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Daily Archives: April 28, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Ever wondered which animals are the toughest?

Washington Post
April 26, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

Wood frog. Most animals that hibernate live off their fat stores and have thickened coats of fur to protect them from the cold. One species of wood frog that lives in Alaska and Canada has figured out another way to survive the cold: It freezes! When most animals are exposed to sub-zero temperatures for more than a short period of time, the water in their blood and tissues freezes. When that happens, water is pulled from within the animal’s cells. The cells then become dehydrated and die. That does not happen to wood frogs because the animal has adapted a system that keeps water in the cells if the frog’s tissues freeze. 

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Business & Politics

Jim Prentice commends Grande Prairie lumber mill, calls for diversification

Edmonton Journal
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – At a campaign stop at a Grande Prairie lumber mill, Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice called for Alberta to diversify its economy. Prentice spoke Monday morning at the Weyerhaeuser plant, a Grande Prairie facility that also operates a cogeneration plant. …Prentice highlighted the province’s forest industry, which he said employs 13,000 people, including 620 people at the Weyerhaeuser facilities. Alberta has seven major pulp mills, 25 saw mills and five oriented strand board plants, Prentice said. “In this province, this is an industry that is not always well appreciated for the strength that we have,” he said.

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Vancouver entrepreneurs find fertile ground in Middle East

Region is evolving from oil and gas into diversified business sectors
Vancouver Sun
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

.. The Middle East isn’t an obvious market to most Canadian entrepreneurs. “I suspect some would think that Saudi Arabia might be a difficult market to get into due to culture differences, distance, and other perceived barriers,” said Axel Christiansen, growth and transition capital managing director at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). But lately Yuers, who’s been selling into the area since 2001, has noticed more diversified opportunities in the region… Mo Amir, general manager at SPF Precut Lumber, ships Canadian softwood to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Israel, Iraq and Qatar. The Middle East “is very easy to overlook when you have the U.S. as your next-door neighbour and China a stone’s throw away,” Amir said. At about 100 million people, the market isn’t especially large, but for a 10-employee company like SPF Precut, “it’s perfect,” Amir said.

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Steelworkers petition for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

The Cranbrook Townsman
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Members of the United Steelworkers Union are petitioning the B.C. government to hold a public inquiry into the explosions at Babine and Lakeland sawmills. Adam Connell is hoping to raise at least 10,000 signatures. At the time of writing the petition has just over 2,200 signatures. The explosions happened back in 2012. Four people were killed and 44 injured in the two explosions. “At that time, the families of the people that passed away were promised this to be resolved by the government — to find out the answers of what happened and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.” Connell said that none of those questions have been answered.

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Resolute Forest Products is Now Oversold (RFP)

Forbes
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Strength Index… In trading on Monday, shares of Resolute Forest Products entered into oversold territory, hitting an RSI reading of 29.7, after changing hands as low as $15.40 per share. By comparison, the current RSI reading of the S&P 500 is 63.9. A bullish investor could look at RFP’s 29.7 RSI reading today as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side.

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Boat Harbour pollution made people feel ‘powerless,’ says chief

Northern Pulp says effluent plant shutdown possible, but not probable within 5 years
CBC News
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation made an impassioned speech before a legislative committee on Monday, about the negative impact the Boat Harbour effluent plant has had on the community… On April 17, the province announced legislation that would see the current effluent plant cleaned up and closed within the next five years. The plant treats wastewater from the Northern Pulp mill… Meanwhile, the representatives of the Northern Pulp mill said Monday there’s only a 50 per cent chance of meeting the shutdown timeline. “It is possible, but it’s not probable,” said Terri Fraser, Northern Pulp’s technical manager.

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Northern Pulp unsure Boat Harbour closure deadline can be met

Chronicle Herald
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Officials for Northern Pulp say there is, at best, a 50-50 chance Boat Harbour can be closed by 2020. The Liberal government introduced legislation 10 days ago for the closure of the mill’s treatment lagoon, setting aside more than $50 million for remediation of the site. “We believe that the timelines, as outlined in the bill, are entirely unrealistic,” Terri Fraser, Northern Pulp’s technical manager, told the province’s law amendments committee Monday, citing a consultant’s report. Fraser said regulatory responsibility for the project is shared by the provincial and federal governments and that the red tape associated with environmental assessments will take at least 30 months before construction could begin.

