contain the U.S. portion of a small fire on the Canadian border by Tuesday (April 21), the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release. The fire is north of Chopaka Mountain on lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. U.S. and Canadian crews have been involved fighting the blaze. The incident resulted from a prescribed burn initiated by private landowners in Canada on April 11, the Forest Service said. British Columbia wildfire managers initiated suppression actions on April 19.

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Thune wants new law on prescribed burns

Rapid City Journal
April 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Monday that he will introduce a bill to establish new standards for prescribed burns like the one that escaped this month at Wind Cave National Park. That blaze, named the Cold Brook Fire, began as a 1,000-acre prescribed burn but turned into a 6,500-acre wildfire. A park spokesman has said the burn was “in prescription” when it began, meaning a set of conditions existed that led the park’s superintendent, Vidal Davila, to approve the fire after a test burn. Thune is not satisfied with that explanation.

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Federal lands for sale?

Associated Press
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Stung by a recent vote in Congress, national conservation groups are mustering opposition to the increasing call from many Western states to transfer federal lands to state control. The U.S. Senate last month narrowly approved a budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that could set the stage for future legislation to sell or transfer federal lands to state or local governments. “This amendment doesn’t sell, transfer, or exchange any piece of property,” Murkowski said in a statement last week. “It provides a general budgetary mechanism that would apply to future legislation. Any actual transfers or exchanges of land would still need to go through the regular order legislative process and be signed into law.”

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ODFW Commission to determine fate of Oregon wolves

Statesman Journal
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do 77 wolves represent a stable, healthy population in Oregon? That will be the central question during an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Friday in Bend, when the agency will decide whether to begin the process of removing gray wolves from the state endangered species list. State biologists said in a report last week that Oregon’s population of 77 known wolves – 26 pups and four breeding pairs in eastern Oregon for three consecutive years – could justify removing them from the state list.

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Cambria, North Coast chipping away at fire danger

The Cambrian
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

dead trees and limbs are being removed in preparation for what could be a fierce fire season during this fourth year of local and statewide drought. …Many, many trees in the North Coast’s Monterey pine forest, are drying and dying, and according to state and local regulations, the resulting wood must be chipped up or hauled away to reduce the amount of available fuel for wildfires. …Many native pines in the North Coast stand have pitch canker fungus, a contagious disease easily transmitted by spores carried by bugs and the wind. To reduce the risk of bringing the devastating fungus into areas that don’t yet have it, North Coast wood is not supposed to be taken out of the area.  So the wood stacks up at Winsor’s site.

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The Forest Service shouldn’t pat itself on the back yet

AZ Central
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The ambitious thinning project directed by the U.S. Forest Service has reached what the government hails as “a pivotal milestone towards achieving accelerated forest restoration on more than 500,000 acres” of Arizona forests and grasslands. We fully acknowledge the landmark nature of this milestone. And we’ll get around to hailing it in a moment. But let us keep the alleged progress of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, in some perspective. …It is gratifying that, at long last, the stakeholders are on one page. But no mill has been built. And the private contractor hasn’t done much. Let’s get on with the real deal.

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4FRI green light signals truce in timber wars

AZ Daily Sun
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Hopefully this is the resolution of the timber wars here,” said Robin Silver, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity, which was one of the parties that filed objections to the Forest Service’s plan late last year. But after months of negotiations with multiple objectors, Forest Service officials on Friday signed the first of at least two Environmental Impact Statements covering the 3.2 million-acre Four Forest Restoration Initiative. This initial EIS, five years in the making, gives the go-ahead for prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, stream restoration and other activities across the two northern Arizona forests.

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Forestry Day is Saturday at Fort Missoula

The Missoulian
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Society of American Foresters, in association with the University of Montana Woodsman Team and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, is hosting Forestry Day at Fort Missoula on Saturday. The day’s events will include a one-of-a-kind Pro/Am Logging Show where professional and collegiate lumberjacks from throughout the Northwest and Canada compete. There will also be demonstrations of antique logging equipment, horse-drawn high-wheel logging demonstrations, steam-powered sawmill operations, antique farm and logging equipment and engines, chainsaw carving and more forestry displays.