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Lumber for rail shipments to start rolling into town this week

Atikokan Progress
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products lumber will start coming into town this week to be loaded for rail shipment. NDS Companies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CN, will start work Monday on building a new rail crossing and reload yard for the lumber at the CN yard across the street from Atikokan Car Wash on Mackenzie Avenue. General manager John Riley told the Progress last week that work should take no more than two to three weeks to complete. In the meantime, the lumber shipments will proceed all the way down Mackenzie Ave. and on to Front St., where they will cross the tracks onto Highland Park Rd. and enter the CN yard at the bottom of the hill.

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Timber market firmness lifts US forestry returns

Agrimoney
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

US timberland investors enjoyed the strongest start to a year since the world economic crisis, as domestic wood demand rebounded. According to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (Ncreif), timberland returned 1.75% to investors over the January-to-March period, the strongest first-quarter result since 2008. The “quite strong” start took to 10.6% total returns for the past year, including the seasonally high returns of 6.0% achieved for the October-to-December quarter. And it reflected the improved performance of the domestic forestry sector.

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Plum Creek Profit Rises

RTT News
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (PCL: Quote) on Monday reported first-quarter net earnings of $42 million or $0.24 per share compared with $30 million or $0.17 per share last year. Revenues for the quarter were $406 million compared with $317 million a year ago. “The company performed well despite overall business conditions starting off slower than many industry experts initially anticipated,” said CEO Rick Holley. For the second quarter, Plum Creek expects income of $0.05 to $0.10 per share.

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Office paper is NORPAC’s next big bid to boost sales

The Longview Daily News
April 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Four sheets of bright white office paper lay on conference room table at NORPAC’s Longview mill, each printed with the same colorful images of tulips and trees. As a sales manager practices his pitch, he reaches to flip over the sheets. Toner bleeds through the backsides of all them, except for one: NORPAC’s new “Natural Choice Paper.” The new office paper, billed as environmentally friendly, is North Pacific Paper Co.’s latest bid to enhance the profitability of its Longview mill and safeguard the 400 jobs it brings to the local economy.

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Government plays down split over Forestry Tasmania ahead of release of long-awaited review

ABC News, Australia
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is playing down suggestions Cabinet is split over the future of Forestry Tasmania. A long-awaited review of the struggling state-owned company will be detailed in Parliament on Wednesday, with the Resources Minister Paul Harris expected to deliver a Ministerial Statement. Mr Harriss said he would also outline the Government’s response to the review, which was commissioned as part of last year’s state budget. Greens leader Kim Booth has claimed it took three attempts to get the plan through Cabinet and Mr Harriss was at odds with Premier Will Hodgman.

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UPM expands plywood mill in Estonia

Pulp and Paper News
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM has made an investment of approximately EUR 40 million to expand its plywood mill in Otepää, Estonia. ”These investments support our strategy, which aims at delivering the highest quality products and the best customer service in the industry. New competitive production capacity improves our capability to respond to growing demand and to serve our key customer industries more reliably and effectively. Our goal is to secure our favorable profitability development,” said, Mika Sillanpää, Executive Vice President, UPM.

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More than merely paper losses

BBC News
April 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The industry is thought to have begun in Dalry, Edinburgh, as early as 1590. As a sizeable market for paper in government, publishing, commerce, the university and the law courts, the capital continued to dominate, with dozens of mills along the Water of Leith. By the 1830s, there were more than 70 papermaking plants, a fifth of all the plants in Britain, processing cotton rags. One of them was Tullis Russell, founded in 1809 at Markinch in Fife. As recently as 1959, there were 17,000 employed in the industry in Scotland, when MPs were debating whether to reduce tariffs on imports from Sweden (an interesting read as a contrast to today’s debates about European markets)

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Forestry

B.C., First Nations reach coastal marine pact to protect ocean health

Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A marine planning agreement between the province and 18 First Nations covering two-thirds of the B.C. coast — including the Great Bear Rainforest — was hailed Monday as an important first step in sustainable management of the oceans. The agreement covers about 102,000 square kilometres of coastal lands, split into four sub-regions — Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast, and North Vancouver Island. Within each region, areas are identified by use, such as general use or special protection. Natural and cultural areas are also identified…Steve Thomson, B.C.’s minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said the “impressive” agreement was achieved through compromise by all parties and that hard work lies ahead to implement the plans.

First Nations, province agree on plans to protect BC coast from The Victoria Times Colonist

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College, forestry sector putting drones to work

Prince George Citizen
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A drone hovered above the crowd of students and researchers gathered in a clearing by Willow River, the latest example of a new partnership between the College of New Caledonia and forestry industry partners focused on innovative technology. Just below the humming aircraft, Mike Wilcox of Spire Aerobotics controlled the device from a computer that collected the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pictures it takes to produce a 3-D model of the terrain. “It’ll essentially fly back and forth taking pictures at set intervals and then each one of those pictures will overlap and then we’ll stitch them all together,” said Wilcox at Monday’s afternoon demonstration to launch the college’s Unmanned Aerial Systems project in partnership with FPInnovations and Quesnel-based West Fraser Mills.