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Guest opinion: Public comment is replacing truth with opinion

The Siskiyou Daily News
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Concerning this current fire recovery process. Public input goes on forever. Opinions from every side of the spectrum contributes to a sort of mob input that has little real value in nuts and bolts management. When taken to excess, it (public input) just overwhelms any meaningful input and adds time and delays to any real action toward the recovery. Also it provides a window for opportunist environmental groups to develop strategies for litigation and obstruction to sound management.

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Podium: A bipartisan approach to public lands

Idaho Statesman
April 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Mike Crapo’s decision to vote in favor of a public lands divestiture amendment to the 2015 budget resolution has created a stir in Idaho, especially among conservationists who have often worked with Crapo on collaborative solutions to public land issues. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was approved on March 26 on a 51-49 vote. Three Republicans joined the solid Democratic and Independent minority in opposing the amendment. If Crapo or any other Republican had also joined them, the amendment would have failed. That math has intensified the scrutiny of Crapo’s vote.

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Leadbeater’s possum, Victoria’s state emblem, one step away from extinction

The Guardian UK
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, has officially been listed as critically endangered, with the federal government’s scientific advisers calling for an end to logging in the species’s habitat in the Victorian central highlands. Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, has accepted a recommendation from his department’s threatened species scientific committee to uplist the Leadbeater’s possum from endangered to critically endangered – officially just one step away from extinction. …The committee said the logging of mountain ash forests needed to halt in order to save the animal from being wiped out completely.

Leadbeater’s possum declared critically endangered after population drops by more than 80pc since mid1980s from The ABC News, Australia

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New satellite data reveals world’s tree cover loss

CCTV America
April 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Northern boreal forests, primarily in Russia and Canada, suffered significant tree cover loss in 2013, largely driven by large forest fires, according to new data and high-resolution satellite-based maps released by Global Forest Watch, a partnership led by the World Resources Institute. New data shows Russia and Canada …accounted for 34 percent of global tree cover loss from 2011-2013, losing a combined average of nearly 6.8 million hectares each year, an area equivalent to the size of Ireland. Some of the tree cover loss is only temporary, as forests can regenerate after disturbances such as fire, though in the boreal region this is a very slow process. Russia had nearly double the tree cover loss of Canada.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Feds claim best environmental budget ever while neglecting climate change

Canadian Press
April 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

No previous federal budget has ever done more for the environment than the one delivered this week by the Conservative government, according to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq. The puzzling claim during a raucous question period in the House of Commons came a day after Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled a 518-page document that contains no new spending or specific policy measures for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and mentions the issue of a “changing climate” just once — in relation to previously funded genome research on trees. “Today is Earth Day but climate change, one of the biggest threats to future generations, well, it’s not in the budget,” NDP environment critic Megan Leslie told the Commons question period Wednesday.

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This Video Will Turn Even The Biggest Cynic Into A Tree-Hugger

Huffington Post
April 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

While issues like global warming and deforestation plague our world, a rapper is here to remind us that not all hope is lost — we really can do something about it. In a video entitled “Dear Future Generations, Sorry,” outspoken rapper Prince Ea uses some poignant words to give us a glimpse into what the world could look like one day, by addressing generations after our time.

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General

WMIA Wooden Globe Award Winners Were Named at WIC 2015

Woodworking Network
April 23, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The 2015 Wooden Globe Winners were awarded this morning at the Wood Industry Conference in San Antonio. The winners include Pittsburg (KS) State educators Doug Hague and Charles Phillips, named Educators of the Year; Menck Windows USA, Inc., Chicopee, MA, which received the Innovator of the Year award; and New England Casket Company, East Boston, MA, for Commitment to Excellence Through Technology. 

The
annual awards are given by the Wood Machinery Industry Association,
from nominations supplied by woodworking technology companies.

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