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Environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning

Tucson Sentinel
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX – Approval of an environmental impact statement clearing the way for thinning 600,000 acres of Arizona forest is an important step toward reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said. … “We hope to restore the forests so that they can withstand these horrific wildfires.” The Forest Service signed off on the final environmental impact statement for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative last week. The initiative, also referred to as 4FRI, calls for eventually thinning 2.4 million acres of overgrown ponderosa landscapes in the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests.

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BLM draft plan comment period extended another 30 days

The Record Courier
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Carson City, Nev. — The deadline for public comments on a plan covering 4.8 million acres of public land that includes the Pine Nut Mountains has been extended another 30 days. An hour before the public comment period expired on Monday, Nevada Bureau of Land Management Acting State Director John Ruhs announced that he will extend the current public comment period for the Carson City District draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement an additional 30 days.

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After the Wars, Common Ground in Oregon’s Forests

Investigate West
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND — This spring’s high school graduating seniors were newborns the last time the U.S. Forest Service proposed a major forest thinning project around here — and the outcome was a disaster. Nicknamed “HazRed,” the controversial fuels-reduction proposal included plans to commercially log large sections of forest, with trees as wide as six feet reportedly marked for removal. In the explosive public backlash, residents bombarded the Forest Service with negative comments, conservation groups filed appeals, a district ranger was fired (then rehired), and years of administrative and legal wrangling undermined the public’s already uneasy trust.

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Public weighs in on forest plan

The Corvallis Gazette-Times
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mid-valley residents got a chance Monday night to air their views on how the U.S. Forest Service should go about revising the Northwest Forest Plan, the controversial roadmap guiding federal timber policy in the region for the past two decades. Close to 100 people — counting Forest Service employees — gathered at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center for a two-hour listening session hosted by the Siuslaw National Forest. It was the second of about a dozen local meetings planned throughout the Northwest in the wake of large regional gatherings last month in Portland, Seattle and Redding, California.

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U.S. Forest Service puts invasive plant species list online

Star Journal Now
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has a new approach to inform the public about non-native invasive species treatments. In effort to save money on the cost of mailing catalogs, all the latest information about invasive plants will be described in the posted “new invaders” newsletter on the Forest’s website. “Analyses are complete for the 687 most recently found invasive plant sites and we are prioritizing our control work for this season,” said Leesha Howard-McCauley, Medford Ranger District environmental coordinator. “Not all of these sites will be controlled and some may require several treatments.

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‘New rebels’ seek state control of federal land

Associated Press
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A growing movement to transfer federal land to state control in western states is being debated in Montana and other states amid concerns from conservation and sportsmen groups over who should control millions of acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and whether the land should be developed. Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder, a Republican from Thompson Falls, wanted a study of land transfer from lawmakers, but her proposals have languished in committee.

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Idaho rural counties get $26 million from Forest Service for schools, roads

Idaho Statesman
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho will get $26 million of the $285 million that will be split between 41 states and Puerto Rico for local schools and roads as part of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act approved again by Congress earlier this month. …“I’m grateful for the Congressional action to reauthorize this Act and understand how important these funds have become to the communities that receive them,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. …The payments from the Forest Service may be used to support public schools and public roads, for projects to help maintain and improve the health of forests; and for county projects including “Firewise Communities” programs, reimbursements for emergency services on national forests, and development of community wildfire protection plans.

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To salvage Klamath deal, tribal group looks to national forest

The Oregonian
April 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Oregon — A failed land deal that would have returned part of the former Klamath Indian Reservation to the Klamath Tribes has tribal leaders now eyeing the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Staff for Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley confirmed they are working with the tribes on a plan to transfer part of the southern Oregon forest — once part of the Klamath reservation — back to tribal ownership. They say granting the tribes federal forest land is crucial to keeping them on board with the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement after private land promised to them as part of the water use settlement was sold to a Singapore company.

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Bruce Daucsavage: ‘The change is about more than just the mills’

Ochoco Lumber Company’s Bruce Daucsavage
Investigate West
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In August 2012, Ochoco Lumber Co. announced plans to close its mill in John Day, Oregon, due in part to a shortage of timber supply from neighboring public lands. The announcement meant that rural Grant County would be losing its last surviving sawmill — and with it about 70 jobs in a community already reeling from the recession. The John Day mill seemed destined to become another painful chapter in Oregon’s history of rural economic decline, but three years later, it’s being celebrating as a Douglas fir-sized success story.

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Nonprofit Sees Threat to Lynx in Fed Project

Courthouse News
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – A federal vegetation management project on more than 10,000 acres of Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest would harm the region’s already endangered lynx population, greens claim in a lawsuit. The complaint filed by the WildEarth Guardians, an environmentalist group, seeks to stop a ten-year vegetation treatment plan, dubbed the Tennessee Creek Project, that would mostly take place in the Leadville Ranger District of the national forest. The Project authorizes a specific acreage that would undergo several potentially disruptive treatments, including 2,000 acres of logging, 2,370 acres of clear cutting, 765 acres of commercial thinning, and 6,040 acres of prescribed fire.

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LePage doubles down on effort to trade conservation bonds for timber harvesting

Bangor Daily News
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CUMBERLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Monday reiterated that he will not authorize roughly $11.5 million in voter-approved conservation bonds unless the Legislature approves a new plan to cut more timber on public land and use the new revenue to pay for heating assistance programs. Details were limited, but in a memo sent to lawmakers on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, LePage said he’d be proposing a bill in the coming days, through Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Turner.

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Growth in Virginia’s forests exceeds harvests but demand for younger trees grows

Augusta Free Press
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Growth in Virginia’s forests exceeds harvests, which is good for carbon sequestration and forest sustainability, according to a new report from Virginia Tech assessing the state’s commercial wood supply. However, findings from the Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support revealed significant pressure on younger, small-diameter trees commonly used for manufacturing paper, wood pellets, and some wood composites. More than 60 percent of Virginia’s land is forested. Forests provide highly-valued recreational and environmental resources, and forest-related industries account for 104,000 jobs in the state. …“Carbon storage in Virginia’s forests is increasing annually at a rate that is more than enough to compensate for wood used for bioenergy, which releases carbon,” said Prisley

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Romanian forests face ‘acute’ illegal logging problem

The Peninsula Qatar
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bucharest–Romania, which has the largest area of virgin forests in the EU, is also the country most affected by illegal logging in Europe, a major environmental advocacy group said Monday. The country has the most important forests in Europe “in terms of biodiversity, in terms of size, in terms of forest intact landscapes,” said Alexander von Bismarck, director of the US branch of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). But the country also “has the most acute problem of illegal logging today in Europe”, he warned. Romania’s woodlands are home to more large mammals than all other European states combined, excluding Russia, according to the EIA. The animals that roam its forests include brown bear, lynx and wolves.

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‘Shock and anger’ over larch disease approach in forest

Galloway Gazette
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Commission Scotland has been met with ‘shock and anger’ over the appearance of the Galloway Forest Park amid efforts to tackle larch disease. With vast swathes of –albeit infected –greenery removed, leaving a sea of brown stumps and dead pine needles, visitors to Galloway’s famous national park over Easter were horrified at the changed landscape.  But the Commission says it has had to tackle the devastating
Phytophthora ramorum (larch disease) problem aggressively, adding that
the scenes have “shocked and angered many people.”

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Huge levels of deforestation to occur by 2030

Daily Mail.co.uk
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

By 2030 up to 170 million hectares (420 million acres) of forest – equivalent to the combined size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal – could be lost, conservationists have warned. The huge amount of global deforestation is expected to occur in less than a dozen global hostpots, based on current trends.  Research by wildlife charity the WWF identified 11 ‘deforestation fronts’ where 80 per cent of projected global forest losses by 2030 could occur… The 11 deforestation hotspots are:The Amazon, The Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, The Cerrado, The Choco-Darien, The Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, The Greater Mekong, Borneo, New Guinea and Sumatra.

Hundreds of millions of acres of world’s forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF from The Guardian

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Greens criticism of delays in Forestry Tasmania’s Forest Stewardship Council certification unfounded says environmental auditor

ABC News, Australia
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The auditor of Forestry Tasmania’s (FT) environmental certification application has rejected the state’s Greens Leader’s comments about a delay in the process. Last month The Greens’ Kim Booth said the state owned forestry company’s failure to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation by February this year, is a sign of serious problems with its application. But in an email to ABC Rural, FSC auditor Robert Hrubes of SCS Global Services, said this assertion is an “unfounded inference”. “It was never stated by me, the FSC, or FT that a certification decision was to be rendered in February,” he said.

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Forest strategy: making the most of Europe’s natural resources

European Parliament News
April 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests and woodland not only cover more than 40% of Europe’s land mass, but industries linked to them also employ about 3.5 million people. MEPs vote Tuesday 28 April on a new EU strategy for them. A resolution to be voted on stresses the importance of sustainable management and the forestry sector’s social and economic value. The resolution also says that forests and forestry should play a more significant role in other European strategies, such as for example energy and environment policies. The new strategy should help to tackle cross-border challenges, such as forest fires, climate change, natural disasters and invasive alien species, while the amount of red tape should be reduced for forest owners and managers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Mapping BC’s Clean Energy Jobs Potential

Renewables: not at all a ’boutique’ sector.
The Tyee
April 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

If there’s one sector that British Columbia can do more to support in pursuit of building a strong, diverse and resilient economy, it’s the clean energy sector. The Pembina Institute has crunched the numbers and found over 14,100 jobs from clean energy in B.C… Far from a “boutique” sector, renewable energy employs people in our biggest cities and our most remote communities, including many First Nations… These projects include wind and solar power, run-of-river and large hydro, biomass and biogas — all of which are powered through renewable sources, have relatively small carbon footprints, and contribute most of the energy to our electricity grid.

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The Steam Age returns to Vancouver

April 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver developer Ian Gillespie expects to invest upwards of $100 million over the next five years into converting the city’s largest natural gas steam plant into a low-carbon energy system to provide heat to all of the downtown, from Stanley Park to the Downtown Eastside. …At the core of Gillespie’s plans is the 47-year-old, 250-megawatt Central Heat Distribution steam plant at 720 Beatty, whose six natural gas boilers supply steam heat to 210 office and residential buildings. He bought the facility last year for $32 million, renamed it Creative Energy and is working on plans to switch the fuel supply from natural gas to waste wood.

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Pellet plant details provided

Vernon Morning Star
April 26, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The proposed pellet plant in Lavington has been given the seal of approval from the Ministry of Environment. On Wednesday, a ministry representative made a presentation to Vernon School District trustees. “The ministry’s mandate is to protect the environment,” said Cassandra Caunce, director of environmental protection for the southern interior region. “Our approach to permitting is to use the cleanest available technologies that are economically feasible.” Caunce said it is expected that newer dryer technologies will enable the ministry to set more protective emission standards.

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The burning controversy of the RET review: Australian forest destruction

Independent Australia
April 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

The Abbott Government’s climate sceptic led RET review’s proposed changes to the definition of renewable energy will increase carbon emissions and gravely endanger Australia’s native forests, writes Frances Pike. The vote on Australia’s Renewable Energy Target is imminent. The expert panel, headed by climate change sceptic Dick Warburton appointed by Tony Abbott, recommends not only lowering the RET. It recommends accrediting Australian native forests burnt for biomass power as a “renewable energy”. Australia’s 2001 Renewable Energy Target regulations allowed native forest biomass ‘waste’ as a biomass fuel to attract renewable energy certificates when burnt for biomass power. The ambiguous waste definition motivated the former Government, in 2011, to close that potential loophole to forest destruction.

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RWE biomass plant could lose main customer

Lets Recycle
April 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd – the Fife paper mill supplied with heat and power by the RWE Npower’s waste wood biomass energy plant – has fallen into administration with the loss of 325 jobs. A further 149 jobs are also at risk at the mill after Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG LLP were appointed joint administrators of the stricken firm today (April 27) at the request of Tullis Russell’s directors, with cumulative losses of £18.5 million over the last five years. The news will be a major blow to RWE Npower, which only officially opened the biomass plant last month. 

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Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought

Phys.org
April 28, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International


Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging. Living trees take in carbon dioxide whereas dead and decaying ones release it. Understanding the proportion of both is important for determining whether a large area of forest is a source of carbon dioxide, or a ‘sink’ that helps to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Forestry, agriculture and land-use changes account for nearly 25 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the energy sector.

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General

Jarbidge Fight over Fish, Forest Road Back in US Court

Magic Valley.com
April 27, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. (AP) | A 15-year-old legal battle between a Nevada county, the U.S. government and environmentalists resumed Monday in federal court in Reno, where Elko County officials once again are trying to prove a national forest road belongs to them based on claims it existed before the national forest was created more than a century ago. Lawyers for The Wilderness Society called their first witness Monday in what’s expected to be a weeklong evidentiary hearing before U.S. District Judge Miranda Du. They say there’s no record of any road along the Jarbidge River before the area near the Idaho line was placed in reserve in 1905 and formally designated part of the Humboldt National Forest by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1909.

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